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Lewis Penrod
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Birth: 1789
Quemahoning Township
Somerset County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 1832
Union County
Illinois, USA

Lewis Penrod was born in 1789 in Quemahoning Township, Somerset, Pennsylvania. It is not known when Lewis moved to Kentucky with his parents, Solomon and Sarah Penrod.

Territories throughout Virginia and Kentucky were in the process of being divided and the early county of Lincoln became Logan county in 1792.

Lewis was the seventh child of Solomon Penrod, who came from Ireland in 1772 at the age of twenty. His mother Sarah was a good wife and mother.

The Irish countrymen instilled in the hearts of their boys the value of a good wife. "He should look to a house where there has been an industrious and intelligent woman, because she has taught her daughters how to work and this is what is needed." (The Irish Countryman, Arensberg)

Lewis had a happy childhood amid the rolling, lush vegetation of Kentucky. With eight brothers and one sister he was never lonely.

As he grew he realized he had relatives in all directions over the watercourses of the Muddy River. His father had patented 550 acres of land on Clifty Creek. His older brothers owned land on the Muddy River watercourse, gained through land grants, as did their grandfather John Penrod and uncles before them.

Much of the population in Kentucky settled on the watercourses, including Alexander Beggs Sr. and his son Archibald.

Other Penrod families not related to Lewis also owned land on the "Muddy". As Lewis grew he was ambitious and always found work of some kind. The first property he owned was not land but rather two horses. He of course found himself approached by the tax collector.

In the year 1812, when Lewis was twenty-three, his father Solomon died in Logan County, Kentucky. Lewis was now on his own. This same year Lewis married Polly Beggs. the daughter of Alexander Beggs Sr. a native of Ireland. Lewis married 30 Jul 1812 in Butler County, Kentucky.

With his father gone it wasn't as easy for Lewis to get established as it had been for his older brothers. Lewis' brother John died February 1813 leaving his wife Jane and four small children, ranging in age from one to six. This was a difficult time for both Lewis and Polly. For him because he was fond of his brother and for Polly because Jane was her only sister.

Lewis went to work with the surveyors on the road leading from Greenville to Morgantown, Butler County on April 12, 1813. It would seem that our ancestors moved often when in reality counties were being divided and new ones formed. For instance, the county of Muhlenberg was created in 1798 from Christian and Logan Counties. Butler County was created in 1810 from Logan and Ohio Counties. An act approved May 22, 1890 which established the lines between Muhlenberg and Butler Counties briefly states "that Mud River be the line between Butler and Muhlenberg counties." This may make discovering the "where" and "when" difficult for the historian but is was a familiar thing to Lewis.

Lewis and Polly moved to Jonesboro, Union, Illinois sometime before 1815 and this is where their children were born. Their son DAVID was born 9 January 1815 and married Temperance Keller, 14 Oct 1832. A daughter ELIZABETH was born about 1816 and married John F. Gore, 18 October 1832. A Second son LEWIS JR was born 11 February 1818 and married Unity Smith, date unknown. The last son SOLOMON was born 21 January 1819 and married (1) Chelley Gurley and (2) Jane Paterson, both dates unknown.

Lewis was thirty-one at the time of the 1820 census in Union County, Illinois. His wife Polly was age twenty-three. The ages of their children were as follows: David 5, Elizabeth 4, Lewis Jr. 2 and Solomon 1. At the time of this census Lewis had taken into his home his brother Emanual, age 24, and his wife, age 16. For a reason unknown to us they temporarily needed Lewis' help at this time. This shows Lewis' inherited loving and serving spirit.

In August 1823 Lewis served on the Grand Jury of Union, Illinois with the following: Isaac Beggs, Levi Patterson, Joseph Keller and David Penrod - all relatives. Kinship and family ties were an important part of their lives. At the time of the 1830 Union County Census Lewis was forty-one. His children ranged in age from 11 to 15. His beloved wife Polly was not in this census. She died sometime in 1829 at age thirty-two. We can only imagine Lewis' grief at her loss. Especially at a time when her children needed her guidance and love.

Lewis married Mrs. Elizabeth Barber, the widow of Joseph Barber, 13 Jun 1830 to help finish raising his family. Fate struck the family a second time when Lewis past away. Lewis Penrod died, Intestate (without having a will) in 1832 at the age of forty-three. His children ranging in age from 13 to 17 were orphaned. Lewis' estate was probated 4 August 1832 at Jonesboro, Union, Illinois. the settlement, after credits, totaled $837.90 to be distributed to the next of kin. Elizabeth Barber Penrod, relict of deceased, the sum of $279.34. to each of his children - David, Elizabeth, Lewis Jr. and Solomon - the sum of $139.50. Levi Patterson (2nd) husband of Jane Penrod, widow of Lewis' brother John) was approved as guardian for David and Solomon. Elijah Willard was appointed guardian for Lewis Jr.

The two guardians respectfully affixed and initiated three bonds, one for each ward, in the general sum of $350.00 with security and conditional according to the law - which said bonds are on file, 3 February 1834. "Elizabeth Penrod Gore, married, person and property not available until she shall arrive at the age of eighteen years." David Penrod, a minor, appeared in court 13 October 1832 and proved to said court that he was of lawful age to choose a guardian and therefore made the choice of Joseph Keller, who then initiated his bond with Nathan Keller as security.

Joseph Keller was officially approved guardian of David "person and property, until he shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years." Even though Lewis and Polly were not privileged to remain long with their children we see the strength of family kinship as loving and caring relatives provide for their welfare. Our hearts go out in love and gratitude to our Father in Heaven for our Penrod heritage and the lives of our valiant Lewis and Polly Penrod.

Researched and Written by L. Lyman & Beth Penrod 
Family links: 
  Solomon Penrod (1754 - 1812)
  Polly Beggs Penrod (1793 - 1829)
  David Penrod (1815 - 1872)*
  Solomon Penrod (1819 - 1898)*
*Calculated relationship
Jonesboro Cemetery
Union County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Jul 05, 2011
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