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Jefferson Brown Pennington
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Birth: 1806
Patrick County
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 1885
Moniteau County
Missouri, USA

Jefferson Brown PENNINGTON was the son of Isaac PENNINGTON and Agnes BROWN. We don't believe his parents were ever married as there were several legal arguments in Patrick Co., VA court records. His mother raised and educated him and he taught school. And he woed and wed a girl by the name of Edith REDFORD (Marriage Record: Marriages of Patrick Co., VA 1791-1850 by Lela C. Adams, page 94, Jefferson PENNINGTON married Eady REDFORD on 5 Feb 1829, Surety, Jesse REDFORD, Witness: Bird LOWE, Minister) and to this union eight children were born. They are: Nancy, Bill, Jess, Isaac, Jefferson, Columbus, John, Marion. Four being born in North Carolina.Jefferson B. Pennington moved with his mother; Agnes Brown (Martindale) Pennington, wife; Edith (Redford) and their three children to Indiana in 1833. After a year he moved to Moniteau Co., Missouri, where the other three children were born. And he lived there till he died in 1885 at the age of 83 years. In 1838, the family removed near Jamestown, Cole Co., Missouri, where Jefferson conducted a large farm until 1858. In 1858, he moved to Moniteau Co., Missouri and purchased another farm (same farm that son, Jesse, later lived on). He was a school teacher for 35 years and served as a Justice of the Peace of Linn Township for 25 years until the time of his death. He was also a member of the Babtist Church. After marriage to his second wife, Clara Ann Viles, they had ten children.


Year - ?
Patrick Co., VA or Surry Co., NC records
Book 7, page 364
Jefferson Pennington witnessed a land sale of William Martindale (alias Brown) and his wife Sarah.
(Note: William Martindale (alias Brown) was his half-brother)

Land - Moniteau Co., MO:
3/10/1854 (38.815 acs) SESW Sec 18, T46N, R14W
3/10/1854 (40 acs) NWNE Sec 19, T46N, R14W
1/15/1856 (120 acs) E1/2NW Sec 19, T46N, R14 W &
SWNE Sec 19, T46N, R14W
1/15/1856 (40 acs) SESE Sec 18, T46N, R14W
(Land Notes by Teresa J. Gorge)


1830 US Census, Patrick Co., VA
Jefferson Pennington, head of household, page 168

1830 US Census, Patrick Co., VA
Sally Pennington, head of household, 45 years old, page 168
Three children belonging to Sally Pennington
Isaac Pennington, husband
Edith Pennington, wife
Note: Who is this Sally? Could this be a half sister to Jefferson Pennington? -mgp

1840, Monteonce Twp., Cole Co., MO Census record (source: Jack Pennington 3/20/97):
two males under 5 years old
three males 5-10 "
one male 30-40 "
one female under 5 "
one female 10-15 "
one female 30-40 "

1850 US Census, Moniteau Co., MO Census Record (Source: Wanda Parker - also see a copy on the web at
page 648 (645-645)
Jefferson Pennington 45 VA Farmer ($600 Real Estate Value)
Nancy 20 or 22 VA
William 18 VA Laborer
Jessee 17 VA Laborer
Isaac 15 IN - Attended school within the past year
Jefferson 13 MO - Attended school within the past year
Columbus 10 MO - Attended school within the past year
John 8 MO - Attended school within the past year
Marion 5 MO male

1860 Jamestown P.O., Moniteau Co., MO US Census (467-2643) pg. 671
Jefferson B. Pennington, age 55, M, Farmer, b: VA
C. A. Pennington, age 36, F, b: TN
John Pennington, age 17, M, Farm Laborer, b: MO
Marion Pennington, age 15, M, b: MO
Nancy Pennington, age 30, F, b: VA
Jacob Pennington, age 10, M, b: MO
Levi Pennington, age 5, M, b: MO
Squire Pennington, age 2, M, b: MO
(Jefferson Pennington and Edith's younger children were living with Jefferson and Clara Ann Viles Pennington.) They were John Pennington, age17; Marion age 15; and a female Nancy Pennington age 30. Their natural children living at the same time were; Jacob, Levi and Squire.

1870 Linn Twp., Moniteau Co., MO Census (128-128)
J. Pennington, age 65, M, Farmer, $1200 Real estate value, $600 Personal estate value, b: VA
C. Pennington, age 45, F, Keeping house, b: TN (Clara)
J. A. Pennington, age 20, M, b: MO (Jacob Alexander)
L. Pennington, age 14, M, b: MO - attended school within the past year (Levi)
S. Pennington, age 12, M, b: MO - attended school within the past year (Squire)
H. Pennington, age 5, M, b: MO (Harrison)
A. Pennington, age 3, M, b: MO (Anthony)

1880 Linn Twp., Moniteau Co., MO Census, 1 June 1880 (House Dwelling #7)
Jefferson Pennington, M, age 75, b: VA / NJ / DE; Farmer
Clara Ann Pennington, F, age 55, b: TN / NC / SC
Nancy Pennington, F, age 51, b: VA / VA / NC; Stays at home
Squire Pennington, M, age 22, b; MO / VA / TN; Works on Farm
Harrison H. Pennington, M, age 16, b: MO / VA / TN; Works on Farm
Anthony Pennington, M, age 13, b: MO / VA / TN; Works on Farm


The below was provided by Mr. Peter D. Schlup, Route 1 Box 2760, Jamestown, Missouri 65046 on October 17th, 1995:

Died at his residence in Linn Township, near the Moniteau Saturday last, Jefferson B. Pennington aged 80 years

Uncle Jeff as he was familiarly known. Was a native of Patrick County, Virginia and has resided in the community where he died since 1838. He taught school a number of years and was Justice of the Peace for 25 years in connection with his farming. He was perfectly rational up to death, when to weak to talk he motioned his family around him to bid them a last farewell. All were present save the five sons who reside in Carroll County, Missouri. After his bidding all farewell he raised his hands and counted five on his fingers-giving-sons-they did not reach the house until after the death of their father. By request he was buried in a plain walnut coffin at the grave yard on the Lawson Farm. His twelve children, eleven sons and one daughter were all at his funeral. He was married twiced and was the father of nineteen children, seven of whom died young in years.

Uncle Jeff was a good citizen, kind and generous after battling through a long life of trails, dissapointments and temptations he closes his earthly career, leaving behind a clear record the reputation of an honest upright man has followed him the end. The partners of his joys and sorrows survives him, beside his twelve grown children.
Copied from the California Democrat on 30 April, 1885

Moniteau County Wills & Adm. (Missouri Pioneers, Vol. XXV):
Jefferson B. Pennington was a witness to the Last Will and Testament of John B. Longan dated 29 December, 1846 and it was recorded on 7 February, 1852 (Who is this John B. Longan? - mgp)

Jefferson Pennington was a witness to the Last Will and Testament of Samuel Maxwell dated 23 May 1846, and it was recorded on 17 June, 1847 (We believe Samuel Maxwell was the husband of Lucy Redford, who later married Thomas West - mgp)


Records indicate that Jefferson was either buried in Wilson's Cemetary or on Lawson's Farm. (I'm not sure which one is correct but I believe they are the same location. I later found the correct records to be Wilson's Cemetery, Linn Township, Moniteau Co., MO in the Linn Twp., Moniteau Co., MO of Cemetery Records)

Pennington Pedigrees, Vol. 29, No. 1, 1997, page 54
Jefferson B. Pennington was buried the same day as his death on the old Lawson farm in Moniteau Co., MO, near Jamestown. The farm is not called the Wilson farm. We have no records of the burial place of the mothers of Jeff or Edith (1st wife) but they could also be buried there.
Family links: 
  Clara Ann Viles Pennington (1825 - 1903)
  Edith Redford Pennington (____ - 1848)*
  William Pennington (1832 - 1863)*
  Jesse Pennington (1833 - 1903)*
  Isaac Pennington (1834 - 1914)*
  Jefferson Pennington (1836 - 1916)*
  Christopher Columbus Pennington (1840 - 1926)*
  John J. Pennington (1842 - 1917)*
  Marion Pennington (1844 - 1933)*
  Levi Pennington (1856 - 1929)*
  Squire Pennington (1858 - 1911)*
  Colonel Anthony Pennington (1867 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Wilson Farm Cemetery
Moniteau County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Mindy
Record added: Jul 30, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11447364

- donna glenn
 Added: Nov. 27, 2016
Dear Jefferson, memorium from your great(x5)granddaughter Kaitlyn. Your Granddaughter married and O'dell, and three generations later an O'Dell married a Beisel, and here i am two generations after that, celebrating tracing my family back two hundred yesa...(Read more)
- Kaitlyn Beisel
 Added: Jun. 6, 2012
Jeff, from your Pennington grandchildren.
- Mindy
 Added: Jul. 30, 2005

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