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 William Monroe Pendleton

William Monroe Pendleton

Buckingham County, Virginia, USA
Death 28 Dec 1909 (aged 88)
McKinley, Lawrence County, Missouri, USA
Burial Marionville, Lawrence County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 28340118 · View Source
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William Monroe Pendleton was the son of John Pendleton and Mary Doss-Pendleton, born on per Pendleton records June 1, 1816 in Buckingham County, Virginia, but his current headstone reads the year of 1821.

William Pendleton was a young lad of about five or six years of age when his parents left Virginia and headed west. Evidently, several families of the Pendleton's left Virginia on or about the same time. Quite a number of them appear in Tennessee about the same time. John, William's father, spent some time in Tennessee, before heading on to Kentucky, where they arrived in Caldwell County by 1831. The remainder of William's youth was spent in Caldwell County, and Christin County, where a cousin lived. William was married in Caldwell County in 1840, and continued living there until 1846, when he, along with several other family members, moved to Lawrence County, Missouri. William obtained fifty-five acres of land from the General Land Office (Certificate No. 25063) in 1860, just down the road from the Dover Baptist church. By 1879, he had eighty acres of land in Township 27, Range 25 West, Section 3. This is where he and Nancy raised all nine children.

William was a farmer. When he first moved to Missouri he lived in the Mount Vernon Township, later moving to the Turnback Township, where he farmed and lived until his death. He was a strong Republican and a staunch supporter of Abraham Lincoln when he was running for the Presidency. William was in the Civil War, Union "Home Guard", enlisting May 18, 1861 at Elm Branch, and mustered in the same day by Captain Burrow, Company B. He was enrolled June 16, 1861 by John M. Filler, and discharged at Mount Vernon, August 10, 1861. He applied for a pension of disability, having paralysis and epileptic fits, in 1891, 1895, 1901 and 1905, but he never received a pension. His four oldest sons also served in the Civil War.

On August 28, 1891, William paid $75.00 to A. L. Crane of Garland County, Arkansas for his invention of a Washing Compound, Patent No. 413035. The Patent Deed agreement was good for a term of seventeen years. It is not know whether William ever made any money from this invention.

Nancy Anney Dunning was born Sept 18, 1820 in Kentucky to Naum Dunning and Mary "Polly" Hughey-Dunning.

Nancy was married first in Caldwell County, Kentucky, on March 26, 1837 to James Pettit. James died 1839 in Caldwell County, Kentucky. Nancy married a second time to William Monroe Pendleton. She and William were married by J. A. Cartwright and her name is given as Anney Pettit.

Nancy was a midwife and delivered many of her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The lastest record found, so far, showing her as a midwife was in 1888, just four years prior to her death at the age of 72 years. One of the annual events that the family looked forward to every year was the Chesapeake Camp Ground religious camp meetings. It was during the one held in 1892 that Nancy Pendleton died. A record of some of the meetings was kept in the diary of Mr. Dobbin Hillhouse, and her death is mentioned in his diary. Her grave has a marker, but there is not one on William's. He is presumed to be buried in the unmarked grave next to her. There has been a new double marker added to their graves listing both William and his first wife, Nancy.

William Monroe and Nancy were the parents of nine children; the three oldest ones born in Caldwell County, Kentucky, and the six younger ones born in Lawrence County, Missouri.

1. James Monroe Pendleton 1841-1918
2. John Willis Pendleton 1842
3. George Washington Pendleton 1845-1914
4. Nathaniel Corda Pendleton 1847-1923
5. Mary Catherine Pendleton-Casto 1849-1916
6. Elizabeth J. Pendleton-Arnhart 1851
7. William Porter Pendleton 1853-1942
8. Sirena Jane Pendleton-Culton 1855
9. Alfred Siegel Pendleton 1861

After the death of Nancy Anney Dunning-Pendleton on Sept 3, 1892, William Monroe Pendleton married a second time to Nancy Swearingen on Nov 21, 1893 in Missouri. Nancy Swearingen was born June 1836 in Virginia.

William's parents are also buried at the Dover Baptist Church Cemetery in Lawrence County, Missouri.





  • Maintained by: Julie Wadlow
  • Originally Created by: Deborah Snyder
  • Added: 17 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28340118
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Monroe Pendleton (1 Jun 1821–28 Dec 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28340118, citing Dover Cemetery, Marionville, Lawrence County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Julie Wadlow (contributor 47034880) .