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William Cherry or Cheny Penfield

Death 31 Mar 1919 (aged 80)
Burial Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 91353894 · View Source
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From the Biographical Record of the Counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio. Chicago,
J.H. Beers & Co. 1894

" WILLIAM C. PENFIELD, one of the prominent and prosperous farmers of Norwalk township, is a native of Huron county, born in North Fairfield township in 1839.

William C. Penfield received his elementary education in the common schools of his native township, after which he attended the Normal School at Milan, Erie county, also a select school, and then became a teacher himself, pursuing the vocation three years. In 1860 he took a trip to Pike's Peak, and for one year mined for gold, with fair success. The following year he returned home, and the Civil war having broken out he enlisted for three years in the Fifty-fifth O. V. I. He participated in Fremont's campaign up the Shenandoah Valley in pursuit of Stonewall Jackson, ending in the battle of Cross Keys; with Sigel along the
Rappahannock, the Second Battle of Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Peach Tree Creek, and in numerous minor engagements. At Chancellorsville he had some
remarkably narrow escapes, being struck by bullets no less than three times in less than a minute — one bullet drawing blood on his knuckle, another striking his elbow, while a third pierced his knapsack. At Gettysburg he was taken
prisoner, conveyed by way of the Shenandoah Valley to Richmond, and confined in Belle Isle prison. After his exchange the following spring, he rejoined his regiment on the Atlanta campaign. At the close of his three years service he was mustered out at Atlanta, but early in 1865 re-enlisted, being this time attached to Gen. Hancock's corps, and was on duty in Washington during the trial and at the execution of the conspirators who took part in the murder of President Lincoln. In 1866 he was mustered out of the service, having been in the army over four years, and during all this time of service he was never absent from
his company except while a prisoner.

On his return home from the army Mr. Penfield went to Michigan, and was there engaged in milling for five years, at the end of which time he once more came to Huron county and engaged in farming. He has a nice property of about ninety acres, just outside the city limits of Norwalk. In 1869 he married Miss Agnes A. Perry, of that city, a daughter of Orfus Perry, a farmer, and three children
were born to this union, viz.: Clara M.; Leah, who died in infancy; and Louis P. Politically our subject has always been a stanch Republican, and he and his wife
are members of the Baptist Church."
William Cherry Penfield
Ohio, Deaths

Name: William Cherry Penfield
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 31 Mar 1919
Event Place: Norwalk, Huron, Ohio
Gender: Male
Age: 80
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Occupation: Farmer
Birth Date: 21 Feb 1839
Birthplace: Huron Co., Ohio
Burial Date: 02 Apr 1919
Cemetery: Woodlawn
Father's Name: Samuel Penfield
Father's Birthplace: Conn.
Mother's Name: Clara Woodworth
Mother's Birthplace: N.Y.

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