Descendants of Rev Charles Pennington


1. Rev Charles Pennington

He volunteered in the Pennsylvania Militia in June or July - carried ammunition & provisions under Capt. Daniel Pennington and was gone 3 months and received a verbal discharge. He volunteered again in Sept. 1777 under the same Capt & carried flour from Trenton to Morristown where Washington was encamped with his main army - gone 3 months and received a verbal discharge. Called out again in late June of 1780 under Capt. Jamison. Was discharged in September 1780.

Charles Pennington was a Baptist minister. According to his Rev. War pension, he moved to Rowan County, NC in 1785 and did not leave until he moved to Grayson Co., VA in 1790. Only two children are documented for the Charles & Cassandra Pennington: son John born 6 Sep 1782 and daughter Effie born 31 Dec 1787. However, the 1790 census records one son and two daughters. That evidence supports the contention that Mary Pennington (born cal. 1785) was the second daughter. Mary stated in two census records (White Co., TN 1860 & 1870) that her birth state was PA. In the 1850 census that she was born in NC. Charles Isom's father Elijah Isom is reported to have lived in Henry & Grayson County, VA in 1794. It is likely that Charles Isom & Mary Pennington married in Grayson County before the Pennington & Isom families relocated to the same local area in White Co., TN around 1810.

He arrived in Coles County, IL about 1833, which was destined to be the end of his journey. There he established the first Baptist Church in the Hutton Township area, and served as its pastor. In October 1834 his wife, Cassandra, died. In May 1837, at the age of 79, he remarried to Mrs. Rachel Sturdevant. Rev. Charles died in October 1845, and is interned alongside his first wife, Cassandra, at Otterbein Cemetery, Hutton Township, Coles County, Illinois.

Cassandra Swartzlander

Cassandra was born of "Penn Dutch" ancestry. Her father migrated from Steinhardtwald, Bavaria, Germany, on the ship Louisa, sailing from Rotterdam and arriving at Philadelphia, PA on 7 Nov 1752.