your help is needed!
When the earlier generations pass from life they leave behind their treasured earthly belongings. These genealogical gems are distributed amongst the living and scattered all around the globe.
As later generations search out these items the memories of who took what and where they now reside are lost to time.
That is where I need your help.
If you are related in any way and have information, photos, items of interest, or anything to add.. please complete the form at right and let me know about it.
This genealogical site was created as a family tool... a place where all lost items are brought back together in a digital format. In this way future generations will have an ample resource where they can learn about our family and add to it as new information comes to light.
Already many family members have come forward to share whatever information they may have and I am delighted. I have added their names to my Honorable Mentions list below.
Jeff Evans. Jeff is the son of Dorothy Evans, who was the only daughter of Hazel Weller VanAken, who was the daughter of Sidney Leroy Weller and Eva Pennington. Hazel was interested in our family history and accumulated large volumes of family photos. Jeff loaned these volumes to me enabling me to scan their contents. There were some sure treasures in these volumes. Hazel did a great job of labeling the photos so we know who is pictured. Thank you Jeff!
Bernice Pennington Whitbeck. Bernice was the daughter of Warner James Pennington and Grace Elizabeth Weller. Bernice was interested in our family history and was an active member of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society. She had the distinct privilege to interview Edith Pennington, youngest daughter of Edith Pennington. A lot of useful information came from Edith. Thank you Bernice!
Nancy Whitbeck Minor. Nancy is the daughter of Philip Whitbeck, who was the son of Bernice Pennington Whitbeck. Nancy is such a joy. What a wonderful person. She has loaned me the private papers of her grandmother Bernice to include her genealogical charts, genealogies, and photos. Thank you Nancy!
Doris Whitbeck Bartell. Doris is the youngest daughter of Bernice Pennington Whitbeck. Doris shared several photos and patiently allowed me to view and scan the private papers belonging to her mother Bernice. She too is wonderful. Thank you Doris!
Kathleen and Karl Chapman. Karl passed from cancer a little over a year ago. He did so much to help further our genealogy spending countless hours uploading photos and information to Find-a-Grave. What a wonderful human being. He is certainly missed. Kath, and her twin Doreen, are wonderful people. They are daughters of Ray and Ethelyn Pennington McKinney. I enjoy spending time with them. We've visited many cemeteries together to include a road trip out to Washington Township (Romeo), Macomb County to view the Inwood burials. We've had a lot of fun together in our attempt to piece things together. Love them both. Thanks Kath!
Doreen McKinney. Doreen and her twin Kath are delightful and fun to be around. Unfortunately Doreen is moving to Tennessee this coming July (2016). She is going to be missed. What times we've shared together. Thanks Doreen!
Lola Warren. Lola is the wife of Steve Warren, the son of Eleanor June Warren, who was the daughter of Mildred Pennington Warren, the daughter of Warner James and Elizabeth Weller Pennington. Lola was very gracious. Not only did she share a large CD of photos she has accumulated over the years but she also loaned me the private letters of Edith and Oliver Pennington, their mother Esther, and some from the Inwood clan (William, Ruth, and Armintha). I am still in process of scanning these in and copying them word for word. Thank you Lola!
Ruth Pennington. Ruth is a daughter of Lyle Pennington, who was the youngest son of Warner James and Grace Elizabeth Weller Pennington. Ruth was one of my very first contacts when I started getting into our family history. She graciously allowed me into her home where she loaned me several photos to scan. Her and my mother have rekindled a nice relationship. Ruth still lives on a portion of land that belonged to her grandfather Warner, and Sidney Weller prior to that. Ruth is the one who talked to her brother Tom about my need for a Pennington male for the Y-DNA test. Thanks Ruth!
Tom Pennington. Tom is the son of Lyle Pennington, who was the youngest son of Warner James and Grace Elizabeth Weller Pennington. Tom agreed to take the Y-DNA test through FamilyTree DNA. With my grandfather Ronald being deceased I needed a male from the James Pennington lineage to take the test on James Pennington's behalf. This type test follows the male lineage from father to son virtually unchanged through the generations. Thus, Tom's Y-DNA is the same as my Grandfather Ronald's, Warner Pennington's, and ultimately James Pennington's and on. This donation is much appreciated! Thank you Tom!
Roselie Joy Pennington Kruizenga. Roselie is my mother. She is the daughter of Ronald Pennington, son of Warner James and Grace Elizabeth Weller Pennington. Roselie helped me sort through and identify photos and shared with me several photos of my grandfather Ronald. Thanks Mom!
Jessica Bellinger. Jessica lives in the old "Timpson House", the home built by Oliver Pennington. It is in that house that Oliver passed away, his brother Clarence passed, his mother Esther passed, and where Edith fell before being rushed to Lowell where she died 10 days later. Jessica allowed my family to not only visit the home and walk its exterior but to walk the inside as well. We viewed the rooms where the Pennington clan spent a lot of time. It was a privilege. Jessica also showed me a portrait that she found hidden in some dark closet. It was a portrait of Edith painted in her later years. Jessica allowed my family to take the portrait for donation to the Cannonsburg Historical Museum where it now resides. Thank you Jessica!
Rockford Historical Society. Located in Rockford, Kent, Michigan.
Cannon Township Historical Society and Museum. Located in Cannonsburg, Kent, Michigan.
Wayne and Karl Schmidt. Wayne contacted me concerning the old Pennington property on Big Brower Lake off 10 mile in Rockford. He sent me a few pictures of the property and determined where the original house and barn may have once sat. Thank you Wayne and Karl!