2. William Wallace 2 Pennington (James 1, William A), born 13 May 1858 in Romeo, Macomb County, Michigan; died 29 May 1948 in Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa. William married on 30 December 1891 in Shawano, Shawano, Wisconsin, Edith N. George, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy H. George.
William Wallace Pennington worked the woods in Michigan as a young man and then in the Wisconsin woods and saw mills where he worked as a sawyer for the George family. Edith George, William's future wife, taught school for a time in Rhinelander before marrying William in 1891. Living in Shawano, Wisconsin where their first son was born they moved to their Iowa farm in the Fall of 1893. Their final two sons were born on this farm. William worked the Iowa farm for 55 years.
Children of William Wallace 2 Pennington and Edith N. George were as follows:
10 i GUY 3 PENNINGTON, born 20 February 1893 in Shawano, Shawano, Wisconsin; married Edna B. Gillsbeck on 16 June 1914 in New Hampton, Chickasaw, Iowa; married Martha in Missouri; died 25 September 1978 in Missouri. Guy had no issue.
+ 11 ii CLARENCE RAYMOND 3 PENNINGTON, born 16 February 1895 in Deerfield, Chickasaw County, Iowa; married Louella A. Martin on 24 February 1928 in Floyd County, Iowa; died 14 August 1981 in Rockford, Floyd, Iowa.
+ 12 iii DEWEY EVAN 3 PENNINGTON, born 26 May 1899 in Deerfield, Chickasaw County, Iowa; married Audrey Gillsbeck on 27 August 1924 in Polk, Iowa; died 13 October 1989 in Charles City, Iowa.
3. Eva Ann 2 Pennington (James 1, William A), born 10 August 1861 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; died 11 October 1933 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. Eva married on 11 February 1884 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan, Sidney Leroy Weller, son of Howard and Mehetabel Weller.
Eva Pennington was the 3rd wife of Sidney Weller. Sidney was 26 years older than Eva. Sidney was 48, Eva 22 at the time of their marriage. The Weller household consisted of 4 children at the time of marriage: Archie was 9, Grace 7, Robert 5, and Frances, almost 1. It is clear that Eva was needed to help raise these 4 children into adulthood. They did not have children of their own until Frances was 5.
The large family lived in a house built by Theodore Weller on Myers Lake Road in Cannon Township, west of Silver Lake. The house still stands today. After Sidney's death Eva moved to a new home on Edgewood in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Children of Eva Ann 2 Pennington and Sidney Leroy Weller were as follows:
13 i SIDNEY LEROY 3 WELLER, born 12 March 1888 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; married Gertrude E. Richard on 27 August 1913 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; died March 1970 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.
Sidney Leroy Weller Jr. inherited his father's farm which he sold during the 1920s. He then moved to 2033 Edgewood in NE Grand Rapids where he worked as a realtor. Sidney's mother, Eva Pennington, lived with the couple. Sidney and Gertrude had no children.
Sidney served as a deacon in the Cannonsburg Congregational Church. Young Sidney Weller lost an arm allegedly when his gun went off as he climbed over a fence. In the 1930s Sidney and Gertrude returned to the Silver Lake area. In 1966 Sidney had a stroke and was an invalid until his death in 1970.
+ 14 ii EVA HAZEL 3 WELLER, born 14 May 1891 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; married Fred Van Aken on 6 September 1911 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois; died 4 January 1982 in Frankfort, Benzie County, Michigan.
4. Warner James 2 Pennington (James 1, William A), born 23 December 1862 at Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; died 24 June 1943 in Rockford, Kent County, Michigan. Warner married on 27 September 1894 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, Grace Elizabeth Weller, daughter of Sidney Leroy Weller Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Inwood.
Edith said that Warner was named after a man that James and Esther knew back in Romeo.
Warner and Grace were married by the Rev. J T Husted, Pastor of the 2nd Congregational Church in Grand Rapids that sat on the northwest corner of Plainfield Avenue and Grove. Rev. Husted does appear in the 1894 City Directory. At least one of the witnesses, Fanny Kromer, was a member of this church body so it is highly likely that the couple were married in this building.
Warner's headstone is inscribed "Warren" and there does appear to be some confusion in what his name should be amongst the relatives. His legal name was "Warner James" and his brothers and sisters referred to him as "Warner". So it is uncertain where the name became "Warren". Even his wife Grace refers to him as Warner.
Warner purchased a farm house near the Myers Lake and 9 Mile Road intersection. All his children, save the last two, were born in this first home. In 1910 he built a new home on 9 Mile Road (same property) and this is where both Lyle and Arlene were born. Warner farmed his 198 acres until 1943 when he sold the farm to son Lyle. He and Grace remained in the 9 Mile home until their deaths.
Apparently there was an undeserved family schism over Lyle getting the farm. Some thought that Ronald should get the farm... others one of the older daughters, perhaps Mildred seeing how she was the firstborn. However, it was in Warner and Grace's wishes for Lyle to get the farm. Probate was entered after Warner's death and both Ronald and Evelyn, co-administrators, saw to Warner's wishes. It's horrible how trifle things like this can rip a family asunder. Fortunately those generations have passed that remember the hurt(s) real or imagined and the spirit of peace and goodwill to all descendants has outlived it.
The property south of 9 Mile was purchased from A. J. Provin while the north property was owned by Theodore Weller. It is on this north property where an oil well was put in operation in 1931 that produced very little oil due to the parafin in the rocks that held it back. The Warner Pennington property was sold off through the years, passing to son Lyle and then to Lyle's children. Only a 5 acre plot remains on the southeastern end of the southern property off Myers Lake now owned by Lyle's daughter, Ruth Pennington.
Children of Warner James 2 Pennington and Grace Elizabeth Weller were as follows:
+ 15 i ESTHER MILDRED 3 PENNINGTON, born 1 April 1898 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; married Estel Ammon Nowlin on 10 March 1920 in Kent County, Michigan; died 23 January 1982 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.
+ 16 ii BERNICE LEAH 3 PENNINGTON, born 17 May 1901 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; married Ralph A. Whitbeck on 8 March 1924 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan; died 28 June 1982 in Wyoming, Kent County, Michigan.
17 iii DORIS ELIZABETH 3 PENNINGTON, born 15 August 1903 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; married Claude Crissman 1928 in St. Joseph, St. Joseph County, Indiana ; died 23 December 1994 in Dundee, Kane County, Illinois. Doris and Claude adopted Stanley Crissman when a young boy. The couple had no natural issue.
+ 18 iv ETHELYN HELEN 3 PENNINGTON, born 9 December 1906 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; married Ray McKinney on 19 October 1941 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan; died 22 January 1994 in Wyoming, Kent County, Michigan.
+ 19 v RONALD WALLACE 3 PENNINGTON, born 22 March 1908 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; married Berma May Bennett on 23 October 1933 in Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana; divorced on 28 February 1936 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, on grounds of "cruelty"; remarried 31 August 1936 in St. Joseph County, Indiana; married Nola Marguerite Hammer Robinson on 13 August 1959; died 26 October 2000 in Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan.
+ 20 vi LYLE WELLER 3 PENNINGTON, born 31 July 1910 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; married Ethel M. Cook Buggs, on 24 August 1946 in Rockford, Kent County, Michigan; died 13 April 1976 in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida.
+ 21 vii NORMA ARLENE 3 PENNINGTON, born 19 December 1914 in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan; married Clyde O. Dickerson on 30 March 1935 in Rockford, Kent County, Michigan; died 6 August 1988 in Lowell, Kent County, Michigan.