Sunday, November 07, 2010

George T. Pennisten

From Samuel Harden's "Those I Have Met, or Boys in Blue", Anderson, Indiana, 1888, page 173:

George T. Pennisten was born December 23, 1842, in Pike county, Ohio, and came to Lafayette township, Madison county, Indiana in 1861, where he settled upon a farm.  In the month of August, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, 75th Indiana Volunteers, and in common with the great majority of the soldiers of the late war, encountered many dangers and endured much suffering in defense of the flag.  During his term of service he participated in the battles of Murfreesborough, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Atlanta, Jonesboro and many skirmishes and engagements of less importance.  He was discharged June 16, 1865, and returned home, where he as married to Louisa Bodin, May 15, 1866.  She is the daughter of the late Alexander Bodkin, and a devout member of the United Brethren Church.  I first met Comrade Pennisten in 1874.  He was then living in Lafayette township, and the first impression I received of him was a good one, and has improved ever since.  A good soldier most always makes a good citizen; at least this holds good in Mr. Pennisten's case, and I gladly remember him among my friedns and wish him many years of happiness and prosperity.

Believe that this is the George T. PENISTEN, listed as the brother of Isaac C. PENISTEN, killed in a train accident.

I believe that I've also located the correct George T. in the 1850 census of Pike County, Ohio.  This would make his parents Lewis and Elizabeth PENISTEN.

Source: Lewis Peniston household, 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, District 117, Benton Township, Pike County, Ohio, dwelling 1626, family 1626, Ancestry.com [database on-line].

My database contains a Lewis PENISTEN, son of George and Rebecca (WHEATON) PENISTEN, who married an Elizabeth BAYLS on May 1, 1829.  Perhaps this is the same family.  More data will have to be searched.  I have some other PENISTEN data to input in my Rootsmagic database in order to sort it out.
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