or Two or Three
FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
MERRITT CASH PENNEY
Merritt Cash Penney arrived in Moriches
two days after Christmas in 1854. The youngest of five children
of William Penney 1794-1864 & his second wife Joanna Turner.
His half brothers were Franklin, Oliver and Daniel, and Elmira
was an older sister(?) Merritt married Mary E. Robinson in 1878.
I believe the Robinsons were based in Patchogue, which is about
15 miles west of Moriches. I do not know of any children from
Merritt later re married Adeliade Melissa
Hawkins 1860-1947 the daughter of Adelphus Hawkins & Jemina
Ross ( Hawkins & Ross like Penny/Penney are a very old Moriches
families) They had three boys, Clarence Gilmore born 1886 Leonard
Leroy 1887 and then after 12 years Willis Oliver 1898
Farming and later man of all work seemed
to be Merritt's main occupations. I do not know when he started
working for William
B. and Kitty Floyd Dana's estate "Moss Lots"
but he became the superintendent of it.
Most of the photos found on this page
are courtesy of Darby Penney who's father Arthur is the grandson
of Merritt and The Long
Island Genealogy Site
Merritt & Adeliade Penney circa
4 Generations of Penneys circa 1938
Merritt, Clarence, Lloyd and Roland
I had the pleasure of meeting with
Roland in January of 2002. He was very helpful to my entire project
and a gentleman of the first order
Roland & Me Jan /2002
Clarence Penney's Farm 1931
Roland's father Lloyd with his younger
brother Arthur Baker Penney
and a goose for Christmas?
Robert Ross Penney
He raised prize winning orchids, developed seeds for Burpee.
Lawrence B. Penney
He was afflicted with polio as a young boy but remained upbeat and exhuberant throughout his life. His younger brother ARthur said he was very popular with girls.I also heard he was an excellent bowler even though he spent his life on crutches.
HERE IS CLARENCE & EDITH PENNEY
AT THEIR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
NOW THE NEXT PHOTO BELOW I JUST "LUCKED"
AND THE STORY BEHIND IT
IS AS INTERESTING AS THE PHOTO ITSELF
IT WAS FOUND IN THE ARCHIVES OF NORTH
CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY AT ASHEVILLE
AND WAS A DONATION SENT FROM A JOHN
DAWSON IN TEXAS. MR DAWSON FOUND IT IN A HOME HE BOUGHT AND SENT
IT TO THE COLLEGE BECAUSE IT HAD LOTS OF
PHOTOS OF PEOPLE & PLACES IN ASHEVILLE, NC
THE COVER OF THE BOOK IDENTIFIES IT
"A SCRAPBOOK BELONGING TO "
Joseph F. Knapp of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
The Dates On The Material In The Scrapbook range from 1938- 1940's
and there were three photos of great
interest to me inside.
This one is titled
I STRONGLY BELIEVE AND AM 99% SURE
THAT THIS GENTLEMAN IS NONE OTHER
THAN MERRIT CASH PENNEY'S YOUNGEST
1. The Place Where The Photo Was Found. His brother in laws scrapbook
2. Look At The Strong Family Resemblance
To Brother Clarence
3. Look At The Dog !
Would you believe that I have seen
a confirmed photo of Willis' daughter from around the same era
playing with possibly the same dog. The photo appeared briefly
last summer on The Whippet View Websight. It was included in a
history of Pennyworth Kennels. A great shot as it showed a young
Miss Penney at about age 10 playing with her Scotty "Peaches"
who was hitched up to a little wagon her father built for her.
Granted the dog was named Peaches but who's to say "Scrapper"
isn't the sporty looking gent holding the dog? After
all his brother in law was know to be a bit of a scrapper too.
4. Also on that websight was a later
photo of Willis daughter as a grown young woman with her mother
Claire Knapp Penney. This photo is also in the July issue of Dogs
In Review. And I can tell you from what I can see of this gentlemans
eyes they look remarkably like the first daughter of Willis &
Claire. BTW I signed the WhippetView guestbook last summer and
wound up right next to Claire's Granddaughter! The next day the
whole web sight crashed and when it returned the ladies of Clairedale
& Pennyworth were nowhere in sight anymore....pity,,,,but
I got a good enough look to draw the conclusion that the gentleman
in uniform is indeed one Willis Oliver Penney Jan 11 1898 - May
2 1974. Now has anyone seen Leonard?
UPDATE JAN 2005
Yes they have, not only have they seen Leonard, They have seen Willis too as all of Merrit's Three Sons posed for this shot around 1947-48....Willis looks just like the guy holding the dog in the 1930's photo from J F Knapp's Ft Lauderdale scrapbook don't you think?
Here's Another Appropiate Tune From The Speaker of A 1941 FADA "Streamliner"