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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT
The Pennock family was a leading Quaker family in
colonial Pennsylvania. The descendants are numerous. Three
known books have been written about them:
The Pennocks of Primitive Hall by George Valentine Massey II,
The Pusey Family by Pennock Pusey, and
Christopher Pennock Genealogy, compiled by Charles A. Rudolph, 1959.
Mary Hayes was
born about 1780 in Chester County PA. It is not
known for sure who her parents were, but we have a
clue. When Mary
Hayes married James
Pennock Oct 1, 1799, the Marriage record was
signed by Ruth Hayes,
widow of Thomas Hayes
who had died in 1784. Marriages from JP Dockets
and Church Records, page 39, found at the Chester County
Historical society. They were married
by Moses Marshall JP of Marshallton, which is today
part of West Bradford Township, Chester County PA.
I believe they were probably Quakers, so there may be
records there to follow up. I thought therefore that
her parents were Ruth
& Thomas Hayes .However, other than
being the main signer of the marriage record, I can find
no other support for this Ruth Hayes to be her mother.
When she died her will included daughters Sarah, and
Rachel, son Reuben and grandchildren Mary and Sarah Hayes
who were not yet 18 in 1817. No mention to Mary's son John
Pennock who was alive in 1817. Chester
County Will Book 14, page 123
The name Ruth is a common name in the Hayes
family. Now to find why she was the main
signer of the Marriage.
The Christopher Pennock Genealogy states also stated that James Pennock married Mary Hayes on 10/1/1799 and had 3 children. The first being
1..John Pennock born in 1800 who married Elizabeth Stevens.
This however, is in error. Mary Hayes Pennock did
have son, John Pennock
in 1800 but then she died, either then or within a few
years. I could not find the family at all on the
1800 PA Census. They may have been living with
James Pennock was
remarried by 1807 to Mary
Thornbury. re Chester county Wills 1713-1825 for Richard Jones.
He left money to "Robert
Thornbury and his daughter Mary Pennock" It
is an interesting will as he also names his sister Ruth Hayes as well as
naming nephews, friends, etc. So we know the
community was small and very connected.
With both of James' wives being named Mary, it was hard
to separate them, but in Mary
Thornbury Pennock's will dated 1845, she
left 1 dollar to John Pennock, son of James
Pennock my late husband, deceased, as well as
clearly claiming daughters
Ann and Hannah.
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