I have been attempting to research my gggrandmother, Eliza Pennell, who was born on November 17, 1816. I have been unable to go any further back in the ancestry. Subsequent family always referred to her as “the French Lady”, which would indicate she had a French accent. From family letters dated in the 1840’s I can surmise her siblings were: David; John (who in 1843 was living in New Salem, Fairfield County, Ohio, and had joined the Temperence movement); Polly (who in January of 1843 was living with a family named Sharples); Mary A (who in 1843 was living at “the forge”.; Charlotte (who appears to have married someone with the last name of Allen); Margaret (who married a man named Stone); Joanna (married Michael Kidwiler and in 1849 was living in Harper’s Ferry, Jefferson County, Virginia); Daniel; and possibly James.
Eliza married William H. Eakle, son of William Eakle and Elizabeth Colliflower on December 21, 1841, in Shelby County, Missouri. In 1840, William H. was living alone in Shelby County. Letters to Eliza and William H. from Eliza’s family are written from Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland. Those from William’s family are written from Funkstown, Sharpsburg & Hagerstown, Maryland.
Any information to take this further back in my ancestry would be very much appreciated.