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William Penton of Salem Co. NJ
Posted by: Mike Marshall Date: October 08, 1998 at 17:21:13
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I am descended from a Joseph Thompson who married Sarah Penton in the Alloways Creek area of Salem, New Jersey. The marriage is recorded in the Salem Quaker Monthly Meeting (MM) records as having
taken place on 26th day, 10th month, 1715. That would be 26 Dec 1715 old
style.

In a publication by the Welcome Society of Pennsylvania on passengers and ships prior to 1684, I found mention of a ship called the "Kent," Gregory Marlow, master, which loaded out in London to carry passengers to NJ from 19 Mar to 31 Mar 1677. She arrived in NJ later that year. One of the passengers was a John Penton or Penford. Another ship which loaded just
after the "Kent" in London was the "Greyhound," Joseph Wasey, master. She
too landed later in 1677 in NJ. One of her passengers was a WILLIAM PENTON,
likely a relation to the John Penton who sailed on the "Kent."

The William Penton who arrived on the "Greyhound" is almost surely the same
William Penton, yeoman, of Alloways Creek, Salem, NJ who purchased 500
acres of land on 18 Jul 1678. On 13 Oct 1678, William Penton of Allawayes
Creek, West Jersey [as the area was then known] sold to William Surredge of
New Salem, W.J., bricklayer, 16 acres, part of the 500 laid out for Salem
Townlots ... said 500 acres were granted by John Fenwick to Samuel Land and
wife Dorcas 14 May 1675, who assigned the same to John Yoe (Yeo) of Castle,
from whom the said William Penton bought 18 Jul 1678.

This is probably also the William Penton of Alloways Creek who left a will
recorded 7-4-1692. This will did not mention a wife, but named a son
William, a Jean [according to the will abstract I have--but wonder if this
was John, perhaps the John Penton who came on the "Kent"] and daughters not
named in the will.

I also found reference to a 1694 will of a Bernard Hodge that mentions his brother-in-law William Penton. If this will was drawn after the death of the above mentioned William Penton, as I suspect, this would imply that William Penton2 married a Ms. Hodge. The Salem Quaker MM records note that a William Penton was reported for marrying out on 7th day, 5th month, 1679. I suspect this was William2 Penton, not the father who died ca. 1692. If so, my guess is that William2
married Ms. Hodge in 1679.

I believe this is also the William2 Penton who left a will recorded 6-15-1735 in Alloways Creek. This will named the following children: Abner, Burton, John, Amos, William, Daniel, and daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Martha, Meriam and Sarah. I believe it likely this was the Sarah Penton who married Joseph Thompson in 1715.

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