The daughter of Col. Rev. George Gibson Brooke and Eliza Jane Smith, Mary "Mollie" Gray Brooke, was born May 7, 1853, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, VA/WV. In the 1870 U.S. Census she appears in Baltimore, MD in the home of her parents, about age 16. Her father, a Methodist circuit rider minister, as well as a chaplain during the Civil War, served in the Baltimore, MD district.
In the 1920 census, she appears in Columbus, Franklin County, OH with her husband, Lewis George Penn, near their son, George Gibson Penn, Sr. Her husband died in 1922.
A daughter, Annie E. (Penn) McIntosh, first wife of Silas Carter McIntosh, had died in 1909 in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, WV. Silas later married another daughter, Annie's sister, Mary E. Penn about 1917. Silas spent time in Norfolk and Richmond, VA, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, WV, and Greensboro, Guilford County, NC, and died in Norfolk, VA in 1941. His obituary states both his wives (two sisters) preceded him in death.
After leaving Ohio, Mary "Mollie" Gray Penn, may have traveled to either Norfolk or Richmond, VA where Silas Carter McIntosh's family resided.
She died February 14, 1939. She also traveled to Jacksonville, Duval County, FL, to visit the family of her son, George Gibson Penn, Sr. who died in 1933,
but she did not stay there. Her daughter, Louise "Lula" Denny Penn, who was hospitalized in Williamsburg, VA, would not have been able to offer any
hospitality or a place to stay for an extended period.
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