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Once again, hello. Randy & one of his friends asked to use the computer
while I was writing, so I stored my letter (I thought) & found this morning
it had been sent.
To continue....the Pennell family originated around Balderton, England, we
understand, so joining this list seemed appropriate. We haven't discovered
when my husband's branch arrived in Pennsylvania, so we know nothing about
his ancestors in England, but the family was part of the Quaker emigration.
His family has lived in the Nottingham - Little Britain area for nearly
200 years; most of the Pennell's stayed
around Philadelphia. Although that is only 50 miles away, we are happily
off the beaten track.
Nottingham is a small village close to the Mason-Dixon Line. Herr Foods,
Inc., a maker of potato chips & snack food is the largest business. You
can check out their web site at www.Herrs.com. Kids will enjoy it.
Nottingham County Park is also nearby; it is 651 acres situated on an
outcropping of serpentine rock. It's unique in that serpentine is full of
chromite & other metals; there was a thriving mining operation here nearly
100 years ago. You can still see the quarries. Because of the type of
rock, the flora is very different from what one expects in lush Chester
Co. Several species are on the endangered species list and grow nowhere
else except on serpentine. Fortunately the largest outcropping outside the
Park has been protected by The Nature Conservancy.
This spring Randy wrote a history paper about a case clock belonging to the
Pennells for over 200 years. When he compared family records with other
sources, he found a discrepancy in ownership. That prompted my interest to
do some researching & it is lots of fun. Puzzles were always a favorite of
mine. I am enjoying the list & getting a sense of Nottinghamshire's
history. And hoping to hear from all those long-lost Pennell's.
Happy St. Swithin's Day (our 30th anniversary)!
Hello to the group from Nottingham, Chester Co., PA, USA!
My name is Elaine Witman Pennell, one of the very first baby boomers. My
husband, Dale & I have 3 children: Elizabeth (27), Gregory (24), Randy (17)
and 1 grandson Zachary (5). I am not employed because I have suffered
strokes, but I have a masters in theology & was planning to be ordained to
the Prebyterian ministry. Besides keeping busy with the family's needs, I
love quilting and gardening, especially raising plants in the greenhouse.
I have been on the list less than a month...actually I've been doing
genealogy and figuring out Randy's computer the same length of time.
> From: Hugh <hughw(a)xtra.co.nz>
> To: NOTTSGEN-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: Welcome
> Date: Saturday, July 12, 1997 18:39
> Just a letter of welcome to the new subs
> We have currently 188 subscribers.
> I thought I would introduce myself, hoping that maybe other might
> follow suit.
> I am 44 years old, born in NZ, and have 2 boys aged 15 and 12. I
> have been researching since 1990, when Dad
> got me into looking for family.
> However the Nottingham part of my research revolves around my
> mothers maiden name, Wells.
> The Wells and Creswells of Nottingham united in 1829 in Calais
> France, working in the lace making trade.
> Forced to leave France because of fighting, they ended up going to
> Australia, and some then to NZ in search of gold.
> I hope that you all might like to add a human touch in the group by
> introducing yourselves. It is not compulsory....
> Hugh Winters
> Marriage Witness Indexes
> Hugh Winters http://home.xtra.co.nz/hosts/hugh
> 31 Park Ave, Auckland, New Zealand, 1701 hughw(a)xtra.co.nz
> Listowner-Nottsgen, Warwick, Mailing Lists Marriage Witness Indexes
> And now Listowner Bedford-L