James Penington was born on 2 October 1723, in John Town, Cecil, Maryland, United States as the son of William Pennington and Mary Elizabeth Atkey. He married Elizabeth Beaston on 11 October 1742, in Pennsylvania, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters.
English (Lancashire): variant of Pennington . This form of the surname is rare in Britain and Ireland.
History: Edward Penington, born in 1667 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, was appointed surveyor-general of the province of PA in 1698 and accompanied William Penn to Philadelphia.