Lena Bell Crown

Female3 September 1897–30 September 1972

Brief Life History of Lena Bell

When Lena Bell Crown was born on 3 September 1897, in Flora, Clay, Illinois, United States, her father, Alva Emanuel Crown, was 29 and her mother, Laura Bell Fordyce, was 22. She married Merle J Pennington on 11 August 1915, in Washington, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Bloomington Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States in 1930 and Perry Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States in 1940. She died on 30 September 1972, in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Bloomington Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States.

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Merle J Pennington
Lena Bell Crown
Marriage: 11 August 1915
Wilma Roberta “Penny” Pennington
Robert William Pennington
Bonita Jean Pennington
William Merle "Billy" Pennington
Donald Carlin Pennington

Sources (10)

  • Lorna Crown in household of Dorson Fordyce, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Lena Crown, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • Lena Bell Crown Pennington, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 August 1915Washington, Indiana, United States
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (4)

    World Events (8)

    1898 · War with the Spanish

    Age 1

    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

    1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

    Age 9

    The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.


    Age 20

    U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Craon in Mayenne, France.

    English: nickname from Middle English coroune, croun(e) ‘crown, garland, chaplet’, also ‘crown of the head’ (Old French corone), perhaps with reference to the wearing of a garland at celebrations, or to physical appearance (a tonsured or bald head, perhaps), or to a state of the mind. One late 13th-century Nottinghamshire family called Croune is more fully named as Madythecroune ‘mad in the head’.

    English: occasionally a habitational name for someone who lived or worked at an inn called The Crown, from Middle English coroune, croun(e) ‘crown’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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