Margaret Penny

30 July 1818–14 June 1857 (Age 38)
Henry, Illinois, United States

The Life of Margaret

When Margaret Penny was born on 30 July 1818, in Henry, Illinois, United States, her father, Solomon Penny, was 23 and her mother, Jane Renshaw, was 20. She married John J Townsend on 12 April 1838, in Henry, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois, United States in 1850. She died on 14 June 1857, in Henry, Illinois, United States, at the age of 38.

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John J Townsend
Margaret Penny
Marriage: 12 April 1838
Solomon Penny Townsend
William Perry Townsend
Jane Townsend
Mary Elizabeth Townsend
Elma Townsend
Mariah Townsend
Margaret Ellen Townsend

Spouse and Children

12 April 1838
Henry, Illinois, United States


    Solomon Penny Townsend



    Jane Townsend


    Mary Elizabeth Townsend


    Elma Townsend


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World Events (7)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 1

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1819 · State Capital moves to Vandalia

Age 1

Vandalia was founded in 1819 as a new capital because Kaskaskia was under the threat of floods. The history of the name Vandalia is uncertain. Under the law which Vandalia was founded states that the title of capital would not be moved from there for twenty years. Even though it was the capital it was never the most populous area in Illinois.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 12

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

English (also present in Ireland): from Middle English peni, peny ‘penny’, applied as a nickname, possibly for a person of some substance or for a tenant who paid a rent of one penny. This was the common Germanic unit of value when money was still an unusual phenomenon. It was the only unit of coinage in England until the early 14th century, when the groat and the gold noble were introduced, and was a silver coin of considerable value. There is some evidence that the word was used in Old English times as a byname.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Margaret Townsend in household of John Townsend, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Marg Penny in entry for Maria Mechener, "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994"
  • Marg. Penny in entry for Maria Mechener, "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994"

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