Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Penny

25 May 1825–17 August 1866 (Age 41)
Riverhead, Riverhead, Suffolk, New York, United States

The Life of Elizabeth Ann "Betsy"

When Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Penny was born on 25 May 1825, in Riverhead, Riverhead, Suffolk, New York, United States, her father, Henry T Penny, was 28 and her mother, Elizabeth Griffin, was 18. She married David Franklin Vail on 2 December 1841. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 17 August 1866, at the age of 41.

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Family Time Line

David Franklin Vail
Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Penny
Marriage: 2 December 1841
Henry Franklin Vail
Mary Polly Griffin Vail
Ella Elizabeth Vail
David Chase Vail
Ada Clair Vail
Harrison Osborn Vail
George Miller Vail
Helena Vail
Everett S. Vail
Charles Davis Vail

Spouse and Children

2 December 1841


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Henry T Penny


    Elizabeth Griffin





    John Penny


    Hulda B. Penny


    Sarah Conklin Penney


    Maria Penny


World Events (5)

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 2

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 5

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.

Age 21

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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)

  • Betsey Vail in household of David F Vail, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Betsey A Vail in household of David F Vail, "New York State Census, 1865"
  • Unknown in entry for George Miller Vail, "Florida Deaths, 1877-1939"

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