Margaret Penna

9 November 1915–25 December 2007 (Age 92)
Bisbee, Cochise, Arizona, United States

The Life of Margaret

When Margaret Penna was born on 9 November 1915, in Bisbee, Cochise, Arizona, United States, her father, Frederick Penna, was 38 and her mother, Margaret W Wilkinson, was 29. She married Leland Elmer Bigelow on 23 January 1932, in Jerome, Yavapai, Arizona, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Jerome, Yavapai, Arizona, United States for about 15 years and Supervisorial District 2, Yavapai, Arizona, United States in 1940. She died on 25 December 2007, at the age of 92.

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Family Time Line

Leland Elmer Bigelow
Margaret Penna
Marriage: 23 January 1932
Fredrick Harlan Bigelow
Robert L Bigelow

Spouse and Children

23 January 1932
Jerome, Yavapai, Arizona, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Margaret W Wilkinson





    Ellen Wilkenson Penna


World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Age 2

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

Age 26

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 Cornish: of uncertain origin; perhaps a habitational name from any of the places named Penare or Penarth, from Cornish pen-arth ‘promontory’, ‘headland’.2 Italian (mainly southern): probably a topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or peak, or generally in an elevated location, penna (from Latin pinnus ‘pointed’), a common element of place names.3 Greek: from the Greek vocabulary word penna ‘quill’, ‘pen’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a clerk or scribe (Greek Pennas, with the occupational suffix -as).

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Margaret Penna Bigelow in household of Leland Elmer Bigelow, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Margaret Penna in household of Fred Penna, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Margaret Penna in household of Fred Penna, "United States Census, 1930"

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