Joshua Pennel, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1813: According to his tombstone, Joshua Pennel was born in 1813.

1834: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had a daughter named Mary C. (Pennell) Rose who was born in 1834.

1835: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Jacob Pennel's value was recorded as $135.00 in 1835.

1836: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had a son named Jonathan Pennell who was born in 1836.

1838-1862: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" puts Joshua Pennel in Southampton Township, Bedford County in the 1838 to 1862 timeframe.

1840: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had a son named Andrew Jackson Pennel who was born in 1840.

1842: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had a son named Henry C. Pennel who was born in 1842.

1844: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts Joshua Pennel in Southampton Township of Bedford County in 1844.

1844: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Joshua Pennel is identified as a gunsmith in the 1844 tax roll of Southampton Township, Bedford County, used Bedford County-style hand-made gun locks, and produced guns of average workmanship.

1844: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Jacob Pennel's value was recorded as $34.00 in 1844.

1845: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had a son named George W. Pennel who was born in 1845. George W. Pennel’s tombstone gives his birthdate as 1845. The obituary of George W. Pennel in the June 8, 1934 issue of the Everett Press newspaper indicates that he was born on October 19, 1854 in Bedford County, and operated a wagon shop in Loysburg.

1847: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had a son named John Wraley Pennell who was born in 1847.

1850: The following composite images from the 1850 census indicate the size and productivity of Joshua Pennel's farm:

1851: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had daughters named Elizabeth (Pennel) Kagarise and Mary Ann (Pennel) Spielman who were born in 1851. Her death certificate follows:

1855: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had a daughter named Rachael (Pennell) Samels who was born in 1855.

1858: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had a daughter named Martha Jane (Pennell) Fluck who was born in 1858. Here is Martha's death certificate, which accidently uses "Fluck" as her father's last name:

1862: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had a daughter named Amanda E. (Pennell) Morton who was born in 1862. This is harmonious with her death certificate, which follows.

1862: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Henry Pennel, a son of Joshua Pennel, died on June 29, 1862, and is buried in the Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort County, South Carolina.

1867: According to his memorial on findagrave.com Joshua Pennel had a daughter named Margaret (Pennell) Studebaker who was born in 1867.

1886: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" reports that Joshua Pennel appears as a farmer in the 1886 edition of "Farquar's Directory of Bedford County".

1896: According to their shared tombstone, Joshua Pennel's wofe Asenath died in 1896.

1899: Joshua Pennel died in 1899 and is buried at Saint John's Reformed Church Cemetery (0.1641000, -78.3778000) at Loysburg in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. His tombstone states, "Joshua Pennel 1813--1899 Asenath Karns his wife 1824--1896. At rest."

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