The four orphan children, Lucy (1836-1916), William (1837-1922), Thomas (1839-) and Francis (1840-1902), of Frederick PENNEBAKER. Jr. and his wife, Nancy Hatfield, were educated and lived in the Shaker Community at Pleasant Hill (near Harrodsburg), Mercer County, Kentucky. The children of Frederick, Jr. were apparently orphaned between 1840 and 1850 and taken to the Shaker community by Dr. John Shain - a Shaker recruiter. The cause for being orphans has not been established. Frederick last appears in the 1840 Bullitt Co census, then the children show up in the 1850 Mercer Co, KY census. The Shakers sent William and Francis to be educated in Cincinnatti. Francis became a dentist and William became a physician, with both returning to Shakertown to live the remainder of their lives. Both were prominent leaders in the community, their memory being preserved in the Pennebaker Home for Girls at Shakertown. William and Francis were buried with honor in the village cemetery and given impressive monuments, which was an unusual display of love and respect by the Shakers.
This above information is from page 382-A written by Ed Upton from "Pennebakers and Buckmans, Pioneers", Phyllis Virginia PENNEBAKER GROSS, 1988 and Dorothy Elizabeth CHAPMAN VAN SLYKE, 1987, Genealogy of Weiant Pennebaker and His Descendants in Volume II, 1988 and Supplement to Genealogy of Weiant Pennebaker and His Descendants, 1993. Ed Upton's lineage assessment is based on statements in a letter by C.B.S. PENNEBAKER to Samuel W. Pennypacker on 23 Jan 1880 and appears to be correct. Additional information was provided by Anthony Foster <firstname.lastname@example.org>, relative of Dr. Shain. Also see reference to Pennebakers in "A Shaker Christmas Reading."
Dr. William Pennebaker and Shaker Sisters at Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Dr. Pennebaker and his siblings were orphan children taken to the Shakers between 1840-1850 by Dr. Shain. Dr. Pennebaker, pictured above, was a leader in the community. His sister, Lucy/Sarah, may also be in the picture. Picture from Clark, Thomas D. 1972. Pleasant Hill in the Civil War.
Clark, Thomas D. 1972. Pleasant Hill in the Civil War. Pleasant Hill
Press. Keystone Printery, Lexington, Ky. (Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 72-89753.)
Clark, Thomas D. 1972. Pleasant Hill in the Civil War. Pleasant Hill Press. Keystone Printery, Lexington, Ky. (Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 72-89753.)