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Samuel Wilson Pennebaker (1796 - 1835)

Samuel Wilson Pennebaker
Born in Kentucky, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died at age 39 in Wilson County, Tennessee, United Statesmap
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Samuel, a red head and known for his boisterous behavior, was born in Kentucky on May 20, 1796. He married Sarah FINLEY (1799-1877), the daughter of George FINLEY and Mary (Polly) GAINES, on October 4, 1819 in Mercer County, Kentucky. Samuel's and Sarah's children were:

Wyand P. (1820-1887), Mary (Polly) (1822-?), m. 1. Samuel W. CLIFTON, m. 2. Charles KAVANAUGH Cassandra (1824-1876), m. 1842, Preston HAWKS, William (1826-), George Finley (1828-1864), Samuel Pearce (1830-1869), Edwin Ruthfin (1833-1875), Sarah Ann (1835-1867) born after her father's death, m. Weldon SUTT.

Samuel W. was in Mercer County, KY in the 1820 census and moved to Wilson Co, Tennessee (1830 census) circa 1825 and died there about October 25, 1835. His last will and testament was dated October 23, 1835 and his property was sold November 20, 1835. Sarah FINLEY PENNEBAKER later married Rev. John Wiseman, a missionary Baptist circuit rider preacher, in 1842 and was living with her daughter, Cassandra HAWKS, in 1870 in Wilson Co, TN. Sarah died in 1877 and is buried beside her son, Edwin Ruthfin PENNEBAKER, in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon, Wilson Co, TN. Edwin Ruthfin PENNEBAKER, was the Tennessee State Treasury Comptroller from 1870-1873. Marlon BRANDO (Jr.) is a 2nd great-grandson of Samuel W. and Sarah FINLEY PENNEBAKER (Dorothy Julia PENNEBAKER 6, William John 5, William 4, Samuel W. 3, Wyand 2, Weigand 1).

Sarah Finley was a 2nd cousin of President Zachary TAYLOR and a 3rd cousin of Presidents James MADISON and John TYLER and all are descendants of the STROTHER and THORNTON families of Virginia. Sarah's mother, Mary "Polly" GAINES ancestry can be traced to Sir David GAM, her 10th great-grandfather. The name Gaines is said to have had its origin in Wales. The name became Games and still later Ganes, Gaynes and GAINES. George FINLEY, husband of Mary "Polly" GAINES and father of Sarah (and seven (7) other children) deserted the family after twenty-two (22) years of marriage.

Research Notes

  • Samuel was born in 1796. Samuel Pennebaker ... He passed away in 1835. [1]


  1. Entered by Janice Hardin, Nov 27, 2011
  • "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 March 2021), Samuel Pennybaker and Sally Finley, 4 Oct 1819; citing Marriage, Mercer, Kentucky, United States, various county clerks and county courts, Kentucky; FHL microfilm 191,847.
  • 1830 Census: "1830 United States Federal Census"
    Year: 1830; Census Place: Wilson, Tennessee; Series: M19; Roll: 182; Page: 140; Family History Library Film: 0024540
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 8058 #764070 (accessed 4 June 2023)
    Samuel Pennybaker in Wilson, Tennessee.
Name Samuel Pennybaker [Samuel Pennebaker]
Home in 1830 (City, County, State) Wilson, Tennessee
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5 2
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9 2
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29 1
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23 1
Free White Persons - Under 20 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49 2
Total Free White Persons 7
Total Slaves 1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored) 8
See also:
  • SOURCES: LDS FHL Ancestal File # (


  • "The Ancestry of Overmire Tifft Richardson Bradford Reed" Larry Overmire Email removed for privacy


  • This person was created through the import of JDS_09_17_10.ged on 09 February 2011.
  • Janice Hardin, firsthand knowledge.

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Wikidata - Different death date Help → 1877
posted by Loretta (Leger) Corbin
Pennebaker-45 and Pennebaker-1 do not represent the same person because: Dorothy Brando and Samuel Pennebaker are not the same gender.
posted by Kitty (Cooper) Smith
Pennebaker-45 and Pennebaker-1 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge as these are the same.
posted by Ed Burke

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