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From: "Ron Bozzay" <>
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] ADMIN - Dinner Guest
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2003 12:28:52 -0600
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This family is full of odd twists and turns. I know there were a lot of
Susan Dunn and William Penny folk living all at the
same time. I think that is part of the confusion. How do you know you
are looking at the right group?
This is what I know about my family.
William Penny was the son of John Penny and Susan Dunn who apparently never
married and were teenagers at the time of the birth.
John married Mary Trail 3 years after William was born.
There are multiple William Penny listings in Aberdeenshire around this time
period. Mine married Margaret Cheyne Robertson
in Old Deer on Nov 24, 1861. They had a son named William who lived in
Lonmay with his wife named Mary Jane Thom.
So I am not sure who the William Penny is who marries Susan Dunn and if we
are even talking about the same people.
When I search on Susan Dunn I get over 500 responses! So I know it is a
common name. I also heard a while back from
a Penny researcher that there were something like 500 Penny families
scattered around Aberdeenshire at one time. Makes
for easy research if you don't try and figure out how they are all related!
I am more intrigued now than ever! Thanks for taking the time to look all
of this up for me. I really appreciate it!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sheena Samonas" <>
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2003 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] ADMIN - Dinner Guest
> Hi Laura,
> Hope you don't mind my butting in, But your query was interesting. I
> checked the IGI, and there was a Susan Dunn married to William Trail on
> January 26, 1851, in Fraserburgh, Aberdeen. Couldn't help noticed the
> coincidence with John Penny married to Mary Trail. The baby could be
> William Trail's son???? Just asking.
> Ron Bozzay wrote:
> >This was a great question. It got me to do more research on my Scottish
> >folk today so I could make a decision.
> >Well, I think it would be the unwed mother of my Great Great Grandfather
> >(William Penny) who was Susan Dunn.
> >It looks like she was a serving girl on a farm owned by James Penny and
> >wife Jannet (nee Mitchell) Penny. They had
> >a teenaged son about the same age as Susan and teenage hormones being
> >they are...well William was born in May of 1842.
> >What I find interesting about this story is that Susan seems to disappear
> >and William seems to be raised by his Father, John, and
> >later by John's wife Mary Trail who he marries in May of 1845 when
> >is age 3. This must have been a fine union because William
> >names several of his children after his step mother and none after his
> >biological mother. (I think it would be a very interesting dinner to
> >Susan and her son William come to the same dinner party!)
> >This was not an easy decision but I am intrigued by what happened to
> >Where did she go? Did she ever marry? Did she miss her son? Did she
> >care or try to contact him? All those very poignant questions about
> >relations that go astray sometimes because of the moral conventions of
> >day, sometimes due to individual selfish reasons, sometimes because
> >else is making those decisions for you.
> >Great question. And I found more family because of it!!!!
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Carol" <>
> >To: <>
> >Sent: Friday, February 28, 2003 9:42 AM
> >Subject: [ABERDEEN] ADMIN - Dinner Guest
> >>Hi all,
> >>Here is something for you all to think about this weekend.
> >>"If you could invite any one ancestor to dinner - who would it be and
> >>Be very interesting to read the guest list and you just may find your
> >>missing person on the list.
> >>Julie & Carol
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