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The Penny family in our tree lived at Nibthwaite, near Colton. James Penny, born in 1726, was the son of Joseph Penny. James married Agnes Pennington at Ulverston in 1764. Their son James, born in 1775 at Nibthwaite married Alice Nicholson in 1796. Alice was born in 1775, daughter of Moses Nicholson (see Nicholson Irton family page).
James and Alice had ten children. In the 1841 census James was described as a mechanic. He died in 1849, having fallen from the roof of his barn.

From a newspaper article relating to his death:
SINGULAR DEATH - On the evening of the 4th inst. Mr James Penny, of High Nibthwaite, having gone upon the roof of his barn to make some repairs, and having completed the same, he was observed by one of the neighbours to be in a dangerous position in his descent. A few moments after, he was found laying at the foot of the ladder in a state of insensibility, and was immediately conveyed to bed by the neighbours. Mr John Leck then went to Penny Bridge in search of Mr Atkinson, surgeon, who was soon in attendance, but the poor old man was too deeply affected for medical assistance to be of any avail. He lingered on, in a state of unconsciousness, until Saturday morning, when death terminated his sufferings. Whether his death was caused by a fit or fall we have not been able to ascertain. The deceased, who was about 75 years of age, was well-known throughout High Furness as a self-taught silversmith and as a handy mechanic, who could make or repair almost any piece of workmanship which was brought to him, though its construction were ever so complicated, and he was no less esteemed for his moral worth and upright dealings. In short, few have lived in this world for the same period of time, and gone down to the grave with so few stains upon their memory.

Jane Penny, daughter of James and Alice, was born in 1815. Jane married Thomas Leece at Colton in 1836. She was a widow in the 1881 census, following her husband’s death in an explosion at the Blackbeck Powder Mill where he worked, we have yet to find a record of her death.

Descendants of Joseph Penny

1 Joseph Penny - 1732
.... +Agnes Redhead
... 2 James Penny 1726 - 1779
......... +Agnes Pennington
........ 3 Dorothy Penny 1765
........ 3 Isabel Penny 1765
........ 3 Agnes Penny 1769
........ 3 Agnes Penny 1770
........ 3 James Penny 1775 - 1849
.............. +Alice Nicholson 1775 - 1866
............. 4 George Penny 1797 - 1872
................... +Mary Ann Boothman 1802 - 1882
............. 4 James Penny 1799
............. 4 Mary Penny 1802
............. 4 Alice Penny 1804
............. 4 Moses Penny 1804 - 1888
................... +Bella Gradwell 1812 - 1896
............. 4 Ann Penny 1807
............. 4 William Penny 1812 - 1829
............. 4 Jane Penny 1815
................... +Thomas Leece 1809 - 1868
.................. 5 William Penny Leece 1837 - 1881
.................. 5 James Leece 1839 - 1858
.................. 5 Thomas Leece 1841
.................. 5 John Leece 1844 - 1924
........................ +Mary Jane Kennedy 1845 - 1936
....................... 6 Annie Leece 1868 - 1945
............................. +John Williamson 1863
....................... 6 Lumley Leece 1870 - 1966
....................... 6 Thomas Kennedy Leece 1873 - 1963
....................... 6 Sarah Jane Leece 1874 - 1975
............................. +Joseph Henry Moore - 1943
....................... 6 William Leece 1876 - 1966
............................. +Hannah Tyson September - 1967
............................ 7 William Tyson Leece 1903 - 1931
............................ 7 Mary Leece 1904 - 2002
.................................. +John Andrew Armstrong 1898 - 1984
................................. 8 Margaret Armstrong 1931 - 2015
....................................... +Henry Elliot
...................................... 9 Deidre Gleda Elliot
............................................ +Kevin Armstrong
...................................... 9 Catherine Elliot
............................................ +Craig Bourget
........................................... 10 Ava Jane Bourget
........................................... 10 Ruby Mary Bourget
................................. 8 John Alastair Armstrong 1932 - 1974
....................................... +Elizabeth Anne Threlfell 1935 - 2014
...................................... 9 Jane Elizabeth Armstrong
............................................ +William John Holmes
........................................... 10 Alan William Holmes
................................................. +Vicki Hodgson
................................................ 11 Matthew Alan Holmes
........................................... 10 Sarah Jane Armstrong Holmes
........................................... 10 John Andrew Holmes
................................................. +Leanne Marie Davis
................................................ 11 John William Holmes
...................................... 9 Anne Gillian Armstrong
............................................ +Philip Robinson
........................................... 10 Jessica Alice Robinson
........................................... 10 Eden Jane Robinson
...................................... 9 Richard Andrew Armstrong
............................................ +Emma Raine
........................................... 10 Robert James Armstrong
................................................. +Charlotte Marinos
........................................... 10 David William Armstrong
...................................... *2nd Wife of Richard Andrew Armstrong:
............................................ +Alison Barber
...................................... 9 Sarah Margaret Armstrong
............................................ +Robert Calder Fenwick
........................................... 10 Alastair William Fenwick
........................................... 10 Stuart Calder Fenwick
................................. 8 Richard Hubert Armstrong
................................. 8 Helen Mary Armstrong
....................................... +Edward Woodall
...................................... 9 Jennifer Woodall
............................................ +Stephen William Knowles
........................................... 10 Sarah Knowles
........................................... 10 Andrew Knowles
...................................... 9 Alison Woodall
............................................ +David Buchanan
........................................... 10 Mark Buchanan
........................................... 10 Catherine Buchanan
...................................... 9 Edward John Woodall
............................................ +Julie E Lowery
...................................... *2nd Wife of Edward John Woodall:
............................................ +Amie Bucknall
........................................... 10 William Edward Woodall
........................................... 10 Millie Woodall
................................. 8 Anne Barbara Armstrong
............................ 7 John Stephenson Leece 1906 - 1933
....................... 6 Matthias Leece 1878 - 1965
............................. +Jane Poole 1887 - 1964
............................ 7 Molly Leece 1909 - 1991
.................................. +Wilfrid Bewley
............................ 7 Lizzie Leece 1911
.................................. +William Tyson
............................ 7 Jessie Leece 1913 - 1991
.................................. +Reginald Mole
............................ 7 William Henry Leece 1915
.................................. +Mary Fisher
............................ 7 Dorothy Leece
.................................. +Harold Clarke
............................ 7 Hilda Leece 1919 - 1977
.................................. +Leslie Cunnington
............................ 7 Jean Leece
.................................. +Joseph Atkinson
............................ 7 James Leece
.................................. +Joan K Miller
............................ 7 John Leece
............................ 7 Arthur Edward Leece 1927 - 1982
.................................. +Doris Southward
............................ 7 Richard Dennis Leece 1930 - 1988
.................................. +Barbara Barrow
....................... 6 Jessie Leece 1880 - 1952
............................. +Thomas Matthew Gault
.................. 5 Alice Leece 1847
........................ +Joseph Wilson 1844
.................. 5 Moses Leece 1848 - 1853
.................. 5 Agnes Leece 1851 - 1852
.................. 5 Matthias Leece 1853 - 1876
.................. 5 Margaret Agnes Leece 1857
.................. 5 Joseph Leece 1859
............. 4 Margaret Penny 1815
............. 4 Agnes Penny 1818





   
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