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Notes for Zula M. Penny

Zula Willemena (named for the Queen of the Netherlands in) was born on her father's plantation "Safety Dale", near Zachary, Louisiana. She "was proud that one of her brothers, James Smiley Penny, had joined the Confederate army at 13 and served to the end. Her two fighting brothers...were dubbed the "Black Pennies" because of their toughness in pulling through hardships".

She received most of her education from her father who had lost his eye sight in his later years. He would take the children into the yard under the large shade trees for their lessons". Zula "pointed out that were no public schools after the Civil War, so it was through Joseph and his sister-in-law, who used a room in her father's large house for a little school, that she obtained an education. When Zula was only 17 years old she was appointed to teach in Port Hudson. She said "I had to pass a written examination to qualify, but I passed with high marks, a credit to my father's teaching". She was a long time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (her National number was 185029) having joined in 1922 and was a member for 44 years until her death.

Her obituary on May 16, 1964 contained "Mrs. F.E. Morgan Sr., 97, died Friday in a Ruston hospital after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Morgan was the last surviving granddaughter of the American Revolution, her family said. She had also been a member of Trinity Methodist Church since 1896 (68 years). Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today in the chapel of Spears Funeral Home with the Rev. Douglas McGuire officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery".

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