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Notes for Joseph Penny
Joseph Penny's daughter, Zula, described him "as a kind, quite man, who was very religous". He was married twice. The first marriage was filled with domestic problems and during his second marriage he suffered financial problems. He was well educated and taught his children long passages from the classics which he loved and could recite with great feeling.
After the Civil War he moved to a large plantation ("Safety Dale") southeast of Ambrosia and there his second family was born and raised. His two marriages produced 19 children. At the time of his marriage to Ann Carl, he was 40 and she was 20-22. He "was a planter and like most of the planters raised, ground and refined his own sugar cane".
In 1880 life was very hard for the family. He would, for a small fee, show area farmers how to make sugar. One of his sons hunted in the "devil swamps" for meat. Earlier, the "Yankee soldiers had taken everything and then came the carpet baggers." At the time of the birth of his last child, Zula, he was 58 or 59 years old and later lost his eyesight in his older years. The home he had lived in was dismantled around 1935.
Zula recalled that "she attended the old Presbyterian church near our home. My father took her there because he never forgot that we were Scottish Covenanters". He taught her Scottish history and Scottish songs. As Joseph's daughter was born shortly after the War Between The States she was familiar with
an old slave song that can be seen in her handwriting elsewhere in this history.
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