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From: Johnson Sherry <>
Subject: Pennypacker Reunion October 4, 1877
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2005 02:22:28 -0700 (PDT)

I noticed in the most recent RootsWeb Review an article about mailing
lists seeming to dry up during summer months. I recently found in my files
a copy of a booklet prepared after the 1877 Pennypacker Reunion. I plan to
extract names/places that might be of general interest. What I have is a
photocopy of the original booklet, but a notarized statement attests that
it contains a copy of the original invitation, dated July 23, 1877, a copy
of a letter written by Henry Pannebacker to Edward Shippen in 1742, and
one of the original issue copies of the post-reunion pamphlets prepared by
Samuel W. Pennypacker. The invitation was addressed to my great
grandfather's older brother William P. Byrd. The items copied were in the
possession of Wm. P. Byrd's descendant John H. Byrd, Sr.

Pannebader - - - - Pennypacker
1676 1777 1877
July 23, 1877
To Wm. P. Byrd
It has been determined to hold a reunion of the descendants of Heinrich
and Eve Pannebacker, together with the husbands and wives of such
descendants, upon the fourth day of October, 1877, the one hundredth
anniversary of the battle of Germantown. The site selected is the camp
ground occupied by Washington and the Revolutionary army at "Pennypacker
Mills," on the Perkiomen creek (now Schwencksville), where was held the
council of war which resulted in the battle, and whither the army with its
wounded retreated, the evening of the day when the engagement occurred.
Two hundred and four years have now elapsed since the birth of Heinrich,
the founder of the family in this country, and the purpose is to have
those who trace their lineage to him meet together in pleasant picnic
style, and give one day to social intercourse upon these historic grounds.
An early morning train leaves the depot of the Philadelphia and Reading
Railroad, at Thirteenth and Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia, connects
with others from the northward at Perkiomen Junction, runs directly to the
place selected, at Schwenksville, and returns in the evening, so that
persons from a distance can readily find accommodations. Those from the
counties of Montgomery and Chester, and other near points, will bring with
them sufficient provisions for themselves and to hospitably entertain
their kinsmen from remote localities. The general expenses incident to the
event are provided for by subscription.
As nearly as can be ascertained so long beforehand the exercises will
be as follows:
Elijah F. Pennypacker will preside.
Brevet Major General Galusha Pennypacker, U.S.A., will act as master
of ceremonies for the day, and will be
assisted by Major General Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss and Henry Jefferson
Samuels, late Adjutant General of the State of Virginia.
A hymn, written by Mr. Isaac R. Pennypacker and adapted to Mennonite
music, commemorative of Leonard Keyser, a Mennonite martyr burnt to death
for heresy in 1527, who was one of the forefathers of the family, will be
sung to illustrate the first epoch.
The ballad of Washington at Pennybacker's Mill, from Theodore
Winthrop's novel of Edwin Brothertoft, will be either read or sung to
represent the revolutionary associations of the family, in a manner
appropriate to the locality.
General Pennypacker's March, the music by Pierre Latour, will be
performed to illustrate the present epoch.
Mr. Samuel W. Pennypacker will read a paper upon the family history
and exhibit some of the family Bibles (one of which was published in
1568), autographs of Heinrich, and other interesting relics of the past.
Addresses, not exceeding in length ten minutes each, will be made by
Mr. Charles H. Pennypacker, Mr. Henry C. Conrad, Dr. Nathan A.
Pennypacker, Mr. Jacob V. Gotwalts, and Mr. J. Edward Pennybacker.
In case of rain, these ceremonies will take place in the twon hall.
You are cordially invited to be present, and to bring with you
anything you may have in your possession which will throw light upon the
family history or indicate its progress. In order that it may be known
how many will attend, you are requested to send and early answer to one of
the Committee on Invitations and Exercises, and give the name and address
of any of the descendants among your acquaintenances who may not have
received an invitation.

Elijah Funk Pennypacker Nathan Pennypacker
Schuylkill P.O., Chester Co. Pa. Uwchland, Chester Co., Pa.

John Dyer Pennybacker Ann Buckwalter
Linville, Rockingham Co., Va. Pottstown, Pa.

Anna Detwiler William Walker Colket
Schwencksville, Pa. No. 3037 Chesnut St., Phila.

James W. Pennypacker Benjamin Pennebaker
Phoenixville, Pa. No. 214 N. Eleventh St., Phila.

Benjamin Pennybacker Newman Nathan Pennypacker
Woodstock, Virginia Pikeland, Chester Co., Pa.

Jacob Vanderslice Gotwalts Samuel Pennypacker
Norristown, Pa. Trappe, Pa.

Edward Vanderslice
No. 2034 Arch St., Phila.

Committee on Invitations and Exercises

Samuel W. Pennypacker Nathan A. Pennypacker
No. 209 South Sixth St., Phila. Phoenixville, Pa.

Henry C. Conrad
Wilmington, Del.

[The following from the pamphlet "The Pennypacker Reunion, October 4,

"Six hundred and ninety-eight of these invitations went to
Pennsylvania, fifty-two to Virginia, fifty-one to West Virginia, eighteen
to Iowa, seventeen to New Jersey, sixteen to Ohio, fifteen to Kentucky,
thirteen to Deleware, six to Kansas, six to the District of Columbia, five
to Illinois, three to Tennessee, three to Maryland, three to Texas, two to
Wisconsin, two to Missouri, two to Canada, one to Indiana, one to New
York, one to Nebraska, one to North Carolina, one to Oregon, one to
California, one to Massaschusetts, and one to Mexico, and two hundred and
ninety-one of the nine hundred and twenty were addressed to persons
bearing the patronymic...Long before the day arrived, it was evident that
the family would participate, en masse...The morning of the fourth opened
with rain, but the gloomy skies did not seem either to abate the ardor of
the young or slacken the energies of the old, and over twelve hundred of
the family came in their carriages and in the trains to Schwenksville."

To be continued...

Sherry Johnson

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