Good morning you two..
Tom, Dwight has been looking into Violet Pennington's history - actually researching Gullett's, I believe. I know you've done a lot of work on Violet and her mother. Would you mind talking with Dwight? This is such a confusing story and I couldn't think of anyone better than you to explain it. As for me, I'm off to work.Talk at ya two later...
Sure, I'll be happy to share. It is a complex story, as Sarah Gullett had 3 daughters by 3 Pennington brothers--and was briefly married to their cousin. It's the divorce papers between Wm Jennings Pennington & Sarah Gullett that reveal Violet's story. So I'll share more when I'm on my PC
Thanks so much Tom. I wouldn't mind having a copy of your story myself. You did such an outstanding job researching it and bringing it to life. I know the divorce papers were key to it all and I'm so glad they were discovered. Imagine, after such a long time of digging and searching. It shows you, if nothing else, to never give up looking for clues. Looking forward to hearing from ya later...
Okay - here's the divorce proceeding:
Wm. G. Penington (Petition Equity) vs. Sarah Penington. Filed March 15, 1855
Geo. B. Pancake (?)
1855 April Coutered (?)
Lawrence Circuit Court
William G. Penington plff }
vs. } Petition in Equity
Sarah Penington Deft }
The plantiff William Penington states that on the 2nd day of November 1854 he was married to the Defendant Sarah Penington and they lived hapily together for 20 days but Before the honey moon was over the plantiff Became satisfied that the Deft was in an interesting condition. To wit Pregnated. The plantiff then demanded of her an explanation of how this thing came about and she confessed that she had been too intimat with her brother in law for the Deft was a widow before she was married to this plantiff. The plantiff further states that as soon as he acertained the Defendant was in this situation, he immediately abandoned her.
Wherefore he prays a decree for a divource and for other Proper Reliq.
Wm. J. Pennington }
vs. } Notice
Sarah Pennington }
April 5, 1855
Come to hand
April 5th 1855
Executed April 5th } James W. Blevens DS for
1855 by Delivering }R. Eastham LCC
a true coppy of this
Jas Blevens DS
for R. Eastham LCC
Executed on Sary Penington April the 5th1855 by DC (?) bringing her a true coppy of the sainins JP Blevens for R Eastham LCC
Wm G. Pennington vs. Sarah Pennington
R. Eastham LCC
Executed April 5th 1855 James W. Blevins dptys R. Eastham LCC. J. Rice
Mrs. Sarah Pennington
That I shall proceed to take the depositions of John P. Pennington and others at the county court clerks office at Louisa on the 14th day of April 1855 to be read as evidence for Plaintiff in a suit in chancery (now pending) in the Lawrence Circuit Court. wherein I am Plantiff & you are defendant and I shall continue from to day until the same is completed, at which time and place you may attend if you see properly. Given under my hand this the 5th day of April 1855.
William J. Pennington
The Commonwealth of Kentucky -- To the Sheriff of Lawrence County: You are commanded to summon Sarah Pennington to answer in twenty days after the service of this summons on her a petition filed against her in the Lawrence Circuit Court by William G. Pennington and warn her that upon her failure to answer the petition will be taken for confessed, or she will be proceeded against for contempt: and you will make due return of this summons on the 1st day of our next April term.
Witness, Geo. B. Poage, Clerk of Said Court, This 15th day of March 1855.
George B. Poage, CLCC
The Deposition of John P. Pennington, Elizabeth Pennington & John P. Pennington <sic> taken at the examiner’s office in the town of Louisa, Lawrence County Ky. on the 14th day of April 1855 to be used as evidence in an action between William J. (written over “G”) Pennington plaintiff and Sarah Pennington Devendant pending in the Lawrence Circuit Court.
The deponent John P. Pennington of Lawful age and being first sworn deposeth & saith:
Qestion By Plantiff are you acquainted with the parties in the caption and if state when and how long you have you known them.
Ans. I am acquainted with them and have been for six years.
Qestion By same do you know of said parties being married if so when and how long did they live together Beffore seperation and if you know the cause of seperation pleas state it.
Answer. I know they were married on the 2 day of November 1854. they lived together until the 22d day of November 1854, and then seperated, the cause of the seperation was that she (Sarah) proved to be in a family way previous to their marriage and further they deponent saith not.
John P. Pennington
Also Elizabeth Pennington of lawful age and being first sworn, deposeth & saith that she has been acquainted with the parties to this suit for six years, that they were married as the time spoken of in the Deposition of John P. Pennington, and seperated at the same time spoken of said Pennington Deposition, The cause of seperation was that she proved to be in a state of pregnancy previous to said marriage, and that she confessed the fact to me after her marriage with the plaintiff that she said she was in that way by one Henry Pennington and that they then seperated immediately after said confession and have remained seperated ever Since, and further the deponent saith not.
Elizabeth “X” Pennington (her mark)
Also Alfred Pennington of lawful age and being first sworn, deposeth saith that the parties to this suit were married and seperated at the time spoken of in the deposition of John P. & Elizabeth Pennington, and she (Sarah) confessed to me a few days after the seperation that she was in a family way previous to the marriage and that she did not blame William for leaving her, and that William was ignorant of the fact at the time of said marriage and further the deponent saith not.
Alfred “X” Pennington (his mark)
State of Kentucky, Lawrence County
I Geo. F. Hatcher examiner for Lawrence County do certify that Elizabeth Pennington, Alfred Pennington & John P. Pennington who are credible witnessed, being first duly sworn by me that they evidence they should give in the cause mentioned in the caption should be the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, deposed as stated in the foregoing depositions, by them such scribed, the statements of the witnesses were reduced to writing by me in their presence the attorney for the plaintiff was alone present at the examination.
Given under my hand this 14th day of April 1855.
Geo. F. Hatcher Esq.
Examination fee $3.00
WG Penington Plff }
vs. } Lawrence Circuit Court
Sarah Penington Def. } Decreed
The case coming for hearing the court being sufficiently advised it is decreed and ordered that the plantiff be divorced and restored to all the rights and prevalages of an unmarried man.
And here is more detail about Sarah & her children:
Sarah Gullett was born in 1825 in Morgan County, Kentucky, a daughter of Daniel Gullett and Jane Adams. She died about Jul 1864 in Lawrence County, Kentucky.
Sarah married (1) Elisha Pennington son of James Washington Pennington and Eleanor Caudill on 23 Jan 1848 in Lawrence County, Kentucky. Elisha was born about 1825 in Harlan County, Kentucky. He died about 1850/1854 in Lawrence County, Kentucky.
They had the following children:
+ 2 F i. Mary Jane Pennington was born in 1849. She died on 8 Jun 1888.
Sarah was not married (2) to Henry C. Pennington son of James Washington Pennington and Eleanor Caudill. Henry was born on 10 Nov 1827 in Harlan County, Kentucky. He died on 1 Dec 1915 in Dry Fork, Lawrence County, Kentucky. He was buried on 3 Dec 1915 in Sturgill Cemetery.
They had the following children:
+ 3 F ii. Violet Pennington was born on 30 Apr 1855. She died on 20 May 1895.
Sarah married (3) William Jenkins Pennington son of Alford Pennington and Mary Holland Jenkins on 2 Nov 1854 in Lawrence County, Kentucky. The marriage ended in divorce.William was born on 18 Aug 1830 in Harlan County, Kentucky. He died in 1913 in Gravois Mills, Morgan County, Missouri. He was buried in Silvey Cemetery.
Sarah was not married (4) to James W. Pennington son of James Washington Pennington and Eleanor Caudill. James was born on 20 Feb 1835 in Lawrence County, Kentucky. He died on 19 Nov 1909 in Lawrence County, Kentucky.
They had the following children:
+ 4 F iii. Alafair Pennington was born in Jul 1864. She died on 10 Dec 1932.
I know to a lot of people looking at this, they'd say "no way; he's got to have it wrong." But as the old saying goes, truth is more amazing than fiction.
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Violet Ann Pennington was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, on Apr. 30, 1855, the daughter of Henry Pennington and Sarah Gullett. After the death of her mother (circa 1863) she was raised by her gr-aunt Delilah Caudill Pennington Thompson. Violet married Nathan Hylton, son of EPS Hylton and Sarah Green Hylton, in Lawrence County, KY, 4 May 1873. She died 20 May 1895 and is buried in the Pennington Cemetery in Carter County, KY. She was the grandmother of well known author Jesse Hilton Stuart. Her husband Nathan Hylton's father EPS Hylton was Anna Hylton Wright's twin brother.
Her mother Sarah, (d/o Daniel Gullett 1805 – 1857 and
Jane Adams 1802 – 1870 )
Sarah married (1)
Elisha Pennington son of James Washington Pennington1825 – 1850
Mary Jane Pennington 1849 – 1888
Sarah married (3) William Jenkins Pennington son of Alford Pennington and Mary Holland Jenkins on 2 Nov 1854 in Lawrence County, Kentucky. The marriage ended in divorce 1830 – 1913
..no children listed
Sarah was not married (2) to Henry C. Pennington son of James Washington Pennington and Eleanor Caudill. 1827 – 1915
Violet Ann Pennington 1855 – 1895 <<<<
Sarah was not married (4) to James W. Pennington son of James Washington Pennington and Eleanor Caudill.1835 – 1909
Alifair Pennington 1863 – 1932 >>who married a Johnson.
Despite having children by the Pennington men, some circumstance dictated that at 5 yrs of age, Violet and her mother Sarah would be living outcast and apparently in difficult straits in 1860.
1860 United States Federal Census about Sarah M Gullett
Name: Sarah M Gullett
Age in 1860: 35
Birth Year: abt 1825
Home in 1860: Carter, Kentucky
Post Office: Grayson
Value of real estate: View image
Mary A Wadale 64
A J Jones 14
Sarah M Gullett 35
Violet A Perrington 5...
Violet married Nathan Hylton
1880 United States Federal Census about Violet Hylton
Name: Violet Hylton
Birth Year: abt 1855
Home in 1880: Twin Branches, Lawrence, Kentucky
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Nathan Hylton
Father's Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky
Occupation: Keeping House
Nathan Hylton 28
Violet Hylton 25
Martin L. Hylton 6
Mary Hylton 2
Jessee Hylton 5m