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William Henry and Laura Leah (Weller) Penton , 1 South 43 West

James Penton married Mary Ann Cook in Dorchester County, Maryland March 14, 1848.

In 1850 Allen County, Ohio, James Penton is 35, born in New Jersey, Mary 30. They have Naomi 6, Jane 4, and Sarah 3.
John Gibbins Penton, per # 6902839 1873-1851 is buried in Allen County, Ohio. Per one tree, Jane and Sarah died in 1853.

In 1860 Allen County, Ohio, J. Penton is 45, M. 44, N. 16 (Naoma), H. 9 (Harriet), R. 6 (Rebecca), M.J. (Mary J.)3, and N.H. (William H.) eleven months
Per # 126793529, John G. Penton died March 17, 1861, and iaand is buried in Allen County "Age 68 y 1m 18d.

Naoma C. married Daniel A. Ream, stayed in Ohio, and is buried in Allen County 1844-1913 # 81899707.
In 1870 Allen County, Ohio, Mary Penton is 50, Harriet 18, Rebecca 16, Mary J. 13, William H. 11, and James M. 8.
Harriet married Frank Winegardner in 1876, and she's buried in Adams County 1851-1902 # 42073845.
Rebecca C. married James W. Winegardner in 1877, and she's buried in Union County Iowas 1854-1924 # 17461163.
Mary J. married John A. Maher October 20, 1875.
In 1880 Adams County, Iowa, Mary Penton is 61, Mary J. 26 is divorced, William 20, James 18, and granddaughter Laura Ellis, 3, all born in Ohio.
James M. 1862-1883 is buried in Union County, # 17457946 "son of J & M, aged 20 ys 9 ms 14 ds"

In 1885 Adams County, Mary Penton is 22?, Mary S. G. is 29, Laura A. Mohay (Mahar) is 9. Next household is Frank P. Winegardner 30, with Harriett 32 and Enna J. 1.
Mary J. married Reinhold Kerber in June 17, 1891 at Hoyt, Iowa, and died in Adams County July 16, 1919. She was born April 9, 1857.
William Henry Penton, born Allen County Ohio to James Penton and Mary Martin, married Laura Leah Weller February 10, 1881 in Adams County Iowa. She was 19, born in Muskingum County Ohio Feb to John W. Weller and Lean Mohler.

In 1900 Glendale precinct, William H. Penton born Sept 1860, married 18 years to Laura L. Dec 1861, both born in Ohio, have John E. Marh 1884, William J. Oct 1887, James E., January 1881, all three in Iowa, Sadie B. Oct 1894 Colorado, and Frank D. Oct 1898 Iowa.

  • William H. cash-claimed 80 acres in 14, T1S R43W in 1891/

  • In 1910 Yuma County, William H. is proprieter of a livery barn, 50, "Larua" L. 48, John C. 26, William J. 22, James E. 19, Sadie B. 15 and Frank D. 11.

    William 1859-1940 is buried in Wray , with Laura Leah (Weller) Penton 1861-1937.

    John Wesley Weller 1825-1907 is buried in Wray " Son of Henry and Mary Magdalene (Leffler) Weller, Jr. Married Leah (Mohler) Pletcher. Father of Louisa b. 28 Jul 1852, William Joseph b. 8 Sep 1854, Mary C. b. 1856, George W. b. 15 June 1860, Laura Leah b. 20 Dec 1861 and Lillie Sherman b. 2 Jul 1865.
    In 1922 Dalrymple & Quillen purchased the Wray Laundry from Mr. John Penton.

    J. W. Weller, better known in this community where he has resided for years as Grandpa Weller, died last evening of ailments incident to old age. Mr. Weller has been confined to his bed at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lewis, in the south part of town, for the most part of the summer. The funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church tomorrow afternoon. Interment at Grandview Cemetery. J. W. Weller was born in Morgan County, Ohio, March 3, 1825, and died in Wray at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. J. Lewis, October 4, 1907. He was married to Mrs. Leah Pletcher in 1849 and removed to Iowa in 1868 and thence to Colorado in 1888. His wife and four children (of seven born to them) survive him; Mrs. S. J. Lewis of Wray, W. J. Weller of Wray, Mrs. W. H. Penton of Idalia and Mrs. B. E. Lewis of Watkins. He was a faithful member of the M. E. Church. His life counted for righteousness."
  • John C. proved up two quarters in 19 and 20, T2S R42W in 1920.
  • William J. proved up 240 acres in 18 and 19, T2S R42W in 1919, witnesses Moses W. Jones, Walter Morrell, Paul Rahricht, and Frank Mann, all of Armel, Colorado.

  • Millard F and Emeline Glenn's children were:
        3. Laura (1888-1977) who married John Penton in 1912 and after he died married James McCormick;

    In 1920 Eckley precinct, John C. 34, and Laura 33, are farming, with Leroy E. three months.

    Buried in Wray is  Penton, John C.  1884 11/1/1922, space 7 5 18 6

    Laura Penton married James O. McCormick Nov 26, 1924, recorded in Denver.
    Leroy A. Penton married Irene Conner November 26, 1939, recorded in Denver.

    Leroy A. Penton, born Sept 12, 1915, died June 4, 1995. One tree said he is buried in Crown Hill, Denver, as is his mother Laura McCormick.
     Penton, James Warren WWII  1920 1999 7 4 15 8
     Penton, Laura L.  1861 11/7/1937 3 14 53 3
     Penton, Wauneta Belle  1925 1997 7 4 15 7
     Penton, William  1887 1942 5 14 56 8

    1912 "Bill Penton moved on to the Bolander farm, three and a half miles west of town, yesterday."
    In 1920 Yuma County, William J. 33 and Mary H. 27 - born in Nebraska - are with Mary's brother Noah Van Dike 30, born Iin Nebraska, and his father John Van Dike 71, Missouri.
    In 1930 Wray, William J. is 42, divorced, living in Wray on West Third Street, with parents W. Henry 70 and Laura L 68.
    In 1940 William , 52, single is living in Wray with brother James.
     Penton, William Henry  1859 1/21/1940 3 14 53 4 is buried in Wray.

    JAMES E.
    1919 "Jim Penton is in New York and looks forward to arriving home in about two weeks. He left Wray about fifteen months ago and had been in France a year of that time." James Penton married Emma Glenn Sept 4, 1919, recorded in Yuma County.
  • James E. proved up a claim in 7, T2S R42W and 1, 2S R43W in 1920.
  • In 1920 Yuma County, James 28 and Emma F. 19 are farming. Emma was the daughter of Millard Fillmore Glenn 1858-1950 and Emmaline (Grate) Glenn 1864-1931.
    In 1930 Yuma County James 34 and Emma 30 have James W. 9, Wm. T. 7, Emma M. 5, Olive G. 3, and george W. 1.
    In 1940 Wray, James is working for the WPA on a city sanitation project, 49, with Emma J. 40 born in Kansas. Warren J. 19, William J. 17, Emma M. 15, Oline G. 13, George W. 11, David A. 8, Edna M. 7, Land Loren Oliver three months were all born in Colorado.

    Penton, Emma Faye  1900 1999, space 7 5 18 7 in Wray .
     Penton, Infant Daughter  1937 1937 7 5 18 7c # 81733587
     Penton, James E. WWI  1891 1967 7 5 18 8
    1917 "Mrs. Mary J. Kerber arrive Friday from her home in Brooks, Iowa and is visiting her brother, Henry Penton, and family in Wray."


    December 1915 "On last Sunday, Rev. A.W. Rice performed the ceremony uniting the lives of C.C. Cumley and Miss Sadie Penton, both of Wray. These young people are well known in Wray."
    In 1920 Wray, on Eagle Street, Chester, 33, born in Missouri, is a teamster. They hae Lula M. 3 and Eula P. 1.
    In 1930 they're in Greeley, where Chester is a laborer for the city water department. Lula 13, Ula 11, Margaret 9, Earl P. 2 and Doris E. three months.

    In 1940 Greeley Chester and Sadie have only Earl 12, Elean 10, and Melvin 8.

    Sadie Bell (Penton) Cumley 1894-1956 is buried in Greeley, with Chester 1886-1961.
    May 30, 1956 "Mrs. Sadie B. Cumley of 1122 Third street. Wife of Chester C. Cumley; mother of Mrs. Lula May Sothman of Tabernash, Colo., Mrs. Ula Bell Goodwin of East Portal, Colo., Mrs. Margie Ulrlch of Arvada, Colo., Earl Rich Cumley of Adams City, Colo., Mrs. Doris McKinstry of Grant Park, Ill., Melvin Lee Cumley of U. S. Army in Korea; sister of James Penton of Wray and Dewey Penton of Greeley. Also survived by sixteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
    Services 11:00 a.m. Friday, Adamson Memorial Chapel. Interment Linn Grove."

    "Margaret Jeanette Ulrich of Sterling died Sunday, July 1996. She was 75. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm today at Tennant Funeral Home in Sterling. She was born Margaret Jeanette Cumley on April 14, 1921 in Wray (Yuma County). Mrs. Ulrich was a resident of Arvada until retirement. Sh enjoyed her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband; a son Jack, Sterling; a daughter, Sandy Johnson, New Hope, Minn; a brother, Melvin of Greeley, a sister Doris McKinstery, Illinois; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. " FRANK DEWEY PENTON
    Frank married Elsie Baugh in 1918.
    In 1920 Wray, on West Kiowa Street, Dewey F. is a teamster, 21, Elsie 19, with Muriel M. 1.

    In 1930 Greeley, Colorado, Dewey is a laborer, 30, with Elsie 29, Merle 11, Phyllis 4, and Ronald 1.
    Merle Maxine Penton married Floyd C. Holstin November 17, 1935, recorded in Weld County.

    In 1940 Greeley, Dewey drives a coal truck, 41 and Elsie 39 have Phyliss E. 14, Ronald D. 11, and Shirley 8.

    In 1946 Greeley, Dewey works for Cheyenne Oil Refinery. He and Elsie, with Ronald and Shirley both students, live at 1119 12th Street.

    1950 Greeley "The First Baptist church was the setting for one of the first wedding of July when Miss Shirley Penton and Robert Henry Flohr were united in marriage Sunday. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Penton 1119 Twelfth street. The groom the son of Mrs. Henry Flohr Windsor.

    March 19, 1975 "Frank D. Penton of 1119 12th Street. Survived by his wife, Elsie; five children, Mrs. Merle M. Holstin of Willits, Calif.; Ronald D. Penton, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mrs. Charlene Dewalt, Kersey, Colo.; Mrs. Phyllis E. Gettman, and Mrs. Shirley J. Flohr both of Greeley. 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, from Adamson Memorial Chapel. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens"
    Elsie Penton, 97, of Greeley, died Saturday, May 31, 1997, at her home.
    Mrs Penton was born April 15, 1900 to John (sic) Allen and Susan (Kelly) Baugh at Unionville, MO. She married Frank Dewey Penton on Feb. 17, 1918, in Wray. He died March 19, 1975.

    She came by covered wagon from Missouri to Newcastle, Wyo., and then to Wray in 1902. She then moved to Greeley in 1928 and had lived here since.
    She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Amico Club and Sunshine Group of the First Baptist Church Merry Circle.
    Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Merle M Holstin of Fernley, Nevada, Phyllis Gettman and Shirley Flohr, both of Greeley, and Charlene Wares of Fort Collins; one son, Ronald D. Penton of Loveland; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-great-grandchildren.
    Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Adamson Memorial Chapel. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday adn 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
    Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Elevator Fund through Adamson Mortuary.

    Merle M. (Penton) Holstin # 92027529 is buried in Fallon, Nevada 1918-2003, with Floyd C. Holstin 1915-1992.

    "Barry Dean Holstin, age 66, passed away on April 24, 2009 in Fernley, NV. Barry was born May 19, 1942 in Greeley, CO to Floyd Clayton and Merle Penton Holstin and had been a Fernley resident for 28 years. He was a painter for 45 years and had owned Fernley Painting. He met his wife Carol when he was 16 years old and she was 14. They were married for 49 years. They have five children: Diana Ceresola, Debbie Holstin, Darla Henson, Clate Holstin and Michael Holstin. He is also survived by a sister, Betty Wolfe; sister- in-law, Patty Holstin; brother, and sister-in-law, Emmett and Glenna Madrid and Robin Shindall; 18 grand- children and 15 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bobby."
    Greeley, Colorado Aug. 20, 1973 Karen Kay Gettman married to Keith Charles Kurtz.
    "Edward DeWayne Flohr, 61, of Greeley, CO died April 7, 2012 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.
    Ed was born January 4, 1951 in Greeley to Robert and Shirley (Penton) Flohr. He graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1969 and went on to earn a degree in business from the University of Northern Colorado in 1974. Ed worked with his father as a painter in the family business, Flohr Painting and Decorating, and continued on in the business after his father’s retirement. Spring was Ed’s favorite time of the year as it opened the door to his favorite pastime, working in his flower gardens. He also enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels, fishing and camping, playing the piano and organ, listening to polka music, and telling jokes. Ed was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church in Greeley. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, and son, and as a loyal friend.
    Ed is survived by his wife, Sharon Flohr; daughter, Lindsey Flohr and special friend, Bryon Urbanec; mother, Shirley Flohr; sister, Carla Dusin and husband Darrell; mother-in-law, Alice Hoffner; brother-in-law, Donn Leffler and wife Suzanne; nieces, Kelly Whitney and husband Zac, and Kyle Dusin and special friend Matt Lancaster; and great nieces, Makenna and Brinley Whitney all of Greeley. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends. Ed was preceded in death by his father, fathers-in-law, and a son, Ross Flohr.
    Services include, Visitation 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Adamson Chapel; Funeral Service 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012 at First Baptist Church, 1091 10th Avenue, Greeley followed by interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. "

    "Ronald "Ron" Penton, Sr., 86, of Loveland passed away on February 27, 2015. Ron was born on July 9, 1928 in Greeley, CO. to Frank D. and Elsie (Baugh) Penton. He lived in Colorado his entire life. Ron married Marcella Kelle on May 19, 1951 in Yuma, AZ. He served in the US Navy for 4 years. Ron worked for AT&T for over 35 years. Ron is survived by his wife, Marcella of Loveland; son Ron (Gwen) Penton, Jr. of New Mexico; daughter Sandy (George) Brill of Loveland; sisters Phylis Gettman and Shirley Flohr of Greeley; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren."

    "Mindy Jo Bristow was born Jan. 1, 1979, to Linda Kay Penton and Gerald James Bristow in Yuma, Colo. She passed away on April 27, 2013, at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. Mindy attended Yuma elementary and middle school and Greeley Central High School. Mindy always enjoyed spending time with her friends and family; and time at Lake Powell. Mindy is survived by her son, Jeremiah Rhett and daughter, Alexis Nicole; her fiancé , James Gutierrez; her mother, Linda; brothers, Aaron Waitman and his wife Amy, and Kyle Penton; her sister, Kimberly Penton; her nephews, Gage, Coleson and Walker; her nieces, Keeli and Aubrey; her grandparents, Norma and George Saiter; her stepmother, Nyla; her aunt, Cathy Bushner; her uncles, Gale Lambert, Joe Lambert and Larry Bristow; her cousins, Shelia Stark, Dana Bushner, Rob Bushner, Evangeline Lambert and Hannah Lambert. Mindy was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Bristow; her grandparents, Beryl and Delores Lambert; and her grandfather, Dale Bristow. She will be greatly missed. The graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Yuma Cemetery in Yuma, Colo., with Pastor Glen Kline officiating. Baucke Funeral Home directed the service. "

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