H.A. Pennick & Daughter
by Amy Hedrick

This photograph was donated by Dawn Haughey, whose grandmother, Matilda (Pennick) Stolz, is pictured here with her father, Henry Allen Pennick, who was born around 1851 possibly in Virginia, and died 16 May 1923 here in Brunswick an is buried in Palmetto Cemetery alongside one of his children, one unknown grave, and Mrs. J.W. Pennick [Hibernia Mitchell], who may be his sister-in-law.

Henry was an engineer for the Atlantic Coast Line, and according to the city directories he also maintained the Pennick House at 128 A Street [that would be Newcastle Street today].  The Pennick House was a boarding house between the years 1892-1898.

Henry Pennick's life was full of tragedy.  He married four times, according to census and marriage records, and fathered at the very least seven children, two are buried at Oak Grove, and one possibly in Palmetto.

In 1880, a woman named Jessie was with him along with a child named MamieJessie was the daughter of Nathan Brown Harrison and Alice Mcdonald.  She and Henry were married on 2 December 1874, and possibly had three to four children.  His obit states that he had two surviving daughters from his first marriage.  Jessie died sometime before 1900, along with two of her children, Harry born 16 March 1878 died 22 May 1880; and Gertrude born 3 February 1881 and died 24 June 1888.  Jessie and her two children are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery plot 21A, the Harrison Family plot.

On 19 April 1900 he married Matilda Amos and sadly, she died just two years later on 2 March 1902, having given Henry only one living child, Matilda.  Buried next to Jessie in Oak Grove, was an adult sized grave with Mathilda engraved upon the coping, nothing more.  It is assumed that this was Henry's second wife.

On 18 December 1902 Henry married Matilda's sister, Donnie Amos, but tragedy struck once again, as Donnie would not live but a few years after their marriage, she died on 26 August 1905. 

Carrie Lee Baker would become Henry's fourth and final wife on 18 July 1909.  She died 27 February 1920, three years before Henry, and was interred at Palmetto Cemetery according to her death certificate.  Not only did Henry lose his wife, but he also lost his sister-in-law on the same day.  Carrie died from influenza only 10 days after giving birth.  The 1920 Glynn County census lists two children for Henry and Carrie, they being Henry Allen Jr. born about 1911 and Edward C. born about 1914.  It is presumed that they died young.

Obituaries could not be found for any members of this family, except for Henry:

The Brunswick News; Friday 18 May 1923; pg. 8, col. 2

        At the City hospital, 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, H.A. Pennick, one of Brunswick's oldest and best known citizens, breathed his last.  He was taken to the institution about a week ago and it was at once seen that his condition was serious and little hope was entertained for his recovery.
        Deceased came to Brunswick many years ago and was an engineer on the Atlantic Coast Line until about three years ago when he retired and has since been acting as agent for several remedies.  He lived at 111 Dartmouth street.  By his first marriage two daughters survive:  Mrs. George S. Watts and Mrs. Louis Jones, of Atlanta, and by a subsequent marriage one daughter was born and she is married and resides in Minnesota.
        On account of holding the remains until his daughters reach here no funeral arrangements have been made pending their arrival.  Mr. Pennick was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the pallbearers will be selected largely from this organization.

The Brunswick News; Saturday 19 May 1923; pg. 3, col. 1

Funeral of H.A. Pennick Likely to be Held Tomorrow

        In all probability the funeral of H.A. Pennick, A.C.L. engineer whose death was reported in these columns yesterday morning will be held Sunday afternoon.  It is expected that members of the family will reach here by that time.  The body is now at the undertaking parlor of Edo Miller.

The Brunswick News; Sunday 20 May 1923; pg. 3, col. 1

Funeral of H.A. Pennick 3 o'clock This Afternoon

        The funeral of H.A. Pennick well known former Atlantic Coast Line engineer who passed away at the City hospital Thursday, will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon and interment will be in Palmetto cemetery.  Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive engineers, of which he has long been a member will act as pallbearers and Rev. Thomas H. Thomson, of the First Methodist church will conduct the services.

The Brunswick News; Tuesday 22 May 1923; pg. 3, col. 1

Funeral of H.A. Pennick Yesterday Afternoon

        The funeral of H.A. Pennick, well known engineer of the Atlantic Coast Line, was held yesterday afternoon from Miller's undertaking parlors and interment was in Palmetto cemetery.  Following acted as pallbearers:  Dr. W.F. Ladd, H. Iverson, Doze Wilchar, F.L. Stacy, R.T. Hitch, A.M. Way.  Many beautiful flowers were sent by friends of the deceased and his family.

It is unknown who H.A. Pennick's parents were.  According to his death record, his father was H.A. Pennick, but his mother was unknown.  Matilda & Donie Amos were the daughters of William & Missouri Amos and according to Matilda (Pennick) Stolz's Social Security application, Matilda Amos was her mother.

If you can help, please contact Dawn Haughey at the email below!

 

**history compiled by Amy Hedrick
**Photo donated by Dawn Haughey

 

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