Person:Penina Magee (1)

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Penelope Magee
d.before 29 June 1843 Pike County, Mississippi
  1. Penelope MageeAbt 1780 - Bef 1843
  2. Nehemiah MageeAbt 1781 -
  3. Jane MageeAbt 1784 -
  4. Daniel MageeAbt 1785 -
  5. Henry Iverson MageeAbt 1785 -
  6. Fleet MageeAbt 1787 - 1847
  7. Bethany Cordelia Magee
  8. Ervin MageeAbt 1794 - Abt 1815
  9. Elizabeth MageeAbt 1795 - Bef 1850
  10. Mary Magee
  11. John MageeAbt 1795 - 1862
  12. Sarah Magee1800 - 1889
  • HJeptha GinnAbt 1770 - Bef 1820
  • WPenelope MageeAbt 1780 - Bef 1843
  1. Terry GinnAbt 1801 - 1858
  2. Jane Ginn
  3. Clara GinnAbt 1805 -
  4. Huriah GinnAbt 1807 -
  5. Eveline GinnAbt 1808 -
  6. Eliza Ginn
  7. Raspberry Sebastian GinnAbt 1812 -
  8. Harriet GinnAbt 1819 -
  9. Bethany GinnAbt 1820 - 1880
Facts and Events
Name Penelope Magee
Alt Name Penny Magee
Alt Name Penina Magee
Gender Female
Birth[1] about 1780 Duplin County, North Carolina
Death[2] before 29 June 1843 Pike County, Mississippi

She appears to have been among the oldest children of Jacob Magee. This woman's nephew, Felix Winchester Magee," gives her names as "Penina," before he enumerates her husband and children, see his letter on the Jacob Magee and Mary Scott family page. However, census and tax returns overwhelmingly demonstrate that her name was Penelope. The 1820 and 1840 Pike County, Mississippi census enumerations show "Penelope Ginn" as head of household (there is no extant 1830 enumeration for Pike). Additionally, the Pike County tax returns for 1821, 1824-5, 1827-9, 1831-42 show her assessed as "Penelope" Ginn (with minor spelling variations) with a modest acreage on Magee's Creek. One return, that of 1822, shows her as "Penny" Ginn, and it is reasonable to assume that this was her nickname. There are no extant returns for 1823, 1826 and 1830.

Why the Felix W. Magee letter transcript shows her as "Penina" is a mystery, but it is important to note that we only have the trascript, and no copy of the original letter. This could be a transcription error. It is also possible that Felix W. knew his aunt by her nickname "Penny," and assumed that the nickname stood for Penina. The Penina name has been perpetuated through Marie Upton's influential family history "The Ginns and Their Kin" (1963), and most recently by my own "Magee Histories: The Progenitors and Descendants of Jacob Magee and Mary Scott" (2005).

[submitted by: Bevin Creel]

References
  1. Estimated from births of her children.
  2. "Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951," database at familysearch.org.

    She died between the dates of the Pike County tax returns for 1842 and 1843. The tax return for 1843 is dated 29 June 1843.