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    Default The Penningtons, Arizona Pioneers

    Joining a wagon train in Texas headed for California widower Elias Pennington thought 1857 was a good year to make a new start. Crossing the San Pedro river in Arizona 50 miles east of Tucson daughter Larcena was suffering so from "mountain fever" they sought the only medical help in hundreds of miles & detoured south to Ft Buchannan on the Sonoita creek. Larcena's recovery was so slow her father decided to wait there & found good land for farming in that fertile valley & chose to stay. The Penningtons were father Elias, 4 sons & 8 daughters. Sarah Bowman the "Great Western" was a neighbor at that time as was Johnny Ward.

    This surviving ruin was built after their origonal Sonoita farm. The border "stone house".


    The stone house in 1915, photo by Robert Forbes, Larcenas son in law.



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    Larcena Pennington
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    Larcena was a survivor of a brutal Apache kidnapping. She was left for dead in nothing but her underwear in the winter in the Santa Rita Mts. It took her 2 weeks to crawl back to her husbands lumber camp in Madera canyon, surviving on snow & roots. She lived to the age of 76.

    The Pennington girls lived here in Tubac after their father was killed by Apaches. This building is now an art gallery.
    This photo 1915.

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    Here I tried to get the same angle as the 1915 photo but the trees obscured the view.
    The church & schoolhouse in the background are the same.

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    The same building today. The part the Pennington girls lived in is on the far right.

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    The stone cabin today

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    Interior.
    The property owner is making a great effort to keep the stone house together with steel straps & bracing the corners. He has replaced the sod roof with tin, but kept the original timbers preserved inside.

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    The Pennington girls lived at various places after the death of their father & brother including Mowry mines, Tubac, the stone house, Calabasas & Sopori. Larcena was the only one to stay in the territory. After her first husband was killed by Apaches she married again & became a founding member of the Arizona historical society.
    The Pennington family was honored by having a Tucson St named after them.

    Pennington St, Tucson in 1870.
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    Another incredible find Vulture!! You've found quite a bit of obscure local history!
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    Nice research, interesting history and photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraA View Post
    Nice research, interesting history and photos.
    Thank you Laura. The Pennington's full story & especially Larcena's is wonderfully told in the book "With their own blood" by Virginia Culin Roberts. She writes history that reads like a novel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel View Post
    Another incredible find Vulture!! You've found quite a bit of obscure local history!
    Thanks Slim, I thrive on obscurity.

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    Talking More Pennington stuff

    That was an awesome book about my great-great grandmother. I just wish I lived somewhere closer so I would have access to all the information RH Forbes collected in his interviews of the residents of Tucson. There is so much archived in the vaults of the Arizona Historical Society, it would take weeks for me to go through it all. I'd love to put more of that history together for my father, also Robert H Forbes. Although RHF and Georgie had no children of their own - at least none I could find information about - they "adopted" William and Walter Scott, Larcena Pennington's grandsons, for whatever reason. William (Pats) took the name Forbes when he joined the Army. I have no idea what became of Walter. Pats somehow wound up in NC, where the Penningtons originally came from. I suppose he wanted to track down other members of his family, or was maybe stationed here at Ft Bragg. He met my grandmother, and there you have it. I'm still looking for the reason Pats and Walter went to live with the Forbes, what happened to their father, William Pennington Scott, and what happened to Walter. I'd love to locate some of my Arizona kin. I've found a couple of cousins from the Penningtons that went back to Texas. If you run across any info or resources regarding these interesting pieces of missing history, that would be awesome!

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    Thanks Marsha for adding more to the story. If I find any new material I'll be sure to update.

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