Janette Pennie

Full name : Janette Pennie
Alternate spellings, aliases : Janet, Penny

Father : Thomas Pennie
Mother : Marion Drummond

Date of Birth : 9 December 1833
Place of Birth : Fossoway or Kinross Parish, Kinrosshire (County of Kinross), Scotland

Name : George Cassell
Date of Marriage : 14 December 1857
Place of Marriage : Union Grove, Whiteside County, Illinois
Notes : Marriage service by Reverend Hanna

Date of Death : May 1914
Place of Death, and or Burial : Pope County, Minnesota
Burial Information:  Buried at Lake Leven Cemetery, Pope County, Minnesota
Notes : Obituary –

Grandma Cassell Passes Away
A remarkable pioneer woman goes to her last rest – funeral held Tuesday.

In the death of “Grandma” Cassell in Hudson last Saturday evening Douglas county loses one of its most remarkable pioneer women.  Mrs. Janette Cassell, whose maiden name was Pennie, was born in Fifeshire, Scotland, on December 9, 1833.  She came to America in 1852 and was married to George Cassell in Whiteside county, Illinois, in 1857.  Mr. And Mrs. Cassell resided in Illinois and Wisconsin for eight years, coming to Douglas county in 1865, settling in section 36, Hudson township.  Mrs. Cassell has lived in this vicinity ever since.  Mr. Cassell died ten years ago.  Ever a home woman, her horizon was bounded by the circle of her family and friends.  Ten children were born to Mrs. Cassell, eight sons and two daughters, all of whom were present at the funeral.  Mrs. Cassell was remarkable for the fact that she brought up her ten children without at any time calling a doctor for them or herself, until her last illness.  The last years of her life she spent at the home of her son, James, where she passed peacefully away at the age of eighty years and five months.  The best that may be said of any woman may be said of Mrs. Cassell – she died beloved of her family and friends.

With the exception of Daniel, who resides in Stillwater, Mrs. Cassell’s sons all live in the vicinity of the old home.  The daughters are Mrs. Rudolph Moede of Fort Benton, Montana and Mrs. A. Wamsley of Mageson, Montana.  Three brothers and one sister also survive Mrs. Cassell.  The brothers are Peter and Daniel Pennie, living in Pope County, and John Pennie, of Roseburg, Oregon.  The sister is Mrs. M. L. Webb also of Roseburg, Oregon.

The funeral was held from the home of James Cassell on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Parish, of Villard, officiating.  The services were largely attended, many taking the opportunity to pay their last respects to a longtime neighbor and friend.  The remains were laid to rest beside those of Mr. Cassell in lake Leven cemetery.  The pall bearers were Lester Pennie, William Pennie, Thomas Pennie, Thos. H. Pennie, Duncan Pennie, and James Townsend, all nephews of the deceased.

“Farewell mother your work is done,
You’ve served you time like the setting sun.
Like the rising sun with its radiant glare,
You will rise on that morning bright and fair.
You will rise to join the angel band,
And take a seat at his right hand.”

The family wish to extend their thanks to friends for the many beautiful floral tributes in memory of their mother.


Emigration : Janette immigrated with her family to the Untied States in 1853, sailing aboard the ship Statira Morse.  It sailed out of Glasgow and disembarked at the Port of New York. She and the family proceeded onward on other vessels across the Great Lakes to Illinois.

Occupation(s) : housewife, mother

Religion : Presbyterian, then Methodist(?)

Property notes :

Family :

Son : James
Date of Birth: 18 January 1859
Place of Birth : Wisconsin (?)
Married : Mary Shields
Died : 1930
Notes : Mary died 1934.

Son : Thomas
Date of Birth : 22 September 1861
Place of Birth : Wisconsin (?)
Married : Etta Wamsley
Children : four
Died : 27 March 1936
Notes : Etta born 25 June 1876, died 07 May 1925.

Son : Peter
Date of Birth: 5 January 1863
Place of Birth : Wisconsin (?)
Married : Margaret Taylor, 12 January 1898
Children : four
Died : 1925
Notes : Margaret born 1863.

Son : John
Date of Birth : 26 July 1864
Place of Birth : Wisconsin (?)
Married : Nettie Kee, 1896
Children : six
Died : 26 March 1931
Notes :  Nettie born 25 March 1874, died 26 July 1927.

Son : William
Date of Birth: 28 October 1866
Place of Birth : Minnesota (?)
Married1 : Minnie Brooks Cowen
Children : two
Married2 : Minnie Craig
Died : 1936
Notes : Minnie Cowen (6 May 1869-1913); Minnie Craig (1877-Aprl 1956) 

Son : George A.
Date of Birth : 18 June 1868
Place of Birth :  Minnesota (?)
Married : Mary Watters
Children : two
Died : 1934
Notes : Mary born 25 July 1871, died 3 November 1941.

Son : Edward
Date of Birth : 22 December 1869
Place of Birth : Minnesota (?)
Married1 : Bessie Viola Clark
Children : five
Married2 : Emma Coykendall Freeman
Died : 21 March 1962
Notes :

Daughter : Mary Belle
Date of Birth : 10 September 1871
Place of Birth : Minnesota (?)
Married : Rudolph Moede
Died : 1929
Notes : Rudolph born 1871, died 1942.

Son : Daniel David
Date of Birth : 9 July 1874
Place of Birth : Minnesota (?)
Married : Dean Ione Holly
Children : six
Died : 1930
Notes : Dean born 27 June 1874, died 7 September 1959.

Daughter : Jessie Elizabeth
Date of Birth : 15 March 1877
Place of Birth : Minnesota (?)
Married : Allen Dale Wamsley
Children : two
Died :
Notes : Allen born 7 August 1874.

Sources, bibliography :

1967 and 1969 Pennie Family Reunion Packets.  Copies supplied by Rebecca Tipton.

Pennie family pedigrees.  Typed pages (facsimiles).  Copies supplied by Rebecca Tipton.