Thomas Jefferson Penn
- Born: Cir 1811
- Marriage: Lucinda Catherine Penn on 17 Feb 1840 in Patrick Co., Virginia
- Died: After 1880, Patrick Co., Virginia
The 1850 Federal Census for Patrick Co., Va., Southern District, page 382 records Thomas J. (40) and Catherine (27) Penn with children Francis (10), Amil (8), Greenville (6), James (4), Jenny Lind (2), and George E. (8/12). Thomas is a Merchant with real estate valued at $7,000.
The 1860 Federal Census for Patrick Co., Va., Southern District, Ararat Post Offive, page 79 records Thomas J. (49) and Catherine L. (35) Penn with children Frank R. (19), Annie V. (17), Greenville (16), James (14), Jinnie (12), George (10), Pattie (8), Samuel (6), John (5), and Lillie D. (3). Thomas is a Merchant with real estate valued at $18,000 and personal property at $100,000. All family members are born in Virginia. Most of the personal value is from the 76 slaves owned by Thomas. He will lose that wealth after the Civil War but continue to strive as an area merchant.
The 1870 Federal Census for Patrick Co., Va., Mayo, Penn's Store Post Office, page 508A records Thomas J. (59) and Lucinda C. (46) Penn with children Jinnie L. (21), Pattie (18), Samuel (16), John (14), and Lillie (12), Kate (10), and Thomas (8). Thomas is a Tobacconist with real estate valued at $8,000 and personal property at $6,000. Many black families with the surname "Penn" now live and work in the area around Penn's Store. These area most likely former slaves of Thomas Penn and have taken the family name. Penn's Store is at the Patrick Co. / Henry Co. line on Route 58. On the next page of the census (before and after) are sons Frank R. Penn and family and Greenville Penn and his family. They are both listed as Merchants.
The 1880 Federal Census for the Mayo River District, Patrick Co., Va., District 158, page 61B records Thomas J. (69) and Catherine (56) Penn with children Jennie L. (32), Kate M. (20), Thomas J. Jr. (18), and Harry (10). Thomas is a Dry Goods Merchant.
Thomas married Lucinda Catherine Penn on 17 Feb 1840 in Patrick Co., Virginia. (Lucinda Catherine Penn was born circa 1823 in Virginia and died after 1880 in Patrick Co., Virginia.)