Saturday, February 2, 2013

Emma Kendall Knorr Pennington

Emma was my grandmother and I didn't know her very well. I have two memories of her. When I was about five years old, I went to stay with her for a week. By that time, she was married to Earl Pennington. I remember them both as very gentle people and also devout Christians - perhaps Mennonite? If not Mennonite, something close.

My Mom was just teaching me to polish my shoes and it was one of my weekly jobs. Evidently Gramma didn't think it would be a good idea to let a five year old polish her own shoes because she told me "no". As you might guess, I did end up polishing them and hopefully I didn't make too much of a mess for her! :)

The only other memory of her I have is that of her at her funeral. It was almost traumatic for me and one of the reasons I don't agree with children attending funerals.

My Mom told me that Emma saved one of my older siblings. They were very ill and Gramma made some kind of poultice that cured them. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for my brother, "Fritzie". He died when he was around two years old and Mom still talked of him years later. I couldn't imagine losing a child but I know it affected her until the day she died.

Emma S Kendall 
Born February 1881 
Daughter of Joshua S Kendall and Mary Molly Cobb
Sister of Katie Kendall, Grace A Kendall, John Wesley Kendall, Emma Knorr and Charles Summer Supper Kendall
Wife of Fredrick A. Knorr — married 
Wife of Earl G Pennington — married
Mother of Lester L. Knorr, Emerson L. Knorr Sr., Alta Thelma Knorr, Leo K Pennington, Amos J Pennington and Everett M Pennington 
Died April 27, 1961 in Fulton County, Fulton, Ohio, United States

1910 Marion County, Missouri Census listing Emma Kendall, Lester, Emerson and Alta living with someone named, "Mary Cline" after my grandfather died.

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