Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
GABRIEL F. PENWELL was born Oct. 3, 1826, and is a son of A. C. and Sarah Penwell. His father was born December,
1797, in New Jersey. His mother, Miss Sarah Rope, was a native of North Carolina, was born Nov. 20. 1801, and married
Mr. Penwell in Indiana in 1825. To them were born ten children, Mr. G. F. Penwell, the subject of this sketch,
being the oldest. He remained at home with his father, assisting on the farm until twenty-one, when he was married
to Miss Eda Ann Morris. After marriage Mr. Penwell moved to Missouri, remaining there about two years, and during
that time buried his wife and the two ehildien who were born to them. He then settled in South Bend, Ind., where
he was again married, in 1852, to Miss Rebecca Reeves. In the spring of 1858 he came to Michigan, settling in the
town of Galien; he engaged in the lumbering business, and built a mill the same year. Mr. Penwell was divorced
from his second wife, and in June, 1855, was again married, this time to Miss Harriet Harner. They have had ten
children, four now living. This wife died Aug. 19, 1874, and, Dec. 31, 1874, Mr. Penwell was again married to Mrs.
Maria J. Dutton, widow of the late George Dutton, a native of Michigan. She was a daughter of Salem and Harriet
Taylor. Mr. Taylor was a native of Kentucky, Mrs. Taylor, of Vermont, and were married in South Bend, Ind., in
1837,- Mrs. Penwell being the oldest in a family of nine children. Mrs. Penwell had four children by her first
husband, Mr. G. D. Dutton, only two of whom survive, burying her husband and the other two during the year 1869.
In politics Mr. Penwell is an unswerving Democrat. Socially, he is affable and genial, possessing an ardent attachment
to friends, and gives to deserving objects with an open hand. Since he came to Michigan in 1853, he has by industry
and perseverance accumulated considerable property, successfully carrying on farming and lumbering, owning at one
time two thousand two hundred acres of land in this town. He is at present the proprietor of the handle-factory
shown in his sketch, is still enjoying good health, and has every reason to feel gratified over his eventful and
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.