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PENHALLOW, Samuel, historian, born in St. Mabon, Cornwall, England, 2 July, 1665; died in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 2 December, 1726. His ancestors had possessed a landed estate in Cornwall. In 1683 he was placed in the academy of Reverend Charles Morton (q. v.) at Newington Green. When the ecclesiastical authorities prohibited Mr. Morton from teaching the doctrines of the dissenters, the latter decided to remove to New England, and, with the consent of his parents, young Penhallow accompanied his instructor, arriving in July, 1686. Before leaving England, Penhallow received offers from the Society for propagating the gospel among the Indians to make himself acquainted with the Indian language for three years, for which they in turn would pay him twenty pounds sterling per year. After that they would pay him sixty pounds a year during life if he would preach to them "at times." Political troubles discouraged Penhallow from entering the ministry, and he removed to Portsmouth, where he married Mary, daughter of President John Curt. Mr. Penhallow engaged in trade, and early accumulated a large estate. His influence in the town was great, and he took an active part in the management of its affairs. He was appointed successively magistrate, member of the council, recorder of deeds, justice of the superior court of judicature, and finally, in 1717, its chief justice, which office he held until his death. His "Narrative of the Indian Wars of New England from 1703 to 1726" was published in 1725-'6, and has been reprinted by the New Hampshire historical society in their first volume of collections.
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