Pengilly, John

Date of Birth/Death:


Principal occupation=Farmer

Surname variations= Pengilly/Pengelly/Pengilley/Pengelley

John Pengilly was born in 1806 at Littleham, Devon, England. He was the son of John Pengilly (1775-1839) and Sarah (nee Davey) (1777-1856) and the older brother of William Pengilly (1808-1886) and Thomas Pengilly (1811-1888). His younger brother, William, emigrated to South Australia in 1848 and another younger brother, Thomas, emigrated in 1858. William lived at Sellicks Hill and Thomas lived in Aldinga. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist. John Pengilly, farmer, aged 34 years, arrived with his wife Grace (32) and three children (William 9, Sarah 6 and John 3) as one of 214 government emigrants on board the barque Lysander (475 tons – Captain William Currie) from London on 5 September 1840. John Pengilly had married Grace (nee Squire) (1808-1849) on 29 April 1830 at Parkham, Devon. They eventually had six children (4 boys and 2 girls):

  • William (1831-1921) married 1st Alice Gill Trengrove (1834-1894) at St Stephens Church, Willunga on 10 November 1853. He married 2nd Mary Louisa Boughen (nee Cox) at Stephens Church, Willunga on 26 May 1898. She was the daughter of Thomas Cox and Lucy Bradley. William died 31 May 1921 at Aldinga although had been a farmer at Red Hill, South Australia. He left a detailed will in Victoria and had 15 children
  • Sarah (1834-1914) married Daniel Pedler at St Johns Church, Adelaide on 5 July 1854. She died at Koolunga, South Australia aged 79 years
  • John (1837-1854) was unmarried. It appears his death was not registered
  • Thomas (1840-1918) married Mary Jane Trengove (daughter of Michael according to marriage index) on 23 August 1862 at Christ Church, Kapunda. Thomas died at Glenelg
  • Henry (1843-1898) married (1st) Jane Greenlees/Greenless (1850-1885) on 13 July 1871 at the residence of James Greenlees, Aldinga (she was the daughter of James and Jean nee Hendry); married (2nd) Edith Chittle (1854-1888) on 7 September 1887 at the residence of Mr Chittle, Adelaide – she died 8 April 1888 in Adelaide (she was the daughter of William Chittle and his wife Mary Ann Mickle); married (3rd) Frances Hannah Cox (1869-1960) on 21 August 1889 at the bride’s sister’s residence, Glanville (she was the daughter of Thomas Cox and his wife Lucy Bradley). Henry died at Morphett Vale although his residence was at Aldinga
  • Susannah/Susan (1849-1906) married Alfred Hack, son of John Barton Hack on 25 October 1870 at residence of J B Hack, Prospect. Susan died at North Unley

Thomas, Henry and Susannah were born in the colony before Grace, aged 41 years, died as a result of childbirth in August 1849

John Pengilly, aged 44 years, married for the second time to widow Elizabeth Trengove/Trengrove (nee Hicks) (1812-1883), aged 39 years, on 28 September 1850 at Christ Church, O’Halloran Hill. She arrived in the colony aboard Sea Queen from London and Plymouth in March 1850, was widowed when she arrived with her six young children: Richard (16), Alice (14), James (12), John (10), Mary (8) and Ann (7). Ann Trengove married Frederic Maslin on 26 March 1863 at Willunga.

Children of John Pengilly and Elizabeth Trengove/Trengrove (nee Hicks) were:

  • Grace (1851-1918) born at Willunga, married Hugh McCallum at the John Knox Church at Morphett Vale on 22 March 1871. She died at Noarlunga
  • Elizabeth (1852-1854) birth registered Adelaide, believed to have died as an infant although unconfirmed
  • Charles (?-1855) believed to have been born in 1855 and died as an infant although unconfirmed

John Pengilly was described as one of the “Influential men of the South” in 1851. He purchased country section 359 (80 acres) near Port Willunga on 16 Sept 1851 for £82 11 shillings. He was elected as a councillor at the public meeting of ratepayers in March 1857 that elected three councillors to the newly established Aldinga District Council, but he resigned in September 1857. He was granted a slaughtering license in September 1858. John Pengilly, aged 88 years, died on 31 July 1894 and is buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting Church) Cemetery in Willunga. His second wife, Elizabeth (formerly Trengove/Trengrove nee Hicks), is buried in St Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery.

References: Devon, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2021. Devon, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1920 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2021.

Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum,

Genealogy SA,

South Australia Census 1841, Index for GRG 24/13 Census Returns – 1841 Census

FamilySearch – Returns of Census compiled in January 1841 GRG24/13

Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888, Willunga National Trust Branch

Sea Queen,

1851 ‘GOVERNMENT LAND SALE.’, Adelaide Times, 17 September, p. 2. ,

1857 ‘DISTRICT COUNCILS.’, South Australian Register, 11 June, p. 4. ,

1857 ‘Advertising’, Adelaide Observer, 26 September, p. 8. , [District of Aldinga]

1858 ‘ALDINGA.’, Adelaide Observer, 7 August, p. 7. ,

1858 ‘ALDINGA.’, South Australian Weekly Chronicle, 11 September, p. 8. ,

1863 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Register, 2 April, p. 2. ,[Maslin/Trengove]

1870 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal, 27 October, p. 2., [Hack/Pengilly]

1871 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal, 23 March, p. 2.,

1871 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal, 14 July, p. 2., [Pengilly/Greenless]

1889 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser, 23 August, p. 4. , [Pengilly/Cox]

1893 ‘Advertising’, Adelaide Observer, 19 August, p. 22. , [Sale by Auction]

1894 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 3 August, p. 2.,

Public Record Office Victoria, Wills and Probates,

189/419 William Pengilly: Will; Grant of probate
Given name : William ; Family name : Pengilly ; Residence : Sth Aust ; Occupation : Farmer; Nature of grant : PLS

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