User talk:Ftjrwrites

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Hi Ftjrwrites,

Thank for your comments and contributions to the Celts page. You make many valuable points, and I hope you will continue to improve the article. In response to your question about the word "troll", in this context a troll is someone who adds comments designed to provoke a reaction rather than to engage in real discussion or to improve an article. "Feeding the trolls" is replying to or engaging in debate with someone who is really only trying to goad other contributors. Paul B (talk) 16:03, 6 December 2007 (UTC)



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Regards this edit, the page would be helped immesurably if you could provide sources for this information. Unsourced information can be removed by anyone without issue, while sourced information is much more informative and useful to readers. Thanks, WLU (talk) 18:06, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

All Ireland is Irish[edit]

How dare you say a man from Ulster is not Irish. A man from Co. Down is as much Irish as a man from west Cork - (talk) 11:12, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Abram Penn and the Henry County militia[edit]

HI, thanks for your contributions. I've left messages on the page for Patrick County, Virginia. Regards, MarmadukePercy (talk) 01:13, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

Hi again. Thanks for the message. I've responded on a small point on the talk page for the piece. It's great someone is interested in all this stuff. (Most folks aren't.) As for the role of the Henry County militia, we'll figure it out, as well as can be figured out, I expect. Nice hearing from you. I've spent quite a bit of time in western North Carolina. Lovely over there. Have you spent much time in your ancestor's old stomping grounds in Patrick County? As you know (and I placed in the piece) Col. Penn first owned a large chunk of land outside present-day Martinsville in Henry County, right where the Hairston plantation Beaver Creek is today, The land was called King's Grant, I believe from the grant to Penn (not Hairston). Then Penn sold that property to the Hairstons and moved further west, out to the area of present-day Penn's Store on U.S. Highway 58. The Penns are a very interesting family, which is why I added that information on them to the entry. I'm not descended from them, but I'm interrelated with them. MarmadukePercy (talk) 18:14, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
Incidentally, this will probably interest you. It's a document I uploaded to wikimedia commons not long ago. It concerns one of the Penns. [1] MarmadukePercy (talk) 18:17, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
This is a photograph of one of the old Penn houses at Penn's Store.[2] This isn't one of the older Penn homes, but interesting nevertheless. As you know, some of the Penns relocated to Reidsville, North Carolina, and took their tobacco business with them. MarmadukePercy (talk) 19:31, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
OK, I added some very mild language to the main entry to introduce the idea that the militia's presence at the battle is disputed. I take it you resided in Patrick County at one time? I have visited there, but it has been a few years. My great-great grandfather, Lewis George Penn (Abram's great-grandson) left there some time in the 1870s. I actually have an academic background as a historian, but ended up making a career in journalism. I do historical research, sometimes geneaologically inspired, in my spare time. Some day I'll probably publish something. Thanks for the Gabriel Penn link you posted. As noted, Abram and Gabriel were cousins of John Penn. What's not well-known about this Declaration signer is that during the time of Greene's campaign, he had what one historian has called "nearly dictatorial powers" in N.C. as a commissioner on the state war board. I'm very interested in trying to determine whether Greene corresponded with both Abram and John and they with one another during this period. I suspect they all did. Abram has some very interesting descendants. Besides the tobacco family you mentioned, including the builders of teh Chinqua-Penn Plantation in Reidsville, N.C., he's also ancestral to Robert Penn Warren and a number of Virginia political figures, many of them using "Penn" as a middle name. Thanks very much for your posts.

Ftjrwrites (talk) 21:01, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the message. Yes, I added that about Robert Penn Warren some time back. He taught at Yale, as you probably know. I emailed you, too, off wiki to discuss some of this interesting stuff. MarmadukePercy (talk) 21:15, 19 August 2010 (UTC)