James W. Pennington had a bit of wanderlust in him.
Born in White Co TN, he initially married Cynthia Green, apparently had 2 or 3 children and located to Montgomery County KS where he is found in 1870 and 1880. He married twice more and ends up in Douglas County MO by 1900. He shows up in the 1910,20,30 census counts in Douglas County. His death certificate #35649-A indicates at the time of death his wife was Catherine "Katy" Davis and he had lived in Douglas Co for 51 years making his arrival there about 1883. He is reportedly to have spent some time in Colorado as well. His parents were Captain Edmund D Pennington and Lucinda Brown both of White Co. TN.
Interestingly when searching the census recorde for White county TN Edmund and wife Lucinda are listed in dwelling 1239 page 92 with son James 11/12 yrs and Nancy W, 3 years old.
1870 census in Kansas lists him as 21 years old which again makes his birth year 1849 instead of 1847.
Definitive information is available through PRA
Edmond D. Pennington and Lucinda Brown were married 1/27/1847 in White Co., TN. They had 9 children including my Great Granduncle Tullis Jasper Pennington.
I have this about Edmond from John Massa:
Enlisted in the Union Army Aug. 1862, served until May 1865 in the Fifth Tennessee Cavalry. Was in Battle of Stone River. Was promoted to Lieutenant Jan. 1863, and Captain of Company B, First Tennessee Mounted Infantry, which he commanded at Cherry Creek and Beech Grove. **Brother in law Robert Mansell was a Private in this Co., and George Washington Elmore was a Lt. in same. Edmond signed Robert's papers.
After the war he located in White Co., TN and farmed until 1869 when he emigrated to Kansas and for 14 years resided in Montgomery Co., KS. He then came to Douglas Co., MO and was a resident of Ava. He purchased a mill.
Given this information James W. was likely to young to serve in the war as he would have been but 11 to 14 years old. Clearly his father did though and I believe he may be interred in Ava Cemetery. NPS listings confirm above noted Civil War service of Edmond.