Penman, Elizabeth Betsy 1a 2

Birth Name Penman, Elizabeth Betsy
Gender female
Age at Death 79 years


On March 5 1788, David Murray of Bedeque got a marriage licence to marry Nancy, or Anne Penman of Richmond Bay. However, he was too late - as Lucy Maud Montgomery tells the story, Donald Montgomery got him drunk, then stole his cart and horse and made his way to Penman's Point to propose to Nancy. On March 14, Donald Montgomery married Anne Penman.

David finally arrived at the Penman's farm, and found Donald and Nancy gone visiting. Betsey, according to LMM, told him not to be a great fool - she would take him gladly. David then got a license to marry Nancy's sister Elizabeth Penman of Richmond Bay, Lot 13 on March 25 1788. It was a Montgomery family tradition that "they were the happiest couple that ever lived."

This story was used by their descendant, Lucy Maud Montgomery in one of her stories. A short history of Bedeque in the Guardian by F. A. McArthur got the wrong sister.

Their children: George; Jane (m CAMPBELL, Donald aka Daniel; William (m MONTGOMERY, Ann); David (m RIX, Elizabeth); Benjamin (m MONTGOMERY, Jane); Mary (m RIX, Benjamin); James (m HOOPER, Mary); Archibald; Alexander (m WOODSIDE, Ellen); Ann (m MONTGOMERY, Donald); Elizabeth (m MONTGOMERY, Hugh); Catherine (m MacFARLANE, Neil);


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1770      
Death 1849 North Bedeque, Lot 25, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Penman, Georgeabout 17351804
    Sister     Penman, Ann Nancy about 1768 August 2, 1837
         Penman, Elizabeth Betsy 1770 1849
    Sister     Penman, Margaret about 1771 before 1837
    Sister     Penman, Jane 1776 July 21, 1852
    Sister     Penman, Christy about 1778 October 18, 1811


Family of Murray, David and Penman, Elizabeth Betsy

Married Husband Murray, David ( * February 3, 1765 + October 8, 1853 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage March 25, 1788 Prince Edward Island, Canada PEI Marriage licenses/cash books; license dated March 25 1788  
Name Birth Date Death Date
Murray, Benjamin
Murray, John
Murray, Janeabout 1790
Murray, GeorgeJune 30, 1790December 1, 1855
Murray, Margaret PeggyAugust 14, 1795August 2, 1881
Murray, William1797September 5, 1872
Murray, David1798July 29, 1868
Murray, Mary1801November 9, 1867
Murray, James1805October 23, 1851
Murray, Alexanderabout 1808April 14, 1849
Murray, Elizabeth1809
Murray, Ann Nancy1809April 5, 1856