Adna Penniman

Capt.-Lt. Adna Penniman, 3rd Regiment N.H. Continental Line – Original Member

Adna Penniman was born October 5, 1752 in Uxbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts. He was the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Taft) Penniman.

He died in Moultonborough, New Hampshire on November 4, 1820. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment, Continental Line on November 8, 1776. During the Continental’s encampment at Valley Forge he is listed as a 2nd Lieutenant in Captain James Gray’s Company of the 3rd New Hampshire. He is further marked as “Present” for December 1777, “Sick with Small Pox” for January 1778, and “Present” for February to June 1778. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in May of 1778 and further promoted to Captain-Lieutenant on January 1, 1781. When the New Hampshire Line was reorganized by order of Congress and consolidated into two Regiments from three, he became deranged and retired.

After the Revolution he became one of the original 30 members of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire on February 5, 1784.

He died November 4, 1820.

Sources: Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army (Baltimore, 1914), 435; Selected Wartime Service Records of Captain-Lieutenant Adna Penniman.