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Local war hero's descendant joins DAR

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

Jennifer Wedick Penoso was recently admitted into the Daugthers of the American Revolution after proving her lineage to Samuel Lang, a 'true' American patriot. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
May 09, 2019
HAVERHILL — A descendant of a Haverhill war hero has recently been admitted into the Daughters of the American Revolution. Jennifer Wedick Penoso proved her lineage to Samuel Lang.

Lang was born in Portsmouth in 1755, and was recruited into war service from Haverhill in 1776. In 1777 he married and settled in the town of Bath where he is buried today.

Penoso said, "Samuel lang was a true New Hampshirite and American Patriot."

Penoso proved that she is the fifth great-granddaughter of Lang and further provided documentation of his loyal service in the founding of America.

She explained that DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

Penoso lives in Alexandria, Va., and is a member of the John Alexander Chapter. She is related to Samuel Lang through her late mother's side. Her parents, Jean (Presby) and John L. Wedick, Jr., both hail from the 'North Country' and ancestors on her mother's side can be traced back to the earliest settlers of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

From Samuel and his wife Susan "Sukey" Salter Lang, the next four generations of Langs were born and resided in Bath. Penoso's great-grandfather, Dwight Child Reed married Addie Woods and moved to Landaff, where her beloved grandmother, Ellen was born. She married Larry Presby and they moved to Littleton, where he had a photo studio above Profido's Market. Penoso's mother, Jean Presby Wedick, graduated with the class of 1950 from Littleton High School and when her parents retired, they returned back home to Bethlehem, where her father lives today.

Penoso said "the DAR is a distinguished and prestigious organization and I am excited to serve its causes. I am proud of my amazing American family story and pleased to establish Samuel Lang's legacy for my daughter and nieces, who can join the DAR when they are 18 years old."

Penoso when on to note, "my only regret is that my mother is gone. She was the most tender-hearted, giving person you'd ever meet. She would have loved the DAR and to know that her great New Hampshire family played a part in the founding of America."

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