He first settled in Mt
Carmel, Pennsylvania, perhaps lured by the mines and the
Cornish community there. He married his second wife,
Annie Anthony, in
1892. He soon left for Lead City, South Dakota and accepted a
job as a toolmaker in the Homestake Mines, part of the
Black Hills gold mines. His new wife followed him 6 months
The family next moved to Chicago
where Fred worked as a mechanic, but
they were back in Mt Carmel
sometime before 1896, where he opened a blacksmith shop.
Annie bore him three more children, Raymond Leslie,
Myrtle Elizabeth and James Donald.
some point Albert died. Then Annie died in 1910. After
the death of Annie, Fred and the 3 remaining children moved
to West Point, Pennsylvania and lived on Main Street
(now West Point Pike.) There he met and hired Emma Reifinger of the village to keep house and care for the
children. He opened a blacksmith shop on Garfield Avenue
in December of 1911.
On October 2, 1912 Fred and
Emma were married at the First Methodist Episcopal
Norristown, PA. The ceremony was witnessed by a few
of Emma's relatives. Two years later
(June of 1914) Raymond Leslie
"Leslie" by his friends) graduated from Upper Gwynedd High
School in West Point.
The blacksmith shop location
was shared with a wheelwright shop, owned by one of the
founding members of the West Point Fire Company, Walter
Cassel. For reasons unknown, in June of 1916 Pengelly
closed his shop and in July Cassel closed his.
The Pengelly family moved to Allentown. Fred set up his
blacksmith shop there and also worked for the city,
making street lamps, park benches, etc. He sold lamps
and other household items on the side. Emma gave birth
to 2 children, Marshall and Albert L.
In 1947 at the age of 82 Frederick was still busy
blacksmithing. An article written about him described
his personality as being "well forged, tempered, and as
keen-edged as the implements he has been hammering out
these 60 years."
Frederick Pengelly, one time
West Point blacksmith, died in 1952 at the age of 87.