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Penton, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
Penton's location in Salem County (Inset: Salem County in New Jersey)
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Salem
Township Alloway
Named for Daniel or Abner Penton
Elevation 10 m (33 ft)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 879226

Penton is an unincorporated community located within Alloway Township in Salem County, New Jersey, United States. The community is the site of the historic Penton Chapel.


William Penton received 500 acres (200 ha) of land from John Fenwick. William and Daniel Penton lived on a section of this land. The area was later named after a Penton family member (either Daniel or Abner), and was known as Penton Abbey, Pentonville, and Penton. Burton Penton, who died there around 1795, stated Guineatown was the name of the village. His granddaughter suggested the name Penton when the post office was established.

The village was known for its brickyards. Some early ones were established by Jacob Thackra, John Bee, and Smith B. Sickler.

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