(John Jennings)


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  • Name (John Jennings) 
    Born (Henrico County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Y  [2
    Person ID I27764  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2017 

    Family (Mary LNU) 
    Married Y  [2
     1. Royal Jennings, Sr.,   b. 1 Feb 1762, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1839, Grainger County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Obediah Jennings,   b. ~ 1775, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F9999  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • 12 Feb 2007:

      After eighteen years of searching, can find no sources citing father to Obediah. I've assigned, 'John', as his grand father, 'Mary', his grand mother based on the traditional naming protocol of:

      First female child is named after maternal mother...
      Second female child is named after paternal mother...
      First male child is named after paternal father...
      Second male child is named after maternal father...
      Later issue named after siblings...DAH

      Clue-laden message citing possible siblings of Obediah;


      ' Late 1700 Jennings in TN
      Posted by: Rand Cardwell, kahuna@netramp.net

      Date: December 16, 1999 at 21:46:23
      of 6059

      I have a few Jennings men that show up in early court records in Claiborne Co.,TN

      Can anyone place them with families in NC or VA?

      Mentioned in 1804 to 1810 in records working as road hands;

      Obediah Jennings
      Edward Jennings
      William Jennings
      John Jennings
      Isom or Isham Jennings
      George Jennings'

      end of message [3]
    • Surname: Jennings

      This interesting surname, is of early medieval English origin, although later strongly associated with both Wales and Ireland. Recorded in the spellings of Jennings, Jennins and Jennens, it is a patronymic. It derives from the given name Janyn or Jenyn, a diminutive of the personal name John, and meaning "Little John". John itself derives from the Hebrew name "Yochanan", meaning "Jehovah has favoured (me with a son)". The patronymic surname which in this case means "the son of Little John", dates back to the late 13th Century (see below), "John" being a 12th century Crusader introduction. Soldiers of the crusades returning from the Holy Land, gave to their children and specifically sons, Hebrew and Greek names as a reminder of the fathers "pilgrimage". These "English" personal names which later became surnames, include such examples as Thomas, Isaac, Abraham, and many others. In this case early recordings include Walter Jannes and Richard Janyns in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire of 1327, and Thomas Jenyn, in the charter rolls of 1428 known as "Inquisitions and Assessments relating to Feudal Aids". Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas Jennyns, was christened on August 9th 1544, at St. Pancras', Soper Lane, London, and Jeffrey Jennings was christened on August 24th 1561, at St. Dunstans in the East, London. Among the namebearers in the "Dictionary of National Biography" is Sir Patrick Alfred Jennings (1831 - 1896), who was Premier of New South Wales. He was born in Newry, Ireland, and emigrated to the gold fields of Victoria in 1852, before moving to New South Wales in 1863. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Jonyng, which was dated 1296, in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Sussex, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

      Copyright: Name Orgin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980 - 2007 [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S44296] David A. Hennessee, researcher, info@classroomfurniture.com,.

    2. [S10933] David A. Hennessee, Researcher, info@classroomfurniture.com, 626 Biscayne Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 3401, 561.832.661.

    3. [S48964] http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?isham::jennings::1746.html.

    4. [S48965] http://www.surnamedb.com/surname.aspx?name=jennings.