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John Jenney, of the "Little James"[1]

Male - 1644


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  • Name John Jenney  [2
    Suffix of the "Little James" 
    Born England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated 1623  America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    on the ship "Little James" 
    Died 1644  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4372  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Family Sarah Carey, of the "Little James",   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1655, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1 Nov 1614  Leiden, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Children 
    +1. Abigail Jenney, of the "Little James",   b. Bef 1623, Leiden, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 13 Apr 1673, Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1748  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Nov 1614 - Leiden, Holland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - on the ship "Little James" - 1623 - America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1644 - Plymouth, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From "Pilgrim Hall Museum"

      JOHN & SARAH JENNEY

      John Jenney was from Norwich, England. He had moved to Leyden by 1614, when he married Sarah Carey of Monk Sohan, Suffolk, England. John Jenney was a brewer and a miller. He and his wife, with their 2 living children, journeyed to Plymouth on the Little James in 1623. Another son was born on board ship.

      John and Sarah had 7 children in all: Samuel, who was born in Leiden and journeyed with his parents to Plymouth; an unnamed child who died as an infant and is buried in Leiden; Abigail, who also journeyed with her parents to Plymouth; an unnamed son who was born in 1623 aboard the Little James but who died before 1627; Sarah, John and Susanna, all born in Plymouth.

      Nathaniel Morton characterized Jenney as "a godly, though otherwise a plain man, yet singular for publicness of spirit, setting himself to seek and promote the common good of the plantation of new Plimouth." Jenney was involved in refinancing the Plantation in 1626 and served several terms as an Assistant to the Governor as well as in other positions of resonsibility within the Colony.

      John Jenney is best known, however, for operating Plymouth Colony’s third (and most successful) corn mill. The earliest corn mill had been located near Billington Sea, a distance from town. Then, in 1632, the General Court authorized Stephen Deane to set up a water-powered corn mill on Town Brook; this mill was only in operation for about 2 years when Stephen Deane died. In 1636, Jenney was authorized to "erect a mill for grinding and beating of corn upon the brook of Plymouth."

      John operated the mill until his death in 1644. After his death, Sarah operated the corn mill. The mill was then carried on by their son Samuel and then by outsiders, until its demise in 1847. Sarah died in late 1655 or early 1666. We have wills and inventories for both John and Sarah. John’s inventory includes several books and a "smale globe," indicating some education and a curiosity, perhaps, about the world. Sarah Jenney’s inventory included these same books, but the globe is not listed. [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S1003] Mary Beth Wheeler, (http://www.thewheelers.com/), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mbwheeler&id=I70458 (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S1003] Mary Beth Wheeler, (http://www.thewheelers.com/), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mbwheeler&id=I70459 (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S1004] New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Clarence Almon Torrey, (Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997), p. 418 (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S1014] Pilgrim Hall Museum, http://www.pilgrimhall.org/JenneyJohn.htm (Reliability: 0).