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John Jennings

Birthplace: England
Death: between 1678 and 1679
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Husband of Martha Jennings and Mary Alley
Father of Martha Thorpe; Sarah Luck; Unknown Thomas and John Jennings, Jr.

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About Capt. John Jennings

from John Oliver, Jr. at's genforum: "Mary Seward married a Capt. Jennings who was in Bacon's Rebellion in and around Surrey Co., VA, in 1675-1678. he died prior to being hanged after the rebellion fell. She [Mary] later married Thomas Alley."

from "before 1678 groom Thomas Alley, bride Mary Jennings, widow, dec'd hus. John Jennings, location Isle of Wight";

from "Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight, Virginia," by John Bennett Boddie, p. 577: 'John Jennings was banished from Virginia because of his part in Bacon's Rebellion. He died before his date to go because he pleaded for a delay due to monetary reasons, saying he had a " wife and children".' "

Martha Harris Jennings was a proven daughter of his brother Robert Harris who died in 1659 when John Jennings took control of his estate as he had married the daughter of the deceased Robert Harris, Martha Harris. This is further proved in 1665 when Anthony Spilltimber and his wife Mary Harris, sister of the deceased Martha Harris Jennings, sues John Jennings for Mary's share of the property of their father Robert Harris.

There is also a 1663 law suit of Anthony Spiltimber and wife Mary Harris again John Jennings and his DECEASED wife Martha Jennings concerning property of Martha Harris Jennings and Mary Harris Spiltimber that they had inherited from their father Robert Harris in 1659. There are two books by the eminent professional genealogist John A Brayton on "The Descendants of Robert Harris of Isle of Wight" and "The Descendants of Capt John Jennings of Isle of Wight" that both state that their was no issue of the marriage of Martha Harris and John Jennings and that all of the children of John Jennings named in his 1678 Will are by his 2nd wife, the widow Mary Seward.

- notes from Tom King

  • Reference: WikiTree Genealogy - SmartCopy: Apr 7 2017, 2:41:07 UTC

  • "Marriages Of Isle Of Wight County, Virginia, 1628-1800". 2017. Google Books. Accessed April 10 2017. page 26
    • "JENNINGS, JOHN and MARTHA HARRIS, daughter of Robert Harris. 1668 ..."
    • "JENNINGS, JOHN and MRS. MARY SEWARD, relict of William Seward. 1678 ..."

'John Jennings, Clerk of Isle of Wight County, 1662 to 1677, was an active adherent of Bacon during the Rebellion, and was sentenced to banishment, but died before leaving Virginia. A deed dated 1665 shows that his wife was Martha daughter of "Mr. Robert Harris," deceased, of Isle of Wight Co. In the County records is a petition dated April 9, 1677 from Jennings to Governor Jeffreys and the Council; "that y'r peticon'r having rec'd sentence of banishment and Transportation of this his Maties Colony asks for a larger time for his departure since by reason of the late Rebellion his estate has been so wasted that he has not the money to leave, and because it would peril his life to undergo the said sentence in his aged, weak and sick condition, having the care of a poor wife and children also incumbent upon him."

"Letter of Gov. Herbert Jefferys dated Swann Point April y ... 1677, asking the opinion of his councillors Nathaniel Bacon, Sen., and Col William Cole, as to the case of John Jemmings. ...

"Endorsement of Nathaniel Bacon and William Cole approving the Governor's suggestion of a longer respite to Jennings.

"Endorsement by Jefferys dated May 22, 1677, for a respite of time for the departure of John Jennings until the month of September next."

"Power of John Jennings to his wife Mary to get in his debts, and to let his plantation for three years, and sell either mares, sheep &c. 5 Sept., 1677."

source: William and Mary College Quarterly 1899, v 7, no 4, pg 230

The children are named in his will. Also named as "son-in-law" is William Seward, and George Seward who previously owned his father's sword and must have died. This would be his stepson in today's terminology.

Summary of will of John JENNINGS: Son John, to my s'd son one silver tankard marked I I M, one small dram cupp and one small sack cupp marked I G E, 2 daus. Mary and Martha JENNINGS, to Mary one small cupp marked I M I, and one silver tumbler marked I I and half a dozen of silver spoones marked I M I, and one salt seller marked I I and one silver sugar dish marked I I, &c.,; son-in-law William Seward a sword and belt which was formerly his Father's; legacy to George Seward; wife Mary JENNINGS; son and three daus. Disposes of much silver. Capt. Edward Wickens Lt. George Moore, Thomas Moore and William Seward to see my will performed. "Further I do give and bequeath my whole library of Bookes to my sonn, my desk, my Gold Rings and silver seals, and every one of my overseers to have 10s. to buy them a Ring." Dated 19 Oct., 1678; probate. 10 March, 1679. Source: William and Mary ... pg 241

Jennings, John: Leg.-son John; daughter Martha; daughter Mary my land on Lyon's Creek; Daughter Sarah the land bought of Valentine Chitty; son-in-law William Seward; George Seward, wife Mary. (children under 17); Overseers, Capt. Edmund Wickins, Lt. George Moore, Thomas Moore, William Seward. Date. Oct. 19, 1678. Wit: George Lewer, Mathew Wood.The inventory of his estate is signed by Mary M Alley. (M being her mark)

Codicil: my overseers to pay the orphans of Mr. William Seward three servants, for which I am indepted to them. Date. 10 ... day of 9ber, 1678. (November)

EARLY VIRGINIA IMMIGRANTS, George Cabell Greer, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1960, p. 179...Jennings, John, 1637, by Francis Fowler, James River Co.

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Age 56
New Kent, New Kent, Virginia, United States
Age 58
Isle of Wight County, Virginia