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Edmund Jennings

Birthplace: Ripon, Yorkshire, , England
Death: Died in Ripon Hall, York, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Edmund Jennings, M.P. and Margaret Jennings
Husband of Frances Jennings
Father of Elizabeth Porteous; Frances Grymes; Ann Jennings; Priscilla Hill; Edmund Jennings, III and 2 others
Brother of Anne Bledsoe; Elizabeth Beckwith; Joanna Owens; Mary Jennings; Jonathan Jenings and 2 others

Occupation: Acting Governor of Virginia
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About Gov. Edmund Jennings

Edmund Jenings

Edmund Jenings was a Virginian politician. He was President of the Council of Virginia and later became the acting governor from August 23, 1706, to June 10, 1708.[1]

His father Sir Edmund Jenings was a Member of Parliament. His daughter, Elizabeth Jenings, married Robert Porteus, and was the mother of Beilby Porteus, Bishop of Chester and London.

Ariana, his granddaughter, married John Randolph. They were parents of Edmund Randolph, who was Governor of Virginia and the first Attorney General of the United States under George Washington.



  • Edmund Jenings
  • Birth: 1659 West Yorkshire, England
  • Death: 1727 York County, Virginia, USA
  • Marker found on grave near marble slab.
  • The Hon. Edmund Jenings, Esq, son of Sir Edmund Jenings of Ripon in Yorkshire, England was born in 1659 and died in 1727. He was Attorney General, Secretary of State, President of the Council, and from 1706-1710 Acting-Governor of the Colony of Virginia. For many years he was a Vestryman of Bruton Parish and was serving the Church in this capacity when this building was erected. In 1710 he was instrumenal in persuading the House of Burgesses "to appropriate a sufficient sum of money for the building pews for the Governor, Council and House of Burgesses" in the two wings and intervening part of the Church, this entire portion of the Church being subsequently built and paid for by the House of Burgesses under the supervision of Governor Alexander Spotswood.
  • Marble slab placed here in 1905.
  • All above quoted from the pamphlet titled A GUIDE TO THE MEMORIALS OF BRUTON PARISH CHURCH with maps, published by Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, VA, 2006 edited by Susan H. Godson, maps by Joseph L. Spruill, photographs by Hal Lindsay and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
  • Inscription:
  • E. J.
  • JU-- 1727.
  • Burial: Bruton Parish Episcopal Church Cemetery, Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 35710621
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EDMUND JENINGS was son of Sir Edmund Jenings, of Ripon, Yorkshire, England, and his wife Margaret, daughter of Sir Edward Barkham, Lord Mayor of London 1621-'22. He was born in 1659, and died June 2, 1727. He came to Virginia at an early age, and settled in York county. He was appointed Attorney-General in 1680, and retained the office till after 1692. He was appointed to the Council in 1701, and remained a member till his death. In 1704, he was appointed Secretary of State, and from June, 1706 till August 23, 1710, he was acting Governor. Later he would have again become Acting Governor, but was set aside on account of his feeble health. He married Frances, daughter of Henry Corbin, of Buckingham House, and had issue (1) Frances, married Charles Grymes, of Moratico, Richmond county, and was ancestress of Gen. R. E. Lee; (2) Elizabeth, married Robert Porteus, of New Bottle, Gloucester county, who afterwards removed to England, where she became the mother of Beilby Porteus, Bishop of London; (3) Edmund, Secretary of Maryland, married in 1728 Anna, widow of James Frisby and Thomas Bordley, and daughter of Matthias Vanderheyden, by which marriage he was father of Ariana (who married John Randolph of Virginia, and who was mother of Edmund Randolph, first Attorney-General of Virginia, and of the United States), and a son, Edmund, who died unmarried in 1819.




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