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Mary Jenney (Gifford)

Also Known As: "Jenne", "Janne"
Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: July 12, 1780 (93)
Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William 'the Tailor' Gifford, of Sandwich and Mary Gifford
Wife of Samuel Jenney, Jr.
Mother of Job Jenne and Hannah Rounsville
Sister of James Gifford and Jonathan Gifford
Half sister of Annaniah Gifford; John Gifford; Christopher Gifford and Robert Gifford

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About Mary Jenney

  • 'Gifford genealogy, 1626-1896; (1896)
  • William Gifford owned land in Massachusettss, Rhode Island and Connecticut. His Massachusetts possessions consisted of lands in Sandwich, Falmouth and Dartmouth. The facsimile of deed accompanying this volume represents a 40-acre parcel purchased of a Suckanessett (Falmouth) Indian named Job Attukkoo, July 24, 1673.
  • He gave by will to his sons Jonathan and James lands in Falmouth, Mass. He also deeded to his sons Robert and Christopher, lands in Dartmouth, Mass., both of whom erected homesteads upon their estates. Robert continued to live in Dartmouth while Christopher moved later to Little Compton, R. I. Both have many descendants now living in southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
  • William probably deeded his Connecticut lands to his son John who gave by will 100 acres in the Colony of Connecticut to his son Samuel and 200 acres to his grandsons.
  • The descendants of William are here given as the Massachusetts branch.
  • 1 William Gifford, d. 9 Apr. 1687: m. 1st ___ . Lived Sand. 1650. had
    • 2 i John d. 1708.
    • ii Hananiah m. Elizabeth ___.
    • 3 iii William d. 1738.
    • 4 iv Christopher b. July 1658 : d. 22 Nov. 1748 : mo. Dart, and L. C.
    • 5 v Robert b. 1660: d. 1730: mo. Dart.
    • vi Patience d. 1673: m. Richard Kirby 19 Oct. 1665: d. 1720. had ....
  • [1 William] m. 2d Mary Mills, 16 July 1683: d. 10 Feb. 1734. had
    • ' vii Mary.
    • 6 viii Jonathan b. 14 May 1684: d. 10 Feb. 1734.
    • 7 ix James b. 10 Mar. 1685-6.
    • 2 John Gifford m. Elishua Crowell: d. 1708: dau. John. (All chil. b. Fal.) had .....
    • 3 William Gifford, Jr., m. 1st ___ . had .....
    • [3 William] m. 2d Lydia Hatch 21 June 1711. had .....
    • 4 Christopher Gifford m. 1st Meribah ___ . m. 2d Deborah Perry 1685: b. 3 Apr. 1665: d. 1724. had ....
    • 5 Robert Gifford m. Sarah Wing dau. Stephen and Sarah (Briggs): b. 2 Feb. 1658: d. 1724. had .... [5 Robert] m. 2d Elizabeth .
    • 6 Jonathan Gifford m. Lydia . had ....
    • 7 James Gifford m. Deborah Lewis 30 Mar. 1710. had ....
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  • ' One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families By John Osborne Austin
  • Pg. 103 -
    • GIFFORD.
  • 1. WILLIAM d. 1687 m. (1). ___, m. (2). 1863, 7, 16, MARY MILLS. d. 1687
  • (1st w.)
    • I. John.
    • II. Hananiah, m. Elizabeth.
    • III. William, d. 1738. m. (1), m.(2). 1711, 6, 21 Lydia Hatch. b. 1685, 1, 15, dau. of Joseph and Amy (Allen) Hatch. ch:(1) Gideon, Gershom, Seth, Experience, Jabez, Mehitable, Justice, Mary, Hannah, William. (2) Temperance, Amy, Silas, Nathaniel, Melatiah, Sarah, Joseph.
    • IV. Christopher, b. 1658, 7 d. 1748, 11, 22. m. Deborah Perry. b. 1665, d. 1724 dau. of Edward and Mary (Freeman) Perry ch: Meribah, Christopher, Audry, Enos, Mary, Christopher, Deborah, John.
    • V. Robert, d. 1730. m. Sarah Wing b. 1658, 2, 2, d. 1724 (--) dau. of Stephen and Sarah (Briggs) Wing. ch: Benjamin, Jeremiah, Stephen, Timothy, Simeon.
    • VI. Patience, d. 1678 (--) m. 1665, 10, 19, Richard Kirby. d. 1720, son of Richard Kirby. ch: Sarah, Temperance, John, Robert, Experience.
  • (2d w.)
    • ' VII. Mary.
    • VIII. Jonathan, b. 1684, 5, 4, m. Lydia. ch: Maria, Peleg, Rebecca, Bethiah, Silas, Hannah, Anna.
    • IX. James, b. 1686, 3, 10, m. 1710, 3, 30, Deborah Lewis. ch: Dinah, Remember, Sarah, James, Cornelius, Silvanus, Mary, Deborah, George, Thomas, Eleanor.
    • 2. JOHN, d. 1708 m. ELISHUA CROWELL d. 1708 + dau. of John and Elishua (__) Crowell ....
  • Pg. 105
  • 1--WILLIAM.
  • Sandwich, Mass.
  • It is claimed by some that he was son of Walter Gifford and that the latter was son of Sir Ambrose Gifford of England, and the statement is further made that Walter emigrated to Massachusetts in 1630. It need better proof, however, than any of which the author have knowledge to substantiate these claims.
  • He was early a proprietor of lands at Sandwich, and early joined the Quakers; being fined a number of times for not taking the oath of fidelity, and for "seditious utterances" against the King.
  • 1650, 6, 4. He was on Grand Inquest at this date.
  • 1651, 5, 22. He and three other were granted authority to call town meeting, at three days notice; and it was voted, "that what neighbors stay away above an hour, after the time appointed, shall lose their votes in what is done before they come."
  • 1658. In a list of those who owned lands at Sandwich, and had bounds recorded. Fined this year L10.
  • 1658, '59. In these years there was a distraint upon his estate of L57, 10s. to satisfy fines imposed for his heterodoxy, as viewed by the authorities, viz., refusing to take oath, attending Quaker meetings, etc. The property taken to pay his fines consisted of 4 steers, 2 heifers, 1 bull, 3 cows, 5 young cattle and 1/2 of a horse and 1/2 swine.
  • 1675, 4, 23. he was in a list of those having just rights and privilege in town of Sandwich.
  • 1677. Surveyor. He was a large landholder at Dartmouth, and Falmouth, as well as Sandwich.
  • 1680 to 1684. Deeded sons Robert and Christopher, nearly 400 acres at Dartmouth.
  • 1687, 4, 9. Will, proved 1688, 3, 9. Ex., wife Mary. Overseers, jacob Mott of Rhode Island, Edward Perry, Wm. Allin. To son John 20s. silver money. To son Hananiah 10s. To son William 1 stack of bees. To son Christopher 1 cross cut saw. To son Robert L5 two years after decease, and to daughter 'Mary L5 two years after decease'. To granddaughter Temperance Kirby 20s. and to granchildren John, Robert and Sarah Kirby, 5s. each. To all grandchildren, 1s. each. To daughter 'Mary 1 cow after 4 years'. to two sons Jonathan and James 10 acres at Falmouth, and 1/4 of a share belonging to me in undivided land at Succonessett (Falmouth). To the Friends in Sandwich called Quakers, L5.
  • 1687, 12, 21. Inventory appraised by John Nye and William Bassett.
  • One of the most active officers in arresting Quarkers for tumultuous carriage at Quaker meeting, refusing to take oaths, harboring "strange Quakers," etc., etc., was Marshal Barlow. At one time (1659, 10, 6) this Marshall made complaint against William Gifford "for affronting him in the highway near a bridge over which he should have driven some cattle; yet forasmuch as William Gifford affirmeth that he was not directly in his way but in an old path leading to his house, the Court suspends the judgement for the present until the place be viewed and so the matter be made more evident." It seemed to require but slight pretext in those times to warrant the arrest of a Quaker; but sometimes the pretext was so very slight that even the all too willing Judges had to suspend sentence, or release the prisoner with an admonition.
    • Pg. 106
    • 2 -- JOHN.
    • Sandwich, Mass.
    • 1665, 3, 7. He was on a Coroner's Jury at this date.
    • 1678. His name was in a list of townspeople of Sandwich at this date.
    • 1695. Voted "to give back to Mr. Elisha Bourne, and John Gifford, one half the money they lately paid for not going out, when impressed on his Majesty's service."
    • 1708, 4, 9. Will, proved 1708, 5, 17. Ex., son Josiah. Witnesses, Mary Hiller, Ebenezer Nye, Rowland Cotton. To wife Elishua benefit and improvement of all estate in Sandwich, both read and personal, while she remains his widow. To son Josiah the above estate at decease of wife. To eldest son Samuel 100 acres in Colony of Connecticut. To grandson Robert Ransom 200 acres in Connecticut. To son Yelverton remainder of lands in Connecticut. To sons John and William Gifford all his estate, land and meadows in Falmouth, which they are to enjoy equally between them, they being charged with payment of L5 to daughter Grace Hoxie, and L5 to granddaughter Mary Ransom, and 40s to the children of daughter Elizabeth Tupper, deceased.
    • Inventory, L424, 162.
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Mary Jenney's Timeline

Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
July 11, 1705
Age 18
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
July 12, 1780
Age 93
Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
April 4, 1933
Age 93
June 26, 1933
Age 93
January 23, 1946
Age 93