Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Robert Jennings Bermuda Origin


Below is some correspondence that others might be interested in. If anyone

has any information on the below Jennings, please let me know.



Hi Diane,

I've hit a very high brick wall on my Jennings. My Jennings is Noah

Jennings b. 1812 in SC son of James Jennings died 1834 the possible son of

Henry Jennings.

I am interested in William Jennings because I received a letter stating the


"That the first of our Jennings came to South Carolina at Port Royal in the

early 1600's. The original Jennings was one Captain William Jennings (not

the same Captain William Jennings of Amelia & Nottoway County, VA). Our

William Jennings was a member of Henry Morgan's crew (he was a pirate). Our

Captain William Jennings left the ship and moved inland and established a

way station and tavern on the Edisto River and there married an Indian.

After the tavern was destroyed by Indians, Captain William Jennings moved

into what is now North Carolina and settled on either the Tar or Haw River.

Later generations moved back into South Carolina."

I have also seen a pirate with the name of Henry Jennings in the same area

in the 1600's. William and Henry Jennings are mentioned on some of the

internet sites about pirates.

>From the book "Documented Notes on Jennings and the Allied Families" by

Beatrice Mackey Doughtie 

Captain John Jennings, Bermuda, m January 20, 1765, Mary Dutarque, St.

Thomas & St. Denis Episcoal Church Register, Berkeley Co. SC.

There is a Nathaniel Ginnings transported to SC on July 3, 1694

There is also a group of Jennings that lived in Bermuda and went back and

forth to the Carolina's. There was a Richard Jennings and John Jennings,

sons of Richard Jennings and his wife Mary. After Richard Sr.'s death Mary

Jennings married Robert Hall, late of ye Island. The document begins ---

May 9, 1700: To all of Whome these presents shall come, I Richard Jenings

of ye Island of Bermuda, but now in ye Province of Carolina, Mariner, send


John Jennings, Esq. of Island of Bermuda & wife Mary, a deed to Daniel

Jennings, Esq. of Charleston, SC on October 15, 1792. The information I

have also mentions a John Dutaigue Jennings, Attorney, of the Isle of


Land is mentioned in Lewis Dutarque's will regarding a plantation lying in

sd. District on south side of south Fork of Edisto River and the sons and

daughters of Mary and John Jennings were Lewis' heirs at law. Remember the

letter of oral tradition in the beginning of this e-mail about the William

Jennings of Edisto River...interesting.

Then a Daniel Jennings appears as the director of the National Branch Bank

in Charleston, SC 1793. Daniel of Charleston SC and wife Elizabeth had

these children mentioned in Daniel's will signed September 6, 1792 pr.

November 14, 1793 (proved before Henry Hamilton, Esq. Gov., of Island of

Bermuda, 22 Jan. 1794). The children mentioned in his will were


son Henry Jennings (I would really like to know who this Henry's

descendants are)

daughter Ann Jennings (minor)

daughter Mary Jennings (minor)

Mentions a co-partnership of Jennings & Woodrop.

Daniel does mention in his will that he was late of Charleston, S.C., but

at present residing in Warwick Parish in the Island of Bermuda.

For what it is worth, on April 16, 1855, James B. Jennings, aged 71 years,

resident of Campbell County, Virginia appeared to make application for

additional Bounty Land for his War of 1812 service. His signature appears

by mark in this application with Thomas Pugh and Edwin B. Jeffress,

residents of Charlott County, Virginia, witnessing). I guess that this is

too late of a date to be your Thomas Pugh.

Now for what I know of the William Jennings of NC:

Quoting from page 133, Boddie's 17th Century Isle of Wight, Virginia: 

"William Jennings patented 350 acres in Surry County* in 1657 and there is

no further record of him in Surry. He is probably the same William

Jennings who patented 550 acres on New Begin Cr. in 1663, next to Phillip

Evans and Robert Lowery. In 1667, Miller, Acting Governor of Albermarle

was kept prisoner at the house of old William Jennings at the upper end of

Pasquotank River under strong guard".

*Surry County --- 

I have the info on this William from Surry County if you want it. It is

now about 1:34 a.m. here and I've got to go to bed.

William Jennings, 550 acres, New Begin Creek adj. Robert Lowry, September

25, 1663. Trans. of 11 persons (Va. Land Patents: Book 3, 1655-64, page


William Jennings of Pasquotank County signed will January 24, 1686/7 pr.

April 1687, naming following heirs:

d. Ann Lathan

sii Ralph Garnet

gr-dt. Mary Garnet

son John Jennings, Exor.

Witness: Thomas Rolfe, Edward Chambers, William Rolfe (Hathaway: NC Hist &

General. Reg: 1-327:Grimes: N.C. Wills)

John Jennings, Vertryman, So-West Parish of Pasquotank Precinct, 1715

(Saunders: 1-209)

John Jennings of Pasquotank County, NC signed will August 13, 1718 pr June

16, 1720, wife Ann, son William Jennings, daughter Mary Sawyer, and

Elizabeth Reding (Hathaway: 1-55)

Ann Jennings, widow of John, Pasquotank County, NC signed will 20 February

1719 pr. May 2, 1720 naming the following heirs son Stephen Delamare,

daughter Ann Delamare her husband was a Scarborough, sone Edward Pope, and

daughter Mary Reading.

William Jennings, Pasquotank County, appears in quit rents from 29

September 1729 to March 1732. (Saunders: Colonial Records of NC: 22-249)

John Jennings, Pasquotank County, NC signed will 14 May 1734 pr. April 1735

naming wife Elizabeth Witnessed by Ann Bryan (Hathaway: 1-54)

John Jennings, Pasquotank County, NC signed will April 15, 1751 pr July

Court of 1751 naming wife Lucy and son Isaac "Mentions four oldest and two

youngest children". Witnesses: Zach. Keeton, Nathan Overman (Hathaway:


John Jennings: By instructions rec'd from his Excellency the Palatine and

the rest of the true and absolute Lords Proprietors of the province of

Carolina at Whitehall, 5th day of February 1678, remaining upon record in

ye Countie of Albermarle in province of Carolina, doe and by grant unto

John Jennings and Thomas Relfe a plantation containing 750 acres lying in

precinct of Carterette on SW side of Craven River being due to sd Jennings

and Relfe for transportation of 15 persons into this Collony (Saunders:

colonial Records of NC: 1-270)

William Jennings, Sr.: General Court held at Queen Anns Creek (This

general court was for all of the precincts then in existence), Chowan,

October 29, 1719, the Grand Jury presents Jam Boulton cohabitting with and

seducing Mary Jennings, wife of William Jennings, Sen. from her husband by

the information of John Bell. (Saunders: Colonial Records of NC 2-365)

William Jennings of Currituck County, NC signed will in July, 1713 pr.

October 1729:

w. Mary, Extrx. and sole legatee

Witness: John Blish, John Norton, Mary Norton (Hathaway: 1-328)

Mary Jennings, Currituck County, NC. signed will December 7, 1725 pr.

October 7 naming the heirs as follows:

s. John Relfe

sil John Norton, Exor.

Witnesses: David Linsey, Henry Smith, John Martyn

John Jennins, Jr. Juror, Currituck County February 23, 1739 Saunders:

Colonial Records of NC: 4-519

John Jennings, Jr. Perquimans voters for 1723 (Saunders: Colonial Records

of NC: 25-187) Also in same volume William Jennings Jr., Juror 1723,

Perquimans Precinct.

At a Council held in New Bern September 28, 1750, Robert Jennings petitions

for 100a. in Anson County (Saunders: Colonial Records of NC 4-1047)

Thomas Jennings, New Hanover County, NC signed will on October 23, 1733 pr,

1747 naming following heirs: w. Elinor, Extrx. with Michael Higgins s.

Thomas Jennings, Jr. Witnesses: James Mackilwean, Samuel Draper. 

(Hathaway: NC Hist. and General Reg. 1-327-8)

Johnathan Jennings, April Term, 1780, Licensed to keep a Tavern in

Wilmington. Remember the oral tradition above. Is Wilmington on the

Edisto River?

Anyway as for NC Jennings, I have various land deeds, dates of death, and

other miscellaneous items. I will send it to you snail mail if you will

send me your address.

Also, North Carolina was a part of the Province of Carolina from 1670 until

the Province was divided into North and South Carolina on July 26, 1729. 

So both North and South Carolina (and parts of Tennessee, I think) records

are one and the same until 1729. There is also an early John Jennings on

Orangeburg SC USGenWeb site. It is possibly the same John that was in the

Isle of Bermuda.

All of these John's and Williams are confusing but if we all work together

maybe we can sort them out.

Let me know what you think and I hope that this has provided you with some

new information.

Happy Hunting,