January 10, 2015

TENNEY of Bradford and Rowley, Massachusetts

Been awhile since I've done a surname post... today I'm focusing on my TENNEY line.



Generation 1: My first American TENNEY ancestor was Thomas Tenney. He was born about 1614 in Rowley, Yorkshire, England. He married Ann Mighill in England, and arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, in December of 1638, in the company of Ezekiel Rogers. By April of 1639, they had settled in Rowley.

He was a selectman, a "viewer of fences, highways, and chimneys", constable, and tithingman. In 1667 was also appointed as Sabbath enforcer (going to sabbath meetings was not optional in 17th century New England). Like many early colonial New England men, he was a jack-of-all-trades and active in the political life of his town.

Thomas died on 20 February 1699 in Bradford; he is buried in the Ancient Burying Ground.
Thomas Tenney headstone, via Find-A-Grave

I descend from two of Thomas and Ann's children, John and Mercy:

Generation 2a: John Tenney was born on 14 Dec 1640. He married Mercy Parrat, daughter of Francis Parrat and Elizabeth Northend, on 26 February 1663. John died on 13 April 1722.

Generation 2b: Mercy Tenney was born on 17 June 1644 in Rowley. She married Thomas Hardy II, son of Thomas Hardy I and Ann Unknown, on 22 September 1664 in Rowley.
Mercy Tenney Hardy headstone, via Find-A-Grave

Generation 3: Samuel Tenney was born to John Tenney and and Mercy Parrat on 20 November 1667. He married Sarah Boynton, daughter of Joseph Boynton and Sara Swan, on 18 December 1690 in Bradford.

He was appointed deacon in 1712, and was very highly respected. He was "a fine singer, and led the service of song for 25 years." He was also called, "by nature and grace, one of the most distinguished men of the times." He also served as Lieutenant in the Continental Army, and as a member of the Colonial Assembly, voted against receiving the king's charter-- a very brave move indeed, and 50 years before the War for American Independence!

Samuel died in Bradford on 3 February 1747. He had been "accustomed to pray earnestly for his children and his children's children, children to the last generation." As a genealogist and a Catholic, I love that my 8th great-grandfather prayed for his descendants-- and, I hope, still prays for them.
Samuel Tenney headstone, via Find-A-Grave

I descend from two of Samuel and Sarah's children, John II and Susannah:

Generation 4a: John Tenney II was born on 8 December 1692 in Bradford. He married Hannah Jewett, daughter of Maximilian Jewett and Sarah Hardy, in Rowley on 23 January 1717. John II died in Bradford on 23 August 1732.

Generation 4b: Susannah Tenney was born on 5 February 1695 in Bradford. She married John Bailey, son of Joseph Bailey and Abigail Trumbull, in 1712 in Bradford. Her death date is unknown.

Generation 5: Hannah Tenney was born to John Tenney and Hannah Jewett on 8 November 1721 in Bradford. She married Philip Hardy, son of Benjamin Hardy and Rebecca Bond, in Bradford on 22 December 1743. She died in Pelham, New Hampshire in 1790.


Ancestry Line 1:

Thomas TENNEY (1614-1699) m. Ann MIGHILL
John TENNEY (1640-1722) m. Mercy PARRAT
Samuel TENNEY (1667-1747) m. Sarah BOYNTON
John TENNEY II (1692-1732) m. Hannah JEWETT
Hannah TENNEY (1721-1790) m. Philip HARDY
Zilpha HARDY (b. 1756) m. Amos BAILEY
Jonathan BAILEY (b. 1788) m. Sarah CLARK
Arvilla BAILEY (b. 1816) m. Joshua PALMER
George Bailey PALMER (1850-1926) m. Mary Olivia PURINTON
Frank Bailey PALMER (1888-1958) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. Howes (1937-1999) m. my father
Me 


Ancestry Line 2:

Thomas TENNEY (1614-1699) m. Ann MIGHILL
John TENNEY (1640-1722) m. Mercy PARRAT
Samuel TENNEY (1667-1747) m. Sarah BOYNTON
Susannah TENNEY (b. 1695) m. John BAILEY
Jonathan BAILEY I (b. 1728) m. Martha CLARK
Amos BAILEY (b. 1756) m. Zilpha HARDY
Jonathan BAILEY II (b. 1788) m. Sarah CLARK
Arvilla BAILEY (b. 1816) m. Joshua PALMER
George Bailey PALMER (1850-1926) m. Mary Olivia PURINTON
Frank Bailey PALMER (1888-1958) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. Howes (1937-1999) m. my father
Me 


Ancestry Line 3:

Thomas TENNEY (1614-1699) m. Ann MIGHILL
Mercy TENNEY (1644-1716) m. Thomas HARDY
Benjamin HARDY (1679-1763) m. Rebecca BOND
Philip HARDY (b. 1719) m. Hannah TENNEY
Zilpha HARDY (b. 1756) m. Amos BAILEY
Jonathan BAILEY (b. 1788) m. Sarah CLARK
Arvilla BAILEY (b. 1816) m. Joshua PALMER
George Bailey PALMER (1850-1926) m. Mary Olivia PURINTON
Frank Bailey PALMER (1888-1958) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. Howes (1937-1999) m. my father
Me 


Source: The Tenney Family, or The Descendants of Thomas Tenney of Rowley Massachusetts by Martha Jane Tenney.

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