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Families covered: Jennens of Birmingham, Jennens of Erdington, Jennens of Gopsall
[We are not aware of any connection between the following families. They share the page for our convenience.[

Robert Jennens of Birmingham (d 1500, game warden at Shottle near Duffield, Derbyshire)
m. Ellen Beard (b 1513)
1. William Jennens of Mobourne Hill, Birmingham (b 1559, d 06.12.1602)
  m. (28.01.1559/60) Joanna Elliott (d 10.12.1621)
  A. John Jennens of Aston Hall & Erdington (b 08.04.1579, d 25.02.1652/3, ironmaster)
  m1. Joyce Werner or Wearner or Weeman
  m2. (1602) Mary
  i. John Jennens (b 08.03.1606/7)
m. (15.05.1636) Jane Ambrose
  a.+ issue - John, William, Robert, Rodger, Jane
  ii. (Sir) Humphrey Jennens of Erdington Hall & Nether Whiteacre (Warwickshire) (b 23.08.1629, d 06.07.1689, 6th son)
  The following is partly supported by FMG (vol 2, MS241, 'Milward-Jennens', p577) which starts with Humphrey and shows Charles & John as Humphrey's only children by ...
  m. (01.08.1657) Mary Milward (b 1637, d 1708, dau of John Milward of Snitterton by Ann Whitehalgh)
  a. Charles Jennens of Gopsall, Leicestershire (b 23.02.1661/2, d 04.07.1747, 4th son)
'The Descendants' book reports that Charles ("of Ormond Street, London") m1. Mary Cary (b c1679, d c1762, mother of Robert & Sarah) m2. Elizabeth Burdett. [Robert shown as d 1716 after m (1689) Theodosia Clay. Sarah shown as b 1702, d 1790, m. (04.1721) Cornelius Dabney or Aubigne (b 1675, d 17.02.1765 in Virginia).] That must be wrong not least because:
(a) Date inconsistencies: Mary was b c1679 but 'her son' Robert married in 1689.
(b) VCH (Warwickshire, vol 4, Hemlingford Hundred, 'Parishes: Nether Whitacre') identifies Charles's "only surviving son" as Charles who died "leaving a sister Elizabeth" without mentioning any other siblings.
FMG shows the following:
  m. Elizabeth Burdet (dau of Robert Burdet of Bramcote)
  (1) Charles Jennens of Gopsall Hall (b 1700, bur 20.11.1773)
  A web site on Gopsall Hall (here) reports that Charles died "without a direct heir" which leads to some uncertainty as to the reliability of 'The Descendants' book's identification of his father's siblings. That site confirms that Gopsall Hall passed into the Curzon family. That connection came through his niece, daughter of ...
  (2) Elizabeth Jennens
  m. William Hanmer of Hanmer-Buttisfield
  b. Robert Jennens (b 1675, d 1725, Aide-de-Camp to the Duke of Marlborough)
  m. (1700) Ann Guidotte (d 1761, dau/heir of Carew Guidotte or Guidott)
  (1) William Jennens or Jennings of Acton Place, Sheriff of Suffolk (bpt 09.1701, d unm 19.06.1798)
  Wikipedia ("William Jennens") reports that William (grandson of Humphrey Jennens of Edington Hall) was described as the "richest commoner in England" and that he "died unmarried and intestate with a fortune estimated at £2 million, worth in excess of £200 million at 2012 rates, which became the subject of legal wrangles (Jennens vs Jennens) in the Court of Chancery for well over a century until the entire estate had been swallowed by lawyers' fees."
  c. John Jennens (b 07.09.1667, d 1773)
  m. (13.01.1702/3) Mary Green
  (1) John Jennings (b 08.12.1706, d 1760 in Virginia) had issue
  m. (19.10.1732) Ann Barton
  (2) Elizabeth Jennens or Jennings
  m. _ Dangerfield
  (3)+ other issue - Jonathan, Mary (d young)
d. William Jennens or Jennings, later in America (bpt 10.11.1676, d 1775, youngest son) had issue
  m(2?).(1720) Mary Pulliam (dau of Joseph Pulliam of Hanover County by Mary)
  e. Elizabeth Jennens (b 04.01.1664/5)
  m. (07.10.1714?) Jeremiah Smith
  f. Anne Jennens (b 15.01.1667/8, d 17.01.1707)
  m. Sir Clement Fisher
  g. Esther Jennens (b 24.12.1670, d 1770) see note below on possible duplication
  m. William Hanmar (Hanmer) (d 1724)
  h.+ other issue - Humphrey (b c1658, d 1752), Justin (b 29.01.1658/9, d 1660), Henry (b 08.01.1660/1, d 08.01.1675/6), Mary (b 30.07.1664, d 1708)
  iii. Hester (Esther) Jennens (b 06.08.1626)
  'The Descendants' book shows a Hester of this generation married to William Hanmer as well as one in the next (but not one in the one thenafter). This would be consistent with certain Hanmer records (Griffith & Lipscomb) which identify the first Esther as daughter of John. However, it does appear that the father of the first Charles was a Humphrey, not a John, which leads us to show the Hanmer intermarriages as over the next 2 generations, not this one and its successor.
  iv.+ other issue - Ambrose (b 30.09.1610), William (b 30.12.1615), Thomas (b 09.03.1616/7), Abraham (b 22.06.1618), Joseph (bpt 16.10.1631, d c1691), Alice (b 29.08.1613), Felicia (b 1674, d 1743)



Richard Jennens of Long Wittenham, Buckinghamshire
m. (28.01.1685-6) Mary Holbech (dau of Ambrose Holbech of Mollington & Radston)
1. Richard Jennens of Mollington (Oxfordshire) & Princethorp (Warwickshire) (d 1760)
  m. (09.09.1708) Susanna Blencowe (bpt 05.11.1688, d 16.05.1760, dau of Sir John Blencowe of Marston St. Lawrence)
  A. Richard Jennens of Thorp Mandeville & Weston-byWedon (bpt 11.02.17101, d unm 03.03.1773)
  B. Johnb Jennens (bpt 30.10.1712, dsp)
  m. (28.05.1735) Catherine Kenwrick
  C. Mary Jennens (bpt 13.10.1709, d 07.05.1788)
  m. (1732) Arthur Barnardiston of Brightwell (brother of Sir Samuel)
  D. Anne Jennens (b c1713-4, d 25.02.1801)
  m. (06.07.1731) William Peareth of Usworth House

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section (originally uploaded to JZmisc03 on 23.03.16, moved here 14.08.18) : 'Descendants of Robert Jennens of Birmingham' (an extract from 'Maternal Ancestors of Sidney Lanier' by John M. Harrison & Aubrey Starke (compiled by Francis X Sis Sr.) as reported within genealogy.com)
(2) For lower section (uploaded 10.04.19) : 'The History and Antiquities of the County of Northampton' (George Baker, vol 1, 1822-1830, 'Jennens of Thorp Mandevill, and Weston by Wedon, Peareth; Barnardiston, Heber, &c', p720)
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