For the Thanksgiving holiday this year I am thankful for my ancestry of my Jenne(y) name as in: When the story your family has been told for generations is actually written somewhere.
Long cherished on a bookshelf in our summer home in Wisconsin was the book, Betty Alden "A Story of Pilgrims" by Jane G. Austin (1)
Hand written on the inside the front flap, by a long gone ancestor, is the key to my (maternal) family heritage.
"John Jenney of Norwich England went to Holland in his youth, came to Plymouth in the ship "Little James" landing in July 1623. He was part owner of the boat.
1. John Jenney Pilgrim, 1623
9. Otis Bartlett
10. Chas. W.
11. Otis Paul
— Linda A. Jenne Dec. 25th 1892"
Edited Nov. 2016: Because of this blog post, the daughter of Otis Paul Jenne, Jr. contacted me a number of months ago. I HAVE NEWLY FOUND COUSINS!! So the first born male Jenne line still continues (with her her older brother)!
I'm so excited about this I can hardly stand it.
12. Otis Paul, Jr.
13. Living male & female Jenne(s) (edited Nov. 2016 - newly found cousins!!)
14. Living male Jenne
15. Living male Jennes (newborns)
Linda did not have the beginning line quite right, (1John, 2Samuel, 3John) but it was an auspicious start for my research project 18 years ago. The fact that she lists John Jenney of Norwich was incredible since it took another 80 or so years for this family line in England to be factually sourced as son of Henry Jenney of Cressingham Magna, descended from Sir William Jenney, Knight, 1483, (knighted by Richard III) Knodishall, County Suffolk, (Norwich in general)., and further back to John Jenney, 1460., The Jenney Book(2)
The Little James was the third boat to come across from Leyden Holland after The Fortune. John Jenney, Pilgrim would soon become the miller of the Grist Mill (it still stands) and he brought the salt. My children would both read the book Salt: A World History (3) for their high school-wide summer reading assignment only to come across his name and we would all learn that Salt could be considered a more valuable commodity than money. John Jenney maintained the Salt chest in Plimouth.
9. Otis Bartlett (dropped the y off the end of the name, sealing the fate of this line to become completely obsolete and unknown)
To continue my male line from my grandfather (with edits to the line above):
11. Donald Dickinson - 2nd son
12. John William & Priscilla Jenne (my mother), named for John & Priscilla Alden, Mayflower Pilgrims, parents of Elizabeth (Betty) Alden)
I, however, am eternally grateful and honored to carry this amazing name.
1. Austin, Jane Goodwin. Betty Alden: The First-born Daughter of the Pilgrims. Boston (Mass.): Houghton Mifflin, 1891. Print.
2. Clark, Bertha W., Susan C. Tufts, and Judith Jenney. Gurney. The Jenney Book: John Jenney of Plymouth, and His Descendants. Baltimore: Gateway, 1988. Print.
3. Kurlansky, Mark. Salt: A World History. New York: Walker, 2002. Print.