Jennett One-Name Study: Putting the Genealogical & DNA Research Pieces Together

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Jennett One-Name Study


​​The family name of "Jennett" is most prevalent in England, Scotland, the United States and in northern Europe.  It has many variants, such as "Jenet", "Jennet", "Jennetts", "Genet", "Jonet", "Ginnett", "Gennett" and "Jinnett", among others. The name Jennett historically might have been derived from  a variant of the name "Jan" for some Jennett lines.

However, the name "Jennett"/"Jenet" also is a  confirmed Norman family name. The Jennett/Jenet Norman name was associated in general with the Manche region on the coast of Normandy near the English Channel and in particular with the "Durand Chenet" region of Normandy (possibly referring to present-day le Mesnil-Durand and le Haut Chenet , both in Normandy and about 50 miles apart). In The Norman People , at page 296, the following listings are found:

For the listing of "Walter, William Gent" in the Rotuli Hundredorum referenced above in The Norman People, the source listing is shown on page 539 of Volume II of the RH (Edw. I) as "Wal"rm G'net". The first name is unclear and may be either a Walter or a William, but the surname is "G'net", not "Gent".  The location appears to be in Long Stow Hundred, near Gamelingeye (now Gamlingay), South Cambridgeshire, England.

One line of Jennetts held coats of arms that were variants of two chevrons and six martlets. They lived primarily in Yorkshire and in Worcestershire, from the 14th through the 17th centuries. A variant of the coat of arms of one Humffrey Jennetts of Feckenham, Worcestershire was adopted by a William Cookes as his own when he married Humffrey's daughter Anne and this coat of arms later became the coat of arms of Worcester College, University of Oxford. This Jennett line is discussed in more detail below.

YDNA testing of Jennetts in the United States has revealed that there are two primary Jennett YDNA Haplogroups: Haplogroup I1 and Haplogroup R1. For an explanation of YDNA testing and haplogroups, see this site .

The Jennetts of Haplogroup I1 appear to have migrated to the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the U.S. from England beginning in the 17th-18th centuries, possibly as part of the first Quaker colonies centered around Burlington, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Jennetts of Haplogroup R1 appear to have migrated to the states of Virginia and North Carolina in the 17th and 18th centuries. A large concentration of R1b Jennetts can be found from the 1700's onward in Hyde, Tyrell and Perquimans counties in North Carolina and on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is not clear from where the R1b Jennetts migrated to the U.S., but the likely origin points are England, Scotland and/or France.

Further genealogical and YDNA research will be required in order to begin to identify the various Jennett family lines, make connections between family lines and ascertain likely geographic origins of individual family lines. One goal of this study is to attempt to identify the YDNA haplogroup of the armigerous Jennett lines found in Yorkshire and Worcestershire from the 14th to 17th centuries. This information may help determine if the I1 Jennetts or the R1 Jennetts were related to the Yorkshire, Worcestershire and/or London Jennetts.

Links are provided below to FamilyTreeDNA and other providers of YDNA tests and male Jennetts are encouraged to have their YDNA tested and provide the results to the Jennett DNA Project .  Hopefully Jennett descendants worldwide (and particularly Jennett descendants of the Yorkshire, Worcestershire and London Jennetts) will contribute their genealogical research and YDNA results to this study in order to further the research efforts and resolve some these questions. ​​

About the Jennett One-Name Study Site
and its Administrator

This Jennett surname site is sponsored as a one-name study website in affiliation with  The Guild of One-Name Studies . Robert Jefferson ("Jeff") Jinnett, the administrator of the Jennett One-Name Study, is a member of the Guild, which is based in London, England.  He was born in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States and now lives in San Francisco, California.

Jennetts in the United States - YDNA Haplogroups I1a and R1b

DNA research in the United States has located Jennett YDNA lines for the I1a and R1b Haplogroups . Jeff Jinnett's YDNA line is Haplogroup I1-L338+, with a terminal SnP of S2001. I1 - L338+ is also known as I1a2a1a1a1 or Nordtvedt Modal Haplotype I1-AS (Ango-Saxon) . It represents approximately 7% of the current male population belonging to the I1 YDNA Haplogroup. Based on genealogical & DNA research, Jeff Jinnett believes that his YDNA line originated in northern Germany as Saxons approximately 2,000 years ago, migrated west into Normandy as a result of the Saxon Wars with Charlemagne beginning in 772 AD, became associated with the surname of Jennett and migrated to England as part of the Norman invasion in 1066 AD.

Jeff Jinnett's paternal Jennett ancestors likely became Quakers in England and migrated to the American colonies as part of the first Quaker communities in Burlington, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 17th century. Jeff Jinnett established through a search of the  Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) DNA database (now no longer publicly available) that he is a close YDNA match to a lineal descendant of Moses Ginnett (1785-1843) of Burlington, New Jersey. Another Jennett family that may be related to Moses Ginnett is the family of John Jennett.  John Jennett was born in Bristol, Somerset, England in 1650. He migrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as part the Quaker settlement in that colony and he was a leading figure in the Philadelphia Quaker meetings. His will is dated November 30, 1699. His daughter Lydia married a Benjamin Fordham and migrated to North Carolina, passing away in Craven County, North Carolina in 1777. Jeff Jinnett believes that at some point in the 18th century, his Jennett line likely migrated south to Wayne County, North Carolina, possibly with Philadelphia Jennett Quaker families who joined the Contentnea Quaker meeting group. From there, his Jennett ancestors migrated to Georgia and then Alabama.

It is unclear as to where the YDNA Haplogroup R1b Jennetts in the United States orginated. Many of the YDNA Haplogroup R1b Jennetts migrated to North Carolina's Tyrell County, Hyde County and Perquimans County and to Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in colonial times . For example, John Jinnett (1660-1748) of Tyrell County, North Carolina, father of John Jennett (1685-1749) , who maried Ann Alexander, was YDNA Haplogroup R1b . John Jennett is listed in the Lost Colony DNA project as being descended from a "family of interest". The Lost Colony DNA project is working to identify the YDNA haplogroups of descendants of families living in colonial times near the location on the Outer Banks of North Carolina of the lost Roanoke Colony . Various YDNA Haplogroup R1b Jennett families are "families of interest" for that reason. Jeff Jinnett has been advised by the leader of the Lost Colony DNA Project that although some of the Jennetts from mainland North Carolina did not match John Jennett's specific R1b sub-group (which matched the Hatteras Island Jennetts' YDNA), none of the Jennetts tested were Haplogroup I1.

An Armigerous Jennett Line in Yorkshire and Worcestershire, England (14th-17th Centuries)

One Jennett (Jennet/Jennetts) line in England was a Norman family with coats of arms comprised of variations on two red (gules) chevronels and six black (sable) martlets on a silver (argent) background (see Burke’s General Armory , at page 540, where one "Jennet" coat of arms is described): 

“Jennet (Norgrove, co. Worcester), Ar. two chevronels gu. betw. six martlets sa. three, two and one. Crest – Out of a ducal coronet or, a dexter arm embowed in mail ppr. holding in the hand a sword ar. pommel and hilt gold”.

For some of the following Jennetts appearing in records in Yorkshire and Worcestershire, there are clear indications of kinship through wills and other records and/or due to  the use of similar coats of arms.  For some Jennetts/Jonettes found in close geographic proximity with known Jennett lines, the kinship cannot be established at this time.

William Jonet first appears in Yorkshire around 1297-1307 (see Willelmus filius Jonet,  in the  Yorkshire Lay Subsidy for 1297 (at page 12, Thornton in Lonsdale, Yorkshire) and in the Pipe Rolls of Wakefield, Yorkshire 1307). One source shows his coat of arms as being comprised of two chevrons and six martlets (5, 1) - see full PDF report). This coat of arms has not been proven. In 1352 in Yorkshire, a "John Jonet" , among others, is sued for the non-repair of a water ditch.

In 1396, a "Willim Jonet" is fined in Worcestershire for trespass and the taking of trees.

On March 27, 1423, a Richard Beaumond of Northgrove ( husband of Katherine Northgrove ) made a gift to to "John Jonette of Astewode [in the manor of Feckenham] and Elizabeth his wife of all his tenements in Tadynton and Bolyngdhope co Hereford with all lands, rents, reversions and service; to hold for ever from the chief lords of the fee for due and customary service." (see parchment ER139/16 in the Cooke family of Tardebigge Parish papers, in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust archive). It is possible that this Elizabeth, wife of John Jonette, may have been related to Richard Beaumond and that the Beaumond family were at this time the owners of Norgrove Manor farm (see A History of the County of Worcester, Volume 3 , under the heading relating to "Norgrove"). In the 19th year of the reign of Richard II (i.e., 1396), Katherine Northgrove was a co-heir with her sister Maud (wife of Richard Avenell) of Elizabeth Northgrove, the owner of Norgrove Manor farm in Feckenham Forest, County of Worcestershire. Upon the death of Elizabeth Norgrove, her estates were divided as of June 20, 1396 into equal parts to pass by inheritance to Katherine and Maud (see Calendar or Fine Rolls , Vol. XI (Richard II) at page 186). It is possible that Norgrove passed to Katherine, wife of Richard Beaumond and later passed into the Jennett family, later becoming the home of Richard Jennett (circa 1471). The alternative possibility is that the husband of either Katherine or Maud passed away and the widow married a Jennett. Norgrove Manor farm was described in A Topographical Dictionary as follows:

"Northgrove Manor farm, the most ancient freehold in the parish, containing, with other lands, 450 acres, belonged in the time of Richard II. to the Northgrove family, then to the Jenets, and in 1664 came to the family of Sir Thomas Cookes, Bart., by marriage...."

As noted above, a Willim Jonet appears in Worcestershire in 1396 and a John Jonette apears in Feckenham Forest in 1423. However, it appears that no Jonetes or Jennetts lived in Feckenham Forest prior to 1377, since none appear in the records of Feckenham Forest during the time period of 1236-1377 (see J. Birrell, Records of Feckenham Forest c. 1236-1377 (Cromwell Press 2006).

On August 1st in the 24th year of the reign of Henry VI (i.e., ca. 1446), John Jonettes shared with John Vampage, Thomas Throgmorton, John Wode, John Rous and Persivale Wykyng in a grant by William and Isabel Colard (late of Rediche) of lands and tenements in Rediche and the manor of Tardebigge (see entry for document B3043 in the National Archives of the United Kingdom). John Vampage, Thomas Throckmorton and John Wode all were members of Parliament, representing Westminster, County of Worcestershire, at various times during the reign of Henry VI. John Rous was the husband of Margaret Throckmorton, a daughter of John Throckmorton (brother to Thomas Throckmorton). It is not known if John Jonetes was related to the Feckenham Jennetts.

One Henry Jenetts is listed as one of the "esquires" of Worcestershire in the 8th year of the reign of Edward IV (i.e., around 1452), indicating that he likely had a coat of arms (see Habington, A Survey of Worcestershire, Vol. II at page 412). It is not known if Henry Jennetts was related to the Feckenham Jennetts.

A Richard Jennetts appears in Feckenham at Norgrove around 1471, as the husband of Jane ("Joan") Wrottesley, daughter of Hugh Wrottesley and Thomasine Gresley (see The Gresleys of Drakelow , at page 299). Hugh Wrottesley was a Founder Knight of the Order of the Garter . Richard Jennetts' coat of arms is described in The Visitation of the County of Worcestershire in 1569 , at page 153 as being comprised of two chevronels (gules - red) between six martlets sable (black) in a 2, 3, 1 arrangement. Jane Wrottesley was a sister of Walter Wrottesley , Captain of Calais. Walter Wrottesley was a strong supporter of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, known as " Warwick the Kingmaker ".  It appears that Richard Jennetts also may have supported Richard Neville in his rebellion against Edward IV. On November 5, 1471 (after the Battle of Tewkesbury on May 4, 1471), it is recorded that a general pardon was granted to "Richard Jonetes late of Feckkyngham, co. Worcester, gentilman, alias late  of Norgrove, co. Worcester, of all offenses committed by him before 3 October last"  ( Calendar of Patent Rolls 1467–77, p. 304 ). After Richard Neville's death, Walter Wrottesley surrendered Calais to Edward IV in exchange for a free pardon for himself and the members of the Calais garrison (see History of the Family of Wrottesley of Wrottesley, County Stafford, at page 233). It is not known how Richard Jennetts was able to secure his general pardon. Richard's first wife, Jane Wrotteseley, may have passed away and Richard Jennetts may have remarried. Some time before 1493, one "Katherine, late the wife of Richard Jonetes", filed a bill of complaint against "Walter Jonetes, clerk" relating to his role as "feoffee [trustee] to uses" in connection with Katherine's "life interest in lands in Feckenham, late of the said Richard." (see List of Early Chancery Proceedings, Vol. III (1486-1493), Bundle 98, no. 18, at page 67 ).

Richard Jennetts' and Jane Wrottesley's son Humphrey, husband of Margery Graunt, was named a "feoffee" or trustee under the will dated January 31, 1532 of Thomas Spencer. Thomas Spencer was the son of Jane Graunt, sister to Margery Graunt, and was Humphrey Jennetts' nephew. Humphrey's son William was also named as a trustee under the will. Humphrey Jennetts and a Walter Jennetts were both named in a release dated October 8, 1516 from Thomas Fareley of Worcester, with both Humphrey and Walter being identified as "gentlemen".  Humphrey Jennetts also was named in a suit by William Andrews and Thomas Myddylmore, heirs of Thomas Wybbe, relating in part to a lease of WebbHouse in Hanbury (see List of Early Chancery Proceedings, Vol. VI (1533-1538), Bundle 715, no. 7, at page 245). Anne Jennetts, daughter of Richard Jennetts and Jane Wrottesley, married John Yonge of Croome D'Abitot , Worcestershire (see Visitation of the County of Worcester 1569 , at page 153 and Will of Dorothy (nee Yonge) Haddon Saunders ). Humphrey Jennetts, Anne Jennetts Yonge and their descendants are in direct line of descent from a Magna Carta Baron due to their descent from Thomasine Gresley, wife of Hugh Wrottesley (see Frederick Lewis Weis, Magna Charta Sureties, 78A-8).

Walter Jonetes, referenced as "clerk" in Katherine Jonetes' Chancery Court action, is referred to as "clerk, lord of the lordship of Norgrove" in a parchment document dated December 6, 1526. In that document, Walter leased a 3 1/2 acre parcel of land to William Hogge (ER 139/17). William Jennetts and Walter Jennetts appear to have been brothers (sons of Humphrey and Margery Jennetts). Walter Jennetts died before 1538 and William Jennetts died in 1548 . In List of Early Chancery Proceedings, Vol. VII (1533-1538), File 833, number 27, at page 123 , a bill of complaint was filed by "William Jenett, gentleman, brother and heir of Walter Jenett…[against] ___, son and heir of William Brant [relating to a] Close in Hambury, damaged [located in] Worcester or Stafford.”  William Jenettes was the subject of a bill of complaint filed against him by Maude Jennetts, daughter of Thomas Jennetts and Alice Wybbe and wife of John Stafford, relating to "deeds put in a chest in the church of St. Andrew’s, Droitwich (Dryghtwich),Worcester." (see List of Early Chancery Proceedings, Vol. II (1467-1472 and perhaps also 1433-1443), Bundle 43, no. 85, at page 52 ).  Anne Jennetts, daughter of a "Humphrey Jennetts" and possibly sister to Walter and William Jennetts, married Anthony Hanbury of Benhall (Bean Hall) (see Visitation of the County of Worcestershire 1569, at page 66 ). Anthony Hanbury was the son of Humphrey Hanbury, who died in Hanbury, Worcestershire in 1501. In the early 14th century, ancestors of Anthony Hanbury served as Verderers of Feckenham Forest during the reign of Edward II (see Burke's Peerage ).

In 1486, one Walterus Jennettis is listed as the Rector of Hanbury Church (see Poultney, The Lost World of Hanbury: The Village in the Forest of Feckenham (2000) at page 38.

One Fulke Jennettes appears as a plaintiff in a lawsuit found in records dating to the period of 1579 - 1587. The record shows Fulke Jennettes suing William and Maud Knyveton over a property in Clee Stanton, Shropshire.  The will of Foulke Jennett , "gent. of the Citty of Worcester" is dated as of April 13, 1591 (in the 33rd year of the reign of Elizabeth I). In his will, Foulke Jennett requests that he be buried in the Cathedral Church in Worcester . It is not known if Fulke Jennetts was related to the Feckenham Jennetts.

Thomas Jennetts (possibly a brother to Richard Jennetts) married Alice Wybbe, daugher of John Wybbe sometime prior to 1482 and acquired Selly Manor in Northfield Parish, Worcestershire as a result of the marriage.  Thomas Jennetts' coat of arms was comprised of two red chevronels and six black martlets in a 2,3,1 pattern (see Visitation of the County of Worcester 1569, at page 9 , where Richard Andrews' coat of arms is quartered with Thomas Jennetts' coat of arms due to Richard Andrews' mother Maude being the daughter of Thomas Jennetts).  Maude Jennetts married John Stafford and resided at "Webb House" in Hanbury, Worcestershire. Thomas Jennetts died in 1482, leaving a son William who reportedly "had been an idiot since his birth", but who nevertheless entered into possession of Selly Manor. In 1508, William Jennett and his wife Anne conveyed Selly manor to Sir Robert Throckmorton, Richard Throckmorton and Henry Durant (see A History of the County Worcestershire, Vol. III, pp 194-201 ). A yeoman's house called Smythe's Tenement was on William Jennetts' Selly Manor land and later was renamed "Selly Manor" and is currently open as Selly Manor Museum .

Humffrey Jennetts (1538 - 1617), son of William Jennetts (1511 - 1548), grandson of Humphrey Jennetts (1450 - 1541) and great-grandson of Richard Jennetts (1427 - after 1471), appears in records from 1578-1610. Humffrey Jennetts was married to Eleanor Purslowe , daughter of Robert Purslowe of Sidbury , Sheriff of Shropshire in 1609 (see entry on the Purslow of Sidbury family). Humffrey served as the Ranger in Feckenham Forest from 1585 - 1610, adminstering the four walks of the forest and enforcing Forest Law through six keepers. As Ranger, Humffrey Jennetts controlled the granting of licenses to cut timber in the forest and determined which lands were permitted to be enclosed. Humffrey resided at Norgrove in Feckenham and in 1591 held 179 acres of land assarted from Warkwood, near Redditch (see W. Duigan, Worcestershire Place Names, at page 171). Feckenham was the administrative center of Feckenham Forest, with a Forest Court House (swanimote court) and a prison called Bennet's Bower . Humffrey also held interests in salt mines in Droitwich, Worcestershire (see, e.g., the Chancery Court proceeding of Davis v. Jennetts , where the Davis bill of complaint related to the condition of a lease by Jennetts of salt vats in Droitwich). There were two large inland salt-producing areas in England at that time, one at Droitwich in Worcestershire and the other at Nantwich in Cheshire.  Sea-salt was coarse and used for the purposes of meat preservation.  The finer, whiter Droitwich salt was in demand from wealthy landholders for more refined cooking.  Humffrey Jennetts' daughter Elizabeth married John Bearcroft of Mere Hall , whose father had served as Ranger of Feckenham Forest before Humffrey (see Visitation of the County of Worcester, 1682-1683 , at page 15, and entry on the Bearcroft family ). Humffrey's other daughter Anne married William Cookes. In 1578-1579, Humffrey Jennetts was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Sir John Throckmorton , Steward of the Manor of Feckenham, and in a second lawsuit in Worcestershire against William Bell (a clerk for Sir John Throckmorton) and other defendants. These lawsuits by Humffrey Jennetts (before Humffrey assumed his role as Ranger of Feckenham Forest) may be related to an incident where tenants of John Throckmorton destroyed enclosures in Feckenham in order to reclaim pastures for tillage. This lawsuit resulted in John Throckmorton being suspended as Justice of Chester , a walled city in Cheshire, England and at that time part of the County Palantine of Chester . In addition, in 1578 Humffrey Jennetts was a defendant in an action by the Attorney General before The Court of Star Chamber , which appears to have been related to Feckenham Forest (see Star Chamber Elizabeth (STAC) Jennetts records ). In the 1603 Lay Subsidy Roll for the County of Worcester , at page 9, he is listed in Feckenham as "Humfridus Jennetts, arm." In 1610, Humffrey Jennetts was replaced as the Ranger of Feckenham Forest .  Humffrey Jennetts had adopted a "lenient policy towards the ' surcharging ' of the forest common by inhabitants [i.e., where more animals are grazing than are licensed]". However, Sir Thomas Leighton (the new Feckenham Forest Master of the Game) and William Connard (the new Ranger) began exploiting the forest administration for their own gain (see Peter Large, "From Swanimote to Disafforestation: Feckenham Forest in the Early Seventeenth Century", in R. Hoyle (ed.), Royal Estates of the English Crown, 1558-1640 (Cambridge Univ. Press 1992), at pages 401-406). A lawsuit was launched to investigate Humffrey Jennetts' and William Cookes' claims as to the "waste and spoil" being done to Feckenham Forest. However, the investigation ( Attorney General v. Willm. Connard et al: Feckenham Forest, waste and spoil ) was closed in 1617 without any prosecution going forward. Feckenham Forest was "disafforested" and lost its status as a royal forest in 1629, under the reign of Charles I. Humffrey Jennetts' coat of arms was quartered with the coat of arms of the Wybbe family. Quarters 1 and 4 were a variant of two chevronels and six martlets arranged in a 2,3,1 pattern. Quarters 2 and 3 were "sable, a buck's head cabossed or, between the attires a cross-crosslet of the last". This quartering may have been based on the marriage before 1482 of Thomas Jennetts to Alice Wybbe, daughter of John Wybbe (see Visitation of the County of Worcestershire in 1569 at pages 9, 153;  Heraldry of Worcestershire, Vol. I, at pages 15, 315-316). It is possible that the martlets on Humffrey Jennetts' coat of arms were gules (red), rather than sable (black) (see Heraldry of Worcestershire , at page 133). Humffrey Jennetts' will was dated February 4, 1617 and he died before 1618 (see document E 134/16Jas1/Mich26 in the U.K. National Archives). Humffrey Jennett's will stated his wish to be buried at the parish church in Feckenham ( Church of St. John the Baptist ). 

William Cookes' marriage into the Jennetts family is important as regards Humffrey Jennetts' coat of arms. William Cookes "of the Middle Temple, London" (1567- ___) married Anne Jennetts (1571 - 1656)("of the City of London, spinster"), the daughter of Humffrey Jennetts, on November 14, 1589 (see Allegations for Marriage Licenses Issued by the Bishop of London (1520-1610) , at page 183).  William Cookes was a public ally of Humffrey Jennetts in connection with the Attorney General's  investigation of William Connard.  Having no son, Humffrey in 1590 settled Norgrove Manor farm and extensive freehold lands on William Cookes, husband of Anne Jennetts  (see Chancery Proceedings, Series I, referenced in P. Large, supra, at page 402, n. 64).  In 1589, upon the marriage of Ann Jennetts to William Cookes, Humffrey Jennetts already had conveyed Parkhill Coppice in Feckenham to William Cookes (see Records of the King's Remembrancer, referenced in P. Large, supra, at page 403, n. 65).  The Cookes family built the current Norgrove Court home on the manor site in 1649. Perhaps due to this close relationship with Humffrey Jennetts, William Cookes adopted a variant of the Jennetts coat of arms in place of his own coat of arms (see Heraldry of Worcestershire, Vol. I, pages 132-133; see also, The Visitation of the County of Worcestershire in the year 1569, at page 156 and the Visitation of the County of Worcestershire 1682-1683 , at page 36). His descendant, William Cookes, who was created a Baronet in 1664 and died in 1672, adopted the coat of arms similar to that of Richard Jennetts (2,3,1 arrangement of martlets between two chevrons)(see A History of Worcestershire: Parish of Tardebigge, pages 223-230 ). His son, Sir Thomas Cookes (1648-1701), used a variant of the coat of arms based on a 3,2,1 arrangement of sable martlets between two red chevrons.  When Thomas Cookes contributed funds to establish Worcester College, Oxford, his coat of arms (a variant of the Jennetts coat of arms) became the coat of arms for Worcester College, Oxford (see Worcester College website and Thomas Cookes biography).

Other Jennett Lines in London, England from the 15th to the 17th Centuries

Another major concentration of Jennett families in the 15th - 17th centuries in the United Kingdom was found in London (see the Jennett Research Outline and Notes, below, at page 22, footnote 64 for a listing of London Jennetts). Records of Jennetts in London can be found dating as early as the 15th century (see, e.g., Calendar of Close Rolls of Henry VI, Vol. 3, 1435-1441, at pp. 242-243, where a bequest to the Parish Church of Hendoun, County of Middlesex (now a suburb of London) is recorded as of February, 1439 to pay for prayers for one year for the souls of Richard Jenet and his wife Alice). It is not known whether the London Jennetts are related or not to the Norgrove Court, Feckenham Forest Jennetts. However, Anne Jennetts who married William Cookes was described as being "of the City of London", so it is possible that some of the Jennett lines in London may have been related to the Feckenham, County of Worcestershire Jennetts. It appears that only the Yorkshire and Worcestershire Jennetts were armigerous. No armigerous Jennetts appear in the Visitation of London of 1568 or the Visitation of London of 1634-1635

It appears that some Jennetts served at the court of Henry VIII and in subsequent government positions. In June 1509, "Ralph Jenet and four of his fellows of the Wardrobe" were involved with preparations for the coronation of  Henry VIII as King and Catherine of Aragon as Queen. In October of 1509, it was recorded that "Ralph Jenet, yeoman of the Wardrobe of Beds, and Robert Litell, groom of the same. Grant, in survivorship, of the office of keeper of the King's Wardrobe of beds and armour in Windsor Castle, Berks., with the deputation of a groom under them, as held by William Ratclif." (see Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume I, October 1509 ).  On February 27, 1511, for the state funeral at Westminster Abbey of 20-week old Henry, son of Henry VIII, Ralph Jenet was responsible for "oversight of hanging the choir and hearse" (see Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, 1511 ). On July 22, 1517, Thomas Garton, Page of the King's Wardrobe, was appointed to "be keeper and governor of the forest of Pamber, Hants , vice [in place of] Ralph Jenet, deceased."  (see Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume II, 1515 - 1518)

In 1533, a "Guy Jennet, secretary" petitioned for a letter confirming him to be the "true King's liege man." (see Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 6, 1533 , at pages 299 and 345).

On February 5, 1697, during the reign of King William III, one John Jennett was employed by the Treasury as "an additional riding surveyor on the coast of Kent for the better preventing trade and correspondence with France: at a salary of 60l. per an. for himself and 30l. per an. for a servant and horse." (see Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume II, 1696-1697 ).

By 1703-1704, no Jennetts are listed as landowners in Worcestershire (see Heraldry of Worcestershire, Vol II, Section XII, at page 726, et seq. ).  However, in 1737, "Joseph Jennett, gent. of Hagley, Worcestershire" filed a bill of complaint against John and Ann Turner (see Document C 11/1534/24 1736 in The National Archives of the U.K.).  In the 1881 census, the highest concentration of Jennetts were in Yorkshire (51), London (18), Gloucestershire (13), Lancashire (8) and Anglesey (8). 

Jeff Jinnett's 36-Page Research Outline and Notes & GEDCOM Files (Downloadable)

Shown below is a downloadable 36-page PDF of Jeff Jinnett's outline and notes from his genealogical and DNA research on the various Jennett lines in the United States and in England. It is extensively footnoted with hypertext links to orginal resources. GEDCOM files of family trees for the Ginnetts of colonial Burlington, New Jersey and for the Jennetts of Norgrove Court, Feckenham, England also can be downloaded below.  Jeff Jinnett's paternal line traced back to Henry Jinnett (born circa 1795 in North Carolina) also can be downloaded below.

It is hoped that other Jennett descendants in the United States, the United Kingdom and in Europe will contact Jeff Jinnett to contribute their research and YDNA test results so that a more complete Jennett one-name study can be assembled. Jeff Jinnett's contact information is shown below. Jeff has additional information not contained in the 36-page summary report shown below. This additional information can be made available upon request.

Two YDNA Lines of Jennetts:
One line belonging to YDNA Haplogroup I1a and the second line belonging to YDNA Haplogroup R1b
Jennetts among the first Quaker Colonial Settlements in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Burlington, New Jersey in the 17th Century
Jennett as a "Family of Interest" in Tracking Descendants of the
Lost Colony of Roanoke
Battle of Hastings, 1066
Jennett/Jenet a Norman Surname; YDNA Haplogroups R1b and I1
both likely present among 
Norman invading force

Coat of Arms of
William Jonet, Yorkshire
(circa 1297)
(not proven):

450-acre Norgrove Manor, Feckenham, Ancestral Home of the Feckenham, Worcestershire Jennetts and Cookes families (South Court View)

Coat of Arms of Richard Jennetts, Feckenham, brother-in-law of Walter Wrottesley and Supporter of Richard Neville, known as "Warwick the Kingmaker", during the War of the Roses
(circa 1471):

Wrottesley and Gresley
Coats of Arms:
Descendants of Humphrey and Anne Jennetts in direct line
of descent from a Magna Carta Baron due to descent from Thomasine Gresley
Foulke Jennett, Gentleman
of the "Citty of Worcester"
Humffrey Jennetts, armiger and Ranger of Feckenham Forest, comprising184 square miles by the late 13th century and covering much of Worcestershire and part of Warwickshire;
site of a royal hunting lodge
used by Norman Kings, beginning in the 12th Century

The Court of Star Chamber
(so-called because of the stars on its ceiling)

Jennetts Coat of Arms
adopted by Thomas Cookes, son-in-law of Humffrey Jennetts and Benefactor of Worcester College, Oxford

Credit: By JimKillock - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Jennetts in London
Ralph Jenet served at the Court
of Henry VIII as Keeper of the King's Wardrobe and Armour in Windsor Castle, and Keeper of the Forest of Pamber, Hampshire

Jennetts in England in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Jennett Family Trees for England and the United States

36-page Jennett Research Outline & Notes


Jennett Family Tree Charts


Jeff Jinnett Relationship Chart

Ginnetts of Burlington,
New Jersey (18th Century)
GEDCOM Family Tree

Jennetts of Norgrove, Feckenham (14th - 17th Centuries)
GEDCOM Family Tree

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