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Sarah (Carey) Jenney (1590 - 1655)

Sarah Jenney formerly Carey
Born in Monk Soham, Suffolk, Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 14 Nov 1614 in Leyden, South Holland, Netherlandsmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 65 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Dec 2009
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Sarah (Carey) Jenney migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Notice of Disputed Parentage

The claim that Sarah Carey was the daughter of John Carey and Elizabeth Godfrey, often accompanied by the claim that this couple lived to the age of well over 100 years, is all too common on the internet. John Carey married Elizabeth Godfrey in June 1644[1], making the couple of age to be Sarah's children, not her parents.



Sarah carey and John Jenney were married on November 1, 1614, in Leyden, Netherlands. This marriage is entered in the Leyden records, Echt Book B., folio 33 verso. An English translation follows:

Entered on 5 September 1614.
John Jenney, single man, brewer's man, from Norwich in England, now dwelling at Rotterdam, accompanied by Roger Wilson, his acquaintance, with Sarah Carey, single woman, from "Moncksoon" in England, accompanied by Joanna Lyons, her acquaintance.
They were married before Jasper vanBauchem and Jacob Paedts, Sheriffs, this first of November, 1614.
(The entries "tje de 6.9.1614" &c. show that the banns were published three times, on 6, 13, and 20 September, 1614.)[2][3]


Immigration (from 17 July 1623 to 20 July 1623) Arrived in Plymouth; ship name: "Little James"; ship captains: Master John Bridges, master mariner, and a novice Captain, Emmanuel Altham, a Merchant Adventurer.[4]


Sarah Jenney's will was recorded on 4 Apr. 1654 at Plymouth. She added to the will on 15 August 1655 (should be 1654?), and the will was proved on 5 March 1655/6.

Mentioned in Will:

Daughter Pope, daughter Sarah Pope, daughter Abigaill Wood, grandchild Sarah Wood, son Samuell Janey, son Benjamin Bartlett, Joseph Warren, teacher Mr. John Reyner, Elder Mr. Thomas Cushman, daughter Susanna, loving friend goofwife Clarke, Thoams Southworth
Witness: Thomas Southworth
Mris Sarah Jeney of Plymouth being sicke and weake in body being otherwise by gods goodnes of pfect memory doeth think good to despose of som small thinges that is my owne proper goods leaveing my husbands will to take place according to the true Intent and meaning thereof; I bequeath to my daughter Pope my bed and furniture therunto belonging one bolster two pillows and pillowbeers three blanketts one old Rugg one paire of sheets; further I bequeath to my daughter Sarah Pope all my wearing Clothes to despose of them to my daughter Abigaill Wood and to my grandchild Sarah Wood for theire use as they have need excepting two of my petticoats which have not been worne which I give to my daughter Sarah Pope for her paines further I bequeath to my son Samuell Jeney and to my daughter Abigaill Wood my mare equally to be divided between them; further I bequeath to my son Benjamin Bartlett all my p of Cattle that is in the hands of Josepth Warren att the Eel river further my will is that my sheep be kept together till my legacies bee paid; And my will further is to give unto the Teacher Mr John Reyner one ewe lamb further I give to the Elder Mr Thomas Cushman one eue lamb and the bible which was my daughter Susannas further I bequeath to my loveing frind goodwife Clarke one ewe lambe and also I give one ewe lambe to Thomas Southworth
Sara Jeney
her marke
Thomas Southworth
Att the generall Court held att Plymouth the fit of march 1655 Leiftenant Thomas Southworth Testified upon his oath that the Will above written is all the Will of Mis Sarah Jeney deceased which shee left with him

Codicil to Will

Mentioned in Codicil:

Lieutenant Southworth, two daughters, children of son Samuell, three granddaughters (Sarah Wood,Susanna Pope, Sarah Jeney), son Samuell, Benjamin Bartlett, Thomas Pope, daughter Sarah Pope
Witnesses: William Bradford, Alice Bradford
Overseers of Will: Capt. Standish, Elder Cushman, Thomas Clarke and Thomas Pope
August the 18th Anno: 1655 (according to footnote, this should be 1654)
An Addition to my late Will left in the hands of Lieftenant Southworth; My Will is That which is my owne since the death of my husband I give to my two daughters and the Children of my son Samuell Excepting what I give as followeth one Colt I give to the three daughters of my Children viz Sarah Wood Susanna Pope and Sarah Jeney if shee come hither to abide or ells not to have any pte of this Colt or any thing ells of my estate; Moreover my will is that if my son Samuell take away his Children that are now heer with mee then my will is that none of them shall have any thinge of myne estate but it shall bee Reserved for the two boyes if they doe well when they come to age; It i give unto Benjamin Bartlett onely the Starred Cow which is att Thomas Popes Realizing whatsoever ells is mentioned in my former Will; alsoe I give unto my daughter Sarah Pope the bed I now lye on and the two pillows and three blanketts and the Rugg and also two petticoates one being of Turkey Moheire Confeirming whatsoever ells is in in my former Will. In Witnesse whereof I have put to my hand the day and yeare above written and I give unto Lieftenant Southworth one ewe lamb
In the presence of William Bradford
Alice Bradford
Sarah Jeney/her mark
And I desire my loeing ffrinds capt: Standish Elder Cushman Thomas Clarke and Thomas Pope to bee the overseers of this my will;
At the generall Court held att Plymouth the fift of March 1655 Mr William Bradford senir: and Mis Alice Bradford did Testify upon their oathes that this next before written was the last will and Testament of Mis Sarah Jeney deceased;[5]


  1. Seth C. Carey, John Carey the Plymouth Pilgrim (1911), p. 20.
  2. Source: #S142 Page: v.2, p.546
  3. Source: #S125 Page: v. 10; July 1908; pp. 128 - 129
  4. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, Boston, MA: NEHGS 1995, pp 1089-1093
  5. Source: #S531 Page: pp. 661 - 663
  • S125 Title: Mayflower Descendant Abbreviation: Mayflower Descendant
  • Source: S142 Title: Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Abbreviation: Savage Author: Savage Publication: Borderbund, 1994
  • S507 Title: Jenney Book - John Jenney of Plymouth and his Descendants, The Abbreviation: The Jenney Book Author: Judith Jenney Gurney Publication: Gateway Press, Inc, Baltimore, MD, 1988
  • S531 Title: Descendants of Edward Small of New England Abbreviation: Small, Edward of New Eng 1934 Author: Underhill, Lora Altine Woodbury Publication: Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1934
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum - website entry re John and Jenny Carey
  • Jenney History

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posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Please do not add parents for Sarah Jenney unless you have evidence to back it up, and please note the Notice of Disputed Parentage at the beginning of this biography.
posted by [Living Schmeeckle]
I took a whack at it, but there's more to be done.
posted by [Living Schmeeckle]
This has been merged several times and not edited. Is there a volunteer to do some editing? I can do it, but not until next week sometime.
The ancestry of Sarah Carey is badly scrambled; compare with this well-documented family group sheet.
posted by [Living Schmeeckle]

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