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Sarah (Jenney) Pope (abt. 1623 - 1710)

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Sarah Pope formerly Jenney
Born about in Plymouth, Massachusettsmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Plymouth Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusettsmap
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There are several different versions of Sarah's birth. One account says Sarah was born about 1621 in Leiden, South Holland, the Netherlands. Another account says she was born en route to Plymouth, MA aboard the ship "“Little James"” in July 1623, and Anderson says that she was born about 1625.[1]

Here is an interesting article about the voyage of the "Little James" and her passengers.

We know that John Jenney's wife Sarah had a baby during the 1623 voyage. John Bridge, the captain of the "Little James", reported "we araived at our port with all our Company and one mor for Goodey Jenenges was delivered of a child in the shep a month before we cam a shore and are both well so god be praised."[2] Captain Bridge does not say whether the child was a boy or girl. Anderson states that this child was a boy, but he gives no source for this information.

In 1623, each head of household in Plymouth was given 1 acre of land for each family member. John Jenney received 5 acres.[3] John and his wife Sarah had two children born in Holland, Samuel and Abigail, and a child born aboard ship, giving him 5 living members of his family on the date of the division of land. If the child born aboard the "little James" was a boy, there wasn't enough time before the land division for the Jenneys to have another child. So, Sarah was either born aboard ship or was born after arrival.

Sarah married Thomas Pope on 19 May 1646 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts[4]

Sarah (Jenney) Pope's mother, Sarah JENNEY, in her will written April the 4th 1654, left Sarah 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."


The children of Thomas Pope and Sarah Jenney born in Plymouth were:[5][6][7] [8]

  1. Seth Pope - born January 13, 1648. Died March 17, 1727
  2. Susannah Pope - born 1649. Died July 1675. Married Jacob Mitchell on November 7, 1666. “Ensign” they were both slain by Philip’'s warriors, “early in the morning as they were going to the garrison, whither they had sent their children the after before.” This was in Dartmouth (the so-called “carver house,” probably the oldest house now standing (1887) in Plymouth, was built in part by Jacob MITCHELL who was a carpenter, and in it he lived after his marriage until he removed to Dartmouth. It is on the west side of Sandwich Street, about twenty rods south of the bridge). They had 3 children.
  3. Sarah Pope - born February 14, 1652. Married Samuel Hinckley - son of Governor Thomas Hinckley; then Thomas Huckins. Twelve children
  4. Thomas Pope - born March 25, 1651. Died as a child
  5. John Pope - born March 15, 1653. Died July 1675. He was killed by Philip’'s warriors while fleeing to the Dartmouth garrison.
  6. Joanna Pope - Died December 25, 1695. Married John Hathaway on March 15, 1683. (Hathaway's link to the Mayflower)
  7. Isaac Pope - born after 1663. Died 1733. Married Alice Freeman

[p. 17] 1656 A Will Appointed to bee Recorded


Conflicting information exists about her death:

  1. Sarah died before 19 July 1683 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts[9]
  2. Sarah died 12 Mar 1710 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[10]


  1. Source: #S459 Page: Vol. 2, p. 1093
  2. #S280 Vol. 40, Page 180
  3. #S517 Vol. 12, Page 5
  4. #S517 Vol. 2, Page 98: "Thomas Pope and Sarah Jenney marryed the xxixth may 1646."
  5. George Ernest Bowman, Mayflower Descendant, (1916), p. 129.
  6. Franklin Leonard Pope, Elizabeth, New Jersey. The Genealogy of Thomas Pope of Plymouth. NEHGR 42:45-61.
  7. Mayflower Families' Profile of Thomas Pope NOTE: Broken Link as of Sept 14, 2017
  8. Genealogy of Thomas Pope (1608-1683) and His Descendants, Dora Pope Worden, et al. (1917), Entry: 1
  9. Source: #S507, pp.1-20
  10. Source: #S-869848842
  • S125 Title: Mayflower Descendant
  • S142 Title: Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Abbreviation: Savage Author: Savage Publication: Borderbund, 1994
  • S459 Title: Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, 1995
  • S280 Title: "Letters of John Bridge and Emmanuel Altham" Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Volume 44, Oct. 1910-June 1911, Pages 178-189 Publisher: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1911 Available without charge at Google Books
  • S507 Title: Jenney Book - John Jenney of Plymouth and his Descendants, The Author: Judith Jenney Gurney Publication: Gateway Press, Inc, Baltimore, MD, 1988
  • S517 Title: Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England Publication: AMS Press, New York Original publication: edited by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Press of William Smith, Boston, 1855. Available without charge at Internet Archive
  • S-2045596899 Title: The Pioneers of Massachusetts (1620-1650) Repository: #R-199
  • S278 Title: Mayflower Families Publication: NOTE: Broken Link as of Sept 14, 2017
  • Wikipedia for Sarah Jenney on the Little James:

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On 3 Sep 2017 at 21:59 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

Restored correct parents

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