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John Tenney (1640 - 1722)

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Deacon John Tenney
Born in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married (to ) in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married in Merrimack Village (now Bradford, Mass.)map
Descendants descendants
Died in Bradford, Essex County, Massachusettsmap
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Deacon John Tenney was a first generation New Englander, meaning that his father emigrated to New England and John was born there. He was born in Rowley, Massachusetts and was one of the first residents of Bradford.

John was active in town affairs and was chosen a selectman a number of years. He served as constable, fence viewer, and he was appointed to settle the boundary between Rowley and Bradford. He also served on the school committee in the newly named town of Bradford. In 1701, John was chairman of a committee of the proprietors of Bradford, gathered to adjust the claims of the heirs of Musquonomonit (Masehonnomet), Sagamore of Agawam.

He was part of the group that planned the first church in Bradford. On 12 December 1682, at "a private Fast held at the house of Brother John Tenney," the committee drew up documents in preparation. He was also on the committee "for ye good of ye town as to settling ye Reverend Zachariah Symmes, and for the further carrying on the affairs of this town for a settlement of all ye ordinances of God in the place." (Church Manual). His name appears on a list of the first deacons who were chosen 13 December 1702. Captain David Haseltine and John were voted by the town on 28 June 1705 to go and inquire after assistance in the work of the ministry. He was on a committee "for ye healing of differences in ye church," and "votes were overhaled by Brother John Tenney and Brother John Kimball." On 16 August 1706, he was again chosen "to treat with the Rev. Mr. Symmes to see what he would abate of his salary."

Deacon Tenney was one of " a committee of three to manage that affaii- of calling a council, 4 November, 1707." Voted by the town, 14 June, 1708, that Deacon Tenney, with the other two deacons, " go and invite the Rev. Mr. Thomas Symmes to come and preach." From this date, his name disappears from church committees.


Deacon John Tenney was born 14 December 1640 in Rowley, Massachusetts. [1] [2] John's father was Thomas Tenney and his mother is "Ann _". [3] His mother, Ann, is thought to be Ann Mighill as she is called "sister" in the will of Deacon Thomas Mighill of Rowley. [4]


The name of John Tenney is found in "ye garrison at Blackport, Maine," (Bodge) under date 12 October, 1676, and, under Captain Scottow, the 12 October, 1677-8. He died 13 April, 1722. (Ameri- can Ancestry.)


John married Mercy Parrat, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Parrat of Rowley, in Rowley, Massachusetts on 26 February 1663. [5] [6] A year after Mercy died, he married his second wife, Susanna Woodbury, daughter of Humphrey and Elizabeth Woodbury. [7] They were married on 2 December 1668 in Merrimack Village (now Bradford), Massachusetts. [8]

  • Sarah Tenney (1665-1739)
  • Samuel Tenney (1667-1747)

Land Deals

Edward Hazen and wife Hannah of Rowley, for the consideration of £50 from John Tenney of Rowley, deeded one hundred acres in Merrimack land southeast of Merrimack river, also four acres of meadow in Crane meadow, etc., the 20 May, 1664. (Ipswich. Deeds, 4 :41.) Witnesses, Ezekiel Jewett and Thomas Tenney.
He and wife Susanna, for the consideration of £70, deed to James Tenney of Rowley six acres and some meadow land that was formerly owned by Thomas Tenney, Senior. Samuel Tenney, a witness; date, 1690. (Essex Deeds, 14:232.) By deed, he transfers meadow in Crane meadow in Rowley, 1 December, 1690. (Essex Deeds, 14 : 282.)
Again, by deed, " to my only son, Samuel Tenney, of Bradford, all land in Rowley and Bradford belonging to my estate, reserving only one-half during the life of self and wife." Dated 22 October, 1691. Thomas Tenney, Junior, a witness. Acknowledged 9 July, 1696. (Essex Deeds, 13 : 237.) John Tenney and wife Susanna of Bradford deed to James Tenney of Rowley in 1690. Acknowl-edged, 29 August, 1696. (Essex Deeds, 14 : 233.) Mrs. Margaret Corwin of Boston, Mass., for the value of £120, conveys by deed seventy or eighty acres of salt marsh at Plum Island in Rowley to a syndicate of ten men, of which John Tenney is one. Date 2 March, 1694-5. (Essex Deeds, 16 : 43.)
Deposition of Francis Jewett and James D. Palmer, that John Tenaey hath quietly possessed a hundred acre lot conveyed by deed 13 : 118, valuation £70, from 10 August, 1688, to 17 March, 1712- 13. (Essex Deeds, 26 : 128.)


  1. Tenney; pg. 13-15.
  2. Parsons; pg. 111.
  3. Tenney; pg. 13-15.
  4. Parsons; pg. 111.
  5. Tenney; pg. 13-15.
  6. Parsons; pg. 111.
  7. Tenney; pg. 13-15.
  8. Tenney; pg. 13-15.
  • Blodgett, George Brainard, compiler, and Amos Everett Jewett, editor and publisher. Early settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts; a genealogical record of the families who settled in Rowley before 1700, with several generations of their descendants, Rowley, Massachusetts : 1933; pg. 373-4.
  • Tenney, Martha. The Tenney Family, Or, The Descendants of Thomas Tenney of Rowley, Massachusetts (Rumford Press, Concord, NH, 1904) .
  • Parsons, Gladys Merrill Covell. 80 Immigrants : Our Merrill-Covell Pedigree, Detroit, Michigan : Privately published, 1969.

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