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Thomas (Tenny) Tenney (abt. 1614 - 1699)

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Ensign Thomas Tenney formerly Tenny
Born about in Rowley, Brigham, East Riding, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Bradford, Essex, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | English Immigrants to America | Massachusetts Bay Colonists | Rowley, Massachusetts | John of London, sailed 1638.

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Thomas (Tenny) Tenney migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Traditional opinion thought that Francis Tenney and Jane Barker were the parents of Thomas Tenney. However, since 1997 most people now think that John Tenney and Ursula Mumby were the parents of Thomas Tenney. [1]

The Tenney Family

In 2013, the Tenney Family Association [Association celebrated 375 years in America. Thomas Tenney (1614 - 1699) arrived on the ship "John of London" at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony in December 1638, along with others in the company of Rev. Ezekiel Rogers. [1]

Thomas Tenney was a member of the Reverend Ezekiel Rogers' company from Yorkshire, England that arrived at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in December 1638, then in April 1639 they settled at Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. [2]

In a May 4, 1680 deposition taken at Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony Thomas Tenney testified about an ox pasture in Rowley, and on that date he said that he was about 66 years old. (Ipswich Deeds, 4: 329.) This means that he was born circa 1614 and that he was 24 years old when he emigrated to America with his wife Ann.

1640 - 1653 -- Thomas and Ann Mighill Tenney had six children: two daughters (Hannah and Mercy) and four sons (John, Thomas, James, and Daniel). All were born at Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. [3] [4]

1 * John born on December 14, 1640.

2 * Hannah born on March 15, 1642.

3 * Mercy born on June 17, 1644.

4 * Thomas born on July 16, 1648.

5 * James born on August 15, 1650.

6 * Daniel born on July 16, 1653.

July 11, 1654 -- date of Deacon Thomas Mighill's will. He was of Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. His will mentioned Thomas Tenney's wife Ann as "sister Ann Tenney." [5] Consequently, it is assumed that Thomas Tenney's wife is Ann Mighill.

September 26, 1657 -- Ann Mighill Tenney died at Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. [6]

February 24, 1658 -- Thomas Tenney and Elizabeth, widow of Francis Parrat of Rowley married at Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, [7] It does not appear that Thomas and Elizabeth had any children.

1660/1661 -- Elizabeth Unknown Parrat Tenney received a £10 bequest from the late Reverend Ezekiel Rogers. [8]

In the survey of the town of Rowley in 1643 an acre-and-a-half house-lot on Homes street was registered to Thomas Tenney, " bounded on the south side by John Haseltine's house-lot, and the east end by the streete." [9] It was bounded on the north side by the two-acre house-lot of Robert Haseltine. This lot is now owned and occupied by the Primes, having been purchased of Daniel Tenney by Mark Prime in 1701, and has had a store thereon ever since. It is now bounded on the south by the home- stead of George B. Blodgette, Esq. The house erected by Thomas Tenney, Senior, was torn down by Captain Daniel N. Prime in 1838. "

In a Survey of the Several Gates or Commonages belonging vnto The Severall Inhabitants of the Town of Rowley as They are now in possession," taken 4 February, 1661, are the following entries to Thomas Tenney and his wife, Elizabeth : — " To Thomas Tenney as to an acre and halfe lot and one gate

given by the towne, two and halfe 2-halfe.

purchased of francis parrat, one gate i-gate.

purchased of the town, one halfe gate halfe gate.

To Elizabeth Tenney allias parrat, as belonging to francis parrat's

two two Acre lot, seaven gates vnsold 7 Gates.

purchased of William hobson Sixe gates 6 gates."

In 1667, by division of the Island marshes, he received land. [10] In 1670, by division of Merrimack land, he received land. (Gage, 347-8.) In a division of 1673-4 he received land. (Gage, 138.) There was no settlement on the lot northwest of Simon's Brook until after the day of Thomas Tenney, Senior. (Blodgette.) This lot is one-half mile east of Long Hill, and is now owned by Mrs. M. J. (Tenney) Hathaway. The town records style him Ensign, Alarshall in 1653-66; Warner of town meetings, 1650-53-60-61-66; Overseer of plains, 1656-64-71 ; Selectman, 1660-61-70; Viewer of fences, highways, and chimneys, 1669; Constable, 1665-66; Tith- ingman, 1680. Several records of intervening years are lost, and there are no records of admission to the church for a period of twenty-six years.

The church record may have been lost in the conflagration of Rev. Mr. Rogers' house. Thomas Tenney is in the list of church members under date of 1669, and may have been long a member. The last years of his life were passed in Bradford, Mass., as seen by deed, viz.: " Thomas Tenney of Bradford (a gift) to Eldest son John Tenney of Bradford, sixty acres of land in Bradford, now in possession of John Wood, also three acres of meadow at Crane Pond in Rowley, also six acres . . . also one and one fourth arcre . . . also six acres and 2 cow-gates ; "dated 15 June, 1694. (Essex Deeds, 13:119.) He died in Bradford 20 February, 1 699-1 700, and is buried in the Old Cemetery, where his grave is marked by a dark slate-stone.


  1. NEHGR 151, pages
  2. Gage's History of Rowley, page??
  3. Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts, page 373.
  4. The Tenney Family, pages 10 - 12.
  5. Early Settlers of Rowley, page 373.
  6. Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts, page 373.
  7. Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts, page 373.
  8. Source Needed
  9. Gage, page 123.
  10. Gage, pages 150-1.)
  • George Brainard Blodgette and Amos Everett Jewett. Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts. 1933. Reprinted by the New England History Press, Somersworth, New Hampshire. 1981. Page 373. Also available at: [2]
  • The Tenney family, or the descendants of Thomas Tenney, of Rowley, Massachusetts, 1638-1890. 1904. Pages 10 - 12. Also available at: [3]

Douglas Richardson. The Tenney Family of Lincolnshire and Rowley, Massachsuetts. New England Historical Genealogical Register (NEHGR). Volume 151. July 1997. Pages 329 - 341. [4][5]

  • NEHGR 151: Tenney Family. New England Historical Genealogical Register, Volume 151. The English Background of the Tenney Family, Volume 151. Pages 329 - 341.

Author: Douglas Richardson Publication: July 1997

  • Constance Dickey, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Constance and others.
  • WikiTree profile Tenney-62 created through the import of perry and plumb tree.ged on Aug 18, 2012 by Merry Kennedy. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Merry and others.
  • Photo of Rowley Common from "The Tenney Family or the Descendants of Thomas Tenney of Rowley, Massachusetts 1638-1904" by M.J. Tenney publication

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On 3 Jun 2016 at 05:09 GMT Joe Cochoit wrote:

Tenny-35 and Tenny-5 appear to represent the same person because: same person, same wife

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