Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Justinian Tennison

Male Abt 1629 - 1699  (~ 70 years)


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  • Name Justinian Tennison  [1
    Born Abt 1629  Weymouth, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Jul 1699  Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10863  Tree1
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2022 

    Father St. Mary's Tennison 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F6907  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Gresham,   b. Bef 1640,   d. Aft 1699, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 61 years) 
    Married Abt 1656  Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Tennison,   b. Abt 1656, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1729, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)  [natural]
     2. Jane Tennison,   b. 1657, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1688, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)  [natural]
     3. Barbara Tennison,   b. 1660, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1737, Bowling Plains, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     4. Tracie Tennison,   b. Bef 1661,   d. Between 1699 and 1703, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 38 years)  [natural]
     5. Justinian Tennison,   b. 1663, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1686, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)  [natural]
     6. Mary Tennison,   b. 1666, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     7. John Tennison,   b. 1667, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 12 Apr 1743 and 24 Jul 1745, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
     8. Catherine Tennison,   b. 1670, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1725, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years)  [natural]
     9. Elizabeth Tennison,   b. 1673, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1736, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
     10. Diana Tennison,   b. 1678, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     11. Christian Tennison,   b. 1680, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1759, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F5637  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      For more information on Tennison and Lemaster, see:
      The Tennison Family of Southern Maryland
      Abraham Lemaster ]1638-1722] of Charles County, Maryland and His Descendants, Vols. I & II
      Published by Ralph D. Smith
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      Tennison, Justinian, Chas. County, 23rd Jan., 1699; 8th July, 1699.
      To daus. Barbara, Mary, Catherine, Eliza:, Sarah, and Dracie, son John, and grandchild John Mansfield at 21 yrs. of age, personalty.
      Wife (unnamed), extx. and residuary legatee of estate, real and personal, during life; to pass to dau. Christian at her decease,
      Test: Philip Jenkinson, Job Staple, Thos, Simpson. MCW 6.251.
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      Justinian Tenason 191A.22 I £13.18.2 Apr 14 1699
      Appraisers: John Brain (also John Brinn), Benjamin Reder (also Benjamin Reeder).
      Approvers: James Seamans, John Hopkins.
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      Mr. Justinian Tennis 21.290 I £41.17.6 Aug 22 1699
      Appraisers: William Wells, Thomas Sympson.

      === Contributed by Ric Saunders

      Mr. TENNIS/TENNISON had children:
      1. John TENNISON b. ca. 1628 Holland; m. Elizabeth, d. Jan. 1682/3 St. Mary's County, Maryland
      2. Justinian TENNISON born ca. 1629 Weymouth or Yarmouth, England; m. Katherine GRESHAM; d. between 23 Jan.7 (or Feb.)8 and 8 July 1699 Charles County, MD,

      That Justinian, brother of John, and Justinian, son of John both died about 1699 has caused confusion for some researchers. Justinian, brother of John died testate in Charles County. He made his wife (not named) his executrix.
      That she was Katherine was shown in that in July 1699 in Charles County
      the will of Justinian TENNIS was proved by the three witnesses, and Katherine TENNIS, executrix, posted testamentary bond of 60 pounds sterling with Thomas CLAXON and Thomas SIMSON as security.

      Justinian, son of John died ca. 1699 in St. Mary's County. In May 1699 in St. Mary's County Eliza: TENNISON posted administrative bond of 150 pounds with John SHANKES and Danl: HENLY as security.

      John TENNISON and Elizabeth had children:
      1. John TENNISON d. before 1698
      2. Mary TENNISON m. William CHESHIRE
      3. Matthew TENNISON
      4. Justinian TENNISON m. Elizabeth SHANKS; d. ca. 1699 St. Mary's County, Maryland
      5. Absolom TENNISON

      Justinian TENNIS the elder was in Northumberland County, Virginia by 1650, at which time John MOTTROM patented 250 acres who had the rights on assignment from Justinian TENNIS who transported 5 persons into the colony. Justinian TENNIS is last found in Northumberland Co. on 10 April 1666 when he was appointed a constable. In Sep. 1668 Justinian DENNIS of St. Mary's County, Maryland demanded a warrant for 350 acres for having transported himself, Katherine his wife, Jane/Jean (spelled both ways), Barbara, Justinian, and Mary his children and William

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      Thomas Gerard 10.177 I SM. #64124 Sep 29 1688
      List of debts: Walter Story, Gilbert Clarke, Francis Mason, Dr. Thomas Johnston, Thomas Barron, Christopher Williamson, John Addison, Robert Foster, Lawrence Hoskins, Anthony Mitchell, Thomas Grunwin, James Floyd, Thomas Elmes, John Scott (planter), Philip Perry, Thomas Mudd, Joshua Guibert, Robert Haley, Thomas Powell, Richard Land, William Keet, Christmas Smith, George Ruddiford, Thomas Jackson, Daniel Crew, George Short, John Rose, James Regon, Hugh Teres, William Newman, William Lewton, William Boarman, Jr., Edmond Dennis, Robert Ratcliff, William Langer Richard Oliver, Thomas Wichaley, Thomas Dammer, John Shepheard, John Breacher, James Cottwell, Thomas Simpson, Sr., Thomas Simpson, Jr., Timothy Mahoney, George Goer, Capt. Charles Partis, Gilbert Cropper, John Long, Richard Clouds, John Hudworth, William Marshall, Robert Yates, Daniel Hanley, Edward Rookwood, Joseph Fowler, William Treestone, George Barron, Thomas Orrell, Edward Smoote, James Key, John Carvile, John Wilder, William Hardy, John Nalley, Commissioners of Newport, Thomas Wheeler, Peter Dent, Justinian Tennison, Vincent Mansfeild, Anthony Neale, Thomas Huggon, Robert Gates, John Hawkins, John Vaidry, John Nicholls, Maj, John Wheeler,
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      John Suttle 7A.185 I SM #22961 Jul 26 1680
      Appraisers: Thomas Carvile, Peeter Mills.
      List of debts: Richard Gary, Robert Foord, William Sheirecliff, Vincent Mancell
      Justinian Tennison, William Diggs, Esq., Thomas Ruies (?), John Right,
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      John Tenneson 8.483 A SM #50313 #23125 Oct 8 1685
      Payments to: John Mudge, Nehemiah Blakeston, Justinian Gerrard, Henry Fornly, Frances Knott, Thomas Grunwin, Abraham Hooke, John Coode, Pattrick Spencer note to Henry Fornly.
      Executor: Justinian Tennison.
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      George Yarden (merchant) 8.483 I [SM] £4.18.4 Sep 9 1685
      Appraisers: James Waringe, Justinian Tenison.
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      Vincent Mansell 9.469 I SM £18.12.4 Dec 31 1686
      Appraisers: Thomas Stonestreet, Abraham Price.
      Mentions: Justinian Tennison.
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      14 june 1720 cc circuit court, John Noe Jr. age ca 21 swore he heard Justinian Tennison say he was born in Weymouth England.
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      1652-1658 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book; [Frank V. Walczyk] [Page 77 L]
      The deposition of John Essex aged 36 years or there abouts sworn and examined saith, I heard John Gresham had changed a cow with his daughter and I was there at the same time when he took of the hide of the cow that he changed with his daughter and Gresham replied that he wished he had knocked her in the head then he had saved a barrell of com and now I have gotten a hide for a cow, and further saith not,
      signum John Essex
      20th March 1655,
      sworn before Mr. R. Bud, Thomas Hopkins
      20th May 1656, This deposition was recorded.
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      1652-1658 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book; [Frank V. Walczyk] [Page 77 L]
      John Essex his deposition.
      John Essex aged 36 years or there abouts sworn and examined saith, that Justinian Tennes called this depondent
      to the bedside where John Gresham lay at this depondents house and John Gresham desired this depondent to go and mark a calffor the said John Greshams daughter Martha of the cow belonging to Katherane the wife of the said Justinian Tennes which calf was of the last years fall and further this depondent saith not
      the mark of John Essex.
      20th May 1656, Jurat in court.
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      1652-1657 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 126
      Northumberland County Court 13th of April 1657
      - Whereas it was ordered at a Cort: held the 14th of February 1655 that JNO: ESSEX should have the Tuition of JUSTINIAN, the Sonne of JOHN GRESHAM, deced & whereas it doth appeare unto this Cort: from undr: the hand of the said ESSEX that hee renounced the sd, ordr: & is content that the said JUSTINIAN GRESHAM shall be in the keeping & undr: the Tuition of JUSTIAN TENNIS, whoe marryed wth: ye Sister of the sd. JUST: GRESHAM, if the Cart: soe pleased to ordr: the same. Upon the Peticon of the sd. JUSTINIAN TENNIS. It is ordered that the sd. JUSTINIAN GRESHAM shall be & remaine undr: the Tutition keeping and Guardianship of the sd. TENNIS together with all the Estate belonging unto him. Provided the sd. TENNIS doe or cause the sd, Orphant to be brought up Instructed, Educated & kept according to his quality, & to give a yearely accompt of the sd, Orphants Estate, as alsoe security for the same
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      1658-1662 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 3
      JUSTINIAN TENNIS. his Guift to HEN: HURST JUNIOR;
      KNOWE ALL MEN that I ( ) HENRY HURST, Sonne of ( ) cropt the left ( ) taken out afore ( ) her increase mal( ) if the sd. Childe ( ) sd. Heyfer with ( ) HURST Daughter ( ); As Witness ( )
      the marke of ( ) Witness JOHN G( )
      3d Junii 1658 (
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      1658-1662 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 3
      Cattle wch' did belong to JUSTINIAN GRESHAM. An Accompt of all cattle ( ) JUSTINIAN GRESHAM deced. Imprs. 1 cowe & cowe calfe, 1 heyfer & bull heyfer, 1 yearling heyfer ( ) living JUSTINIAN TENNIS his marke
      3d. Junii 1658 Jurat in Cur et recordat
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      1658-1662 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 29
      KNOWE ALL MEN by these przents yt: I JUSTINIAN TENNIS for diverse consideracons as mee hereunto moveing give & confirme to THOMAS DAVIS the Younger one browne cowe cropt in both eares & slitt on both eares; To have & to hold with her future increase for ever; Witnes my hand ye 10th. day of ( )
      Witnes. SIMON COX the marke of JUSTINIAN TENNIS
      20th 7br: 1659 This Deed of Guift was acknowledged in Court by the sd. TENNIS and is recorded

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      1661-1665 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 3; [Antient Press]; Page 321
      Northumberland County Court 8th of October 1662
      - Whereas HENERY BENTLY, the Attour; of Mr. WILLIAM BALL, doth claime 628 lbs. of tobco & caske to bee due from JUSTINIAN TENNIS to the sd. Mr. BALL & was arrested to this Court for the same; but failed in his appeareance; It is therefore ordered that if the Sheriffe doe not bringe forth the body of the sd. TENNIS to the next Court, then Judgemt, shall passe against the sd. Sheriffe for soe much as shall then bee made appeare due from the said TENNIS to the sd, Mr. BALL

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      1665-1666 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 4; [Antient Press]; Page 437
      Northumberland County Court 10th of April 1666
      - It is ordered yt: JON: ROSTON bee Constable for the yeare for CHICACONE;
      THO: SMYTH for CHERRIE POYNT NECKE;
      WM: TIGNALL for ye South side of GREAT WICOCOMOCO;
      ARM: GREENE for MATTAPONY;
      JUSTINIAN TENNIS (marked out) THO: LANE for ye South side of GREAT WICOCOMOCO;
      JUST: TENNIS for ye DEVIDINGE CREEKE,
      JOHN BEARMAN for LITTLE WICOCOMOCO & yt: they bee sworne by ye next Justice
      - This day, WILLIAM TIGNALL was sworne Constable for ye North side of GREAT WICOCOMOCO , THOMAS LAIN for ye South side of GREAT WICOCOMOCO RIVER, THOMAS SMITH for CHERRY POYNT NECKE and JON: ROSTON for CHICACONE

      === Contributed by Ralph D Smith

      Apr. 1652 - Northumberland Co., Va. Court. "We whose names are subscribed do promise and engage ourselves to be true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England as it is now established without King or House of Lords." Signed: . . . .
      Sources: (1) Jett, Carolyn H., "Records of Northumberland County, Virginia," Page 21, and (2) Sparacio, Ruth and Sam, "Virginia County Court Records. Deed and Will Abstracts of Northumberland County, Virginia 1650-1655," Page 46.
      Comment: A total of 101 persons signed, including John Dennis (makes his mark), John Gresham (2 names after John Dennis), and most of the other persons associated in the Northumberland records with John Dennis. Justinian Tennison/Tennis/Dennis, however, did not sign although he was in Northumberland Co. at the time. This suggests a different political/religious affiliation from John Dennis.

      Aug. 10, 1680 - Thomas Hussey vs. George Hodgson, admr. of Robert Inglesby, deceased. Suit on Inglesby’s account with Hussey, dated Aug. 12, 1679. The account includes the following item: Justinian Tennis [sic], 1 quart of wine - 25 lbs. tobacco. (Charles Co., Md. Court and Land Records, Liber I, pp. 4-5.)
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      1689-1693 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part 2 [Antient Press];
      p. 146 DAVID DARNELL Dr. Tobacco 1688
      To Attorney fees: to MR. BLACKISTON Court charges; ditto to MR. DENT; To Clerke of Councell, to Clerke of ye County fees in both suites
      July 5th 1688 Then Came JOHN RAYLEY of St. Maries County in the PROVINCE of MARYLANDE & made oath that the above is a true acct whereof he hath never raced any part satisfaccon WM, DIGGES
      These are to certifie that I have caused to bee menconed searched for & none such found upon the records nor is any seales due to my knowledge wch I ceriifie under my hande ye 30th day of January 1689
      N. BLACKISTON
      Recorded 14 March 1689/90

      DAVID DARNELL I understande RICHARD VOULS has reced a hbd of Tobacco att ye Lande wch he has ordered me which I have sent ye bearer to receive it & that hhd paid DOYNE for you ye hhd of Tobacco of JOHN RAYLEY this my note wth his Receipt shall be yor Satisfactory dischardge for what you pay him facile not in yor compliance & you will oblidge yor Friend RICHARD GARDINER Received of Mr. DAVID DARNELL 4 hhd Tobacco for ye use of Mr. RICHARD GARDINER wayinge 1930 lb neat by me WM. LUCY
      Recorded ye 11 March 1689/90

      MARYLAND Whereas DAVID DARNELL together wth JOHN RAYLETY & JUSTINIAN TENISON SENR, of ST MARY's MANNER his Surety said DAVID did acknowledge to eve unto his Ldsp & proprietor ye some of Twenty pounds Sterl and said JUSTINIAN TENISON some of Tenn pounds to be levyed of their goods & chattels land & Tenemts in case ye said DAVID DARNELL doe not Indemnifie ye County of ye Woman wch hee ptends is his Wife & Children & make his psonall appearance here next Court & be in ye mane tyme Nine thousand abearance cancell toward his said Spts as all ye good people of this Province afterwards to wit ye 3 day of November 1685 att a County Court held ye same day for St. Marys County beinge & by ye said Recognizance bounde to appear this day beinge solemnly called came not & his Security beinge also called to bringe into Courrt ye same DAVID came not whereupon it is granted by ye Court that ye Recognizance is forfeited & out to be escheated to his Ldsp use
      W.TAYLARD
      Clerks of St. Mary County Certificate
      This is Certifie whom it may Concerne that allthough ye within menconed Recognizance is forfeted yeti ye same or any Petr. thereof was never Estreatd against ye within menconed DAVID DARNELL or his Surety or against any or either of their Estates. In Testimony whereof ye seale of St, Marys County is caused to be hereunto affixed this Thirtieth day of January in ye first Yeare of their Majties Reigne Anne Dom 1689 & Recorded ye 14th March 1689/90
      W.TAYLARD Cl

  • Sources 
    1. [S191] Tennison Family.
      The Tennison Family of Southern Maryland by Ralph Smith

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