Nathaniel Jennings was born in approx 1711 and died 16 March 1783. He was a surgeon & his will is apparently held by the Essex records office. His mother's name was Sarah & she died on the 25th March & was buried at Bishops Stortford on the 30th March 1756. On 19th July 1745 Nathaniel Jennings married Elizabeth Rankin at St Michaels, Bishops Stortford, Hertford. They had twelve known children, baptising them at Water Lane Independent Church, Bishops Stortford, Hertford. The children were Thomas, Nathaniel, Abigail, Reginald, Sarah, John, William [b 1855, baptised 8th April 1755 at Waterlane, d 1831& buried at All Saints, Edmonton 10th June 1831], Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Samuel and John. The third son William Jennings married twice, firstly to Gershoma Bradshaw, marriage licence dated 3rd June 1788. Gershoma was a widow, having previously been married to James Jordan on the 27th November 1783 at St Leonards, Shoreditch, London. Gershoma & William Jennings had two children, a son William born & a daughter Anne. Gershoma must have died between September 1790 & April 1794 as William marries again. On 1794, on the 23rd of April, William Jennings, a widower of St Gregory married Hannah Gellibrand at All Saints, in the parish of Edmonton, Middlesex, London. Hannah Gellibrand was born 14.1.1767, the daughter of the Rev Joseph Gellibrand [1732-29 March 1806, a Presbyterian Minister at Edmonton, Middlesex] and Elizabeth Tice [1743 at Taunton-d. 24 August 1824 at Edmonton.]
Signature of William Jennings from his marriage Licence 1788.
Thanks to Laurence Gray for the image.
Henry Jennings arrived in Hobart Town, Tasmania with his elder brother Joseph Gellibrand Jennings [joining their confusingly named cousin Joseph Gellibrand!] They travelled on the ship "Heroine" disembarking on 15th April 1824. Hannah [Gellibrand] Jennings and her daughters Sarah Tice & Sophia Louisa also came out to Australia on the "Medway" leaving London on the 8th Feb & arriving in Hobart on 31st May 1832. They were accompanied by a Miss Gellibrand. Unfortunately, they arrived just six weeks after Maria Jennings wedding on the 14th April 1832 at St David's Church, Hobart to Charles Octavious Parsons. I have yet to locate Maria's arrival in Australia, she was possibly escorted by one of her brothers.
Photo from an online chapter on the early Wesleyan Methodist Church in Tasmania.
I was not able to find the author's name, but was very happy to see a Photograph of Henry Jennings;
the only one I have seen.
Both Joseph Gellibrand Jennings and Henry Jennings travelled back to England, but returned to Tasmania. Henry went on a round trip on the "Medway" departing Hobart on the 25th April 1826. He arrived back on the 27th August having travelled back with the Legge family of Dublin. Michael Legge [b. 1764, d. 1834 Dublin] and Blanche Vincent [b. 1773 Limerick] had apparently some financial difficulties, and their eldest son William stayed in Dublin, second son Robert Vincent Legge aged 21 escorted his sisters Eliza, Fanny, Mary, Alicia and Sarah to Tasmania. Fanny married Edward Dumaresq the Surveyor in November 1827, with all her siblings following suit over the next few years. Alicia Legge must have made a good impression on Henry Jennings for they married in 1830.
Henry was a Solicitor, he was admitted to practice in NSW on the 29th
September 1827 & was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Tasmania on
28th September 1831. He was a founding member of the firm Sheilds, Heritage,
Stackhouse and Martin of 24 Cameron St, Launceston.
From 1824 to 1832 he lived in Hobart, before moving to Launceston. He lived on his Estate called "Coronea" at Entally 12 km outside of Lauceston. His legal practice was in Charles Street, Launceston. Apparently Henry was, at least for a number of years, a member of the Methodist Church. His "Spiritual Diary" is held with other enningsIn 1849 he and his family moved to St Kilda in Melbourne. The first Anglican Church service held at St Kilda was held in Henry's home at Melbourne Terrace [Now Fitzroy St] on the 23rd December 1849. Alicia taught Sunday School to the 16 children who attended. Henry had his law practice in Queens St, Melbourne.
Henry had built for his family a house known as "Wynamo", in Blessington St, St Kilda. The actual spelling of the name and the whereabouts of this house were a bit of a mystery until a labelled photographs was "discovered". Thanks to Wendy McCallum and Bob McKie. The completion of this house was apparently complicated by the workman all leaving for the Goldfields! Recently, I have become less confidant that the house Henry built was actually Wynamo, as the family doesn't seem to live there until after Henry's death. Henry & Alicia Jennings both died at "his residence" Crag-y-don, Acland St, St Kilda. A portrait of Henry Jennings apparently hung at Wynamo , but was later given by his daughters to the Law Court in Melbourne where it hung, labelled "The First Solicitor Of Van Diemens Land". I have tried to find out if this portrait still exists, but have had no success. [On a side note, I am not sure that this claim of being first is correct. Another family member William Adams Brobribb also makes this claim, and he hung up his shingle in 1818]
Wynamo, Blessington Street, St Kilda, from Bob McKie [Blanche Becher's photos]
Nathaniel Jennings was born in England in about 1711 to
Mr Jennings & his wife Sarah. Nathaniel was a surgeon of Bishops Stortford,
Hertfordshire & his will is held by the Essex Archives Office. He married Elizabeth Rankin on
the 9th July 1745 at St Michaels, Bishops Stortford, Hertford, England. They had
at least 12 children; all of whom were baptised at Water Lane Independent
Church, Bishops Stortford, including their 7th child;
b. abt 1755, baptised 8th April 1755 Bishops Stortford, Hertford
d. 4 May 1831 & buried at Edmonton along with Rev Joseph Gellibrand & Elizabeth Tice.
He married at St Gregory, Enfield, Middlesex on the 23rd 1794 as his second wife, Hannah Gellibrand. She was the daughter of the Rev Joseph Gellibrand [a Presbyterian Minister b. 1732, d. 1806] and Elizabeth Tice [ b. 1743 at Taunton, Somerset, d. 1824 at Edmonton]. Hannah was born on the 14th Jan 1767 & died 13 December 1845 at Green Ponds, Tasmania of cancer, aged 77. She was buried at Kempton Congregational Church. Hannah's brother William Gellibrand also emigrated to Tasmania & was of South Arm. He died on the 21st September 1840 at Hobart Town.
They had six children, 5 of whom came to Australia.
1. Eliza Jennings
b. about 1796
d. about 1825
Eliza Married a Mr Pettingall, but apparently died in England. Her diary is in the State Library of Victoria, along with other Jennings family papers.
2. Joseph Gellibrand Jennings
d. 24 May 1873
Married Elizabeth Carter in 1831 at Ringwood, Hampshire.
They had 5 children.
3. Maria Jennings
d. 6 March 1881 Hobart, Tasmania
Married on the 14th April 1832 at St David's, Hobart Charles Octavious Parsons [ b. 1799 at Monmouthshire d. 1863 at Berriedale, Tasmania]
They had issue.
3. Henry Jennings
b. 3rd May 1805 [from his gravestone at St Kilda Cemetery]
d. 23 August 1885 at his residence Crag-y-don, Acland St, St Kilda, Melbourne and buried at St Kilda Cemetery.
Arrived in Tasmania on the Heroine in April 1824 with his elder brother Joseph. He returned to England in 1826 for a round trip on the Medway, with Colonel Robert Vincent Legge and his 5 sisters on the return to Tasmania in 1827. His mother & 2 sisters arrived in Hobart on the Medway in May 1832.
Henry Married Alicia Legge on the 3rd June 1830 at the residence of Major Gray at Rocheford, St Pauls Plains. Alicia was born in 1809 at Garrane, Tipperary or Dublin [death certificate has Dublin], Ireland, the sixth child of Dublin Barrister Michael Legge [ b.1764 d, 1834] and Blanche Vincent [b. 1773 Limerick] Alicia died on 18 September 1875 at St Kilda. Several of her journals are held by the State Library of Victoria.
Henry & Alicia Jennings had 11 Children, see below.
5. Maria Jennings
b. abt 1803
d. 6 March 1881 Holebrook Place, Hobart, Tasmania in her 79th year.
Married on the 14th April 1832 at St David's, Hobart to Charles Octavious Parsons [ b. 1799 at Monmouthshire d. 1863 at Berriedale, Tasmania after falling from his horse]
They had issue.
6. Sarah Tice Jennings
d. 1858 at Chippendale, NSW
She married on the 27th November 1838 Reverend Joseph Beazley. He was a Congregational minister at Greenponds, Tasmania and later Redfern, NSW
They had issue.
7. Sophia Louisa Jennings
Married in 1836 at Hobart to Philip Russell. He was a pastoralist with the Clyde Company. They had no children. Philip died on 5th July 1844 at Golfhill, River Leigh, Victoria, the home of his brother.
Henry Jennings and Alicia Legge had at least 11
1. Blanche Ellen
b. 3 April 1831 Launceston, Tasmania
d. 19 August 1919 at Blessington St, St Kilda, Melbourne & buried at St Kilda Cemetery.
Blanche married John Wemyss Manley in 1859. They had no children, Blanch left most of her estate to her nephew Cecil Robert Becher. Blanche was known as Aunty Boo and the Old Aunty. I had a photograph of her for over 20 years inscribed to Mabel Wooldridge from the Old Aunty 1900 before I finally worked out who she was.
2, Alicia Sarah
b. 8 July 1832 at Launceston, Tasmania
d. 19 February 1846 Launceston, Tasmania
3. Henry William
b. 23rd February 1834 Launceston, Tasmania
d. 16 February 1843 at Hobart, Tasmania. Buried at St Andrews Presbyterian, Hobart
4. Philippa Catherine Jennings
b. 21 April 1835 at Launceston, Tasmania
d. 27 October 1905 at Fernleigh, York Street, Sale, Victoria, buried on 28th October 1905 at Melbourne General Cemetery.
Married on the 9th April 1856 at the Licensed School House, St Kilda to The Rev Michael Henry Becher. They had 16 children.
5. Robert Legge
b. 2 July 1837 at Launceston, Tasmania
d. 3 Nov 1870 at Tubbo, near Hay, NSW [death notice in The Argus]
6. John Edwin
b. 12 April 1839 at Launceston, Tasmania
d. 23rd March 1840 at Launceston, Tasmania
7. Sophia Louisa
b. 10 April 1841 Launceston, Tasmania
d. October 1914 at St Kilda, Melbourne, buried 20 October 1914 at St Kilda.
Travelled to England and the Continent in 1886-7. Journal held by the State Library in Victoria. She was the secretary of the Ladies Benevolent Society in 1891, 1903 & 1904 [from newspaper items so quite likely other years as well.]
8. Frances "Fanny" Elizabeth
b. 16 Jan 1843 at Launceston, Tasmania
d. 1930 At St Kilda, Victoria, buried 4 March 1930 at St Kilda.
b. 23rd September 1844 at Launceston, Tasmania
d. 25th December 1928 at St Kilda, Melbourne, buried 27 December 1928 at St Kilda.
b. 15 April 1847 at Launceston, Tasmania
d. 12 April 1853 at St Kilda, Melbourne aged 6 [death notice in The Argus]
11. Henry John
b. 9 April 1849 at Launceston, Tasmania
d. 6 June 1925 at Blessington St, St Kilda, Melbourne
Married in 1877 to Louisa Willis Croxton. Had at least 8 issue
Out of the 11 Jennings children, only 1 boy survived, only 3
married, and only two had children !
Henrietta Jennings Blanche E [Jennings] Manley
Philippa [Jennings] Becher 1900 Philippa Jennings
Thanks to Laurence Gray for Jennings information.
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