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William Jenney

Male Abt 1415 - 1483  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name William Jenney  [1
    Born Abt 1415  of Knoddishall, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Dec 1483  [6
    Person ID I19203  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2020 

    Father John Jenney,   b. of Knoddishall, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 16 Oct 1437 
    Mother Maud Bokyll 
    Family ID F17955  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Cawse 
    Children 
    +1. Margaret Jenney,   d. Between 1515 and 1516
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F11600  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Judge of the King's Bench.

      From Biographia Juridica (citation details below):

      JENNEY, William, whose name was sometimes spelled Gyney, and more frequently Genney, was the son of John Jenney, of Knodishall in Suffolk, and Maud, daughter and heir of John Bokill, of Friston. He became one of the governors of Lincoln's Inn in 1446. His practice at the bar began at least as early as Michaelmas 1439, 18 Henry VI., that being the date of his first appearance in the Year Books. The Paston Collection contains many proofs of the enmity which existed between him and the Paston family, and which led to those contests recorded in the Year Books in the next reign. (Paston Letters, i. 140, 196.)

      He took the degree of the coif in November 1463, and in the next year are long arguments relative to the legality of an outlawry awarded against John Paston at the suit of Jenney. Another discussion arose in 1471, the principal question being whether Sir John Paston should proceed against the serjeant by bill or by original writ. (Y. B. 4 and 11 Edward IV.) In these cases he shows himself an acute lawyer, and his practice in the courts was consequently very extensive. Although it is clear that at one time (Paston Letters, i. 182) the king was favourable to the Pastons, this did not prevent the advance to which the serjeant's legal attainments evidently entitled him, and he was accordingly constituted a judge of the King's Bench. The date of his elevation, though Dugdale states it to have taken place in Trinity Term 1477, 17 Edward IV., could not, according to the Year Book and other evidences, have been before Easter Term 1481. He was re-appointed at the commencement of the reigns of Edward V. and Richard III., and sat in the court during the first six months of the latter reign, dying on December 23, 1483. His first wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Cawse, Esq., and his second was Eleanor, daughter of John Sampson, Esq., and widow of Robert Ingleys, Esq. His eldest son, Sir Edmund, was the father of the undermentioned Sir Christopher Jenney.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4341] Chronicles of Theberton, A Suffolk Village by Henry Montago Doughty. Macmillan & Co.: St. Martin's Street, London, 1910.

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    3. [S4338] The Visitations of the County of Nottingham in the Years 1569 and 1614 ed. George William Marshall. London: Taylor and Co., 1871.

    4. [S2168] The Visitation of Norfolk Made and Taken by William Hervey, Clarenceux King of Arms, Anno 1563, Enlarged with Another Visitation Made by Clarenceux Cooke, with Many Other Descents, and Also the Visitation Made by John Raven, Richmond, Anno 1613 ed. Walter Rye. London: The Harleian Society, 1891.

    5. [S4340] Inquisition post mortem of William Leyston, 1437, at Mapping the Medieval Countryside., year only.

    6. [S4339] Biographica Juridica: A Biographical Dictionary of the Judges of England from the Conquest to the Present Time, 1066-1870 by Edward Foss. London: John Murray, 1870.