Samuel Jennings


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Samuel Jennings 2113

  • Born: 6 Dec 1648, Buckinghamshire, England 2113,2114
  • Marriage (1): Ann Ollife 7 Jan 1671/72 in Coleshill, Buckinghamshire, England 2113
  • Died: 24 Jul 1708, Burlington County, NJ at age 59 2113

bullet   FamilySearch ID: LLH8-1K3. Find a Grave ID: 156290133.


bullet  General Notes:

1st Deputy Governor of West New Jersey 1682-1685
Speaker of the West New Jersey General Free assembly, 1701
Member of the New Jersey Provincial Council for the Western Division July 29, 1703 \endash 1706 (Resigned)
Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly 1707\endash 1708
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the City of Burlington district 1707\endash 1708 2115

bullet  Research Notes:

Samuel Jennings was one of a numerous class of men in Pennsylvania and New Jersey who were Ministers among Friends and also prominent in State affairs. He was the first Deputy Governor of West Jersey, but afterwards moved to Philadelphia, where he was Judge of the County Court (1690-1693). He vigorously espoused the Quaker side in the Keith controversy, and was attacked by Keith in a pamphlet which sent the author, and the printer, Bradford, into nominal confinement, and caused much criticism against the authorities for abridging the liberty of the press. Keith says Jennings was too high and imperious in worldly courts.' The controversy was carried to London, and Jennings went with it and wrote, The Case Stated. He afterwards settled in Burlington, N.J.; holding many important offices, and, as a leader of the popular side, drove Lord Cornbury, the Crown Governor, from the Colony. He travelled extensively in the ministry among Friends.

(From: Vol. III (1906) of The Journal of the Friends' Historical Society, page 94 - at )


bullet  Events

Immigration: London, 1680, Burlington County, NJ. 2116

Occupation: Governor, 11 May 1683, West Jersey, British Colonial America. 2117,2118

Biography: at FaG memorial and in the Jennings book. Most of what his on the FaG memorial is taken from the Jennings book.
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Moved: to Philadelphia, 1689. 2116

Will: transcribed in the Stevenson book, 24 Jul 1708, Burlington County, NJ. 2119 Names executors his three sons-in-law, Thomas Stevenson, William Stevenson, and John Stevenson, and his three daughters, Sarah, Anne and Mercy.


Samuel married Ann Ollife 7 Jan 1671/72 in Coleshill, Buckinghamshire, England.2113 (Ann Ollife was born 2 Nov 1659 in Coleshill Amersham, Hertfordshire, England, died in 1739 in Burlington, New Jersey, British America and was buried in Burlington, New Jersey, British America.)

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