Tennyson/Tennison Family

Justinian Tennison/Tennyson Family

Justinian /Tennis/Dennis/Tennison was born in Yarmouth or Weymouth, England around 1632 and he died in Charles County, MD before 1699. His wife's name was Catherine Gresham, born about 1634, daughter of John Gresham. John Gresham died in 1655, Northumberland Co., VA. Justinian Dennis/Tennison came to America in 1668 and was listed in Skordas Immigration List as Justinian Dennis. He is the brother of John Tennisson. Click Here for drawing of Weymouth, England, circa 1640.

Second Generation:

Children of Justinian Tennison and Catherine Gresham
Barbary Tennison m. Oliver Burch
Mary Tennison (1654-abef. 1728) m. George Dement Jr. (1674-1703)
Catherine Tennisson (abt. 1668) m. John Scott, Sr.
Elizabeth Tennison (ca. 1660-after 1740) m. James Williams, Sr.
Justinian Tennison (bef. 1660-1687) m. ? Place, sister to Jno. Place
Jane Tennison (1662 - ca.1687/90) m. Vincent Mansell (Mansfield) (bef. 1659-1687)
John Tennisson (abt. 1667-1743) m. Sarah Lemaster
Sarah Tennison (bef. 1675-after 1729) m. John Noe (?-1725)
Christian Tennison m. 1) Capt. Samuel Cooksey (1650-c1708/09), (Naval Officer of the Northern Potomac, 1690-1694); 2) John Lemaster
Diane (Dracie/Dracle) Tennison (abt.1666)

1674 - St Marys County - Justinian Funnis (Justinian Tennyson/Tennis) and Richard Edelen appointed appraisers for the estate of Jno. Place, late of St. Marys County. Sworn in as appraisers by Capt. Wm. Boreman of St. Mariese County. Justinian Tennis is brother in law of Jno Place. Testamentary Proceedings #6.333, Maryland State Archives

1720 - Joe Noe, age abt. 21 years. Deposition: 14 June 1720, that he heard Justinian Tennison say he was born in Weymouth, England. Ct. & Land Records H#2.415

1725 - John Noe, Sr. - Next of kin: James Jones, Peter Noe. Admrs: John Noe, Abell Noe. Inventory: 11.21; 11 May 1725; 3 Sept 1725.

1726 - John NOE and his wife Sarah (TENNYSON) conveyed on 27 Feb 1726, a tract called LOMLEY, lying on s. side of the main Swamp that falls in Piles Fresh, cont. 125 acres, and on 25 Sept., 1727, part of tract called LOMLEY, cont 100 acres (Land:L#2.335, 389)

1729 - John Noe - Next of kin: Joseph Semson, Sarey Semson. Admr: Sarah Noe. Inventory. 15.80; 12 July 1729; 23 Aug 1729.

John LEMASTER and his wife Christian (TENNYSON). To their three sons and one dau. Justinian, John, and William COOKSEY and Priscilla Barran, tract called SINKIN AND CROWBACK. Signed 2 Feb 1731/2. (Land: M#2.275)

Third Generation:

Children of Jane Tennison and Vincent Mansell (Mansfield)
John Mansell (Mansfield)

Vincent Mansell was first married to Miss Foster, d/o Richard Foster. He then married Jane Tennison and it appears that Vincent died in 1687 and Jane died circa 1689. Vincent was probably related to John Mansell who died in St. Mary's County in 1660.


Children of Sarah Tennison and John Noe
Peter Noe
John Noe (abt. 1699-abt. 1729?) (did he marry Mary Burch (abt.1714-?)
Justinian Noe
Sarah Noe
George Noe
Samuel Noe
Able Noe
Leah Noe m. Thomas Burch (1685-1766) (his 3rd wife) unknown daughter


Children of John Tennisson and Sarah Lemaster
Ignatius Tennisson (abt. 1700-after 1758) m. Elizabeth McPherson (did she marry 3 times?)
Justinian (Jesse) Tennisson (abt. 1795) m. Rachel
John Tennisson Jr.
Henry Tennisson m. Mary Ann

Charles County, MD. 26 June 1758: Goods and chattels of John Cooksey deceased appraised by Joseph Dyson and Daniel Murphy; Samuel Hanson and Lamaster Cooksey signed the inventory as creditors, and Ignatius TENNISON and Christian Lamaster signed as kin. 2 Aug 1758 Chas Co: Mary Cooksey the executrix of decd presented inventory in court.


Children of Christian Tennison and Samuel Cooksey
Justinian Cooksey (abt. 1702-after 1778) m. Sarah Reid
John Cooksey (1708/11-1758) m. Mary Reed (ca. 1711-1789),
d/o Thomas and Elizabeth Reed
William Cooksey (1702-1773) m. Anne Semes (1704-abt. 1752); 2) Barbara
Priscilla Cooksey (abt. 1710) m. Thomas Barran (1695-1757)

John LEMASTER and his wife Christian (Tennyson). To their three sons and one dau. Justinian, John, and William COOKSEY and Priscilla Barran, tract called Sinkin and Crowback. Signed 2 Feb 1731/2. (Land: M#2.275)

Thursday, 21 August, 1760 - A few weeks ago in Charles County, Mr. Burrows "a very imprudent young Man," went to the house of John Cooksey in order to Shoot Cooksey's dog. He shot Mrs. Cooksey (in her foot), the infant in her arms, three other children and Mr. Cooksey. It appears all will survive.

Fourth Generation

Children of Justinian Cooksey and Sarah Reid
Christian Cooksey (1728) m. William Scott
Thomas Reid Cooksey (1730)-1783) m. Elizabeth Barnes Matthews Justinian Cooksey (1731-1773)
Samuel Cooksey (1733-1781)
Mary Cooksey (1735)
John Cooksey (1738-1796) m. Ann Burch (abt. 1740), d/o Edward Burch and Mary Anderson
Sarah Cooksey (1740)
Elizabeth Cooksey (1744) m. Richard Moreland (?-1805) (did not take Oath of Allegiance during Rev. War)
Susannah or Eleanor Cooksey (1746)


Children of John Cooksey and Mary Reed
Lemaster Cooksey (abt. 1730-?) m. Nancy Ward, d/o of Joseph Ward,
(Lemaster may have been a child of John's first marriage)
John Baptist Cooksey (1740-1806, VA) m. Mary Slate or Strait
Thomas Cooksey (?-1795, Charles County, MD) m. Elizabeth McPherson, widow of Daniel McPherson
Hezekiah Cooksey (ca. 1750-1825) m. 2) Elizabeth Grey (moved to Warren County, GA)
Ann Cooksey m. Thomas Nally
Mary Cooksey m. Philip Moreland
Sarah Cooksey m. Edward Flurry
Charity Cooksey m. Francis Mastin


Children of Priscilla Cooksey and Thomas Barran
Samuel Cooksey Barron (abt. 1745-1788) m. Millicent Burch (abt. 1750)

Fifth Generation

Children of Ann Cooksey and Thomas Nally
Rodolphea Gustavus Nalley (1755)
Thomas Cooksey Nally (1759)

Hezekiah Cooksey was a Private, 1st Maryland LIne, enrolled and passed on July 8, 1765. Private, Militia, 12th Battalion, Capt. Benjamin Lusby Corry's Company, 1777. Resident of Newport Hundred in 1778.

John Cooksey, son of Justinian and Sarah Cooksey was born March 21, 1738. Took the Oath of Allegiance in 1778. Resident of Newport West Hundred in 1778.

Justinian Cooksey was a Private in the Maryland Militia, 12th Battalion, Capt. Benjamin Lusby Corry's Company, 1777.

Thomas Nally took the Oath of Allegiance in 1778.


Revolutionary Patroits of Charles County, Maryland 1775-1783, Henry C. Peden, Jr. Early Charles County Maryland Settlers 1658-1745, Marlene Strawser Bates and F. Edward Wright

Tennis - Tennisson - Tennyson Genealogy by Faye Tennison Davidson

E-mail dated Sunday, March 22, 1998 from Brad Molen with reference to the John Cooksey and Mary Reed family. Brad's email address is:bcmolen@earthlink.net

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