Jenckes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Jenckes family

The surname Jenckes was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat in the 13th century. The name could have also been a baptismal name as in "son of John" which was a diminutive of Jenkin and this was later modified to Jenks and Jinks. [1]

Early History of the Jenckes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jenckes research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1510, 1600, 1241, 1396, 1439, 1982, 1455, 1487, 1602, 1682, 1654, 1632, 1717, 1645, 1671, 1656, 1740, 1697, 1642, 1646, 1656, 1714, 1646, 1724, 1646, 1656, 1714, 1656 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Jenckes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jenckes Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Jenckes has been spelled many different ways, including Jenks, Jenkes, Jinks, Jinkes, Chenks, Chenkes and others.

Early Notables of the Jenckes family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Joseph Jencks I (1602-1682), early American settler in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was awarded the first patent in North America by the General Court of Massachusetts, for making scythes. In 1654 he built the first fire engine in North America. His son, Joseph Jencks II (1632-1717), arrived in 1645, was the earliest known settler of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in 1671 and became Deputy to the Rhode Island Assembly. Joseph Jenckes (1656-1740), was Deputy Governor and Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Henry Jenkes (d. 1697), was a Gresham professor of rhetoric, descended...
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United States Jenckes migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Jenckess to arrive in North America:

Jenckes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Jenckes, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1643 [2]
Jenckes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. F.H. Jenckes, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Frank H. Jenckes, aged 53, who settled in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in 1913
  • Mabel Jenckes, aged 51, who immigrated to Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in 1913
  • Julia D. Jenckes, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1916
  • Frederick L. Jenckes, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1916
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Jenckes migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jenckes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Jenckes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • John Jenckes, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Nathan Jenckes, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Step Jenckes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • William Jenckes, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
Jenckes Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Helen Jenckes, aged 54, who settled in Sherbrooke, Canada, in 1921
  • John M. Jenckes, aged 55, who immigrated to Sherbrooke, Canada, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Jenckes (post 1700) +

  • Virginia E. Jenckes (1877-1975), U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • Thomas Jenckes (1818-1875), United States Congressional representative for the State of Rhode Island
  • Waldo N. Jenckes, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916 [3]
  • Virginia Ellis Jenckes (1877-1975), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 6th District, 1933-39 [3]
  • Thomas Allen Jenckes (1818-1875), American Republican politician, Member of Rhode Island State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1863-71 [3]
  • Joseph S. Jenckes, American politician, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, 1934-36 [3]
  • Frederick L. Jenckes, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1916 [3]
  • Edwin T. Jenckes, American politician, Delegate to Florida State Constitutional Convention from St. Johns County, 1838-39 [3]
  • Marcien Jenckes, American Chief Executive Officer for Voxant, Inc, a new media company in Reston, Virginia
  • Ebenezer Jenckes Penniman (1804-1890), American politician, member of the US Congress from Michigan


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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