Jenks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Jenks family

The surname Jenks 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 Jenks family

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Jenks Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Jenks family name include Jenks, Jenkes, Jinks, Jinkes, Chenks, Chenkes and others.

Early Notables of the Jenks 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 Jenks migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Jenks surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Jenks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Jenks, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1643 [2]
  • William Jenks, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [2]
  • Richard Jenks, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1666 [2]
Jenks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Jenks, who arrived in Ohio in 1798 [2]
Jenks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Theodore Jenks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • James Jenks, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]

Australia Jenks migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jenks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Jenks, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Edward Jenks, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Josiah Jenks, English Convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]

New Zealand Jenks migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jenks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Rebecca Jenks, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
  • David Jenks, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
  • Rebecca Jenks, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1870
  • Fanny Jenks, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1870
  • Eveline Jenks, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Jenks (post 1700) +

  • Francis Henry Jenks (1838-1894), American 19th century theater critic
  • William Jackson Jenks (1870-1960), American 70 year veteran of railroading
  • Almet Francis Jenks (1853-1924), American lawyer and politician
  • Arthur Whipple Jenks (1863-1922), American Episcopal theologian
  • Dave Jenks, American author and businessperson
  • Arthur Byron Jenks (1866-1947), U.S. Representative from New Hampshire
  • Phineas Jenks (1781-1851), American medical doctor and a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Alden Jenks (b. 1940), American composer
  • Jorian Edward Forwood Jenks (1899-1963), English farmer, environmentalism pioneer and fascist, "one of the most dominant figures in the development of the organic movement"
  • C. Wilfred Jenks (1909-1973), English international lawyer and director-general of the International Labour Organization
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Jenks +

  • 4431 Genealogy of the Jenks Family of Newport N.H. by George Edwin Jenks.

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851


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