- === Ralph D. Smith
May 4, 1785 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. will of Susanna Tennison, probated Sep. 13, 1785, leaves:
--to children John Tennison, Justinian [a/k/a Jesse] Tennison, Susanna Tennison, and Eleanor Morgan, 3 Negroes named Peter, Charles, and Priss equally divided.
--to dau. Margaret Tennison, a Negro boy named Jacob;
--to son Joshua Tennison, a Negro boy named John;
--to children Margaret Tennison and Joshua Tennison, the balance of my estate.
Executor: son Justinian Tennison.
Witnesses: Joseph Walker, Raphael Thompson, Arthur Thompson.
Source: Reno, Linda D., "St. Mary's County, Maryland Wills, 1776-1791," pp. 119-120.
=== Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
1778 - In Tennison, Vol. 3, pp. 81-2 is shown one Jesse Tennison taking the Oath before John Ireland and the other Jesse Tennison taking the Oath before Bennett Biscoe. Since Ib(l) John Tennison took the Oath before John Ireland, one would guess that it was Ib(2) Jesse who took the Oath before Ireland and 2b Jesse who took the Oath before Biscoe.
Aug. 1797 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. will of John Goldsmith of St. Mary's Parish, probated Oct. 1797 (no wife stated):
--bequeaths specific property to his children Elizabeth Richardson, Mary Bowie, Rebecca Bullock, John Goldsmith, Benny Goldsmith, Kitty Goldsmith, and James Goldsmith.
--son-in-law Jesse Tennison is to keep in his possession the property bequeathed to four youngest children, John Goldsmith, Benny Goldsmith, James Goldsmith and Kitty Goldsmith until sons John, Benny and James are age 21 and dau. Kitty is age 16.
--If any of these four children leave Jesse Tennison before they are of age, they are entitled to no hire or interest until they are of age.
--Jesse Tennison is to receive the balance of the estate.
Executor: Son-in-law Jesse Tennison.
Witnesses: Samuel Kemp, Clement Knott, John Baptist Harden.
Source: Reno, Linda D., "St. Mary's County, Maryland Wills, 1791-1802," pp. 107-8.
Comment: Is Jesse Tennison's Goldsmith wife still living?
Is her name Sarah? At least we know that her name was not Elizabeth, Mary, Rebecca or Kitty.
Oct. 1798 - J. Tennison, H. Brady and W. Brown each live in separate houses on a tract of land containing 1128 acres owned by Philip Key and located in Chaptico Hundred, St. Mary's Co., Md.
Source: Schuhart, Wanda M., "Federal Direct Tax of 1798,
St. Mary's County, Maryland," pp. 53 and 195.
Comment: There are no other Tennisons in Chaptico Hundred on this Tax List. Circumstantial evidence suggests that "J." Tennison stands for Justinian/Jesse Tennison (see the June 1799 and 1800 records below) but that is not proof that it is so. The "J." might stand for James, John, Joseph, Joshua or some other name. Absolam Tennison of St. Mary's Co. (d. 1837) had a son John, his eldest son, but my records indicate that John would not be of age in 1798.
June 12, 1799 - Jesse Tennison subscribed to support minister of Christ Church Chaptico.
Source: William W. Tennis, citing Chronicles of St. Mary's, Vol. 3, No.5, p. 136.
1800 - Jesse Tennison is in the 1800 Census of St. Mary's Co., Md., as follows: 11010-10010-05.
Comment: This is the only Tennison whose name starts with "J." in the 1800 St. Mary's Co. Census. The Census shows Jesse b. 1755-1774.
Dec. 1800 - Jesse Tennison witnesses the St. Mary's Co., Md. will of Calesteness Nelson Cheseldine, probated Feb. 1801.
Source: Reno, Linda D., "St. Mary's County, Maryland Wills, 1791-1802," p. 146.
Comment: John M. Goldsmith also witnessed Cheseldine's will. I would assume that he is the Mar. and Aug. 1795 John Mason Goldsmith found at Tennison, Vol. 3, p. 105.
Apr. 24, 1804 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. will of Jesse Tennison, probated Aug. 15, 1804, leaves all of his estate to wife Sarah Tennison who is also named executor.
Witnesses: John Shanks, Sr., Richard T. Cheseldine.
Source: Reno, Linda D., "St. Mary's County, Maryland Wills, 1803-1820," p. 30.
=== Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
- Jesse Tennison s/o Absolom and Susanna his wife, b. 13 Oct. q765
Colonial Records of Southern Maryland, St. Andrew Parish,, pg.3
Church Records: MD & DE 1600-1800