Thomas Tennant

about 1654–
Arncliffe, Yorkshire, England

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Tennant was born about 1654, in Arncliffe, Yorkshire, England, his father, Thomas Tennant, was 28 and his mother, Elizabeth Bentham, was 25. He married Mary Spark on 8 May 1679. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Tennant
Mary Spark
Marriage: 8 May 1679
Joseph Tennant
Ann Tennant
Margaret Tennant
Mary Tennant

Spouse and Children

8 May 1679



    Ann Tennant


    Margaret Tennant


    Mary Tennant


Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Tennant


    Elizabeth Bentham




World Events (4)

1688 · Glorious Revolution

Age 34

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.
1720 · South Sea Bubble

Age 66

The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.
1752 · Gregorian Calendar is Adopted

Age 98

Gregorian calendar was adopted in England in 1752. That year, Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was followed by Thursday, September 14th, 1752, which caused the country to skip ahead eleven days.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English: status name for a farmer who held his land from an overlord by obligations of rent or service, from Old French, Middle English tenant (present participle of Old French tenir ‘to hold’, Latin tenere). This was the normal situation for landholders in the Middle Ages, since in the feudal system all land belonged ultimately to the king and use of it was granted in return for financial or military support.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas Tennant in entry for Mary, "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991"
  • Thomas Tennant in entry for Mary, "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991"
  • Thomas Tennant in entry for Mary Tennant, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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