Robert Nanney of Boston
By Mark Anway
Although there exists no family descent from Robert Nanney of Boston , Nanney, Yancey and Anway amateur genealogists have adopted him as the collective family’s sole, proven, Atlantic crossing, 17th century, New England immigrant, bearing the name Nanney.
Until December 12, 2013, there had been 5 discovered records supporting Robert Nanney’s descent from Hugh Nanney of Nannau, Merionethshire, Gwynedd Wales, the latter listed in the Nanney pedigree and signed by him, 24 July 1588, and mentioned in J. E. Griffith’s Pedigrees, page 200, they being:
1. Robte Naney’s emigration, April 1635, to Saco, Maine “In the Increase of London.”
2. “Robert Nanney, living in London” – J. E. Griffith’s Pedigrees … page 200…”Nannau near Dolgelley”
3. The indenture sale of land, 12 February, 1607 by Hugh Nanney to his son Robert Nanney of London, Grocer
4. The baptism at St. Dunstan’s Church, England of “Robert, sonne of Robert Nannye of London, Grocer…the second daye this month, November 1614”
5. The last will, 22 August 1663 signed by “Robert Nanneye” [also Nanny]
Because of Robte Naney’s age recorded to be “aged 22 yeres” in 1635, nearly matching mathematically with the Stepney baptism of “Robert, sonne of Robert Nannye of London, Grocer…the second daye this month, November 1614”, it has long been speculated that it was this Robert Nanney of Stepney, East London, Middlesex County, England, that is the Nanney, Yancey and Anway family ‘s sole, proven, Atlantic crossing, 17th century, New England immigrant descendant from the Nanney(s) of Wales and bearing the surname Nanney.
But although the age 22 is nearly a mathematical match, there could have been an untold number of undiscovered Robert Nanney candidates to have been, “sent away by Robte Cordell, Goldsmith in Limbert [Lombard] Street …In the Increase of London…Bounde for New England” born or baptized near London or otherwise.
Now comes the discovery December 12, 2013, by Mark Anway, of the attached page from the Suffolk [Massachusetts] Deed, 12 libb, Trask, William Blake (1885) Suffolk, Massachusetts, (a deed) signed, 3 November 1657, by John Peirce “of Stepney neere ye Cittie of London, Middlesex, marrintr” and witnessed by Robert Nanney. The relationship of John Peirse (also Pearse) to Robert Nanney (signer and witness, respectively) certainly further supports, if not, proves that Robert Nanney of Suffolk County, Massachusetts (1657) is the same, baptized in Stepney, “Robert, sonne of Robert Nannye of London, Grocer…the second daye this month, November 1614”, and grandson of Hugh Nanney of Nannau.
In "Suffolk Deeds"
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