Blennerhassett Family Tree
Genealogy one-name study - by Bill Jehan
 
 
Inscriptions and Monumental Brass at
St Mary's Church, Kenninghall, Co.Norfolk

Church of England - Diocese of Norwich
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
George Blennerhassett (b.c1501 d.14-Feb-1543/4) of Kenninghall, Norfolk (eldest son of Sir Thomas Blennerhassett, Knight, of Frenze, Norfolk and his 1st wife Jane L'Estrange) is interred in Kenninghall church. His portrait brass and four shields of arms are long missing but his indented tombstone is believed to have been retained, reused in 1699 for the tomb of Habbak Layman.
 

 
 
 
Here lyeth the Body of Habbak. Layman, Surgeon,
who departed this life the 5th Day of April, Ano Dom. 1699.
Ætatis suæ 51. 
Warning I have been unable to locate the stone with this inscription - is possible it is hidden by the church organ
 
"An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk"
by Francis Blomefield [BLOMEFIELD] 2nd edition, vol. 1 1805
"Hundred of Giltcross" under "Kenninghall" pp.223-224 has: 
Warning [BLOMEFIELD vol.1 1805, Kenninghall p.224] was wrong in naming George Blennerhassett's 2nd wife as L'Estrange - it appears to have been George's mother who was Jane L'estrange, probably of the family of Hunstanton, Co.Norfolk, not his wife.  Blomefield was misled by a L'Estrange shield-of-arms on George's tomb at Kenninghall that was missing by his time but had been earlier seen and reported by [ANSTIS E.26 f.29].  George Blennerhassett married 1stly Anne Cobb of Sandringham, Co.Norfolk and 2ndly Margaret Jernegan of Somerleyton & Mutford, both near Lowestoft, Co.Norfolk.  Margaret outlived George. 
 
"Kenninghall Church List of Memorials" binder
at St Mary's Church, Kenninghall in 2009 has this note:   
 
External door in the north wall of Mary's Church, Kenninghall - formerly entrance to the Chantry.
Initials W B above - click on image to enlarge.
Warning The suggestion in [BLOMEFIELD vol.1 1805, Kenninghall p.224] that "W.B." may represent William Blennerhassett would be plausable but no one of that name is known to have been at Kenninghall... 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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