Unzipping the Jean Roots

Gean, Geen, Gheen, Jean, Jeane, Jane, Jayne (e, es, s) Families


Male Bef 1565 - Aft 1610  (~ 46 )

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  • Name JANES, John  [1
    Born Bef 1565  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1585  [1
    Merchant Adventurer - The Company Of Captain John Davis In His Exploration For The Northwest Passage And China 

    • There is no recorded source of who John Janes who sailed and "became" a life long friend and constant companion of Captain John Davis, was, or where he came from.

      I submit that this is the correct John Janes for the following reasons. Captain John Davis grew up and lived at Sandridge, in Devon, it appears, his intire life. Sandridge is a Manor, lying in Stokes Gabriel.

      On his first voyage was John Janes, second, Philip Jane, third, John Janes..... In searching for records for a John or Philip, I find in Brixham and Churston Ferrers, Devon [these two places are 1 1/2 miles apart], records for John and Philip Janes, marriages, burials and births of their children. Churston Ferrers is about 4 miles from Stokes Gabriel. The books written about John Davis indicate that he lived close to the Gilbert family who were kin to Sir Walter Raliegh, who was involved in these voyages and that the Gilbert family "knowing" John Davis, is probably what influenced William Sanderson, who later married Raliegh's neice, to invest in the adventure.

      Given the proximately of John and Philip Janes to John Davis, I would believe that these young men already knew each other and they too [at least John] could have had infleunce on William Sanderson's decision to invest.

      There are several books that have included the journal that John Janes kept of their voyages, and there has been much speculation about the relationship of John Janes to William Sanderson, Merchant and apparently cheif financier of these voyages. John says he sent a letter to "uncle Sanderson". I have read that "there is no evidence of blood relation" between the two. I doubt that because in 1585, a merchant in the employ of someone as powerful and rich as William Sanderson was, would not send a letter to "uncle Sanderson" if indeed he were not his uncle. I don't think it would have been appropiate. I can find no relationship, but then again, William Sanderson was supposed to have married Margaret S___, Raliegh's neice and had several sons, including Raliegh, and Drake Sanderson. I have not found a christening record for them or his marriage record. I'm sure it is there, just in some parish who's records are not microfilmed.

      I have no idea if William Sanderson had married a Janes or if a sister of his had married a Janes, but I believe the relationship existed.

      John is listed on the ship's list at each sailing as either Merchant or Supercargo [An officer on a merchant ship who has charge of the cargo and its sale and purchase]. So there is no doubt that he worked for the company of William Sanderson

      John Janes sailed with Captain John Davis at least three times, trying to find the Northwest passage and on an expedition to China.
    Died Aft 1610  [1
    Person ID I57477  Gean~ealogy Tree
    Last Modified 10 Mar 2008 

    Father JANES, ? Possibly Harry Janes,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother ? Possibly Anges Mayne,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 27 Sep 1573  Brixham, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F22177  Group Sheet

    Family ELLETT, Elizabeth,   b. Bef 1581,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 6 Nov 1595  Brixham, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
     1. JANES, John,   b. Bef 26 Feb 1599,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. JANES, Frances,   b. Bef 27 Aug 1602,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 10 Mar 2008 
    Family ID F22178  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S358] Jeanes of England, Newman, Renee.

    2. [S422] Brixham Parish Records.