|Ray Jerrems, Jerrems Genealogist, Historian and Internet Sleuth||
New News on Old News
In the previous edition of the Journal we referred to emails received from Sandra and Sarah. The big news is that Sandra has traced another branch of the Jerrems family back to the UK.
Previously I had located references to what I thought were possibly three separate families in the USA, in addition to the families in the US who traced back to William George Jerrems. It now transpires that these three families were actually a single family, and there was a further part of that family in the US which I had not previously located. Sandra has now capped this off by identifying that the family had come from Wappenham (in Northamptonshire) in the UK. Pictured.
There are a lot of stories to be told about Sandra and Sarah's research, which I will relate to you in future Journals. But I will start with telling you the most exciting development, how some of the Wappenham family acquired the name Jerrems.
In my search for universal truth I have looked forward to finding other Jerrems families in the UK or Europe, hoping that this would give me some indication of where the Jerrems name originated.
Readers may remember that in early editions of the Journal it was suggested that the name Jerrems dated back to St Jerome. This is quite likely, but it is difficult to prove. A popular story is that the Jerrems families were oppressed Huguenots who fled to England in the 1600s or early 1700s and may have anglicised their surname to Jerom, but later changed the name back to the original "Jerrems".
This theory came from the only previously established fact, that in the 1750s William Jerom specifically had his children christened with the surname Jerrems. I have a copy of a baptismal certificate showing the change. This family later moved to nearby Gainsborough.
Turning to the "new" family located by Sandra from a family tree devised by Raymond Lloyd of South Wales (thanks Raymond!), in summary this tree refers to:
(1) B. Jerromes (1723-1787), wife E. Phillips (1725- 1792)
(2) Thomas Jerromes (1754-1834), wife Elizabeth Branson (1753-1820)
(3) William Jerrams (born 1778 Wappenham, Northampton, died 1859 Helmdon, 5 miles from Wappenham)
First wife Elizabeth Pitman (1772-1809)
· Children: Anne Jerrams (1802-?)
· William Jerrams (1804-?), wife Amelia
· Martha Jerrams (1806-?)
· Mary Ann Jerrams (1808-?), husband Richard Pedley
Second wife Hannah Needle (1782-1829)
· Children John Jerrams (1810- 1860) died in Coleshill, Warwickshire, wife Mary Gardner
· James Jerrams (born 1812, migrated to United States)
· Joseph Jerrams (born 1814, migrated to United States)
· George Jerrams (1816-1872) died in Helmdon, Northampton), wife Elizabeth
· Thomas Jerrams (1821-1832) died in Wappenham)
· Elizabeth Jerrams(1823-?), husband Anthony Cross, child Thomas Jerrams Cross b1841
All the children were shown as being born in Wappenham.
The crucial development is that James and Joseph showed their surnames to be "Jerrems" in the US. James was consistent with this, but Joseph had occasional lapses of memory, sometimes still calling himself Jerrams. Significantly, they both gave all their children the surname Jerrems. Joseph, in particular, was a carpenter so he, at least, was probably literate.
Adding to this, while searching for Jerrems families in the UK I found a cluster of 3 additional people named Jerrems in towns very close to Wappenham, indicating that at least one of the brothers of James and Joseph who reached adulthood and married (i.e. William, John or George) had also changed their names to Jerrems or had at least named their children Jerrems. These three additional people were:
Lucy Jerrems, born about 1855 in Middleton Cheney, 16km from Wappenham
Caroline Jerrems, married in December 1872 in Brackley, 13 km from Wappenham. Possibly sister of Lucy.
Henry Jerrems born in March 1873, Buckingham, 18 km from Wappenham.
So now we have records of people named Jerromes who changed their names to Jerrams and then finally to Jerrems.
So where does this leave us? Does this shed light on the origin of the name Jerrems?
I must admit that at this juncture I cannot see that we are any further ahead. But it is no doubt significant that James and Joseph, and at least one of their brothers, made a specific decision to change their surnames to the far less common "Jerrems".
On a lighter note, perhaps the original Jerrems people who fled to England from France had a recessive gene which caused dyslexia, leading to accidental name changes in later generations.
I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the subject.
Editors Notes: Images of Wappenham in
Northamptonshire in the UK featured in this issue.
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We, the Strong, the Handsome, the Beautiful, the Smart, the Brave, the Compassionate, the Few, the Jerrems.
In the spirit of the above, let's remember Ray's words from JJ Edition 3 dated September 2005.
"On a light note, in future when someone asks you
where the name "Jerrems" comes from, don't shuffle
your feet and look embarrassedly at the floor, or
scratch your ear and look at the ceiling for inspiration.
|Donald Jerrems, All-purpose Editor/Janitor of the Jerrems Journal||
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