The Solomon Line
Jenney Solomon was the daughter of Hercules Solomon and his wife Jane, baptised on 5th February 1770 at St Petrox, Dartmouth.
There are two possibilities for her parentage. An Archelaus Solomon, and wife Jane, had five children baptised at St Petrox, the eldest son being also christened Archelaus in 1750. Jenney could conceivably be the daughter of either of these.
- If she were the daughter of the elder she would have been 11 years younger than any of her siblings.
- However, for her to be the daughter of the younger he would have to have been already married - and no trace of such a marriage has come to light. Her mother would also have to have died young as Hercules married Grace Betson in 1778. The death of a Jane Solomon in this period is also absent.
The evidence, or lack of it, suggests that she was a (late) daughter of the elder Archelaus (Hercules).
Solomon is not a common surname and there are no records of it in any of the Dartmouth parishes prior to 1750. Archelaus must, therefore, have moved to Dartmouth from elsewhere. The only other place where the name Hercules Solomon appears in Devon is Wembury (near Plymouth) and this is where he appears to have hailed from:
This descent is based entirely on data from the IGI (International Genealogical Index) and requires checking against the parish records - which will add further information. All baptisms, etc. are for Wembury unless otherwise specified. Last time I visited the Devon Records Office in Exeter the Wembury Parish Registers were missing!
1 Arthur Solomon - wife Mary
2 Arthur Solomon - baptised 10/9/1647
3 Hercules Solomon - baptised 13/7/1651
4 Mary Solomon - baptised 7/7/1655
2 Arthur Solomon - wife Agnes
5 Mary Solomon - baptised 22/10/1680; married Stafford Davys 28/3/1709 or Thomas Browning 26/5/1710
6 Joane Solomon - baptised 16/5/1682
7 Arthur Solomon - baptised 21/4/1685
8 Sara Solomon - baptised 21/2/1687; buried 6/3/1689
9 Nicholas Solomon - baptised 23/12/1689
10 Agnis Solomon - baptised 15/4/1692; buried 11/7/1693
7 Arthur Solomon - married Elizabeth Palmer 1/7/1726
11 Elizabeth Solomon - baptised 10/9/1727; married Richard Rosedew 29/12/1747
12 Mary Solomon - baptised 14/4/1731; married Thomas Edwards 15/6/1753
9 Nicholas Solomon - wife Isabella
13 Jane Solomon - baptised 12/11/1728
14 Arthur Solomon - baptised 23/8/1730
3 Hercules Solomon - married Mary Wotton 29/11/1681 at St Andrews, Plymouth
15 John Solomon - baptised 24/3/1682
16 Mary Solomon - baptised 30/5/1684; married Stafford Davys 28/3/1709 or Thomas Browning 26/5/1710
17 Elizabeth Solomon - baptised 28/6/1686; married John Bass 28/2/1707
18 Hercules Solomon - baptised 6/10/1689; married Susanna Shepherd 20/8/1714
19 Phillip Solomon - baptised 15/5/1692; buried 3/7/1692
15 John Solomon - married Elizabeth Alger 3/7/1712
20 John Solomon - baptised 17/4/1716
21 Arthur Solomon - baptised 19/10/1717
22 Hercules Solomon - baptised 22/10/1725
20 John Solomon - wife Sarah
23 Hercules Solomon - baptised 3/2/1745
24 John Solomon - baptised 16/9/1742
21 Arthur Solomon - wife Jane
25 Elizabeth Solomon - baptised 31/5/1748
26 Arthur Solomon - baptised 3/4/1750
27 David Solomon - baptised 19/5/1752
28 Jane Solomon - baptised 22/2/1754
29 Mary Solomon - baptised 7/2/1756
30 Sarah Solomon - baptised 11/2/1758, married ? Grylls.
31 Tammy Solomon - baptised 13/10/1759; married Richard Willis 22/7/1791
32 John Solomon - baptised 11/4/1761
33 Hercules Solomon - baptised 20/3/1764 Based on a Will held at the Public Records Office, Hercules died in 1821 or 1822. He had been married though his wife was already dead. From the contents of the will it appears that he had no children as the only beneficiaries were his sisters Jane, Thomasine (Tammy) and Sarah (now Sarah Grylls), and his brother Arthur. He served in the Navy and fought at the Battle Of The Nile.
27 David Solomon - married Grace Creeze 9/8/1776
34 Elizabeth Solomon - baptised 8/6/1777
35 David Solomon - baptised 1779; buried 28/5/1780
36 Sarah Solomon - baptised 1/7/1781
37 Arthur Solomon - baptised 30/1/1784
38 Grace Solomon - baptised 24/6/1787
39 David Solomon - baptised 25/5/1790. In 1851 he was a mason living at 41 Richmond Street, Plymouth
40 Thomas Creese Solomon - baptised 10/11/1793
22 Hercules (Archelaus) Solomon - wife Jane
41 Archelaus (Hercules) Solomon - baptised 21/5/1750 at St Petrox, Dartmouth
42 John Solomon - baptised 26/7/1752 at St Petrox, Dartmouth
43 Arthur Solomon - baptised 8/11/1754 at St Petrox, Dartmouth
44 Mary Solomon - baptised 28/2/1757 at St Petrox, Dartmouth; married Peter Vining 22/1/1780 at St Petrox, Dartmouth
45 Jane Solomon - baptised 23/7/1759 at St Petrox, Dartmouth
46 Jenny Solomon - baptised 5/2/1770 at St Petrox, Dartmouth; married Thomas Short 15/7/1790
41 Archelaus (Hercules) Solomon - married Grace Betson 9/11/1778 at St Petrox, Dartmouth. At his marriage he was described as a mariner.
47 Mary Solomon - baptised 17/5/1796 at St Petrox, Dartmouth
This Hercules (Archelaus) presumably died soon after the birth of Mary as Grace Solomon, a widow, married Matthew Lynch at St Saviours, Dartmouth on 5/3/1797. The marriage was witnessed by Thomas Short.