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family history researched and compiled by David Genn and his
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2 Anjou, France
3 Yorkshire, England
4 Virginia, British America
5 Maryland, British America
6 Falmouth, Cornwall, England
7 Pernambuco, Brazil
8 Liverpool, Lancashire, England
THE GENN FAMILY OF CANADA
history researched and compiled by David
Genn and his cousins.
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The Genn family of Canada are all descended from Diogo Maddison Genn. There are about fifty of us, spanning five generations. Diogo Genn was born in Brazil in 1844, a British subject, having an English father and a Portuguese mother. Diogo never saw Canada.
Diogo Genn's father, James Maddison Genn, was from Falmouth, Cornwall, England, the family having been established there for four generations. Diogo's great-grandfather, William Genn had arrived in Falmouth from the colony of Maryland, British America, about 1780.
William Genn's father, James Genn, and his uncle, Thomas Genn had established in Maryland about 1750, having moved across Chesapeake Bay from the colony of Virginia. William Genn's great-grandfather, also named James Genn, had emigrated from England to Virginia sometime after 1660.
From here the trail is less well defined. The strongest evidence suggests that our English roots are in Yorkshire. Pursuing this theory, Chapter 3 on Yorkshire begins with a Robert Gene, in the parish of Wath, near Sheffield, West Yorkshire, in the year 1323.
It has long been suggested that the name Genn has its origin in the French name of "Genne" or "de Genne". While there is no hard evidence, so far, to support this, we have taken the liberty to explore this possibility in Chapter 2.
Before picking up on the details, we will first discuss the Genn name, its distribution around the world, its earlier spellings, and some theories on its origin.
REVISED:01 April 2000