A number of Jermy and Germany Families


In addition to the Jermy family trees shown in the Jermy Researchers section, there are also a number of other family branches in East Anglia, who may or may not be related to one another. Most just seem to "pop up" in a particular area and then fizzle out again after a couple of generations. With others it is sometimes possible to trace the movement of the originator of the new branch across counties, and with a changing surname.

It is interesting that certain families utlimately settled on a particular way of spelling their surname, even though it was spelt quite differently in previous generations. It is suprising how many families using the "Germany" surname, and variants, can be shown to have a "Jermy" as the earliest ancestor. There are however a number of "Germany" families with no obvious connection to anyone with the "Jermy" surname.

If you are related to any of these families and would like further information, please feel free to contact me.


The Jermey family of northwest Norfolk

The family of Edward Jermey and Mary Owen lived in Terrington St Clement during the early 1800's. Most of their children remained in the area and lived in Tilney All Saints and Clenchwarton, working as agricultural labourers and blacksmiths. Most of their descendants retained the Jermey surname, but at least one changed his to Germany in the late 1880's prior to moving to London. His son, Alfred Germany, changed his name to Valdar in 1910.

The Jarmany family of Helhoughton, Norfolk

A family group composed from the Helhoughton parish and census records. Robert Jarmany married Mary Hall in Fakenham in 1801 and moved to Helhoughton where they had five children. At the time of the 1851 census they were receiving parish relief. Their son John married Phoebe Willimott and had an extensive family; one son moved up to Fleetwood, Lancashire around 1878 before moving back to Norfolk.

The Jarmy family of Sprowston, Norfolk

A family that suddenly appears in Sprowston around 1825, with the birth of Thomas Hare Jarmy to William Jarmy and an unknown mother. Their family can be followed through the parish and census records, where they are mainly recorded as brick makers or brick merchants. Their surname is consistently recorded as Jarmy, so it is possible that the family is related to the Jarmy family of Halesworth, Suffolk. William Jarmy is recorded as being born in Norwich in 1825 however.

The Jarmy family of Halesworth, Suffolk

This family is remarkable for the constancy of the spelling of its surname - it is always, without exception, recorded as Jarmy. William Jarmy married Honor Colman around 1660 and had quite an extensive family; a number of the males being blacksmiths. Although the family have lived in Halesworth from around 1700 to the last century, in close proximity to the better off Jermyn family, they have always ensured that their surname was spelt correctly. An alternative possibility is of course that the parish clerks were perfectly aware of the different social standing of the Jermyn and Jarmy families, and ensured that the spellings were never mixed up. At least one descendant and this family moved to Strood, Kent in the 1870's, where they lived in Halesworth Villa - still as Jarmy's. Another family moved to Northumberland in the early 1900's, and some of their descendants are still there.

The Germany family of Garboldisham, Norfolk

A family that "pops up" in Garboldisham in 1745 when Thomas Jarmy marries Penelope Pizzy, and then rapidly expands, using the Jermany, and finally the Germany surname. Intitially the families stay around the Gasthorpe, Garboldisham, East Harling and Banham areas, but then spread further afield to West Hanningfield and Ramsden Crays in Essex, as well as Littleport, Cambridgeshire. One branch of the family later moves from Essex to South Wales.

The Germany family of West Hanningford and Ramsden Crays, Essex

Two brothers from the Garboldisham, Norfolk Germany family moved to Essex in the early 1800's. William Germany married Mary Pennock in West Hanningfield in 1834, and William's younger brother Robert married Agnes Brett there in 1841. They are both recorded as agricultural labourers. A younger son of William & Mary Germany subsequently moved to Ramsden Crays, where he worked as a horseman.

A Germany family of Lincolnshire, originating from Sprowston, Norfolk

Another family that suddenly appears in Sprowston, this time in the 1780's, with the marriage of John Jermany to Mary Chester. Their family can be followed through the parish and census records, where they are mainly recorded as agricultural labourers. Their surname is initially recorded as Jermy or Jermany, but one branch that moved to Lincolnshire around 1870 used the Germany or Germaney surname, whilst another branch that moved to Yorkshire around 1890 kept the Jermy surname.

A Germany family of Lincolnshire, originating from Mundford, Norfolk

A family that "starts" with William Germany, a bricklayer of Bridgham, marrying Ann Parker in Ickburgh, Norfolk in 1813. His son John marries Mary Pearmain in 1837 in Mundford and they subsequently move to Bishop Norton, Lincolnshire, where John worked as a gamekeeper to Sir Montague John Cholmeley. The use of Pearmain as a Christian name makes this family quite distinctive. The Germany surname is used consistently from the early 1800's to the present day.

The Germany family of Helions Bumpstead, Essex and Cambridge

George Germany, a butcher of Helions Bumpstead, married Mary Bridge in 1790. Most of their children appeared to remain in the village, but the eldest son, George moved to Cambridge, where he married Rebecca Blinkhorn and had quite an extensive family. He worked as a butler and porter at Queens College, Cambridge between 1823 and 1846, and retired as a gardener. With the death of his first wife, he apparently married a relation of hers, Frances Blinkhorn.

The Germany family of Strood, Kent

Another family that just seems to "pop up"; this time with John and Martha Germany and their family who appear in Strood in 1800. Most of their descendants appear to earn their keep as fishermen, or as watermen, and some move to nearby towns such as Cliffe, Northfleet and Upnor.


The Jeremy family of Wales

This would appear to be a classic example of a researcher finding a suitable family to attach their own ancesters to, without paying too much attention to the facts. In this case, the Jeremy family of Wales is connected to the Jermy family of Suffolk and Norfolk.

The supposed connection between the families was William Jermy, younger brother of Thomas Jermy of Metfield, Suffolk. Thomas was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Jermy and Dame Joan Styward of Kettlebaston, Suffolk. He was baptised on 7 October 1596 in Teversham, Cambridgeshire and died in December 1652 in Metfield, sin prole. The older Jermy house ceased with his death. His younger brother, William, was also baptised in Teversham - in June 1600, married Annis Wicksted in 1628 and emigrated to Lynhaven, Virginia around 1635. There is documentary evidence for him living in Lynhaven until his death in 1656, when he left a will in which he mentions his wife, but no children.

According to the Jeremy of Wales family tree, this William "Jeremy" followed Charles I into Scotland whence he returned to Wales and settled in Carmarthenshire about 1645.

Walter Bright-Barton, the author of this research (which was completed in the late 1920's or early 1930's), seems to have just taken the accepted visitation and other published information about the Jermy family of Suffolk & Norfolk, and altered the spelling of the surname from Jermy to Jeremy - and then attached his own Welsh Jeremy ancestors to a suitably named person. His hand written tree even quotes a description of Metfield as being the ancient seat of the Jeremy family, and lists possible spellings of the surname as Jeremy, Jeremys, Jeremey, Geremy, Jeremi, Geremyn, etc. The original of the description uses the Jermy surname and does not include the second "e" in any of the possible spelling variants. The earliest ancestor of the Welsh Jeremy tree is inevitably Sir John Jeremy, knight, who married Margaret, daughter of Roger de Bigot, and who was supposedly living around 1100.

I can only assume that the author had read a number of the articles in the mid 1920's about the supposed millions of pounds in chancery waiting for a descendant of Sir John Jeremy, and the subsequent article combining this story with the Stanfield Hall claims of the Jermy family; and updated his family tree accordingly.

Woman's claim to £10,000,000
Aged woman's claim to Millions
The Masked Assassin

Perusal of any records of the Jermy family of Suffolk and Norfolk from the thirteenth century to the present day will show that "Jeremy" does not feature among any of the many spelling alternatives for the surname. Unfortunately, the results of this "research" have been submitted to the IGI, and the entire Jermy family of Suffolk and Norfolk from the 12th to 18th centuries are for the most part duplicated using the Jeremy surname.

Interestingly, according to the census returns, among the many Jeremy familes of Wales there was at least one Jermy family in Carmarthenshire between 1861 and 1901 - and they were listed as being Welsh speaking.