JANNEYS/Heaths & WW2 hero

Genealogy for the Heath family's of Saffordshire and surrounding areas.

JANNEYS/Heaths & WW2 hero

Postby Denise E Johnson » Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:30 pm

Stuart Symington Janney great great great great great grandson of Thomas Janney Provincial Councillor of Pennsylvania, born Styall Cheshire and Margery Heath of Horton Staffordshire England removed to Bucks County Pennsylvania USA in 1683. Stuart Symington Janney born 1874 Maryland USA. Died 1940. Married Frances Moale Spencer.
Eldest son Stuart Symington Janney Jr. born 31st May 1907 Baltimore USA.
Obituary The New York Times 24 September 1988. Stuart Janney Jr. 81, Top Horse Breeder Dies in Accident.
One of the nations leading Horse Breeders and Owner of the late Ruffian (1972-1975) and Private Terms (1985-2010) was killed in an Auto Mobile accident. Apparently suffering a heart attack before the accident whilst driving home to Glyndon.
A member of the Jockey Club and former Chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission.
A graduate of Princeton University and The Harvard Law School, where he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review. He rode winners in the Maryland Hunt Cup Steeplechase four times.
Buried St Johns Episcopal Church Cemetery Baltimore County USA. Living descendants.

Second son Jervis Spencer Janney born 5 October 1908. Died 27 October 1973 Westminster London England. Buried Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery Owings Mills Baltimore County USA. Married Elizabeth Lowe Smith born 17 February 1909. Died 10 August 2000 Ohio USA. Buried Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum Ohio USA.
Living descendants.

Third son Lieut Richard Mott Janney born 28 May 1916 Maryland USA. Death 5 October 1943 Italy.
Richard served as a 2nd Lt., 505th Parachute Infantry,
82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army during World War 11.
He resided in Baltimore Count, Maryland prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on February 7, 1942 in Baltimore. Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as an editor and/or reported and also as single without dependents.
Richard was "killed in Action" during the war and was rewarded the Purple Heart.
Burial Saint Thomas Episcopal Chuyrch Cemetery Baltimore County.

Sources Ancestry, Find A Grave and Wikipedia
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USA Janneys descended from a Heath + a WW2 War hero

Postby Peter Dzik » Fri May 01, 2020 12:08 pm

This reply developed from accidentally throwing up Richard Janney in a search, killed in 1943. Researching I found that Denise Johnson had covered much of his story. But with enjoying history I've always liked linking persons and their families into historical events.

2Lt Richard M. Janney was part of the 82nd Airborne Division that had parachuted into Sicily in 1943, and as part of the Allied forces, liberated the island. The decision to invade the Italian mainland chose the short crossing to the wide beaches of Salerno and a few square miles of open land beyond. A huge fleet and 170,000 troops began landing early on September 9th 1943.

But waiting was the 16th Panzer Division of 17,000 men on the high hills and mountains surrounding the beaches. Very large numbers of Luftwaffe attacks badly hit landing barges and eventually damaged or sank at least 85 ships. The wide river Sele splits the beaches and stopped the Allies 20,000 vehicles from crossing to needed points. Within 36 hours three more German Panzer divisions had arrived, causing heavy casualties and forcing back certain parts of the invasion force. Withdrawal was strongly considered on the 13th, but help came from the skies. Late that night 1300 paratroopers of the 504th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne , including Richard Janney, dropped on to the beachhead to hold the hard pressed American right flank. The next night a further 2100 paratroops were dropped.
The 14th brought further Allied troop landings, supported by heavy Naval gunfire, and continuous Allied bomber and fighter plane support. With awareness of General Montgomery's Eighth army moving in from the east, the Germans, losing large numbers of tanks, slowly withdrew towards Naples. The first Allied troops entered Naples on 1st October, and it was on the 5th that Richard Janney was killed by a landmine on its outskirts. Some sort of influence brought his body home to Baltimore county, Maryland.

Now, at the 82nd Airborne HQ at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the Janney Cup was instituted in his honour. Its a test of physical endurance, mental grit and tactical knowledge. There are YouTube videos of it.

First, Richard is/was the uncle of the father of actress Allison Janney. The descendants of Quaker immigrants Thomas Janney of Cheshire, England, and his wife Margery (nee Heath) from Horton parish, Staffordshire are numerous. All of Thomas' siblings were buried in England, but a near relative also Thomas, son of a Randle had immigrated and married Magdalen ?. They had five children, of whom the three sons had children and are the source of the Maryland Janneys. Oddly there was a prosperous Janney family in Ipstones parish, very near to Whitehough, a key Quaker Staffordshire Moorlands meeting place. But the male side died out by 1678 - no known connection to the Cheshire Janneys. In several archived letters William Penn referred to the three husbands of the Horton Heath sisters as being key members of the new colony, and loved with his whole heart. VIZ. James Harrison (also steward of Pennsbury manor), Thomas Janney and William Yardley. The original Quaker marriage records of all three Heath sisters marriages are at Chester city archives, each recording they were from Horton parish, Staffordshire.

Now you all know or should do that all the data worldwide on the coronavirus pandemic is daily collated at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The funds for the university's founding was left by Quaker financier and abolitionist Johns Hopkins of Baltimore..
One of Richard's ancestors was Johns Hopkins Janney, nephew of the above philanthropist Johns Hopkins. The latter was himself one of eleven children of Hannah Janney Hopkins, born in Loudoun county, Virginia. She of course descends back to the first Janneys in Bucks County. Her ancestor Joseph Amos J. married Rebecca Biles, sister in law of Thomas Yardley of Prospect farm, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who of course was baptised at St. Michael's church in Horton parish, Staffordshire. His eldest brother's grave is still clearly there.
bye pete

Note 1. The 82nd Airborne Division is an airborne infantry division of the United States Army, specializing in parachute assault operations into denied areas with a U.S. Department of Defense requirement to "respond to crisis contingencies anywhere in the world within 18 hours".

Note 2. ] A Baltimore American journalist praised Johns Hopkins for founding three institutions: a university, a hospital and an orphan asylum, specifically for colored children, adding that Hopkins was a "man (beyond his times) who knew no race" citing his provisions for both blacks and whites in the plans for his hospital. The reporter also pointed to similarities between Benjamin Franklin's and Johns Hopkins' views on hospital care and construction, such as their shared interest in free hospitals and the availability of emergency services without prejudice.
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