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Thursday, 21 June 2018

The Will of Humphrey Jacka

Disentangling the various Jacka families in Cornwall.

This is the fourth Jacka Will I have examined in an attempt to clarify the various Jacka family groups in Cornwall.  The others that I have examined and discussed can be found:- 
Humphrey Jacka’s Will was written on the 27 May 1735, the inventory of which was drawn up on the 2 July 1735.  Humphrey Jacka was identified as being late of the parish of Madernne.[Madron].

Photo by Kira auf der Heide published August 25, 2017 on Unsplash Accessed March 2018
He mentions his wife, his “dearly beloved wife Bridget” and his two children in his will. A search of the parish records shows his children were born in:-
  1. Perranzabuloe (x1, his eldest child only, born 3 years before he married Bridget Richards indicate that he may have been married  before.)
  2. Sancreed (x4 all to his second wife Bridget)

Humphrey married Bridget Richards on 26 December 1699 in Sancreed, Cornwall, England.[i]  Where a baptism and a corresponding burial record has been located with parents of Humphrey and Bridget it has been assumed that these are the missing children born to the couple but who pre-deceased their father before 1735.

Humphrey’s first name appears in the records using various spelling which include the following:-
1.       Humphry (x2)
2.       Umphry (x1)
3.       Humfrey (x2)

It appears that the two children who are mentioned in the Will are the only two that outlived their father, they are:-
  1.     Mary who married Richard Chottmoll or Chetmeal in Madron
  2.     Benjamin.

Children who before their father died:-
·   Got married.
·   Died.
Humphrey Jacka’s Will.[ii] (children mentioned)
Mary Jacka
28 June 1696, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall, Mary daughter of Humphry.[iii],[iv]
Mary married Richard Chottmoll on 26 December 1727 in Madron with Penzance, Cornwall[v]
unto my  son  in  law  Richard  Chottmoll (Challinor?) &   his  sons(?) of my  only  daughter  Mary
John Jacka
“John, s of Umphry Jacka & Bridget, 5th Dec 1703”[vi]
John Jacka s. of Humph. 22 October 1718, buried Sancreed.[vii]

Honour Jacka
“Honour, d of Humphry Jacka & Brugget, 16th Feb 1706” [viii]
Hon. Jacka d. of Humph of Maddern, 8 Dec. 1728, buried Sancreed [ix]

Benjamin Jacka
9 Jun 1711, Benjamin son of Humfrey of Maddern.[x]
Benjamin married Mary Hugh, 22 June 1735 in Madron with Penzance.[xi]
unto my son Benjamin Jacka”
Bridget Jacka
10 October 1713, Madron Cornwall.[xii]
Bridget Jacka d. of Humphry 13 Apl. 1716, buried Sancreed.[xiii]

Note:- the copies of the Sancreed Parish Registers Online at FamilySearch are very difficult to read and appear to have suffered substantial water damage.

WikiTree Link for Humfrey Jacka (abt. 1674)

[i] Julianne Malcolm(transcriber). Marriage of Humphry Jacka & Bridget Richards, married 26 March 1966, citing Phillimores, Retrieved 20 June 2018, from
[ii] AP/J/1406 Will of Humphrey Jacka of Madron 1735. Cornwall Records Offfice, Turo, England
[iii] Mark Jose,(transcriber), Baptisms Database Online parish Clerks, citing Furze Transcripts, Retrieved 20 June 2018, from
[iv] Baptism of Mary Jacka, baptised 28 June 1696, Perranzabuloe Parish Regiter, Cornwall, "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," Perranzabuloe Parish Registers, Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1558-1702, Cornwall Recrods Office, Truro. Accessed 20 June 2018 (image 80 of 83) [water damaged, very difficult to read]
[v] Sue Teakle (transcriber). Marriage of Richard Chetmell and Mary Jacka, married 26 December 1727 Madron with Penzance Parish Register, citing Bishops Transcripts of Madron with Penzance Parish Registers. Page damaged.
[vi] Sancreed on-line parish clerk web site, Baptism of John Jacka, baptised 5th Dec 1703 in Sancreed. Citing: Baptisms 1700 - 1779. (2018). Retrieved 20 June 2018, from
[vii] Sancreed on-line parish clerk web site, Burial of John Jacka on 22 October 1718 in Sancreed, Citing: Burials 1700 - 1749. (2018). Retrieved 20 June 2018, from
[viii] Sancreed on-line parish clerk web site, Baptism of Honour Jacka, baptised 16 Feb 1706 in Sancreed, Cornwall.  Citing Baptisms 1700 - 1779. (2018). Retrieved 20 June 2018, from
[ix] Sancreed on-line parish clerk web site, Burial of Hon. Jacka, 8 Dec. 1728"in Sancreed, Cornwall. Citing: Burials 1700 - 1749. Retrieved 20 June 2018, from
[x] Sue Teakle(transcriber), Baptism of Benjamin Jacka, baptised 9 June 1711, Madron, citing Bishops Transcripts Madron Parish Registers
[xi] Elizabeth Smith(transcriber), Marriage of Benjamin Jacka and Mary Hugh, Madron, citing Bishops Transcripts Madron Parish Registers
[xii] FamilySearch, Baptism of Bridget Jacka, Baptised 10 October 1713 in Madron, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," citing MADRON,CORNWALL,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 0254188, 0254190-91, FamilySearch (  : 11 February 2018)
[xiii] Sancreed on-line parish clerk web site, Burial of Bridget Jacka 13 April 1716 in Sancreed, Cornwall. citing Burials 1700 - 1749. (2018). Retrieved 20 June 2018, from

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