I posted this message on the Tenney forum and am now posting it here because I know the spellings were sometimes intermingled (as you see in one note below).
Looking for information - especially children - of William Tenney b. abt. 1785 in SC. He is in Marshall Co., MS in 1850 in the household of John Wiseman (birth date and place based on this census record). We THINK he may be the father of John Wiseman's wife Nancy. John and Nancy Wiseman were supposed to be married in AL, abt. 1830; both are from Newbury Co., SC. Their first child is b. in AL (according to 1850 census) in 1831-2, but John is in Oktibbeha Co., MS by 1833 when the county is formed; he is tax assessor there.
In Jackson Co., AL I find Griffith Tenney (also Tinny and also with an F sometimes in transcriptions) with land grants in 1830, 1833(2), 1836, and 1852. William has a land grant in 1836 in Jackson Co.
Griffith is in the 1830, 1840 and 1850 censuses in Jackson Co., AL: in the 1840 census, he has one male in the household age 50-60 which could be William; that male is NOT in the 1850 census (because he is in the John Wiseman household in MS?).
There is a probate record in Jackson Co., AL for the estate of Griffith Tinney dec'd; Samuel Vaughn is administrator. Commissioners are to sell land - date is 4 JAN 1867.
There is a Richard Tinny age 20/30 in 1840 census in Shelby Co., AL; he is also in the 1850 census there. There is a Wiseman presence in Shelby Co. where John Wiseman dies in 1827 and his wife Jane remains until probably about 1837 when John's land is sold by the Orphans Court (probate court). Jane is buried in Ebeneezer Cemetery in Tippah Co., MS where most of her children and some grandchildren are also buried. John is brother of Hugh Wiseman, father of my John Wiseman.
I THINK - but have NO PROOF - that William is progenitor of a group of Tenney's including a son Griffith and daughter Nancy (who married my John Wiseman). That Griffith may be father of Richard in Shelby Co. Griffith definitely is father of Elijah (who marries Elizabeth Silvey in Jackson Co., AL in 1851) and also of Martha, Susan, Andrew, Sarah, and John, in his own household, and another son Asa(?) (looks like Isva in the 1850 census) who is in his own household. There is also probably another son who is dead by 1850 as there is a Nancy M. Tenny age 35 who was b. in TN and has children William, Griffith, and Mary in her household in Jackson Co in 1850.
I have lots of speculation here. Does anyone have any information on this family that would help me document what I have?