Jacob Reece Jenkins & Mollie Ida Jordan
Family Photos Vol. I
These photos are from my collection of Holdridge - Jenkins family photos. Many of these photos were originally in the possession of my grandmother Gladys Jenkins Holdridge, and my aunt gave them to me. Gladys Jenkins, daughter of Jacob Reece Jenkins and Mollie Ida Jordan, married James Marvin Holdridge. Jacob and Mollie had twelve children, Edgar Reece, Effie Viola, Thomas Homer, Carl Mercer, Willie Boyd, Clyde Denton, Franklin Clarence, Earl Haddon, Roy Dudley, Grace Claire, Nina Ruth, and Gladys Lois, the youngest.
The first image is a copy of a photo that was in the possession of Grace (Jenkins) Hulsey, sister of Gladys Jenkins Holdridge. The back of the original is imprinted: J.A. Arvin, photographer, Mexia, Texas. We think this photo is possibly a wedding photo, of Jacob Reece Jenkins and Mollie Ida (Jordan) Jenkins. The style of the woman's dress is from the early 1880's, and Jacob and Mollie married in 1882, in Cotton Gin, Freestone Co., Texas, only 8.5 miles from Mexia.
The second photo was also in the possession of Grace Jenkins Hulsey. Grace and Gladys could not identify the two young girls. The photo was made in Greenville, SC, by J.C. Fitzgerald, who was known to work there ca. 1887-1889. Jacob Reece Jenkins, father of Grace and Gladys Jenkins, came from Greenville County, SC. His sister Rebecca Alethea Jenkins married Thomas Butler Rice and moved to Texas in 1873. Jacob lived with them in Texas for six years. Their sister Mary Matilda Jenkins married Richard Rector Rice, Thomas's brother, but remained in South Carolina. The girls in the photo could be the two sisters, but the date that the Thomas Rice family moved to Texas is much earlier than the known dates that Fitzgerald worked in Greenville. Jacob's daughter, Gladys Jenkins Holdridge, named her first son James Rector.
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Nina Ruth Jenkins
b. April 21, 1902
Goldthwaite, Mills Co., TX
James Holdridge, cousins Juanita & Virginia Hulsey, and turkeys, ca. 1933-1935