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SARRETT/SARRATT/SURRATT Families of America (SFA)©
Archibald JENKINS, c1781-1825


Sixth Generation!
Archibald JENKINS; [SFA-FG 1107]
(2nd s/o Zadock,1 JENKINS & Mother: Priscilla Unknown)
(1Gs/o Enoch,2 JENKINS & Anna LANHAM)
(2Gs/o Daniel,2 JRNKINS & Ruth PEARCE)
(3Gs/o Enoch,1 JENKINS & Ann CLARVO)
(4Gs/o Daniel,1 JENKINS & Elizabeth Unknown)
b. c1781, Unknown Co. (to me)
d. 1825 a44y, Prince George's Co., MD
Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown, (to me)
At a40?) he married on: 04-Jan-1821 in Prince George's Co., MD. to 
26 year old Miss Elizabeth Ann WEBESTER;
(d/o James Gibbs, Sr. & Sarah (Unknown) WEBESTER)
b. c1795, Unknown Co. (to me)
d. 08-Jun-1878   a83y, Prince George's Co., MD
Buried: at St. Ignatius Catholic, Cemetery, Oxon Hill, MD  
They had at least 3 Children born to this Union: [prsFG 1107]
  +1. 1st Son: John Z.,  *1822-1896 a73y m. *1843 Mary D. RIDGEWAY, 2Ch.
  +2. 1st Dau: Mary E.,  *1823-1865 a42y m. *1840 John H. SURRATT, Sr. 3Ch.
   3. 2nd Son: James A., c1825-1903 a78y  Not Traced!
   *Confirmed Dates!
   +More Information!

For Continuation see (SFA) GEDCOM:ID: I139 Archibald JENKINS
  CONFEDERATE COURIER From: [REF:#2, Pg11]
This JENKINS Family of MD. had preceded the SURRATT'S in the Colonies by nearly a 100 years, and within 2 generations their name dotted the Deed and Will books of the 4 counties that make up the narrow peninsula of Maryland, Southeast of the District of Columba. [D.C.] Various JENKINS scions served in the Revolutionary War and 2 years after its end Francis JENKINS, Planter of Prince George's County, died leaving lands to a Thomas JENKINS. In 1790 when the District of Columbia had been cut from lands ceded by Maryland to the new Federal Government, the main street to the Capital City (Wasgington) had been laid from the door of the President's House to JENKINS' HILL, once the property of the said Thomas JENKINS. There the seat of Government had been established and the site became "CAPITOL HILL"
     Mary Elizabeth Surratt was born Mary Elizabeth JENKINS. The Prince George's County marriage records show that her father and mother were married on January 4, 1821. Her father was Archibald JENKINS, then in his 40s, a farmer and minor county official who had connections with the powerful Calvert family. [REF:#10 & 11]
Possible Record Problem!
In [REF:#2] Mary E. is listed as Mary Eugenia JENKINS, not "Elizabeth" ..prs

     Archibald JENKINS's father was Zadoc[k] JENKINS, who died December 18, 1811. He was a tenant farmer on a portion of the 7,000 acre Calvert property known as "His Lordship's Kindness," then owned by Edward H. Calvert. [REF:#10 & 11]

     When [Zadock] JENKINS estate was being settled in 1812, Edward H. Calvert swore that Zadoc JENKINS still owed him rent for two years--6,000 pounds of tobacco. Son Archibald JENKINS continued to have dealings with Edward H. Calvert and, from bits and pieces, he probably stayed on the same Calvert land farmed by his father, Zadock. Ultimately the JENKINS family purchased some of this land. Today, most of this JENKINS land would be within the boundaries of Andrews Air Force Base, on the Clinton side, just off Old Alexandria Ferry Road.
Mrs. Mary E. (Jenkins) Surratt's mother was Elizabeth Ann Webster, 26 years of age at the time she married Archibald JENKINS. Her father was James Gibbs Webster, at one time an overseer for Edward H. Calvert. [REF:#10 & 11]

     The first child of the JENKINS-Webster marriage was John Zadoc JENKINS, named for his grandfather JENKINS. He was born February 2, 1822, as shown on his stone in Mt.Olivet Cemetery in Washington. The second child was Mary Elizabeth JENKINS. A family record shows that she was born in 1823, but the month and day are not given and are not known. From a variety of sources, it has been concluded that she was born in May or June of 1823. The third child was James Archibald JENKINS, born in 1825. [REF:#10 & 11]

     Then tragedy struck. The father, Archibald JENKINS, died in the fall of 1825, according to the papers relating to the administration of his estate. Little Mary Elizabeth JENKINS, just over two years of age at the time, probably did not remember her father. The widow was not one of those helpless women who could not cope. A picture of her indicates that she was highly competent. She conserved her husband's estate, which included eleven slaves and more in dispute, bought land and managed well. Mrs. Elizabeth A. (Webester) JENKINS outlived her daughter [Mrs. Mary E. (Jenkins) SURRATT by almost thirteen years, dying on June 8, 1878, aged 84. She is buried in a well-marked grave in the little cemetery at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Brinkley Road in Oxon Hill. [REF:#10 & 11]

Archibald JENKINS was undoubtedly a Protestant, although no church record for him has been found. Mrs. Elizabeth Ann (Webster) JENKINS was Episcopalian, as shown by records in St. John's Parish. Her father, James Gibbs Webster, was baptized at the Broad Creek Church on April 17, 1768. John Z. JENKINS, the first child of the JENKINS-Webster marriage, was married  in the same St. John's Parish to Mary D. Ridgeway on April 13, 1843, as shown by the church records.  
James Archibald JENKINS, the third child of the JENKINS-Webster marriage, remained Protestant all of is life (if he had a religious preference). He died around September 1, 1903, almost illiterate, a dissolute old man with a common-law wife. He is buried in an unmarked grave in back of Bell's Methodist Church in Camp Springs, Maryland. He was not a model citizen. [REF:#10 & 11]

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Created: Dec. 01, 1996; Feb 05, 2002