b. 1764 Ireland
d. 29 Jul 1852 OH
Bunker Hill Universalist Pioneer Cemetery
They had 10 children, listed below, including
Ruth, James, Evan, Kate, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Benjamin, Mary, William Jr., and Nancy JENKINS.
History of William and Susannah (WALKER) JENKINS
William JENKINS, 1762-1833, born in Wales. At the age of 14, he visited his uncle in Ireland and fell in love with his cousin, Susannah WALKER, born 1764. William's uncle was opposed to the marriage because of their tender ages. Susannah was 13. They eloped to America in 1777 and married at the age of 15 for William and 14 for Susannah, then settled in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. William joined the Virginia militia when only 15 years old and served throughout the Revolutionary War, his exploits reading like those of a mature man. After several years in Isle of Wight County they moved to Pittsylvania County where they remained until 1807 when they moved by oxteam to Ohio. He and his family settled in Cincinnati and bought 80 acres of land on the present site of Main Street, which he later sold. He then moved to Butler County and settled on Dry Fork. He died in Okeana at the age of 71. Susannah died at the age of 88.
Source #2: History and Biographical Cyclopaedia of Butler County, Ohio (1882)
William and Suzannah's sons William (Jr) and James JENKINS and grandson Charles SHIELDS are mentioned several times in the sections on Morgan township and Okeana in relation to stills, etc. The biography for Alexander Walker DeARMOND, in that same book, states that "William JENKINS (Jr), one of their relatives, was a soldier in the war of 1861."
"William JENKINS I born 1762, died 1833, buried at Okeana. He owned what is now the village - was the first Post Master, Justice of Peace, etc.
(Charles then listed the children, their spouses, and some comments which are incorporated below).
"The witnesses of the will of Reuben GEORGE are children of William 1st. We are descendants of William 2nd. William 1st, William 2nd, and their wives lie in the old JENKINS cemetary on the JENKINS homestead where your uncle Cary lived near Okeana School."
(the letter continues on, listing Rebecca JENKINS DeARMOND's children, plus some personal comments.)
Children of William and Suzannah (Walker) Jenkins:|
Ruth, James, Evan, Kate, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Benjamin, Mary, William Jr., and Nancy JENKINS
1. Ruth Jenkins|
married John SHIELDS
Ruth Jenkins married John Shields, a farmer and storekeeper at Okeana. (C.T. Jenkins)|
They had a son, Charles SHIELDS, mentioned in the A History and Biographical Cyclopedia of Butler County Ohio, Morgan Township section, as one owning a still below Okeana (5th paragraph under "Scopio" section).
2. James Jenkins|
|Charles T. Jenkins wrote that James Jenkins
married Nancy, a cousin. That suggests that William Sr and
Susannah may have come to America with close relatives.
Who were these cousins?|
James was a farmer north of Okeana. He was one of the Jenkins brothers who signed the 1837 will of Reuben George Sr..
Are these the James and Nancy JENKINS who were in Andrew County, MO for the 1850 census? If so, James was born in 1793 VA, and Nancy in 1795 VA. Those listed living with them were James W. b 1822 OH, Mary b 1835 OH, David b 1820 OH, Benjamin F. b 1842 OH, George W. b 1844 OH. They lived near John George of Ohio, and Mary Jenkins b 1825 VA with 2 kids, no husband.
3. Evan Jenkins|
d after 1832
m 1. Isabel HANDLEY
d 1832 (37)
m 2. Maria SHIELDS
|Evan JENKINS married twice. His first wife was Isabell HANDLEY, a daughter of James and Isabella (nee?) HANDLEY. Isabell died in 1832, aged 37, and was buried at the George Family Cemetery near Okeana, OH.|
Evan and Isabell had children:
Isabella Jenkins married Alexander Harden DeArmond (son of King and Hannah (Harden) DeARMOND). Alexander and Isabella are mentioned in the 1915 biography of their son Evan Jackson DeARMOND (b 1855) in the History of Franklin County, Indiana.
Evan's second wife was Maria SHIELDS. Their children, I think, were
* James DeARMOND (b 1846; d 1865)[The two King DeARMONDs buried at the old George Family Burial Ground in 1855 are not Evan and Isabell (or Hannah)'s King. That cemetery is on South Dwyer Road, Northwest of Okeana from Rt 126 west onto Rt 250, north on South Dwyer Road, past Bittersweet Lane.]
Evan witnessed the will of Reuben George Sr..
4. Kate Jenkins|
m Philip LYNCH
|Kate Jenkins married Philip LYNCH.|
5. Elizabeth Jenkins|
m William CLARK
6. Rebecca Jenkins|
d 6 Oct, 1834 (41)
buried at Shandon
m 1815, Thomas DeARMOND
b 6 Mar 1793
d 26 Nov, 1879 (86)
|Rebecca Jenkins married Thomas DeARMOND. Her stone in old cemetary at Shandon states she died Oct 6, 1834 aged 41 years,
leaving 7 children: |
* Thomas,After Rebecca's death, Thomas married Anna YOUMANS around 1835. (More on the DeArmond family and Thomas's siblings)
7. Benjamin Jenkins|
married Sarah JONES
|There is a 24 year old (b 1856 OH)
Benjamin Jenkins in the 1880 census for Butler County, OH. A farmer living in Okeana, his wife was Rebecca Jenkins (b 1862 OH), and they had a 1 month old unnamed son.
8. Mary Jenkins|
b 1803 Isle of Wight Co VA
d 10 Mar 1854 Butler Co OH (50)
St Charles Cemetery
married 13 Oct 1820
Wilson V (aka Wm) RAGSDALE
d 4 May 1853 Butler Co OH (60)
St Charles Cemetery
lived near Okeana OH
9. William Jenkins Jr.|
b 26 Mar 1801
d 5 Nov 1867 Wapella, DeWitt Co IL (66)
Jenkins Burial Grounds Okeana
married Martha GRANT
b 1803 Hunterdon Co NJ
d 27 Feb 1855 Butler Co OH (52)
Jenkins Burial Grounds Okeana
lived in Butler County OH
William Jenkins Jr. married Martha Grant and had children including
Gilla Elimus (b 1822 Butler Co; d 1900 New London Cemetery; m Barbery WYNN JENKINS)Abigail Jenkins George, 1870
William JENKINS Jr. is mentioned in the biography of Alexander Walker DeARMOND
Charles T. Jenkins wrote that the witnesses of the will of Reuben GEORGE Sr are children of William 1st. Charles Jenkins' family are descendants of William 2nd. William 1st, William 2nd, and their wives lie in the old JENKINS cemetary on the JENKINS homestead where Cary GEORGE lived near the Okeana School.
Charles' wife Nople JENKINS joined the DAR #387795 through William JENKINS Sr, with March 25, 1801 as William Jr's birthdate.
10. Nancy Jenkins|
married Joseph JONES
* Benjamin, 24 (b ca 1856 OH), married farmer living with his wife Rebecca, 18 (b ca 1862 OH) and unnamed son, 1 month (b 1880 OH) in Okeana, OH.
* Family of Elinnes and Barbery Jenkins, including William, Sarah, Washington, and John Jenkins.
Elinnes was a 57 year old husband farmer (b ca 1823 OH) whose parents were both born in PA.* John Jenkins, 25 (b ca 1855 OH), unmarried farm hand living in Hamilton, OH
Barbery was a 56 year old wife homemaker (b ca 1824 OH) whose parents were both born in PA.
William was a 19 year old unmarried son farm laborer (b ca 1861 OH).
Sarah was an 18 year old unmarried daughter at home (b ca 1862).
Washington was a 16 year old unmarried son farm laborer (b ca 1864).
John was a 14 year old unmarried son in school (b ca 1866).
(Per Paula Wright, Elinnes' name was actually Gilla "Elmus" Jenkins. There were several older children who had already left home, including Amelia "Millie" Jenkins, born in 1855, who married William Nugent (and were living in Butler Co in 1880). Elmus and Barbara Wynn Jenkins were both buried in the New London Cemetery in Butler Co. Cemetery records show that Elmus' father was William Jenkins, but no mother's name is given.)
* Sarah Jenkins, 33 (b ca 1847 OH), unmarried woman not related to the head of the household. Her father was born in VA; her mother born in OH.