Saturday, January 23, 2010

Edward T. "Ned" Jennings

Biographical and Genealogical History 
of Appanoose and Monroe Counties, Iowa 
[Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903] 
Pages 445-446
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EDWARD T. JENNINGS
  It is not too much to say that in this commonwealth of the free and independent the man who performs faithfully the duties that fall to the lot of the American citizen is the peer of any proud and hide-bound aristocrat who ever pranced in the royal purple before the admiring gaze of serf-born foreigners; and at the end of a long life of conscientious and active effort he may well view with satisfaction and contentment the work of his hands. In this list of worthy and honored citizens we include with perfect right the name of Edward T. Jennings, who is one of the leading farmers of Appanoose county, and resides near the town of Plano.

  William Jennings, who was the father of our subject [Edward T. Jennings], was born in Covington, Kentucky, and died in Johns township, Appanoose county, in May, 1869; he married Christina Shultz, who was a native of Pennsylvania, and died in Johns township May 16, 1874. They were married in Adams county, Ohio, and there began their home life. Mr. Jennings was a gunsmith by trade and followed this calling all of his life. In July of 1854 he left Ohio and took up his residence in Johns township, Appanoose county, where he and his wife remained the balance of their lives.
  One of the children of the above parents was Edward T. Jennings, whose birth occurred in Adams county, Ohio, September 13, 1837, and his youth was passed in the varied activity of most boys reared in the first half of the last century. At the very beginning of the war of the Rebellion he enlisted in the Fifth Kansas Cavalry under Colonel H. P. Johnson, who recruited a company in Iowa. He was afterward transferred to the Sixth Kansas and saw much of the stern reality of war in Missouri, Arkansas and other western states. He was taken prisoner at Fort Smith, Arkansas, and for over a year endured confinement in the southern war prison at Tyler, Texas. He was among those who were engaged in chasing the Price raiders, and did considerable guerrilla fighting. After he was released from the prison he returned to Appanoose county. He first lived on a farm two miles south of Plano, and in 1892 removed to his present nice home just south of Plano. There he conducts his farming interests very profitably.
  Mr. Jennings was married in 1869 to Josephine Van Dorn, who was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, March 12, 1844, and died August 21, 1899; her parents removed to Appanoose county in 1856. Of the four children of Mr. and Mrs. Jennings two are still living and keep house for Mr. Jennings--Lena and Elizabeth. Mr. Jennings lives over again the scenes of the Civil war among his comrades in the Grand Army of the Republic post at Centerville. He actively supports the principles of the Republican party, and has shown his interest in education in his community by serving for twenty-five years as president of the school board.
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Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kansas
Volume I - 1861-1865 [Leavenworth, Kansas: Bulletin 
Co-Operative Printing Company, 1867, Page 410]
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Sixth Regiment Kansas Volunteers-Cavalry-Company B
  Edward T. Jennings: Date of Enlistment, 12 August 1861; Date of Muster, 12 August 1861; Remarks: Assigned to Co. M, April 8, 1865; prisoner of war, captured at Muzzard Prairie, Arkansas, July 27, 1864.
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The Battle of Massard Prairie by Dale Cox
[Bascom FL: William Cox, Publisher, 2008, Page 96]
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  Edward T. Jennings, Company B, 6th Kansas Cavalry, is identified as one of the Union soldiers captured at Massard Prairie.
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U.S. Civil War Records on Ancestry.com
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  U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles: Edward T. Jennings, Enlisted 8 Dec 1861, Rank: Private, State Served: Kansas, Was POW? Yes, Survived the War? Yes, Service Record: Enlisted in on 12 Aug 1861. Mustered out on 08 Apr 1865 at DeVall's Bluff, AR., Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kansas.
  Kansas Civil War Soldiers: Edward T. Jennings, Rank: Private, Company B, Date Enlist: 12 Aug 1861, Date Muster: 12 Aug 1861, Remarks: Assigned to Co. M, April 8, 1965; pris'r of war, capt'd at Muzzard Prairie, Ark., July 27, 1864.
  Kansas Civil War Soldiers: Edward T. Jennings, Rank: Private, Company M, Section: POW, Date Enlist: 12 Aug 1861, Date Muster: 12 Aug 1861, Remarks: Mustered out April 8, 1965, DeVall's Bluff, Ark.
  U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865: Edward T. Jennings, Side: Union, Regiment State/Origin: Kansas, Regiment Name: 6 Kansas Cavalry, Regiment Name Expanded: 6th Regiment Kansas Cavalry, Company: B, Rank Out: Private, Rank Out Expanded: Private, Film Number: M542 Roll 5.
  Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934:  Edward T. Jennings, State Filed: Iowa.

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Census Records on Ancestry.com
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--1860 U.S. Census, Johns, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll M653_311, Page 467, Image_3
--1870 U.S. Census, Johns, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll M593_375, Page 452A; Image_17 and Image_18.  
--1880 U.S. Census, Johns, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll T9_326, Page 499.3000, ED 17, Image_3.
--1885 Iowa State Census, Appanoose County, Johns Township, Roll IA1885_144, Image 23
--1895 Iowa State Census, Appanoose County, Johns Township, Roll IA1885_287, Image_9 and Image_10
--1900 U.S. Census, Johns, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll T623_416, Page 3A, ED 17, Image_5
--1905 Iowa State Census, Appanoose County, Johns Township, Roll IA-75, Image_11
--1910 U.S. Census, Johns, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll T624_390; Page 5A, ED 20, Image_1402.
--1915 Iowa State Census, Appanoose County, Johns Township, Roll IA1915_20, Image 546
--1920 U.S. Census, Johns, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll T625_477; Page 4B; ED 23; Image_328
--1925 Kansas State Census, Ford, Ford County, Roll KS1925_49, Image_4

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