Sunday, January 24, 2010

William Jennings, 1810-1869

Biographical and Genealogical History 
of Appanoose and Monroe Counties, Iowa 
[Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903, Page 445] 
  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.
Past and Present of Appanoose County, Iowa
Edited by L. L. Taylor
[Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913, page 405]
  William Jennings, of Kentucky, married Christina Shultz, of Pennsylvania. In the summer of 1854 they left their home in Ohio and coming to Appanoose county, settled in Johns township, two miles south of Plano.
William Jennings' Family
  William Jennings was born in 1810 in Convington, Kentucky, and died in May 1869 in Johns Township, Appanoose County, Iowa. He married in Adams County, Ohio, Christina Shultz who was born c1815 in Pennsylvania and died 16 May 1874 in Johns Township, Appanoose County, Iowa. The moved from Ohio to Johns Township in Appanoose County in July 1854.  To this union four children were born:
  [1] Edward T. Jennings was born in 1838 in Adams County, Ohio.  He married 7 October 1869 in Appanoose County, Iowa, Josephine Van Dorn who was born 12 March 1844 in Van Buren County, Iowa, daughter of Abraham S. Van Dorn and Minerva J. Vito, died 21 August 1899 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa.  Four children were born to this union: Lena Jennings (1875), Lizzie Jennings (1878), Mary Elizabeth Jennings (c1878), and Unknown Jennings. 
  [2] Edmond Jennings was born in 1838 in Adams County, Ohio. He married 17 November 1861 in Appanoose County, Iowa [Book 2, Page 98], Nancy Jennings.
  [3] Margaret Jennings was born 15 May 1843 in Adams County, Ohio; died 6 December 1901 in Appanoose County, Iowa; and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery, in Appanoose County, Iowa.  She married 3 October 1889 in Appanoose County, Iowa [Book 10, Page 148], as his third wife, James J. Mann who was born 26 June 1823, died 23 January 1892, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
  [4] Maria Jennings was born in 1856 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and died c1880 in Appanoose County, Iowa [Book 1, Page 6]


  1. I believe William Jennings was the son of William Ginnings born Feb. 2, 1762 or Feb. 22, 1763 in Culpeper Co. Virginia and Elizabeth "Betsey" West. Christina or Christiana Shultz was the daughter of William Shultz & Mary Irich of Somerset Co. PA and Adams Co. Ohio.

    1. Thanks for your contribution of this information. Bill Hawkins

  2. The correct spelling of the last name is Jennings, although it is spelled Ginnings in the Adams Co. Ohio marriage and census records.