About Jemima Washington
First Husband named Smith Jenkins, produced one known child, a daughter . Jemima is said to be the 4x great niece of General George Washington, by several sources including Tom Yocum, author/researcher of 'The Family of William Hebb' in the archives of West Virginia Divison of Culture and History, Charleston, WV, and at the D.A.R. offices in Washington, D.C. Yocum cites his references as Library of Congress, Archive Records, Washington D.C., Maryland Historical Society & Enoch ? Library, Baltimore MD, Reference books on
Washington Families in America.
Yocum also writes of Fannie Smith Hebb b 1788 m 1808 Joseph Biggs recorded in the Monongahalia county marriages book page 146. "...is probably the dau of Smith Jenkins who was the first husband of Jemima Washington. Wm Hebb is listed on her marriage bond as her father but she was born 1788 and Wm and Jemima were married between 1791 and 1795 and their first child was Thomas F born 1795. Since Wm raised her she probly (sic) went by the name of Hebb." 'Information from Helen Repair Cox' lists several sources including Rev War Claim # 558022
Another researcher, Mrs James Morris, references the Revolutionary War record of William Hebb, located in the National Archives in Washington D.C. and she states that "his wife was the former Jemima Washington Jenkins."
D.A.R. Number 719527, endorsed by DAR # 0288493 and #0653752 lists the ancestral line of #719527 beginning with Thomas Hebb, son of William Hebb (b 1757 England) and Jemima Washington Jenkins (b 1758, Westmoreland Co.) married ca. 1791-1795. Hebb is listed as "her second husband). This document also states that 'Smith Jenkins' was Jemima's first husband. One source cited for this document is the 'History of Preston Co, WV' by Morton, Vol. 1-pp 360,439, and 484 plus additional references too numerous to list (available upon request).
The questions concerning the accuracy of this genealogical line is brought up by a researcher who has found no evidence of a dissolution of marriage between Jemima Washington Jenkins and Smith Jenkins. This same source cites documentation (i believe it is the will of Smith Jenkins) wherein he makes reference to his wife Jemima, and this would strongly suggest Smith Jenkins and Jemima Washington remained married until Jenkins' death which is of an advanced age.
This researcher has suggested that there may be two Jemima Washingtons' one of whom was related to General George Washington and married to Smith Jenkins, and another Jemima Washington who was married to William Hebb and is likely unrelated to General Washington.
Although there is a plethora of sources connecting William Hebb and Jemima Washington Jenkins, recorded as having been previously married to Smith Jenkins, and is the mother of one daughter with her "first husband" Smith Jenkins, and further states this Jemima Washington is a great niece of General Geo Washington, the relationship needs to be resolved with documentation before this lineage can be embraced.
The source who presented this issue to me, has been unable to find any documentation proving that William Hebb's wife was the same person who was previously married to Jenkins, and has also been unable to locate any documentation confirming a dissolution of marriage for Jemima and Smith. To lend further credence to this doubt it should be noted that the marriage of Wm Hebb and Jemima Washington Jenkins, listed "circa 1791-1795", presumably because a marriage document has not been discovered. the latest date for this marriage to have occurred is perhaps estimated to conform with the birth of Wm and Jemima's first born child, Thomas, who arrived in 1795.
The best documentation of any relationship between William Hebb and Jemima Washington, may be in Hebb's military record which records Hebb "enlisted as a private in Westmoreland Co, March 17, 1777 in the Third Reg of Light Dragoons which formed the life guards of General George Washington...was in the Battle of Georgetown and Brandywine. He was Honorably Discharged by Liet. Col William Washington at Bacon Bridge, S.C., March 19, 1780."
-Virginia Revolutionary Pensions (Charleston WV p336) lists William Hebb #17851-538022...unlegible...(pension) certificate issued July 3, 1820 #17851.
"William Hebb--Private Militia, Third Regt. Light Dragoons, Pensioner Pension S 38022."
That Wm Hebb was possibly in the position to encounter Jemima Washington, great niece of George, may be difficult to dispute, however, the possiblity of such a meeting certainly does not constitute proof of marriage.
If anyone has any knowledge or documentation of this Hebb-Washington-Jenkins genealogical headache please contribute to this site. Your contributions would be very helpful and greatly appreciated.
-------------------- In the will of her father she is listed as Jemima Jenkins.
•Name: William HEBB
•Birth: 1757 in England
•Death: 1833 in Preston County, VA (now WV)
•Burial: 1833 Wolf Creek near Edom / Cool Springs, Preston County, WV
•Reference Number: 7274
HEBB FAMILY HISTORY BY TOM YOKUM:
William Hebb was born in England in 1757 and died near Rowlesburg, VA (WV) in 1831. Sometime between 1791 and 1795, he married Jemima Washington who was born near Fredericksburg on July 28, 1767. She was first married to Smith Jenkins. Jemima was the daughter of Thomas Washington and was the neice of President George Washington (four times removed). William Hebb came to this land as a soldier in the British Army and deserted to join the Continental Army. He enlisted for three years beginning March 17, 1777. His Regiment was the 3rd Virginia Dragoons under Captain John Thorn, Lt. John Bayless, and Col. William Washington of Westmoreland County, VA. This unit was the life guard of General George Washington.
On August 24, 1777 the regiment marched through Philadelphia on the way to the Battle of Brandywine Creek. After that defeat they fought at Germantown and Valley Forge. That autumn they were ordered to Tapan, NY and were surprised, Most of the regiment was killed. The rest were sent south to the Carolinas. William Hebb was discharged at Bacon Bridge, SC on March 18, 1780 by Col. William Washington. He returned to western Virginia and spent some time recuperating from his wounds. Later on he volunteered his service to the army to fight at the Battle of Yorktown. In 1790 he and Jemima returned to western Virginia and settled on the west bank of the Cheat River about two miles above Wolf Creek, now Preston County, WV.
William had been wounded three times and applied for a pension in 1808 and it was granted July 3 1820 for eight dollars a month. He was then age 62. His service numbers were 17851 and 38022 (National Archives, Washington, D.C.).
William and Jemima Washington Hebb are laid to rest on the original Hebb farm about five miles below Rowlesburg, WV on Wolf Creek near Cool Springs.
Also see: History of Tucker County by Fansler, pg 415, pg. 168.
WILLIAM HEBB, REVOLUTIONARY WAR FILE #38022:
Name of Wife: Jemima
From DAR Records, Washington, D.C.
Hebb enlisted in Westmoreland County, VA March 1777 and served in Captain Thomas's 3rd Regiment of Light Dragoons (the life guard of General George Washington). He was discharged March 19, 1780 near Baton Bridge about 20 miles from Charleston, SC. His discharge was signed by Col. William Washington. He was in the battles of Germantown and Brandywine. He was allowed a pension on his application of Nov. 2, 1818 while living in Preston County, VA (WV) age 61 years.
In 1820 he referred to his wife as being 63 years. Her name was not stated in the application. He referred to his sons as Robert, age 20, and Ruben, age18. In papers he presented in Preston County, VA Open Court August 5, 1820, he presented his age as 62. He states that he is a resident of the county and citezen of the U.S. as of the 18th of March 1818. He stated that his original declaration was made 11/2/1818 On Certificate #17581. He gives the following schedule: 2 horses, 12 head of cattle, 3 sheep, 2 sows with 8 pigs, 2 goats, household furniture, and farm implements are worth $20. I am in debt $110. I am by occupation a laborer. My age renders me incapable of hard work.
ARTICLE: "THE OLD RIDGERUNNER"
"We are sometimes surrounded bybits of history that even those concerned do not realize. A few weeks ago I was chatting with Mrs. Frances Ferguson about some people in the country and where most of their ancestors came from. Frances, of course, is an authority on this sort of thing, having made genealogy her lifetime hobby. She really does a good job and can come up with something relating to about anyone in the area. She was telling me about one name she came across in her studies and it led to an interesting story - one I think many people in the area would be interested to hear."
"Billy was born in England in 1757. As with many of his descendants, he liked to see what was on the other side of the hill. He enlisted in the British Army at an early age and soon found himself in the colonies. We do not know whether he was discharged from the army here, but we know that he joined the Continental Army under George Washington and rode in General Washington's life guard. He was an excellent horseman and was in the cavalry at the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina. He had been wounded and Col. William Washington's horse had been shot. Col. Washington took Billy's horse and was riding it when he cut the fingers off the British General's hand."
"Billy was wounded three times during the war. He was honorably discharged in South Carolina by Col. Washington at the end of the war. When Billy was 60 years old he applied for a pension. When asked if he could prove if he had been wounded in the war, he pulled off his shirt and showed three musket ball holes through his body. He received a pension of $8 a month.!!!"
After the war Billy settled in Westmoreland County, VA. There he met and fell in love with a young widow who was his own age. The young widow returned his love and so he and Jemima were married. Jemima was from one of the old aristocratic families of VA, but she was adamantly against slavery. She freed all of her slaves in her possession and she and Billly decided to go to the new frontier beyond the Blueridge Mountains. They settled in an area called Seven Islands on Cheat River. They then settled down to a frontier life and started rearing their family. Five children were born to them, four boys and one girl - Thomas, Robert, Ruben, John, and Nancy.The children grew up and settled in the area becoming farmers, woodsmen, and one school teacher."
"Billy and Jemima are buried at the mouth of Wolf Creek where it empties into Cheat River near where US Route 50 comes over the mountain near the river."
"By the way, the name of the young soldier was William Hebb and his wife was Jemima Washington Jenkins. Before her first marriage her name was Jemima Washington, daughter of Thomas Washington and neice of General George Washington. So if any of you "ridge runners" can trace your ancestry back to William and Jemima, you can claim George Washingon as your great uncle and his brother and neice as your great grandfather and grandmother."
At a court continued + held for the county of Preston. August Term 1820.
On this 15th day of August 1820 personally appeared in open court being a court of Record according to the laws of Virginia for the said county of Preston, William Hebb, aged 62 years, Resident in said County who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revoluntionary war as follows
Enlisted on the 17th day of March 1777 in the 3rd Regt. of light Dragoons, Capt. John Thorns Company Virginia line Col. Baylors Regiments. the date of his original declaration was Nov 2nd 1818 pension certificate Nov. 17581 and I do solomly sware [solemnly swear] that I was a Resident citizen of the United States on the 18 day of March 1818. That I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of congress entitled an act to provide for certain pensions engaged in the land + naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary war passed on the 18th day of March 1818 + that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due to me nor have I any Income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed + by me subscribed.
Schedule. I own two horses, 12 head of cattle, 3 sheep, 2 sows with 8 pigs, 2 choats, my household furniture + farming implements are worth about $20. I am in debt about $110.
William [his X mark] Hebb
I am by occupation a laborer my age renders me incapable of hard work have in family four viz: _____ my wife age 63 years, my son Robert aged 20 years + my son Reuben aged 18 years.
I Charles Byrne Clerk of the County Court of Preston do hereby certify that the foregoing oath and the schedule thereto annexed are truly copied from the record of the said court and I do further certify that it is the opinion of the said court that the total amount in value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is one hundred + thirty nine dollars, In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my own private seal there being no seal of office. [Chalres Byrne with hand-drawn seal]
Marriage 1 Jemima WASHINGTON b: 28 JUL 1767 in King George, VA
•Married: ABT 1796
1. Thomas F. HEBB b: 1795 in Westmoreland County, VA
2. John HEBB b: 1797 in Westmoreland County, VA
3. Robert Casper HEBB b: OCT 1799 in VA
4. Reuben HEBB b: 29 NOV 1801
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Jemima Washington Hebb's Timeline
July 28, 1767
King George, VA, USA
Westmoreland, VA, USA
Preston, West Virginia, United States
November 29, 1801