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Joseph Jenckes

Nicknames: "Governor of Rhode Island"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Pawtucket, Providence Plantation, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Pawtucket, Providence County, Province of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Mineral Springs Cemetery, Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Jencks, Jr. and Esther Jenckes
Husband of Martha Jenks; Martha Jenckes and Alice Jenckes (Smith)
Father of Nathaniel Jenckes; Lydia Jenckes; Martha Peleg Andrews; Mary Harrington; Joseph Jencks and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Tefft (Jenckes); Sarah Brown; Nathaniel Miller Jencks, Esq.; Albert Carlisle Jenks; Nathaniel Jenckes and 13 others

Occupation: Elected Gov. of Rhode Island, Governor of RI 1727-1732, Governor
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About Joseph Jenckes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Jenckes_(governor)

He was the Royal Governor of Rhode Island. 1727 to 1732

Joseph married (1) Martha Browne .

Joseph married (2) Alice Whipple .

Joseph married (3) Alice Smith daughter of John Smith Jr and Sarah Whipple on 3 Feb 1726. Alice was born in 1665 in Providence, Providence, Ri. She died on 19 Feb 1736 in Providence,Ri. She was buried in North Burial Gro,Providence,Ri.

m1 2/16/1688 to John Dexter; Providence Providence Co RI [IGI]. s/o GRegory Dexter and Abigail Fullerton. m2 feb/3/1727 to Hon. Joseph Jenkes, Gov. of RI, s/o Joseph Jenkes and Esther Ballard. per Rae Clinesmith. see: Gen Dict of RI, p.222, 382-384.

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Joseph Jencks, the Governor, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1656 and was one of four famous brothers. He married Martha Brown, Daughter of John & Mary Holmes Brown in 1686. He was Deputy to the General Assembly at the age of 35 and served twelve years. He was Speaker of the Lower House four years; Major in the Militia 1707-1712; was of unquestionable ability as assistant governor and made Governor in 1727 for six years. Under his leadership the community grew rapidly. He succeeded in obtaining appropriations from both Connecticut and succeeded in obtaining appropriations from both Connecticut and Massachusetts for the first bridge across Pawtucket Falls in 1713.

It is said that Governor Jencks was seven feet two inches tall. After Martha died, Governor Jencks married Alice Smith Dexter in 1727, the daughter of John and Sarah Whipple Smith. Sarah Whipple was the Daughter of Capt. John Whipple. Governor Jencks died in 1740 and was buried in the Old Jencks Cemetery but removed in 1831 to the Mineral Springs Cemetery, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The inscription on his tombstone now preserved in the Rhode Island Historical Society was as follows:

"In Memory of Ye Honourable Joseph Jencks, Esq., late Governor of Ye Colony of Rhoad Island, Deceased Ye 15th Day of June A.D. 1740, in Ye 84th year of his age. He was much honored and beloved in life and lamented in death. He was a bright executive of virtue in every stage of life. He was a zealous Christian, a wise and Prudent Governor, a kind husband, and tender Father, a good neighbor, and a faithful friend. Gracious, sober, pleasant in behavior, beautiful in person, with a soul truly great, heroic and sweetly tempered.

Joseph, son of Joseph, was born in 1656, and married for his first wife Martha, daughter of John and Mary Brown, by whom he had the following children: Joseph, who died without male issue; Obadiah; Catherine, married William Turpin; Nathaniel; Martha, married John Andrews; Lydia, married Christopher Mason; John, became a doctor and died of smallpox at London, England, in 1726; Mary and Esther, married Benjamin Bucklin.

Joseph was in public office for most of the time from 1691 to 1732, and was known by the title of "Governor." He held the positions of deputy, speaker of deputies, assistant, deputy governor and governor. His second wife was Alice, daughter of John and Sarah (Whipple) Smith and widow of John Dexter. He died June 15th, 1740.

Father: Joseph JENCKES Jr. b: 1632 in Buckinghamshire,, England,,,

Mother: Esther BALLARD b: 28 OCT 1632 in Warwick, Warwickshire,, England,,,

Marriage 1 Martha BROWN

  • Note: first marriage, they had 9 children 3

Marriage 2 Alice SMITH b: ABT 1660

  • Married: 03 FEB 1727
  • Note: Alice was the widow of John Dexter 3

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Marriages: #1 Martha Brown Abt. 1692 marries #2 Alice Smith Abt. 2/03/1726

Deputy Governor of Rhode Island between 1715 and 1727 -------------------- Joseph Jenckes was Deputy Governor of Rhode Island from 1715 to 1727 then Governor from 1727-1733.

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Joseph Jenckes, Governor of Rhode Island's Timeline

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1656
Pawtucket, Providence Plantation, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
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Pawtucket, Providence, RI
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Pawtucket, Providence Co., RI
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Pawtucket, Providence, RI
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Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
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Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA