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James Jenkins

Birthplace: Britton's Neck, Marion, South Carolina, SC, USA
Death: Died in Kershaw, South Carolina
Place of Burial: Quaker Cemetery, South Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Jenkins and Elizabeth Dupre Britton
Husband of Elizabeth Ann Gwyn
Father of James Gwynn Jenkins, MD; Samuel Dupree Jenkins, Sr. ; Elizabeth Asbury Jenkins; Sarah Young Jenkins; Harriet Boone Jenkins and 3 others
Brother of Samuel DuPre Jenkins; Francis Goddard Jenkins; Sarah Jenkins; Britton Jenkins; Daniel Jenkins and 1 other
Half brother of Francis Goddard

Occupation: Methodist Minister for 53 years, Rev.
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About Rev. James Jenkins


Rev. James Jenkins

  • son of: Samuel Jenkins 1729-1780 & Elizabeth DuPre Britton 1741-1806
  • birth: November 29, 1764
  • death: June 24, 1847
  • wife: Elizabeth Ann Gwynn

"James served in the American Revolution under Col. Baxter who commanded a small part of Marion's Brigade. He was admitted to the ministry of the Methodist and began serving the Cherokee district on March 10, 1792. He later spent some time in Georgia for the Church. He was appointed Presiding Elder in 1801. He married Elizabeth Ann Gwynn Feb. 10, 1805 and settled at Sawney's Creek, 10 miles from Camden."

Rev. James Jenkins James Jenkins: Obituary

James Jenkins : Memoirs

issue of February 4, 1847 "The Rev. James Jenkins, of the Methodist E. Church, departed this life in this place, on Sunday night last, at the advanced age of 83 years. He was one of the early pioneers of Methodism, in the Southern States, and has been a regular and constant Preacher of the gospel for 53 years. "




In his "Experience, Labors and Sufferings of Reverend James Jenkins", he tells us he "was born on the north side of Little Pee Dee, in the upper part of Britton's Neck". His father was a farmer and early taught his sons the art of husbandry. As a child, he had a little chruch training but experienced visions which turned his thoughts toward God. Before the year 1788, he listened to a Methodist minister who peaked his interest in the Methodist religion which encouraged his first prayer attempt. He had heard his father pray only once in his growing up years. In 1788 he moved to Britton's Ferry to live with his brother who was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The first sermon he heard in this church "moved him to tears" and cousins, the rest is history for at the age of 25 he began to preach and in time earned the names "Thundering Jimmy" and "Bawling Jenkins" because of his power-filled preaching.

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Rev. James Jenkins's Timeline

November 29, 1764
February 10, 1805
Age 40
February 10, 1805
Age 40
March 24, 1806
Age 41
Miles Camden, SC, USA
July 24, 1808
Age 43
Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States
Age 44
May 5, 1812
Age 47
March 2, 1814
Age 49
Sumter County, South Carolina, United States
Age 51
February 17, 1818
Age 53
Bishopville, Lee, South Carolina, United States