Jenkinson family history

Started by Gary Jenkinson on Thursday, June 3, 2010


6/3/2010 at 1:58 PM

I want to share as much of all our family's histories as possible, to start I am adding a history of the family of George and Jane Jenkinson. I hope to add histories of Marcellas family as well and I would ask if anyone on the site who has any recollections of family history or has any elderly relatives to try and get as much informations as possible, this is only the start there will be more to come , regards Gary

My Great Grandfather Edward Jenkinson was, even though I am a Jenkinson I never really knew about the Jenkinson side of my family as there was a falling out between my Grandfather Thomas Jenkinson and his Sarah (maiden name Wallace) and I believe both sets of family's.

I have always been interested in my family history but only since my father Harry died in 2007 that I have only started doing some serious research and with the help of cousins in Australia, England Canada and the US I have compiled quite a bit mainly about the Jenkinson family.

I will tell you briefly what I know and have uncovered to start with,

My Great Great Grandfather George Jenkinson who was Edwards father was born in County Wicklow c1839, County Wicklow is just below Dublin and would have been quite a distance from County Fermanagh in those days. He married Jane Scales in Tempo Church of Ireland, County Fermanagh on the 27th of September 1867, Georges father was called Edward and a horse doctor and Janes father was a farmer called Robert Scales. Jane at the time was 18 or maybe younger being born c1849 and was classed as a "minor" so there was quite an age gap between them. I have as yet been unable to find any record of George Jenkinsons birth or his father Edward.

William born 1868 County Fermanagh died 1939
George born 1870 County Fermanagh died 1947
Jane born 1872 County Fermanagh died c1935 in USA
Emily Elizabeth born 1875 County Fermanagh died unknown
Robert born in 1877 County Fermanagh
John born 1880 died 1880 County Fermanagh, lived for 9 days
Edward born 1881 (my G Grandfather) County Monaghan died 1946
Henry (Harry) born 1884 County Cavan
Fred born 1885 County Cavan died 1932

I know George and Jane lived in Enniskillen for a time in the 1870s and then moved to Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh which is about 10 miles from Enniskillen. They then lived in Cootehill County Cavan in the mid 1880s as Henry and Fred were born there, Cootehill is about 40 miles from Enniskillen.

The family ended up in Lurgan, County Armagh sometime between 1885 and 1901, I found the 1901 census of Ireland record of Jane and four of her sons living in Lurgan, County Armagh, Janes occupation was given as a housekeeper and living with her were George, Robert, Henry and Fred.

Jane and two of her sons Robert and Harry (Henry) emigrated to Philadelphia in 1906 and 1907. Robert sailed from Liverpool on 2nd May 1906. He listed his profession as baker. He arrived on 14th May to stay with a friend called D.Moore at 2632 N. Front Street.
Jane and Brother Harry sailed in January 1907 on SS Merion, to join Robert at 929 Woodland Avenue, Camden, Philadelphia. They gave their last address as Lisburn and Jane lied about her age saying she was 49.

Another sister Jane Jenkinson Magee arrived in Philadelphia in 1926 and some of her descendants who I have been in touch with are still there. I still havent traced any descendants of Henrys family but I do know they lived on a farm in New Jersey.

I know that the first George Jenkinson, the husband of Jane died in the infirmary of the workhouse in Lisnaskea County Fermanagh in 1919, he was 80 years old and a retired baker, he and Jane must has have seperated as she went to Lurgan with her sons and he stayed and died in County Fermanagh. He is listed in the 1911 census of Ireland as living in Tempo County Fermanagh as a lodger.

My Great Grandfather Edward and two other brothers William and Fred went through the horrors of the trenches in World War One with all three being wounded and Fred dying in 1932 from the effects of gas poisoning.
Great Grandfather Edward was a tailor by trade but in 1905 he joined the army and served in India for two year. He married Margaret Mitchell just before he went to India and returned in 1907 going into the army reserve. In August 1914 at the outbreak of WW1 he was mobilised served in France being wounded twice.

Edward and Margaret had ten Children in all,

Margaret (married name Acheson)
Emma (married name Weir)
Thomas (my Grandfather)
William (Rusty)
Eileen (married name Walker)
May (married name Parton)
Eric (killed in action over Italy in WW2)

Gary Jenkinson
30th May 2010

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