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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, I and Elizabeth Dupre Britton
Husband of Elizabeth Ann Guyn
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; Sarah Ann Jenkins; Mary Elizabeth Owens; Britton Jenkins; Daniel Jenkins and 4 others
Half brother of Francis Goddard Jenkins

Occupation: Methodist Minister for 53 years, Rev.: preacher in Tennessee, Kentucky, and frontier Illinois, as well as his home state of South Carolina.
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About Rev. James Jenkins


Historic Markers Across South Carolina
James Jenkins (1764-1847)
  • Marker ID: DAR 31-12
  • Location: 1.5 miles SW of Bishopville on US 15
  • County: Lee
  • Coordinates: N 34° 12.154 W 080° 16.390 34.202567 -80.273167
  • Style: Free Standing **
  • Text:
  • (Front)
  • The Reverend James Jenkins served in the Methodist ministry for fifty-five years. He was born in Britton´s Neck, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Britton Jenkins. His mother was a Revolutionary War heroine. In 1805 he married Elizabeth Ann Gwyn and from 1814 to 1836 he lived near here. He died and was buried in Camden.
  • (Reverse)
  • The Reverend James Jenkins was a pioneer circuit-riding Methodist minister. He began his ministry in 1792 among the settlers and Indians of the Cherokee Circuit. In 1801 he was presiding elder of the S.C. District He organized many churches, including Bethlehem Methodist Church in Bishopville. In later years, he supervised and disciplined younger preachers.
  • Erected by Dr. Henry Woodward Chapter, S.C. Society, Daughters of the American Colonists - 1972
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  • "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."
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. "
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  • 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
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