Zachariah Jenkins

East Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA

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Zachariah Jenkins

Also Known As: "Zechariah"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Death: January 10, 1722 (70)
North Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of John Jenkins and Susanna Jenkins
Husband of Abiah Jenkins
Father of Mary Reynolds; Hannah Reynolds; Abiah Kingsley; Susanna Gifford; John Jenkins and 8 others
Brother of Elizabeth Jenkins; Job Cooke Jenkins and Thomas Jenkins

Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Zachariah Jenkins

Zechariah Jenkins

  • Birth: 7 July 1651 - Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
  • Death: 1 Jan 1722 - North Kingston, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Parents: John Jenkins, Susanna Cooke
  • Wife: Abiah Allen

12 children:

  1. Mary. F. Born: 5 Jan. 1689, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Died: abt. 1722. Married: Henry Reynolds.
  2. Hannah. F. Born: 9 Oct. 1691, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Died: 3 Dec. 1764, N. Kingstown, Washington, RI.  Married James Reynolds.
  3. Abiah. F.  Born: 14 Jul. 1693, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Died: aft. 1757, at or near E. Greenwich, RI.  Married: John Kingsley
  4. Susanna. F. Born: 28 May 1695, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Died: aft. 1722 Married: Simeon Gifford
  5.  John.  M.  Born: 5 Apr. 1697, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Died: Mar. 1742, E. Greenwich, Kent, RI.  Married: Lydia Gardiner
  6.   Job Cook. M. Born: 5 Jun. 1699, Sandwich, Barnstable, MAvDied: 25 Feb. 1757, E. Greenwich, Kent, RI Married 1) Content Bull 2) Prudence Ealey
  7.  Jedediah.  M. Born: 2 Apr. 1701, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Died: aft. 1775, in or near E. Greenwich, RI Married: Hannah Long
  8.  Dinah.  F. Born: 17 May 1703, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Died: at or near E. Greenwich, RI. Married: Henry Whitford
  9.  Zephaniah. M. Born: 10 Dec. 1704, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Died: 1756/57, W. Greenwich, Kent, RI.  Married 1) Hanna 2) Mercy
  10.  Abigail.  F. Born: Oct. 1706/07, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Died: aft. 1722, E. Greenwich, RI  Married: Othniel Tripp.
  11. Elizabeth. F. Born: 30 Apr. 1709, E. Greenwich, Kent, RI  Married: John Thurston
  12. Rebecca. F. Born: 18 Nov. 1711, E. Greenwich, Kent, RI.  Married: John Reynolds, 1729, N. Kingston, Washington, RI



A John Jenkins appears to have been a resident in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1644 and probably earlier. In 1648, when he was about 23 years old, he moved south down the coast to Sandwich.

Sandwich is located where the arm of Cape Cod joins Massachusetts. He married Susanna Cooke. John was born in about 1625 and died in 1684, but, his estate remained unsettled until April 2, 1708. The estate was valued at 116 pounds. It’s difficult to translate this amount into current values, but it is safe to say that 116 pounds would be equivalent to a comfortable amount in modern terms. The real estate was assigned to his son Zachariah, who paid 46 pounds to heirs of his brother Job, who had died, and 52 pounds to his spinster sister Elizabeth.

Zachariah was born in Sandwich in the 7th month of 1651. This is a Quaker manner of referring to dates. As a point of their religious belief, Quakers rejected the use of conventional names of the months and names of the days of the week. On December 11, 1686, he married Abiah Allen.

After their tenth child, Abigail, was born, Zachariah, age 57, and Abiah, age 41, moved the family from Sandwich to Greenwich, Rhode Island.

  When a Quaker moved from one location to another, it was necessary for them to obtain a certificate from their Quaker organization that certified that they had left in good graces. Quakers are not organized in quite the same way as other churches. Their main meeting is called the Monthly Meeting and is where Quaker business is recorded. The Quaker belief holds that the individual is supreme, answerable first to God, before Country, governments or any other social system. In order to avoid coming into conflict with these systems, Quakers often made it a point to avoid being recorded in the public records whenever possible. This often makes it difficult to locate a Quaker ancestor in the usual civil records. The Monthly Meeting Records often are the only place to find proof of the existence of a Quaker ancestor.

And so it is that Zachariah appears in the records of the Greenwich Monthly Meeting held the 16th day of the 6th month of 1708. The record reads:

“Zachariah Jenkins, with family, settling among us, hath produced a certificate from the meeting he did belong to, and is admitted a member of this meeting.”


Zachariah and Abiah had two more children in East Greenwich where they had settled. The last one, Rebecca, was born in 1711. Less than three months later on the 10th of the second month in 1712, Abiah died.


  • Re: NCWILKES John Francis Reynolds, Sr. / Sarah 2 May 2012. "This Sarah Rebecca Jenkins was the daughter of Zachariah Jenkins and Rebeckah A. Allen. John and Sarah's daughter Sarah Jane Reynolds was my 5-G Grandmother who married Joseph (Pourter) Porter. I have included four generations of this line. Descendants of Zachariah Jenkins .... "


  1. Abstracts of North Kingstown Wills, in Alden G. Beaman. Rhode Island Genealogical Register. (The Rhode Island Genealogical Research Institute), 53, July 1984. "Will proved 10 [burn] 1722. Sons: John eldest, Jedidiah <21, [burn] < 21, and Zephaniah. Daughters: Mary Rennel, name lost, Abiah Jenkins, Susannah [no surname], Dinah [no surname], Abigail [no surname], name lost, and Rebecca Jenkins."


  1. The Narragansett Historical Register, Volume 5. By James N. Arnold. Page 152. "Sandwich, Mass. John Jenkins and Susanna, his wife, had children: Elizabeth, Zachariah, Job Cooke, Thomas ..."
  2. The Narragansett Historical Register, Volume 5. By James N. Arnold. Page 153.
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Zachariah Jenkins's Timeline

July 7, 1651
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
January 5, 1689
Age 37
Sandwich, Barnstable County, MA, USA
October 9, 1691
Age 40
Sandwich, Barnstable County, MA, USA
July 14, 1693
Age 42
Sandwich, Barnstable , Massachusetts
May 28, 1695
Age 43
Sandwich, Barnstable , Massachusetts
April 5, 1697
Age 45
Sandwich, Barnstable , Massachusetts
June 5, 1699
Age 47
Sandwich, Barnstable , Massachusetts
April 2, 1701
Age 49
Sandwich, Barnstable , Massachusetts
May 17, 1703
Age 51
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts