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Samuel Eldridge

Note: a Samuel Eldridge, born in of Lowne's Creek, Isle of Wight, Va; died Bef. April 10, 1665. Re: Samuel Eldridge, Johnston Co. NC (?-1778) Posted by Sheila Smith on October 03, 1998 at 14:53:33: In Reply to: Samuel Eldridge, Johnston Co. NC (?-1778) posted by Darl S. Hood on September 07, 1998 at 12:13:35: I too am looking for Eldridge relations in Johnston Co. I have found a Samuel Eldridge listed on The 1790 Federal Census. Maybe he is the son of your Samuel. It listed the following information:1 male or female over 16;1 male or female under 16; 2 FWF and 6 slaves. I forgot what fwf is unless it's free white females. I just remembered I have a sheet with some Eldridge info. on it. This is a short version of this page. Samuel Eldridge came to America in 1636, he patented land on Lowne's Creek in Isle of Wight Co.,Va.---Samuel Eldridge son of the first Samuel died in 1709 leaving minor children Elizabeth, Martha, William and Samuel. William died in Northampton Co, leaving a will in which he remembered "Bro. Samuel" then in NC. He patented land in Duplin Co. and lived in Johnston Co. until 1778. His son Samuel was the only Eldridge in the state at the time of the 1790 Census. He had 3 sons, William, Young and John and perhaps several daughter. One daughter Kitsey married Moses Lee who died in prison during the Civil War. Their two children were Eldridge Lee and Johnny Lee (F) who married James F. Peacock. After Moses died, Kitsey Lee married Jeremiah Lee, no relation to Moses. They had one child, Electa Lee who married John H. Ballance. They lived in Dunn which is in Harnett Co. That was the only page on the Eldridges. There were more pages but they were Missing. I hope this has been of some help to you. Sheila Child of Samuel Eldridge is: 404 i.Samuel Eldridge, born Bef. 1636; died April 09, 1709 in < Lowne's Creek, Isle of Wight, Va>; married Hooks. "Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia 1647-1800. page 47- Listed under Will & Deed Book #2, 1666-1719 ELDRIDGE, Samuel: Leg. son William; son Samuel; daughter Elizabeth; daughter Martha; son William to my loving friend Murfrey; son Samuel to my brother-in-law William Hook; daughter Martha to Elizabeth Gayner, if she should die before said daughter is 16, to her daughter Mary Gainer. Exs., friends William Hook and Roger Tarlton, D. April 9, 1709. R. May 2, 1709. Wit: Francis Seagrave, Roger Tarlton, John Tarlton. Page 500 Re: Samuel Eldridge, Johnston Co. NC (?-1778) Posted by DeWitt on October 18, 1998 at 19:10:57: In Reply to: Re: Samuel Eldridge, Johnston Co. NC (?-1778) posted by Kathy Erickson on October 17, 1998 at 14:50:08: Marriages of Isle of Wight Co Va. 1628-1800 Nansemond Co. Samuel Eldridge and _____ Hooks, sister of William Hooks, 1709 Will of Samuel Eldridge, Johnston County North Carolina Will of Samual Eldridge, dated March 14, 1778, probated May Term 1778, Johnston County, North Carolina......... ITEM I give and bequeath lend to my well beloved wife Elizabeth Eldridge, three Negro's, one named Sharp, one named Alice, and one named Patience during her life or widowhood and after her decease to my son Samual Eldrige. Item, I give and bequeath to my son in law David Lee, one Negro man named Peter and one Negro girl named Judie. Item, I give and bequeath to my son in law Abner Ingram a Negro woman named Dice and a Negro boy named Abraham and a Negro boy named Elias and a Negro girl named Alice. Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Mildred Eldridge, a Negro man named Ned and a Negro girl named Vilet ........... I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Elizabeth Eldridge one Negro boy named Ben and one Negro girl named Rachel and the stock of cattle.............. Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Samual Eldridge one Negro boy named Buck and one named Joe and one named Isaac and one named Stephen and one Negro girl named Patience. Item, All the remaining part of my cattle, estate, plantations, lands, money, horses, cattle sheep and hogs..... Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us. Barzillai Blackman John Bryan Thomas Linch Samual Eldridge William Ward, Clerk Submitted by Susan (Susan S. Buckley)

Henry S. Jennings Sr.

Clarke Co. Ga., James Jackson Jennings' Family Bible
Contributed by Jimmie Boyett
Pages from the James Jackson Jennings family Bible.

James Jackson Jennings was born Sept 4th 1822
Jarusha Antonet (Jerusha Antionette) Jennings his wife was born July 29th 1825
Zadock Henry Jennings was born August 25th 1850
Thomas Jefferson Jennings was born June 14th 1852
Edward Hua (Hugh) Jennings was born Sept 25th 1855
Mary Nancy Jennings was born July 17th 1858 (Entry was struck through)
Nancy Rebecca Jennings was born July 17th 1858
Mary Francis Jennings was born July 27th 1860
Sarah Elizabeth Jennings was born November 25th 1862
Luticia Jennings Daughter TJ (Thomas Jefferson) Jenning & Rutha L his wife was Born Aug 16th 1876
Sarah F A Jennings Daughter of Z H (Zadock Henry and) S B Jennings his wif was Born Nov 19th 1876
Irena A Jenning was born Sept 2 1878
Jas Jennings was born Aug 15th 1878

James J Jennings and Jarusha A Conner was Married October the 21st 1849
Thomas J. Jennings and Ruth L Wise was Married December the 20th 1874
Zadock H Jennings & Sarena B Stephens was Marryed Decmbr 23d 1875

Sarah E Jennings Departed this life Sept 4th 1864

Clarke Co. Ga., Thomas Jefferson Jennings Family Bible
Contributed by Jimmie Boyett
This is a page from the family Bible of Thomas Jefferson Jennings and his wife Ruthan Louisa Wise Jennings.

Thomas J. Jennings was born June 14th 1852
Ruthie L. (Wise) Jennings was born July 3rd 1856
Lutisha Jennings was born Aug 16th 1876
Irena A Jennings was born Sept 3rd 1878
George T Jennings was born Mar 18th 1880
Ophelia E Jennings was born Mar 16th 1882
Florence M. Jennings was born Mar 4th 1886
Sarah E. Jennings was born Sept 16th 1888
Florine Jennings was born May 13 1891
Mary Louisa Jennings was born Apr 20 1893
Ruth D. Jennings was born Oct. 9, 1895.
Elma (Elmer) W. Jennings was born Sept. 8, 1901

Burial: Jennings Family Cemetery in Athens, Clarke Co., GA.

My maternal grandparents were, Henry Jennings who married Miss Nancy Landrum of Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

Grandpa was of Greene County, Georgia. Grandpa’s people came over from England and settled in Virginia. He was the son of Nelson Jennings who married Miss Henrietta Wilson (a red head).

The Jennings family was prominent in England. Their coat of Arms was a Dragon, while the Royal Coat is the Lion; the Dragon is next in standing.

One of Grandpa Nelson’s uncles in England was a bachelor who died intestate and having a great deal of property to divide among his brothers and sisters,...

My great grandfather, Nelson Jennings, and his brother,Uncle Jimmie Jennings migrated to Georgia. Uncle Jimmie’s wife was Eliza, and her niece, Cousin Mary Hardester, was quite a figure in trying to procure the fortune, but it got mixed up with Lady Curson and Royalty in England and a lot of rascality; so that is No. 1 fortune.

My Grandfather Jennings had two brothers and four sisters. Uncle Robert Jennings married Miss Eliza Starke, and they had 13 children. A great many of them died or were killed in the Civil War. Of his children: Cousin William Jennings married Miss Sue Harris of Walton County, Cousin Sara Jane Jennings married Joseph Bradberry; Cousin Jim (known as lying Jim Jennings, he could tell the yarns) married Miss Cornelia Rowe; Cousin Frances (Frank) Jennings never married, andCousin Dawson (Daws) married Miss Lula Woods.

Uncle Giles (Grandpa’s brother) married three times, and all his wives were named Polly. His last wife was the widow Starke, the mother of aunt Eliza (Uncle Robert’s wife). Uncle Roberts’ children called him Grandpa, he was also their uncle, being their father’s brother.

Grandpa Henry Jennings had 4 sisters: Aunt Cicely married William Eidson. They had many children. I remember Cousin Billie Eidson, Cousin Mary married Sherwood Wise, Salida married a Malcolm (I think) and Cousin Sara married Frank McLeroy - a Hardshell Baptist preacher. Now the Hardshells believe strongly in foreordination and predestination what is to be will be whether it is or not. Cousin Sara and Cousin Frank had several children: Cis married Billie Malcolm, Mollie married Tom Poss, Jim, who I think, married Lizzie Lester, Mattie married Hugh Poss and George married Anna Osborne.

Now as I said, Cis (Cousin Frank’s daughter) married Billie Malcolm; and Billie had an ungovernable temper and one morning (I think it was Sunday) got up cross and got angry with the calf and picked up a stick and threw it and broke it’s leg and when his wife reprimanded him he said, I couldn’t help that it was fore ordained before the foundation of the world that I should break that calf’s leg, your father said so in the pulpit....

Another sister of Grandpa Henry Jennings was Aunt Parmalia (Aunt Mealey) who married an Eidson (Uncle Joe). I remember only one of her children, Martha Ann Eidson married John Jeffries; they had two girls, Mollie and Jodie Jeffries.

Another sister of Grandpa’s was Aunt Lucinda. Once she attended church and after the service the preacher came round greeting the people, shaking hands; he approached Aunt Lucinda and said “good morning mother, your face is familiar but I can’t call your name”. Aunt Lucinda indignantly tossed her head and said “HUMPH!, old fool, I'm the mother of nothing”. (She was an old maid).

Grandpa had another sister, Aunt Poly. She married Caleb Jennings, no kin to the family that they knew (they called her “Aunt Polly Caleb” to distinguish her from Uncle Giles’ wife.) Aunt Polly Caleb had to my knowledge a daughter, Cousin Susan, who married Dave Waggoner, that is where the Waggoner kin came in.

Grandpa had a half brother Sanford Jennings who went out West and I don’t know if Aunt Polly Caleb was a whole or half sister.

...Grandpa was born about 1788 and died during the Civil War about 1864....

Grandpa secured 3000 acres of land in Clarke County, Georgia. He sold 1000 acres to his brother-in-law William Eidson and 1000 acres to his brother Robert and retained 1000 acres for himself. McNut Creek ran through Grandpa’s estate. He built a large merchant grist mill, for flour and meal both. A merchant mill is one where they grind for toll. A customer brings his grain and gives a certain amount to the miller for his pay. The miller takes his toll and sells it for his money.

Grandpa also had a tan yard where they tanned animal hides and converted them into leather. He had a brick yard to make brick, and a cotton gin. Of course all these machines were run by water from old McNut creek from the old mill pond.

Grandpa owned 40 slaves and a wonderful plantation; he was a wealthy Southern planter. The old home was surrounded by large cedar trees and black walnut trees. In front of the front gate was a horse block; it was an elevated flat stone used for a place to alight from or to mount a horse. Grandpa and Grandma raised thirteen children, four boys and nine girls, and then the youngest was 50 years of age, they were all living and a good while after. Their names were Frances, Henrietta, Sara Ann, Prudence, Matilda, Penelope, Cynthia, Nancy and Susan Mayne (the daughters) – James, Jefferson, Henry and Giles (the sons).

Uncle James married Miss Jerusha Conner; their children were Zadock, Jefferson (Jeffie) Nancy (Nannie) and Mollie and Hughie. Uncle Jefferson married Miss Elizabeth Evans; their children were Anna, Ella, John, Tom, Cora and Carleton. Uncle Henry married three times, the first Miss Janie McWhorter, then Miss Fannie Callahan, then Miss Sallie Jackson, his first wives died, no children; they had only two children Julian and Lillian (Aunt Sallie’s children). Uncle Giles married Miss Sadie Thompson. They raised 6 children; Robert Middleton, Benjamin, Walter and Willie (twins), Martha (Mattie) and Rev. Earnest. Bob was a preacher too. That was my mother’s brothers and their families.

Now the girls of the Jennings family, my mother’s sisters; Aunt Frances married William Cook; they had 7 children that I knew. Cousins William, Jimmie, Albert, Henry, David, Eveline (Evie) and Elizabeth (Lizzie). Then Uncle William Cook was killed and Aunt Frances married Jesse Matthews and they had one daughter Frances (Fannie) who married Robert Iverson. Their children were – Jessie, Julia, Lottie, Robert, Jr., Myrtle, Bertie, Frances and Fred.

Aunt Henrietta married William Daniel. They had 7 children. Jerry, Greer, Henry, Newt, Zack, Martha and Cynthia.

During the war, Aunt Henrietta, who lived up above Atlanta on a farm near Smyrna, had to refugee to Grandmother’s near Athens. She piled up all belongings she could get into a wagon along with her children and drove her cows and stock, walking all the way.

Uncle William was killed in the war.

Aunt Sara Ann married William Bolton, I can remember 8 of their children, I think this is all of them; Cousin Thomas Bolton was killed in the war, then Jackson, Bolton, Hilliard, Americus, Fannie, Cynthia, Henry and Jeff.

Aunt Prudence is next, she married John Sikes. They had 9 children I believe, 4 girls and 5 boys. Nancy married David Sims, Susie married Jack Harper, Fannie married a Milsaps, Anna married a Vincent. Aunt Prudence had 5 boys, they were Jim, Ed, Zack, John and Jeff.

Aunt Matilda married John Breedlove. They had 10 children: Fannie, Henrietta, Cynthia (Cis), Era and Josephine, Billie, Sylvanus, Harden, Richard and George.

Aunt Penelope married Thomas Epps, they had 5 children: Patrick, Sallie, Tommie, Milton and Early.

Aunt Cynthia married Josiah Butler first. They had 2 children, James Jackson and Lucy Thomas. Uncle Josiah died of fever in the army. Lucy was born after his death. Jimmie married Miss Betty Winn and Lucy married William Doolittle. After the war Aunt Cynthia married Joseph B. Langford. They had 4 children: ; Asa Marshall, Arthur, Mary (who died young) and Mattie married Owen Osborne.

Aunt Nancy married Seaborn Davenport; they had 13 children and raised 12. They were: Charles, Trudel, Stillwell, Walter, Whitfield, Weldon (Sweet), Emulous (Honey), Clifton (Sam), Jennings (Duddie), Marshall; nine boys first, then four girls, Lillie, Clara, Mary and Mattie (who died young). They are scattered over Texas, Oklahoma, etc.

Susan Mayne (my mother) who married Charles Westly Reynolds. They had one “ewe” Lamb, Mary Lee Reynolds.

In speaking of Aunt Henrietta’s boys, I nearly forgot her son Henry. When they refugeed to Grandmother’s he was small and Grandma believed in children keeping busy. One day Henry remarked, “I’ll tell you boys, the old lady can keep you busy." Another day he got tired and was hid down behind the tan yard and Grandpa called, “Henree”, Henry soliloquized, humph! Henry’s resting. When Fannie Breedlove, Aunt Matilda’s daughter, was small she delighted in spending the night with her grandmother Breedlove. In those days (I don’t know whether they’ve gone out of style entirely or not) we had “seed ticks”, a tiny insect you get in the woods, (when I was small, if you went to the woods and sat down on a dead log, you’d get full, and oh my! chiggers aren’t in it). So one night her grandma wasn’t feeling so well and put her to sleep with another of the family; which distressed Fannie. She thought up every excuse and finally said, “Grandma, seed tickie bite yo-po-Fannie, thinking her grandma couldn’t resist that.

Jennings is American; it is Jennens in England.

Uncle James Jennings’ son, Zadock, married Miss Baily Stevens (His cousin on his mother’s side). Jeffie married Miss Ruthie Wise. Ma’s brother Jefferson, as I said, had two girls. Ella married a Gordon and Cora married Sam Burns of Villa Rica, Georgia.

Uncle Joe Langford was the son of Rev. Bedford Langford who preached at Mars Hill Baptist Church many years, until his death. Uncle Joe had a twin sister Mary who married Mr. Robert Dicken and another sister Nancy, who married Mr. Alonzo Doolittle. They had several children: Lovick married Miss Josie Mauldin first and then Miss Allie Fisk. Jesse married Mollie Cook. William married Lucy Butler (Aunt Cynthias’s daughter by her first marriage). Lucy had 4 children. Vallie married James Lochlin, James married Miss Ada Martin, Henry married Miss Bell Newton, Walter married first Miss Ozelle Smith and then Miss Edna Kenny.

Now back to Miss Nancy’s family. Arthur Doolittle married Sallie Malcolm. Lola Doolittle married Joel Wise, Cousin Mary Wise’s son; she died and Joel married Henry Cobb’s widow Florine. Byron (Biny) I don’t think married; Molly married Tommie Epps (Aunt Penelope’s son). Tommie Doolittle married, but I don’t know who.

Of Aunt Prudence Sike’s children I knew Cousin Nannie Sims best. Nannie raised three children. Henry married Miss Bulah Pridgeon; Willie married Miss O’Shields, Emma Leila married Judge Rufus Burger; and Marcie died in infancy.

Aunt Penelope raised 5 children: Patrick married Emma Lester, Milton married Jody Lester first and then a Miss Huff; Sallie married Richard Bell and Early married Miss Sunie Hodges first and I don’t know who the last time.

Back in the old days people living in rural districts had family burial grounds called graveyards. Grandpa’s was not far from the homestead. Grandpa and Grandma are buried there; Uncle Jefferson’s wife (Aunt Lizzie) and several of their children are there. Cissie Daniel (Aunt Henrietta’s daughter) who died during the war and Marcie, (Nannie Sims’ baby) and many of the old slaves are buried there. I often wonder how many of the generation know the spot or visit it on the pine covered knoll. Grandpa’s grave stone is Granite, flat top; Grandma’s is white marble, cradle style. I wonder if the stones are erect or tumbled down. “There their bodies lie under the sod and dew, waiting the Judgement day.”

Don’t let me forget Susan Jennings who married Charles Wesley Reynolds. They had one child, Mary Lee Reynolds, who married William Thomas Cooper, the son of Winston Oliver and Frances Jones Cooper.

Tom and Mary had 6 children: Katie Clyde, Samuel Reynolds, Susan, Frances (who died young) Mary Thomas and Ethel Evelyn. Katie married James Absolom Brown; they had a girl and two boys, Elizabeth, George and Orren and also adopted a girl Audrey Ann. Elizabeth married Lewis Bert Reid; they have one child Rodney. George married Miss Lois Burpett; they have two children George, Jr. (Skeeter) and Sandra. Orren Burnside married Miss Estelle Riley; they have two children; Riley and Lawrence. Audrey Ann married Robert Mincie and then Al Edwards; she has three children, Patty Sue, Judy and Travis Ann. Samuel Reynolds Cooper married Miss Myrtis Amanda Jett; they have three children. Myrtie Lorena who married Paul Pittman; they have no children. Frances Evelyn married Ralph Mills; they have three children: Ronnie, Patrick and Francine. Samuel Reynolds, Jr. (Sambo) married Miss Joan Alice Howard; they have one girl Brenda Carol. Susan Cooper married Curtis Collier; they had two children, Doris Sue (who passed away in her 22nd year) and Charles Curtis Collier who married Miss Vivian (Vicky) Daines; they have two children, Karen Candace and Charles Michael.
Little Frances (who died in her 4th year)
Two little feet went pattering by years ago,
They wandered off to the sunny sky years ago.
They crept not back to the love they left
They climbed never more to the arms bereft—years ago.
Again I shall hear those two little feet, pattering by,
Their music a thousand times more sweet in the sky.
I love to think that the Father’s care
Will hold them safe till I meet them there—By and By.
Mary Thomas Cooper married Albert Nep Dunn Clayton; they have three boys, Madison Thomas who married Miss Gwendolyn (Gwen) Merritt; they have two children, Mary Elaine and William Thomas Clayton. The other two boys are Gerald Nep Clayton and Charles Richard.

Nancy Bell Landrum

1880 United States Census for Athens, Clarke, Georgia
Family History Library Film 1254140, NA Film Number T9-0140 , Page Number 354C
Name Relation Marital Gender Race Age Birth Occupation Father Mother
Giles R. JENNINGS Self M Male W 33 GA VA GA
Susan S. JENNINGS Wife M Female W 29 GA Keeping House NC GA
Nancey JENNINGS Mother W Female W 75 GA VA VA

...Henry S. Jennings was about fifteen years older than his wife Nancy Landrum. Grandma (Nancy Landrum Jennings) was born in Oglethorpe County. The Landrums were a prominent family, rather snooty; they didn’t like Grandpa much so she and Grandma eloped. They married at her brother John Landrum’s home. I don’t know too much of the Landrums. There was a Dr. Malcolm Landrum (Cousin Mark) and Cousin Columbus Landrum of Stevens, Georgia. Grandma had a sister, Aunt Sally Hay who had a daughter Florida who married Tom Osborne....