Benjamin Jackson Jenkins

Submitted by
Terry Jenkins

Benjamin Jackson Jenkins was born on 01 September 1861 near Taylor, Williamson County, Texas. He was the son of Elisha Jenkins and Martha Jane Long.

Elisha died in the Civil War in the Battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana in 1864.Benjamin and his mother continued living in Williamson County. They were enumerated in 1870 in Liberty Hill, living with John and Sarah Russell. No relationship has been proven to this family and no explanation has been determined as for their living with them.

Around 1884, Benjamin married Mollie Hammonds.The exact time and place of this marriage have not been determined. Several theories have been mentioned but no solid proof has been revealed. One theory is that they were married in Williamson County, where he grew up. Another theory is that he picked her up on the Chisholm Trail while he was herding cattle. Whatever the case, the origination of Mollie was always a family secret that her children never revealed to any of the grandchildren.

Benjamin and Mollie had ten children. Mollie died in 1911 and Benjamin lived 28 more years before dying on 06 February 1939 in Runnels County. He is buried in the Counts Cemetery in northern Runnels County.

The descendants of Benjamin and Mollie gather at Lawn, Texas every October, on the first weekend, for a family reunion. It is held at the Lawn Community Center.

Children:

  1. Zula Lometa Jenkins, b. 1885, m. (1)Joseph Vinyard, (2)Carl Marshall
  2. Ola Ometa Jenkins, b. 1887, m. Frank Johnson
  3. Samuel Brown Jenkins, b. 1890, m. Ethel Goats, buried Lakeview Cemetery, Winters
  4. Lister Towner Jenkins, b. 1892, m. Ruby Gray
  5. Eva Juanita Jenkins, b. 1894, m. John Adams, buried Counts Cemetery
  6. Clyde Royal Jenkins, b. 1898, m. Nona Porch
  7. Jessie Lloyd Jenkins, b. 1901, m. Carmen Bowlin, buried Lakeview Cemetery
  8. Vernon Gordon Jenkins, b. 1902, m. (1)Mary Garner
  9. Ada Jenkins, b. & d. 1903, buried Counts Cemetery
  10. Bertha Cordelia Jenkins, b. 1907, m. (1)Andrew Cummings, (2)Ed Fleming