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John "Long John" Jennings
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1777
Orangeburg County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1859
Orangeburg County
South Carolina, USA

John "Long John" Jennings was the eldest son of Philip Jennings Jr. (b.1749 Orangeburg District) and Isabel Baxter (ca.1757:8-21-1792) married 2-16-1773. Isabel's parents were Andrew (1732-1799) and Mary Elizabeth Baxter (1734-1794) married 1753.
John, great grandson of Gideon Jennings, one of Orangeburg's earliest settlers, was part of a long line of land owners that included being one of the largest land owners in Orangeburg County in the early 1800's.
John married at age 23 (4-9-1800) to his first cousin, Elizabeth Smith (1785-1804),daughter of Mary Jennings and her second husband Isaac Smith. In 1801 they moved to Roberts Swamp, acreage acquired by royal grants from King George II of England, and had been owned by his family for three generations. Elizabeth died in 1804 leaving John with a three year old son and a one year old baby girl. He married two years later (2-28-1807) to Mary Stroman (1789-1832), daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Tyler Stroman. Mary died at age 43 during chidbirth, leaving two daughters and seven sons. An infant son died one month later and a two year old died later. John married six months after Mary's death to a widow named Jane Cannon. They had no children together. John gave freely to his community and the church.He was instrumental in the founding of the Union Methodist Episcopal Church near Cope,SC in about 1808.It is said he was tall with brown eyes and brown hair, with an ever jocular mood, and a deep hearty laugh.He died eleven days after the death of his third wife and was buried near his three wives on the plantation in the Jennings Family Cemetery. Thus passed the patriarch of a very large part of the Jennings family in Orangeburg County. He was spared the "fall of his empire" when the Civil War began two years later, and also the burning and pillaging of his community by Sherman's troops in February 1865. 
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  Jane Cannon Jennings (1784 - 1859)*
  Elizabeth Smith Jennings (1785 - 1804)*
  Mary Stroman Jennings (1789 - 1832)*
  John Stroman Jennings (1808 - 1866)*
  Isaac Smith Jennings (1812 - 1885)*
  Henry Hilliard Jennings (1817 - 1898)*
  James Jacob Turner Jennings (1820 - 1890)*
  George Philip Jennings (1825 - 1854)*
  Rachel Elizabeth Jennings McMichael (1827 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Jennings Family Cemetery
Orangeburg County
South Carolina, USA
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Record added: Sep 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75817319
John Long John Jennings
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John Long John Jennings
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John Long John Jennings
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- Lanie
 Added: Jul. 3, 2016
John was the brother of Mary Jennings Vernon, great,great mother of my husband, Thos.O.Vernon,Jr
- Barbara Vernon
 Added: Jan. 30, 2016
John was the husband of my 4th great grand aunt
- Edward Traxler
 Added: Dec. 23, 2013
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