Jennie was daughter of Samuel George Shannon and Asenath Gordon. Her parents died when she was young and she was living with her sister Sarah Ketchum's family in Jefferson Co. IL in 1880. They moved to St. Louis, MO by 29 Jun 1882 when Jennie married Adam Lennert. By 1900 Jennie and Adam were in Pratt Co. KS. They had one daughter Eva who married Earl Frost.