South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||May 8, 1859|
Garrett Jennings, believed to be the oldest son of James and Polly Jennings, was born in South Carolina about 1778. It is assumed that he married in South Carolina and brought his young bride, Letta with him to Kentucky, when his father, James migrated there soon after 1800. From the 1850 Federal Census of Tuscaloosa County, AL, Letta's age is listed as 69, making her born about 1781 in the state of Virginia.
We do not know exactly when Garrett removed to Alabama. He was on the 1810 Caldwell County, Kentucky Census with one boy and two girls under 10 years of age. What brought them to Tuscaloosa County, Alabama is uncertain, but it could have been that public lands were made available to settlers through the Old Tuskaloosa Land Office. These offices were set up by the Federal Government as land acquired by the Indian Treaties.
The first date found in regards to Garrett Jennings in Alabama is in Deed Book E, page 308, February 5, 1827. There is a deed made by Garrett Jennings and wife, Lettice Jennings to Prior Nabors for eighty acres of land on December 29, 1830.In deed book R, page 36, Garrett Jennings made a deed to Hope H Hargrove on November 37, 1837. Letty Jennings relinquished dower rights the same day.
On the 1840 Federal Census of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, Garrett had one stay still at home between the age of fifteen and twenty. He was listed as being between fifty and sixty years old with six slaves. On the 1850 Census, Dist #2, he was seventy-two years old, born in South Carolina. He lived in the eastern part of Tuscaloosa County. He and wife Letty were Charter Members of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, located on Hargrove Road. This Church is still active today. A cemetery located there with the Church is where Garrett and Letty are laid to rest. He died May 8, 1859. She died before 1860.
They were the parents of eight known children. I am listing them, not necessarily in birth order:
1. Caleb born 1805
2. Balous born 1817
3. Mary born 1808 who married Jolly Neighbors on 19 Dec 1829 in Tuscalooso County, P672 Marriages 1823-1860
4. Joshua born 1807
5. James born 1815 who married Pernecia Mitchell 8 Dec 1833
6. Reuben born 1818
7. John J born 1824 who married Mary Madison b1825. On the 1860 Tuscaloosa County Census he was a farmer, they were the parents of 7 children,
8. Elizabeth b 1819
James A Jennings (1755 - 1834)
Polly Jennings (1761 - 1835)
Lettice Harrell Jennings (1781 - 1859)*
Caleb Jennings (1805 - 1875)*
Joshua Jennings (1811 - 1880)*
James Jennings (1815 - 1864)*
Balous Jennings (1816 - 1870)*
Reuben Jennings (1817 - 1878)*
Elizabeth Jennings Moore (1819 - 1896)*
Garrett Jennings (1778 - 1859)
Elizabeth Jennings Bush (1794 - 1854)*
Joshua Jennings (1811 - 1880)**
James Jennings (1815 - 1864)**
Garrett's grave is not marked. I walked the cemetery and was unable to locate it.
Note: Source: Wadell Jennings Harrison
Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: Carol Hoch
Record added: Jul 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93100935