|Birth: ||Mar. 3, 1836|
|Death: ||Nov. 5, 1918|
Thomas Archer 'T. A.' Jennings
Thomas Archer 'T. A.' Jennings was a son of William Henry Jennings (#36316257) and Sarah W. Wilkerson Jennings. His six siblings were Samuel Meredith Jennings, Mary A. Jennings, William H. Jennings, Judith F. Jennings, Cicero Demonsthenes Jennings, and Susan E. Jennings. His six children with wife Berlinda Bernetta 'Jane' Bridges Jennings were Mabel 'Maybelle' Jennings Summers, Clara Jennings Reno, William Q. Jennings, Ella Jennings Stewart, Minnie Jennings Conflans, and Edward F. Jennings.
T. A. and Jane came to Bronson, Kansas from Missouri in 1878. Around the turn of the century he owned and operated a furniture and jewelry store on Main Street in Bronson. It burned in the early 1900s and he started a small paint and wallpaper business. The 1900 Marion, Bourbon Co., KS Census listed him as a miller. [Files of granddaughter Rita Fae Stewart Robbins.]
"Two Early Settlers Gone T. A. Jennings Passed Away Tuesday ... T. A. Jennings After several years of declining health and much suffering, T. A. Jennings, one of our very early settlers, passed away Tuesday about noon. On account of his very feeble condition his son, Ed, had persuaded him to live with him at Mulberry, but the aged gentleman was discontented and homesick there and persuaded his son to bring him back last Friday. He was then quite ill and continued to sink until the end came. T. A. Jennings was born in Spottsylvania county, Virginia, on the third day of March, 1830, and moved with his parents to Christian county, Kentucky, in the year 1838. From there he moved to Johnson Co., Mo., in 1847, where the Indians, deer and wild turkey roamed. He was in Ft. Scott in 1854, when it was a small village. Mr. Jennings crossed the plains in 1856 with a freight train laden with government goods for the soldiers who were stationed at Fort Union and Santa Fe, New Mexico. At that time the plains (now the western part of Kansas) the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) and the west part of Texas, was all held and used by the wild tribe of Indians, and game of every description roamed at will. During the Civil War Mr. Jennings served on the Union side in the Missouri State Militia enlisting on the 10th day of August, 1862. During the winter of 1862 he had his shoulder dislocated, rendering him unfit for service and he was discharged from the army. In the fall of 1863 he moved with his family to Sedalia, Mo., and lived there until the fall of 1866. He then moved into Henry county, in the same state, where he purchased land and farmed there up to the spring of 1878, when he moved to Bourbon county, Kansas, and bot land within one mile of the present city of Bronson, the townsite of which was platted in 1881. He moved to Bronson in the spring of 1887, and started a restaurant and bakery. In 1888 he bought H. J. Russell's stock of furniture and wall paper. In 1891 he sold his stock of furniture to Goodlander & Konantz, but retained the wallpaper business, which he conducted until recent years. Mr. Jennings was married Feb. 5, 1827 to Berlinda Bernetta Jane Bridges who died in Bronson March 14, 1889. He was again married in 1890, to Mrs. Sarah Fields of Uniontown. He is survived by his wife, one brother, Cicero Jennings, of Simpson, Ks., one sister, Mrs. Julia Elwards of Missouri, two sons, William, of Yates Cdener and Edward of Mulberry, and two daughters, Mrs. Clara Reno and Mrs. Ella Stewart of Iola. His daughter, Mrs. Mable Summers died in 1873, and Mrs. Minnie Conflans died in Bronson in 1892. All the surviving children were here to attend the funeral, funeral rites being conducted by the deceased's pastor, Rev. B. A. Silverthorne, over the remains at the Bronson cemetery where the body was laid to rest. 'Card of Thanks We extend our sincere thanks to the friends who assisted us in our late sad bereavement, the death of our father, T. A. Jennings. The Bereaved Ones.'"
[11-8-1918 Bronson Pilot, Bronson, Bourbon Co., KS obituary/card of thanks and notation that birth county was Pittsylvania rather than Spotsylvania in the obituary provided by Jennings descendants lmjj c/o jtp.]
Berlinda Bernetta Bridges Jennings (1838 - 1889)*
Clara Jennings Reno (1860 - 1925)*
William Quincy Jennings (1862 - 1936)*
Ella Jennings Stewart (1865 - 1933)*
Edward F. Jennings (1869 - 1943)*
Minnie Jennings Conflans (1869 - 1892)*
"Father Thos A Jennings 1836-1918 Jennings".
Note: Daughter Ella Jennings Stewart with her grandson Robert Jay Robbins at gravesite of Thomas A. Jennings on 5-30-1924; grave west side of road coming in south entrance, about 40' north of the entrance.
Created by: mrs
Record added: May 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52600946