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Squire Lemon Jennings

Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio, USA
Death 24 Aug 1897 (aged 89)
Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio, USA
Burial Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio, USA
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SQUIRE L. JENNINGS, retired, Ravenna, was born December 28, 1807, in Ravenna
Township, this county, being the second oldest white boy born in the
township now living. On October 22, 1833, he was married to Miss Nancy A.
Sapp, born in Maryland in 1810, daughter of Jacob Sapp, of Rootstown
Township, this county. To this union were born Sylvester F. and
Mrs.Anginette Bosworth (latter deceased). They lived on a farm in Franklin
Township until 1845, when they sold out and have resided in Ravenna since.
>From that time Mr. Jennings has followed the trade of carpenter and joiner.
He has been very active in public affairs, and has held the positions of
Deputy Sheriff, Constable and Trustee at different times.

An Honored Pioneer at Rest - Squire L. Jennings, died at his home on Park Street, Tuesday, August 24, 1897 at 11 o'clock. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 1:30 at the home Rev. W.H. Scott, Pastor of the Disciple's Church of which the deceased had been a member for over 50 years, officiating. The remains were taken to Maple Grove for future interment, being conveyed to the funeral car by George and Albert Jennings, A. J. Jennings, H. J. Sapp and S.F. Jennings. Squire Lemon Jennings was born in Ravenna township, Portage County, Ohio, December 28, 1807 being the fifth child of David and Hannah Jennings, who were among the earliest settlers of Portage County. He was reared literally in the forest, and from earliest boyhood taught the stern lesson of labor and self-reliance, from his surroundings and environments. But with a mind of singular potency and a memory of retentive powers, coupled with a character of indomitable will and energy, he found time to enrich his life with a great fund of genuine learning and a philosophy that opened to him the higher logic and real beauties of mortal being. His schooling was of the 'backwoods' kind, the lessons being conned in the rugged interior of the inevitable log school house of the day. Amid such labors and experiences he passed the days of his boyhood and early manhood, laying the foundation for the useful, honorable life that crowned the record of his days with unfading honor. In October, 1833, he was married to Miss Nancy A. Sapp also of Ravenna, who walked by his side in the mission of wife and mother until the Angel of Rest called her away in March, 1892. Two children were born to them - S.F. Jennings and Ann Jeanette- the former of whom is now a resident of Ravenna. The daughter, afterwards Mrs. L. D. Bosworth, died in 1867, in Ottumwa, Iowa. In 1847 Mr. Jennings moved to Ravenna into the house where he had ever since resided. He worked at his trade of carpentry and for 21 years was constable of this township. He also served as township trustee and village councilman, and was always alive to the welfare of the community. His life antedates that of Ravenna Village all of which has been developed since his birth. His eyes opened in an unbroken wilderness, filled with wild animals and Indians, and closed amid the scenes of a prosperous village of 4,000 inhabitants and the universal establishment of broad, fertile acres redeemed from their arborial fastness. He was born on the extreme western frontier of civilization and passed away 500 miles east of the center of the mightiest domain of civilization now on the glove. When in early life he went to the Cleveland trading post to obtain needed supplies, he hitched his oxteam in a settlement of about 500 people - now a city of nearly 400,000 inhabitants -going and returning over a road that rarely emerged from the wilderness of trees. Mr. Jennings was the last survivor of his father's family and of all his boyhood friends born and reared in the same community, the only survivor is the venerable Wm. Price now 89 years old. Mr. Jennings was a man of Christian faith and Christian character. His religion was to do unto others as he would be done by. He lived and died an honest, loyal, industrious, true hearted man, leaving a legacy of rare and precious inheritance to the generation that is now reaping where he and his pioneer contemporaries sowed.

Obituary obtained kindly from Cory Sapp

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