CPT Richard Polk Jennings

CPT Richard Polk Jennings

Halifax County, Virginia, USA
Death 17 Jun 1923 (aged 78)
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Plot 3-6-8
Memorial ID 55429045 · View Source
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Captain, Company E, 23rd Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

(Thanks to Sharla Cerra for this information.)


(Thanks goes to Ginger Gentry for her research on this family!)
A census they sent states that he was a farmer.

Richard P. Jennings joined the Confederate Army Under the Command of Captain William Haymes, at Brooklyn, Halifax County,Virginia, Company E, 23rd Virginia Infantry.
- Mack & Ginger Gentry

(Posted courtesy of the Table Rock Historical Society.)

TABLE ROCK ARGUS, June 22, 1923

A Well Known Resident of Table Rock, Died at Omaha Hospital Sunday Evening.

Sunday evening about 7 o'clock a telegram to J.F. Broyles, brought the sad intelligence to Table Rock, that Captain R.P. Jennings had died at the Methodist hospital at Omaha, a short time prior to the sending of the telegram. Mr. Broyles left for Omaha on the 11 o'clock train and returned with the remains at 8:10 Monday evening. Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning in the Methodist church.

Thus has passed away from the activities of a vigorous life, a prominent figure in the life of Table Rock for more than half a century. He came to us from the south land soon after the civil war, and at once he came identified with the activities of his new home. His wife was an accomplished musician and for many years she was organist for the Methodist church, and their home became noted for its charming hospitality, so typical of the land of their birth. Captain Jennings loved men and he was always ready to help the unfortunate, and to many weary lives have come things to dissipate the weariness- a pack of flour, a slab of bacon, a load of wood- just a reminder of Captain Jennings' big heartedness- but no card accompanied these articles to show from whom they came. He loved God's big outdoors, and much of his life was spent in the open. Until his wife's illness, when he gave his time to her care, most of his time was spent outdoors, he loved to hunt and fish and spent much time on the Nemaha, this kind of living kept him physically vigorous and he rarely knew a sick day. He had seen service in the confederate army, but after coming north and getting a grasp of the ideals which inspired the north he learned to endorse them, and his greatest pleasure was in his fellowship with those with whom he fought during the war. He has said to the writer: "I fought against the old flag, today I love it, and would gladly give my life for it and the things for which it stands."

Richard Polk Jennings, who was familiarly known as Cap, Jennings was born November 13, 1844, near Richmond, Halfax, Virginia, and died at the M.E. hospital, Omaha, June 17, 1923 aged 78 years, 6 months and 24 days.

November 7, 1865, he was united in marriage with Susan Catherine Ballou and in 1869 they moved west, to Rulo. In 1873 they came to Table Rock, where with the exception of several years spent at Liberty and Elk Creek they have been continuous residents.

Three children, Minnie, Alberta, and Fannie were born to their union. Minnie died shortly after her marriage to Will McClure, Alberta married J.G. McBride of University Place and Fannie to J.F. Broyles of Table Rock.

He leaves three grandchildren, Gregg McBride, University Place, Richard Broyles, Falls Cit, and Ellen Broyles, Table Rock; T.W. Jennings, Brunwick, Mo., P.G. Hales, Table Rock, brothers; and a sister, Mrs. Sue Derrick, Paces, Va., survive him.

He has been an active worker in the M.E. church all his life.

At the age of 15, he joined the Confederate army, where he was rapidly promoted and at the close of the war was captain of his company under Stonewall Jackson. He received three serious wounds in battle, leaving scars which he carried to his grave. He was in great demand at old soldiers reunions as a public speaker where he was always able to hold the crowd with his interesting stories of army life.

The funeral services were conducted by his pastor of earlier days, Dr. Peter Van Fleet, who preached an appropriate sermon, paying a tribute to the qualities and Mr. Jennings which had so endeared him to a ll who knew him. A quartette rendered appropriate and beautiful music. As a token of esteem the G.A.R. post and the Womans's Relief Corps attended the services in a body. The remains were buried beside those of his wife in Table Rock cemetery.

Captain Jennings will be greatly missed by the people of Table Rock and their sympathy goes out to the sorrowing relatives in unstinted measure.

(From the Table Rock Historical Society flash drive of the Table Rock Argus newspapers.)

TABLE ROCK ARGUS, June 8, 1905.

Old iron, bones, copper, zinc, lead rope, brass, rags, old horses, cows, buggies, wagons; buy or trade for any old thing. R. P. Jennings.

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  • Created by: Luella Hinrichsen
  • Added: 25 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55429045
  • Sharla Cerra
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Richard Polk Jennings (18 Nov 1844–17 Jun 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55429045, citing Table Rock Cemetery, Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Luella Hinrichsen (contributor 47218988) .