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 James A Jennings

James A Jennings

South Carolina, USA
Death 24 Aug 1834 (aged 78–79)
Caldwell County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 93101549 · View Source
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James Jennings was born in South Carolina in 1755. He joined the 6th Regimemnt of the South Carolina Continental Troops as a Private, commanded by Col William Henderson on January 7, 1778. He was transferred to the 1st Regt in Feb 1780.

He was living on the Pacolet River when he began his service in the Revoluntionary War. After the War, it is believed that James Jennings lived in Union County, SC. The 1790 US Census list him as having three males under 16 years of age and three females in his household.

Living in the joining County of Fairfield was a John Jennings, believed to be a brother of James. In 1790 John's household had three males 16 years and older and three males under 16 and two females.

In 1797, James Jennings sold 100 acres of land on the north side of the Pacolet River to John Bailey. James was on the 1800 South Carolina Census, but soon after removed to Kentucky. He is listed as having received 200 acres of land in the Kentucky land grants, surveyed on October 29, 1803. The location was on Sinking Creek, south of Green River, in what was then Christian County, Kentucky. He received 35 acres, surveyed April 14, 1804 on Sinks Muddy Fork. A 100 acre grant was surveyed for John Jennings on May 3, 1803 in Christian County on Sinking Forks. The summation is made that this is the same John living near James in South Carolina in 1790.

Parts of Christian County, Logan County and Livingston County, Kentucky were divided and became Caldwell County in 1809. James then began a resident of Caldwell County. From the Courthouse at Princeton, he filed for his War Pension in 1818. His applicant declared he marched under Capt John Montgomery to Charleston. He was in the attack made on Savannah and went as far as the James River with the expedition fitted out against St. Augustine. He served until Charleston was taken in which he was made a prisoner. He was in service for three years for which he was allowed a pension made passable by Rev. Claim Act March 18, 1818.

On July 24, 1820 James Jennings, age 65 appeared in open Court of Caldwell County, Kentucky in relation to his Revoluntinary service. He declared he was a pensioner, and his property consisted of 60 acres of poor land with a poor log cabin on it, total value he considered $150.00. He owned a mare and colt worth $60.00, two cows and calves worth $20, a sow and 14 pigs worth $17, some plates and furniture worth $10.00. He stated his family consisted of his wife, Polly, age between 50 and 60 years, two daughters, Susan age 17, and Polly age 14 and one son, Alexander Jennings, age 9. (Susan and Alexander may have died young as they are not named in their father's will in 1834.)

He calculated no family member could render him any assistance in his occupation, which was farming. James Jennings signed my a mark. The Court was of the opinion that the property value was $257. He received a pension of $96 annually.

James Jennings' will was signed August 22, 1834 stating he was in a low state of health. The estate was to be divided as follows: Wife, Polly, 1/3 of all my real and personal property during my natural life, and to have the disposal of the perishable part of it. Daughter, Polly, 25 cents; son, Garrett, 25 cents; daughter, Nancy 25 cents; son Ned 25 cents; son Samuel 25 cents; son, John deceased, so to his heirs 25 cents. "The balance of my estate, I bequeath to be equally divided between my last five named children. Son, Lewis, son Isaac, daughter Elizabeth, daughter Damey, daughter Mahaley, deceased, to her heirs." Exors, my son, Lewis Jennings and James Jennings (relationship not stated)

Wit: Wm Howard and Wm Adams. The will was probated October 21, 1834. James Jennings died August 24, 1834 in Caldwell County, Kentucky.

Source: Wadell Jennings Harrison

Known Children:
Garrett b 1778
Ned b 1780
Lewis b 1780
John b 1783
Samuel b 1784
Damey b 1788
Isaac b 1792
Mahala b 1793
Nancy b 1793
Elizabeth b 1794
Susan b 1803
Polly b 1809
Alexander b 1811

New information: From Sue Jennings

We did find a deed in South Carolina that states James' wife in the late 1790s was Hannah. Polly must be a second marriage. There is a gap between children born in SC and those born in Kentucky. I think Hannah mothered the ones in SC and Polly (Mary on the deeds) is the mother of the three younger, only one of whom survived James.

Family Members

Gravesite Details Source: Wadell Jennings Harrison





  • Created by: Carol Hoch
  • Added: 5 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93101549
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James A Jennings (1755–24 Aug 1834), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93101549, citing Lebanon Cemetery, Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Carol Hoch (contributor 47059088) .