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Seymour Ensign Jenks, Biography 1887

Biographical and Historical Record of Greene and Carroll Counties, IA, 1887

REV. S. E. JENKS resides on section 29, Kendrick Township, and has been identified with the interests of Greene County for many years. He was born in Canandaiuga, New York, September 5, 1818, son of Clark and Elizabeth Jenks, who were the parents of six children, our subject being the fifth child. When he was three years of age, his father removed to Geauga County, Ohio, where they lived four years, thence to Cuyahoga County, where he resided seventeen years. He was reared a farmer and recieved a common-school education, also studied at home. When twenty years of age he removed to Stephenson County, Illinois, and lived there for four years. He was married May 31, 1845, to Miss Elizabeth Ann Carney, a native of Kentucky, and daughter of Andrew and Martha Carney. Soon after his marriage he removed to Greene, County, Wisconsin, where he lived until 1868, thence to Benton County, IA, for one year, thence to this county, where he has since resided. He purchased 160 acres of wild land with no improvements except a rude board shanty. The Jenks farm in now known as one of the best farms in the township. He has a good story-and-a-half residence, surrounded with shade trees, a native grove, orchard, and comfortable farm buildings for stock and grain. Mr. and Mrs. Jenks have nine children -- Sarah Jane, Daniel Jefferson, Albert Ensign, Andrew Clark, Edmond Riley, Martha Zuba, Emery Lincoln, Harriet Augusta and Lillian Josephine. Mr. Jenks cast his first vote for General Harrison, and has since voted on that line of politics. He is a consistent member of the United Brethren church, and served as an ordained minister for twenty-five years. He has always been an earnest worker in the cause of his Master..


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