The Jenkins
Rappahannock VA
to Mason Hall TN

Mansfield Jenkins

 

William and Elizabeth's son, Mansfield Jenkins, was born about 300 years ago and our Jenkins family descend from him. Mansfield married Patience Ford about 1732 in Lunenburg Parrish. They became the parents of nine children and lived on the Jenkins plantation. Mansfield died in late 1754 or early 1755. His will dated 1 November 1754 was probated in Richmond County 7 Apr 1755. He left his land to his wife, and upon her death, directed it be divided between his sons John and Mansfield II. Patience died in 1778 in Warren County, North Carolina.

 

The third generation

◊ John Jenkins b 1734 Richmond Co d 1790 Orange Co NC, married Mary Unknown 1757 Richmond Co d aft 1800

     * John and Mary, our ancestors, see next page 

◊ Mansfield Jenkins b 1735 Richmond Co d 1 Mar 1803

◊ James Jenkins b 1743 Richmond Co d 1790 Granville Co NC, married Martha Crask 1760 Richmond Co

◊ William Jenkins b 1740 Richmond Co d 1819 Halifax Co NC, married Elizabeth Ford

◊ Thomas Jenkins b 1749 Richmond Co d 1821 Granville Co NC, married Tabitha House 1782 Warren Co NC

◊ Jeremiah Jenkins b 1749 Richmond Co d 1793 Warren Co NC, married Ann Green

◊ Elizabeth Jenkins b 1751 Richmond Co d 1819, married James House

◊ Jesse Jenkins b 1753 Richmond Co d 1803 Rowan Co NC, married Martha House

◊ Molly Jenkins b 1755 Richmond Co, married Morris Pardue

 

Mansfield's Will (transcribed)

WILL OF MANSFIELD JENKINS
dated : 1 November 1754

In the name of God Amen I MANSFIELD JENKINS of the County of Richmond and parish of Lunenburg being very sick and weak of body but of perfect sense and memory thanks be to God, Do make this my last Will and Testament. First I Give my soul to the Almighty God that gave it to me inhopes of a joyfull resurrection and with what worldly goods it hath pleased God to bless me, I Give and Bequeath as followeth vis:

Item, I Give and bequeath unto my loving wife Patience Jenkins all that tract of land whereon I now live to her for and during her natural life and after her death the part I hold out of Skelderman's patent I Give and bequeath to my son John Jenkins and that part I had of William Flood I Give and bequeath unto my son Mansfield Jenkins and their heirs- - -

Item, I Give unto my loving wife Patience Jenkins the use of four Negroes Named WINNY, JENNY, NAN, & JAMES for and during her natural life, and after her death I Give and bequeath WINNY and JENNY unto my son MANSFIELD JENKINS and his heirs, And NAN and JAMES, I Give and bequeath unto my son JAMES JENKINS and heirs.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son John Jenkins one Negroe man named NED to him and his heirs- -

Item, I Give and bequeath unto my son William Jenkins one Negroe girl named SARAH to him & his heirs- -

Item, I Give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Jenkins one Negroe boy named GEORGE to him & his heirs- -

Item, I Give and bequeath unto my son Jeremiah Jenkins one Negroe boy named DANIEL to him & his heirs- -

Item, I Give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Jenkins one Negroe girl named HANNAH to her & her heirs.

Item I Give and bequeath unto my son Jesse Jenkins one Negroe girl named NELL to him & his heirs.

Item, I Give and bequeath unto th Child my wife now goes with Twenty pounds to be laid out by my Executors for a young negroe within three years after my death for my said child- -

Item, I Give and bequeath unto my loving wife Patience Jenkins one black mare and Colt.

Item, I Give and bequeath unto my son William Jenkins one young bay horse & my saddle and bridle.

Item, I Give and bequeath unto my son Mansfield Jenkins my set of Shoemaker's tools- -

Item, I Give and bequeath unto my loving wife Patience Jenkins one Large Oval table.

Item, All the remainder of my Estate in what kind soever, I Give to be equally divided between my Loving wife, and all my children. And I do hereby diannul and make void all other wills by me made, and I do appoint my loving wife Patience Jenkins, Alvin Mountjoy, and my two sons John and Mansfield Jenkins my Executors to this my last Will and Testament. In witness my hand and seal this 1st day of November 1754- -

MANSFIELD JENKINS
(seal)

Witnesses:
James Jenkins
Mark Merrit
Elizabeth Jenkins

The StoryTellers

My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as it were by our genes.

Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do.

It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it.

It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today.

It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.

It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. We are the chosen.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.

That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.

Author unknown