The Jenkins
Rappahannock VA
to Mason Hall TN

Tom Jenkins' descendants by generation

Tom Jenkins - the 7th generation of William Jenkins of Virginia

11 children - the 8th generation

              15 grandchildren - the 9th generation

                                 18 great-grandchildren - the 10th generation

                                                      30 great-great-grandchildren - the 11th

1. Grace Jenkins

             No children

2. Garrett Jenkins

             1 child

3. Naomi Jenkins

             2 children

                               3 grandchildren

                                                      9 great-grandchildren

4. Jake  Jenkins

            No children

5. Carl Jenkins

            3 children

                               5 grandchildren

                                                      1 great-grandchildren

6. Lorene Jenkins

             3 children

                               3 grandchildren

                                                      7 great-grandchildren

7. Ora May Jenkins

             1 child

                               1 grandchild

                                                       1 great-grandchild

8. Sully Jenkins

             1 child

                               2 grandchildren

                                                        4 great-grandchildren

9. Ray Jenkins

             2 children

                               3 grandchildren

                                                        1 great-grandchild

10. Lloyd Jenkins

            1 child

11. Welton Jenkins

            1 child

                              1 grandchild

 

 

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.

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