Historicak Marker in front of Greenberry's home

      Lewis married Mary (Sanders) I've not been able to find a Marriage Certificate on them yet.

Lewis and Mary's chidren were :

     Rosanna named after his sister, Greenberry who went to Texas, Elizabeth, Jane "Jennie" my great, great great, great grandmother, Rebecca, Lewis William and Mary Frances "Fanny".

     Lewis was in the war of 1812 He was awarded Bounty Land by President Andrew Jackson.
     This land was in Morgan County, Alabama. He moved to Fayette County, Alabama where he later died.

     In the 1820 Rosanna and Sheppard were still in Pendleton South Carolina,Rosanna and her husband inherited her father's land after he died.

     My Jenkins line starts with.
 
     Richard, who was born about 1761 in the old Pendleton District. He was in the
1800 Census.
     On the Census he had listed 2 boys in the age range of 10-15, 1 male in the range of 16-25 years and 1 male
in the 26-44 age range. The females were 0 under age of 10, 1 in the range of 10 -15 years, 1 in the 16-25 age range and 1 in the 26-44 age range.

The children of Richard's that I know of are:

Shephred,
Lewis, 
Rosanna

     They had several children, but at that time only head of house holds were listed on the Census.   In 1810 they were still in South carolina.
     There was also another Richard Jenkins listed under these three men, it's my though that he might be one of the sons,(but I'm not sure.)

     Greenberry Jenkins great grandfather of Col Jack Jenkins and the brother of Jane Jenkins Frost. He went to Cherokee County, Texas.
    Col. Jenkins was the one who found and published these letters that were written back and forth between our families.

     These letters are from Lewis William Jenkins brother to Greenberry Jenkins in Cherokee County, Texas.
     It was Greenberry decendent Col. Jack Jenkins who found the letters and published them back in 1960. If it wasn't for him doing the research before us, we wouldn't have had these letters now.     I give him full credit for finding and publishing them.
Thank you.

Buck Jenkins Bridge, you have to cross this bridge before coming to the cemetery, once you cross it, the cemetery is on top of the hill.  You will see the sign but it's only facing one way,if your not careful and paying attition you will pass it real quick.

Jenkins Cemetery Sign

My great grandparents Lewis and Mary Jenkins. 

She died in 1855 and he died in 1863 from small pox, a few days after his son L.W. their last born son.

Graves of Greenberry and Elizabeth Medford Jenkins, his first wife.

Greenberry's home in 1967
James Anderson Jenkins
Martha Jane Jenkins,  eldest daughter of Greenberry's and Elizabeths Jenkins
Joanthan Medford Jenkins
Sarah Katherine Jenkins
William Alford Jenkins
Martin Albert Jenkins
John Tylor Jenkins
Thomas Mansil Jenkins

Mary Elizabeth Jenkins, youngest daughter of Greenberry and Elizabeth Medford Jenkins

Charles P. Jenkins
Greenberry and his 2nd wife Mary Rosanna Love (Evans) Jenkins 
Sidney A Jenkins


Martin Albert and Catherine (Hoover) Jenkins

to the right is the family of Thomas Mansel Jenkins
Front: Amanda and Mansel
Middle Avery, W.E. (Dock) Mt. Jack
Back: Carria, Ola, Nim, and Sally

Julie and Green Johnson

Children of Pete Johnson, Greenberry's favorit slave.   They own and reside on a small portion of the original Greenberry Jenkins Headright survey made at the first Jenkins reunion in 1965.

Left are the son's of:
LW and Minerva Jenkins.

Seated L to R are Freeman Sanders, Alvin Sommers, and Lucian Willis.
Standling L to R are William Peter, Verris "Buck" and Sidney Price.

Freeman Sanders
Alvin Sommers
Lucian Willis
William Peter
Verris "Buck"
Sidney Price

Is the head stone on Gen. Jenkins grave, located in the Jenkins Cemetery there in Berry Alabama.   He died on January 20, 1863. Seven days before his father.

      Buried here are:

Theslona B: Sept 27, 1848 D: December 4, 1848. Cassa Demitta B: December 22, 1852 D: April 14, 1858. Lewis Cass B: December 22,1852 D: June 4, 1858. Versa B: June 12, 1854 D:June 4, 1861.

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      The first Census in the United States was in the 1790, it was the enumeration of the inhabitants of these present states. Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.
     In the war of 1812 when the British burned the Capitol of Washington, it left the census incomplete, the States that were destroyed were Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. The director of the Census could obtain a list which would present the names of heads of house holds at the date of the first census.
     Information contained in the published report of the First Census of the United States, a small volume of 56 pages, was not uniformed for several states and territories. For New England and one or two other states, the population was presented by counties and towns; that of New Jersey appeared partly by counties and towns and partly by counties only; in other cases the returns were given by counties only.
     The Director of the Census is hereby authorized and directed to publish, in a permanet form by counties and minor cicil divisions, the names of the heads of families returned at the First Census of the United States in Seventeen Hundred and Ninety; and the Director of the Census is Authorised, in his discretion, to sell and publications, the proceeds on the account of " Proceeds of sales of Goverment property;" provided that no expense shall be incurred heir under additional to appropriations for the Census Office for printing there for made for the fiscal year Nineteen Hundred and Seventy; and the Director of Census is hereby directed to report to Congress at it's next session the cost incurred hereunder and the price fixed for said publications and total recived therefor.
     The Director of the Census is hereby authorized and directed to expend so much of the appropriation for printing for the Department of Commerce and Labor allotted by law to the Census office for the ofiscal year year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and eight, as may be necessary to continue and complete the publication of names of the heads of families returned at the First Cinsus of the United States, as the Sunday Civil appropristion act approved June thirieth, nineteen hundred and six.
     In accordance with the authority given in the paragraph quoted above, the names returned at the First Census in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina,Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina.
     They have been published, thus completing the roster of the heads of families in the 1790 so far as they can be shown from the records of the Census Office. The Federal Census schedules of the state Virginia for the 1790 are missing, the list of the state enumerations made in 1782, 1783, 1784, and 1785 have been substituted and while not complete, they will undoubtedly prove of great value.
     The amount of money appropriated by congress for the census printing for the fiscal year mentioned was unfortunately not sufficient to meet the current requirements of the office and to publish the transcription for 1908 for the continuance of authority to publish important resources.
     Resources, however, were available for printing a small section of the work and the schedules of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maryland accordingly were published. The urgent deficiency bill, February 15, 1908 contained the following provision.

     Pendleton District formed in 1798 and discontinued in 1826 South Carolina.
Anderson Districted formed from (South Part) of Pendleton District 1826.
     Pickens District fromed from (North part of Pendleton District in 1825.
     Pendleton District was formed from the larger Washington District(1798).
Washington District was formed in 1785 as a original district.
Pendleton District records are in (part) of the Abbelville 1784 and1887.
Abbelville District formed 1875 from (part)of the old 96th District.

 

 

     Letter # 3

     Probably written by Greenberry's Sister, Mary Frances.
     Fayette County,Alabama June 18,1853


Dear Brother Friends:
    
     I avail myself of forming a letter to you in love. I write these lines to you, my friends and all . Mother's best love. While I am writing, mother (is) shedding tears. It is all I can do to form a letter.   A heavy hand and an aching heart.

     (The Mother is apparently dictating this following part of the letter)

Read if you can my son
     My love to you is more than I can tell. Remember me to death, that is not long it seems to me. I am healthy as common to old people my age. My son it seems like I can't be here much longer to morn for you.  Shall I die without seeing you my son and friends? I won't (want?) you all to meet me in a better world I have though you were prepared for that world and live up to your duty as near you can my children all, and pray for your mother in a distant land. Remember me in all things here for the better and mine. I have been a professer (of the Lord) above (about?) forty and and am not tired yet, or fifty years I might say I have been trying to serve my lord (and) I feel as intent now as ever.
My children I want to serve the Lord and Savior and trust him alone.  There is a living God and in him is the eternal life for all who does come in and serve him. My son, if I could see you I could tell you all about it with pleasure; but is hard for me to say so to my (but) it is more than I can bear to say.
This is only a small hint so no more.
     I want you to write to me as soon as you read this. Direct (it?) to M Frances Jinkins.  Mother to my dear Beloved Son (and) family all     Love.

(Apparently M. Franes is now writing again).

   Dear Brother Friends:

     This is all the way we can converse to each other, and read this if you can.
     The last letter we received from (you) was last Fall some time October perhaps. It was a long time ago. We are uneasy to hear from you.
     Write, as soon as you read this, direct to Mary Frances Jinkins.

   Dear Friends:

     At this time I am getting along as common and perhaps as well as I deserve. I try to work hard live here and here after if I could see you it would be a day for me. It is hard to say I never can see you.   It is my intention to see you if I can.
     We are a long (ways apart?). Persons is moving in droves from hee (to) there. We can't hear from you sometimes.
Cotton crops here are bad (and late?) It has been so dry here crops are late. There has been no rain for a long time. People say they are uneasy.
     (The)Frost family is not well. One has had a sore leg and another is complaining. Ned Sold a nag for from sixty-five to seventy-five dollars which he has lost. He thinks hard of it.
     They have one of our boys there. (she is apparently referring to their two slave boys). (The?) youngest boy has (unreadable) is taken (unreadable) and poor child (s)fits is bad. He had them for ten months, not often yet they get (harder?)
     There was one man (who) knew you and William. They say you and him favor. Brother if you ever hear of Preacher Price I want you to go see him. I heard him perach last sermon here.
     He is going there this fall. He is as good a preacher as ever you heard. Hear him if you can.
     Friends I must bring it to a close. I went to a meeting today and our sister Jan Frost was a (mourner?). The joy was sight for me to see. I have been in the Baptist Church eight (8) years now.
Write soon to me Beloved friends;
 
To Greenberry Jinkins, Elizabeth J.

Signed M. Frances Jinkins.

*Their sister Jane married Ned Frost.*

 *(Notice the letter ended with several other almost illegible names which appeared to be: Mother, Rebeca F., James B. Buggell.
Reference the sentence "There was one man who knew you and William: William is L. W. (Lewis William Jenkins)*

Letter # 5

     From Rosanna and Lewis Oden, Greenberry's sister and brother-in-law of Morgan County, Alabama.

    To Greenberry Jenkins,
Rusk,Texas.
     Dated May 30,1852 and post marked at edar Plains,on June 30,2852.

   Dear Brother:
 
     It is through the mercies of God that I embrace this opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that we are all well as common at this time, hoping that when these lines come to hqand they may find you enjoying the same like blessing Sir.
     Received your letter the 19th of May which gave me much satisfaction to hear that you was all well. You requested me to let you know the price of Negros. They sell from 950 to 1000 dollars. Mules from 75 to 100 dollars. Horses from 50 to 85 dollars, cows from 10 to 15, corn from 2 to 2 1/2 dollars per barrell. Bacon 12 1/2 cents a pound. Cotton from 5 to 7 cents.
     I have rented out my land this year and I am not able to tend it, and Andrew is living at Jackson Wilhite's. I have sold my landscript to Johnathan Orr for 65 dollars.
     I got a letter in March. If I mistake not it stated that (your ?) mother and father had been sick, and Fanny and william stated in his (their?) letter than he had given them out, but that they recovered and were as well as common.You wrote in your letter that Martha and James was married.   
     You never told who they got married to whether it was Tom, Dick or Harry or John come and eat, or Phillip or eunice. We have something that is a little funny to keep up time.     
     You stated in our letter that Pleasant (Oden?) had left you and hired to Randolf Medford. I am glad that (he?) is there in that country for I had given out ever hearing of him any more. Polly was very bad when Pleasant left but is now in tolerable health. Want you to mail your letters to Cedar Plains. They are handlier for me (there). John Shafer is living at the end of the Cedar Mountain about 9 miles this side of Summervile and Sally has been sick for two or three months. She was hardly able to get out of the house but is now about.
     I want to know how you are getting along about the world to come. Do you put your faith in God? My faith sometimes seems strong, in the hopes of receiving in a coming day a crown of glory at God's right hand!. I want to know if any of your children has a hope of future existence. I want you, Greenberry, to recollet that we must shortly quit this world and try an unknown world and I want to meet you at God's right hand where we can reign with Christ while eternity shall ride it's ample round. My time is short, I am sometimes down and can't get about and sometimes can get about little and I want to meet you in the kingdom of everlasting bliss and glory in the celestial world of everlasting bliss and happiness. So I must bring my letter to a close.Farewell dear br other.

(signed) Richard Oden (writer)

From: Lewis Oden

Rosanna Oden

When this you see, remember me though many a mile apart we be

(signed) Mary Oden (daughter of Lewis and Rosanna)

* The term landscript refers to his entitlement to veterans land grand authorized him by reason of his service in the war of 1812. Pleasant Oden is Lewis Oden's son.*

Their children were:
Susan Jane Anges Jenkins 

Letter # 7

     From L.W. Jinkins in Fayette County,Alabama to his brother Greenberry in Cherokee County,Texas.

            Dated July 9,1858


   Mr.G.B.Jinkins

     Sir. After some elapse of time since I wrote last and having no anwser from you I have though to write once more and if I don't receive an anwser I shall not trouble you soon again.
     I would inform you that we are all well at this time. Hoping these lines may find you and family all well. Our people here are well nothing strange amongst us. Some deaths in Our Country. Many of our friends have gone to theirl long homes. Some that I have met in church capacity from time to time. I will here state that Aunt Via Manassas is aliving here at jno Manassas or Jack as we always called him. Gnrl (General?) Jack as we always called him Gnrl ( General?) Jacks very ofter represents Walker County. in the States Legislature. In justice to him I can say that he is one of the third ablest members in the counsels of the state. I say this because you were acquainted with him w hen he was as wild as any Buck in the hills of Morgan County.
     If you want to write to him direct your letter to Jasper Post Office. I will further state to you that Father started to see Uncle Thomas Smith last winter. H got near where he lived in Tennessee and fou nd he had left some two years before and moved to Texas. We do not know what County. All the family went also. Uncle died last fall. I want you to make inquiry for them and if you can learn anything of them let me know. their post office name. There has been more rain this season than I ever saw almost of aly season. So nothing more at present but (unreadable). My hand cramps from hard work.

         Signed 
       
L.W.Jinkins to G.B. Jinkins.

Letter # 1

     Written by L.Wl Jenkins; addressed to Greenberry Jenkins,Rusk,Texas.
     Postmarked at Sheiffield,Alabama June 24,1848


Dear Brother

     For the first time I take my pen in hand to write to you.
     I will inform you that we are all at present and hoping that these lines may find you enjoying the same like blessing.   Have had no letters from you it is with a hap-hazard that I rite (write) any at all on the account that I don't know where to direct my letter, from where we lived on Wolf (Creek) to North River, about 8 miles from where we lived when you left here.
     Lewis Oden is alive at the same old place in Morgan (County). Ned and Jane is living here on Wolf Creek. Elizabeth we don't know where she is. Rebeca and Frances is yet with father.
     I married a daughter of Peter Baker Minerva Katherine Baker (Catherine), and we have son which this this day is 9 months old, and call his name Freeman Sanders Jenkins. I have hope hardly that these lines will find you though it they do I want you to write me as soon as you can how are you coming on.  Father and mother tolerable health in common though a going down the declivity of life.
     They live rather more friendlier now then they used to.
     We are living on a place that we gave eight hundred dollars for. All the land we have on the river here is 400 and 20 acres, and 80 acres that we left on Wolf Creek we got 6.50 for. Father has 1000.00 now coming to him besides a right smart of small notes scattered about. We made from 9 to 12 and thirteenhundred pounds of cotton to the acre here.
     I shall have to bring my letter to a close for I have no idea that it will ever reach you or I would write a great deal.   When this you see remember your friends and relatives and me though many miles apart we be. May God of his infinite wisdom and mercy keep us and shield from all harm, and save us all in his kingdom is my prayre ( prayer). Rote (wrote) in a hurry and my meditation deep it may be scattering though scattering as it may be (unreadable) of the kind may be exceptable. 
    
     Direct your letters to Sheffield, Alabama.


          Sign L.W. Jenkins


 

   Letter # 2

     Written by L. W. Jinkins and wife.
 Fayette County, Alabama, on "September 5, on the First Sunday" (believed to have been 1851),
Address to Greenberry Jenkins, Rusk,Texas.


   Dear Brother and Family:
 
     I this morning take my pen in hand to transmit to you a few lines. We are all well as usual and hope these lines may find you and family all well and doing well.
     Last Friday I received a few lines from which gave us much satisfaction to hear from you. Times hear are promising indeed; that is, crops fine. We shall average nine (9) barrels to (the) acre (of) corn I think. Cotton appearances are good though not as good as yours I suppose. I think we shall make 1000 pounds to the acre here.
     Our Wheat was very good for our country. Bacon has been worth 12 1/2 cents a pound; corn worth 75 cents (a) bushel, though from the heat this fall it will not be more then 35 or 40 cents. Pork will be worth 7 cents a pound.
     Oh yes before I forget, Ned Frost are sick yet, or again. I was there last Sunday for the first time since last winter. Only eight miles. When I can't do any longer without seeing Jane I then go to see her if she don't come. He has a very fine crop only the wind has blown his corn down very bad.
     Our country here has been ravaged almost in (place?) with sickness of one sort or another. Pneumonia, Typhoid fever and other complaints, ( none or some ) of us with more then a light chill.
     Minerva, Lucian Willis and Methelda Allis have had two or three chills apiece.
     On this page with delight I can record the well wishes to you from our aged Mother. She has enjoyed very good heath this season since she recovered from her attack. Her attack last winter was sever. Her recovery was one of a thousand her age,and all (the while) she lay senselss, or nearly so, (for) several days. I of a truth though her days were numbered; and them hands of hers that had toiled for you and me, and that Heart that had earned and rended it's prayer for our welfare hadth robbed and beete near the last time. But here I have great joys and comfort to say she appears to be in the land of Buela where the smiles of her God was on her. She appeared thankful that her time was near; that she deliverance had come as she though, but the kind hand that had protected her though the sixty trail, in the seventh did not forsake her, and now she is enjoying as good health as common. This I say ( in order? ) that your mind may be thrown back to the golden days of our youthfulness while you enjoy her presence and admonitions.
    Dear Brother Green B., this being the only way we have to converse, it is not like talking to each other, speaking or asking questions and answering to one another. Only a few minutes would be different - would be more satisfaction ( more then?) writing through writing only is satisfaction to me; I have many tails to encounter in this world. Sometimes I find my way almost hedged up and then again I find some ease (to?) my burdens of mind. At times I feel that fear that I might be deceived and then I begin to wonder back to where I think the Lord shewed my condition and think why is more that the Lord has dealt so wonderfully and mercifully with ma and I so unworthy of his mercies. I feel to cry our Lord have mercy on me. (Dear Brother), pray for me and mine when it goes well with you: I must close.

Signed L. W. Jinkins
Minerva C Jinkins (his wife)





P.S. I have to parade my Regiment at Fayetteville ( now Fayette Alabama) on the Eleventh of October at Jasper, Walker County, to fill the office of Aid ( Aide) in the Brigadier Staff. I command the Seventy-Eight (78th) Regiment of the Alabama Militia. In the Parade spoken of the governor is to review and the whold County has to attend.
Signed L.W. Jinkins


*note Lucian was Lewis son*


  Letter # 4

Written by Richard Oden and Nancy (his wife?) (Richard was the son of Greenberry's sister Rosanna Who married Lewis Oden).



   Dear Uncle:
     I take my pen in hand to let you know that we are at this time well and hoping that these few lines may find (you?) enjoying like blessing.
     I have but little to write to you but the distance that we are apart makes me think sometimes we will never see each other this dide of great eternity, and I will try to write to you about people in this country.
     You said in your last letter that there is but little charity there, and we think there is but little here. The people think more of this world's goods than of the world to come. The church here is very cold though we have some very good meetings but when they go home they forget the meeting house.
     Tell James and Martha (Greenberry's Eldest Children) that I want to see them and I want to see you all very bad.
I am living at the Shafer place on Crooked Creek. We have two children; a son William Newton, and a daughter, Sara Louisa.
     I am in the Methodist Church, and if we never see each other I feel like I have hope for a better world than this. So I must bring my letter to a close I want you to write me.
     So farewell dear Uncle. "Dark and stormy is the sesert through which the pilgrims make their way, but beyond this wall of sorry lies the fields of endless day.
     Winds loud , howling through the desert make them tremble as they blow, and the fiery darts of Satan often bring their cowardly law."
     When this you see, remember me though many amile apart we be.

     Signed

    Richard Oden
    Nancy Clementine Oden

  Letter # 6

   From Greenberry's Mother, Father, Sister,Mary Frances and Brother L.W.Jinkins(note the i) of Rusk,Texas, Letter was dated January 28,1854.



   Dear Friends, all: (this part by Mary Frances)

     I,this morning, with a trembling hand try to form a letter in token of love and friendship. I try to form a letter to let ou know (that) we are all well at this time. We enjoy good health as you could think and live in this world as well as common. As to our work, time is good for the farmer here. We can do as we want.
     Dear Brother, Sister, we have never received a letter from you in a long time. Why (don't you write) to me? We are tired of waiting for a letter to hear from you. When (we) don't hear from you in so long a time we grow (uneasy) we think something has happened to some of you. I want you to think of us offtener and send us more letters than you have. You can write more to us; we are glad to hear from you every month or so. We don't receive a letter once in six months. It's a long time.
     Dear Brother and sister we are at great distance a part and writing is all we can do. We have our troubles in time. Sister and I have one bale and half almost this year to sellfor our money. We do as well as we can. We work hard. all the time weary. (unreadable) the time when we all and Mother and me are at home alone and I'm in my room writing lines to you. I write awhile and play my cordill as I think fit at this time so as to pass the long Sabath. We talk of you and how we think you look or how sister Elizabeth looks, and family.
     Brother there has been many deaths of your acquaintances. I will give you some of their names. Old Mr. Lowerimore, Mr. Frost and several of the Wilhites. Also old Miss Davis, (Gords?) Davises wife and Arch (Durr?) is dead. (Lamiel or Samuel) is alive. Jane and Nancy (unreadable) of their families. Mr. Ben Dolph is sill in the land of the living. He lives in a few miles of us. Two or three miles it is. One son is one mile, and one in two mile.
     I wrote to you about Abner Crawford if received by you. I know no more about (it?)

Mary Frances Jinkins, Mother and Father.

   Dear Son,
     I wish to say a few things to you. I enjoy very good health at this time. On hearing from you I find you are going farther (west?). I now lose all hopes of ever seeing you this side of the grave. I want you to think about what you told the Hopewell Church. I want you to think of and remember that L. W. has wrote some three or four letters and you have not received any of them. He has written one since he came from Arkansas.
     Elizabeth (sister of Greenberry) is deceased. If I though you would not receive his letter, I would (write) particulars of her death and when you receive this letter you must write to me and state if you have not anwsered then I will give you full account of that.


(signed) Mary Ann Jinkins

(Greenberry's Mom)

   Dear Brother:

     How can we bear to hear of you going farther (west?). It is hard to bear. Can we bear it? I am with my parents yet. I never can be satisfaied until I reach Texas. can I reach it Brother? All we can do is to think of each other and stay at home.
     Father and Mother are very well as common. Can you remember me? I cannot see you favor, but very little. They say L.W. Favors you. It does me good that I can write as good as I can to you Brother and Sister. Brother William has not quit writing to you.  I know he has written several letters that you have not received.

(signed) Frances Jinkins

A fatal accident happen here last Thursday. The day I received your lettr, two gentlemen by the name of Whille Latty from (Unreadable) were digging a well and was some thirty feek deep when the "damp" struck him and he became very sick. The man spoke to him to come out. He at length got in the bucket and was drawn up until the external air struck him again. His sensations left him and he fell down and died in an instant. His Brother was called for and on coming he took charge and went down and called to him. He not knowing the man was dead, turned sick got in the bucket, like wise was drawn in some ten feet of the top. His strength and sensations leaving him, he fell with only a few breathings.
     They were drawn out by the ingatherings of friends and was interred in the same vault.

(signed) L. W. Jinkins.
         Minerva K. Jinkins

*Ned Frost married Greenberry's sister Jane. The "two boys" mentioned by Mary Frances may have been slave children. "Brother Willian" was L.W *

   Letter # 8

   From L.W. Jinkins North River,Fayette County,Alabama to Greenberry Jinkins of Cherokee County,Texas.
   Letter written Apri 1859.

   Dear Brother:
     I desire to drop you a line. We are all well at this time and my desire and prayers are that you and family may be in the same enjoyment of the same.
     I have been neglectful of writing on the account of the derangement of the mail. The water being so high as I am disappointed of go ing out to church I entertain myself in this way.
     We have more rain since Christmas than is common. NOt more than (?) dry days at a time. In your last letter you wanted to know where several of the neightbors was. I have not been in Morgan County in some fourteen (14) or fifteen (15) years or more. I don't know where to begin. Mike (Spkle?) is stil living on the same place. Jarman Morris is on the place above Mrs. Frost. Colonel Davis and Captain Oden is on our old place. Aunt Polly Wilhite ma be dead now. (She was?) giving out at the last account. Old Nancy (unreadable) is on the same place. Old David Day was alive the last account. Anderson and Frank Morris are dead. E. Frost has of late moved his mother and william down. Sanders and Peter Oden are alive. Samders Oden married Mary Brogden; Sister of Bitsey's daughter. ("Bitsey was L. W. Jinkins sister) . She is the one I fetched from Arkansas.
     Richard Oden moved down last fall and is living on my land. He is a methodist preacher. Abner Crawford is still living on Lost Creek. Jack Manasas is canidate to represent the county of Walker. Aunt Visa lives with Jack.
     I don't know of any other person to write about. I have a brother-in-law living in Claiborn Parish, Louisiana. Lambert W. Baker. He signs his name L. W. Baker. I think he trades in Shreveport. I don't know much about him as I have not seen him since I was married. I have never had a letter from him in my life. I would not vote for him once and that sticks him today. I principles that was sealed with the blood of thousands of best Patriots in 1776 and so till 1782, and carried out by James Monroe, Polk, Pierce, and Buchanan. Enough of that.

     Sign L.W. Jinkins


   Dear Brother:

     I wrote those other pages some time since (ago?). Our health then was as stated. I neglected finishing my letter then. This is now May 8, 1859.

   Dear Brother:
     In a few days after writing that (other letter?) my little daughter, Cassa Demitta was taken with a pain in the right knee joint with a light fever. She remained that way some three or four days. We though it to be the White Swelling. Everything we applied appeared to have a good affect.     
     The fifth day and the sixth day we though the case to be mending finely, but alas, the monster was a setting himself not to be dislodged until he accomplished his object and that (was) to cut down the tender plant. And now comes the hard word for me to utter. Our little daughter, Cassa Demittta died on April the 14th 1859. Her pangs were for eight and one half days. She rest in celestial repose. Brother pray at all times when it goes well (with you).
    We are all in good health now and I hope you will write to me soon. Sometimes I think I will visit you if I live. I intend doing so ( but I have no time in the winter and the summers are) so sickly ( that I'm afraid to risk it).
     Direct my mail to Handy Post Office, Fayette County Alabama.

   (signed) L. W. Jinkins

      And their children were:
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