I am happy to contact you about our Jennings family. I am the third great-granddaughter of Zachariah Bradford Jennings Jr. My family and I have been to the reunions you spoke of and they were wonderful. After moving 2,000 miles away in 1980 I have not been back to them and I miss seeing everyone. I guess most of the older folks are gone now. We would get together on "Decoration Day" to sing, get re-acquainted, take pictures, eat, eat, and eat, and discuss the next reunion.
Zachariah Jr. was born August 27, 1826, to Zachariah Bradford (Sr.) of Fauquier County, Virginia, and Johanna (Stanlee)Jennings of Kentucky. On September 04, 1849, Zachariah Jr. married Ann Frances Hunter born February 16, 1831 and died February 2, 1880. She was the daughter of Isaac and Rebecca (Maddox) Hunter, who came from Shelby County, Tennessee in 1833 among the first white settlers that came to Choctaw, Van Buren County, Arkansas.Ann was two years old at the time.
When Ann Frances died leaving Zachariah with nine small children, his mother-in-law told him he should marry one of Ann's sisters girls,(Sister was Sarah (Maddox) Hardin). She suggested Elizabeth Hardin, for she felt she could handle the job. They were married and had 3 more children. Laura Sherman Jennings was the sixth born to Zachariah and Ann Frances.
When Zachariah was Captain of the 10th Company during the Civil War, he and his company wound up having to make gun powder inside a cave in Texas from bat droppings. The Regiment had entered the war with a muster of 1,061 and returned with only 154. (Ref. History of Arkansas, by Hempstead). At the close of the war he farmed and always took an active part in the affairs of his county. He was elected for two terms in the House of Representatives (1877 through 1878) and 1881 through 1882) and two terms in the Senate (1883 through 1886).
As Senator, Zachariah Jr., served as Chairman of the Committee on Public Building, a member of a Committee on Education, Agriculture, Enrolled bills, and Public Health:On January 27, 1883, he introduced Senate Bill #99, "An act to establish Cleburne County".
Zachariah (called, Z. B. Jennings, Jr.) was buried at Hunter Cemetery, located off Highway 65 on Choctaw Creek.When Greers Ferry Lake was formed, this cemetery was moved 2 1/2 miles south of Clinton, turn East 1/2 mile.It is now called Hunter-Hill Cemetery.
The Jennings family is an old pioneer family, and most of their history can be found at Clinton, Choctaw, and Bee Branch Arkansas. (Sesquicentennial: Zachariah Bradford Jennings ancestors came from England in the 1600's.The line has been accepted for DAR.) The original home of Zachariah B. Jennings Jr., was built in the 1800's and as last known, was still in the family as of 1980's.
If you wish, you cancontact me and I will provide you with more information and some very old pictures. My eighty-eight year old mother still recalls many fond memories of her grandmother Ida Belle Jennings.
I am looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Brenda Dunn