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Here's the first name ... there's so many others!Enjoy.
a pioneering settler of the eastern side of the county. Jenks was born December 13, 1810 in Newport, New Hampshire. His parents, Jeremiah W. and Hester (Lane) Jenks were also natives of Newport, New Hampshire. His father was born June 11, 1780; his mother January 2, 1784. They bore 11 children and moved to Bridgeport, New Hampshire, for a short stay than went to Crown Point, New York. His father died there on August 12, 1852 and his mother October 24, 1850.
In 1854, Jenks came to St Clair, Michigan, stayed only eight months, and moved to Lexington in Sanilac County, Michigan. During his first ten years he was the proprietor and manager of the Lexington Exchange Hotel, then manager of the Cadillac House. At this same time he invested heavily in lumber. He purchased a saw-mill and 500 acres of timberland, five miles north of Lexington.
In 1864, associated with George W. Pack and J.L. Woods under the name Pack, Jenks & Company he purchased a saw-mill ocated at Allen's Creek, 2 and half miles south of present day Sand Beach.
The firm dissolved January 1, 1876, but Jenks continued to press his own local business interests and became the proprietor of Carrington, Pack & Company, of Sand Beach. It included 18,000 acres of land. Jenks divided his estate and business in 1876, with his son, George W. Jenks, who formed a new company that included two nephews, James M. and Bela W. Jenks. They built a large flouring mill, initiated extensvie salt works, and established mercantile relations on a large scale.
Jenks married two times, the first marriage occurred in 1837 at Crown Point, New York to a Miss Relief Huestis. She was born September 4, 1811 in Coventry, Vermont, daughter of Daniel Huestis. She died January 18, 1873 at Sand Beach and had one son and one daughter. George W. born May 9, 1838 in Crown Point, New York, and Mary E. born September 25, 1846 in Crown Point, New York.
Jenks second marriage was to Mrs. Amanda Jenks ( widow of his brother, Benjamin Jenks) occured in St Clair, Michigan in 1874. Mrs. Jenks first marriage to Benjamin Jenks issued five children: James M. born Juley 14, 1850; Robert H. born July 26, 1854; Jeremiah W. born September 2, 1856; Hester P. born December 12, 1858; and Martin L. born July 15, 1861. Their first two children were born in Crown Point, New York, while the last three were born in St Clair, Michigan. Jeremiah and Amanda had no children of their union.
Jenks and his family were members of the Christain Baptist Church in Sand Beach.
In 1874, he was nominated and elected Senator of the Republican race of the 22nd District. He later served as chairman of the Committee on the State Public Schools, and a member of The Committee on Banks.