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The Jenkins Family of New York Updated June 3, 2004
About Our Family Research
I started researching my family over thiry years ago becauseI never knew my mother. She died shortly before I was two and I had no information on either side of my family. Since I started, I have found that my mother Loretta (aka Vivian) Kelly was one of at least ten children. Her father Patrick died in 1919 at age 32 and left her mother Elizabeth Manning to raise the children with the help of Patrick's sister Mary. All of my GF Patrick's siblings were born in Brooklyn with the exception of Mary who was born in Massachusettes. I now go back on the Kelly side of the family to my GGF Patrick Kelly and GGM Sarah Flagherty who were possibly from Galway. On the Manning side of the family I have information on my GGF John Manning, his wife my GGM Margaret Courtney, my GGGF Michael Manning and his wife Mary Brunick. All of the Kellys and Mannings were from the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York.
On my father's side I have found information on his father Edward Jenkins, GF Walter Jenkins and GM Susan Williams, and GGF Walter Williams. All having come from England. My father's mother Ellen O'Hea and her mother and father Michael O'Hea and Anna O'Driscoll. I know they are from the Townland of Coomatholin in Drinagh (near Drimoleagh and Dunmanway), County Cork. I have information on my GGGF James O'Hea and GGGM Ellen Harrington.
Upon arriving from Ireland, Ellen O'Hea went to work as a housemaid at the Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey where she met Susan Jenkins working as a cook in the Headmaster's house. Susan introduced Ellen to her son Edward and that was the beginning of the Jenkins family as I know it.
At the present time I have information on everyone since they arrived in this country and am working on their ancestors on the other side of the pond. I hope with this, there will be others who can help me. All listed in my family tree are documented. Dolores Jenkins Fiedler of Bradenton, Florida