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Henderson JENNINGS of Neosho, Newton Co. MO

Updated February 10, 2007

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My research has been ongoing now for about seven years. I have managed to trace one side of my family, verified and documented, to the Mayflower Pilgrims of 1620.
However, the "Jennings" limb of the tree, has caused me many brick walls.
Our ancestor,my GGGreat Grandfather,Henderson JENNINGS, known as just "Henderson"to the family and as he was referred to by others, according to the history of Neosho, MO., was born either Grayson County VA or possibly NC about 1825. He has listed both as places of birth NC 1850 Census, and VA on all census after up to 1870 when he died and death records of his decendants refer to his place of birth as Grayson Co. VA.
Family stories have him leaving when he is about 18, with a cattledrive from possibly N.C.,Cumberland Gap, but this has not been proven.
No known information about his parentage at this writing. We picked up on his life in Platte Co. MO, and then to VanBuren Twp, Newton Co. MO and finally Neosho, Newton Co. MO.
His occupations were school teacher, school superintendent, Sheriff of Newton County, 1852-53, Saloon owner, and grocery store owner. He was a Capt. in the Missouri Guard in 1865,
Co. B. 5th Regt. Cavalry, 8th Division, 1861/elected 20 April 1861/ PO Neosho, Newton Co. MO. He also served as a member of the Mason Lodge, Neosho MO.
His wife Nancy Jane CREWS/CRUSE, b. abt 1825 in KY,also show on census records as possibly born in Tennessee is also a mystery before 1842, when they married in Platte Co. MO. 19 Oct. 1842. Possible mother, Mary b. 1801 NC, and siblings? Thomas, b. 1835, MO, Sarah b. about 1845, and Mary b. about 1848.These particuliar CREWS/CRUSE family members were listed on the 1850 VanBuren Twp, Newton Co. MO census, living in the household with Henderson and Nancy and thier son John and daughters, Mary, Belinda.
One daughter, Amelia, has not been located after the age of 1 in 1860 and 12 according to the Newton County Missouri 1870 Census, when last known to be living in Neosho,MO.Son, William Anthony, is out of house at a young age, shows living with a neighbor in 1860 census and appears on a land sale along with his sister Letitia, after their father's death. Henderson and Nancy's daughter, Katherine "Catie", Kate as we knew of her, was my GGGreat Grandmother.Sge died young, at the age of 24 in Cove Springs Missouri, leaving a daughter, Addie, my Grandmother and a possible son, William. Have never found anything on the William and my Grandmother died when I was very young and could not get any information about him.
They also had a daughter Mary Elizabeth who married Isaac Newton HASTON in 1865 when Mary was only 14 years old and the family story is they ran away, and Issac reportedly hid her and some other children out, until he returned from the civil war. It is said that "Henderson" was not very happy about his daughter running off to get married!
One note of interest, Letitia's middle name was Horace, which is very strange and must mean something but haven't figured it out yet.
The grandson of Henderson and Nancy,son of John J. JENNINGS and Thursa HUNTER JENNINGS, was listed on his death certificate, as John JONES JENNINGS,JR. Could this be a clue to another possible family link? Maybe the maiden name of "Henderson's" mother???
Henderson and Nancys' Grandsons, John J. JENNINGS, Jr., and Thomas JENNINGS became owner/managers of the sucessful JENNINGS TENT SHOW which traveled across the west from Missouri to California during the 1920's. I have many pictures of the members of the show to include John, and Thomas, which I would love to share.
Henderson died in Neosho, Newton Co, 25, September, 1870. We believe him to be buried in the old Newtonia Graveyard in Newton County MO. in an unmarked grave. No death record has ever been found for him to date. Information was taken from obiturary in Neosho Times, 1870. His wife Nancy remarried in 1871 to a Moses P. HANKINS/HASKINS. No other information has been found about him.
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