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Jenkins/Jinkins of Western Maryland

Updated June 2, 2001

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The Jenkins/Jinkins family migrated from Loudoun County, VA., a to the Savage River area of Allegany County, MD, around 1807. (This area later became part of Garrett County.) Samuel Jinkins settled near Charles Broadwater and Michael Wilt. When Samuel Jinkins bought land along the river in 1830, one of his property lines was noted as being "near the dwelling of Michael Wilt".

Samuel had quite a few children but not all names are known. One daughter, Delilah, married Conrad Fazenbaker. Daughter Nancy married George Fazenbaker, Conrad's son by his first wife, Dorcas, making Nancy Delilah's step-daughter.

Samuel's daughter, Elizabeth, married Phineas Coleman. A death certificate was filed for her listing her mother as Eva Wilt.
A hunt is on now to find the mother of daughter, Catherine, as it is believed Catherine's mother was Samuel's first wife.

His son, Elisha, married Lesha Wilt, but any relation to Eva is unknown at this time. Lesha brought a son to the marriage named Thomas Wilt who eventually married Mary Warnick. Elisha and Lesha's children married into many of the local families. Catherine had a son, Silas Jinkins, whom she brought to her marriage with John Miller Fazenbaker, Conrad Fazenbaker's second son by first wife, Dorcas. (Catherine, Delilah Jinkins Fazenbaker's niece, became her step-daughter)

Easter Jinkins married William "Hill Bill" Broadwater and they had 12 children, plus adopting five of Noble and Jane Warnick Broadwater's children. Noble Broadwater died 8/15/1864 in service to the Union.

Solomon Jinkins married Mary Jane Fazenbaker and they had one child, Julia Ann Jinkins. After Solomon's death, Mary Jane married Lewis Lashbaugh.

Mary Jinkins married David Wilt and they had thirteen children, one of whom was named Easter, for her aunt.

Eliza Jinkins married Jesse Michael, son of George Michael and Catherine Broadwater. Her sister, Rebecca, married George L. Michael, Jesse's cousin. This made the sisters also cousins.

The youngest son, William, worked as a farm hand at Firm Rock Farm near Westernport, MD, which was owned by Eliza and Jesse. He married Louisa Durst, of Grantsville, Maryland. Their children were Jacob Arnold Jenkins who married Mary Jane Diefenbach, Sarah Elizabeth Jinkins who married Samuel D. Brenneman, Ida Catherine Jinkins who married Lyman Galloway, and Ralph Keller Jinkins who married Anna Viola Stephens. Two other children, Charles Hamilton Jinkins and Rebecca Jane Jinkins were unmarried.

The spelling "Jinkins" became Jenkins sometime after 1900. Jacob Arnold Jenkins is listed on the 1900 census as Jinkins but by 1920, the spelling had become Jenkins. The tombstone listing Charles and Rebecca in Twin Churches Cemetery, Garrett County, MD, spells the name as Jinkins.

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  • Jenkins Tree (152 KB)
    Ancestry of Jenkins of Western Maryland
Family Photos
  • Louisa Jinkins (22 KB)
    Article from The Republican, Oakland, MD, noting the funeral of Mrs. Louisa Jinkins.
  • William Jinkins (187 KB)
    William Jinkins departed this life at his home near Grantsville, Md., March 17, 1899. He was a faithful member of the M.E. church. His funeral was conducted by pastor Rev. E. P. Idleman from the church at New Germany. (Piedmont Herald)
  • Louisa Jinkins (197 KB)
    Louisa Durst Jinkins, 8/16/1839-9/9/1923, daughter of Jacob Durst and Elizabeth Engle Durst, wife of William Jinkins.
  • Jacob Arnold Jenkins (54 KB)
    Notice from The Republican, Oakland, MD, 1/15/1925. Residents are appointed to maintain certain roads in the county with payment noted.
  • Elisha Jinkins' burial place (4 KB)
    Elisha Jinkins is buried in an unmarked plot behind the Mt. Beulah Methodist Church, Twin Churches, Garrett County, Maryland
  • Ralph and Anna Jenkins (5 KB)
    Evangelical and Reformed Church, Twin Churches, Garrett County, Maryland Ralph Keller Jenkins (2/19/1880-10/20/1967) Anna Viola Stephens Jenkins (7/31/1884-8/20/1956)
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