Wednesday, November 16, 2016


REV. BENJAMIN P. JENKINS, pastor of Cane Run, Mt. Pleasant, Zion, and Pleasant Grove Churches, Ohio County, is the youngest child of B. S. Jenkins and Miss Elizabeth T. Humphrey, and grandson of John S. Jenkins, who immigrated to Glasgow, Ky., about 1790, where he remained but a short time when he removed to Daviess County; and from thence to Meade County, where he reared a large family — nine children, of whom B. S. Jenkins, the father of Rev. B. F. Jenkins, was the sixth. He had four children: Mrs. Kitty A. Williams; John H., now in Washington, Ark.; Mrs. Sally Dowell; and Rev. Mr. Jenkins, who was born in Meade County. He received a good common school education, to which, later in life, he added a knowledge of many of the higher branches, including sufficient Latin and Greek to enable him to read and translate the New Testament in the original. He began the work of the ministry under the direction of the Gasper River Association of the United Baptist Church in 1865. Although not a regular graduate of the schools, yet, by diligent reading and study, together with a strong physical development, and a well balanced mind, he has become an accurate and logical reasoner, a clear and forcible speaker and an eminently successful pastor. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in Company D, Seventeenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry (Federal), and followed the fortunes of the Army of the Cumberland through all its important campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia, including the famous battles of Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga and Atlanta, doing his duty bravely for three years and four months. July 5, 1868, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth I. Arnold, second child of John H. and Altha Jane Arnold, the former of whom died August 15, 1874, leaving the widow and nine children. To Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins have been born six children: Susa E., born May 26, 1869; John A., September 4, 1871; Altha C., December 4, 1873; Laura D., August 7, 1876; Benjamin F., October 24, 1878; Broadus S., October 16, 1882. Mrs. Jenkins died October 17, 1882, and Mr. Jenkins married December 24, 1884, Miss Emma Miller, eldest daughter of J. C. and Frances Miller. She was born in Ohio County, March 14, 1857, and was educated in the common schools, and the seminary at Owensboro, Daviess County, to which place her parents removed in January, 1871. She has three sisters and two brothers, living with their parents. Besides Mr. Jenkins' labors in the ministry, he owns and manages a fine farm of 113 acres of land, well watered and timbered, three and one-half miles north of Cromwell.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Benjamin Fulton Kenkins was born 22 May 1842 in Meade County, Kentucky and died 2 May 1932 in Springfield, Missouri, a few weeks short of age 90.  Note that the Perrin & Kniffin bio has his middle initial incorrect.

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