Hardin County

1893 - Daniel Jennings

DANIEL JENNINGS, a resident of Pope County, was born in Hamilton County, Tenn., in 1835. His father, Thomas Jennings, was born in Rhea County, Tenn., and died in that State in the prime of life in 1839. He left a widow with five children, four sons and one daughter, all of whom are living but one, a daughter. The latter died in middle life in Pope County, the wife of John H. Ledbetter. The living ones are as follows: William, a miner of Hardin County; Daniel; Joseph, a farmer of Pope County, and Elbert, a farmer of Hardin County. The mother of these children was married again, to David Cochram, by whom she had one son and one daughter, the daughter dying at fifteen years of age. The son, James Cochram, is a farmer in Pope County. The mother died at sixty-three years of age.

Daniel Jennings was reared on the farm up to his eighteenth year, and he was then in Mississippi for three years, when he returned to Pope County, and was married to Elizabeth Dickerson, of Kentucky, a daughter of Walter and Mary (Hart) Dickerson. Mr. and Mrs. Dickerson brought their family to Illinois, settling in Hardin County, about 1815, and died in Pope County. Mr. Dickerson was accidentally killed at a log rolling when he was thirty-five years old. Mrs. Dickerson died in 1892, at the age of seventy-six, leaving four children. In October, 1861, Mr. Jennings volunteered to fight for the Old Flag, in Company G, Sixth Illinois Cavalry, and served in the ranks all the time until November, 1865, except for a short time when he was in the hospital from an attack of measles, and during the time of his service was promoted to be Corporal. He participated in many battles, among them the siege of Port Hudson, the raid on Baton Rouge, and in the battle of Nashville, where Hood was so gloriously thrashed. While he saw his comrades fall around him, and while a hall struck his saber scabbard, yet he was himself unharmed. Mr. and Mrs. Jennings have buried two sons, one in infancy, and one, Elihu, at eighteen years of age. He was accidentally killed by being thrown from a mule. They have seven children living, viz: Thomas W., a levee contractor in Mississippi, who is married; Susan, wife of William Potts, a farmer of Pope County, who has one son and one daughter; Daniel, a young man at home; Elva F., a young lady at home; Ada F., a miss of twelve; Elmer, nine and Katie May four. Mr. Jennings is a stanch Democrat, and both he and his wife are members of the United Baptist Church. He has a farm of one hundred and ten acres, on which he carries on general farming, his son doing the work, he himself being an invalid and a pensioner from his services in the war.

Extracted from Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, published in 1893, page 476

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