William Jenkins

Revolutionary War Soldier, William Jenkins (born 1766, died 17 July 1830 in Harrison or Fayette Co., KY) married Keziah Quin December of 1783, in Spotsylvania Co., VA.  William enlisted in Orange Co., VA in 1777, shortly after the surrender of Burgoyne and served as a private in Capt. Garland Burnley's Company, Col. Francis Taylor's VA Regiment.  Length of service, 3 years. 

They had children:

Cynthia (married - Moore)                              Elijah and Elisha (twins)

Susan (married Lindsay Stinnett and raised a family in Jessamine Co., KY)

Sarah 'Sally', Nancy (married - Adams)          Fanny (married - Eve)

Peggy (married - Davis)                                  Polly (married - Moore

Elizabeth (married - George). 



On this 16 day of March 1819 before me the Subscriber, one of the Judges of the Circuit Court of sd. State personally appears William Jenkins aged about fifty three years as he believes, Resident in Harrison County and State afsd. who being duly sworn by me, according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the late act of Congress entitled 'An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval Service of the U.S. in the Revolutionary War.'  That he the said Jenkins enlisted in Orange County, State of VA in the company commanded by Capt. Garland Burley, in the Regt. of the guard, Commanded by Col. Francis Taylor, Shortly after Genl. Burgoyne's defeat in the year 1777, as well as he now can recollect that he continued to serve the corps and guarding prisoners and c for about three years and perhaps a little better.  When he was discharged from Service in Winchester, VA and that he is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of the assistance of his country for support.  That the only evidence he can now introduce is that hereto attached.

                                                                                    William X Jenkins

Sworn to and declared before me the day and year aforesaid.

                                                                                    B. Mills




            The following statement & schedule was produced & sworn to in open court & ordered to be made a part of the record in the words & figures following Towit:

On this 9th day of April 1821 personally appeared in open court, being a Court of Record for the said County & having power to fine & imprison for Contempt William Jenkins aged 55 years resident in Harrison County in sd. State who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows.  He enlisted in Orange County Virginia under Captain Burley in Col. Taylor's regiment number not recollected in the Virginia line on a Continental Establishment in the year 17-- before Cornwallis was taken to serve 3 years.  He believes he remained in service 3 years & better at or near Albemarle guarding prisoners.  When he was discharged by Col. Taylor the number of his pension certificate is 13705 & I do solemnly swear that I was a resident Citizen of the United States on the 18the day of March 1818 & that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval Service of the U.S. in the Revolutionary War passed on the 18th day of March 1818 & that I have not nor has any person in Trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed & by me subscribed:  1 cow & calf, 13 head of hogs & pigs, 1 mare, kitchen furniture & house furniture, 5 or 6 barrels of corn, farming utensils & poultry.  I owe about 20 or 25 dollars.  My occupation is farming on rented land.  My family consists of my wife, aged about 53 years & 3 children living with me:  Cynthia, aged about 16 years, Elijah, aged about 15 years and Elisha aged of the same, within a few hours.  I am not very able to work owing to an injury some time since received.

                                                                                    William X Jenkins

Sworn to and declared on the 9th day of April 1831 before us Justices of the Peace & Judges of the said County Court of Harrison County

signed:  Thomas Holt, H.O. Brown, Thos. Vetch, Wm. Ardery, Jno Curry, Redman, Ben Warfield, William Asbury, W. Furnish



State of Kentucky, Fayette County Sct:

            On this 12th day of December 1838 personally appeared before the county court for the county and state aforesaid, Kesiah Jenkins a resident of said County of Fayette, aged 72 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of congress passed July 7, 1838 entitled "An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows."  That she is the widow of William Jenkins, deceased, who was a private soldier in the army of the revolution and served till the close.  Therefore and for his said military service as a pension from the government of the United States at their agency in Lexington, for and until his death.

            She further declares that she was married to the said William Jenkins in the month of December & she believes it was in the year 1783.  She knows that her marriage took place in the month of December next after her said husband returned home from service in the army of the revolution and she is satisfied he served to the .. of said war.  Her husband, the aforesaid William Jenkins died the 17th day of July 1830.  She knows of no record of her birth or marriage, but that she was near 18 years old when married and that she was not married to him the said William Jenkins prior to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January 1794 at the time above stated.

            Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year first .. written before the worshipful court for the county of Fayette and state of Kentucky

                                                                                    Kesiah X Jenkins


Commonwealth of Kentucky Fayette County Sct

April Court 1854

April 18 1854

"It was made appear to the Satisfaction of the court by the oaths of Melinda Moore and Mary Murphy that Keziah Jenkins the widow of William Jenkins, departed this life on the 15 day of December 1852.  That she was a pensioner of the United States and that Sally Jenkins, Elisha Jenkins, Susan Stinnett and Nancy Adams were her only children living at the time of her said death.  They further proved that Nancy Adams has since the death of her Mother, departed this life.  All of which is ordered to be certified."

            I, James A. Grinstead, Clerk of the County afsd. do certify that the above order of court is truly accurately and fully transcribed from the record of the same in my office.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said court at Lexington this 27 April 1854.


William Jenkins


The data which follow are obtained from the papers on file in Revolutionary War pension claim W.3954 based upon the military service in that war of William Jenkins.

            The date and place of birth and the name of the parents of William Jenkins are not shown.

            William Jenkins enlisted in Orange County, Virginia in 1777.  Shortly after the surrender of Burgoyne and served as a private in Captain Garland Burnley's Company.  Colonel Francis Taylor's Virginia Regiment:  length of service, 3 years.

            He was allowed pension on his application executed March 16, 1819, at which time he was aged about 53 years and resided in Harrison Co., KY.

            He died July 17, 1830, place not shown.       

            The soldier married in December, 1783 in Spotsylvania County, VA, Kiziah Quin.  The date and place of her birth and the names of her parents are not shown.

            Soldier's widow, Kisiah, was allowed pension on her application executed November 12, 1838 at which time she was aged 72 years and resided in Fayette County, KY.

            She died December 15, 1852, place not shown.

            The names of the following children are shown:

Cyntha Jenkins            in 1821, aged about 16 years, married - Moore

Elijah and Elisha Jenkins        "                    15 years

Susan Jenkins                                                              married - Stinnett

Sarah    "

Nancy                                                                              "           Adams

Fanny                                                                                          Eve

Peggy                                                                                          Davis

Polly                                                                                            Moore

Elizabeth                                                                                     George

            The following children survived their mother, Kisiah Jenkins

Elisha Jenkins  - in 1856 residing in Fayette County, KY.

Sarah Jenkins

Susan Stinnett

Nancy Adams - was deceased in 1854

            In 1838 Murwood Jenkins, then aged 58 years and a resident of Fayette Co., KY, stated that he was present at the marriage of William Jenkins and Kisiah Quin, which took place at the home of his father.  He did not give the name of his father nor state any relationship to the soldier, William Jenkins.

                                                            A.D. Hiller

                                                            Executive Assistant

                                                            to the Administrator


1850 Jessamine County, KY Census record

division 1, pg. 23


Lindsey Stinnett         56        Farmer $500    KY

Susanah  "                   59                                VA

James     "                    25                                KY

Lucinda                       23                                "


1850 Jessamine County, KY Census record

division 2, pg. 60


Elisha Jenkins              42        Farmer             KY

Elsy       "                     38                                "

Wm.       "                    20

Nathl                           17

Nancy J.                      13

Wilson                         10

John                             7

Newton                       5

Btsy                             2

Keziah                         95                                VA      Blind

Btsy                             23                                KY

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