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to Mr. Lucius Harvey, the Jenkins family in America is quite large.
At least 123 families came from England and landed in Maryland during the
1600's alone. Sorting them out with
positive proof was difficult. The
Jenkins family is of Welsh extraction. A
widely held tradition is that the family is Scotch-Irish.
This term refers to the British citizens (the majority of whom were
Scotch) who resettled the Ulster province of Ireland in the early 1600's.
It is believed the forebears of the Jenkinses came into England during
the Norman Conquest of 1066. The
name is found as early as 1327 on English subsidy rolls.
The Jenkins surname is define as "Sons of John". It seems our
first generation in America must have immigrated to the colony of Virginia
during the large-scale Scotch-Irish emigration of the latere 1600's.
Our Jenkinses would have likely arrived through the Chesapeake Bay and
migrated westward along the Rappahannock River. Generations pioneered the way to
the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah Valley, where the trend of migration turned to
b. Abt. 1735, Orange County, Virginia; d. Abt. 1796, Shenandoah County,