Ancestral Family Topic 202

 202   William Jennings II (1726-c.1793)
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William Jennings II, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, William Jennings II might describe his life as follows.

I was born in Hanover County, but was visiting in Amelia County in the household of my brother Robert in 1745-46.  I returned to Hanover County to marry Agnes Dickenson and we lived there a few years before settling on our plantation along the Little Nottoway River south of Crewe, Nottoway County, where we reared 13 children.
We remained in Virginia through the Revolution, but sold out in 1785 and went to live in what is now Lincoln County, Georgia, where we are buried. Most of our children stayed in Amelia County, including Sarah who married John Robertson.


Shopping at the general store
William Jennings disappeared from Amelia County tithable lists after only a few years and apparently returned to live in Hanover County. Here he shopped at Thomas Partridge’s General Store where he purchased two pounds of brimstone and two yards of ribbon. Brimstone was sulfur. “One pr Stays” appeared on his account, too. 

Buying and selling land
Although early Amelia County tithable lists place Robert, John, and William Jennings in Raleigh Parish,  we have found no deed or patent showing how William acquired land. Nevertheless in 1769 he and Agnes sold 54 acres on the north side of the Little Nottoway River in Amelia County to John Fowlkes for £27,  and 10 acres next to the spring that Joseph used to Joseph Jennings for £5. Edmund Borum, Archelaus Dickenson, and John Parratt witnessed the latter deed.
In Nov. 1773 William sold Robert Jennings of Hanover County 250 acres on the Nottoway River in Amelia County,  and the same month bought 400 acres in Amelia County originally patented to Archibald Yarbrough on the south bank of the Little Nottoway River, which is where William and his family settled. 
In Oct. 1774 William sold his son-in-law Oliver Jeter 61 of his 400 acres in the fork of the Nottoway River next to the lands of Joel Hundley, Marston Green and Yarbrough’s tobacco rolling road. 
On 28 May 1778 William bought from his brother, John Jennings 177½ acres in Amelia County on the south side of the “great road” near Jennings Ordinary for £100.  Although deeds before about 1774 described William as William Jennings Jr., this deed described William as William Jennings because his father was then dead.
In 1782 Amelia County listed William Jennings Sr. head of a household of 9 whites and 8 blacks, and in 1785 his household included 7 whites and he had one dwelling house and 5 other buildings. 
On 8 March 1785 William and Agnes Jennings, their son William Jennings and his wife, Catherine, and their daughter Mary Jeter and her husband, Oliver, sold 400 acres on the south side of the Little Nottoway River to Robert Smith of Charlotte County. Since neither Agnes Jennings nor Mary Jeter could travel to the courthouse to relinquish their dower Peter Lamkin and Raleigh Carter went to see them. 

They move to Wilkes County
William moved to northern Wilkes (now Lincoln) County, Ga., where he appeared on tax lists in 1787, and lived on 350 acres one mile from the Savannah River.

William makes his will
William wrote his will 19 Oct. 1793,  which son-in-law Oliver Jeter and sons Robert and Henry Jennings witnessed.


Will of William Jennings
19 October 1793
In The Name of God Amen. I, William Jennings of the state of Georgia and county of Wilkes being weak in body but of sound memory for which I bless God for, do make this my last will and testament, and revoking all other wills — and as touching my worldly estate I dispose of it in the following manner, (viz.) :
Item, I give and bequeath unto my grandson Garland Jeter five pounds in property to be received out of my estate at the discretion of my executors.
Item, I have given and delivered in possession to my son Dickerson Jennings all his part of my estate to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I have given and delivered in possession to my son John Jennings all his part of my estate, except ten pounds to be received in property, as it may be best raised to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I have given and delivered in possession to my son William Jennings all his part of my estate except ten pounds to be raised in property to balance amounts with him, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Moody Jennings two hundred acres of land including his plantation and two Negroes, David and Phillis to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I have given and delivered in possession to my son James Jennings all his part of my estate, except ten pounds to be raised in property as it may be best raised to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Jennings one Negro named Dick to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I do give and bequeath unto my son Robert Jennings one Negro named Jack, one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I do give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Jennings, two hundred acres of land, including the plantation where he lives, one Negro named Hanner, one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I do give and bequeath unto my son Henry Jennings two hundred acres of land including the plantation whereon I now live, beginning at Moody Jennings’ line on north of the branch, then up the river to include his two hundred acres and one Negro named Peter, one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I have given and delivered in possession to my daughter Elizabeth Anderson all her part of my estate to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I have given and delivered in possession to my daughter Sarah Roberson all her part of my estate except ten pounds to be raised in property as it may be best to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I do lend unto my daughter Mary Jeter during her life one Negro named Lucy and after her death to be equally divided among her children to them and their heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I do lend unto my daughter Nancy Hix during her life and after her death to her children one Negro named Milley to them and their heirs forever.
Item, I will that the remaining part of my land not given out be equally divided between my daughters Mary Jeter and Nancy Hix.
Item, I will that the remaining part of my estate be it whatever nature or quality soever which I have not given out after what is to be raised out of the estate in property to be equally divided among my five sons (viz.) Moody Jennings, Joseph, Robert, Thomas and Henry Jennings, provided nevertheless that if any of my sons should die before they marry then in that case their estate given to them should be equally divided among the five youngest boys then living. I will nothing herein contained be misconstrued for want of them or form in law. I do appoint Robert Walton and my son Moody Jennings my executors of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this nineteenth day of October Anno Domini 1793.
N.B.—Robert and Thomas Jennings have already had their parts beds and furniture before signing this.



Descendants of William Jennings II
Information about the children of William Jennings II, their descendants, and allied families previously found at Virginians.com is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Dickerson Jennings (c.1751-1833),  
Frances Bagley,   John Norris Sr.,   John Jennings,   Oliver Jeter,   
Robert Stergin,  
John Wallace,  George Ruffin,   
George Bagley Jennings,  Frances Jackson,  
Dorothy R. Jennings,  Woodson Clark,  
Drucilla Jennings,  Peter F. Holt,  
Mary Jennings,  Josiah Johnson,  
Nancy G. Jennings,  Peter T. Phillips,  
James B. Jennings,  Rachel Holloway,  
Gregg Jennings,  
George B. Jennings,  Judith T. Pugh,  
James P. Jennings,  Hannah B. Wheeler,  Sarah Wheeler,  
William Dickerson Jennings,  Armistead,  
Anderson M. Jennings,  Martha T. Wheeler,  Henry Wheeler,  Nancy (—) Jennings,  
Paschal Jennings,  Frances Thornton,  Sarah A. (—) Jennings,  John Hancock,  
Francis Thornton Jennings,  Francis H. Thornton,  Mary E. Thornton,  
Pleasant Jennings,  Elizabeth Harvey,   
Elizabeth Jennings,  Peter Stern,  
Anderson Jennings,  
 John Jennings (c.1752-1795),  
Mary Beasley,  John Jennings,   John Robertson,   
Littleberry Royall,   Rowland Ward,   Edward Robertson,   
Coleman Jennings,  Sarah Fowlkes,   
Nancy Jennings,  John Robertson,   
Elizabeth Dickerson Jennings,  
Mary Beasley Jennings,  
Theodosia Cook Jennings,  
Martha Clark Jennings,  
William Jennings,  Nancy Robertson,   
John Jennings,  
 William Jennings III,  
W. Fanny Jones,  William Jones,  
 Moody Jennings,  
Ann Hundley,  Joel Hundley,   
Henry Blagrave,  Mary —,  Thomas Burch,  Nathan Pulliam,  
 James Jennings,  
 Joseph Jennings,  
Frances Elizabeth Reynolds,  Margaret Harris,  
Robert Jennings,  Lavicy Hill,  
William Jennings,  Hulda Hill,  
Thomas Jennings,  Lucy Tucker,  
Polly Jennings,  Joseph Price,  
Susan Jennings,  
Elizabeth Jennings,  John Martin,  Washington Jennings,  
Frances Jennings,  Aurelius Martin,  
 Robert Jennings,  
Frances Arnold,  
 Thomas Jennings,  
 Henry Jennings,  
John Robertson,   Joel Hundley,   
 Elizabeth (Jennings) Anderson,  
Anderson,  
 Sarah (Jennings) Robertson,  
John Robertson,   
 Nancy (Jennings) Hicks,  
John Hicks,  
 Mary (Jennings) Jeter,  
Oliver Jeter,   Henry Jeter,   
Samuel Jeter,  
Robert Jeter,  
Thomas Jeter,  
William Jeter,  Mary Lamar,  
James Jeter,  
Virginia Jeter,  John Hardy,  
Garland Jeter,  
 Thomas Jeter (-1765),  
John Jeter,  Winifred (—) Jeter,  
Thomas Payne,  James Henderson,   
John Robertson,   James Jennings,  Leonard Beasley,  Littleberry Royall,   
Lucy Jeter,  James Vaughan,   
Presley Jeter,  Phoebe Carter,  Richard Ligon,   
Peggy Carter,  Hatchett,  
Ransom Carter Jeter,  Matilda (Vaughan) Jeter,   
Dicey Jeter,  Jeremiah Bradshaw,  
Oliver Jeter,  Mary Jennings,   
Henry Jeter,  
Francis Belcher,   Elizabeth Bell,  
Sovereign Jeter,  Matilda Vaughan,   
Nancy Overstreet,  
Nancy Jeter,  
John Jeter,  
Jenny Jeter,  Josiah Lockett,   
Elizabeth Jeter,  Jeremiah Hatcher,   
Pleasant Jeter,  Jane Eke Hatcher,   
Henry Jeter,  
Elliott Jeter,  
Caleb Jeter,  Sarah M. Cobbs,   
Philemon Jeter,  
Jesse Jeter,  
Samuel Jeter,  
Frances Parks Poindexter,  Philip Poindexter,  Amenia Tillman Moody,  
Richard Ligon,   
Richard Broaddus,  
Olive Jeter,  James Craddock,   
Philip Wadill Jeter,  
Frances Parks Jeter,  Peter Edwards,  Thomas Elmore,   
Tilmon Ellison Jeter,  Sarah Willson Hannah,  Thomas W. Webster,  
Rev. Thomas Elliott Jeter,  Sarah B. Chappell,   
Mary Jeter,  
Capt. Samuel Beverley Jeter,  
Ryland Jeter,  
Sally Jeter,  
Olive Jeter,  Richard Ligon,   
Frances Jeter,  Erasmus Winn,   


Notables
This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
 
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
James B. Jennings - War of 1812 Tilmon Ellison Jeter - War of 1812
Samuel Beverley Jeter - War of 1812  

Names on the map
Jetersville, Amelia County, Virginia, was named for Tilmon Ellison Jeter  

Selected sources
Ackerly, Mary Denham and Lula Eastman Jeter Parker. Our Kin - The Genealogies of Some of the Early Families Who Made History in the Founding and Development of Bedford County, Virginia. Harrisonburg, Va.: C.J. Carrier Company, 1976:445-475, 585-590. • Redundant to The Jeter Mosaic, with a focus on the family of Henry Jeter of Bedford County.
Boddie, John Bennett. “Jennings of Hanover.” Historical Southern Families, 4:101-120. • Covers the families of Robert Jennings, his son William Jennings, and his son William Jennings.
Clark, Greta Jeter. The Jeter Mosaic: Seven Centuries in the History of a Family. Fort Worth, Tx.: Arcadia-Clark, Inc., 1987. • Extraordinarily well-presented account of the Jeters of Virginia. Covers the family of Thomas Jeter including daughter Lucy Jeter who married James Vaughan.
Doughtie, Beatrice Mackey. Documented Notes on Jennings and Allied Families. Privately printed, 1961:389-397, 435-437, 577-599. • This portion covers the families of William Jennings and Robert Jennings.

Notes
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