Furnace Family Genealogy Forum
If you are looking for a Phineas Jenkins and some descendants there is a biographical sketch in a book titled, "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL." ILLUSTRATED. CHICAGO; F.A. BATTEY & CO., PUBLISHERS. 1883. The Sketch is as follows;
"W.B. JENKINS, Postmaster at Winamac, was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, October 14, 1832, and is the next to the youngest of ten children, six yet living, born to Phineas and Mary (Furnace) Jenkins, who were natives of South Carolina, and repectively of Irish and English descent. Phineas Jenkins was a tanner, but chiefly followed farming through life. Both the Jenkins and Furnace families were opposed to slavery, and both moved to Ohio at an early date in the history of that State; subsequently they came to Tippecanoe County this State ((Indiana)), and thence in 1840, to this County ((Pulaski)). In the fall of the same year, the elder Jenkins died, but his widow kept the family together until all were grown. She never re-married, and now resides in Winamac at the advanced age of ninety years. W.B. Jenkins was reared a farmer, and also learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked to a greater or less extent until 1880, when he was appointed to his present position of Postmaster. He was married in 1865, to Miss Lucinda Agnew, daughter of J.B. and Louisa Agnew, and to this union have been born the following children: Asa M., Joseph A., William B., Fred (deceased), Mary, Ella, Charley, and Perry. Mr. Jenkins is a self-made man, and is the owner of a comfortable home, other valuable town property and twenty-five acres of land adjoining the corporate limits of the town of Winamac."
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