Sunday, August 5, 2012

Jennings, Sr., David

   David Jennings, Sr.

1768 - taxed in Bedford Co., PA
1769 - applied for land #3459 in now Fayette Co., PA 1772 - taxed in Fayette Co., PA
1824 Mar 24 - died in Fayette Co., PA
1824 Apr - will probated, Fayette Co., PA
Problem:  Was the date of birth, 12 Apr 1741 or 18 Apr 1741? Henthorn/Bell has the dates as: b. 18 Apr 1741, d. 29 Mar 1824 in Fayette Co., PA. Eileen Jennings also lists the dates as found in Henthorn/Bell.
 "The History of Uniontown," by Ellis, states on page 680, that David Jennings settled in the area in 1768 he later returned to his home in the eastern part of the state and persuaded others to join him. John and James Henthorn, brothers of  David Jenning's wife, Mary, came back with Mr. Jennings and the three entered applications at the land office for tracts they had chosen. John Henthorn's land was a tract of 363 acres called "Choice Tract" directly east of "Fear Fax" (David Jenning's tract).

Veech's, "Monongahela of Old," page 201, shows the tax assessment for Springhill Township, Bedford County, PA, for the year 1773. The list includes the name of David Jennings and John and James Henthorn (probably the children of John I).
In 1802 at the time of the Quarterly church meeting Noah Fidler preached at the home of David Jennings. His house was a regular preaching point on Redstone Circuit in 1803 (James Quinn) and in 1813 (Mills). Jennings was a trustee of the Uniontown church, built in 1786, and deeded in 1791.

DEATH: He probably died on the Thompson Farm, on McClellandtown Road, Fayette Co., PA.
Note from the records of Delores Peek: David Jennings served in the Revolutionary War. The information for his family was obtained from his will, from "History of Fayette Co., PA" at the PA Archives, from "Monongahela of Old," by James Veech and R. Milton Jennings, G.R.S.

 David Jennings II came into Fayette County, PA with a group of men led by Adam Brown about 1766. His wife's two brothers, John and James Henthorn, came at the same time and settled near by. John Henthorn applied for and received a  tract of land adjoining David's on the west which he called, "Choice Tract." James Henthorn settled on land adjoining his brother John on the east.
David Jennings applied for at least three tracts of land in southwestern Pennsylvania. There were located in Bedford County (1766), Fayette County (1769), and Washington County. When David applied for his land, these tracts were all three located in territory comprising Cumberland County, PA. As Cumberland County was subdivided into smaller areas, the location of the new boundaries placed the tracts in Bedford, Fayette, and Washington counties. The Washington county  tract later became part of Morgan Township, Greene Co., PA. (Source: The Jennings Family, page 20)

Problem:  Hardesty says that David Jennings was a state legislator in 1819, from Belmont Co., OH. It is not clear to which David Jennings he was referring. All David Jennings within the right age bracket are reported to have died in Pennsylvania.

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