MARSHALL M. JENKINS, a native son of Macoupin county and one of its highly esteemed citizens, was born on the old home place, April 12, 1870, and as a result of his industry and application is able in the prime of his life to give a good account of his stewardship. His parents are George W. and Letitia (Swift) Jenkins, the former of whom is a native of Kentucky and the latter of Macoupin county. The father for many years devoted his attention actively to agriculture and stock raising, and he and his wife are now living in a very comfortable home in South Otter township. In their family were five children: Isabel, who married David O. Crawford, of Macoupin county, and is now deceased; Luella, who is the wife of John Edwards, a farmer of this county; Marshall M., of this review; Janet, who married John C. Hart, also of Macoupin county; and Fred Arlie, a resident of this county.
After receiving his preliminary education in the district schools Marshall M. Jenkins continued with his parents upon the old homestead, assisting his father in the various operations of the farm. At twenty-two years of age he began business upon his own account by renting seventy acres of land, which he cultivated successfully for nine years. He then purchased eighty acres on section 34, North Otter township, and subsequently acquired one hundred acres in North and South Otter townships. He is now the owner of one of the highly productive farms of this section and makes a specialty of raising fine sheep and Poland china hogs. He has been a thorough student of his business and as he possessed advantages of excellent training in his earlier years, he has secured substantial returns from his labors. A man of good business capacity, he has kept pace with the progress which is visible in all lines of industry, and his farm is provided with the best modern equipment. The keynote to his prosperity is careful attention to details and a lively interest in his calling - elements that seldom fail of success in any honorable undertaking.
On the 4th of May, 1892, Mr. Jenkins was married to Miss Eliza A. Dorks, a daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Slow) Dorks. The union has been blessed by the birth of one child, Mildred Lucile, whose natal day was October 23, 1899. She is now attending the public schools. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Dorks were seven children, namely: James, a resident of Greene county, Illinois; Elizabeth, who married Ross Nettles, of Maxwell, Illinois; Mary Jane, who is the wife of Charles Trill, of Rockbridge, Illinois; George, who makes his home in Carlinville; Eliza, now Mrs. Marshall M. Jenkins; Florence, the wife of D. W. Pitchford, of Modesto, Illinois; and Charles E., of Palmyra.
In politics Mr. Jenkins supports the principles and candidates of the democratic party, believing that in so doing he is best advancing the permanent welfare of the country. He is an earnest believer in the Christian religion and his faith is indicated by membership in the Baptist church, of which he is a liberal supporter. He has never sought the honors of office, preferring to concentrate his attention upon his farm, and judging by the result, he has chosen the wiser course, as he possesses an independence which an office holder can scarcely hope to attain. As a prosperous farmer and a public spirited citizen he occupies an enviable place in the community and can confidently look forward to many years of increasing usefulness and responsibility.