Jacob W. Jennings. When the people of Troy
Township, DeKalb County, chose Jacob W. Jennings as trustee in 1918 it was as a tribute of
appreciation of his good business qualities and the
energy he has displayed as a farmer, and was also
an honor bestowed upon a family of long and prominent standing in that part of DeKalb County.
His grandfather was Peter Jennings, who settled
in Troy Township in 1843. Peter Jennings was
born m New Jersey September 13, 1802, a son of
Peter, a native of the same county and of English
descent. In 1821 Peter Jennings moved with his
parents to Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and from
there came to DeKalb County in 1843. He settled
in section 29, and had to clear away some of the
heavy timber before he could build his log cabin.
Eventually he acquired a good farm of over 200
acres. In 1829 he married Catherine Rainsberger,
a daughter of John Rainsberger. She died in 1881
and he lived to be past fourscore. His children
were Elizabeth, John, Isaac, William, George,
Phoebe and Abraham.
William Jennings, father of Jacob W., was born
in Carroll County, Ohio, October I4, 1835, and
was eight years old when the family drove their
ox and horse teams across the country to DeKalb
County. He had a useful part in clearing up the
old homestead, and in 1860 he settled on a farm of
his own in section 21 and for many years was a
general farmer, and he also specialized in Merino
sheep for wool purposes. In 1859 he married Anna
McCord, daughter of David McCord, who settled in
Steuben County, Indiana, in 1840. Mrs. Anna Jennings died in 1918. She was the mother of five
children, four of whom are still living- H. S. Jennings, of Corning, Iowa; Olive, unmarried and at
home; Eldora, wife of D. E. McClellan, of Williams County, Ohio, and Jacob W.
Jacob W. Jennings was born in Troy Township January 12. 1875, grew up on the home farm
and attended district school No. 4. On March 7
1897, he married Ruby Skelton, who was born in
Troy Township. After their marriage they lived
in Williams County, Ohio, four years, lived for
eighteen months on his father's homestead, and
since then have occupied their present farm, comprising eighty acres with good improvements. Mr
and Mrs. Jennings have had two children, Glenn
B., born June 16, 1905, a student in the public
schools, and Chester H., who died aged fifteen.
Mr. Jennings is affiliated with Butler Lodge No
158, Knights of Pythias. He is a republican in
politics and served four years as a member of the
iownship Advisory Board before his election to the
office of township trustee November 5, 1918 He
IS a stockholder in the Cooperative Association.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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