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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