Obediah Jennings

Male 1775 - 1832  (~ 56 years)


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  • Name Obediah Jennings 
    Born ~1775  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Surveyor 
    Residence 1812  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Will 12 Apr 1830  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 1830-1832  (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 12 Apr 1832  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Religion Primitive Baptist 
    Also Known As Obadiah Jennings  [6
    Person ID I161  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2019 

    Father (John Jennings),   b. (Henrico County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother (Mary LNU) 
    Married Y  [7
    Family ID F9999  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Dodson,   b. 1776, (Pittsylvania County) Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1850, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married (~1793)  (North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence (Family) 1805  Claiborne County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. Rutha "Ruthie" Jennings,   b. 6 Jan 1796, Grainger County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1878, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Nancy Jennings,   b. 1798, (Grainger County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Jennings,   b. (Grainger County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary "Polly" Jennings,   b. 10 Jan 1800, (Grainger County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1854, Fayette County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     5. Rial Jennings,   b. 1801, (Grainger County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Leah Jennings,   b. 1801, (Grainger County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Jesse Dodson Jennings,   b. 23 Dec 1802, (Grainger County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1884, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     8. Tabitha Jennings,   b. (Grainger County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Isham Dodson Jennings,   b. 0Mar 1805, (Grainger County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1877, Fayette County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     10. Elizabeth Jennings,   b. 12 Apr 1812, (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1877, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     11. Sarah "Sally" Jennings,   b. 27 Jun 1814, (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1887, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F43  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - ~1775 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1805 - Claiborne County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1812 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 12 Apr 1830 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1830-1832 - (Warren County) Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 12 Apr 1832 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - (~1793) - (North Carolina) Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "The parents of Obediah are not proven but his name was thought to be Royal Obediah and if so, he is listed in the Grainger Co.,TN will of Royal Jennings, Sr. Others say his name was Pleasant Obediah and that he is the Pleasant Jennings mentioned in the will. All unproven...CGL"

      Note: Seems more likely that Obediah is a brother to Royal...DAH.

      end of comment
    • Re: Obediah Jennings of Claiborne/Warren TN

      Posted by: Walter Dreier Date: January 10, 2002 at 17:31:19

      In Reply to: Re: Obediah Jennings of Claiborne/Warren TN by Dana of 5891


      I have proof that Obadiah Jennings, (the surveyor)who died in 1839 in Warren Co. Tenn. was in Grainger Co. Tenn. by 1796. His name is on a marriage bond application. in County records. He left the area for Warren Co. in about 1805

      Family members say that Obadiah died and is buried under a Rock Fence on a farm belonging to Gobel Jennings. in Warren Co

      A descendent took my wife and I out to that site in 1980. There are several big rocks in the area,-but there is no sign of individual grave marking any graves.Some family descendants think he might have used another name,in Virginia and that he was really Pleasant Obadiah Jennings. He did have a son named Pleasant who was killed by Yankees looking for deserters. I attached the the name of "The Surveyor" to our Obadiah to distinguish him from the Rev. Obadiah Jennings-a distinguished minister in Nashville who died the same year as Obadiah. He did surveying work in Warren Co.
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      Excerpted from "The Warren County,TN Will Book I", abstracted and compiled by Betty Moore Majors, p. 10:

      "pg 52. 12 Apr 1830. The will of Obadiah Jennings.

      I, Obadiah Jennings, being low in body but of sound mind and disposing memory, knowing life is uncertain and death certain, after committing my soul to God that gave it, and my body to the Earth, I now set about to fix my worldly affairs.

      1st, I wish all my debts and funeral expenses paid. I give my loving wife Elizabeth Jennings stock, furniture [etc.] and sufficient provision for one year. My desire is that all the rest of my estate, both real and personal be sold and equally divided, and that part which fall to daughter Sally Hennisee that of her legacy be and remain in the hands of my executors and be paid out by them as her "kneads" may require and that part which falls to my daughter Nancy Watley to remain in the hands of my executors to give to her as they may think her kneads require, and in addition I wish my loving daughter Elizabeth to have a horse beast, bridle and saddle, bed and furniture, and my son Riol to have a bed and furniture. I wish my executors to pay to my loving wife Elizabeth $300.00 out of the proceeds of my estate.

      After the sale of the estate [the money is to be] paid to my heirs, to wit:
      Rutha Smith,
      Jesse Gennings,
      Polly Griffith,
      Lear Gennings,
      John Gennings,
      Sally Hennisee,
      Nancy Watley,
      Elizabeth Gennings,
      and Riol Jennings.

      Executors Audley Harrison and William McGregor

      Witnesses: Haston S. Crim and Frances Cardwell."

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      Found in the Jennings genforum, submitted by Carin, fourpawsjake@worldnet.att.net;

      Documented Notes on Jennings and Allied Families by Doughtie

      Page 906

      Obidiah Jennings, Sr. married Ruth Dodson, a daughter of Jesse Dodson of Halifax and Pittsylvania County, Virginia to Hawkins County, Tennessee settling in the part that later became Grainger County. He is buried in the Matlock Cemetery in McMinn County, Tennessee. Obidiah Jennings, Sr. and Ruth Dodson had a son Obidiah Jennings who married Minnie McGee. Obidiah Jennings, Sr. had a sister who married Marion Clendening Drake in Warren County, Tennessee.

      end of comment
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    • October Second Saturday 1806. Church met at Big Spring (Primitive Baptist Church, Claiborne County, Tennessee) and after worship proceeded to business.

      1st Hannah Hill, Mercurius and Rachel Cook took their seats.

      2nd Agreed to petition the Association for an alteration of their citing from Thursday to Saturday.

      3rd Association letter read and approved.

      4th Reference relative to Ritchard Harper continued to the 14th day of this month.

      William and Nancy Stroud, Obediah and Elisabeth Jennings, Jesse and Ruth Dodson and Dodson's Sukey and James Cunningham dismisd by letter.

      end of note [9]

  • Sources 
    1. [S22] "The Dodson Family of Warren County, Tennessee and Allied Families",, p. 1-B (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S13212] "Rutha Jennings Smith", Cemetery Profile, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/27294653/rutha-smith, abstracted by David.

    3. [S14494] "1812 Warren Co, Tennessee Tax List of Christopher Shell", http://www.combs families.org/combs/records/tn/warren/tl12a.h.

    4. [S308] "Records of Warren County - Inventories, Saled Bills, Statements, Etc.,, p. 31 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S24] "Warren County, Tennessee, Will Books 1-3 (1827-1858)", Abstracted and, p. 10 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S6920] "The Warren County,TN Will Book I", abstracted and compiled by Betty Moore Majors, p. 52.

    7. [S10933] David A. Hennessee, Researcher, info@classroomfurniture.com, 626 Biscayne Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 3401, 561.832.661.

    8. [S28] "The Wiseman Family & Allied Lines, Vol. I", by Eugene Wiseman, published 1991, p. 495.

    9. [S6916] "Minutes of the Big Spring Primitive Baptist Church", transcribed by Nancy Cassada Nelson, November, 1999, http://www.ro.

    10. [S48966] http://genforum.genealogy.com/jennings/messages/4252.html.