Justin Rosenthral Jenks, my first cousin, three times removed, was born 150 years ago today on 12 October 1868, to Leman Case Jenks and Lucinda Crandle. Justin was the second son, following Albert Arlington (1856) in the birth order for his father, but the first child for his mother, his father’s second wife. What makes Cousin Justin stick out in the family history is that he was born in his grandparents’ home — the Jenks’ Place located on Berg Road in Southfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan.
The home played host to a great number of the descendents of Morris and Almira [Botsford] Jenks (my 3 times great grandparents). The picture of the house in 1905, features my 2 times great grandparents, Charles Norton and Esther [Jenks] Lee. Their son, Lewellyn is standing in the gate holding the horse. Great grandmother was Leman Case Jenks’ sister, and Justin’s aunt.