Happy 164th Birthday, Cousin Arley


Albert Arlington and Nellie White Jenks

My first cousin, 3 times removed, Albert Arlington Jenks, called Arley, was born on 2 August 1856, in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, to Leman Case and Lydia Sickner Jenks.  Arley was their only child as his mother, Lydia died two months later.   His father, Leman, married Emily Hunderford in December 1869.  They had no children and she passed away in July 1863.  Leman married a third time to Lucinda Crandle in March of 1865 which provided Arley with three siblings.

On 26 January 1884, in Springwells, Wayne County, Michigan, Arley married Elizabeth Jane (Lizzie) Varnham, the daughter of William and Harriet Hollis Varnham.  The couple were the parents of seven children: Lydia Mabel (1885), Albert Louis (1887), Russell Edgar (1889), Baby Girl (1891-1891), Euphie Gertrude (1896), Elmer Sinknor (1899), and Harriet Lucinda (1903).  Lizzie died on 31 March 1906.  Arlie then married Kittie Lorain Chapman, the daughter of Albert L and Mary Bramble Chapman, on 30 December 1907 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.  Kittie passed away on 7 March 1916.  Arley then married Nellie White, daughter of John and Anna Patterson White on 9 August 1920.

Reporting on this last marriage in The Reunions of the Jenks Family of Oakland County, Michigan – 1911 – 1927, by Evelyn Seymour Jenks, p 65

“At Highland Park, Michigan, August 9, 1920, by the Rev William Coltman, Miss Nellie White of Detroit, Michigan, to Mr. Arlington A. Jenks of Southfield. After a short wedding trip to Port Huron and Huron Beach, the happy couple returned to meet with us today at the grand Jenks Reunion.”

Arley passed away in 1929 and was interred with so many of the Jenks ancestors in the Southfield Cemetery, Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan.



About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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