My second cousin, 4 times removed, Stillman Leek Jenks, was born 15 August 1828, in Jenksville, New York, to Calvin and Annis Ellen Brown Jenks. Cousin Stillman made my list of odd named relative in a double sense — his parents gave him the middle name of a vegetable! Luckily, there is no explanation, just wonderment.
Stillman married Sophia Parnell Kenney, daughter of George G. and Eliza Wetmore Kenney in Caroline, New York, on 7 October 1849. They were the parents of six: Edwin C. (1851), Calvin (1855), Nelson Treat (1858), Annis (1863), Stillman George (1865), and Albert Ernest (1869). The location of the birth of each maps the migration of the family to their eventual home in Ionia County, Michigan:
- Edwin C (1851) – Caroline, New York
- Calvin (1855) – Waterford, Laporte, Indiana
- Nelson Treat (1858), Ionia County, Michigan
Their youngest son, Albert Ernest Jenks, was a famous researcher and author whom I have previously profiled in this blog on 28 November 2019.
Stillman passed away on 19 May 1872, in Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan, and is interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery there. Sophia survived him until 22 November 1900, when she passed while living in Newton Center, Massachusetts. She was returned to Ionia and interred next to Stillman.