Biography of Burgess E. Jenkins
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Jenkins, Burgess E., was born in Butler, March 13, 1848, and is the son of the late James M. Jenkins, who died in 1879, and was a local preacher of considerable renown. James Jenkins made his home upon a farm, but was prompt to respond to the call of duty, an ordained minister of the M. E. church and widely known for his benevolence and genuine piety. His wife, Pamelia Jane, died in 1884, leaving five children. Burgess was educated at Red Creek Seminary, and at nineteen years of age began his, business life by embarking in the flax business with Charles W. Eddy as a partner. Ten years later, in 1877, he became known as a builder and contractor, and at the present writing is commissioner of highways, and a man whom to know is to honor. February 19, 1868, he married Aurelia, daughter of Josephus Cross, of Wolcott, and the mother of seven children: Grace, Morris, Cora, Milton, Gertrude, Carrie, and Cecil. Cora died April 18, 1874, in early childhood; and Morris, who had reached the age of twenty two and was engaged in telegraphic work in New Jersey, died there in July, 1893.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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