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My name is Orville Boyd Jenkins, son of Orville Lee Jenkins,
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My genealogy research is focused on the following primary families: Jenkins, Terry, Christian, Gregory, Green, Strange-LeStrange, Barnett, Mullinax, McSwain, Dumond, Butler.  Extensive marriage and cousin lineages are followed also.  Innumerable cousins and members of intermarred cousin lines are actively contributing source information and clues for this genealogy on an ongoing basis.  (This website is entirely generated anew each time an update is made from the research database.  Updates at irregular intervals with extensive changes and additions each time.)


I cannot find the father or specific family connections in South Carolina for my great-grandfather Joseph Sanford Jenkins, born abt 1824, or his wife Lucinda Amanda Taylor, born about 1826 in Mississippi, married about 1844 in Mississippi.  Joseph and Lucinda lived in Cass County, Texas, after being married in Mississippi.  Children were born in Mississippi and Texas.

After Lucinda died about 1869, Joseph married the widow named Louisa Christian in Cass County, Texas, whose maiden name was possibly also Taylor.  But a census reports that Louisa's mother was born in Ireland, whereas the birth place of Lucinda's parents is fairly well discounted.  Lucinda's daughter Nancy Ann Day said she thought one of her grandmothers came from Ireland.  See Lucinda's memorial on Find a Grave.

This made some think Louisa might have been Lucinda Taylor Jenkins' sister, but birth state reports in the censuses do not support this.  If they did share Taylor connections, it is possible she was Lucinda's aunt.  No information has been found on Louisa's death or burial, but it appears she died before Joseph Sanford moved with Joseph Asa and his family to Chickasaw Nation, where JS died in 1893.  See Louisa's memorial on Find a Grave.

There is a rumor in family tradition that Joseph was married to a previous wife.  But no children are known who were born before the marriage date of Joseph and Lucinda.  It is sometimes claimed that the first child Nell was born from the first marriage, but her birth date is after the marriage date of Joe and Lucinda.  There was some thought in tradition that J S might have been married to two women simultaneously.  No investigations have turned up anything to substantiate or disconfirm this.

Family memories of Joseph Sanford's son Joseph Asa (this writer's grandfather) indicate there were siblings or cousins in Mississippi and Indian Territory the family were not acquainted with.  They include the name of McJenkins.  No connection has so far been found.

The first collection of information on the J S Jenkins family was done by Joseph Asa's grandson Harold Christian in 1980.  This was an invaluable starting point for this current genealogy.  Harold also compiled a similar Christian family genealogy, which has been expanded by Judy Holsted Oldziewski and Orville Boyd Jenkins, who have worked further on the Christian genealogy, included in this current tree.

The primary Green line here is Meshack W Green and Lucretia Franklin, of Cherokee background.  Some of this line of Green and Horton surname were registered Eastern Cherokees, but others moved into the general population and moved west.  Franklin and Sullivan family connections of Meshack's wife Lucretia Franlkiin indicate she was also full or part Cherokee.

Recent DNA tests indicate that one or more descendants of Meshack have the L2 Y haplogroup, indicating at least one of Meshack's ancestors was of European origin.

There is some indication that this line is kin to the Gardner Green line of Cherokees, which moved westward into the upper Midwest.  The exact connection has not been found.  The Gardner Green line also have Pamunkey (Virginia) heritage and one genetic ancestor in the Caribbean.

Our Gregory line goes back to James Henry Gregory and Rachel Lewis in Jefferson County, Tennessee, and Cherokee County, Alabama.  For a long time, I could not find the parents of either of these.  Then in 2019, working with another Gregory resercher, we had a breakthrough and made connections to the vast clan of Gregorys in old Virginia.

This took us back to early colonial Pennsylvania and Virginia. and the various branches of Gregorys that moved out from there.  Over the months on into 2020, these lines were drawn out into the current era.  In 2020, our Lewis connections were similarly clarified and their prior generations also added.  These lines have been followed along several branches now into the current period in many states.

The Gregorys spread from northern Virginia into North Carolina, and into what became Kentucky and Tennessee.  One branch of the Tennessee group went to Louisiana, stemming from William Wallace Gregory.  Others from the various eastern groups would wind up in north and east Texas and on out to California

There is a Gregory lineage connected to the Terry lineage in this tree, and there is some indication that this line, the family of Benjamin Bry Gregory (b May 1761 in Virginia), is kin to the lineage of James Henry Gregory.  Famous names in Benjamin Bry's lineage are Ben's son Tapley (born McMinn County, Tennessee, died Smith County, Tennessee) and Tapley's son Jathan Gregory of McMinn County, Tennessee.

The Gregorys in Franklin County, Tennessee, appear to be related.  Some of Henry and Rachel's children moved to Alabama, where we lose track of them.

The Strange/LeStrange (L'Etranger, the foreigner) line in this tree connected to the Gregory line has been reconstructed back to 1022, with the first one known to have been called by this line, Hoel Le Strange, of Brittany, who moved to Norfolk, England, and later became associated with the Norman nobility that came over from Normandy with William the Conqueror in 1066.  This lineage is abundant in northern Texas, Oklahoma and western states.

This Terry lineage was in the colonies befoe the American Revolution.  The Terry lineage is connected to the Crawford line, going back to Scotland, and may have connections to Terry in Ireland.  There is a strong family tradition of Irish origins, related to me by my paternal grandmother Julia Virginia Terry Jenkins (1880-1962).  This would tie our Terry line to the Thierry lineages in France, and thus to likely Norman connections.

The Terrys also have Eastern Cherokee background, and are related to the Keiths and Harkins, some of whom are registered Cherokees now in Oklahoma.

There is a Gregory lineage connected to the Terry lineage in this tree, and there is some indication that this line, the family of Benjamin Bry Gregory (b May 1761 in Virginia), is kin to the lineage of James Henry Gregory.  Famous names in that lineage are Ben's son Tapley (born McMinn County, Tennessee, died Smith County, Tennessee) and Tapley's son Jathan Gregory of McMinn County, Tennessee.

One major researcher has raised questions about the connection of the Devon, England, Stranges to one Edmond LeStrange of the Hunstanton family, who is said to have moved to London, then sired a line that was established in Devon, a southwestern county of England.  However, descendants report the name Hunstanton for an early Strange manor home, and the name Edmund is prominent on the American Strange lineage tracing back to the Devon Stranges.  Such claims, questions and factors are discussed in this genealogy and constantly reviewed and updated in active ongoing research.

This lineage was quite spotty when we started in 2004, and have now been creditably reconstructed and connected with partial sources through expanding cooperation with dozens of members of McSwain and related lines since 2006.  One David McSwain who was born in Isle of Skye, Scotland, in 1700 and migrated to the colonies in about 1725.

In North and South Carolina his descendants established a virtual dynasty, intertwined with a set of other families who were socially and matrimonially tied over several generations.  Some moved west togher and were significantly established in several points in Arkansas, and in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi on the way.  Various branches at different times have moved on to location up and down the US west coast.

French Dumont/Dumond aristocratic families in Quebec migrated down the North American river system in New France and the various sovereignties ruling the central region of the continent, to Arkansas Post where they settled along the White River and Arkansas River.  Dumonds and related Quebec families, primarily under Spanish land grant in the 1600s, were established in the area from St Charles down the the confluence of the White, Arkansas and Mississipi Rivers.  They became established thus in what became the counties of Arkansas, Desha and Jefferson in the State of Arkansas.  Others moved on to points west.

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An initial summary written for a genealogical colleague 17 December 2015
Developed January & May 2016 and posted on this site 26 May 2016
Last edited 26 June 2023

Orville Boyd Jenkins, EdD, PhD
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