Joseph Asa JENKINS Mabel Clare JENKINS Asa Lee JENKINS Jimmie Ray JENKINS Ronald Wayne JENKINS Nova Bernice GRUBBS Nannie May JENKINS Rhonda Fay JENKINS Arthur Carthal JENKINS Orville Lee JENKINS Gladys Lahoma JENKINS Martha Netheline JENKINS Virginia Jo JENKINS Julia Virginia TERRY Mini tree diagram
Thomas Asa JENKINS

Thomas Asa JENKINS1,9,10,7,3,4,5,2,6

3rd Nov 190310 - 9th May 19692

Life History

11th Mar 1903


(less likely)

3rd Nov 1903

Born in Bradley, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,2,3,4,5,6

(most likely)

24th Nov 1929

Married Nova Bernice GRUBBS in Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma.15,20


Resident in Fort Cobb, Caddo, Oklahoma.1

26th Nov 1930

Birth of son Asa Lee JENKINS in Ft Cobb, Caddo, Oklahoma.4,11,8,12,13,14

8th Nov 1935

Birth of son Jimmie Ray JENKINS in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma.15

8th Nov 1935

Death of son Jimmie Ray JENKINS in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma.15

between 1936 and 1966

Residence2 in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma.7,8

24th Jul 1938

Birth of son Ronald Wayne JENKINS in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma.16,4,17,9,18,19,19

24th Jan 1966

Died in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma.2

(less likely)

9th May 1969

Died in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma.9,8,10

(most likely)

Lung cancer

after 9th May 1969

Buried in Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma.9

Other facts


CauseOfDeath: lung cancer


  • Thomas Asa was known to the family as Asa.  My father (and maybe other siblings) called him "Acy."  This was also an early nickname for my grandfather Joseph Asa.  One family source records Joseph Asa's birth under the name Joseph Acy Jenkins.

    "Asa, the second child of this marriage was born on 3 November 1903 while the family was living on the farm near Bradley. Following Asa's birth, Joseph moved his family into Bradley.  He purchased a mercantile store from a Mr. Cater. During this period he sold groceries and drygoods and also served as Bradley Postmaster."
    --  Jenkins Family History by Harold K Christian,, p 17

    1910 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma, 2 May, District #239, p #18A, Wall Township, Marlow City, Fourth Ward, Family #347:
    Jenkins, Joseph A  Head M W 43 m-2 9-yrs TX SC MS City Marshall
    Jenkins, Julia V  Wife F W 29 m-1 9-yrs 5/4 GA GA TX (should be NC)
    Jenkins, Asa  Son M W 7 s OK TX TX

    In 1912, Asa was taken to British Columbia, Canada, along with all his brothers and sisters.  His mother Jennie was going by train to join her husband Joseph
    Asa, who was working on a highway project there.

    Canadian Immigration Records, White Rock, British Columbia, 12 Dec 1912
    Jenkins, Mrs Jennie  Female age 30 Farmer Born Texas Citizen of Texas Train CMR 356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver $3.00 Cash  To Husband
    Jenkins, Asa Male age 8 Farmer Born Texas Citizen of Texas Train CMR 356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver

    Asa married Nova Bernice Grubbs.  The 1930 census reports they had just married that year.  Asa and Nova met and married in Fort Cobb, Caddo County, Oklahoma.  By at least 1936, Asa and Nova moved to Anadarko, where they lived the rest of their life.

    1930 Federal Census, Caddo County, Oklahoma, 1 April, Fort Cobb, District 26, page 7B, Hse #146, Fam #178
    Jenkins, Asa Head M W 26  married at age 26  OK TX TX Maytag Salesman
    Jenkins, Nova Wife F W 21  married at age 21  OK TX OK

    In May 2007, on a visit to Oklahoma, the following information was given to me by my cousin Asa Lee Jenkins, son of Thomas Asa Jenkins:
    In 1936 Asa went into business with his father-in-law James Grubbs in Anadarko, Oklahoma.  They were originally in the appliance business, but after Mr. Grubbs died in 1941, Asa bought out Grubbs' share from his family.  In 1956 Asa expanded by buying a furniture store in town, which he later merged with the appliance business into one store.  Asa was in business till he retired in 1962, when he closed the business.

    Asa's son Asa Lee decided in 1962 to open his own, separate furniture business.  He was in business with this store until he retired and sold it in 1983.  After his retirement, his lawyer son, Larry Wade Jenkins, prevailed upon him to go into title work for him.

    1940 Federal Census, Caddo County, Oklahoma, 9 April, Anadarko, District 8-6, page 7B, 408 W Louisiana St, Hse #157, Owns $2500
    Jenkins, Asa Head M W 36 Grade HS-4 b Oklahoma same place in 1935 Maytag Dealer
    Jenkins, Nova B Wife F W 31 Grade Col-2 b Oklahoma same place in 1935
    Jenkins, Asa Lee Son M W 9 Single Grade 3 b Oklahoma
    Jenkins, Ronald W Son M W 1 Single b Oklahoma

    U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
    Thomas Asa Jenkins
    Age 38
    Birth 3 Nov 1903 Grady, Oklahoma, USA
    Residence Anadarko, Oklahoma, USA
    Next of Kin J A Jenkins (father]
    5' 8" 145 lbs, Brown Eyes, BlackHair, Light Complexion
    Registration 15 Feb 1942

    The Social Security Death Index reports a quite different date of death from that reported by Harold Christian from family sources.  Harold reports 24 January 1966, while the SSDI says (month only) May 1969.  There is also a discrepancy in birth dates:  Christian: 3 November 1903, SSDI: 11 March 1903.

    Thomas Asa was buried in Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko, also referred to as the Anadarko Cemetery.  I have not been there to view the grave.  But there is a photo on the Find a Grave Memorial cited below, as well as for his wife Nova Grubbs Jenkins.  I found that for some reason, Asa and Nova are missing form the registry of that cemetery on OKGen Web. The grave has the same death date as the SSDI, but the birth date is the same as reported by Harold Christian.  ( An earlier registry that was on RootsWeb had Asa listed but not Nova.

    Updates I submitted ot Asa's memorial on Find a Grave were added in February 2015.

    Thomas Asa Jenkins
    Birth Nov. 3, 1903 Bradley, Grady County, Oklahoma, USA
    Death May 9, 1969 Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma, USA
    Joseph Asa Jenkins (1866 - 1962)
    Julia Virginia Terry Jenkins (1880 - 1966)
    Spouse Nova B Jenkins (1908 - 2001)
    Sallie Hester Jenkins Christian (1893 - 1982) Half-siblng
    Ocy Belle Jenkins (1896 - 1896) Half-sibling
    Mary Nettie Jenkins Yates (1897 - 1991) Half-sibling
    Mabel Clare Jenkins Hill (1901 - 1990)
    Nannie May Jenkins (1905 - 1906)
    Rhonda Fay Jenkins Boyd (1907 - 1963)
    Arthur Carthal Jenkins (1909 - 1955)
    Orville Lee Jenkins (1912 - 1987)
    Gladys Lahoma Jenkins Hendron (1914 - 1991)
    Martha Netheline Jenkins Callaway (1918 - 2007)
    Virginia Jo Jenkins (1925 - 1930)
    Burial Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma, USA
    Created by Geneva Jun 08, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #53421934,


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