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  • Name Pliny JENNINGS 
    Born 26 Jun 1793  Cornwall Litchfield Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    • From Geneva Gazette 29 April 1892
      There are a few left of Geneva boys born in 1821-22. Memory is quite vivid with most of them as to men and things in 1832 and onward. Said John D. Young in talking over old times recently, "you recollect that queer old codger Ayres, who came in from the country on the Castle road. Usually had his wife with him. What a rig he drove; a 2-wheeled vehicle with a little hay in it. Instead of a whip he wielded a large whipstock or cane with which he incessantly punched the old "hoss" to keep him on a lazy trot. In one of my mischievous pranks I found opportunity to unhitch the traces and fasten the driving lines to the hame rings. You ought to have seen the old man's surprise when he punched up the horse and the brute pulled out of the thills, almost hauling him over the dashboard. I put in an appearance about that time and fairly convinced the old man that he made the mistake in hitching up. 'Mebbe I have -- I'm getting pretty old.'

      "And then there was another quaint old fellow -- a regular Johnny Bull in his swallow-tail coat, knee breeches and buckle shoes. That was Billy Swales. He owned and lived on the farm now constituting the the State Agricultural Station. He afterwards sold it to Charles Godfrey.

      "And then there was Israel Crittenden, who used to ride to and fro between his farm and the village on horseback and at a pretty lively gait for one who carried so much 'ardent' in his skin. But I never knew him to meet with an accident.

      "Jerome Loomis, the Revolutionary patriot, 'driving his old horse "Lark,"' was another familiar figure in his long white queue often seen on the Castle road. The boys always looked upon the old soldier with admiration. Three only of his very large family remain.

      "Then there were two positive characters in our immediate neighborhood -- Adam Wilson, the English cavalryman who fought under Wellington at Waterloo. He still retained his huge broadsword, and when he got pretty full, as was too often the case, he was prone to imagine that his wife and children were dastard followers of the hated Napoleon, and he would flourish his weapon too dangerously near their inoffensive heads. Often they would have to flee to neighbors for protection during his warlike moods. A boon companion of his was the little sawed-off, round-shouldered Daniel James. How often I have seen them 'holding up the fence' along by Pete Earle's house. And when they parted it was invariably with the assurance of the stalwart soldier, 'we're frens for life, Daniel -- we're frens fer life!'

      And Pliny Jennings. Will you ever forget Pliny Jennings? What an old sardine he was; how he loved to gossip; knew everybody and everybody's pedigree. And how he loved to tease poor old Mary Carey, another character as quaint as any going to make up our community. Homely ! It's no name for it. Wall-eyed, and face so wrinkled you couldn't put a pin point on a smooth place. She resided till her death on Catharine street -- now dignified by the name West Avenue.

      "Charley Campbell -- he was another never-to-be-forgotten character. What fun we had with old Charley. And he enjoyed the fun too, and would take any amount of boys' nonsense until they began to pull at his coat-tails -- then look out for stones -- he always carried a few for such emergency in his pockets. I wish you could put in type so as to be understood the queer sound that came from his throat in emphasizing a retort to our badgerings. He made a special 'circus' for us at general trainings.

      "Poor old 'Granny Mills'. Do you remember the occasion when her house burned down over her head? It stood on the spot where Brundage's carriage shop now stands. It was with difficulty she was restrained from rushing in and perishing with the destruction of her humble dwelling. What a search was made by us boys for the gold and silver treasure supposed to be buried in the ruins. The 'finds' however did not make any of us rich.

      "Well, this will do for one chapter. Let us get together again and talk over 'old times.' " (Agreed.)

      BIRTH: The US Federal Census taken on the 22nd day of August 1870 lists Pliny Jennings as 74 years of age which would indicate his birth year to be 1796 instead of 1793. It shows that Pliny was born in Connecticut. The Census also shows that Pliny's parents were not of foreign birth.

      The 1860 Census taken on the 14th day of August 1860 lists Pliny as 65 years of age which would indicate his birth year to be 1795

      From Geneva Gazette 25 July 1856
      The undersigned, Democratic Electors of the Town of Seneca, invite their fellow Democrats, and all in favor of electing BUCHANAN & BRECKINRIDGE to the Presidency and Vice Presidency of the United States, to meet at the Franklin House on Monday Evening, July 29th at 8 o'clock, for the purpose of organizing preparatory to a vigorous prosecution of the Presidential Campaign.

      Pliny Jennings was one of the above Democratic Electors along with Michael O'Flaherty. Some 14 years later, the 1870 census shows Pliny at age 74 living with the O'Flaherty family.

      In the previous census of 1860, Pliny was shown as living with the Henry Schermerhorn family.

      In the early days of postal service, postage was paid by the recipient and mail was picked up at a "postoffice" -- often a general store. Postmasters were authorized to publish a list of letters left at the postoffice in a local newspaper.
      The following two publications included letters for Pliny Jennings establishing that he was living in Geneva during these periods.

      From Geneva Courier 21 December 1831
      LIST OF LETTERS REMAINING in the Post-Office at Geneva, on the 30th of November, 1831.

      From Geneva Gazette 11 March 1848
      LIST OF LETTERS remaining in the Post Office at Geneva, N. Y., March 3, 1848:
    • From Merlyn Hollomon Whiting
      22 May 1998

      Info I have of my gggfparents:
      Pliney JENNINGS-B. 26 June 1793 in Cornwall, Ct. -His wife Mary MARSH B. 8 March 1799 In Litchfield Co. Ct.
      They M. 12 Jan. 1815 -Where ?.

      They moved to Danby, Tompkins Co., N.Y. where two of their children were born - my gggf John Ira Jennings who moved to Ga. and his sister Sarah Saphronia Jennings, who m. in Geneve, N.Y.,Benjamin Kellogg and moved to Mi. Know they had other children but unknown to me. Would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.

    Person ID I3089  Johnson & Hanson
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2017 

    Father Lemuel JENNINGS,   b. 5 Jun 1748, Southampton, Suffolk Co., Long Island, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1823, Danby, Tompkins, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Abiah BIERCE 
    Married 20 Jan 1773  Cornwall, Litchfield Co., CT. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Married by Reverend Hezekiah Gold

      Bierce is spelled BEARCE
    Family ID F1139  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary MARSH,   b. 8 Mar 1799, Litchfield Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Oct 1831, Geneva, Seneca, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Married 12 Jan 1815  Probably Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. John Ira JENNINGS,   b. 15 Jul 1815, Danby, Tompkins Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1903, Warrior District, Lizella, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +2. Sarah Sophronia JENNINGS,   b. 6 Jun 1818, Danby, Tompkins Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1861, Stockbridge, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     3. Son 2 JENNINGS,   b. 1815/1820
    Family ID F1152  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart