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Abbitt Jenkins Family
My website has been up and running for over six years now, and during that time I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with many military families. Military families are amazing. Generation after generation, they sacrifice their time, their individual wants, and sometimes even their lives for their country. Although my father served during WW2 and my brother fought in Viet Nam, I don't really consider my family a military family since they were the only two who served. It's through my work here that I have discovered the definition of a military family: service to country by one or more members; personal recognition not necessary. I have discovered that most veterans will embrace a group holiday such as Veteran's Day, but in the past when I have asked to honor individual military members with a post, many have politely declined.
Having said all that, I decided there must be one military family who could represent all of the rest and whose story I could tell. A few months ago, I was chatting with a man on Instagram about his family. As he told me the details of their military service and sacrifice, I knew I wanted to honor them in some way. The Abbitt Jenkins family's military history started during the Civil War and still continues today. They are the gold standard for all of us who depend on the military to keep us safe, and it is an honor for me to be able to document and present their history.
#1 George W. Abbitt / Civil War / 1st Generation
George W. Abbitt was born on June 19, 1826, in Appomattox, Virginia. A farmer by trade, he enlisted in the Confederate Army on June 19, 1861. As a 2nd lieutenant, then captain of Company B of the 46th Virginia Infantry, his specialty was archery. On March 30, 1864, he left his hometown bound for South Carolina. Once there, his unit was placed in charge of heavy batteries. While fighting for the land of his birth, he kept a personal diary from May 1863 to June 1864. The diary is now part of the historical collection at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. In his first entry, he wrote, “we drove the Yankee Cavalry back, killing seven horses, wounding and taking thirteen prisoners.”
Colonel Abbitt had a brother, William H. Abbitt, who was a doctor in the same company. (ask Michael about including that) Later, after becoming ill, Colonel Abbitt was admitted to Petersburg Hospital where he continued to make diary entries. Once back with his regiment, the diary describes the ever-present tension due to the close proximity of the enemy. Colonel Abbitt eventually ended up as commander of the regiment. He died on June 25, 1912 and is buried at Gravel Knoll Cemetery, Appomattox County, Virginia.
(Family only reference: he is Charles William Abbitt Jenkins’ father-in-law; he is Michael’s Great Great Uncle; [he is whose Great Great Grandfather’s father-in-law?] - ask Michael how to reference who these people are. Timeline = 1) - take this paragraph out??
#2 William H. Abbitt / Civil War / Generation 1
William H. Abbitt was the brother of George W. Abbitt (above). Like his brother, he served in the Confederate army. He enlisted as an officer and was a doctor. Abbitt got typhoid fever and eventually had to resign his commission which he did at Appomattox Courthouse.
Charles William Abbitt Jenkins / Civil War / Generation ___
Private Charles William Abbitt Jenkins (no pic yet) was born in 1817 in Appomattox, Virginia, and lived in Hardin, Missouri (or Eskridge, Kansas?). Along with two of his brothers, he served as a private in the Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. (not sure what this references: Military Date 2/19/1919) Private Jenkins was sent to bring back deserters but they attacked him. He lived until 12/24/1864 (Christmas Eve) but then died.
Family only reference: he is Colonel George W. Abbitt’s son-in-law; he is Michael’s Great Great Grandfather (no pic yet) Timeline=2
I don't know who the above and below is.
The sword in the above picture belonged to Private William Abbitt Jenkins
Robert Smith Jenkins / World War I / Generation ___ Take him off and put on other one.
Sergeant Robert S Jenkins was the son of Charles William Abbitt Jenkins; he did not serve in the military but was a doctor during WW1.
He is Michael's Great Grandfather. Timeline=3
Sergeant William Abbitt Jenkins Sr. / World War I / Generation ___
Sergeant William Abbitt Jenkins Sr. was born on June 1, 1905. He died in September of 1960. He served during WW1. After the war, he was an Osteopathic Physician (I have his obituary) (Michael’s grandfather) Timeline=4
No family only reference yet.
His baby pic is on my email. pic of baby is him and pic of lady is his mother.
Robert Sameul Jenkins / World War II / Generation ___ Take him out - does he belong in the Family tree version?
World War II Selective Service Records
Robert S. Jenkins
NameJenkins, Robert S.
Entry into ServiceInducted 10 March 1944
RegistrationRegistered, order # S-1742
PlaceWichita, Sedgwick County (Board #4)
Robert S Jenkins
Name:Robert S Jenkins
Entry Date:10 Mar 1944
Entry Place:Sedgwick, Kansas, USA
Gunner's Mate William Abbitt Jenkins Jr / World War II / Generation ___
William Abbitt Jenkins Jr was born on 2/8/1918 in Kansas City, Missouri. He worked for Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego, but after WW2 broke out, he enlisted in the Spring of 1945 and became a Gunner’s Mate in the Navy on the USS South Dakota. Coincidentally, he and all four of his brothers were stationed in the South Pacific during the war. He died on March 22, 1999 and is buried in the Auburn Cemetery in Kansas next to his wife, Sarah Casebeer (pic of them together?)
On the right with his son Michael and his grandson Bud.
Robert F Jenkins below is his brother.
Robert F. Jenkins / Navy Master Diver and Gunner's Mate / World War II / Generation ___
Robert F. Jenkins was born on March 4, 1922 in Missouri. He enlisted in the Navy and served as a master diver and gunner on the USS Idaho during WW2. He was one of many divers who brought bodies out of Pearl Harbor after the attack was over. He didn’t talk much about his service, but when he spoke about the USS Idaho, his face would light up: he loved that ship. Mr. Jenkins went on to be a doctor. He died on April 22, 2001 and is buried in Eskridge, Kansas. (Michael’s Uncle) Timeline=6
John D. "Jack" Henderson / World War II / Generation ___
John D. "Jack" Henderson served during World War 2 and was a member of Merrill's Marauders, a group of Army jungle fighters. The Marauders were a tough, hard-nosed bunch with a chip on their shoulders. (Michael's Uncle) - no pic yet Timeline=7 see pic on my email
William Abbitt Jenkins III / Viet Nam / Generation ___
William Abbitt Jenkins III (no pic yet) -- Specialist in Viet Nam (Michael’s Brother) Timeline=8