Ambrose D. Jenkins

                 Goodspeed 1890


Rev. A.D. Jenkins, a worthy divine of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, was born in Ouachita County, Ark., in 1846, the second of seven
children born to William N. and Lodema (Alexander) Jenkins, the former of
whom was born in Alabama in 1820, and the latter in what is now Hempstead
County, Ark., in 1819. The paternal great grandfather, William Jenkins, ...
a Welshman (whose family was in) America prior to the opening of the war of
independence, ... took the side of the colonists in their struggle for
liberty. He came to Murfreesboro, Pike County, Ark., in 1837, and there
passed from life. His son Jesse came to this State the same year, having
previously married in Alabama, but in 1844 he removed from Pike County to
Ouachita County, and in this county followed farming in connection with
preaching until his removal to Louisiana, where he died in 1857. The
mother's ancestors came to this country with the Puritans, and one member
of the family, Capt. Edwards, commanded one of the vessels during their
journey thither. The grandfather, James Alexander, lived in Missouri, and
his wife was at New Madrid at the time of the earthquake. This family came
on pack horses to Arkansas in 1817, crossed the Arkansas River at Little
Rock, before there was any settlement at that place, and came to Mound
Prairie, in what is now Hempstead County, and here Mrs. Jenkins was born.
The maternal great grandfather, Lemuel Wakely, was an officer in the
Revolutionary War. William N. Jenkins was married in 1844, and their son,
A.D. Jenkins received his early education in the common schools of Ouachita
County. In 1864 he went to Texas and entered McKenzie College, an
institution he attended one year, then attended school at Coleman's
Springs, Tex., under Prof. W.C. Parham, after which he entered school at
Princeton, Dallas County, under the same professor. Subsequently he was
engaged in teaching for two terms. He was licensed to preach in December,
1867, and joined the Little Rock Conference in 1868, and was sent to Rondo
Circuit, where he remained two years, and spent the following year in Polk
County. In 1872-73 he resided in Sevier County, 1874 in Miller County, two
years in Ashley County, one year on Lewisville Circuit, one year in Pine
Bluff, two years in Monticello Station, West End, Little Rock, one year,
Carlisle, in Lonoke County, four years, back to Little Rock for two years,
Benton Station for one year, and in 1889 came to Howard County, and has
since had charge of the Centre Point Circuit. He has spent the greater part
of his life in his native State, laboring for the kingdom of God, in the
church of his parentage.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Howard County,
1890, page 276, edited.

Update 03.28.01              David Kelley 1997                 BIO-0025.HTM