(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
Dr. Jenkins and his wife Annis died in the 1855 yellow fever epidemic in Natchez. They left four orphaned children; Alice, Mary, John, and William.
Yellow fever outbreaks were not uncommon in the river country along the Mississippi during antebellum times. There were outbreaks in Natchez in 1797, 1817, 1819, 1823, 1826, 1827, 1829, 1837, 1839, 1844, 1848, 1853, 1855, 1858, 1871, 1878, the last of the great outbreaks.
Dr. Jenkins and his wife are buried under a single monument in the Elgin Cemetery located on the Elgin Plantation in Adams County.