Pvt. Samuel T. Jenrett
1824-1911 He was from Horry, SC & is buried at Rehobeth UMC in Horry (Galivants Ferry section).
A Confederate Soldier, Co. B, SC Siege Train – Manigault’s Artillery, In the Army of The Confederate States.
The Horry Herald: Thursday, November 9, 1911
Samuel T. Jenrett
Samuel T. Jenrett was born in Columbus County, N. C., January 15, 1824, and died October 23, 1911, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Pitman, in Horry County, S. C. He lived 87 years, 9 months and 8 days. He lived the simple life and died the death of the righteous.
He was a grand old man – a man of the most lovable qualities, pure in heart, pure in thoughts and perfect in his love for all mankind.
His grandfather and his father Elias Jenrett, came from France to America and helped Washington and LaFayette win American independence. They were French Huguenot and patriots who crossed the ocean because they loved liberty. They helped Washington and LaFayette capture Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown and thus helped to close the Revolutionary war with glori¬ous victory.
Elias Jenrett, father of Samuel T. was at one time captured by the British, but escaped at the risk of his life by jumping into the ocean from a prison ship and swimming ashore where he soon rejoined his comrades. Shortly after the end of the Revolution Elias Jenrett settled in North Carolina and resided there until his death. He was thrice married, his last wife being Margaret Portervine.
Samuel T. Jenrett was the youngest child of Elias Jenrett and Margaret Portervine. He was married in 1842 to Eliza Johnson, daughter of Meshoe Johnson and his wife, Rebecca Ray. Samuel and Eliza lived happily together in Horry County, S. C., for forty-eight years, she dying October 5th, 1900. In 1892 they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary; receiving congratulations from a host of friends, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They began life together at Honey Camp and spent practically all their wedded life on their farm near Zoan, SC.
Samuel T. Jenrett, for nearly half a century, owned and operated a water mill beside his farm, and his mill house was a public place where neighbors loved to meet and discuss politics, religion and business. He served in the Confederate army, doing duty in Company C (B), under Captain Pocher Smith in Col. Manigault’s regiment of artillery. One of his sons, Wilson, gave up his life in the Confederate service. In business, politics and social affairs he was the soul of courtesy and honor. He, like his sainted wife, was a devoted member of the Methodist Church and he, like his wife, died with his hand in the hand of God.
His faith In God and his promises never wavered. He looked on death as but an opening gate to a sweeter and higher life; to a life in company with his sainted wife and children and all that happy host who “have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamp.” He brought much heaven to the lives of those who knew him. He was always cheerful, bright, sparkl¬ing, active in mind and body. He loved woods and fields, the streams and hills. His farm by the old mill pond was a veritable heaven to his grandchildren.
“Far from the maddening crowd’s ignoble strife,
His sober wishes never learned to stray;
A long life’s sequested vale of life,
He kept the even temper of his way”
He was a pioneer who loved liberty, justice and righteousness, and he was held in the highest esteem by these who knew him.
To him and his wife, Eliza were born thirteen children, as follows:
(1) Lucinda, who married Noah B. Cooper, of Mullins, S. C.,
(2) Wilson, who was captured while in the Confederate army and died in a Federal prison (Point Lookout),
(3) Elizabeth, who married E P Pitman,
(4) Samuel T., who married Clarkie Graham,
(5) Isaac, who was first married to Nancy Johnson, and after her death to Sallie Barnhill,
(6) Joseph J., who married Martha Mincey,
(7) Benjamin, who married Frances Elliott,
(8) Margaret, who married Rev. Cyrus B. Dawsey,
(9) Janie, who married Bethel Elliott,
(10) Rebecca, who married D M Mincey,
(11) Elias Pickens, who married Mary Patterson,
(12) Martha, who married Oliver Johnson,
(13) Julia, who died a child.
A host of friends witnessed his funeral at Old Rehobeth where he was laid to rest beside his sainted wife. The Methodist minister, Rev. D H Everett, officiated. Feeling and appropriate remarks were also made by Mr. William B. Cooper, President of the American National Bank of Wilmington, NC, and the oldest grandchild of this venerable patriot and patriarch.
Noah W. Cooper.
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