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Jennings Family

I am the ggg grandson of James Jennings and wife Eliza nee Dibble that arrived in South Australia in 1848 on the ship Success. James and Eliza had 13 children, 9 of which survived childhood. Their first child James was born in 1848 and details vary on whether he was infact born here in Australia, England or en-route as the shipping list shows a child James Jennings on-board. It maybe that his parents listed him born in Australia to make him Australian by birth.

James and Eliza lived on a small property at Mt Torrens, and although they may have farmed in a small way, James worked much of his life as a teamster driver. Early on he drove bullock teams carting flour from the flour mill to Pt Willunga. Around 1861 they moved to Mt Barker, then around 1866 into Adelaide itself. It was about this time their 11th child, Harriet died on the Adelaide to Mt Barker road. It is possible that could have been while moving to Adelaide. James kept working as a driver and worked for companies such as Harrold Brothers (shipping agents and merchants) and Hill & Co (a passenger coach service). Most of his sons were known to have been drivers at some point and at least one worked with their father for the same company. Later in life, probably when he was too old to work as a driver he was employed as a stableman and groom.

Much of the Jennings research has been kindly supplied by Lola Both (affectionately known as my 2nd cousin twice removed).

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