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