Sergeant John W. Jennings, Company H.
Grave of Sgt. John W. Jennings, Liberty Chapel, Cairo, Tippecanoe County.
John W. Jennings one of the representative citizens of Tippecanoe County, is a native of this county, born in Tippecanoe Township, January 7, 1845, his father, Abel B. Jennings, being on of the old pioneers of the county. Abel B. Jennings was a native of Ohio, his wife, Minerva (Graves) Jennings, also being a native of the Buckeye State. They reared a family of nine children: F.M., living in Sioux City, Iowa; Sarah, living at Brookston, Indiana; MARTHA, at LaFayette; L.B. of Polk City, Iowa; L.N., P.L. and John W. are residents of Tippecanoe Township, and two, named Jacob and Mary E., deceased. Able Jennings lived in Tippecanoe Township until his death, which occurred March 1884. The mother of our subject is still living, aged sixty-six yeras. The father being a farmer by occupation, John W., our subject, was reared to the same avocation. He was a soldier in the war of the Rebellion, enlisting December 1, 1861, in Company H, Fortieth Indiana Infantry, and served in the Army of the Cumberland. He participated in the hard fought battles of Shiloh, Mission Ridge, Buzzard’s Roost, Resaca, New Hope Church and Kenesaw Mountain. June 27, 1864, at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain he received a severe gunshot wound in the left side of his face, which carried away his upper jaw and a part of his tongue. He was then confined in different hospitals until November 20, 1864, when he was honorably discharged on account of disability resulting from his wound from the effects of which he has never recovered. He then returned to Tippecanoe County, and was united in marriage April 6, 1866, to Miss Hester A. Shigley, a daughter of Adam P. and Rachel (O’Shal) Shigley, of Tippecanoe Township. They are the parents of eight children named as follows: Alice, Lizzie, Belle, George, James, Asa, Dora and Arthur. For three years after his marriage Mr. Jennings resided at LaFayette. He settled on the farm where he now resides on section 9, Tippecanoe Township, in 1887, where he has fifty acres of well-improved land, a comfortable and commodious residence and good farm buildings. In politics Mr. Jennings affiliates with the Republican party. He is a comrade of the John A. Logan Post, G.A.R., of LaFayette, and also belongs to the Odd Fellows lodge at Brookston, Indiana, No. 164. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County Indiana. pp 381-382