Hi! I am an incoming sophmore at Andover High School, and I am taking over for the Photo of the Week! Throughout this upcoming year, I will be exploring some photos that stand out to me at the Andover Historical Society. For my first weekly update, I am writing about a photo of a Civil War veteran from Andover.
E.Kendall Jenkins is pictured to the right. He was born on October 14th, 1831. Jenkins enlisted when he was just 30 years old. He fought as a Private, a Corporal, and a Quartermaster Sergeant. He even fought under General Grant as well, who was the victorious commander of the Union.
Jenkins returned Andover after the war in the 1865. Between 1866-1878, he served in four positions, including Town Clerk, Treasurer, Tax Collector, and was elected as the Deputy Sheriff. He gave up these four positions to become the Treasurer of Essex County, a position he remained in for 26 years. During this time period, he was also the Justice of Peace, Clerk of the Old South Parish, and trustee of the newly built Memorial Hall Library. In his personal life, Jenkins was married to Nancy Jenkins, with whom he celebrated a fifty year anniversary in November, 1914. Jenkins played a huge role in the town life of Andover, and his contributions to the Civil War cannot will not be forgotten. He exemplifies Andover’s role in the Civil War, and must be respected as any veteran for his service to our country. Jenkins is not just another veteran, but a symbol of service and devotion to the Union.