Historic Markers Across South Carolina

James Jenkins (1764-1847)

Marker ID: DAR 31-12
Location: 1.5 miles SW of Bishopville on US 15
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 34° 12.154    W 080° 16.390
  34.202567    -80.273167
Style: Free Standing **


The Reverend James Jenkins served in the Methodist ministry for fifty-five years. He was born in Britton´s Neck, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Britton Jenkins. His mother was a Revolutionary War heroine. In 1805 he married Elizabeth Ann Gwyn and from 1814 to 1836 he lived near here. He died and was buried in Camden.

The Reverend James Jenkins was a pioneer circuit-riding Methodist minister. He began his ministry in 1792 among the settlers and Indians of the Cherokee Circuit. In 1801 he was presiding elder of the S.C. District He organized many churches, including Bethlehem Methodist Church in Bishopville. In later years, he supervised and disciplined younger preachers.

Erected by Dr. Henry Woodward Chapter, S.C. Society, Daughters of the American Colonists - 1972