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David Jennings


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Born April 17, 1817, as a boy, David Jennings, was a house servant on a plantation in South Carolina. Later, he was apprenticed to a tailor and married at the age of seventeen. His wife, Binna, and his five children were later sold and David became the property of Wade Hampton, one of the richest families in the antebellum South, governor and later United States Senator from South Carolina. Hampton entered the Confederate service as a brigadier general. He took four slaves with him as servants, one being David Jennings. Mr. Jennings’ job was to look after the general’s horses. After the war, David Jennings was a free man and eventually found his way to Fowler in 1892 from Columbia, after his daughter, Julia Bell, endlessly searched for him and his wife.