CHARLES T. JENKINS, Clerk of the Circuit
Court of Vanderburgh County, was born in
Evansville, March 12th, 1845. His paternal
grandfather, Richard Jenkins, was a native
of Kentucky, born in 1793, and possessed
the sterling qualities of manliness
peculiar to the better classes of the pioneer
era in the west.
His father, Samuel T. Jenkins, was born in
Hamilton, Ohio, in
1822, and died in this city in 1852, much
respected. His name was closely associated
with the early history of this county.
In early days the Jenkins family came to
Vanderburgh county and settled in the village
of Evansville. When but a boy
Samuel was appointed Deputy Clerk of the
new County, and so apparent were his abilities
and so acceptable his service that even
before he attained his majority he was
elected to the office when he was serving as
deputy. He was three times chosen to discharge
the duties of that important position,
and died while in office. He was a man of
correct business habits, well qualified, efficient,
trustworthy and popular with the
The mother of Charles Jenkins
was Elizabeth Chute, a native of Vermont,
born in 1824, now residing at Washington,
D.C., who belonged to a prominent pioneer
family, natives of Vermont, distinguished
for many polite and cultivated adornments
of character, and for many years favorably
known in Evansville.
The immediate subject of this mention
was reared and educated
in this city, his studies being afterward
continued for a time at Oxford, Ohio.
His capacity for mental work was early
manifest. When fifteen years of age
he accepted a position as accountant for
Morgan, Reed & Co., and excepting the
period covered by his military service,
remained with that firm six years, when he
embarked in the boot and shoe trade with
H. T. Chute. At the end of four years he
removed to the country and engaged in
farming for eight years.
Being popular and
competent he was elected, in 1880, as the
nominee of the republican party, to the
office of County Recorder, and four years
later to his present office. A re-election in
1888 by a largely increased majority was a
high testimonial to his popularity and worth.
His official life has been one of the most
satisfactory the county has ever known, and
his widespread popularity is exceeded by that
of but few men in this part of the state.
His military career was brief but honorable.
During the greater part of the Civil War
period, he was a youth, too young for service.
In April, 1864, he enlisted in the
Thirty-Sixth Indiana Infantry for four months
and after a faithful service, at the expiration
of the term of his enlistment was honorably
In 1865 he was united in marriage to
Miss Diana M. Hall, of Carlisle
Ind., born April 18, 1845, daughter of John
M. and Margaret Hall, natives of England.
These parents have one son, Samuel M.
born December 4, 1866.
Mr. Jenkins is prominent member of the I.O.O.F., K. of P.,
and G.A.R. fraternities, and actively
interested in the progress of the city.