Gustavis Adelbert "Dell" Jennings

Brief Life History of Gustavis Adelbert "Dell"

When Gustavis Adelbert "Dell" Jennings was born on 21 December 1868, in Illinois, United States, his father, William Adelbert Jennings, was 21 and his mother, Lucy Emma Whipple, was 18. He married Sarah Lorinda "Laura" Leach about 1893, in Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Jasper, Iowa, United States in 1905 and Mound Prairie Township, Jasper, Iowa, United States in 1910. He died in 1927, in California, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Bonita, San Diego, California, United States.

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Gustavis Adelbert "Dell" Jennings
Sarah Lorinda "Laura" Leach
Marriage: about 1893
Ethel Belle Jennings
John Lee Jennings
Effie Margaret Jennings

Sources (17)

  • Gustavus Jennings in household of William Jennings, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Gus A Jennings, "California Death Index, 1905-1939"
  • Dell Jennings in entry for Ethel Belle Pigg, "Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992"

World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.


In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Jenning , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

German: patronymic from a pet form (see Jenning ) of the personal name Johannes (see John ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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