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 Harry Garfield Jennings  (1878 - 1951)

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Lived/Active: Ohio/California      Known for: regionalist scene painting, town views and landscapes, etching

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Harry Garfield Jennings (1878-1951): Genealogical Research Summary

Harry Garfield Jennings, born August 25, 1878 in Cincinnati to Isaac Jennings and Sarah A. Smith.  Harry (age 1) was in the 1880 Census Report, living with his parents on Ohio Avenue, in Cincinnati. Harry was in the 1900 Census Report, living with his mother Sarah. His father had died 1881-1882. Harry was working as an artist. Their house now had an address, 2142 Ohio Avenue.

Sometime between 1900 and 1905, Harry left Cincinnati and moved out to the country, to Clermont County, which is north and east of Cincinnati. Harry got married on August 23, 1905 to Annie Marie Hermann, in Clermont County. She was born around 1880 in Newport, KY (right across the Ohio River from Cincinnati), and her parents were Bartholomew Hermann and Katherine Walbillig. Their marriage record shows that Harry was living in Lindale, Ohio, east of Cincinnati.

On May 19, 1906, Harry and Annie had a son named Harry Alexander Jennings. (My Uncle). In 1918, Harry filled out a registration card for military service in WWI.  He was then living on Route 5 in Batavia, Ohio, which is in Clermont County. In the 1920 Census Report, Harry and his family were living in North Union, Ohio, which is still in Clermont County. In the 1930 Census Report, Harry and his family were still living in Clermont County.

In 1941, Harry was then 63 years old, but he filled out a registration card for military service in WWII. His wife Anna is not named, and so she must have died sometime between 1930 and 1941. Harry was then living back in Cincinnati, at 260 Wenner, which is down by the Ohio River, off of Route 52.

Harry was working in the Ohio Art Program, which was part of the W.P.A. This was the Works Progress Administration, which was set up during WWII to provide jobs.

Harry moved to El Monte, California approximately sometime during World War II. We have a number of letters from Harry to his Son showing he lived in El Monte in the mid to late 1940s Harry Garfield Jennings died on June 14, 1951 in Los Angeles, California. 

Submitted by Michael E. Sears, Great Nephew of the artist.  His source is family genealogical research. 

Of Jennings, Sears wrote:

"Mr. Jennings was truly eclectic.  He sketched, painted in oil (most know for this genre), painted in water color, etched, wrote poetry and published at least one musical composition I am aware of.  From what I have seen, his primary interest in oil painting and etchings of Cincinnati area scenes.  To quote one (barely legible) Cincinnati newspaper article I have of artist Jennings regarding an exhibition of his etchings at the Closson Gallery:

"Mr. Jennings, born in Cincinnati, a descendant of one of Cincinnati's old families (his grandfather was William McMillan after whom the street is named) has practically spent his whole career depicting with brush and needle scenes of Cincinnati and its environs."

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