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Finding Aid of the Jennings Family Papers C058489
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Donor
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Container List
  • Existence and Location of Originals note

  • Title: Jennings Family Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: C058489
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Container: B001627
    Container: C058489
    Physical Description: 5.0 folders (See Container List for full details)
    Date (inclusive): 1882-1971
    Abstract: Personal and legal papers including tax forms, wills, marriage certificates, photographs, and an oral history interview. There is an interview with Thomas Jennings wherein he outlines the family history, details his first-hand experience of the 1906 earthquake, and discusses the development of what is now the city of Atherton, California.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Preferred Citation note

    Jennings Family Papers. The Society of California Pioneers.


    Gift of Winston Churchill Black, date unknown.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Isabel Anita Jennings (b. 01/19/1895) and Thomas M. Jennings are the children of George Jennings (b. 02/07/1862) and Annie Duncan (b. 10/24/1856). Isabel Jennings married Richard Hunt Goldsmith, they divorced in 1953.
    The papers came from Winston Churchill Black, Attorney at Law. A letter enclosed with the papers states that “Isabel’s mother and Albert Fowler’s mother were sisters, their last name being Duncan.”

    Container List

    Folder 1: Copies of family register of births, birth certificate, passport application, marriage license, and divorce judgment papers (1952-1953) of Isabel Jennings Goldsmith (to Richard Hunt Goldsmith). Date range: 1936-1955.
    Folder 2: Real estate tax forms of Isabella Fowler relating to lot on Howard St. in 1896, San Francisco marriage certificate of Thaddeus Fowler and Isabella Duncan (11/17/1887), letter from Edgar Kahn regarding death of Mr. Fowler’s mother (1938).
    Folder 3: Jennings Family photographs, including; George Jennings - Taber Photographer, 8 Montgomery St. San Francisco. Thomas Jennings - Theo Marceau Fotografer, 826 Market St. San Francisco. George and Abbie Jennings - Deniston & Turner, 1225 Pierce St. San Francisco. “House of H&D on Post St.” - Kodak Department, Petaluma Incubator Co., Petaluma. “Cousin Tom” Jennings - Morse's Palace of Art, 417 Montgomery St. San Francisco. Mrs. George Jennings—“Annie” - F.H. Bushnell Fotografer, 1410 Market St. San Francisco. Abigail Jennings - Theo Marceau Fotografer, 826 Market St. San Francisco. George Jennings - Theo Marceau Fotografer, 826 Market St. San Francisco. Unknown Boy - Elite, 838 Market St. San Francisco. George Jennings - Elite, 838 Market St. San Francisco. Unknown Man - Rieman & Co., 26 Montgomery St. San Francisco. Abigail Jennings - Lainer Instantaneous Photos, 715 Market St. San Francisco.
    Folder 4: Thomas Jennings Oral History. Letter to Isabel Jennings from Barbara Norris (1972). Written transcription of interview with Thomas M. Jennings, son of George and Annie Jennings, as part of an oral history project undertaken by the Atherton Community Library. Topics include a family history, a personal account of the 1906 earthquake, and the development of the area now known as Atherton, California. Interview conducted on 03/31/1971 (19 pages).
    Folder 5: Real estate tax receipts for lot on Howard St. (1881, 1886-1887, 1889). Two original copies of will of Alescander/Alexander Murdoch (06/03/1891), brother to Isabella Duncan.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Duncan, Annie, b. 1856
    Fowler, Thadeus W.
    Goldsmith, Richard Hunt
    Jennings, George, b. 1862
    Jennings, Isabel, b. 1895
    Jennings, Thomas M
    Murdoch, Alexander (Alescander)
    Atherton (Calif.)
    Photographic prints--20th century
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--History
    San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
    San Mateo County (Calif.)