Finding Aid of the Jennings Family Papers C058489

Finding aid prepared by Carolee Gilligan Wheeler
Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
(415) 959-1849

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.)