Jenkins was a Civil War veteran. He served in Company D of the 4th Pennsylvania, a 3 month regiment. He then mustered into Company D of the 51st Pennsylvania Volunteers as a Sergeant on September 20, 1861. He mustered out with the company on July 27, 1865. He was wounded on September 17, 1862 at the Battle of Antietam. Employed as a laborer (a carter in 1870), he was married (Hannah) and had at least five children; George, William, Joseph and daughters Ida May and Laura A. Smith. Jenkins was a casuality of the Exeter train wreck on May 12, 1899. He suffered injuries that required him to be transferred to Charity Hospital (present day Montgomery Hospital [Now Closed]) in Norristown for care. He died there on May 14th.