George A. Jenks was born in Punxsutawney on March 26, 1836. His father was John D. Jenks, who came from a Welsh Quaker family which had settled in Philadelphia with the earliest residents.
His mother was the daughter of Rev. D. Barkley, a Scotish Presbyterian Minister. George was the youngest of a family of 10 children. At the age of 16 years, he was apprenticed to a carpenter, then became
a teacher, and later a civil engineer. He helped to lay out the city of Omaha, Nebraska about 1855, just prior to attending college in prusuit of a law degree.
George A. Jenks was not only one of the leading lawyers in the state, but was once the
Democrat candidate for Governor, once was a candidate for Supreme Judge, represented the district in Congress for one term, and was Solicitor General of United States under President Cleveland.
In 1860, he married Mary Agnes Mabon, daughter of Thomas and Jane Mabon. They had 2
children, their son dying at the age of 16 yrs, their daughter married B. F. Shively and lived in South Bend, Indiana.
Mary Agnes Mabon, was married at the age of 21yrs, to George A. Jenks. She lived in
Brookville nearly all her life. She and Thomas were the parents of 2 children: a son named Thomas who died at the age of 13 years, and a daughter, Emma, wife of B. F. Shively, the U.S.
Senator from the state of Indiana.