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The 1820's Jenkins Homeplace: Walkers Crossroads (Southwest Edgecombe) Vicinity, Edgecombe County, NC

The back, two-story section of the Jenkins House appears to have been added just before the Civil War. Upstairs, on the very back of the house is a very narrow hall and stairway that lead down to the kitchen below. Just off that back stairway is a small upstairs room with unpainted plaster walls. On those old plaster walls are pencil and hand-scratched writings from people who lived in the house over the generations. It appears that some of these writings in this back room may date from the period of the Civil War.

 

One of the most prolific (and talented) writers was little Katie (Hattie in one place)Jenkins, who may have been a child or grandchild of the builders of this ancient house. She wrote poems and practiced her hand-writing all over the room. I have transcribed one of her poems below.

 

Now that little Katie Jenkins is on Flickr, her poem will be published for all to see and her name will NEVER be forgotten, as she was afraid of this as noted in her poem. She was a very talented and visionary child.

 

Katie Jenkins is my name,

Pinetops is my station,

Heaven is my resting place

And Christ is my salvation.

 

When I am dead and in my grave,

And all my bones are rotten,

This old house will tell my name,

When I am quite forgotten.

 

Katie (Hattie) Jenkins

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Taken on May 5, 2011