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James Luther Jenna, a successful farmer and esteemed resident of Langdon, is a native of Worcester, Mass. He was born April 20, 1861, son of George W. and Mary (Harriman) Jenna. James Jenna, father of George W., born in the town of Grantham, Sullivan County, followed the occupation of farmer. He married Hannah Cram, who bore him three children-George W., Julia, and Luther. Julia died at the age of twenty, and Luther died in childhood.
George W. Jenna, who was born in Pomfret, Vt., February 2, 1833, and spent the greater part of his life in Washington County, Vermont, was a carpenter and a farmer. In August, 1864, he enlisted in Company G, Sixth Vermont Regiment, and served in the Civil War until July, 1865, participating in the battle of Cedar Creek and a number of other engagements. He was an attendant of the Congregational church. His wife, Mary Harriman Jenna, was born in Charlotte, Vt., November 30, 1833, and is still living. She bore her husband nine children; namely, George B., James L., Carl W., Martha V., William R., Martin I., Horace V., Mary M., and Myrtie L. George B., a farmer, is married, lives in Langdon, and has one child. Carl W., a plumber in Leominster, Mass., is married and has one child. Martha V. is the wife of James E. Pierce, a railroad man living Fitchburg, Mass., and has two children. William R., a farmer of Langdon, is married and has two children. Martin I., a plumber in Fitchburg, Mass., is unmarried. Horace V., unmarried, is engaged in farming in Langdon. Mary M. is the wife of George Williams, a farmer of Langdon, and has no children. And Myrtie L., the wife of Milton Dodge, a farmer of Acworth, N.H., has no children.
James Luther Jenna received his education in Duxbury, Vt., after which he worked out on farms for six years. Since then he has successfully conducted a farm of his own. He came to Langdon eight years ago. In September, 1889, Mr. Jenna married Mrs. Viona E. Chase, widow of March Chase, who was a wealthy farmer and an influential resident of Langdon. She is a daughter of Moses Knight, of Langdon, and was born in Chester, Vt., July 4, 1858. She had a twin sister named Viola A. Knight. Mr. and Mrs. Jenna are the parents of three children, namely: Irving L., born June 16, 1890; Mildred A., born October 23, 1891; and Burton L., born October 17, 1894.