Monday, September 28, 2009


Nicolaus Henckell the Hessian
A Genealogy of Jenkins Families
of Prince Edward Island

by Douglas B. MacDonald, GRS(C)

Finally at the printer, Nicolaus Henckell the Hessian includes more than 19,600 of his descendants and spouses. This three volume set is 8½" x 11" in size and contains 1,390 pages.
There are separate chapters on each of Nicholas’ children, their descendants and spouses; William’s family alone requires 534 pages. Volume I, about 472 pages, also covers family traditions such as place of birth of Nicolaus and two oldest children, the surname change to Jenkins, his two (?) marriages, and the descendants as heirs to a three billion dollar estate. It has the life story of Nicolaus from birth through the American Revolution, his return to Germany, his arrival in PEI, and what it was like then to begin a life on the Island. Volume II, about 433 pages, ends with an appendix of maps and family photos. Volume III, about 485 pages, ends with a separate index to each volume. For those who wish to verify some of the facts for themselves, there are more than 6,600 footnotes of sources. There are also photos of his birth and baptism record, as well as that of his first two children.

This long-anticipated book is now at the printer and will be available soon. The book launch is planned for November 28 in Charlottetown, PEI, in time for Christmas giving. The 3-volume set will retail for $140, but will initially be available at a subsidized cost of only $95 for the set, plus shipping where required. Shipping costs will be determined once the first set is received from the printer.

To reserve your copy, or for more information, please contact Doug MacDonald at (902) 892-1181 or email For those books prepaid for delivery outside PEI, every effort will be made to ship them for arrival by November 28. For those on the Island who prepay, book sets will be available for pickup at the launch or from the author.
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