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Joseph Jenks [Jencks]


Believed to have been born in Coinbrook, England. Lived in Hammersmith, England. His first wife died in England. They had two sons. Came to America in 1643. Married Elizabeth in America. They had a son and two daughters. Grandfather of Joseph Jenks, Governor of Rhode Island. He received the first patent in America granted May 6, 1646. He constructed the first fire engine in America for the city of Lynn, Massachusetts. He died in Saugus, Massachusetts.

Jenks cut dies for New England coinage. The NCAB biography states that "The coins are highly prized by philatelists."

bio: DAB; Drake; NCAB 22; Stauffer; TCBDA; WWWA-H

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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