Tampa, FL

My Jerkins family roots are in Tampa, Florida and yet, despite my love of all things genealogical, I have never visited the city (my Tamponian grandad has lived in Nashville for nearly 70 years). So my wife and I recently took a trip down to visit my 91 year-old great-uncle who gave us a personal tour of all things Jerkins. As always, I packed the scanner and several hospitable, long-lost relatives had boxes of photographic gems waiting for me.

Very little since the 1930’s…

109 E. Jean Street, built by my great-grandfather in 1923. Birthplace of my grandfather and the current home of my great-aunt Velma.

The Jerkins, about 1930. Iris, Ray (my grandfather), Kenneth and Forrest in the front driveway of their Jean Street home.

I’m a sucker for recreating old photos, so here are a few attempts. The Jean Street driveway, 1930 and 2011.

Seminole Heights church of Christ circa 1950, the old family church house. My great-grandfather was an elder and song leader and my grandfather who became a preacher cut his preaching-teeth in this place.

Seminole Heights church, 1950 & 2011. The building is apparently no longer in use.

Wilson and Ethel Jerkins’ 50th wedding anniversary, December 1965. Dad Jerkins on back row, far right.

Jean Street living room, 1965 & 2011.

Wilson Jerkins/Jean Street, 1968 & 2011.

Ray Jerkins, my grandad.

He went on to get his masters at Vanderbilt, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

Found this post card from my great-grandfather Wilson to his brother Rollie. July 29, 1912 from Trenton, Florida: “Hello Rollie – Please send me 2 rolls of #3 Kodak films also send Ida 2 rolls of #2 Brownie films. Send mine in c/o H.B.B. Wilson.”

Still searching for photos from those rolls.