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2015-03-05

Descendants of Alamo hero sign book

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Thirty-plus descendants of Alamo Defender Gordon Cartwright Jennings are scheduled to visit San Antonio and the Alamo, March 6, 7 and 8, to honor and remember the sacrifice of their ancestor, Gordon Jennings. Jennings, a cannoneer, was the oldest man to die at the Alamo during the battle in 1836.
Many Jennings descendants are traveling from various areas of Texas, but coming from a distance are second great-granddaughter and author Mary Jean Kelso from Nevada and a third great-granddaughter, Wendy Whiteman, also an author and artist who hails from Oregon.
Kelso and Whiteman co-authored "A Visual History Record of Alamo Defender Gordon Cartwright Jennings' Family," through the lineage of his son, Texas Ranger Samuel K. Jennings. The book includes history, family stories, a tintype, cabinet card photographs and genealogy information.
Kelso and Whiteman will be signing their book from 1 pm to 4 pm, Sunday, March 8, at the Alamo Gift Shop.
For more information view the book's Facebook page or contact Kelso at mjkel@aol.com or http://maryjeankelsoauthor.wix.com/mjkel.