Driving through Fairfield several iconic places feature the Jennings name: Jennings Beach, Jennings Road, Jennings School and more. The Fairfield branch of the Jennings family, pictured here in 1908, was founded in 1650 when Joshua Jennings came to Connecticut. Over the next three hundred years, his descendants would become an indispensable part of Fairfield society.
Not much is known about the Jennings family during the years of 1675-1780, but members of the family were active in the farming industry. Captain Abraham Gould Jennings lived between 1781 and 1852. As a youth, Captain Jennings made several trips to the Orient, as well as a groundbreaking trip around Cape Horn. He was also highly involved in a high spirited chase with the British Navy during the War of 1812. He eventually settled down in Fairfield with his wife, Anna Burr, whom he had married in 1807. Together they reared a group of children including: Augustus Gould Jennings (b.1814), Isaac Jennings (b. 1823) and Oliver Burr Jennings (b. 1825).