Minnie Galt Braithwaite Jenkins






    Minnie Galt, was the oldest daughter and a serious student.  She was put in charge of the children but, with no help with their discipline from and uncooperative mother, she found it hard.  The children would run to their mother saying Minnie was mean and get a stick of candy and a hug. 

    Minnie conducted a home school for her sisters and brothers that grew so popular that other children were sent to her.  One year she taught the Jamestown school, living in an abandoned house at Jones’ pond with four of her sisters and her brother Richard.  She passed the teachers exams but was too young to teach in Virginia.  She later taught in North Carolina after she was refused admission to the College of William and Mary, which at the time was for men only.

    When Minnie’s friend Sue Garret decided to go West as a missionary on an Indian Reservation she suggested that Minnie consider going west, too.  The Indian Wars were over and the government had a commitment to prepare native children for assimilation into American society.  Minnie thought this could be best done at the reservation boarding schools that were being established, and she left for Arizona in 1901.  Her brothers and sisters remained in Virginia.  She subsequently met Clarence W. Jenkins and they were married in 1906, in  Pasadena California.  She wrote the book: Girl From Williamsburg (Dietz Press, Richmond, 1951)  about her Indian School experiences.  Minnie and Clarence had three children in Live Oak, CA: Bruce Talman, Raymond Braithwaite and Dorothy Ballard.