Jennings is a small city in and the parish seat of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana.
The first settler was A. D. McFarlain, who came from St. Mary Parish, in 1881. This energetic young man was the community’s first rice grower, first merchant, first postmaster, first brick maker and first builder. McFarlain prospered with Jennings’ growth and later became one of the town’s most prominent business men and civic leaders. He opened a store in Jennings in 1881.
Jennings McComb, for whom the town was named, was a contractor of the Southern Pacific Railroad. He built the Jennings depot on a divide peculiar to southwest Louisiana.
Records and Resources
- Carnegie Public Library The upstairs genealogy section of the Jennings Carnegie Public Library features family history books from around the country, Catholic church records complied by Reverend Donald J. Hebert, Jennings City Directories and Yearbooks, and other helpful resources. Located at 303 N. Cary Avenue, Jennings, Louisiana 70546. 337-821-5517. This library and the Jefferson Davis Parish Library are across the street from each other, both have helpful genealogical resources.
- W. H. Tupper Museum
Offers visitors a glimpse of nearly every facet of early twentieth century life in rural Louisiana.