Thomas Jenks second son of Thomas and Mercy Wildman, was born Sept. 10, 1738, and reared on the homestead in Middletown, and spent his whole life there. He was a prominent and influential man in the community. He served as a member of colonial assembly for the year 1775, and was a member of the constitutional convention of 1700, and was the first member of the state senate from Bucks under the constitution then adopted, and served continuously in that body until his death, May 4, 1799. For the first six years of his service the district which he represented was composed of the counties of Delaware, Chester and Bucks, while during his last two terms the district consisted of Chester, Montgomery and Bucks. He was an active member of the upper house and served on many important committees. He married, in 1762, Rebecca Richardson, and they were the parents of nine children, eight of whom lived to mature age.