Sophia Corley was the eldest daughter of Patrick Corley of Clones, County Monaghan, and Mary Ann Connolly, and one of thirteen children. Her brother, John Corley, was a barrister in the Middle Temple, London. Her sister Anne, who was two years younger than her, married Roger Therry, Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 1846 to 1859. Three of her sisters became Poor Clare Nuns.
In 1811 Sophia married Charles Jennings, Merchant, of Newry, County Down. They lived in Monaghan Street, Newry, and had fifteen children. Charles Jennings was declared bankrupt in 1851. He died in 1855. Sophia then moved to Dublin with one of her daughters, Kate Sophia.
She died at 8 Cabra Parade, Phibsborough, on the 16th February 1861 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.