Joseph Daniel Jennings was born in Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth in 1848. He was the youngest son of Patrick Jennings and Anne Coleman. He was baptised on the 31st of May 1848 and given Daniel as his second name after his older brother Daniel who had died the previous year aged 17.His baptismal sponsors were J Coleman and A Jennings. A Jennings may have been his eldest sister Anne.
He married Frances Josephine [Fanny] Murphy [1873 - ] in 1901. She was twenty four years younger than him. They had six children, and lived at Seatown Place, Dundalk.
Joseph John Jennings [1903-]
Anne M. Jennings [1904-]
Frances Josephine Jennings [1905-]
Patrick Daniel Jennings [1907-]
Peter Charles Jennings [1908-]
Joseph Brian Jennings [1910-]. Also known as Brendan Joseph, he was called to the bar in 1937.
A holograph letter (a holograph is a document written entirely in the handwriting of the person whose signature it bears) dated the 3rd of May 1927, from Charles Hurson, Casa Nova, Jerusalem (Palestine), to (Hagan), asking to renew the medal Pro ecclesia et Pontifice belonging to Joseph D. Jennings, Dundalk, appears in the Papers of John Hagan in the Irish College, Rome.
The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin: For Church and Pope) medal is an award of the Roman Catholic Church. It is also known as the "Cross of Honour". The medal was established by Leo XIII on July 17, 1888, to commemorate his golden sacerdotal jubilee and was originally bestowed on those men and women who had aided and promoted the jubilee, and by other means assisted in making the jubilee and the Vatican Exposition successful.
It is currently given for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. It is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Pope.
I have not been able to confirm if Joseph received the medal in question, or why it might have been bestowed upon him.
Joseph Daniel Jennings died in 1930.