Captain John Jenkins’s father David 1802-85, is listed at various times on the census as a farmer, agricultural labourer, haulier and mariner. Two of John's brothers, David and Richard, were by their teens living away from home; David at Brynrodyn Farm working as a farm servant for Thomas and Margaret Roberts. Richard was living at a mill owned by David Jones; possibly Felin Wern. The lure of the sea proved too strong as both brothers became mariners but they fade from the records, probably drowned at sea. John himself lived at Victoria Cottage, where Tyrol House now stands. From the age of 15 he worked on local sloops for a time then went on the 84 ton schooner Frances Poole to the Mediterranean which was commanded by Borth man William Lewis b.1827. Also on this voyage were Borth men Thomas Edwards and Thomas Jones. Thomas Edwards would become captain in 1880 and Thomas Jones, who ended his days at Llandre, had a long career as First Officer on transworld sailing vessels, such as the Loch Fergus.
In a recently discovered history of Borth written in 1920 it states that John Jenkins’s father built Tyrol on the site of Victoria Cottage after abandoning a half built house that was opposite today’s Trigfan. Obviousluy David Jenkins had a sucessful haulage business that underpinned his building activities and he also had 50 Pounds worth of shares in the schooner Deborah. Curiously in the 1861 census John Jenkins' sister has married a Lewis ...is this Captain William Lewis? and she has a child of 10, which means she was pregnant at 14.