This wooden box has a sliding lid which has split and been roughly repaired with small pieces of metal nailed in place. The box was made by Thomas Jenkins who emigrated to the USA from the village of Shenley, Buckinghamshire in 1890 when he was 20 because he wanted an education which he could not have in England. He got a job in a brickyard in Cleveland, Ohio to support himself through college. When he graduated in 1897 he entered Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1900. In 1902 Thomas, his wife and their newborn daughter went as missionaries to Ketchikan, Alaska and in 1908 to Skagway, Alaska at the height of the Gold Rush. In Alaska they preached and built churches. Later the family moved to Portland, Oregon and in 1929 to Reno when Thomas was made Bishop of Nevada. The box accompanied Thomas throughout his life. Back in England his brothers and sisters changed their way of life too by moving to the towns and cities. 'Uncle Tom's box' not only tells about emigration and the Gold Rush but also marks the point at which my ancestors started to earn their living from their brains instead of their hands.