Joseph Loudoun Jenkins
Fictional Character
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Grantville Gazette VII, Grantville Gazette IX, Grantville Gazette X, Grantville Gazette XIV,Grantville Gazette XVI, Grantville Gazette XVII, Grantville Gazette XXV, Grantville Gazette XXX
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: United States of Europe (formerly United States)
Religion: Anabaptist
Date of Birth: 1927
Spouse: Mabel Atkins (deceased)
Children: Mary Anna Prickett (deceased)
Relatives: Richard Walter Jenkins (brother, deceased)

Joseph Loudoun "Old Joe" Jenkins was an elder "hillbilly" in Grantville. He was friends with Jimmy Dick Shaver. Despite being viewed as a hillbilly, Jenkins was a gifted linguist, speaking a number of languages, from Latin to German. Dick considered Jenkins the smartest man he'd ever known.

Jenkins and school teacher Emmanuel Onofrio were invited by Dick to translate at a dinner with German philosopher Wilhelm Krieger at Grantville Fine Foods. Jenkins was the first person to talk to Krieger in Latin, which impressed the philosopher and even Onofrio. When Krieger questioned him about Dick's derogative nickname, Jenkins explained to him about modern language in his time as being more "rushed" while completely ignoring what was asked. Throughout the discussion, Jenkins helped translate the conversation between Dick and Krieger. When Dick told Krieger he believed mankind's folly was an uncherished child, Jenkins agreed with Dick's answer. Krieger, who didn't understand Dick's answer, cursed them as "hopeless romantics" before leaving in a huff. Jenkins and his friends laughed this off.