Lewis E Jenks who was born about 1841 in Rhode Island is listed as an engraver in the 1860 Census for Providence, Rhode Island.
Lewis E Jenks is listed in the 1864 Boston Directory as an engraver at 8 Bromfield, in the 1867 Boston Directory as an engraver (silver) same addrees, and in the 1868,69,70, & 71 Boston Directories as an engraver at 12 West.
He is listed in the in the 1870 Census for Boston, Massachusetts as a silver engraver.
He is listed in the 1874 Boston Directory as a silverware manufacturer at 7 Suffolk pl. In the 1877 & 78 Boston Directories, he is with Kennard & Jenks at 576 Washington. In the 1882, 3,4,5, & 6-7 Boston Directories, he is listed as a silverware manufacturer and silversmith again at 12 West.
Barton P Jenks, Lewis's son, and designer of the Fairfax flatware pattern (referred to by some in the trade as the vanilla ice cream flavor of flatware patterns, the one just about everybody likes, went on from Lewis E Jenks to form Goodnow & Jenks with Walter P Goodnow. Barton was the president of Wm B Durgin Co at its founding.
The 1889 Boston Directory notes that Lewis E Jenks died 8-8-88.