Cannot find Elizabeth Jane Grimes parents

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This is the first time I've posted a question so please let me know if I am missing anything here!  

My 5th GG is a complete mystery but there is actually a lot written about her and her husband...except where she came from.  There is a possibility that I have connected the wrong person completely (and many others on the web!)

Elizabeth was married to Benjamin Ishmael... He called his wife "Jenny" who is the Elizabeth I have connected that I got from other family trees. They are connected to the Ben Ishmael tribe which was over dramatized in a book...called "Inventing America's Worst Family"  They were a very poor family who moved around a lot and were known as drifters....others looked down on them as they traveled with other migratory workers who were all races including ex slaves and immigrants.   The group was at some point connected to a eugenics movement in America (KY and IL I believe) but I don't know how true all of it is.  I think they were very poor and had 12 kids and people didn't approve of their lifestyle.   

Anyway, due to them being connected to the Ben Ishmael tribe there is quite a bit out there about them (true or otherwise).... she is always called "Jenny" but most family trees have this Elizabeth Grimes as Jenny and nowhere can I find who her parents are! I know the family line is correct on Benjamins side but "Jenny" s a mystery to me.  

Does anyone know anything about Benjamin Ishmael's wife "Jenny"?  Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks in advance!!

WikiTree profile: Jenny Ishmael
asked in Genealogy Help by Courtney Ishmael G2G Crew (310 points)
edited by Courtney Ishmael

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