Proceedings of the SesquiCentennial Gathering of the
Descendants of Isaac & Ann Jackson
Author: Halliday Jackson
Call Number: R929.2 J14j
A record of the descendants of Anthony Jackson, who emigrated from Ireland in 1649, and of the family gathering in 1875 at Harmony Grove,Pennsylvania....
Bibliographic Information: Jackson, Halliday. Proceedings of the Sesqui-Centennial Gathering of the Descendants of Isaac and Ann Jackson. Philadelphia:
The Committee for the Family - Book made 1878
Many of the Jacksons in England became identified with Friends at an early period, and shared largely in the sufferings to which that People were subjected, evidencing by their steadfastness in supporting their principles, that they were not only "zealous of good works," but in times of the bitterest persecution, manifested the Christian spirit of forgiveness, and "held fast to their faith without wavering."
A recital of some of their trials, extracted from Besse's
"Sufferings of the People called Quakers," is here given:
"Cumberland. ELIZABETH JACKSON, with several others, suffered imprisonment twenty-two weeks for refusing the oath of allegiance."
In the same year at Durham, Yorkshire, "THOMAS JAOKSON was taken from meeting and sent to prison with several others." This year in Wales, THOMAS JACKSON with two others on the 16th of 12mo. "were taken out of their meeting by the Captain of the Castle, and by the Mayor committed to gaol, where they were detained fourteen weeks."
In Yorkshire, during this year, "HENRY JACKSON and JOHN JACKSON, for refusing to swear, were committed to prison "with two hundred and twenty-seven others." On the 11th of 11mo., "THOMAS JACKSON, Stephen Crisp and several others, were taken from meeting, and for refusing to take the oath of allegiance were sent to prison." Christopher Halliday, JAMES JACKSON and one hundred and twenty-four others "were imprisoned for refusing to swear."
The same year "JOHN JACKSON, Francis Halliday and forty-eight others were committed to prison."
"THOMAS JACKSON and several others, for absenting from National worship, were cast into a filthy prison and kept there one month."
This year, in Warwickshire, HENRY JACKSON, William Dewsberry and others were imprisoned. They "were taken from their houses and employments, and some of them from an Inn (where they were giving thanks before supper, which was called preaching at a conventicle) and committed to prison. After some time of confinement they were sent for to a Justice at an Inn, who, for their refusing to swear, sent them to prison as under a sentence of Premunire, and there they lay above ten years, though never legally tried or convicted."
On the 26th of 2mo., THOMAS JACKSON with others, was sent to prison for attending meeting.
WILLIAM JACKSON and four others "were imprisoned for their religious meetings." In London, the same year, RACHEL JACKSON and thirteen others were committed to prison--also, during this year the said Rachel Jackson, with others, was sent to the House of Correction for twelve months. In London, this year, on the 18th of 1mo., twenty-four received the sentence of transportation. Among them was a MATTHEW JACKSON. On the 13th of 12mo., at London, the same year, MARGARET JACKSON with fifteen others received the sentence of transportation to Barbadoes.
This year THOMAS JACKSON had goods taken from him for absence from the National worship. In Durham "GEORGE JACKSON was committed to prison twenty days." This year WILLIAM JACKSON and others were imprisoned in Warwickshire and most of them excommunicated.
SIMON JACKSON with several others was fined and imprisoned for attending meeting.
Cumberland. 9mo. 30, JOHN JACKSON, of Kirklinton, was imprisoned on account of tythes.
Westmoreland. PETER JACKSON and others "were fined and imprisoned for attending meeting."
ALICE JACKSON, JOHN JACKSON and twenty-one others "were convicted at the Quarter Sessions of one month's absence from the Parish church and fined œ20 each."
"JOHN JACKSON, CHRISTOPHER JACKSON with fourteen others were imprisoned for absence from National worship."
1683. RALPH JACKSON and JOHN JACKSON were fined for a meeting at a private house.
1mo. 19, WILLIAM JACKSON and eighteen others "were imprisoned for meeting together." Westmoreland. This year WILLIAM JACKSON, of Arnside, THOMAS JACKSON, of Barton,
were fined for being absent from National worship. Also, during this year THOMAS JACKSON, WILLIAM JACKSON, JAMES JACKSON and SARAH JACKSON, with many others "were prosecuted as popish recusants."
1670. Ireland. "In Cavan County, ANTHONY JACKSON, RICHARD FAYLE and others had their corn taken under pretense of tythes. The said Anthony Jackson and Thomas Lunn were also committed to prison at the suit of Ambrose Barcroft, a priest, for tythes."
DESCENDANTS OF NICHOLAS JACKSON OF ENGLAND.
1..... NICHOLAS JACKSON of Kilbank in Seathwaite, Lancashire, England, had a son
2.Thomas born in that place and who removed thence to Ireland, where he married Ann Man daughter of Francis and Judith born at Mountmellick,Queen's County.......
Thomas & Ann Jackson had eight children, six of whom were born in Ireland, and the names and dates of their birth recorded in the minutes of Mountmellick Monthly Meeting of Friends.
They removed with their family to America in 1713 sailing from Dublin on the 25th of the First month, and soon after their arrival settled within the limits of New Garden meeting
Children of Thomas & Ann (Man) Jackson.
3..... JOHN, born 9mo. 14, 1703, at Ballinolarbin, King's Co; married and had three children, viz:
George, Sarah and Dinah.
Dinah married William Reynolds, North Carolina, 10mo. 10, 1764.
4..... JUDITH, born 12mo. 27, 1705; married Daniel Every. No children.
5...... MARY, born 12mo. 8, 1708, at Timahoe, County of Kildare; married Jacob Wright, of E. Marlborough, son of Jacob (deceased), 2mo. 8, 1741, at Londongrove. Jacob died 9mo. 1, 1786.
Mary died 2mo. 21, 1784. No children.
Some of their children intermarried with descendants of Isaac & Ann Jackson as foregoing records will show.
6..... THOMAS born 6mo. 10, 1710, at Drechet,King's County married Lydia, daughter of John Smith, of Marlborough, 3mo. 17, 1738.
They had four children; viz:
Ann, Caleb, Mary and Joshua.
Ann born 12mo. 19, 1738; married Mordecai Cloud, E. Marlborough, 10mo. 13, 1757.
Caleb born 7mo. 2, 1740; married Hannah, daughter of Joseph Bennett, Wilmington, 10mo. 3, 1765. Mary born 8mo. 27, 1742; married William Windle, son of Francis and Mary, of E. Marlborough, 11mo. 25, 1761, at New Garden.
They had fifteen children. John perhaps died young.
7. ANN, born 7mo. 15, 1712, at Drechet; died 3mo. 11, 1713.
8. ANN (2nd), born 7mo. 5, 1714, at New Garden; died 7mo. 28, 1757.
9. JONATHAN, born 12mo. 16, 1717, at New Garden; married Mary Hayes, 10mo. 3, 1743.
Their children were, Mary, Thomas, Sarah, Ann, Elizabeth and Ruth.
Mary born 7mo. 21, 1745; married Elisha Sidwell, of E. Nottingham, son of Richard and Ann, 5mo. 11, 1791. Richard died (???). Ann died 8mo. 24, 1757. Mary died 10mo. 31, 1804.
Thomas born 12mo. 24, 1747; married Sarah Taggart, of E. Marlborough, daughter of Jacob and Ann, 4mo. 15, 1772, at Londongrove. No children. T
homas married (2nd) Mary, daughter of Samuel Hayes.
They had thirteen children, as follow:
Obed,1 born 3mo. 26, 1788; died 7mo. 30, 1868.
His oldest son, Daniel, died 8mo. 13, 1870.
Thomas2 born 7mo. 29, 1789.
Levi3 born 12mo. 3, 1790.
Jonathan4 born 7mo. 25, 1792; died 4mo 28, 1871.
Caleb5 born 11mo. 23, 1793.
Joshua6 born 11mo. 23, 1795.
Hayes7 born 7mo. 25, 1797.
Dinah8 born 3mo. 21, 1799.
Nathan9 born 12mo. 27, 1800.
Mary10 born 11mo. 23, 1802.
Sarah11 born 1mo. 3, 1804.
Ruth12 born 3mo. 5, 1807; died 4mo. --, 1860.
Job H.13 born 2mo. 27, 1810; married Ann, daughter of Jesse & Ann Pennington Conard, 2mo.15,1843.
They have one son, Milton, who married Carrie Swayne, daughter of Henry and Ann (Parry) Swayne, 9mo. 11, 1867.
Edward Schuyler, born 1mo. 31, 1869;
Mary S. born 2mo. 18, 1873. Job H. resides at West Grove, Chester Co.
Sarah born 5mo. 26, 1749; married Isaac Jackson, of New Garden, (widower) at Londongrove meeting, 2mo. 16, 1786. No issue.
Ann born 4mo. 18, 1751; died 11mo. 7, 1751.
Elizabeth born 11mo. 7, 1752; married Samson Wickersham, son of James and Ann, of E. Marlborough, 11mo. 22, 1775, at Londongrove.
They had six children, as follow:
Thomas; Jonathan; Levi, who married Rachel Woodward of E. Marlborough, daughter of Samuel and Sarah, 10mo. 17, 1810, at Londongrove;
Joel, who married Lydia Pusey, of E. Marlborough, daughter of Caleb and Hannah, 2mo, 16, 1814, at Londongrove; Job, and Ann.
Elizabeth married (2nd) Reuben Barney.
They had two children, viz:
Mabel, who married Benjamin Pyle; Mary, (born 4mo. 9, 1792) who married Thomas Woodward, son of Samuel and Sarah, of Londongrove, 12mo. 14, 1809, at Hockessin.(*) Thomas Woodward born 2mo. 15, 1784; died 7mo. 15, 1859.
They had five children, as follow:
Eliza born 9mo. 15, 1810; married Gibbons Kendall 3mo. 11, 1830, at Kennett Square;
Phebe Ann born 3mo. 6, 1812;
Jackson born 12mo. 27, 1814; married Sibilla P. Entriken 3mo. 8, 1838, at Birmingham;
Mabel born 3mo. 31, 1820, married Emmor S. Entriken,(*) of West Chester;
Lewis B. born 5mo. 10, 1827, married Elizabeth S. Witsel, 4mo. 26, 1849.
Ruth born 8mo. 12, 1755; married Joshua Cloud, son of William and Mary, E. Marlborough, 4mo. 20, 1774, at Londongrove.
They had five children, viz: William; Joshua; Mary, who married George Seeds; Ann, married Emmor Seeds; and Sarah, who married Jesse Webb.
10. ELIZABETH born 10mo. 28,1720; married Henry Chalfant, son of John, of W. Marlborough, 8mo. 15, 1740, at Londongrove.
They had nine children, viz:
Jonathan born 4mo. 8, 1743; married Ann Barnard, 12mo. 24, 1777.
Thomas born 11mo. 20, 1745-6; married Phebe Hayes, daughter of David and Ann, 4mo. 5, 1775, at Londongrove.
Henry born 5mo. 1, 1748; married Susanna Swayne (widow) 5mo. 17, 1775, at Londongrove. Ann born 12mo. 12, 1750-1.
Elizabeth born 2mo. 2, 1754; married Joseph Dickenson, of Sadsbury, 4mo, 16, 1777. Jacob born 1mo. 11, 1758.
Mary born 8mo. 8, 1760. Abner born 11mo. 16, 1762. Caleb born 2mo. 7, 1766.
DESCENDANTS OF (I) EPHRAIM & RACHEL (NEWLIN) JACKSON
Children of (1) Ephraim and Rachel (Newlin) Jackson.
2. JOHN, born 1mo. 26, 1697.
3. JOSEPH, born 6mo. 19, 1698; died 9mo. 6, 1698.
4. JOSEPH born 7mo. 13,1699 married Hannah Pennell, 8mo. 18,1722 died 6mo. 21,1728, leaving four children.
He married (2nd) Susanna Miller, 2mo. 18, 1734.
They had nine children.
5. NATHANIEL, born 6mo. 17, 1701.
6. JOSIAH, born 11mo. 20, 1702; died 1mo. 1, 1714-15.
7. SAMUEL, born 12mo. 13, 1804; married Ann, daughter of Robert & Margaret Johnson of New Garden, at that meeting, 3mo. 15, 1728. Robert and Margaret came from Ireland and became members of Nottingham Meeting, but afterwards went to New Garden, as appears by the certificate of removal granted for them 11mo. 17, 1735. Samuel and Ann removed to Leacock township, Lancaster County, and belonged to Leacock Meeting. The records of the Orphans' Court in Lancaster, show that Samuel died intestate in 1748, leaving six children, viz.: Caleb, Josiah, Samuel. Margaret, Isaac and Joseph--the last four being minors and having for guardian Robert Johnson. His widow, Ann, married (2nd) to John Scarlet. On the minutes of Exeter Monthly Meeting, the names of three children are recorded, viz.: Caleb, Josiah and Joseph; and that Ann (the widow) married John Scarlet (the younger) 4mo. 2, 1752.
8. EPHRAIM, born 11mo. 17, 1706; married Mary Register 9mo. 21, 1733.
Had four children.
9. MARY, born 4mo. 3, 1708; married Benjamin Johnson 9mo. 5, 1729.
10. RACHEL, born 5mo. 10, 1710; married Nathan Yarnall 8mo. 13, 1731.
Children of (4) Joseph and Hannah (Pennell) Jackson.
11. EPHRAIM, (Joseph, Ephraim) born 6mo. 19, 1723; died 12mo. 16, 1733. 12. RACHEL, born 10mo. 11, 1726; married 4mo. 18, 1747, to John Jordan, son of John, of Berks Co. 13. ALICE, born 3mo. 26, 1728; died 10mo. 21, 1740. 14. JOSEPH.
Children of Joseph & Susanna (Miller) Jackson.
15. EPHRAIM, (Joseph, Ephraim) born 3mo. 27, 1735; married Tacy Thompson, daughter of Jane, of Londonderry, at Londongrove Meeting, 11mo. 26, 1760. 16. JOHN, born 7mo. 11, 1736.
17. MARY, born 3mo. 27, 1738; married James, son of William and Katharine Jackson.
18. JOSIAH, born 11mo. 8, 1739.
19. HANNAH, born 7mo. 27, 1741; married Isaac, son of William and Katharine Jackson.
20. SUSANNA, born 7mo. 7, 1743; married John Jackson, son of John, deceased, of E. Marlboro', 12mo. 22, 1768, at New Garden. 21. ALICE, born 12mo. 1, 1745. 22. SARAH, born 2mo. 6, 1748; married Josiah Lamborn, son of Robert and Sarah, of Londongrove, 12mo. 18, 1766, at New Garden.
23. SAMUEL, born 1mo. 15, 1749-50; married Rebecca, daughter of John and Rebecca Dixon, of New Garden, 11mo. 21, 1771, and afterwards removed to Redstone, Fayette Co., Pa.
Children of Samuel & Ann (Johnson) Jackson.
24. CALEB, (Samuel, Ephraim). 25. JOSIAH, born 3mo. 5, 1732.
26. RACHEL, born 12mo. 3, 1734.
27. SAMUEL, born.... married Mary,daughter of John Scarlett of Robeson at Robeson Meeting,
12mo. 23, 1761. Mary died 10mo. 9, 1823.
Samuel was called "Hatter of Reading."
They had eight children.....
Benjamin, a brother to Mary Scarlett, married Rebecca Newlin 5mo. 31, 1770.
They had eight children, as follow: William N. married Ann Lee,and lived at Marshalton,Chester County,Pennsylvania died 11mo. 8, 1827. No issue. She died 12mo. 12, 1877, in Birmingham, at the residence of the late Jacob Parker. Nathaniel married Catharine, daughter of Richard Jacobs.
Benjamin deceased. Esther married Allen Mason. Mary married.......... no issue. Ann born 12mo. 23, 1779; unmarried. She is the only surviving member of the family, and resides in West Chester, Pa. Her native place was Robeson, Berks County,Pennsylvania.....
She has still a lively memory of bygone events, her eyesight remarkably good, so that she can read with but little inconvenience; and although a cripple for many years, yet her hands are still usefully employed
and from the good condition of her health it is reasonably inferred she may even pass her centennial anniversary. Elizabeth died unmarried. Rebecca married Joseph, son of John & Elinor Pennock. Joseph born 1mo. 10,1779; resided in Birmingham.
30. JOSEPH; removed to Caenarvon township, Berks Co., where he continued to reside married Mary, daughter of Edward and Hannah Bonsall of the same township, 4mo. 28, 1791, at Robeson Meeting of Friends. Mary born 11mo. 12, 1777; died about 1850, in Canada.
They had ten children. Ann Scarlett states that she knew Joseph Jackson well; that he was a mason by trade and built their house in Robeson.................
Children of (8) Ephraim and Mary (Register) Jackson.
31. DAVID, (Ephraim, Ephraim) born 3mo. 21, 1738; married Elizabeth, daughter of David and Jane Morris (deceased 3mo. 23, 1790). Elizabeth born 4mo. 1, 1745; died 3mo. 20, 1824. David died 1mo. 18, 1813. They had seven children.
32. ANN, born (???); died 8mo. 21, 1827. 33. THOMAS, born (???); married Margaret (???).
She died 11mo. 12, 1833; he died 12mo. 29, 1834. 34. MARY, born (???); married William Cooper.
She died 12mo. 17, 1834, leaving one child.
Children of (27) Samuel and Mary (Scarlett) Jackson.
35. ELIZABETH, (Samuel, Samuel, Ephraim) born 11mo. 13, 1762; died 8mo. 12, 1764. 36. SAMUEL, born 1mo. 21, 1765; married
Spencer Bonsall, of the Historical Society,Philadelphia, is working out the record of this branch.
The following Bill is a true copy of the original, (now in the possession of J. J. Parker,
of West Chester) and is given as, in part, confirmatory of Ann Scarlett's statement:
AUGUST,1787. SAMUEL JACKSON, Jun., Dr.
To building 159 1/2 pearch of Wall, @ 22d. per pearch, œ14 12s ??d.
To cash lent, 5 Dolls. 1 17s 11d. œ16 9s 11d.
NOVEMBER 4th, per Contra., Cr.
1786--By two fine Hats, 15 Dolls., œ5 12s 6d.
August, 1787--By Washing for Jesse and Myself, 0 7s 6d.
May, 1789--By Cash ........... Michael Thornton, 2 4s 11d. œ8 4s 11d.
April 15th, 1791, œ8 5s 0d.
They removed to Toronto, Canada. He died 6mo. 12, 1824.
She died 1mo. 4, 1829....... They had eleven children.
37. JOHN born in Reading, Pa., 12mo. 22, 1766; married Mary, (born 12mo. 5, 1776) daughter of Thomas & Abigail Speakman, of Birmingham, Delaware Co., Pa., 5mo. 15,1799, at Concord Meeting. John died 5mo. 10, 1851, at the residence of Joseph Lawrie (son-in-law) Sadsbury township, and was interred in Friends' burying ground at Parkersville, Pennsbury township.
He resided in Reading. ---
As a tribute to his worth, one who had long been intimately acquainted with him, offered this brief memorial:
"By the inhabitants of that place he was looked up to for counsel and advice in all important concerns, and which was rarely, if ever, deviated from. He was universally esteemed by all his numerous acquaintances, and the poor never failed to find in him a friend, nor the afflicted the hand stretched forth for their relief. His house was open to all classes, and all received a welcome to his table.
He was affable and engaging in conversation, and the greatest stranger was soon made acquainted, and esteemed by him. He is now called from works to a happy reward in a good old age."
Mary died 4mo. 2, 1863.
It is said she "was an exemplary member of the Society of Friends, and an estimable woman in all the domestic relations, as many of the older residents of Reading, who enjoyed her friendship, well remember." They had three children.
38. ANN, born 6mo. 21,1769; died 3mo. 31, 1771.
39. MARY, born 9mo. 26,1771; married Isaac Taylor, of Charlestown, Chester Co., 5mo. 31, 1791.
In 1793 they were residents of Philadelphia, and during the prevalence of the yellow fever at that time they were desirous to settle their affairs and return to Reading, but the day previous to their intended departure they contracted the disease and in a few days died, both expiring at the same time.
40. MARGARET, born 5mo. 22, 1774; died 10mo. 10, 1774.
41. JOSIAH, born 9mo. 20, 1775; married Mary Jane, daughter of Evan Owen, of Berwick.
They had three children.
42. JOSEPH, born 7mo. 18, 1778; died 6mo. 8, 1779.
43. WILLIAM, born 5mo. 30, 1780; married Rachel Tomlinson, 12mo. 15, 1808. Rachel born 7mo. 15, 1791; died 4mo. 20, 1866. William died 2mo. 26, 1874. They had nine children.
44. ISAAC, born 12mo. 2, 1783; married Elizabeth Feger. They had children.
45. JOSEPH, born 5mo. 5, 1786; married Rebecca, daughter of Emmor Jefferis, E. Bradford, 4mo. 12, 1810, at Friends' Meeting, Birmingham. On the 5th of 6mo., 1817, (the year Birmingham Monthly Meeting was established), they obtained a certificate of removal to Frankford Monthly Meeting.
Rebecca died in 1837. No issue.
Joseph married (2nd) 4mo. 21, 1842, Eliza Kling, of Harrisburg.
He died 10mo. 18, 1858, and was interred at Birmingham. Eliza lives in Harrisburg.
SAN FRANCISCO, AUG. 6,1875.
TO EVERARD AND MARY JACKSON CONARD:
My Dear Cousins:--I have received your kind invitation to attend the Picnic at Harmony Grove in commemoration of the landing in this country and the settlement in Jackson Valley of our common ancestor, Isaac Jackson in 1725.
I regret that, living on the extreme verge of the Western Continent
I am so far distant from the home of my ancestors, that it is impracticable for me to be present.
I recollect well my great uncles, John and William Jackson.
The former took me, a little boy, through his grand garden, and showed me the beautiful flowers and trees gathered from every quarter of the globe. It was at that time, in regard to size and variety of plants, the second if not the first, on the American Continent. My great uncle, William Jackson, was a kind, good man, easy in his manner and genial in his disposition. On a visit to his house, Aunt Hannah set out the table for a meal with the dishes used by them at the time of their marriage.
The dishes were of wood, neatly turned, and the tea-cups of the smallest dimensions.
Everything was very beautiful, and as these dishes must be still in the family, I trust that they will be included in your Picnic.
Uncle William attended Yearly Meeting in 1827, and stopped with my father in Philadelphia.
My sister Hannah had a new Leghorn hat, and coming home after meeting, while talking, my uncle came in unexpectedly. My sister expected a lecture on account of conforming too much to the "vanities of this world." She was agreeably surprised when my uncle said, going up and kissing her, "Cousin, how pretty thou?? art! Dost thou know that thy mother was married in just such a bonnet as this?"
How well my mother was esteemed is evidenced by the number of relatives who bear her name.
She died while I was an infant. My sister Hannah is said to have resembled her; and Anna Lewis, brother Joseph's oldest daughter, who married Rev. Dr. Wentworth, and died in China, in manner and disposition bore a striking likeness to sister Hannah. In regard to mother, sister and niece, I may truly say:
"None knew them but to love them,
None named them but to praise."
My grandparents died before my birth. Grandfather, Isaac Jackson, was a prominent Friend, and an excellent mechanic. One of the first clocks made by him was a "regulator" without striking attachment, which belonged to my father, and is, I believe, now in possession of brother Joseph. Some thirty years ago, being at the house of Richard I. Downing, in Chester County, near Downingtown, he called my attention to a clock which was left him by his father, and which, he said, as a time-keeper had no superior. On looking at the face I saw, "Made by Isaac Jackson, New Garden, Chester County." Of course, I told him it was made by my grandfather.
You will please accept the above as my contribution to your Pic-nic, and you will not doubt that my heart is with you in this celebration.
With much love to all my relatives who will assemble on the 25th instant, I am your affectionate cousin,
WM. J. LEWIS.
ALAMEDA, CAL., AUG. 18, 1875.
EVERARD AND MARY J. CONARD:
Dear Cousins:--Just one week from to-day will be the grand gathering of the Jacksons at Harmony Grove. As the time approaches I realize more and more what a grand thing it is to carry out this undertaking, requiring from you no little strength, energy and spirit, and prompted by true kindness and generous hospitality to us all. Most heartily I thank you in the name of husband and children, for our kind invitation. We will join you spiritually, and sympathize with you in the happy meeting of so many friends. ........
It must be thirty-five years since I last saw the dear old home--my mother's home--and it was because it was her home that we loved it so well; and how unutterably peaceful and beautiful is its memory. The scent of the box in the early morning as we entered the garden, the music of the birds, the deep shade of the beautiful trees, the cool spring in the green-house, and the rare and lovely plants that in Summer used to be set around the pond--everything comes back to me, out-doors and in, every room in the house and the position of the furniture. As vivid as any is the picture of my grandmother, sitting by the open fire in the old part of the house, built of logs, that used to be to the left as you entered the stone mansion. Father had called me in from my play to sit and hear grandma talk a while; little child as I was, I was struck with his tender, respectful manner towards her, for he knew her journey was almost done. I can imagine how full of peace was the end, the peace that passeth all knowledge, living as she had lived the good old Quaker life in the spirit and power that crucifies to the world.
Yours sincerely and affectionately.
MARY W. PALMER.
THE JACKSON FAMILY.
ADDRESS: BY JOSEPH J. LEWIS OF WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA.
In a record of the Jackson family, a copy of which was furnished to William Jackson, of Philadelphia, while in Ireland, in 1870, it is stated, that the family, in some of its branches, can be traced back to a period prior to the Norman conquest. For this statement no authority is given, and we must be content to take it as we find it. The same, indeed, is said in an article on the subject, in an old encyclopedia, not long ago, if not even yet, to be seen in a public library in Dublin; but no reference is made to any document by which the fact is attested. The name, we know from undoubted sources, is as ancient as the language we speak, yet the severallinks of the genealogical chain, which connects the Jacksons of this generation with an ancestry of a far remote age, cannot now be determined by any trustworthy evidence within our reach......
Although we are unable to trace the ascending line of lineal consanguinity with distinctness beyond a limited period, this much, at least may be said with confidence, that the Jacksons are clearly and unequivocally, Anglo-Saxon. Those who are old enough to remember our grandsires still living in the early part of this century, will not need to be reminded of their physical characteristics, their firmly built and full-sized statures, and the general cast of their features--among which were the straight, or slightly aquiline nose, clear gray eyes, small mouth, and full rounded chin--attesting indubitably a Teutonic origin......
Of the ancestors of Isaac Jackson, the first immigrant to this country, and the patriarchal head of the American family, we have no definite knowledge beyond a single generation. We have no record of the name or residence of his grand-father, but as his father and uncle emigrated from Lancashire, in England, to the neight borhood of Carrickfergus, in Ireland, in 1649, we may reasonably infer that they were members of a numerous family of the name, in?? that part of the country from which they came, who still remain in the seats of their ancestors, and whose history, though generally obscure, is not without some luminous points.........
The few traditions of them which now survive, indicate that they were men of decision of character, and firmness of purpose. In times when men, as Tennyson says, "had to dodge or duck or die," they appear to have been steadfast in their adherence to their convictions, and bold in their avowal of their religious opinions.
On the twenty-seventh day of June, 1556,Ralph Jackson with twelve others, suffered martyrdom at the stake, at Stratford, and thus inscribed his name on the glorious roll of those who preferred a cruel and terrible death, to a renunciation of what they deemed the truth; and a few months after John Jackson,(*) under the threat of a like fate, undauntedly faced his persecutors and defied their power. At that period of English history, the doctrine of liberty of conscience was treated by the ruling authorities, in church and state, as a flagrant impiety, and those that maintained it were deemed worthy of every extremity of punishment. In order that men should be awakened to a sense of the importance of the right of self-judgment in matters of religion, it was necessary that the principle should be upheld with a heroism ready to endure torture and death in its support.
That the Jacksons should be found among the sufferers in so noble a cause, redounds to their honor and sheds a certain lustre on the name.......
The following examination of John Jackson which appears to give his own closing testimony
before he suffered for his religious principles, is taken from an old work on the
"Suffering of the Martyrs" of the 16th century.
1556.--Examination of John Jackson before Dr. Cook.
When first I came before him, he railed and called me "heretic." I said, I am no heretic.
Cook.--Mr. Reed told me thou was the rankest heretic of all of them in the King's Banch.
Jackson.--I said, I knew him not.
Cook.--No! quoth he, yet he examined thee at the King's Bench.
Jackson.--He examined five others but not me.
Cook.--What sayest thou to the blessed sacrament of the Altar?
Jackson.--It is a diffuse question to ask me at the first dash, you promising to deliver me.
Cook.--What a heretic is this!
Jackson.--It is easier to call a man a heretic than to prove him one.
Cook.--What church art thou of?
Men of such mould were not likely to be quiescent in stormy times, but whether they supported the fortunes of the house of York or Lancaster, or what part they took in the political strifes and troubles which involved the kingdom, during several centuries prior to the last civil war, we know nothing. It seems however that, in some way, they became entitled to wear a family coat of arms, and the device which it bore is stated to have been two greyhounds and a dolphin, signifying swiftness by land and sea; but what class of arms they were entitled to bear, we are not informed.
As the right to family arms was the criterion which distinguished the gentleman from the peasant, the fact of the possession and exercise of that right has this value, that it indicates a certain degree of rank and consideration in the possessor. .......
In the great civil war, which terminated shortly before that branch of the family which is here represented left Lancashire, we cannot say, certainly, that our ancestors bore any part; but from what we know of their sentiments, and of the interest they were accustomed to take in passing events, we may reasonably infer that in a conflict between prerogative on the one hand, and privilege on the other, they were to be found only in the ranks of those that claimed the largest liberty, both in civil and ecclesiastical government, and that they were not inactive spectators of the exciting struggle so deeply affecting the "divine rights" of human nature.
One thing we have undoubted evidence of in a book still extant, that the father and uncle of Isaac Jackson, the first immigrant, were on terms of intimate friendship and in general agreement in sentiment with an officer in the parliamentary army, and there is a tradition that both the father and uncle accompanied Cromwell to Ireland on his invasion of that country and in his campaign against the Duke of Ormond.
Jackson.--What church? quoth I; I am of the same church that is builded on the foundation of the prophets and apostles, Jesus Christ being the head corner-stone......
Cook.--Thou art a heretic.
Jackson.--How can that be, seeing I am of that church? I am sure you will not say that
the prophets and apostles are heretics......
Cook.--But what sayest thou of the blessed sacrament of the Altar?
Jackson.--I find it not written.
Cook.--Keeper! Away with him!
But I had some further discourse with him and then he called again to the keeper--"have him to prison."
Jackson.--I am contented with that; and so we parted, and I answered no further in the
matter because I thought he should not have my blood in a corner--but I hoped in the living
God that when the time shall come before the congregation I shall shake their building
in another manner of fashion: for they build both upon sand and their walls bedaubed
with untempered mortar and therefore they cannot stand long. Therefore, good
brothers and sisters, be of good cheer, for I trust in my God, I and my other prison-fellows go
joyfully before you, praising God most heartily that we are counted worthy to be witnesses
of the truth.--John Jackson.
Anthony Jackson is the first of the family to which we, that are here assembled, claim to belong.
From him we can trace our descent in an unbroken line.
He was born at Eccleston, in the parish of St. Michael, Lancashire, England, about the beginning of the second quarter of the seventeenth century.
In 1649, he, in company with Richard Jackson, an elder brother,removed from the place of their nativity and settled in Lurgan, in the province of Ulster, Ireland. In the following year, Richard married in the neighboring city of Carrickfergus, Margaret Keete who, like himself was an emigrant from England. -----
Anthony Jackson appears to have married some years later, but whom, or when, we are not informed. We are equally in the dark as to his children, except that he had a son Isaac who was born in 1663, and who, in advanced life, became the first purchaser from the provincial Proprietary, of the ground on which we now stand.......
In 1648, George Fox, at the age of twenty-four, made his appearance as a preacher of righteousness at Manchester,England, and entered upon his extraordinary career.
The exposition of his peculiar views created an unusual sensation and subjected him to the denunciation of the clergy, the abuse of the populace, and to imprisonment by the public authorities.
But in prison and out of prison, he continued to preach, and crowds continued to listen to him, even when he spoke through grated windows. When at liberty he traveled abroad, proclaiming his principles with a power and eloquence which procured him many proselytes, and which the most cruel persecution could not restrain. Of those who were convinced of his doctrines very early, were several persons of good education and high social position, who assisted to promulgate them, and they spread with great rapidity.
They soon reached Ireland and were heartily embraced by both Richard & Anthony Jackson.
It is to their credit, that the unpopularity of the new doctrine and its want of acceptability by the large majority, did not prevent them from adopting it, though they could not but understand, that whatever inward satisfaction it might offer them, it was sure to bring upon them the contempt of both the most ignorant, and what was deemed the most enlightened portion of society, as well as the knotted thong of the persecutor, wielded by a merciless hand. For the sake of the truth, as they understood it, they renounced the world and despised the shame, and, to the end of their lives, they continued, amid reproach and suffering, to maintain their principles.
In the spring of 1654, William Edmundson and six others among whom were Richard & Anthony Jackson, established the first Friends' meeting at Lurgan.
William Edmundson was a minister of note, and he left a journal of his life and travels in the ministry which is still extant and in which the name of Robert Jackson believed to be a son of Richard Jackson, who sometimes accompanied him in his religious visits, frequently appears......
In the year 1655, induced by the promise of an extensive landholder in the county of Cavan, he went thither and purchased leases of several parcels of land for himself and certain of his friends, who were willing to go with him, among whom were Richard and Anthony Jackson. They removed the same year from Lurgan to Cavan with their families, and constituting a little settlement of kindred spirits, they established a Friends' meeting there. In a short time they found that the promises of their landlord were delusive. The tenants became dissatisfied, and several of them threw up their leases, and removed to Mountmellick. Of those who took this decisive step rather than submit to injustice, were William Edmundson and Richard Jackson, between whom the most intimate relations seem to have subsisted. This removal took place in 1659, and as a consequence a Friends' meeting was organized at Mountmellick, of which William Edmundson and Richard Jackson were leading members.
Anthony Jackson, for some reason, preferred to remain at Cavan, and as far as we have any information, he continued to reside there the rest of his life.......
The persecutions to which Friends were subjected in Ireland began at an early date. The history of these persecutions is preserved in the minutes of the several Monthly Meetings, in the journals of some of the sufferers, and in various contemporary documents.
Thus it is stated in the minutes of Carlow Monthly Meeting of 1658 that Richard Jackson and other Friends "met??together at Mountmellick to wait upon the Lord, and one John Partridge, a priest, with a rude company, broke into the meeting and abused the Friends very much,both by words and actions."
It is also stated, that in 1660, William Edmundson, Richard Jackson, and others, "met together at Mountmellick, and for so meeting were arrested and bound over to the Sessions, and on being tried were fined forty shillings each, and kept in prison fourteen weeks."
And again, that Richard Jackson and others, "for not paying their church dues, were excommunicated and imprisoned, and their excommunication published in the church and market-place, and by it people were charged not to buy of or sell to them, and they were informed, that for whatever injury they did those excommunicated persons, there was no redress or remedy by law."
By this ingenious device of ecclesiastical cruelty, it was sought to put under the ban of society the most innocent and peaceable subjects of the realm, to deprive them of the protection of the law, and subject them to every species of outrage which lawlessness, stimulated by fanaticism, could inflict. Happily for them, their innocence, integrity and Christian humility won them general sympathy, and afforded them a protection, which in large measure defeated the malignant purposes of their persecutors.
In 1661, there was a general imprisonment of Friends throughout Ireland.
Richard Jackson was again among the sufferers, with six others of his particular meeting; and Anthony Jackson, it is believed, did not escape....
Other instances of fine and imprisonment are noted; and distraint of goods for refusing to pay tithes, though seldom mentioned, must have been of frequent occurrence; so frequent indeed, as to have become a common experience, and to be regarded by the non-conforming and conscientious Quaker, as a legal impost upon his religious convictions.
These persecutions continued till 1696, when an act of Parliament was passed, which relieved members of the Society of Friends from the penalties prescribed by law, for their refusal to take certain oaths. Such refusal had for forty years been made the pretense for their being fined and imprisoned, through the malice of sectaries, and the petty tyranny of inferior magistrates.
Whether Anthony Jackson lived to see that day of partial tolera??tion we are not informed.
Richard Jackson died in 1679, leaving a family of children.
A large number of his descendants still reside in Ireland.
Anthony Jackson's son Isaac, who is the only one of his children of whom we have any definite information was carefully educated in the principles of Friends, and was an exemplary and consistent member of the Society.......
In the year 1696, he married Ann Evans, a daughter of Roland Evans, of the city of Wicklow, and settled near Ballitore, within the limits of the Monthly Meeting of Carlow, to which he belonged. He had a family of ten children, three of whom, we find by the record, were named Isaac......
The eldest of the name died in infancy, the second fared no better; the father, not deterred by the ill-fortune which seemed to attend on the name, persisted in having it in the family, and gave it to his youngest son, who happily carried it to manhood.......
In an old memoir, it is said of Isaac and Ann Jackson that "they were Friends in good esteem, who, by their industry and care, in part by farming, but principally in the weaving business, maintained their large family with reputation."
When about sixty years of age, Isaac and Ann Jackson began to look toward America as their future home. Their eldest daughter Rebecca, who had married Jeremiah Starr, was already settled in Pennsylvania, with good prospects, and the minds of the father and mother were drawn strongly together in the same direction.
The memoir states, that they had the subject of their emigration "under weighty consideration" for several years, and they at length informed their friends of it. "While they were under exercise and concern of mind," I quote from the memoir, "and desirous that best wisdom might direct, Isaac had a dream or vision to this import--that having landed in America he traveled a considerable distance back into the country till he came to a valley between two hills. Through this valley ran a pretty stream of water. The prospect and situation of the place seemed pleasant, and, in his dream, he thought his family must settle there, though a wilderness unimproved."
Whether this remarkable dream influenced his determination, we are not told; but, however that may be, he and his family soon after embarked on the ship Lizar, at Dublin, and after a tedious passage, landed at New Castle, on the eleventh day of September 1725.
From New Castle he proceeded to the house of his son in law, Jeremiah Starr,who was residing on a farm he had purchased, in what is now New Garden township.
There Isaac Jackson related his dream, and, as the memoir continues "was informed of such a place near. He soon went to see it, which to his admiration so resembled what he had a foresight of that it was a cause of joy and thankfulness."
Thus far the memoir; but tradition--as it existed some seventy years ago, when several of the grand-children of the venerable patriarch, to whom the visionary picture of his future home was thus presented, were still alive, and having seen and conversed with their grandsire, may have heard the singular story from his own??lips--added, that he was shown in his dream, on the hillside a spring of water near which he and his family should settle; and that it was impressed upon him, that not only he and they should dwell there, but that his descendants should occupy the land for generations.
By the same tradition it was further said that a single tract of four hundred acres of land, including the pleasant valley seen by the dreamer, was the only one in that vicinity which had not already been taken up by previous settlers. He doubtless regarded it as a land of promise to himself and family, and he hastened to become master of it by lawful title.
Although far advanced in life for such an undertaking, he went resolutely to work, and, with the assistance of several stalwart sons, built a cabin, made a clearing, and in due time had the satisfaction of establishing a comfortable home, surrounded by the fruits of his industry and enterprise, which, for nearly a quarter of a century, he lived to enjoy.
His posterity still hold the family seat, after the lapse of one hundred and fifty years; and we see here around us to-day the same hills, and spread out before us the same beautiful valley, hillside fountain, and pleasant stream, which were pictured to his inward eye, three thousand miles away; and, though the prospect has undergone a change, and the wilderness has blossomed with all the forms of beauty which skilful cultivation could produce, the main characteristics of the scene are the same.
Whether the dream was prophetic, or whether the close agreement between what was dreamed and what afterwards occurred, were merely fortuitous, we may leave for those who choose to speculate on the subject to decide.
I have only to deal with the facts as they existed and they as stated are well authenticated.
Isaac Jackson brought with him from Ireland, a certificate of membership from Carlow to New Garden Monthly Meeting for himself and his wife, and he was soon after appointed an overseer, and subsequently an elder of that meeting. In this latter station he continued to serve till 1744, when, having reached his eighty-first year, his growing infirmities induced him to resign. In 1750 he died, in his eighty-seventh year. By his will, he devised to his son William, all his landed estate, he having remained with his father and assisted him in his struggles with the hardships of a frontier life. To his other children he gave pecuniary legacies.
William Jackson was the third son of Isaac & Ann Jackson, and was born according to the record, Second month 24th, 1705.
He appears to have been a man of more than usual activity and energy.
He was a useful member of society, a shining example of probity and virtue, careful, attentive and successful in business; he occupied, with credit, prominent positions in his religious society, and he was particularly remarkable for his large and liberal hospitality.
His house was the common resort of Friends traveling in the ministry, with whom both he and his wife were ever in sympathy.
In 1733, he married Katharine, a daughter of James Miller who, with his family had removed from Timahoe in Ireland and settled in New Garden, within a half mile of the meeting house.
She is remembered as a woman of superior mind, active in all good works, and much engaged in the service of the Society of Friends, of which she was a consistent, exemplary, and highly respected member.......
William and his wife continued, after the death of Isaac, to reside at the old family seat, which they largely improved. They had a family of ten children, five sons and as many daughters.
For the first two sons, Isaac and James, the father purchased farms, and, on their marrying, set them up in business.
By his will, he divided the mansion place between his two younger sons, William and John.
To William he gave the western division, and to John, the eastern, including the family dwelling, built by himself in 1775, in the seventy-first year of his age. Katharine's death preceded that of her husband by more than four years. They had endeared themselves by their beneficence, kindness and meekness of spirit, to a large circle of friends, and they died universally beloved and revered.
William Jackson, fourth son of William and Katharine Jackson was remarkable in youth for stability of character and seriousness of demeanor, and, as early as 1775, he became an approved minister.
In 1778, he married Hannah, a daughter of Thomas and Hannah Seaman, of Westbury,Long Island, and went to reside there with his wife.
After about two years, he returned to the place of his nativity, and, for the remainder of his life, lived on that part of the farm which was afterwards devised to him by his father.
In 1802-3 and 4, he traveled through England and Ireland, on a religious visit, and was absent about three years; during which time he attended nearly all the meetings of Friends in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and some of them repeatedly.
He also visited at different times, Friends in Maryland, Virginia, New York, and New England.
At one time, he was absent from home, in the prosecution of his religious labors, for more than a year, traveling through State after State in the work of the ministry.
His engagements, in this way continued occasionally, till he was about seventy-eight years old; after which, he ceased to travel beyond the limits of his own Yearly Meeting.
He had no children,was in easy circumstances simple and economical in his habits, and not desirous of pecuniary gain.
He would never lend money at a rate of interest exceeding five per cent, and he frequently required but four, and he allowed his debtors to pay very much as suited their own convenievce.
His chief interest was in the concerns of his religious society and in the promulgation of the truth, as he understood it; and, though diligent in business, in the intervals of his religious labors, he was indifferent as to its profits.
A desk which by his will he gave to a grand nephew with its contents was found to contain gold and silver coin, in amount upwards of four hundred dollars, which had obviously been carelessly thrown in, as received in different sums, without being cared for afterwards; and various other sums of money were found in drawers and cupboards and such like places, not secreted, or apparently subjects of any special care.
He was punctitious in his adherence to plainness of dress, and in his style of living; and he avoided all innovations that had the aspect or semblance of luxury. The ancient trencher, with its fitting accompaniment, adorned his family table long after it had disappeared from every other household in the neighborhood.
In all respects, he was a thorough Friend of the elder type, and continued to the end of his life to be an example of what manner of man a solid Friend was, before the laxity of modern manners had encroached upon the drab colored simplicity of the ancient fathers of the church. He was grave and dignified, yet in social intercourse he was habitually cheerful, and he had a genial vein of innocent humor which enhanced the pleasure of his conversation.
In all matters of church discipline he was an authority, and his judgment in business meetings of the society was more than respected--it was of such weight as to be usually decisive. His opinions were thought by some to betray a touch of severity, but no one doubted that the natural flow of his feelings was genial and kindly, and that his heart was the seat of the most generous and tender emotions. His wife was a woman of intelligence and devoted piety, sprightly in conversation and active in all good works. Mutual affection and esteem assisted to brighten and sweeten their lives for more than fifty years. They both lived to a good old age. He survived her but a short time, and died on the tenth day of January, 1834, in the eighty-eight year of his age??
By his will he devised a part of the land given him by his father to his grand nephew, Isaac Jackson, son of his nephew and neighbor, William Jackson.
This grand-nephew was intended by his father, in honor of his uncle, to be named William, but the uncle interposed and requested that the child should bear the name of the primitive settler; and that request was complied with.
The part devised to Isaac, consisted of about one hundred acres lying adjacent to that part of the old family estate of which the nephew William has become the owner.
John Jackson, to whom his father devised the eastern division of his farm, resided upon it till his decease. He applied himself indurtriously to its cultivation and improvement, and was an active man of business till considerably past middle life. He possessed no small amount of botanical knowledge, and delighting in the culture of plants and flowers, of which he collected a great variety, both of foreign and domestic origin, he planted a large and beautiful garden, which he cultivated with assiduous care, and to which he devoted almost his whole attention during the later years of his life.
He married under the age of twenty-seven, Mary Harlan, a daughter of Joel and Hannah Harlan, and raised a family of seven children, to whom he gave advantages of education superior to those usually accorded in his day to farmer's children, and as they grew up they brought around them by their information and culture an agreeable and interesting circle of friends and acquaintances, so that Harmony Grove, as the old family seat was designated, became a place of rare attractions.
No where indeed in Chester county was better society to be found than beneath the roof and at the table of John Jackson, who long maintained, and dispensed with a liberal hand, the traditional hospitality of the house. Though a decided Friend in his sentiments, and in the plainness of his dress and simplicity of his manners one of the pattern of the olden time, he took much less interest in the affairs of his religious society than his brother William, and was never a prominent man in the church, nor as far as is now recollected served in any high position.
He died in the year 1821 in the seventy-fourth year of his age, having devised his real estate to his son William.
William Jackson, the third of the name in lineal descent from Isaac the first emigrant to America was born November 7th,1789, and was about thirty-two years old at the time of his father's decease. Many of those who are here assembled knew him well, and some during the early years of his life.
My knowledge of him began when he was at school, a student of mathemathics under my father's direction, and he was then remarkable for his quiet demeanor, his studious habits, and for the reflective and rationative character of his mind.
He was not a miscellaneous reader, but what he did read, he read with close attention and discrimination, and he was by no means liable to be misled by the ingenuity or eloquence of any author.
He was a calm, clear reasoner and accurate thinker, deliberate and unimpassioned without a touch of enthusiasm, or coloring of imagination, seeking truth by the most direct processes, and never bewildered in the pursuit by false lights, however brilliant or dazzling.
His judgment was eminently judicial. He approached his conclusions by slow and cautious steps, uninfluenced by his wishes or his hopes. He was interested in all social problems, had faith in human progress, but distrusted all sanguine expectations, discarded rose-colored theories, and made large allowances for the disturbing and retroactive influences of interest, of ambition and of the stolid conservatism of associated wealth. Though he was well acquainted with the principles of our government and with those which regulate the distribution of wealth and the increase of population, and in many respects was well qualified for usefulness in public life, he was not a politician in the baser sense of the word, and regarded popularity and the honors of office with equal indifference.
He was at one time, much to his surprise, placed on the ticket of a party with which he had slight affiliation, and elected a member of the State Senate. He served his term with credit, and was highly esteemed in that body, for his integrity, intelligence and accuracy of judgment, and whenever he spoke he commanded attention by the clearness of his statements and the cogency of his reasoning.
But he was not a partisan, and could not manage or be managed, and his single term in the Senate was his whole experience in political life. .....
The anti-slavery movement enlisted his warmest sympathies, and he was for many years actively engaged in the promulgation of its principles.
To his sense of justice, indeed, slavery was always abhorrent, and from his early youth he was a zealous advocate of emancipation.
In the branch of the Society of Friends to which he was attached, he was repeatedly chosen clerk of the Monthly and Quarterly Meetings, for which positions he was peculiarly well fitted, by the habitual calmness of his temperament and the cool impartiality of his judgment........
It is hardly necessary to add, in this presence, that in domestie life, the traditional kindness of the Jackson nature was not wanting in him. In all family relations he was the pattern of a Christian gentleman. He died in the year 1864, universally lamented, and leaving behind him the record of a well spent life......
By his will, he devised his landed estate to his son Isaac, to whom the second William Jackson (the minister), as already mentioned, had left an hundred acres of the old patrimony adjoining. Thus this Isaac, the son of the third William, became the owner of a large part of the tract which the first Isaac had settled upon in 1725.
But it was left to him, too heavily incumbered by legacies, to be long retained; and, after a few years, it was sold to Everard Conard, who though not a Jackson himself, is married to Mary T....... a daughter of the last William, and a sister of the last Isaac.
Thus the old family seat has now come to the possession of our worthy host and hostess, the latter of whom, though a Conard, is still a Jackson, and a lineal descendant of him whose axe first resounded on these hills and whose plough share first clave the soil of this valley. May their descendants a hundred and fifty years hence, when the tercentennial jubilee of the Jacksons, celebrating the landing on these shores of the father of the American family of that name, shall occur, still rejoice in the proprietorship of these surrounding hills and this beautiful valley, and by imitating the virtues of their ancestors may they entitle themselves to the privilege of possessing and transmitting this ancient and goodly inheritance to other generations.
On an occasion like this I could not, without taxing unreasonably the patience of the persons assembled, do more than sketch with a rapid and hasty pen the portraits of the successive occupants of the family seat, and the leading incidents of their quiet lives, from the time of the original settler to the death of the father of the present holders.
Of those that left the old home in early youth to push their fortunes elsewhere, and of their families rapidly multiplying, I can speak only in the most general terms.
They have become associated and connected with the Gibsons, the Windles, the Phillipses, the Taylors, the Kimbers, the Pughs, the Dingees, the Monaghans, the Prices, the Ladleys, the Starrs, the Millers, the Harlans, the Hoppers, the Allens and the Lewises. Their name is legion.
They are scattered abroad from the Atlantic to the Pacific.....
They may be traced from New York to San Francisco and are to be found in at least seventeen states of this Union. Some are physicians some editors of newspapers some professors in colleges, some merchants some mechanics, many are teachers, more are farmers and a few are lawyers,though as to these last, the old fathers regarded the profession with anything but favor.....
As an illustration of their prejudice against the law, a remark of my grandfather, Isaac Jackson, may be mentioned.
When told by a young relation in whom he took some interest, that he was preparing to be a lawyer,
"I would rather," said the old man, "that thou wast preparing to be a chimney sweep."
t was well perhaps for the old gentleman's peace of mind that he did not live too long; for that six of his grandchildren should be of that despised guild might have made him unhappy.
Notwithstanding this departure in a few instances from the primitive rule among Friends with regard to a proper avocation, I may say of the Jacksons, that with fewer exceptions than usually occur in families of such immense extent, they have a standing of respectability and solid worth, and have approved themselves valuable members of society, intelligent, capable, and measurably successful in whatever line of effort their energies have been directed.
Some have been remarkable for their benevolence, some have earned reputation by their learning, and some have been admired for their eloquence. The Isaac Jackson, my grandfather, to whom I have referred on account of his left-handed compliment to the legal profession, was noted in his day for his efforts on behalf of the people of color.
He lived in New Garden on a farm bought for him by his father, William Jackson, and being within a short distance of the Maryland line, he was frequently called upon to interpose, when free negroes were captured on false pretences--as they often were--and claimed as slaves, and when fugitives from slavery were pursued and reclaimed.....
On such occasions, he and Jacob Lindley usually acted together, and they were, sometimes, involved in considerable personal danger; for the claimants were generally armed, and well attended, and they were always vindietive, and very often desperate. The efforts of the two friends were in many instances effective; and not a few of the oppressed race owed to them their freedom. The dwelling of Isaac Jackson was, for many years, a refuge for those who were escaping from slavery, and they were always sure of assistance at his hands.
In 1758 he labored, in conjunction with John Woolman and others, to induce the Yearly Meeting of Friends in Philadelphia to take some steps for the emancipation of all slaves held by members of the Society. They were happily successful. It was advised by the Meeting that Friends, who held slaves, should set them at liberty; and committees were appointed to visit them. Isaac Jackson, in this service, visited the owners of more than eleven hundred slaves within the limits of a single Quarterly Meeting, and made a report which is referred to in Mr. Whittier's introduction to the Journal of John Woolman, stating as the result of his labors that far the greater number of the persons visited confessed the wrong of slavery, and agreed to take measures for freeing their slaves.
The advisory measures of 1758, were followed by the manumission of many slaves, by members of the Society; and in 1776, the Yearly Meeting, by directing subordinate Meetings to deny the right of membership to all persons who persisted in holding their fellow creatures in bondage, cleared the skirts of the Society of the iniquity of slaveholding.
To this end, Isaac Jackson labored assiduously, and being conspicuous by his intelligence and wisdom in the work, he was appointed clerk of the Yearly Meeting.
Toward the latter part of his life, he was not much engaged in the concerns of his religious society, but was interested in all efforts for social melioration. His hospitality, without being ostentatious, was singularly liberal.
He built a stable separate from his farm buildings, for the accomodation of his visitors' horses, and no man of any note visited the neighborhood who was not a guest at his table.
He had twelve children, eleven of whom survived him.
He died in 1807, aged seventy-three years.
Dr. Samuel Jackson, who was the youngest son of Isaac Jackson, of New Garden, and who recently died in Philadelphia, at the age of eighty-two, was an elegant scholar, a forcible writer, and profoundly learned in his profession. After graduating as M. D., at the University of Pennsylvania, he settled at Northumberland, in this State, where he remained till beyond middle age, in the enjoyment of a large medical practice.
His eldest son, William Arthur Jackson was a young man of fine abilities and elegant accomplishments, and was associated, in the practice of the law with the Hon. John M. Read, late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania,died at the age of twenty-nine, just as the assurance of a successful and brilliant career, as a lawyer and advocate, seemed almost complete.
A second son, Francis Aristides Jackson, has been Professor of Latin at the University of Pennsylvania for upwards of twenty years, though not yet past the meridian of life.
Alice, the fifth daughter of Isaac Jackson of New Garden was a lady of rare endowments an admirable speaker, and gifted preacher in the Society of Friends.
I have heard my father who was an acute literary critic say of her, "her fluency and command of language were extraordinary. I never knew her to utter a sentence either in her public speaking, or in social conversation, that I could mend."
When about thirty years of age she brought the subject of Friends using the products of slave labor before the Yearly Meeting of Philadelphia, in an address which made a profound impression on that body, and constituted the first step to the formation of the Free Produce Association, organized some years afterwards.
A gentleman, who knew her well, once said of her; "she could not enter a retail store to buy a yard of tape, without leaving the impression that she was a superior woman."
She had a fine face, features of the Grecian mould, and a tall and handsome form, and her carriage was queenly in dignity and self command.
She was universally admired for the graces of her person, and honored, loved, and I may truly say, revered, for the graces of her mind and the qualities of her heart.
Her society was attractive alike to the old and the young, the grave and the gay, the witty and the wise, and even the simple; for there was a genial glow in her conversation, a warmth and tenderness of feeling, and a singular felicity of thought and expression, that could not fail to interest even the dullest intellect, and to touch the coldest bosom. In her large household, including the pupils of her husband's boarding school, she was regarded as mother, sister, friend, and confidential adviser, to whom every one might look when counsel, or sympathy, or kindly care was needed; and in whose ready resources and tender appliances there was relief for every trouble, and balm for every wound. -----
The late Judge Haines, who was one of those pupils, a short time before his decease, remarked of her, "The love we scholars had for her amounted to enthusiasm. I never knew a woman whom I so delighted to please, and whom I so dreaded to offend. The fear of forfeiting her good opinion was an ever present restraint upon me, and I believe every boy in the school felt more or less the same way."
The home that she irradiated by her intelligence and hallowed by the charm of her loving spirit, is still sacred in the memories of those whose privilege it was to partake of the sweet influences which flowed around her, and although sixty years have elapsed since she went to her last rest, those influences have not been wholly dissipated by all the shocks and blasts of the intervening time.
If I were to attempt to delineate her character, I should say much more; but though the theme is one which I cannot touch without emotion, I could not, either in justice to her or my own feelings, say less; for she was my mother.
Halliday Jackson, a great-grand-son of Isaac Jackson, (the first), spent several years as a missionary of the Yearly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, among the Seneca Indians, instructing them in the arts of civilized life; and after his return, he published a book entitled "Civilization of the Indian Natives." Hannah Jackson, a daughter of the second Isaac Jackson, (of New Garden), spent fifteen years in the early part of her life in the same benevolent enterprise.
John Jackson, a son of Halliday Jackson, was distinguished both for his eloquence and his learning. When quite a young man he became a preacher in the Society of Friends, and soon established a high character as a powerful and eloquent preacher. He traveled somewhat in the work of the ministry, in this and other States, and in 1840, visited the West Indies.
His vocation was that of a teacher.
He established a boarding school in Delaware County,Pennsylvania, and while teaching the mathematics and other branches of an ordinary English education, cultivated with enthusiasm, astronomy and the natural sciences. He erected an observatory and furnished it with expensive apparatus, and collected an extensive cabinet of minerals and fossils.
His natural fluency and facility in explanation, rendered his lectures on scientific subjects peculiarly interesting and attractive.....He was cut down by death before the fruits of his laborious studies had fully matured, or the powers of his intellect had become thoroughly developed.
There are others of whom I might speak, if time would permit, besides General Andrew Jackson, who is supposed to have been a branch of the same family.
The father of Andrew Jackson emigrated in 1765 from Carrickfergus in Ireland near which city Anthony Jackson settled in 1649 and I remember to have heard it said by some of our relatives, before Andrew Jackson became President that he was descended from a brother of Richard and Anthony Jackson, and that the brother removed from England.........
to Ireland, at or about the same time they did, but as he did not connect himself with the despised and persecuted sect of Quakers, it was suggested that he became estranged from his brothers on that account, and lapsed into poverty. Whether this is aceurate or not, I have not the means of judging.
Among those of the name who have been noted for their superior attainments and private worth is Isaac W. Jackson,LL.D.,Professor of Mathematics in Union College,Schenectady,New York.
He was the eldest son of William Jackson, third son of Isaac Jackson, of New Garden, and he was thus of the fourth generation of the descendants of the first immigrant and original purchaser of this family homestead was born in Orange County in the State of New York,August 28th, 1804.
His early education was in the bosom of the Society of Friends, of which his father and mother were consistent and prominent members. At the age of seventeen, having determined on taking a regular collegiate course, he entered the Albany Academy and prosecuted his mathematical and classical studies with his habitual industry, and with more than usual success.
His plain dress and the quiet simplicity of his manners, in a class in which there were no other Friends' children, were noticeable peculiarities, and not only attracted attention, but at first were subjects of ridicule with some of his class-mates; but the little Quaker lad, for he was then small of stature, soon evinced a capacity which excited the admiration of his teachers and fellow-pupils, and rendered all suggestions of ridicule or contempt preposterous.
He took the lead in all his studies, mathematical and classical, and was generally regarded as a youth of high promise. In 1824, he graduated at the Academy, and immediately entered Union College, and became a member of a class to which belonged Horace Potter, William F. Allen, Thomas Hun, Amos Dean, and others who afterwards became eminent in professional life.
In this class he was by common consent easily first in mathematics and chemistry, while in Greek and Latin he had few superiors. In 1826 he graduated with the first honors of the college, and was immediately appointed to a tutorship in the institution, and in 1831 he became professor of mathematics. This position he still retains, after forty-four years of efficient and acceptable service.
He has always been a favorite with the pupils, on account of the thoroughness of his teaching, and the amenity of his manners.
While he was in his junior year in college, a military organization was formed by the college students with the consent of the faculty, and he was unanimously chosen captain by one of the companies.
He thus acquired the sobriquet of Captain Jack, by which he has been familiarly and affectionately known by the undergraduates from that time to the present.
Professor Jackson is the author of several valuable text books which have been used in Union and other colleges. In these he has?? treated the subjects of them, trigonometry, conic sections, mechanics and optics, with singular perspicuity, and admirable simplicity and purity of style, and they are without doubt among the best of our elementary school books. He has what especially qualifies him to write on scientific subjects for the benefit of the learner, a just perception of the difficulties that are to be encountered in the primary steps, a capacity for logical arrangement and for clear expression, and a taste pure even to severity. His treatises are therefore like his class prelections, easily comprehended and leaving no obscurities of matter or phrase to perplex the learner.
Professor Jackson's present infirm health has prevented him from being present to take part in this celebration. Being advised of this, I have spoken of him in terms which I would not have used had he been of our company, but which nevertheless are not nearly so emphatic as those which the fifty successive classes, during as many years, in their loving admiration of their aged preceptor would demand......
Since this address was delivered Professor Jackson has paid the debt of nature.
He died at his home in Schenectady, August 27, 1877.
On the Semi-centennial Anniversary of his connection with the Faculty of Union College, which occurred in June, 1876, and which was celebrated by a banquet of the Alumni with appropriate ceremonies, Tayler Lewis, LL.D., an able writer and most accomplished scholar, delivered an address, in which, among other things expressive of his sense of the merits of Dr. Jackson, he said:
"It is a great pleasure to me, even in this poor way, to congratulate my old friend. He has lived a most useful and honorable life. It must have been a happy one........
To say nothing here of that all-transcending element of the Divine grace, in which I trust he has been a sharer, there are two things favorable to serene existence that he has enjoyed to the full.
He has for fifty years been a student and an author as well as a teacher in the department of the pure mathematies, so called from their crystal claritude compared with the mixed and William A. Jackson, eldest son of Professor Isaac W. Jackson, was one of those who early acquired reputation as a public speaker and debater. In these accomplishments he was acknowledged without a rival among his college contemporaries, and at a later period they shone with effect on the field of political discussion, and in the struggles and competitions of the bar......and who are yet living and able to take part in this celebration, ?? shall say nothing.
They are carving out names of which the world may speak hereafter. Their works and merits will properly become the theme of the orator at the next centennial anniversary of the landing of Isaac Jackson at New Castle, who we may trust will do full justice to those that shall, in the great battle of life, have specially deserved to be honorably remembered........
In 1861 when just twenty-nine, deeming it his duty to assist to suppress the great rebellion which threatened to overthrow our free institutions and destroy the government, he relinquished a lucrative and increasing practice, and raised a regiment, of which he was elected colonel, and which he disciplined with great labor and care.
In June of the same year he joined the army of the Potomac, and took part in the battles of the 18th of July and the 30th of the same month. In both his conduct was gallant and meritorious, and his men behaved with the steadiness of veterans. During the confusion of a disgraceful panic and the wild disorder of a rapid retreat, he held his regiment in perfect order, and quit the field only by the command of his superior officer after almost every other regiment had broken and fied.
His eminent fitness for his new profession was thus early displayed, and high honors seemed to await him, when he was seized by a fatal disease which terminated in his death on the eleventh of November, 1861. Many glowing tributes have been paid to his memory.
In one of them he is described as "a gentleman by instinct and education, of a fine person and fascinating manners, a large heart and a true and genial nature; endowed with rare intellect enriched by a varied and manly education, he became the idol of every circle in which he mingled, the pride of his family and a favorite with the public. As a public speaker Colonel Jackson was forcible and eloquent, and to rare conversational powers he added the pen of a ready and elegant writer."
Of those in whose veins runs the blood of our first known ancestor, physical branches.
He has had a clear mind constantly gazing on the selence of certainty--a still higher title, by which it may be called, in contrast with the dimness and doubt and shadow that rest upon almost all the provinces of human thought."
"Of the love of his classes he is sure. The warm esteem of every one who has ever sat under his
teaching, the unfeigned respect of all who have been his colleagues--this is his literary
Inheritance as long as Union College holds a place among the institutions of our land."
Ex-governor Hoffman, who presided at the banquet, Judge Wm. F. Allen, Rev. Dr.
Van Sancvoord, Judge Jermain, Dr. Murray, and other gentlemen of distinction made
speeches on the occasion, and testified to their high respect and kindly regard for Dr. Jackson,
and to their grateful recollections of his services as a faithful, efficient and thorough
instruetor, who, in the fulness and accuracy of his learning, never lost for a moment his
In conclusion it is to be observed that the religious principles professed by our ancestors, and for which some of them suffered the persecution, in past ages almost invariably attendant upon any marked advance in the march of opinion, have been generally maintained by their descendants.
When we consider what those principles are, what is their tendency, how they affect society, and what is their agency in working out the regeneration of mankind, we shall appreciate the large debt of gratitude we owe to those faithful lovers of truth who have been our teachers and our guides, and who, not for their own sakes only, but for ours also, have sought through peril and pain the path that leads to peace. The fact alone that they cherished those principles with the utmost affection, that they clung to them from youth to age with unyielding tenacity in all the changes and vicissitudes of life, in revolutions of government and fluctuations of opinion, is evidence not only of the value they set upon them, but of the power of their influence on conduct and character.
In inquiring therefore what those principles are to which our progenitors have thus exhibited their devotion, we are not transcending the limits of our subject or the proprieties of the occasion.
I have already said that Richard and Anthony Jackson were among the earliest converts to Quakerism, and that their descendants have generally adhered to the religious doctrines of Fox and Barclay. Those doctrines, indeed, when fully understood and impressed on the mind, are not easily relinquished, renounced, or exchanged for any others; for they claim for themselves a source of indubitable veracity, and for humanity the highest and noblest prerogatives.
The moral philosophy of Quakerism differs from that of all other sects and schools and is at once more simple and more profound. It is founded indeed, like the system of Descartes, on consciousness but in a sense somewhat different and more comprehensive than that in which it is used in the Cartesian philosophy, from which it borrows nothing and differs wholly in all its essential principles and practical results. It stands on a higher and broader basis than that.
It not only admits that thought necessitates a thinker--"cogito, ergo sum"--; but it insists that from the existence of a sense of right and wrong in the constitution of humanity, the existence of an element capable of being impressed and effected through the medium of that sense is clearly implied; that element, which we call the human soul, possessing, intuitively and untaught, the knowledge of good and evil, blends with our psychical being, over which it dominates, and constitutes a side of our nature that holds relations, of which it is conscious, with the Infinite.
To the assiduous cultivation of these relations, Quakerism commends its votaries.
It ascribes the cognition of moral truth to the influence of the Holy Spirit, which comes to man through those relations. It appeals to every man's own breast for the evidence of the existence of a divine monitor as to his duty to his Creator and to his fellow men.
Without this monitor it affirms that he can know nothing of virtue, or religion, or of God; and that with it he may know all that it is necessary for him, as a moral agent, to know. It regards this inward monitor as a universal teacher--an attribute of man's being, of whose presence, admonitions, consolations and warnings, he is equally cognizant as of any physical fact.
It holds that faith in those great truths which lie beyond the grasp or ken of science, is inexplicable, except on the principle of a divine instinct, which, implanted in every breast, comprehends them, not only without logical proof, but with a certitude superior to rationalistic demonstration; that religious faith being of divine implantation, it is competent for it to embrace the whole circle of Christian doctrine and duty, on the evidence solely of the witness within, and needs no support from scholastic learning or the authority of tradition; and that the inscription of God's will on the heart, is the supreme law of our being, of imperative obligation under all circumstances--the only perfect standard of rectitude and ultimate rule of duty.
Thus George Fox declared his mission to be to direct people "to the Spirit which gave forth the Seriptures, by which they might be led into all truth, to turn them to that inward light, by which they might know their salvation and their way to God;--and to show them how every man is enlightened by the Divine light of Christ." "This inward illumination," says Barclay, "is that which is evident and clear of itself, forcing, by its own evidence and clearness, the well disposed understanding to assent, irresistibly moving the same thereunto, even as the common principle of natural truths move and incline the mind to natural assent." "We judge not," observed William Penn, "by the sight of the eye or after the hearing of the ear, but according to the light and sense this blessed principle gave us. For being questioned by it in our inward man, we could easily discern the differences of things and feel what was fit and what was not fit in regard to religious and civil concerns."
As this light illuminates every soul and furnishes to each a constant standard of truth and an unerring guide to duty, the only rightful appeal from error in moral sentiment or conduct, religious faith and duty, is to this light. In it all men are equal, and all men are brethren. It constitutes a symbol of universal liberty, and a bond of universal brotherhood. Those therefore who sincerely believe in it can consistently claim no domination over conscience, or exercise coercion in matters of faith. They can wield no tyranny; they can use no violence even for the extirpation of civil evils.
Hence it happened that the Friends, who arose in an age when persecution for opinion's sake was practiced by bigoted Catholics and Protestant Reformers alike, proclaimed liberty of conscience as a sacred right, and pleaded for the religious enfranchisement of all men, even of those who when in power had been the most cruel persecutors.
They preached in the ears of tyrants the supremacy of the divine law over all institutions of human contrivance, and qualified their loyalty to their King, by their duty to God.
They denounced cruelty in every form, and admitted no plea in its justification or excuse.
They repudiated traditionary theology; they denied the authority of church councils of convocations of priests, senates, and Kings, in all matters of conscience........
They asserted the prerogative of reason, and emancipating mind from hierarchical and secular domination, left it free for the development of its powers, restored it to a sense of its dignity and value, and thus enabled it to clear, at a bound, the most formidable obstructions with which superstition and tyranny had blocked up the way of its progress.
Quakerism confides in this principle of the inner light, as did the apostles and primitive Christians, and submits implicitly to its guidance. It thus becomes the restorer of Christianity in its original form, and the most potent civilizer of the human race.
It adheres sternly to the right, and makes no compromise with injustice.
It adopts Christianity as a rule of civil conduct wherever it will apply. It treats society as a moral agent, and denies it the power of doing, from expediency or seeming necessity, what morality would condemn in a single member. Its moral code wages eternal war with every form of evil that afflicts society.
Wherever its influence predominates, war, slavery and intemperance disappear, no pauper semi-barbarous class is created by unequal laws, the rigor of the penal sanctions is relaxed, crime is extirpated without the destruction of the criminal, ambition forgets its delusive aspirations and renounces its selfish projects of aggrandizement, and reform and revolution advance with patient and peaceful steps by avenues opened by enlightened opinion and public intelligence.
This is the Quakerism to which our forefathers were converts, and which they taught to their children, and the influence of which has largely affected the lives and characters of their descendants. That it may continue to do so, through future generations, is a consummation devoutly to be wished, both for their temporal welfare and ultimate happiness.
WRITTEN FOR THE SESQUI-CENTENNIAL GATHERING
HELD AT WEST GROVE,CHESTER COUNTY, PA., AUGUST 25, 1875.
Home of the race of our ancestral sires!
Meek-hearted William, James and gentle John,
Of the first Isaac, and the later one
With whom, alas, their right in thee expires.
The heart grown fond at thy decay inquires
How it went with thee in the days long gone?
What story lives within these ivied stone
Of lives that grew beside thy household fires?
What happy chance the dream-led Isaac drew
To this fair seat beyond the Western main,
That he might build, and better than he knew--
A lineage here. And hearts--yearn not a few
At thought of thee, last William! May the train
Of coming generations such renew.
JOHN B. PHILLIPS.
St. Paul, Minnesota.
ADDRESS BY JOHN G. JACKSON.
On attempting to make some remarks applicable to this very interesting occasion, I confess to a feeling of anxiety in the effort to produce anything pleasing to the variety of minds present here today.
Can we not however unite, one and all, in finding cause for gratulation and enjoyment in recalling the events of the past, and according to each individual habit of thought, extracting food suitable for profitable and pleasurable contemplation.
Our worthy progenitor, Isaac Jackson, the elder, whose notable advent with his family into this beautiful part of Pennsylvania, one hundred and fifty years ago, we this day join in celebrating, was a member of the Society of Friends, called Quakers, and such his descendants have largely been.
Doubtless there are however of these descendants here present, who, like some of the children of William Penn, have found the road he traveled too narrow for their chariot wheels; or who, through divers influences, have, to change the metaphor, launched their barks upon a broader sea of life in the great world; broader, but perhaps, less safe from storms than the placid waters upon which our fathers sailed, yet hopefully leading, we trust, to the same ultimate haven of harmonious and happy life.
We can speak frankly and with full hearts to all here assembled, saying,
"Welcome! Welcome all to this grand re-union of the descendants of worthy men and women:"
Let us come together remembering no sectarian exclusiveness of thought; but as a branch, and a notable branch, of the great family of man; candidates for all the endowments vouchsafed from the infinite Father, and covering all minor differences of opinion with the broadest mantle of charity and kindness.
We will even be pardonable, on an occasion like the present, should we magnify the virtues of our ancestors, overlooking that share of weakness and imperfection, which as struggling mortals they doubtless showed. Our feeling is mainly to note their worthiness, not to seek out their short-comings.
It would appear that not alone as Quakers were the ancestors of the Jacksons noted as representative men of strong religious convictions and firm individuality and independence of character. I have long been of opinion, that the Jacksons as a clan were composed of men and women apt to do their own thinking--poor stuff out of which to make sycophants or hypocrites,--hard to drive against their consciences, firm of purpose, and persistent in effort.
The martyr blood of Ralph Jackson, burned at the stake in the reign of Queen Mary, (Sixth month, 27, 1556,) and the boldness with which John Jackson, another dissenter, about the same era, withstood priestly dictation in matters of religious faith, fully indicate the spirit of our remote ancestors.
Even the armorial bearing of the ancient feudal Jacksons, when warlike qualities were at a premium, "The greyhounds and the dolphin," "swiftness by land and sea," was no mean device, as indicating their standing before kings and princes........
Allusions to these interesting points we have already had in the complete historical sketch just read by our learned friend, Joseph J. Lewis, a worthy scion of the ancestral tree.
One important fact is quite observable, how well our forefathers and foremothers obeyed the scripture injunction, "Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth." Eight and ten children to a family, seem to have been quite common amongst them, while the numbers of twelve, thirteen, and even fifteen, have in some cases been reached......
This is certainly one of the best ways of accounting for the largeness of the tribe, and the number in attendance here to day. The same ever recurring, ever new tale of youthful love was true then as now; and then, as now, its course did not always run "smooth."
It is stated that one of our worldly-wise ancestral Millers, kept a young Jackson waiting a dreary long while for his daughter. Old friend Miller thought the young suitor insufficiently "well to do" in this world's goods, to take upon himself the responsibilities of a family. All-conquering love, however, as is generally the case, in due time won, and the happy pair formed a union from which have sprung some of us now present.
[The speaker here introduced the marriage certificate of Isaac and Ann Jackson, with some remarks thereon; and followed it by a recital of the "dream" related in the preceding address, afterward continuing as follows:]
I would be glad, if time permitted, to add in this connection, a small tribute to the memory of John Jackson, grandson of Isaac, our dreamer just alluded to, and the originator of this beautiful grove and garden, the grandfather also of our kind hostess, to whose efforts, and those of her family, we are so large indebted for this re-union to-day.
Contemporary with Bartram and Marshall, who have themselves left record of the excellence and amiability of his character, he evinced the purity of his tastes in adopting, like them, those pursuits fitting only for such minds as find enjoyment in the study of nature, and in observing and cultivating arborescent and floral beauties. As an instance of his mild and benevolent methods of rebuke, and of his ready and pleasant wit, I ask leave to read you from some old cards that he attached to his favorite aloes.
It was too much the custom then as now, thoughtlessly, to scratch names upon their smooth leaves. Who can help admiring the quaint idea of thus having the plants fitly speak for themselves.
Attached to the large Aloe, he had:
"Ye beaux and belles, I pray, forbear,
My pretty leaves to scratch and tear;
You little think the pain I feel
From puncture of your polished steel."
To this the Golden-edged Aloe replied:
"Ah, sister! well thou dost complain,
For I have felt the poignant pain
Which--oh forgive me!--almost drives
To curse their needles, pins and knives."
The Prickly Pear then chimes in:
"I hear those rhymers make complaint,
In sober style and verses quaint;
But, if on me you try your skill,
I'll jag your fingers, that I will."
Amongst the descendants of our notable forefather, the elder Isaac, both in the name of Jackson and also in other names connected by marriage with the family tree, have been and still are many note-worthy personages, to whom allusion would be most proper did time permit.
We might discourse of William, the son of Isaac, known by the sobriquet of "honest William Jackson,"
not that it was rare to find an honest Jackson, as some facetious ones have suggested, but because of his undoubted and countrywide reputation for unswerving integrity. Isaac, the clock-maker, son of this "honest William." has given to many of us special cause to recall his memory.
One of the earliest recollections of my own chlldhood, and doubtless also of others present is the old family clock. An early reading lesson was from its dial plate, "Isaac Jackson, New Garden," and on lesser disks, as allowable ornament to the four corners of its face we read, ("Time") ("Passeth") ("Swiftly") ("Away.")
We have the old clock still at the head of our hall stairs, as a valued family piece, doing its duty steadily and well.
You have all seen them!
There they stand, like the Jacksons of old, perpendicular and plain and tall; or like sentinels between time and eternity, "ting-tong," "ting-tong," slowly dropping the moments of time--dropping them from the eternity of the future through the gossamer-vanishing veil of the present, into the limitless past.
The Jacksons have also been a preaching generation, as instance the noted William, son of the "honest William," whom many of you will remember, and whose travels in the ministry, both in England and the United States, are matters of memorial record. We might go on to relate, where this preaching mantle, still descending from generation to generation, has fallen notably upon many of the tribe.
Another William [The speaker here turned to the picture of William Jackson, hanging at the back of the stand, and read the lines by C. C. Burleigh, attached to it.] whom we remember still more nearly, and whose beautiful ancestral home we are now enjoying, ought to claim from us large and loving notice.
As a thinker, writer and legislator, his memory demands our most earnest respect, to say nothing of those nearer and dearer ties of parentage and near kinship, with which some here to-day regard and reverence him.
Time, friends, will scarce allow of a further enumeration; but in a general sense, where can we find a family (and I say it with pride, even a modest pride,) which for generation after generation, has produced so many solid, substantial, enlightened men and women, active and useful in their day and generation?
Having thus hastily reviewed the characters of our worthy progenitors, will it not be appropriate for us to reflect how far we may reap profit from their example, how far in the light of one and a half centuries added to the world's experience, and to the needs of man, we may wisely imitate the simplicity of their lives?
Admitting that that the Quaker Society originated in a fanatical and puritanical age, and that true wisdom may not now teach us to darken our horizons by some of the asceticisms into which our forefathers were, perhaps, too much led, yet, is it not easy to perceive that most of the troubles and difficulties that press so heavily upon the race, or now embarrass and afflict our beloved land, are mainly occasioned by the lack amongst the people of that simplicity, integrity, and temperance of life, of which our ancestors were such marked exemplars.
Had all of our countrymen even approached to their standard of justice and right, our terrible rebellion, the consequences of which we are still enduring, would not have been needed for the purging of a great national evil; and if our people, as a whole, could more nearly emulate their simple economy and thrift, how much sooner could we as a nation overcome and outgrow these entailed troubles and perplexities.
He closed his remarks by reciting the appropriate poem of John G. Whittier
"The Quaker of the Olden Time."
HARMONY GROVE, SIXTY YEARS AGO.
READ BY SARAH PUGH.
Where London Grove attracts the eye
With hills aspiring to the sky,
And meads forever green,
Prolific fields, luxuriant woods,
Enameled lawns and lucid floods,
Is found this lovely scene.
With spacious front and modest pride
On a bold hill's descending side
Full to meridian day,
A mansion rears its stately head,
Which trees majestic overspread,
Soft'ning the torrid ray.
Round its strong walls in countless lines
A numerous family of vines
In wild luxuriance creep,
Or bend their devious course aloof,
There from the chimneys and the roof
Gaze o'er the frowning steep.
Here in a parlor neat and large,
With many a classic volume charged,
A library meets the view;
To aid the scientific mind,
Or those to harmless mirth inclined,
And pleasures ever new.
Within these walls kind plenty stands,
And scatters gifts with liberal hands
To objects of her care;
While pure affection, prompt to please,
Hangs o'er the couch of fell disease,
Or breaks his fatal snare.
The reverend mother's evening days,
Illumed by Hope's reviving rays,
Unconscious glide along;
How strong the Gospel's lenient balm,
The turgid storms of life to calm,
And raise the sacred song.
In front of this is widely spread,
With easy slope a fertile mead
Fair to the mid-day beam,
Which Flora's showy robe bedecks,
And blushing flowers incline their necks
To sip the lucid stream.
A stream which now in surly mood
Foams o'er the rocks in yonder wood
Where hills abruptly rise;
Now with a gentle current moves,
Gives music to the neighboring groves,
And mirror to the skies.
Close on the left an orchard stands,
Where fruits from this and foreign lands,
Delicious sweets unfold;
The juicy apple, pear, and peach,
Wide o'er the rest their sceptres reach
And nod their crowns of gold.
Near on the right a garden lies,
Basking beneath auspicious skies
Where balmy zephyrs play;
O'er these no daring Eurus flings
Frost, hail, or snow from gelid wings
To blast the charms of May.
There stately trees on high aspire,
Intent from Sol's meridian fire
To shield the plants below;
Here others ope romantic glades,
Or wreathe their arms to form arcades
In many a circling row.
When drawn from far by beauties rare,
The sons of science here repair
These velvet walks to tread,
Each plant, to greet its classic friends,
With modest grace its arms extends
And bows its blooming head.
When Taurus lends his genial power
To waken every vital flower
On Flora's roseate bed,
Here, roused from long-enjoyed repose,
A thousand plants their sweets disclose,
A thousand beauties spread.
Culled from each region of the globe,
Where Flora's variegated robe
Is spread to mortal view,
They lift their heads, extend their arms,
Evolve a host of nameless charms,
As exquisite as new.
A ceaseless fount, in prospect clear,
Collects its healthy waters here,
To form a mimic lake,
Where virgin plants delight to lave,
Or stooping low to kiss the wave
The secret treasure take.
In whose true mirror one may see
Each humble weed and stately tree,
In just resemblance pass;
So conscience, to her duty true,
Holds to each mortal's mental view
An undeceptive glass.
Not far from this a spacious bower,
Enclosed with many a fragrant flower,
Adorns a lonely grove;
Where lyric songsters blithely play,
From early morn to latest day,
Their melting tales of love.
A breeze which unremitted springs
From western climes on roseate wings,
The inmost seats assails,
Waves high in air the fragrant plumes,
With which the bower profusely blooms,
And scents the passing gales.
In this, still ready at command,
A desk, pen, ink and paper stand
For such as choose to write
Some brief encomiums on the place,
Its use, convenience, order, grace
That yields the most delight.
Short extracts here confus'dly lie
Names, dates, and ditties, catch the eye,
In uncouth manner penn'd;
A pithy phrase, a sentence strong,
A billet doux, a mournful song,
A farewell to a friend.
An aged sire with ceaseless care
This paradise of all that's rare
With gentle sceptre sways;
This order with just taste he plans,
And labors with assiduous hands,
Each infant plant to raise.
Farewell! abode of Peace and Love,
And if the Power that rules above
Would grant one rash request,
Be mine in such a rest as this
To spend the eve of life in bliss,
And sink unknown to rest.
COMPOSED BY THOMAS PEIRCE.
Fifth month 14th, 1813.
ADDRESS BY MARGARETTA JACKSON.
KENNET SQUARE, CHESTER CO., PA.
With reverence for the past and joy in the present, we meet beneath this spreading roof of green to commemorate an event of no great import, perhaps, to the rest of the world, but certainly of significance to us. Near this spot, one hundred and fifty years ago, the Jackson family, somewhat smaller than it now is, gathered beneath a narrower roof, with uplifted hearts thanking God who had led them by a vision to this place of peaceful labor. After the lapse of a century and a half, we renew those unvoiced hymns of thankfulness to the good Providence who has permitted us, the scattered descendants of that little family, to meet upon this consecrated ground.
Today we are brought together by the simple claim of kinship, strangers many, but cousins all.
Family gatherings are not of recent origin, indeed, they have the claim of the greatest antiquity in their favor. In the morning twilight of history, when the years of men were not so few as now, we read of the patriarch and his descendants for many generations gathering together beneath the broad blue tent, for mutual support and defence; later, the cry of the clansman, rushing to the support of his kindred chieftain, was wont to strike terror to the heart of the boldest enemy: and, through all the ruder periods of history, we learn that family pride and fealty have been among the strongest preservative forces of society.
It is true, that this noble root has sometimes supported a growth of aristocratic privilege, hurtful to progress, and of ill odor in our democratic nostrils. But in this country, neither law nor custom favors the growth of family power or exclusiveness: rather, we tend to disintegrate; changeful as the waves of the sea, we wander where interest or fancy may lead; strong in our individuality, and too often encased in an armor of selfish reserve.
The restless murmur of life, where it pulses at fever heat, lures our boys from the quiet fields; or the unknown possibilities of the far West, draw them with relentless attraction, and the old home passes into the hands of strangers.
That this place should have remained in the possession of the descendants of Isaac Jackson for five generations, is an evidence of the succesful thrift and strong home attachments of those who have dwelt here. We learn of them, that they were men of the most careful sense of justice, gentle-mannered, fond of information, curious in the study of plants, and devoted to their culture.
To this home, then, where have been nurtured the tastes that we would all do well to cultivate, it is peculiarly fitting that we should come as pilgrims, to lay our offerings upon the shrine of family love, and to build, if we will, an altar to family pride--the pride of noble nature and not of noble name.
I am proud to say that our ancestors, of whom we are permitted to know something, through many generations, seem to have belonged to that middle class of society which has given birth to the best thought and the highest achievement. They were not burdened with a plethora of this world's goods; early and late they made acquaintance with the "fire-proof joys" that earnest work bestows. The "Good Goddess of Poverty" showered her blessings upon them, giving them strong bodies and alert minds.
The earlier records given in that valuable family history that some of us have had the privilege of seeing, seem to leave much room for the exercise of the imagination.
We can imagine, if you please, the gallant achievements by land and sea, that gained for our misty ancestor his knightly spurs and heraldic device.
A knight he was, I ween, of grave mien and earnest bearing, not given to idle jests, or to touching the light guitar beneath his lady's lattice; fit ancestor to the martyr, Ralph Jackson, whose aureole of flame seems to me a prouder claim to distinction than knightly spurs, however won; fit ancestor to the heretical John Jackson, whose intrepid spirit and ready wit are shown in his recorded replies to his priestly questioner; fit ancestor, also, to that long line of Quaker descendants, whose broad brims and thee's and thou's gave such offence to their persecutors.
Carlyle says, in his Sartor Resartus, with that grim humor that sometimes masks his profoundest thought, "The greatest event of modern times was the making for himself a pair of leather breeches by George Fox." Carlyle, perhaps, saw as the result of this act, the end of slave labor, the elevation of woman, prisons changed from places of punishment to schools of reform; perhaps, with prophetic vision, he saw that millenial fulfilment, the universal reign of peace. How much the world owes to the "sublime madness" of George Fox, has yet to be told; but even the most scornful decrier of Quakerism cannot deny, that in every humanitarian reform they have, at least, put in the entering wedge.
To-day we are not specially interested in the debt the world owes to the Religion of the Inward Light, but in our peculiar obligation to it........
As we have been told, our ancestors were among its earliest converts. Driven by persecution from England to Ireland, they found, at last, in this peaceful valley, the room to work and worship they had so long and so vainly sought. .......
We know something of their lives here in the wilderness; of their steadfast labor and serene hopefulness; of their meetings, when both silence and words were overflowed by the Spirit; of their decorous weddings and quiet funerals; of all these, the record gives us some account. But of their more intimate domestic life, we would gladly learn something too; and here are some friends who have kindly consented to lay aside their garb of invisibility, to mingle with us to-day; perhaps they will answer our questions........
Dear Grand-dame, seven times great, we would gladly question thee of those good old times of which we love to read and think; they come to us bathed in a light of poetical and sacred association, and while we have read of your patience under great affliction, we can scarcely think that just such little troubles and worries as mar the serenity of our days could have had existence then.
Did children fret in those days, and husbands sometimes grow impatient?
Did the daughter wilfully desire a broader hem, or a brighter ribbon, than was deemed consistent with Quaker testimonies to give?
Did rebellious stirrings sometimes trouble the heart of the young man, that only a mother's gentleness could soothe away?
And thou, gentle maiden, whose freshness the centuries have left untouched, what thoughts filled thy mind, as, sitting by thy loom, thou didst weave the household gear? No song came from thy lips, but did the old, old story form itself in cadences in thy heart; and did the thread sometimes break as the thought of Israel's grave "good night" came back to thee?
Alluding to the two feminine representatives of the old Jacksons, then present.
What think you of these brave days of ours? We boast that we have made some progress; we have invented some good machines since your day, some secrets of nature we have learned, some mighty forces have become our servants; but in the good old-fashioned virtues of patient waiting, labor and frugality, we have need, I fear, to go back and learn of you.
Spirit of our ancestor Isaac, I trust thou, too, art with us to-day, and from thy higher place of vision thou lookest with pleasure upon this valley of thy dream, with its finely cultivated fields, its homes, the abodes of intelligence and refinement; its gardens, not only delighting our eyes, but sending their fragrance abroad over the land and even to the isles of the sea; for what place so remote that the fame of the West Grove Nurseries has not reached it, and on what soil have their nurslings failed to take root?
And wilt thou not let thy blessing fall upon us, thy descendants, upon these sweet-faced children, with whom the business of life is still to be happy; upon these youths and maidens who have not passed the blessed land of reverie and dream; upon us, who have ceased to dream, but scarcely learned to live, and upon these dear friends, whose happy faces teach us not to dread the coming of old age.
And may we be worthy of our heritage, and while we accept the opportunities for broader culture that this age affords, let us emulate the perfect integrity, the unfeigned humility and greatness of soul, that distinguished our line in days gone by.
ABRAM AND ISAAC.
BY HENRY PETERSON--PHILADELPHIA.
The Lord said unto Abram,
The Hebrew records say,
From Ur of the Chaldeans,
Now get thee forth this day--
Out from thy father's kindred,
And from thy father's land,
And journey into Canaan,
With thy own household band.
And thou shalt be a nation,
And I will bless thy vine,
And east and west, and north and south,
Fair Canaan shall be thine.
The Lord said unto Isaac,
The Quaker records say,
From Ireland of the English,
Now get thee forth this day.
There is a Western valley,
And a fountain flowing there,
Where thou shalt lead thy household
And pitch thy altar fair.
And thou shalt be a people,
Led by my light divine,
And east and west, and north and south,
The pastures shall be thine.
So Isaac left his kindred,
With Abram's trust of yore,
And journey'd o'er the waters,
To the far Western shore.
With faith that knew no doubting,
He saw as sure the way,
As Israel saw the pillared fire,
And pillar of oloud by day.
And there the seed of Isaac
Fast multiplied and throve,
Glad dwellers in the happy vales
Of peaceful Londongrove--
A people just, God-fearing,
True sons of truthful Penn,
Who prove they love the Father,
By love of fellow-men.
Oh, Abram's faith and Isaac's,
To us may it be given,
So many things are hard to solve
This side the gates of Heaven--
And may it lead us onward,
To brighter lands unseen,
More perfect than sweet Canaan,
Or Chester's vales of green!
THE RESIDENCE OF ISAAC JACKSON, WHO CAME FROM IRELAND IN 1725.
BY CHANDLER DARLINGTON.
The hill and the valley and beautiful spring,
Where a pilgrim who over the ocean had come,
Forsaking his kindred, his country and king,
With a dream for his guidance, selected a home.
Of the future, bright pictures in fancy he drew,
Obeyed his impressions as sacred commands,
The deer and the Red man receded from view,
As the forest gave way to the work of his hands.
Simple and rude was the dwelling he raised
In the bright land of promise to which he had come;
With a feeling of pride o'er his acres he gazed,
And the prattle of children made joyous his home.
Impressed with the duty of being employed,
With hands that were able and willing to toil,
In rural seclusion he lived and enjoyed
A sustenance drawn from a bountiful soil.
Blest as he was in his basket and store,
With the fruit of his labor to use and to lend,
In time there was added the one blessing more--
The social enjoyment of neighbor and friend.
Then, a bridle-path led to the rural abode
Where were welcomed alike both the rich and the poor;
Now, the burdens of commerce come load after load,
With the "Iron Horse" rumbling almost to the door.
Where the father the forest of nature assailed,
The children successive their labors bestow;
Where the wild-rose and bramble aforetime prevailed,
The choicest of flowers luxuriantly grow.
Nor less was the culture applied to the mind,
Developing friendship, reflnement and love;
Hence to its history appended we find
The appropriate title of Harmony Grove.
BY SARAH W. PETERSON, PHILADELPHIA.
A pilgrim from the old world wondering stands,
Still as if carved in stone, with folded hands,--
The loveliest of valleys showering sweet
Its virgin wealth of beauty at his feet;
His soul is in his eyes, that deep and clear
Burn with the inward flaming of the seer.
"It is the spot!" he cries in sudden awe,
"The very spot my trance'd spirit saw,
Like regions of the Blessed for delight,--
That vision in the watches of the night,
Clear-shining, to the inner sight revealed
True light for guidance, graciously unsealed.
Behold the hill! even so I saw it rise
From the green valley toward the arching skies,
Studded with great primeval trees that stand
Like sentinels to guard the smiling land,
And at its base the spring that bubbles cool
Through glistening sands into the rocky pool,
With soft continuous murmur. At the sound
Of that upspringing fount my pulses bound!
The very sound that in my dream I heard,
Plainer and sweeter than the song of bird
Trilling its idle love-lay overhead;
For this of daily blessing, daily bread
Its glad assurance is forever giving:
Domestic ease and joy are in its living
And sparkling freshness. Beautiful spring, I come!
Thy voice of welcome to this western home
Thrills and composes like a restful word
Telling the loving kindness of the Lord.
Here will I build my cot. The hand Divine
Has marked this lovely place for me and mine,
And for a token between Him and me,
It shall be called the Vale of Harmony."
Thus struck the peaceful key-note of the place
This founder of the peaceful Jackson race.
Each busy year its own fair record kept,
And calmly with his fathers Isaac slept.
But still in faithful hands the beauty grows,
The wilderness is blooming like the rose;
And William still as in his father's life
Lives on serene, with Katharine his wife,
And sons and daughters in those fruitful bowers,
Grow with the trees, and blossom with the flowers.
Among the troop I see one dreaming child,
Like the beloved disciple good and mild,--
A beauty-loving, clear-eyed, thoughtful boy,
To whom the Garden is a passionate joy,
And the sweet gardening labor pure delight,
As Adam found it in his Eden bright.
So, year by year the fair creation grows,
The enthusiast o'er his purpose broods and glows,
As tree and flower from far off foreign lands
Unfold their graces 'neath his fostering hands;
Through nature's floral wealth his fancy roams,
Revels in dreams of England's garden homes,
And to the music of grand Milton's tone
He plans and plants an Eden of his own.
Here, fairest home in all the country round,
The bride was brought when John his Mary found,
And worthy offspring blest their faithful love;--
Through spioy groves the frolic children rove,
Make larkspur rings and chains of scarlet seeds,
Or string the stony Job's-tears' smooth gray beads;
Then watch the darting minnows in the pond,
And chase each other up the slope beyond;
Mimic the cat-bird and the mournful dove,
And list the choir full sounding through the grove;
In the great box-bush play at hide and seek,
While the broad walk re-echoes shout and shriek,
And cloistral avenues of pines and firs
The music of their childish laughter stirs.
Thus passed my mother's early, happy years;
Youngest of seven, the baby claim endears
To each and all the tender, youngest flower,
Though womanhood steals on with gracious dower
Of gifts for heart and mind, for form and face;--
A charming presence in the dear old place,
With soft brown eyes, and cheeks like roses sweet,
All lovely things the maiden Catharine greet.
Another William rules the ancestral Grove,
And other children, offspring of his love,
Sport in the bowers and pull the blossoms gay,
And follow butterflies the long, bright day,
To the tall pine-tree hurry from the sun,
And build a mossy bridge across the run,
Seek the green shades that labyrinthine wind,
And, nimble-footed, scale the hill behind.
Oh, day of days, when to my childish eyes
The gates unclosed of this, my paradise!
Whose hospitable door and low porch gleam
Like the House Beautiful of Christian's dream.
Oh, dewy summer mornings, rare and sweet,
That lured away from sleep my eager feet,
Out to that garden of enchantment drawn,
In the dim quiet of the early dawn,--
Beautiful all and fragrant--naught awake
But jubilant birds in every bush and brake--
Under the trellised arch of woodbine stealing,
As into something longed-for past revealing,
Fruition of some coveted delight--
Past the rich flower-beds, sparkling dewy bright,
Down to the spring, the pond, where centred fair
The garden's sweetness and its beauty rare;
For there the tropic treasures ranged around
The gleaming water made it fairy ground.
There stood the Lemon, golden-fruited, there
The Myrtle breathed abroad Italian air,
The Cactus blossomed, flaming like the sun,
And frail Mimosa, at a touch undone;--
But oh the sweetness of that Jasmine tree,
The rare magnificence it was to me!
Superb and stately, peerless August queen,
Its great white blossoms set in glossy green,
Like cups of incense, heavy with perfume
And luscious summer wealth of creamy bloom!
And those musk roses! like remembered singing
Their odor o'er my ravished spirit winging,
Calls up the old stone green-house, ivy-grown,
And clustered o'er with roses newly blown,
Just tinted like the dawn, each dainty spray
In full relief upon its walls of gray,--
Always their scent delicious brings to me
From the far morning-land this memory.
Isaac the seer began the Jackson sway,
With Isaac Jackson passed the name away,
For he died young; and to the daughter's line
Has lapsed the old estate, roof-tree and vine.
Long may they live! Mary, our hostess honored,
And the Grove's happy owner, Everard Conard;
And children follow in the good old way,--
So pray the guests at the old Grove to-day.
August 25th, 1875.
ADDRESS BY CHARLES C. BURLEIGH.
I am glad to be with you here to-day, to join in the gratulations and rejoicings for which the occasion calls, and to share in the honest pride with which you cherish the memory of your worthy ancestors. It is true I do not bear the Jackson name, nor feel the Jackson blood flowing in my veins; yet my right is no less than that of any here, to stand on this platform, to mingle in these festivities, and to be modestly proud of the worth of those you have met to honor. For you, who are of the Jackson blood, are so by no choice of yours, you could not help it if you would; but my connection with the family is my own voluntary act. And you may be well assured it is an act for which I never felt regret, an act which I regard as among the happiest events of my life. So I count myself as one of you, with a right as full and perfect in the pleasant memories and observances of the occasion, as can be claimed by any of you all.
Something has been said here about the origin of the Jackson race, and we have been shown that it goes back to an antiquity so remote as to outreach the pen of history. No man can say when or where the Jacksons began to be. But students of the science of language tell us that often, from the very forms of words, important facts may be inferred with a certainty as complete as if authentic history had recorded them. Upon this hint proceeding, we may safely say that the founder of the Jackson house was a man of signal popularity, his name familiar to the general ear and tongue; well known and well received among the multitude;--none of your reserved aristocrats, self-withdrawn from fellowship with the common people. His name was so familiar to men's thoughts and lips, that it fell into a form of homely abbreviation.
As generally spoken it had ceased to be grave John, or dignified Johanan, or whatsoever would have been its shape in the more solemn dialect of
(*)The address was given extempore, but through the urgent request of some of his friends
it is now reproduced, from his own pen. his time and country, and had passed into plain, unceremonious Jack; the kindly freedom of address thus marking him a popular favorite.
Jack, then, he was; and he had a son--Jack's son, of course--from whom the Jackson lineage and name. Who was this primal Jack, is lost in the darkness of the distant past.
That it was Jack the Giant-killer, we cannot positively affirm on grounds of clear, historic proof; but that it was, is strongly probable from qualities apparent in the race even to this day.
At least, those members of it whom I have known have battled sturdily with the grim and mandevouring giants of our land and age, Intemperance and Slavery; and the vigorous strokes which they have dealt at these huge monsters, show something very like the impulse of ancestral blood behind each manly blow. We may with reason, therefore, venture to believe that they are the off-spring of the famous Giant-killer; or, if not his veritable children by natural descent of blood, that they are of his spiritual lineage at least, beyond all question.
But, seriously, we have good reason for the feelings which have brought us to this gathering.
The sons and daughters of an ancestry like yours, may fitly meet to testify their sense of their forefathers' worth, and indulge in mutual gratulations on their honorable descent. There is a pride of ancestry, if so you choose to call it, which may well be cherished, and in proper ways exhibited. It is well to remember the virtues of our forefathers, to pay a due respect to their unassuming worth, and feel a modest complacency in the thought that our blood is drawn from so good a source. Not that we should indulge that sort of pride which would lead us to value ourselves on the mere fact that we have sprung from ancestors so worthy, while showing in our own characters no likeness to what we celebrate in theirs, and using no endeavors to make their virtues ours; a pride like that of the vain boaster in the story we have heard, to whose loud vaunts of noble ancestry it was well replied that he was like a potato-plant; all of him worth anything was under ground.
Not that we should cherish a pride of that sort which seems to imagine that the righteousness of our forefathers is to be "imputed" to ourselves, to cover out of sight the "filthy rags" of our own false righteousness. But rather should our pride of ancestry be such as shall impel us, while we remember and revere in our ancestors what is worthy of remembrance and of reverence, at the same time to emulate what we revere, and strive earnestly to live as becomes the lineage we are proud to claim.
If it is our boast that they were honest and upright, faithful to the call of duty, modest and unpretending, truthful and sincere, in simplicity and singleness of heart doing with diligence the work belonging to their respective stations, whether illustrious or obscure; then, plainly, it is only when we do our best to reproduce in ourselves these qualities which we commend in them; to express in our own conduct what we praise with our lips; that we rightly show a just appreciation of their characters, and a proper pride in our descent from them.
As a suggestion of noble endeavor, as an incentive to a worthy life, as an encouragement to personal fidelity and diligence in well-doing, we may wisely rejoice in a lineage like ours; but to try to make it a subsitute for these, is neither to do it honor, nor to derive honor from it. "We honor our ancestors," [pointing to these words, inscribed with evergreens, over the platform,] not by speaking their praises in however well-chosen words, or by boasting however loudly of their blood in our veins; but by showing in our lives that the qualities which we inherit from them are such as do honor to those who left us the inheritance. Be it our aim, then, to render this honor to the ancestry from which we deem it an honor to be able to claim descent.
The time which we can spend together here is nearly past, and we shall soon disperse from this, our pleasant festive gathering. And I trust that we shall carry from it something more than the memory of the pleasure we have here enjoyed; that we shall have somewhat bettered our acquaintance with each other, and thereby gained somewhat in mutual esteem and kind regard; that we shall have felt ourselves drawn nearer to each other in the bonds of kindred; quickened and deepened in some degree our sense of brotherhood; and added something to that culture of the social feelings and kind affections which gives to life so large a measure of its sweetest joys and most refined delights. With this as one result of our assembling, we shall indeed have made it not unworthy of its occasion; and not in vain shall we have gathered here to render honor to our ancestors.
Richard & Anthony Jackson
As relates to the birth and parentage of Richard & Anthony Jackson, there appears to be no record extant; and the earliest information concerning them has reference to their removal from Lancashire, England to Ireland, in 1649.
That they were brothers, and Richard was the elder, we infer from the information derived from a genealogical record compiled with care by Thomas Greer, Jr., of Ireland, in 1824, and taken by him from ancient and authentic documents.
Whether they left England with the view of better prospects for business, or impelled by such considerations as might have induced them to conclude they could enjoy more fully the privilege of religious and civil liberty, we are not informed; but most likely the motive was on account of business, as Richard was at that time a soldier in the Parliamentary army, in which he continued for several years after their removal to Ireland.
Locating first in Lurgan, it was here they became associated in religious fellowship with William Edmundson who in 1653, had become a convert to the doctrines of the Quakers and afterwards an eminent minister among them.
William Edmundson appears to have been the first of this people who came into Ireland, and in 1654, he was instrumental in establishing a religious meeting held at his own house with six others, the first Friends' Meeting settled in Ireland, Richard and Anthony being of the number composing it. In 1655, William Edmundson removed to the County of Cavan and (in his own words) "purchased several parcels of land for ourselves and several other families of Friends that would live near us," and further adds "whereupon several families came with us and settled in this land," and a Meeting was soon established among them. (*)Rutty, referring to this circumstance, says: "William Edmundson, Richard Jackson, Anthony Jackson, John Thompson, Richard Fayle, John Edmundson, William Moon and their families removed and took land in the County of Cavan and dwelt there, and settled a meeting in that County."
See Rutty's Rise and Progress among the Quakers in Ireland.
It is further stated that, in 1659, several of the Friends above mentioned "by reason of their landlords not performing covenant with them removed from the County of Cavan and settled in and about Mountmellick," Richard Jackson being of the number.
Richard is frequently spoken of in the early records of the Society of Friends as a sufferer with William Edmundson, by distraints and imprisonments, for holding meetings.
Anthony continued to reside in the neighborhood of Cavan and Oldcastle and in 1670, on the authority of Besse, he suffered imprisonment for tythes;also in the return of "Sufferings" from the County of Cavan for 1681, and frequently prior to that period, mention is made that he was committed to prison on account of his religious principles.
The minutes of Mountmellick Meeting furnish items of interest concerning Richard Jackson and his family; and it is therein recorded that he was born at Eccleston in Lancashire,England removed to Ireland in 1648, and "took to wife Margaret Keete, at Carrickfergus,County of Antrim, in the year 1650. She was born at Maulberry,(Marlborough,)in Wiltshire, England."
Children of Richard and Margaret (Keete) Jackson.
Sarah, born at Carrickfergus, Seventh month, 18th, 1651; married Nicholas Gribble, of Limerick.
They had a daughter Mary who became the wife of Mungo Bewley, of Edenderry.
Sarah was the second wife of Nicholas and died in 1696.
The record states "she was an innocent, well-minded woman--loved Truth and Friends, and died in the faith, and unity of the brethren."
John, born Twelfth month 2nd, 1653, at Listnagarvin, County of Downe; married Elizabeth, daughter of John and Mary Edgerton, Third month 2nd, 1680. They had a daughter Sarah, born at Ackragare, in Queen's County, in 1681. John Jackson died Third month 31st, 1715, and was buried at Tineal, near Rosenallis.
Thomas, born Ninth month 30th, 1656 at Clery,County of Downe married Hannah,daughter of Thomas and Sarah Beale, Fourth month 29th, 1681, Hannah died Eighth month 18th, 1681.
Thomas married his second wife, Eighth month 24th,1683 she was Dorothy daughter of John and Dorothy Mason of Castledermott.
Their children were as follow:
Hannah, born Seventh month 22nd, 1687, at Mountmellick.
Mary born Sixth month 14th,1689 at Mountmellick; died Twelfth month 23rd, 1717,buried at Tineal, near Rosenallis.
Thomas, born Sixth month 21st, 1692, at Killenure.
Dorothy born Eighth month 22nd, 1649, at Killenure. Sarah, born Third month 3rd, 1697, at Killenure.
Richard, born First month 18th, 1700, at Killenure; died Third month 11th, 1717, buried near Rosenallis.
DOROTHY, mother of the above children, died Eleventh month, 22d, 1713,
|Buried at THOMAS, father of the above children, died Fourth month, 15th, 1716,|Mountrath.
Robert, born Fifth month 20th, 1659, at Bally-christell, King's County; married Hannah, daughter of Richard and Isabel Scott, Fifth month 3rd, 1681.
Their children were as follow:
Rebecca, born Second month 8th, 1682, at or near Mountmellick.
Rachel, born Third month 23rd, 1684; died Fourth month 28th, 1686.
Richard, born First month 13th, 1686-7; married Abigail, daughter of George and Abigail Peacock, in Cumberland, Second month 28th, 1715.
They had one son called George, born Twelfth month 4th, 1715, and died First month 31st, 1716.
Richard Jackson died Fourth month 12th, 1716, leaving no issue. Thomas, born Fifth month 1st, 1689; died Eleventh month 12th, 1690.
Nathaniel, born Seventh month 26th, 1692.
Erasmus, born Third month 19th, 1695; died Seventh month 7th, 1759.
Hannah, born First month 10th, 1697-8.
Rachel, born Seventh month 5th, 1701.
Isaack, born Seventh month 30th, 1705; died Tenth month 9th, 1772, buried at Dublin.
HANNAH JAOKSON, mother of the above, died Ninth month 18th, 1720,|Buried noar
ROBERT JACKSON, father of the above, died Ninth month 27th, 1721,|Rosenallis.
RICHARD JACKSON, died Second month 7th, 1679,
Buried near MARGARET (KEETE) JACKSON, died Fourth month 20th, 1705,| Rosenallis.
The following testimony concerning Richard Jackson given by William Edmundson, was taken from the Records of Mountmellick Meeting.
(*)"The Seventh of ye Second month,1679.
(*)The spelling as given in the original is retained.
Richard Jackson, deceased in Mountmellick, in the parish of Rosenallis and Queen's County. He was born in Lancashire, and was a soldier in the army of England and Ireland some years. He was convinced of God's everlasting Truth about the year 1654, since which time he walked in the Truth, and with the Lord's people, bearing his share of suffering as it came, whether spoyle of goods or imprisonment of body, for the Testimony of the blessed Truth which he had received of the Lord, and in which he believed.
He was a serviceable man in the Creation, and more especially in the Truth in his place he was ready to serve Truth in what he might, and I doe not know that he ever was tainted, or sided with false spirits, but always that I know of stuck close to the Elders and Brethren in the Truth, whose spirits had been well tried, and found sound to God-ward; and the company of such was Delightsome to him, but false spirits and hypocrites he had a perfect antipathy against, and though he seemed sometimes to some to be somewhat of a rude speech, yet in the ground of Truth he was sound, as its well known to such as knew him aright,and he was ready to serve Truth in public service, soe in collections ready to minister above his equalls, and to provoke and stir up others to that good work, and his heart and door was open to receive such as truly feared and served the Lord; and though he could not well bend, nor comply with such as sought themselves more than the Lord's honour, yet he would easily yield and comply with such as was of a sound mind and a right spirit in all matters controverted on the public account.
A little before his departure I came to see him, with several other friends.
He asked to be helped up on his pillow, and something to drink, which was done; after which he discoursed with me of settling his outward estate;-- and in a little time I asked how it was with him to God-ward. He answered it was very well, and said he had nothing on his conscience that troubled him, and he was as willing to dye as to live--and after a little time he passed away as if he had fallen asleep. He died in the fifty-fourth year of his life, and his body burried by his relatives and friends in the burying place of the people called Quakers upon the land of Tineal, near Rosenallis-- where his body lies and is at rest from its toyles; and I do not doubt but his soul is in peace and his spirit at rest with God that gave it. He is gone to his rest and his works follow him. His memoriall will not die with us that is left behind, who are members with him of that spirituall body of which Christ Jesus is the Head; into which the Lord in his spirit united us, and joyned us together in a spirituall fellowship, in which we feel the want of him in his outward tabernacle:--but the will of God be done, believing He will raise up others to supply his service in the body."
Richard Jackson being in the fifty-fourth year of his age at the time of his death, the year of his birth is fixed in or near 1626; but concerning his brother Anthony Jackson there appears to have been no family record preserved, neither have we any account from the Minutes (if such were kept) of Oldcastle Meeting, within the limits of which he resided, to supply us with information with regard to his marriage or his family, other than the isolated fact that he had a son Isaac, the date of whose birth is not given, but its occurrence in 1665 inferred from the circumstance that he died in 1750 in the eighty-sixth year of his age. Anthony survived Richard, but we have no account of him on record after his imprisonment, already referred to, in 1681 his death probably occurring prior to 1696, as it will be observed his name does not appear on Isaac's marriage certificate bearing date in that year.
1. ANTHONY JACKSON, 'of Lancashire, England, emigrated to Ireland in 1649.
2. ISAAC, son of (1) Anthony Jackson, born in the year 1665 married Ann, daughter of Rowland Evans,(*) of the County of Wicklow, and removed to reside at or near Ballytore.(+)
Their marriage was accomplished at Oldcastle, 2mo. 29, 1696, (O.S.) and a record of their certificate is still preserved on the Minutes of Carlow?? Monthly Meeting, a copy whereof, as taken from the original is here appended:
(*)In the original record the surname is spelled with u, thus, Euans.
(+)Now spelled Ballitore.
??This was at a more ancient date called the county of Cathorlagh.
Spelled Couan in the original.
"These are to certify the truth to all people, that Isaac Jackson, of Oldcastle, in the county of Meath, and Ann Evans, daughter of Rowland Evans, of Balliloing, in the county of Wicklow, having intentions of marriage with each other, according to God's ordinance, did lay it before the particular men and women's meeting at Drumiam, (or Drummond) in the county of Cavan, upon the 29th of the 11mo. 1695; where nothing appearing against it, they laid it before the Province meeting at Ann Webb's, in county of Ardmagh, upon the 1st day of the 12mo. following and year aforesaid; who, taking their said intentions into consideration, desired them to wait a time, in which time several Friends were appointed to make enquiry in the places where their residence was and of late hath been--whether the man was clear from all other women and whether the woman was clear from all other men; and whether their parents and relatives were satisfled with their said intentions--and presenting the second time their said intentions of marriage before the Province meeting at Richard Boyes's, in the parish of Ballinderry, and county of Antrim, upon the 14th day of the First month, 1696, and account being brought to the said men's meeting of all things being found clear, and their intentions of marriage being several times published in the meetings to which they belonged, and nothing appearing against it, at a meeting of the
People of God held at Oldcastle, on the 29th day of the Second month, 1696, where they being contracted, the said Isaac Jackson publicly and solemnly declared as followeth:--In the fear and dread of the great God, and before this assembly of people, I take Ann Evans to be my wife till death separate.
And Ann Evans also declared, in the fear of God and before this people, I take Isaac Jackson to be my husband and give myself to be his wife till death shall separate--which being performed according to the practice of the people of God recorded in the Scriptures of truth, it is to be recorded in a Book kept for that purpose, to which he subscribes his name Isaac Jackson, and she likewise subscribes her name Ann Jackson, to which we be witnesses.
The Minutes(*) of Carlow Monthly Meeting, Ireland, supply the following record of Isaac and Ann Jackson's children:
REBECCA, born at Oldcastle, 1mo. 25, 1697.
THOMAS, " " " 11mo. 9, 1698.
ISAAC, " " " 7mo. 1, 1701, died 12mo. 15, 1701.
ALICE, " " " 8mo. 29, 1703.
WILLIAM, born at Clonerany, County of Wexford, 2mo. 24, 1705.
MARY, " " " " " " " " "
JAMES, born at Ballytore, County of Kildare, 2mo. 10, 1708.
ISAAC, " " " " " " 5mo. 13, 1710;
died 8mo. 13, 1710.
JOHN, born at Ballytore, County of Kildare, 10mo. 16, 1712
ISAAC, " " " " " " 1mo. 13, 1715.
(*)William Jackson of Philadelphia, during a visit to Ireland in 1870, had access to the old Records of Carlow Monthly Meeting, kept in the archives belonging to Friends, in Dublin, from which the items above given were carefully transcribed.
Isaac and Ann with their surviving children, (excepting Thomas the eldest son, who remained in Ireland,) and Rebecca, who came to America a few years before her parents, immigrated in 1725, previous to which they obtained from Carlow Monthly Meeting the following certificate of removal:
"TO FRIENDS IN THE PROVINCE OF PENNSYLVANIA OR ELSEWHERE.
Dear Friends:--These with our love in the truth, which is one in all nations, do we dearly salute you, hereby letting you know that our friend Isaac Jackson, the bearer of this, sometime since acquainted us with his intention of transporting himself and family into your parts; which we having maturely considered of have left him to his own freedom and liberty therein. And he continuing his said intention therein desired a certificate, which we give as follows, viz:
Both he and his wife are members of our men's and women's meetings for about twenty years past, and their conversation and behavior amongst us and others were orderly and of good report and they go clear from any engagements here as far as we know; and their two children William Jackson and Mary Jackson have behaved orderly and are clear from any here on account of marriage. So desiring their welfare every way and safe arrival with you, we conclude with our dear love to you, your loving Friends.
Signed on behalf of our Monthly Meeting held in Carlow in the county of Catherlagh in Ireland, the 28th of the 1mo., 1725, by
Soon after their arrival in America and settlement at London-grove, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Isaac Jackson and family became members of New Garden Monthly Meeting, as appears from the following Minute taken from the Records of that Meeting:
"10mo. 9, 1725, Isaac Jackson produced a certificate to this Meeting from a Monthly Meeting held at Carlow, in the nation of Ireland, in behalf of himself and wife, which was satisfactory, and accepted."
Isaac died in the autumn of 1750, in the eighty-sixth year of his age; but the exact time of his wife's death does not appear to have been recorded.
There is however a record that it occurred about six or seven years after their arrival in this country, which would fix the time in 1731 or 1732.
With limited means at command for the occupation of farming, Isaac had devoted much of his time to the weaving business,(*) and by persevering industry and frugality, succeeded in acquiring such competency as enabled him to maintain a large family in a reputable manner; and his children, although their paternal inheritance was inconsiderable, yet mainly through self-reliant effort and from industrious habits acquired early in life, prospered in business; and by their honesty, sobriety and uprightness, attained respectable positions in the community in which they lived.
Children of (2) Isaac and Ann (Evans) Jackson.
3. REBECCA, born 3mo. 25, 1697; married Jeremiah, son of John and Mary Starr of Oldcastle, in the county of Meath, Ireland, at Ballytore, 11mo. 10, 1716.
They removed to America 1717-8, bringing a certificate of membership from Friends of Carlow Monthly Meeting; took up a tract in Londongrove township, Chester County, Pa., and on adjoining land a few years afterwards Rebecca's parents settled.
Prior to this time the country was almost an unbroken wilderness although as early as 1712 some Friends had come over, settled there and established a Friends' Meeting. Among the names of the earlier families we find the Starrs, Millers, Lightfoots, and some bearing the name of Jackson.
There is a tradition that the father of John Starr was a captain of infantry in the Parliament army during the civil war, after which he settled in Ireland, and the son resided for a time at Cootehill in the County of Cavan.
The children of John and Mary Starr were nine in number, as follow:
John, born middle of 7mo. 1674; James, born 10mo 28, 1676; married Rachel (???), and came to Pennsylvania in 1712, in company with Michael Lightfoot.
The Records of Kennett Monthly Meeting furnish the following information of date 4mo. 7, 1712:
"James Starr and Michael Lightfoot produced a certificate from Catherlagh Monthly Meeting, in the kingdom of Ireland, concerning their lives and conversation to the Meeting, which is read, duly considered and approved by this Meeting."
George, born 2mo. 16, 1679; Mary, born 7mo. 15, 1682; Elizabeth, born 9mo. 12, 1684; Susannah, born 9mo. 23, 1686;
Jeremiah, born 8mo. 17, 1690, married Rebecca Jackson as above stated and came to Pennsylvania; married (2d) Margaret, daughter of Richard Hayes, of W. Marlborough, at Londongrove Meeting, 10mo. 11, 1746, and after his death she married John Jackson, 11mo 15, 1769;
Moses, born 8mo. 27, 1692; married 6mo. (Aug.) 2, 1715 at Oldcastle Meeting, to Deborah King, daughter of Merrick King of that place, and came to Pennsylvania with his brother Jeremiah, bringing a certificate from Oldcastle Meeting. which was presented to Newark (now Kennett) Monthly Meeting, 2mo. 5, 1718;
Isaac, born 9mo. 23, 1697; came to Pennsylvania, and afterward married 12mo. 20, 1723, Margaret Lightfoot, daughter of Thomas of New Garden.
*)Some evidences of his masterly skill therein are still preserved among his descendants and a sample was exhibited at the Sesqui-Centennial gathering.
The eldest brother, John, also came to Pennsylvania, but, unlike the others, does not appear to have been a Friend.
It is said he had numerous descendants, some of whom are in Philadelphia and in Richmond, Indiana.
These brothers settled at first in Londongrove and the vicinity, whence James, Moses and Isaac removed about 1731, the first to the vicinity of Phoenixville, the others to Berks county, but the last finally settled in Goshen, Chester County.
The children of James and Rachel Starr as recorded were:
Mary, born 2mo. 25, 1707; Joseph, born 10mo. 19, 1710; John, born 7mo. 29, 1713; James, born 10mo. 3, 1715; Rachel, born 4mo. 16, 1718; Moses, born 12mo. 21, 1720; Samuel, born 12mo. 19, 1723; Susanna, born 5mo. 14, 1726.
The children of Moses and Deborah Starr were:--Merrick, born 7mo. 17, 1717; John, born 1mo. 16, 1722-3; James, born 12mo. 13, 1724-5; Moses, born 9mo. 25, 1726; Moses, (2d) born 10mo. 6, 1728; Jeremiah, born 2mo. 6, 1731; Deborah, born 2mo. 19, 1733; Abraham, born 2mo. 22, 1735.
The children of Isaac and Margaret Starr were:--Thomas, born 10mo. 25, 1724; John, born 1mo. 6, 1726; Isaac, born 1mo. 7, 1728; William, born 3mo. 27, 1731; Jacob, born 12mo. 1, 1734; Moses, born 1mo. 4, 1737; Mary, born 4mo. 24, 1739; Samuel, born 5mo. 16, 1742; Moses, born 12mo. 1, 1744.
4. THOMAS, born 9mo. 9, 1698; married Mary, daughter of Joseph and Anne Boardman, at Edenderry, King's County, Ireland, 6mo. 9, 1721. Mary died 4mo. 29, 1740, at Jonestown, and was interred at Friends' burying place there. Thomas died 7mo. 21, 1785, at Edenderry, in which place he was buried. They had eight children who (with the exception of one that died young) married and left families, some of whose descendants removed to America.
5. ISAAC, born 7mo. 1, 1701; died 12mo. 15, 1701.
6. ALICE, born 8mo. 29, 1703; married in Ireland to Joseph Gibson.
They came with their family to Pennsylvania, in 1728, and resided in Chester County many years.
They had a family of eight or nine children, viz:
Anne, Isaac, Thomas, Joseph, Rebecca, John, James, Moses and William. (?)(*)
It appears from meeting Records that Joseph and his wife produced from Sadsbury to Exeter Meeting a certificate of removal for themselves, received by the latter meeting 9mo. 29, 1739; a certificate thence to New Garden dated 4mo. 30, 1748; thence to Bradford a certificate for themselves and children Joseph, Rebecca, John, James and Moses, received 8mo. 18, 1757.
Their son Isaac obtained from New Garden Monthly Meeting a certificate to Bradford, which was received 2mo. 15, 1760. Joseph, the father, died in Nantmeal, in the Spring of 1764.
After his death Alice obtained a certificate of removal from Bradford Monthly Meeting to Fairfax, Va., dated 2mo. 13, 1767, for "herself and daughter Rebecca."
Subsequently, however, the children all settled together on land which their mother had purchased. Alice attained to the age of eighty-four years.
7. WILLIAM, born 2mo. 24, 1705; married 9mo. 9, 1733, to Katharine, daughter of James and Katharine Miller, formerly members of Timahoe Meeting of Friends in Ireland. She was born 1mo. 30, 1713.
Katharine, wife of James Miller, was the daughter of Thomas Lightfoot, a native of Cambridgeshire, England, who at an advanced age removed from Ireland and settled in Chester county, Pa. He died 9mo. 1725, aged about eighty-five years, and was buried at Friends' burying ground, Darby. Concerning him, Thomas Chalkley bore this testimony: "Our dear friend was greatly beloved for his piety and virtue, his sweet disposition and lively ministry."
James and Katharine Miller, accompanied by five of their children, removed to America, arriving at Philadelphia in "the Sizargh of Whitehaven, Jeremiah Cowman, Master," in the 9th or 10th mo., 1729
In a memoir, which has been preserved, it was stated that "Katharine was a worthy public Friend, but in the great loss to her family and friends, she departed this life in said city a few weeks after their arrival."(+) Soon after this sad event James and the five children settled in New Garden, and produced at that meeting in the following year their certificate of removal from Dublin,Ireland,dated 5mo. 29, 1729. The names of their children were as follow:
Sarah, Elizabeth, James, Mary, Katharine, Ann and Hannah,--the two oldest daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth, having married in Ireland, the former to Thomas Millhouse, the latter to Thomas Hiett.
(*)The last name given in the record kept by John Jackson, son of William, a brother of Alice.
(+)See Thomas Chalkley's Journal, p. 234. She died 10mo. 17, 1729.
Thomas Millhouse and family came with his father-in-law to Pennsylvania, and Thomas Hiett and family followed them in 1733, settling in New Garden.
James Miller married (2d) Ruth Seaton, of Londongrove, 2mo. 10, 1734, at Londongrove Meeting, and after his death, she married John Gracy, 3mo. 8, 1751.
James, Jr., born about 1708, married in 1733, Rachel (Fred), widow of James Miller, of Kennett, by whom he had three children. He married (2d) Rebecca Kirk, daughter of Jacob, of Lampeter, 1mo. 6, 1749; was Clerk of New Garden Monthly Meeting for several years, and died 1758.
Mary Miller, daughter of James and Katharine, married 4mo. 11, 1730, Isaac Jackson, son of Thomas, of East Marlborough. They had several children, with whom they removed in 1751 to Eno, North Carolina. Mary was a minister. Ann Miller, the remaining daughter, married 2mo. 19, 1733, William Farquhar, son of Allen, of Pipe Creek, Maryland.
The high standing William and Katharine Jackson maintained, not only in their relations to the religious society of which they were members, but to the community at large wherein they were known, presented an example of industry, frugality and unswerving integrity worthy of imitation.
Katharine died 4mo. 2, 1781, aged sixty-seven years. William died 11mo. 24. 1785, aged eighty years. The exemplary lives they lived and their usefulness in society appear manifest from a testimony concerning them, issued by New Garden Monthly Meeting of Friends.
8. MARY, born 2mo. 24, 1705; married Francis Windle 4mo. 14, 1733.
They settled in East Marlborough township, and were members of New Garden Monthly Meeting. Mary died 1768. Francis died 9mo. 26, 1788, aged about eighty-seven years.
They had a family of six children, viz:
Thomas, Ann, William, John, David and Moses, all of whom married excepting John, who died in his twenty-fifth year.
Francis Windle obtained a certificate from New Garden Monthly Meeting, 11mo. 4, 1769, in order for marriage with Mary,widow of Jeremiah Browne of West Nottingham but the marriage was prevented by her death on the 19th of the same month.
The records of New Garden Monthly Meeting inform us of the marriage, 6mo. 6, 1728, of John Smith, of Marlborough, to Dorothy Windle, of the same township, probably a sister to Francis.
This John Smith, son of Eleazer and Ruth, was born 4mo. 3, 1681, at Dartmouth, N. E., and settled first at Chester, Pa., where he married in 1706, Ann, daughter of Caleb Pusey, a prominent Friend. In 1713 he removed to Marlborough, and a meeting for worship was established at his house early in 1715; which continued till a meeting house was built in Londongrove township, not far distant.
He died 10mo. 24, 1766, and was buried at Londongrove. See Collection of Memorials, Philadelphia, 1787. By his wife, Ann, he had a daughter Lydia, born 1mo. 3, 1719-20, who married Thomas Jackson, son of Thomas and Ann, of West Marlborough, and her daughter Mary married William Windle, son of Francis and Mary. After Thomas' death she married a second husband, Isaac Allen.
The children of John and Dorothy Smith were: Anne, born 6mo. 12, 1730; married 3mo. 26, 1748, to William Webster; John, born 9mo. 27, 1732; married 9mo. 15, 1756, to Elizabeth Pusey; Ruth, born 4mo. 6, 1734; married 1mo. 10, 1754, to Samuel Sheward, and (2d) 9mo. 29, 1756, to John Gregg; Thomas, born 11mo. 1, 1737; Sarah, born 9mo. 17, 1741; married 11mo. 16, 1758, to William Webb; Dorothy Smith, widow, married 4mo. 16, 1772, John Gracy of Haverford; being his third wife.
9. JAMES, born 2mo. 10, 1708; married 8mo. 31, 1745, to Hannah Miller (a younger sister of William's wife). Their marriage was accomplished at Leacock Meeting, a branch of Sadsbury Monthly Meeting of Friends. James and Hannah both died, without issue, soon after marriage; he died in 8mo. 1748, in New Garden.
10. ISAAC, born 5mo. 13, 1710; died 8mo. 13, 1710.
11. JOHN, born 10mo. 16, 1712; married at New Garden Meeting, 2mo. 17,1740, to Sarah Miller a distant relation of William's wife - daughter of James and Rachel of Kennett.
James was a son of Gayen and Margaret Miller of Kennett; born 11mo. 5, 1696; married 4mo. 20, 1721, to Rachel, daughter of John and Katharine Fredd, of Birmingham, Chester County.
It appears this John Fredd a member of the Society of Friends had resided in the County of Wexford, Ireland; and in the autumn of 1706, William Edmundson in the course of his religious services, previous to the "National Meeting" at Dublin, when in the eightieth year of his age, "went to John Fredd's and had a large meeting in a barn, it being on First-day of the week."
He immigrated with his family to America about the year 1712, and located near the Brandywine, in Birmingham.....
The following additional information is obtained from the Records of Concord Monthly Meeting, dated 5mo. 13, 1713: "John Fred, late of Ireland, produced a certificate for himself and family from the Monthly Meeting of Carlow bearing date the 25th day of the 12mo.,1712-13 to the datisfaction of this meeting; and Nicholas and Rachel, son and daughter of John Fred, came clear in relation to marriage."
Benjamin Fred, an older son, obtained a certificate of removal to New Garden Monthly Meeting, dated 6mo. 1,1720; he married Deborah, daughter of Simon Hadley, 4mo. 20, 1721.
Nicholas Fred married Ann Need, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Need, of Darby Monthly Meeting, in 1720-21.
James and Rachel Miller had four children, viz:
Sarah, born 4mo. 30, 1723; Deborah, born 9mo. 14, 1725; James, born 10mo. 30, 1728; Jesse, born 11mo. 30, 1730. James, the father, died in Kennett, in the 1st or 2mo., 1732, and in the latter part of the next year his widow was married "by a priest" to James Miller, son of James and Katharine, by whom she had three children,--Thomas, born 3mo. 28, 1734; Benjamin, born 6mo. 10, 1736; Katharine, born 1mo. 24, 1738; married David Fream. Rachel died 12mo. 23, 1748-9, and was buried on the 26th, at New Garden.
John and Sarah (Miller) Jackson had eight children, who lived to grow up and marry. His second wife was Margaret (Hayes) Starr, widow of Jeremiah Starr, of Londongrove. They were married 11mo. 15, 1769. John died 5mo. 31, 1791.
12. ISAAC, born 1mo. 13, 1715; he lived to be thirteen or fourteen years of age.
Children of Jeremiah and (3) Rebecca (Jackson) Starr.
13. ANNE, (Rebecca, Isaac, Anthony) born 11mo. 1, 1717; married 2mo. 16, 1741, at New Garden Meeting to James Moore son of Andrew of Sadsbury and Margaret deceased; born in Ireland 3mo. 6, 1716. She died 8mo. 12, 1761, leaving six children, and he married ....
(2d) Mary Atkinson, widow, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Wildman, of Bucks county, Pa.; born 8mo. 8, 1720; died 7mo. 13, 1766 was a minister of whom a memorial was published.
A child by this marriage, Mary, was born 5mo. 7, 1766; died 8mo. 17, 1767.
James married again 5mo. 4, 1769, at Concord Meeting, Ann, widow of Nicholas Newlin, of Concord; born 1719; died 10mo. 17, 1789.
His fourth marriage was 3mo. 9, 1791, to Ann, widow of James Williams, of Sadsbury, Chester County, and daughter of John and Hannah Minshall.
She died 9mo. 21, 1801, and he died 8mo. 1, 1809, in his ninety-fourth year.
He was a prominent citizen and member of Friends' Meeting.
Andrew Moore, born in the County of Antrim, Ireland, 1688, married (1st) Margaret Miller, born 1683; by whom he had a son, James, and daughter, Mary, if not more.
He emigrated from Ireland in 1723, and landed at New Castle, 8mo. 3rd, bringing a certificate from the meeting at "Ballanacree."was perhaps a son of James Moore, Sr., at whose house meetings were frequently held. One David Moore, supposed to have been a brother, came over in 1722, and died in 1726. Samuel Miller, probably a brother-in-law, came over in 1723, bringing a certificate from the same meeting; he and Andrew Moore settled near Sadsbury; and in 1724, through application made by them, Sadsbury meeting was established.(*)
Andrew Moore's last wife was Rachel (daughter of William and Deborah Halliday), born 10mo. 25, 1704; married 4mo. 24, 1725, by whom he had eight children, as follow: Daniel, John, Robert (born 10mo. 22, 1739; died 2mo. 9, 1826: he married Mary Brinton 1768); Joseph (married Jane Marsh 1756; he died 7mo. 13, 1805); Andrew (married Rebecca Starr); William (married Rachel Marsh 1749, afterwards, Lydia Minshall); Sarah (married William Truman 1769); Rachel (born 3mo. 12, 1742; married John Truman 1761; she died 7mo. 1, 1828).
14. JOHN. 15. ISAAC. 16. JEREMIAH, married 7mo. 1, 1756, Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Hiett; his second wife was Rachel, daughter of Joseph and Jane Moore, of Londongrove; married at West Grove, 12mo. 6, 1786. Jeremiah died, without issue, in 1791.
17. ALICE, married David, son of Michael and Hannah (Maris) Harlan, of Londongrove, 12mo. 16, 1756. They had six children.
18. REBECCA, married 9mo. 26, 1754, to Andrew Moore, of Sadsbury, son of Andrew Moore (deceased). They had six children.
19. MOSES, married Sarah, daughter of Michael and Hannah (Maris) Harlan, of Londongrove, 3mo. 19, 1760. Sarah died 3mo. 5, 1815, aged about 78 years. They had four children.
20. MARY, married ........... Baldwin. 21. SUSANNA.(+) 22. JOSHUA.(+)
Children of James and (13) Anne (Starr) Moore.
23. ANDREW, (Anne, Rebecca, Isaac, Anthony) born 5mo., 1742; married Ruth Birdsall. They had eleven daughters, nine of whom lived to womanhood and were married.
(*)The record of Andrew Moore's immediate (and also of his somewhat remote) descendants
as obtained for this work is not given in full as the accounts being somewhat conflicting,
and there has not been sufficiency of data to remove difficulties in the way of research.
It is to be hoped, however, that a future investigator will be able to present the family record
in its various ramifications.
These two names are taken from the record kept by John Jackson grandson of Isaac, the immigrant.
24. REBECCA, born 2mo. 16, 1744; married John Cooper, 10mo. 24,1764.
25. JEREMIAH, born 4mo. 22, 1745; married (???) (???), and had two sons, Jacob and Solomon, who, it is said, were accused of harboring "the Doanes and other refugees;" and about the time the Doanes were executed, they removed across the Niagara, where their descendants still reside.
26. MARY, born 6mo. 23, 1747; died young. 27. JAMES, born 7mo. 19, 1749; died young. 28. ANN, born 9mo. 27, 1751; married Asahel Walker, 7mo. 20, 1769. They had ten children.
Children of David and (17) Alice (Starr) Harlan.
29. LEWIS, (Alice, Rebecca, Isaac, Anthony) married (???) Harris, in Cecil county, Md.
30. JEREMIAH, married Hettie Stump, in Harford county, Md. 31. ELISHA, married (???) Harris, in Cecil county, Md. 32. HANNAH, died unmarried, in Philadelphia, about 1831.
33. REBECCA, born 1775; married John Carter, of Harford county, Md., 6mo. 14, 1798, at Deer Creek Meeting. He died in 1805. Rebecca died in Philadelphia in 1819. They had two children. 34. ALICE, died unmarried, in Philadelphia, 1860, aged about 80 years
Children of (4) Thomas and Mary (Boardman) Jackson.
389. ANNE, (Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) born 3mo. 10, 1722; married William White.
They had six children.
390. ISAAC, born 7mo. 13, 1723; married Sarah, daughter of Samuel Watson.
They had four children. Isaac lived at Coolegegan, and afterwards at Ruthangan, where he died 4mo. 9, 1807. 391. HANNAH, born 7mo. 28, 1725; married Joseph Boardman.
They had eight children. 392. JOSEPH, born 7mo. 24, 1727; married Mary Fennel. They had six children. 393. ELIZABETH, born 7mo. 18, 1729; married James Barnes. They had six children.
394. THOMAS born 2mo. 27,1732; married Eliza, daughter of Samuel Pearson had one child.
He married (2d) Bridget,(*) daughter of Anthony Robinson, in 1782.
They had four children.
Thomas died at Edenderry, 2mo. 15, 1798. Bridget died 1816.
395. MARY, born 8mo. 27, 1734; died 10mo. 19, 1760.
(*)A granddaughter writes that her name was Biddy, not Bridget.
396. WILLIAM, born 9mo. 29, 1737; married 9mo. 1759, to Sarah, only surviving child of Daniel Cowman. Sarah died in Dublin, 3mo. 28, 1814. William lived in Dublin until the year 1817, when he removed to live with his daughter, at Romhill, where he died in 7mo. 1823.
Daniel Cowman was the son of Matthew and Jane Cowman of Hubbegills, which is near Whitehaven, England. Daniel served his apprenticeship in Dublin, where he married Mary, daughter of William and Sarah Brookfield, which Sarah was daughter of Philip Burnyeat, who was brother of John Burnyeat.
John Burnyeat was one of the earliest of the people called Quakers.
He was born at Crabtreebeck, in the Parish of Lowswater, Cumberland, of good and respectable parents--became convinced of the Quaker principles in 1653, and belonged to Pardsay Meeting in Cumberland, whence he moved to Ireland, where he married, and settled in Dublin. He traveled and preached the Gospel in Ireland, England, Scotland, Barbadoes and many other parts through North America. He was born in 1631; died 7mo. 11, 1690.
Sarah, daughter of Philip Burnyeat, married Peter Fletcher, of Dublin, a public Friend, by whom she had one daughter, named Sarah, who married Joseph Inman.
Sarah married (2d) to William Brookfield, of Dublin, a public Friend. Joseph and Sarah Inman had a son, Joseph, who married Ruth Hoop, and died without issue.
William and Sarah Brookfield had three children, viz:
ELIZABETH, married Samuel Russell; had one son and one daughter, who married William Lapham.
SAMUEL, married Ann Forbes; had one son and one daughter, who married Dr. Fothergill, of London.
MARY, married Daniel Cowman; had a daughter, Sarah, who married William Jackson, and left one daughter. [This account is derived from the "Chart" giving a Genealogy of the Jackson family from their arrival in Ireland, prepared by T. Greer, Jr., in 1824, and re-copied by William S. White, in 1839.]
Children of William and (389) Anne (Jackson) White.
397. JOHN, (Anne, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) married Eliza Mauley.
398. THOMAS, married Mary Cherry.
399. JOSEPH, died unmarried. 400. ELIZA, married Samuel Gatchel. 401. WILLIAM, died unmarried.
402. MARY, married William Morris.
Children of (390) Isaac and Sarah (Watson) Jackson.
403. MARY, (Isaac, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) married Thomas, son of William and Mary Atmore, of Philadelphia. Their marriage was accomplished at Londongrove Meeting, Chester County, Pa., 1mo. 6, 1785; Mary having come over to America in 1770, her parents then residing in King's County, Province of Leinster, Ireland.
They had three children.
404. ANN, married John Gatchel,
405. HANNAH, married (???) Conner.
406. THOMAS, died in his 22d or 23d year. He was shot by the rebels, at Ruthangan, in 1790.
Children of Joseph and (391) Hannah (Jackson) Boardman.
407. JOSEPH, (Hannah, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) married Mary Atkinson.
408. THOMAS, married Eleanor Greer.
409. JOHN, married Hannah Metcalf, married (2d) Mary Hanks.
410. ROBERT, married Rachel Bewley.
411. SAMUEL, married (???) Robinson.
412. ISAAC, married S. Atkinson.
413. MARY, married Thomas Fayle.
414. ELIZA, married Joseph Hanks.
Children of (392) Joseph and Mary (Fennel) Jackson.
415. THOMAS, (Joseph, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) married Rachel Malcomson.
416. ELIZABETH, lived at Tencurry, "the old place;" died (unmarried) 1819.
417. ABRAHAM, born 1762; married Anne, daughter of John and Sarah Broadhead, of Yorkshire, England, in 1800. Abraham died 10mo. 7, 1832. Anne died (without issue) in 1812.
She was a minister in the Society of Friends, and the Monthly Meeting in the County of Tipperary, of which she had been a member, gave forth the following testimony:
Respecting the early part of her life, we know not much account, but sufficient to induce us to believe that she was concerned to remember her Creator in the days of her youth. Her removal into this country was about the thirtieth year of her age, to assist a Friend who was religiously concerned to establish a female boarding school, within the compass of this meeting, in which capacity there is good cause to believe she faithfully and conscientiously discharged her duty; and about this time she first came forth in the work of the ministry: her appearances wherein, were sound and edifying. She did not travel much in the work of the ministry, but was at times engaged in visiting the families of Friends, and was concerned diligently to attend both the particular and general meetings to which she belonged, and in them to dig, as the princes formerly, with their staves for the arising of the Well of Life.
In the year 1800, she entered into marriage with our friend, Abraham Jackson, and from about two years after that period to the time of her decease, labored under very trying indisposition of body which prevented her attendance of meetings, yet we trust her life was hid with Christ in God, and that her supplies were drawn from that source, evidenced in being her support and enduing her with patience and resignation under great suffering.
She was preserved from murmuring saying at times, it was right she should be so afflicted, from a sense of her not having fully come up in faithfulness to what was made known in days past to be the Divine will concerning her.
Her bodily strength gradually decayed, but her mental faculties remained clear to the last, and it appeared towards the close, as if she had nothing to do but to die. She gently departed this life the 29th of 4th mo., 1812, in the fifty-sixth year of her age, and was interred in Friends' burying-ground, at Ballybrado, on the 6th of 5th mo. Given forth by our Monthly Meeting for County Tipperary, held in Clonmel, the 1st of 10th mo., 1812, and in and on behalf thereof, signed by about fifty men and women Friends.
Abraham Jackson's second wife was Barbara Plaistead, a Welsh woman, of Lanmace, about thirty-six years of age at the time of her marriage--had joined the Society of Friends by convincement and been a member about two years. No issue.
A letter from her sister, Hannah S. Jacob, to her cousin, W. J., of Londongrove, Pa., dated Clonmel, 9mo. 18, 1817, gives the following information:
"Our dear brother, Abraham Jackson, is taken from us by matrimony, his wife being one of the few Friends that came in by convincement, and has made a little settlement near Cowbridge, in South Wales; they are seventeen miles from meeting, but sit down, eleven in number, two days in the week."
418. MARY, married John Walpole; she died in 1817, leaving three children.
419. JOSEPH, married Sarah Millar; he died of an "infectious fever" in 1813 had two children.
420. HANNAH, married Samuel Jacob; they had six children.
Children of James and (393) Elizabeth (Jackson) Barnes.
421. THOMAS, (Elizabeth, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) married Eliza Lynge.
422. JONATHAN, married Susan Rest. 423. JOHN, married Deborah Atkinson.
424. JOSEPH, married Martha Walpole.
425. ISAAC, married Mary Cherry. 426 WILLIAM, married Mary Bealey.
Child of (394) Thomas and Eliza (Pearson) Jackson.
427. THOMAS, (Thomas, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) married Sally Milner.
Children of (394) Thomas and Bridget (Robinson) Jackson.
428. ANTHONY, (Thomas, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Margaret Pim, of Waterford, in 1805. He died in 1859, about seventy-six years of age.
They had seven children.
429. MARY, born 1784; married William Garrat, of Belfast; she died in 1871, and left one son and three daughters, now living, some of whom are married.
Their names not obtained.
430. MARGARET, born 12mo. 24, 1786; died (unmarried) in 1822.
431. ANN, born 1795; died (unmarried) in 1858.
Children of (396) William and Sarah (Cowman) Jackson.
432. MARY, (William, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) died in her 16th year.
433. ELIZABETH, married in her 18th year, 1787, to Thomas Greer, of Rhomhill, County Tyrone, Ireland. She died in 1864, in the 95th year of her age. They had twelve children, two of whom (sons) died in infancy.
Children of Thomas and (403) Mary (Jackson) Atmore.
434. HANNAH, (Mary, Isaac, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) married Isaac T. Hopper, son of Levi and Rachel Tatem Hopper, of Woodbury, New Jersey. He was born 12mo. 3, 1771, and in 1793 became a member of the Society of Friends. His first wife was Sarah Tatem, a distant relative of his mother; she was born in 1776, and they were married 9mo. 18, 1795; she died 6mo. 18, 1822.
His marriage with Hannah Atmore was accomplished at Pine Street Meeting, Philadelphia, 2mo. 4, 1824. Isaac T. died 5mo. 7, 1852, and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Among the various testimonials of those who for a long time had been intimately associated with him in works of benevolence and philanthropy, a recital of the following is deemed appropriate: "He has uniformly displayed a character remarkable for its disinterestedness, energy, fearlessness and Christian principle, in every good work." Isaac T. and Hannah had four children.
435. SARAH, died aged 9 years.
436. ISAAC, died aged 4 years.
Children of John and (404) Ann (Jackson) Gatchel.
437. ISAAC, (Ann, Isaac, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony).
438. SARAH, married 1810-11 to William, son of Joseph Garrett, (dec.) of Cork.
She died about one year after marriage.
Children of John and (418) Mary (Jackson) Walpole.
439. WILLIAM, (Mary, Isaac, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony.)
440. MARY. 441. SARAH, born 3mo., 1804.
442. SAMUEL JACOB, born 1809; died in infancy.
Children of (419) Joseph and Sarah (Miller) Jackson.
443. MARY, (Joseph, Joseph, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony).
Children of Samuel and (420) Hannah (Jackson) Jacob.
445. JOSEPH, (Hannah, Joseph, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) born 1800.
His mother, in a letter to W. J., of Londongrove, Pa., remarked, that "at the age of eleven years he had read through the English and Grecian Histories."
447. SAMUEL, born 6mo. 25, 1803, at Clonmel.
448. WILLIAM, born 3mo. 5, 1806.
449. THOMAS JACKSON, born 11mo., 1807. 450. MARY, born 1809; when eight years of age, according to her mother's account, she was "reading the Bible through a second time."
Children of (428) Anthony and Elizabeth (Pim) Jackson.
451. THOMAS, (Anthony, Thomas, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) born 1808; married 1835 to Lydia Newsom Ridgway, daughter of George Penrose Ridgway, and settled in Belfast, Ireland. They have six children.
452. SAMUEL PIM, born 1811; removed to Siston, Gloucestershire; married in 1832 Sarah Birkett Hudson, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Hudson, of Dublin. They settled at Bristol, England. They had seven children.
453. MARGARET PENROSE, married in 1838, Thomas Barnes, of Waterford.
454. ELIZABETH, died 1874, (unmarried).
455. JOHN PIM, born 1815; removed to Belfast; married 1839 or 40 to Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Bell, of Belfast. John P. died in 1847. They had three children.
456. ANNE, residence Bristol, Eng. 457. CHRISTIANA, residence Bristol, Eng.
Children of Thomas and (433) Elizabeth (Jackson) Greer.
458. SARAH, (Elizabeth, William, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) born 1789; married Hugh White, of Dublin, in 1820. She died in 1860, leaving two sons, also a daughter that died young.
Sarah was an "acknowledged minister" in the Society of Friends by Dublin Monthly Meeting in 1827.
459. THOMAS, born 1791 died 1870 married Minee Usher in 1826.
They had five children. Names not ascertained.
460. MARY, born 1793; married Thomas Winslow Manly in 1817 died 1830, leaving seven children, (all deceased). Names not obtained.
461. ELIZABETH, born 1795; married George Thomas, of Bristol, in 1831.
462. WILLIAM JACKSON, born 1797; married Margaret Usher died 1842, leaving six children.
Names not obtained.
463. JOHN ROBERT, born 1800; married 1829 to Sarah Dinah Strangman (authoress of "Quakerism, or Story of my Life"). John R. died 1873. They had six children. No names given.
464. CAROLINE, born 1802; married William Ridgway, of Bristol,
They had a son and daughter. Names not ascertained.
465. ALFRED, born 1805; married Helena Carroll, of Cork, Ireland. They had five sons.
His second wife was Peggy Colthurst, by whom he had one daughter. Names of his children not ascertained.
466. LOUISA JANE, born 1808; married Joseph Rake, of Bristol, 1837.
They had four children (two boys and two girls). Names not given.
467. PRISCILLA SOPHIA, born 1816; died 1832.
Children of Isaac T. and (434) Hannah (Atmore) Hopper.
468. ISAAC, (Hannah, Mary, Isaac, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony,) married Mary, daughter of (???). Residence in Missouri. Three children.
469. MARY, married Edwin A., son of Daniel and Phebe Hopkins, 10mo. 5, 1858. They have four children. Residence, Glencove, Long Island.
470. THOMAS, born ............ died at the age of 3 years.
471. HANNAH, born ............. died at the age of 2 years.
Children (451) of Thomas and Lydia Newsom (Ridgway)Jackson.
472. GEORGIANNA ELIZA, (Thomas, Anthony, Thomas, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony)
married Thomas M. Greives in 1859.
473. ELIZABETH PIM, married John Greives in 1857.
474. ANTHONY THOMAS, married Elizabeth Greer Greives, daughter of Thomas and Rachel, of Bernagh, County Tyrone, in 1870. They had six children.
475. WILLIAM RIDGWAY, married Elizabeth Uprichard, daughter of William and Hannah Maria Uprichard, of Bann Vale, County Down, 1866. They had seven children.
476. LYDIA, married Frederick George Buckingham in 1873.
477. GILBERTINA NEWSOM.
Children of (452) Samuel Pim and Sarah Birkett (Hudson)Jackson.
478. ELIZABETH SARAH (Samuel Pim, Anthony, Thomas, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) married George, son of Isaac and Anne Reckitt 1859. 479. SAMUEL PIM, married Emma Louisa Dodshon (nee Barnes, daughter of Thomas and M. P. Barnes, Waterford) 1874. They have two children.
480. CHARLOTTE, married Walter Manser, son of James Poulter and Elizabeth Manser, Hoddesdon, Herts(*), 1867.
481. ALBERT, married Maria Knott, daughter of George and (???) Knott, London, 1868.
482. GEORGE FREDERICK, died 1842, aged about two months.
483. JOHN PIM.
484. OCTAVIA, died aged about three months.
Children of (455) John Pim and Sarah (Bell) Jackson.
485. SARABELLA,(John Pim, Anthony,Thomas,Thomas,Isaac,Anthony) married James Malcomson, 1865......
486. ANTOINETTE ELIZA, married John Marsh in 1873.
487. SUSAN MATILDA, died (unmarried) in 1870.
Children of (468) Isaac and Mary ((???)) Hopper.
488. ISAAC T. (Isaac, Hannah, Mary, Isaac, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) born about 1858.
489. HANNAH, born about 1861.
490. FANNY, born 1868; died 3mo. 1875.
Children of Edwin A. and (469) Mary (Hopper) Hopkins.
491. MARY ATMORE, (Mary, Hannah, Mary, Isaac, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony) born 11mo. 27, 1861. 492. MILTON, born 7mo. 5, 1863. 493. ELIZABETH, born 4mo. 4, 1865.
494. JULIA GIBBONS, born 5mo. 4, 1868.
(*)An abbreviation of Hertfordshire.
Children of (474) Anthony Thomas and Elizabeth Greer(Greives) Jackson.
495. LILLIE, (Anthony Thomas, Thomas, Anthony, Thomas, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony).
496. RACHEL GREIVES.
501. OSWALD EGBERT.
Children of (475) William Ridgway and Elizabeth
502. HANNAH MARIA UPRICHARD, (William Ridgway, Thomas, Anthony, Thomas, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony)
504. MARY MARGARET UPRICHARD.
505. WILLIAM UPRICHARD.
507. GILBERTINA NEWSOM.
508. ELLEN VICTORIA.
Children of (479) Samuel Pim and Emma Louisa (Dodshon)
509. SAMUEL PIM, (Samuel Pim, Samuel Pim, Anthony, Thomas, Thomas, Isaac, Anthony,) born 1875. 510. MARGARET EMMA.
Decendants of Joseph and (6) Alice (Jackson) Gibson.
Children of Joseph and (6) Alice (Jackson) Gibson.
511. ANN, (Alice, Isaac, Anthony) married John Clark removed to North Carolina where they settled. They had two children.
512. ISAAC, married Esther, daughter of John Sinkler, of West Caln, 3mo. 26, 1761. In 5mo., 1769, they produced at Fairfax Monthly Meeting, Virginia, from Bradford Monthly Meeting, a certificate for themselves and their children, William, Joseph and Moses, dated 3mo. 17, 1769.
513. THOMAS, married Ann (???). The records of New Garden Monthly Meeting show that Thomas was disowned 12mo. 4, 1762, for marriage "by a priest," to one not a member, and that he made application 9mo., 1770, to become again a member of that meeting
His request in the proper time was granted, and Ann, his wife, was received into membership 4mo., 1776. In the Sixth month following, they produced at Fairfax Monthly Meeting, a certificate of removal for themselves and their minor children, namely, David, Sarah, Rebecca, Abner and Eli.
They had six children, the name of the oldest not ascertained.
514. JOSEPH, married Phebe McNabb, in 1764.(?) Having married by a "priest" and after acknowledging the error of accom?? plishing their marriage contrary to the order of Friends, a certificate of removal was granted 2mo. 13, 1767, to Fairfax Monthly Meeting, Va.
They had eight children.
515. REBECCA, married Isaac Nichols, Sr., 1768; no children.
516. JOHN, married Ruth Janney, 1mo., 1776 had two children.
He married (2d) Betsy Pryor. They had six children.
517. JAMES, married Mary Hatcher, 1mo. 1769; they had three children. It is recorded in the Minutes of Fairfax Monthly Meeting, that John and James Gibson produced at that meeting a certificate of removal from Bradford, dated 5mo. 13, 1768.
518. MOSES, married Lydia Leonard, 2mo., 1775 had twelve children.
Children of John and (511) Ann (Gibson) Clark.
520. ISAAC, (Ann, Alice, Isaac, Anthony) married had eight children, but no record of them obtained.
Children of (512) Isaac and Esther (Sinkler) Gibson.
522. JOSEPH, (Isaac, Alice, Isaac, Anthony) died, unmarried.
523. WILLIAM, married ........ Wynn had four daughters, names of two only obtained.
524. MOSES, married Betsy Wynn.
(*)Name given on list by John Jackson, previously referred to.
They had four children.
525. ISAAC, married ............... Peyton. No children.
526. SAMUEL, died unmarried.
527. ALICE, married John Logan; they had three children.
528. BETSY, married James Bowles; had six children.
529. RACHEL, married John or Thomas Hicks. One child named Kimble.
Children of (513) Thomas and Ann ............Gibson.
530. DAVID, (Thomas, Alice, Isaac, Anthony) married Nancy Smith. No children. 531. ABNER, married (???) Smith. They had four children. Lived in Middleburg, Loudon County, Va.
532. ELI, died unmarried. 533. LEVI, married............... Majors. They had four children.
534. SARAH, married James Hixson; two children.
535. REBECCA, married Daniel Vernon, of Penn'a. No children.
They both died in 1825, in Loudon County, Va., each having attained to nearly eighty years of age.
Children of (514) Joseph and Phebe (McNabb) Gibson.
536. ESTHER, (Joseph, Alice, Isaac, Anthony) married John Smith had three children.
537. MIRIAM, married Jonah Taverner. No children.
538. JOHN, married Rachel Fredd. They had eleven children.
539. GEORGE, married (???); removed to the West.
540. MARY, married Isaac Nichols. They had seven children.
541. HANNAH, married Benjamin Brooke. They had seven children.
542. PHEBE, married John Gregg. They had four children.
543. REBECCA, died unmarried.
Children of (516) John and Ruth (Janney) Gibson.
544. AMOS, (John, Alice, Isaac, Anthony) born (in Virginia) 6mo. 11, 1779; married (9mo. 29, 1810, at Redstone, Pa.,) Hannah, daughter of Robert and Cassandra Miller, of Brownsville, Pa. Hannah born 4mo. 26, 1787; died 11mo. 8, 1845. Amos died 2mo. 18, 1842.
They had nine children. Amos and Hannah, soon after their marriage, settled in Loudon County, Virginia, and remained till 1826, when they removed to Brownsville.
545. MARY, born (???); married Elisha Janney had eleven children.
Children of (516) John and (2d wife) Betsy (Pryor) Gibson.
546. ISRAEL, (John, Alice, Isaac, Anthony) married Alice Carter. Nine children. 547. MAHLON, married Norah Bruce; nine children. 548. TACY, married John Fletcher; three children. 549. EMILY, married David Brown. 550. ALICE, married (???); she was second wife of David Brown. 551. REBECCA, married Samuel Peach. They had two children.
Children of (517) James and Mary (Hatcher) Gibson.
552. WILLIAM, (James, Alice, Isaac, Anthony) unmarried.
553. SOLOMON, married. 554. NANCY.
Children of (518) Moses and Lydia (Leonard) Gibson.
555. AARON, (Moses, Alice, Isaac, Isaac, Anthony).
556. JONATHAN. 557. JEREMIAH. 558. EVL. 559. HEBER.
560. JOSEPH, married Rachel Shoemaker. They had four children.
561. RUTH, married (???) Fleming. They had five children.
562. DINAH, married (???) Fleming--had a family of children.
563. REBECCA, unmarried. 564. SUSAN, unmarried.
565. JESSE, married--had a family. 566. RACHEL, unmarried.
Descendants of (7) William and Katharine (Miller) Jackson.
Children of (7) William and Katharine (Miller) Jackson.
718. ISAAC, (William, Isaac, Anthony) born 7mo. 2, 1734; married Hannah Miller. No issue.
He married (2d) Hannah Jackson, daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Miller) Jackson, 5mo. 13, 1762. Hannah born 7mo. 27, 1741; died 5mo. 5, 1806. Isaac died 6mo. 27, 1807.
They had twelve children.
The above named Joseph Jackson was a son of Ephraim and Rachel of Edgmont, Delaware Co. Ephraim, born about 1658, came from England in 1687, and lived within the limits of Chester Monthly Meeting; married Rachel, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Newlin, of Concord, in 1695; and they afterwards settled in Edgmont, where he died 1mo. 11, 1732. His widow died in 1742. When Nicholas Newlin immigrated to America he brought with him a certificate(*) given forth by the Meeting, in the hand-writing of William Edmundson, which is as follows:
"At the request of Nicholas Newland we do hereby certify that the said Nicholas Newland acquainted our Men's Meeting with his intention of ??emoving himself and his family out of this nation into New Jersey or Pennsylvania, in America. And we have nothing to charge against him and his family, or to their conversation in the world, since they frequented our meetings; but hath walked honestly among men for aught we know or can hear of by enquiry which hath been made, but our Friends' Meeting is generally dissatisfied with his so removing, he being so well settled with his family, and having sufficient substance for food and raiment, which all that profess godliness in Christ Jesus ought to be content with; for we brought nothing into this world and we are sure to take nothing out, and he has given us no satisfactory reason for his removing, but our godly jealousy is, that his chief ground is fearfulness of sufferings here for the testimony of Jesus, or coveting worldly liberty--all which we certify from our Men's Meeting at Mountmellick, 25th of 12mo., 1682.
"And we further certify that enquiry hath been made concerning the clearness of Nathaniel and John Newland, sons of said Nicholas Newland, from all entanglements of marriage, and that they are released for aught we find......
"Signed by the advice and in the behalf of the meeting, Tobias Bladwell, William Edmundson, Christopher Raper" and others........
Ephraim and Rachel Jackson's children, as follow:
John, born 1mo. 26, 1697.
Joseph, born 6mo. 19, 1698; died 9mo. 6, 1698.
Joseph, (2d) born 7mo. 13, 1699.
Nathaniel, born 6mo. 17, 1701.
Josiah, born 11mo. 20, 1702; died 1mo. 1, 1714-5.
Samuel, born 12mo. 13, 1704.
For his descendants see Appendix).
Ephraim, born 11mo. 7, 1706.
Mary, born 4mo. 3, 1708.
Rachel, born 5mo. 10, 1710.
Nathan, born (???).
Of these children, the second Joseph was married 8mo. 18, 1722, to Hannah Pennell, who died 6mo. 21, 1728, and he married (2d) Susanna Miller, 2mo. 18, 1734.
He settled in Londongrove when first married, and in 1743 built a substantial brick house, now the residence of Thomas M. Harvey.
CHILDREN OF JOSEPH AND HANNAH (PENNEL) JACKSON.
Ephraim, born 6mo. 19, 1723; died 12mo. 16, 1733. Rachel, born 10mo. 11, 1726; married 4mo. 18, 1747, to John Jordan, son of John, of Berks Co. Alice, born 3mo. 26, 1728; died 10mo. 21, 1740. Joseph, born ................
CHILDREN OF JOSEPH AND SUSANNA (MILLER) JACKSON.
Ephraim, born 3mo. 27, 1735; married Tacy Thompson, daughter of Jane, of Londonderry, at Londongrove Meeting, 11mo. 26, 1760. John, born 7mo.
The name Newland was either misspelled by W. E., or changed in America, being now spelled Newlin.
(*)The copy was taken by J. J. Parker, of West Chester, Pa., 1mo. 19, 1874, from the original, which was in the possession of Nicholas Newland's granddaughter, Mary Mifflin, of Harford Co., Md., then in her 79th year. 11, 1736.
Mary, born 3mo. 27, 1738.
Josiah, born 11mo. 8, 1739.
Hannah, born 7mo. 27, 1741; married Isaac, son of William and Katharine Jackson.
Susanna, born 7mo. 7, 1743; married John Jackson, son of John (deceased) of East Marlborough, 12mo. 22, 1768, at New Garden.
Alice, born 12mo. 1, 1745.
Sarah, born 2mo. 6, 1748; married Josiah Lamborn, son of Robert and Sarah, of Londongrove, 12mo. 18, 1766, at New Garden.
Samuel, born 1mo. 15, 1749-50; married Rebecca, daughter of John and Rebecca Dixon of New Garden, 11mo. 21, 1771, and afterwards removed to Redstone, Fayette Co., Pa.--the year not ascertained, but we find a record of him there in 1794; and in 1796 it appears that he and Jonathan Sharpless built and put in operation the first paper mill west of the mountains.
It is recorded of Ephraim Jackson that, "having received a better education than was usual in his day, he, for many years, held the situation as Clerk for Chester Monthly Meeting of Friends, of which he was an exemplary member. He was also much employed in civil affairs, especially where good penmanship was needed; and in 1710 he represented Chester County in the Provincial Assembly."
719. JAMES, born 11mo. 3, 1736; married Mary, daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Miller) Jackson, of Londongrove, 6mo. 19, 1760. Mary, born 3mo. 27, 1738; died 8mo. 30, 1812. James died 4mo. 11, 1817, and was buried at Hockessin, Del. They had ten children.
720. ANN, born 5mo. 19, 1739; married Caleb, son of Michael and Hannah Harlan, of Londongrove, 10mo. 23, 1760. Ann died 4mo., 1804. Caleb died 7mo., 1815. They had nine children. Resided in Miltown, Del. 721. ELIZABETH, born 11mo. 19, 1741; died 2mo. --, 1742. 722. THOMAS, born 6mo. 8, 1743; died 6mo. 12, 1745.
723. WILLIAM, born 5mo. 14, 1746. In 1775 he became a minister in the Society of Friends; in 1778 married Hannah, daughter of Thomas and Hannah Seaman, of Westbury, Long Island, to which place he removed, residing there about two years. He traveled much in the ministry, and visited England and Ireland on religious service in 1802. Hannah died 12mo. 25, 1833, aged about 85 years. William died 1mo. 10, 1834, aged nearly 88 years. No children.
724. JOHN, born 11mo. 9, 1748; married Mary, daughter of Joel and Hannah Harlan, 2mo. 11, 1775. Mary born 3mo. 5, 1753; died 11mo. 18, 1829. John died 12mo. 20, 1821.
They had seven children. John was a close student of Nature, and highly appreciated the beautiful in whatever department of the useful sciences his enquiries were directed. Among his favorite scientific pursuits, Botany claimed a large share of his attention; and the late Dr. William Darlington, with whom he was personally acquainted, in his "Memorials of Bartram and Marshall," refers to him thus:
"John Jackson, of Londongrove Township, Chester Co., was one of the very few contemporaries of Humphrey Marshall who sympathized cordially with his pursuits. He commenced a garden soon after that at Marshalton was established, and made a valuable collection of rare and ornamental plants, which is still preserved (1849) in good condition by his son William Jackson.
John Jackson was a very successful cultivator of curious plants, a respectable botanist, and one of the most gentle and amiable of men."
(+)See "Biographical Notices" in the History of Delaware Co by Geo. Smith, M. D.
725. KATHARINE, born 4mo. 10,1752; died 5mo. 16, 1754.
726. KATHARINE, born 10mo. 2,1754; married Thomas Pennington of Londongrove,widower 4mo. 8, 1795. Katharine died 2mo. 18,1826 had two children.
727. HANNAH born 5mo. 15,1757; married Isaac son of Isaac and Mary Thomas of Willistown, 11mo. 8,1781. Hannah died 9mo. 25, 1813 had four children.
Children of (718) Isaac and Hannah (Jackson) Jackson.
728. JOSEPH, (Isaac, William, Isaac, Anthony) born 2mo. 13, 1763; married Gulielma Maria, daughter of Samuel Waters, of Prince George's Co., Md., 2mo. 27, 1794, at "Indian Spring Meeting House," in said county. Gulielma Maria died without issue, 11mo. 1, 1815. Joseph married (2d) Rachel, daughter of Yate and Artridge Plummer, of Frederick Co., Md., 1mo. 18, 1816. Joseph died 5mo. 21, 1831. Rachel died 5mo. 20, 1858. They had five children.
729. WILLIAM, born 8mo. 1,1764 at New Garden,Chester Co.,Pa.; married Phebe Townsend, (born 6mo. 2, 1768) daughter of Henry and Anne (Wright) Townsend, of Oyster Bay, Long Island, 9mo. 29, 1803 at Cornwall, Orange County,New York.
In the autumn of 1785, William went to Redstone to visit his uncle,Samuel Jackson and remained there four years, engaged in the fulling of cloth and the manufacture of flour--the last two years in partnership with the proprietor of the mills, Rees Cadwallader a Friend.....
In 1789 he returned to New Garden where he remained nearly a year.
In 1793 he engaged in the manufacture of flour with Micajah Crew as partner, at some place about twenty-five miles from Richmond,Virginia in 1796 the partnership was terminated and he traveled northward in pursuit of employment, and rented a flour mill in Cornwall, Orange Co., NY.
In this business he remained two or three years, after which he removed to the neighboring village of Canterbury and engaged in "store-keeping," where he remained till his death, which occurred 1mo. 4, 1821. Phebe died in Schenectady, N.Y., 12mo. 2, 1859.
They had two children.
The above named Henry Townsend was born in 1725; died 3mo. 28, 1803; his wife died 9mo. 17, 1825, aged 90 years, leaving issue as follow: Betsey, Henry, Zebulon, Noah, Phebe and Charles.
They were lineally descended from Henry Townsend, who settled at Oyster Bay in 1661, and children of the 5th Henry in the line of descent.
Their grandfather (the 4th Henry,) married Elizabeth Titus, represented as a "beautiful Quakeress." They had seven children, one of whom, named Peter, was "successfully employed in the manufacture of iron, and made the chain that was stretched across the North River in the Revolution."
730. MARY, born 2mo. 8, 1766; died (unmarried) 7mo. 15, 1812.
731. HANNAH, born 12mo. 13, 1767; died (unmarried) 12mo. 5, 1845.
In the 5th month, 1798, she went to reside among the Indians in the Oneida settlement, western New York, to assist in their civilization under the auspices of the Yearly Meeting of Friends in Philadelphia, and continued at the several Indian settlements laboring for the good of the natives for fifteen years.
732. CATHARINE, born 12mo. 27, 1769; died 7mo. 24, 1771. Buried at New Garden.
733. CATHARINE, born 8mo. 22, 1771; married Jesse, son of Joshua and Hannah Pugh, of E. Nottingham, 11mo. 14, 1793. They moved to Alexandria, D. C., soon after marriage, where he died 9mo. 28, 1803. Catharine then removed to Philadelphia and died there 8mo. 28, 1851.
They had six children.
(*)See Memorial of the Townsend Brothers for items in this paragraph.
Joshua Pugh. son of John and Sarah Pugh, born 4mo. 25, 1743; died 12mo. 28, 1808; married Hannah, daughter of Jacob and Martha Chandler, of New Castle Co., Del., 12mo. 19, 1765. Their children, as follow: Je??, born 3mo. 12, 1767. Sarah, born 3mo. 27, 1769. Jacob, born 6mo. 7, 1771; died 8mo. 9, 1805. John, born 6mo. 11, 1773. Enoch, born 7mo. 1, 1776.
Hannah, born 7mo. 27, 1778. Joshua, born 6mo. 19, 1780. Lydia, born 10mo. 12, 1782; died 12mo. 9, 1832. Caleb, born 1mo. 26, 1785. Azariah, born 10mo. 12, 1787. Hannah, widow of Joshua Pugh, died 11mo. 2, 1832.
734. SUSANNA, born 10mo. 23, 1773; married Emmor Kimber in 1796. He was noteworthy as a highly esteemed minister in the Society of Friends, his ministry having had the recorded approval of the Society in 1803. In 1818 he established in Chester County, the "Kimberton Boarding School for Girls," which for thirty years was conducted, with the assistance of his richly endowed wife and daughters, on advanced and liberal principles, attracting pupils from near and far. He also advanced the social and political interests of the neighborhood and country. His public spirit with enlightened foresight saw the necessity for the "Reading Railroad," and he, in 1831, called the first meeting that opened the subject to the public. He was an earnest advocate for the rights of the slave, who, when fleeing from the South, found in his dwelling shelter and protection. He died 9mo. 1, 1850. Susanna died 7mo. 10, 1854. They had eleven children.
735. ISAAC, born 10mo. 1, 1775; died in Philadelphia, (unmarried) 11mo. 5, 1855. His sister Hannah, on her return from the Indian settlements, resided with him, he being then engaged in business in Wilmington, Del. He afterwards removed to Philadelphia with his sister Hannah as a member of his family. Subsequently, his sisters Catharine and Phebe joined him; and after the death of Emmor Kimber, his sister Susanna also went to reside with him. The four sisters all died as members of his family and under his roof, he having survived them all. Samuel and Rebecca lived in the same city at the time of their decease. The average length of the lives of the seven was about eighty years. ......
736. PHEBE, born 7mo. 9, 1777; died 4mo. 10, 1854, (unmarried).
737. ALICE, born 6mo. 23, 1779; married Enoch, son of Evan and Jane Lewis, of Radnor, Delaware Co., 5mo. 9, 1799, at New Garden. Alice was a gifted minister in the Society of Friends, endowed with a clear judgment and sound understanding, and in the exercise of her gift a fluent and impressive speaker. She died 12mo. 15, 1813. They had seven children.
The ancestors of Evan Lewis emigrated from Wales to Pennsylvania in 1682--Evan Lewis, Henry Lewis, his son, and Henry Lewis, the second son of the first Henry, all coming over in the same ship. Henry Lewis, the first, was foreman of the first grand jury in Chester Co. He died in middle life in 1688. His son Henry, born in 1671; married 10mo. 20, 1692, Mary, daughter of Robert Taylor, of Springfield, Delaware Co.
Their third child, John Lewis, was the father of Evan Lewis the second, and was born 3mo. 23, 1697. In 3mo., 1725, he married Catharine Roberts, at Radnor, Delaware Co. They had six children, of whom Evan Lewis (the second) was the youngest son. He was born 4mo. 13, 1740, and was twice married. His second wife, to whom he was married 12mo. 20, 1774, was Jane Meredith, daughter of John Meredith, and Grace, his wife, who was a daughter of Robert Williams, "King of Goshen," (so called because he was the first and for some time the only settler in the township). Jane was born in 1743.
Enoch Lewis, their eldest son, was born 1mo. 29, 1776. His mother and grandmother were both women of uncommon vigor of intellect, and he evinced in early childhood a remarkable aptitude for mathematics and an ardent desire for knowledge. Before he was fifteen, he began to teach; when about nineteen he accompanied Andrew Ellicott and General Irwin, appointed under the authority of the Legislature of Pennsylvania, to lay out several towns, Erie, Meadville, Mercer and others, and assisted as a surveyor in the expedition.
On his return in the Fall of 1795, he was appointed mathematical teacher in Friends' Academy, on Fourth Street, near Chestnut, in Philadelphia. He married in 1799, and the same year was invited to take charge of the mathematical department in Friends Boarding School, at Westtown. In 1808 he established a boarding school, at New Garden, where he taught a number of years with reputation and success.
In 1827, having become known as a vigorous writer, he was requested to edit a periodical then about being established in Philadelphia in opposition to African slavery, called the African Observer.
He continued to conduct that work for one year, when it was discontinued.
He remained in Philadelphia, serving several years as City Surveyor, and in 1831, at the instance of a committee of the Yearly Meeting, returned to Westtown to take charge again of the mathematical department. He remained there until the Spring of 1834, when he moved back to New Garden.
In 1847, a religious periodical called Friends' Review was established by a branch of the Society of Friends, and he was appointed editor. To his duties in that capacity he gave his unremitted attention as long as he lived. His varied and extensive acquirements and accurate scholarship enabled him to impart unusual interest to the work, which, under his management, was placed on a firm footing.
He was the author of several mathematical treatises of a small book on oaths, one on baptism, and also of a life of William Penn, and he contributed largely to some of the periodicals of the day, especially on the subject of slavery. He was a thorough and consistent Friend and filled some of the most important and responsible positions in the Society.
On the 11th of 5mo., 1815, Enoch Lewis married Lydia Jackson, (born 7mo. 6, 1787,) daughter of John and Mary (Harlan) Jackson, at West Grove. She was first cousin of his first wife.
They had eight children, two of whom died in infancy.
Lydia died 3mo. 14, 1846.
Enoch died 7mo. 14, 1856, in the eighty-first year of his age, retaining his intellectual faculties in full vigor till within a few days of his death.
738. REBECCA, born 12mo. 13, 1781; married Charles, son of Joseph and Jane Allen, 10mo. 30, 1811. Rebecca died 11mo. 19, 1860. They had six children.
739. SAMUEL, born 8mo. 3, 1788; married Elizabeth C., only child of William and Elizabeth Barker, of Philadelphia, 11mo. 3, 1813. Samuel early graduated for the medical profession and removed when a young man to Northumberland, where for many years success attended his professional services. In his later years he lived in Philadelphia, and was designated as "Dr. Jackson of Northumberland," probably to distinguish him from Prof. Samuel Jackson, of the University, as they bore the same name, were nearly the same age, and both eminent in their profession. He died 12mo. 17, 1869. He had five children.
Dr. Samuel Jackson, Professor in the University, was born 3mo. 22, 1787; died 4mo. 4, 1872.
He was a son of Dr. David and Susan (Kemper) Jackson, of Philadelphia.
David was a son of "Farmer Samuel" of Oxford, Chester Co., who came from Virginia.
He had two older brothers, Paul and Samuel--the former a graduate in the first class of the University of Pennsylvania.
Children of (719) James and Mary (Jackson) Jackson.
740. LYDIA, (James, William, Isaac, Anthony) born 8mo. 8, 1761; married John, son of William and Mary Phillips, of Hockessin, 6mo. 30, 1779. Lydia died 10mo. 2, 1843. John died 1mo. 5, 1846, in the 93d year of his age. They had seven children.
741. KATHARINE, born 4mo. 18, 1763; died 5mo. 1, 1814.
742. SUSANNA, born 4mo. 18, 1763; died 12mo. 12, 1802. She married Thomas, son of Thomas Hollingsworth, of Centre, Del., 10mo. 24, 1798. Thomas, born 10mo. 31, 1756; died 4mo. 2, 1834.
743. MARY, born 5mo. 31, 1765; died 2mo. 2, 1766.
744. EPHRAIM, born 12mo. 3, 1766; married Elizabeth Hollingsworth. She died 6mo. 13, 1839, aged 71 years, 5 mos., 18 days. Ephraim died 3mo. 31, 1843. They had six children.
745. SARAH, born 11mo. 16, 1768; died 3mo. 29, 1772.
746. JAMES, born 6mo. 18, 1771; married Ann Cooper, daughter of John and Rebecca, of Sadsbury, Lancaster Co., 5mo. 27, 1795. Ann, born 4mo. 14, 1775; died 1 mo. 20, 1850. James died 2mo. 24, 1835. They had eight children. They resided in W. Nottingham, Md.
747. JOSIAH, born 1mo. 17, 1773; married Mary, daughter or Caleb and Ruhaney Sharpless, of Christiana Hundred, Del, 1mo. 30, 1799. Mary, born 8mo. 26, 1774; died 3mo. 18, 1844. Josiah died 3mo. 26, 1817. They removed from Kennett Monthly Meeting to Nottingham in 1800, but returned to Kennett with their six children, by certificate from Fallowfield Monthly Meeting, dated 4mo. 13, 1812.
748. ALICE, born 5mo. 26, 1775; married Stephen Wilson, of Hockessin, Del., son of James and Amy Wilson, 3mo. 11, 1813. They had one child. Stephen, born 9mo. 30, 1762; died 8mo. 23, 1820. Alice married (2d) 1 mo. 14, 1830, to Jesse Chandler, son of Jesse and Martha, of Centre, Del. She was an approved minister in the Society of Friends. Jesse died 3mo. 14, 1850. Alice died 12mo. 13, 1856.
749. THOMAS, born 5mo. 28, 1777; married Jane, daughter of John and Rachel (Greasly) Griffith, of Quakertown, Bucks Co., Pa. Jane, born 7mo. 2, 1784; died 7mo. 20, 1853. Thomas died 3mo. 18, 1861. They had two children.
Children of Caleb and (720) Ann (Jackson) Harlan.
750. HANNAH, (Ann, William, Isaac, Anthony,) born (???); died 2mo. --, 1785.
751. KATHARINE, born 4mo. 25, 1763; married Thomas, son of Benjamin and Susanna (Littler) Canby, about the year 1787. Katharine died 12mo, 6, 1819. They had five children.
752. WILLIAM, born 9mo. 24, 1765; married Annabella, daughter of Samuel Elliot, Philadelphia.
They had one child. He married (2d) to Sarah Wessels; they had one child.
William died 3mo. 1, 1833. 753. JOB, born 7mo. 2, 1768; died 9mo. 21, 1793.
754. CALEB, born 12mo. 30, 1770; married Edith, daughter of Ziba and Edith Ferris, in 1803. Caleb died 8mo. 8, 1840. They had four children.
755. JOHN, born 8mo. 31, 1773; married Elizabeth, daughter of Moses Quinby. John died 12mo. 24, 1851. They had one child.
756. ANN, born 11mo. 7, 1777; married John Clark, 10mo. 4, 1827. Ann died 9mo. 8, 1851. No children.
757. SARAH, born 7mo. 8, 1780; married John Ferris, 10mo. 22, 1800. Sarah died 4mo. 17, 1869. They had one child.
758. JOSHUA, born 8mo. 4, 1783; married Ann, daughter of Moses Quinby, 11mo. 7, 1822.
Joshua died 2mo. 18, 1854. No children.
Children of (724) John and Mary (Harlan) Jackson.
759. JOEL, (John, William, Isaac, Anthony) born 10mo. 20, 1776; married Alice, daughter of Dr. Jonathan and Alice Morris, of Delaware Co., 9mo. 8, 1802. He moved to Little Britain now Fulton Lancaster Co., in 1812, where he died 9mo. 21, 1857. Alice died 3mo. 10, 1854, in her 75th year.
They had eight children. Joel Jackson was, in some respects, a very remarkable man, possessing many peculiarities, and, intellectually, endowments of a high order.
Like his father, he manifested a love of nature in a wonderful degree, and it is said that where he lived he became proverbial for probity and correctness in all his transactions in business.
760. ISRAEL, born 7mo. 4, 1779; married Sarah L., (born 9mo. 3, 1788,) daughter of Joseph and Mary Taylor, of Pennsbury, 5mo. 14, 1807. Israel died 9mo. 11, 1822. Sarah L. died 1mo. 30, 1865. They had eight children.
761. ISAIAH, born 12mo. 3, 1781; died 11mo. 19, 1813.
762. HANNAH J., born 7mo. 17, 1784; married James Monaghan, 6mo. 7, 1804. Hannah J. died 4mo. 11, 1809. James died 10mo. 28, 1841. They had three children.
763. LYDIA, born 7mo. 6, 1787; married Enoch Lewis, son of Evan and Jane, 5mo. 11, 1815. Lydia died 3mo. 14, 1846. They had eight children, two of whom died in infancy (one not named.)
764. WILLIAM, born 11mo. 7, 1789; married Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Mary Taylor, 5mo. 12, 1819, at Friends Meeting, West Chester. He died 10mo. 29,1864. Rebecca was born 10mo. 18, 1798, and died 9mo. 25, 1872, of paralysis, aged nearly 74 years.
They lived at the old homestead at Harmony Grove, and had eight children.
765. CATHARINE, born 1mo. 27, 1792; married Benjamin (born 7mo. 24, 1786,) son of James and Sarah (Lamborn) Webb, 10mo. 19, 1815. Benjamin died 2mo. 22, 1851. Catharine died 12mo. 17,
1872. They had seven children.
Children of Thomas and (726) Katharine (Jackson) Pennington.
766. SUSANNA, (Katharine, William, Isaac, Anthony) born 4mo. 4, 1796; died 6mo. 15, 1802.
767. RACHEL, born 1mo. 4, 1798; married Moses, son of Jeremiah and Anne (Whitson) Starr, 8mo. 15, 1816. Rachel died 6mo. 7, 1835. (See record of the Starr family.)
Children of Isaac and (727) Hannah (Jackson) Thomas.
768. BEULAH, (Hannah, William, Isaac, Anthony) born 9mo. 13, 1784; married Jacob Mendenhall of Patapsco, Baltimore Co, Md., formerly of Kennett, Chester Co., 10mo. 17, 1811. Removed to Waterford, Loudon Co., Va., in 1812, where he died 12mo. 10, 1822, aged 34 years, 7 mos. 11 days. They had four children, three of whom died in early infancy. Beulah's second marriage was to Moses Janney of that place. She died 11mo. 23, 1859. Moses died 7mo. 21, 1861, aged 81 years.
Jacob Mendenhall completed his scholastic studies in Enoch Lewis's Boarding School, and while there, was alternately scholar and tutor in the mathematical department. After his marriage and removal to Waterford, Va., he established a School; and it is said "was one of the most studious, bard-working school teachers of that day." His close application in promoting the interests of his school in connection with a number of trustworthy offices of the, then, incorporated village, caused his health to give way under a rapid decline until his death.
769. MARY, born 1mo. 13, 1787; died 7mo. 3, 1811.
770. HANNAH, born 1mo. 19, 1790; died 3mo. 8, 1813.
771. WILLIAM, born 6mo. 16, 1792; married Hannah, daughter of Edward and Edith Davis of Chester Co. William died 12mo. 20, 1863. Hannah died 12mo. 1, 1865. They had five children.
Children of (728) Joseph and Rachel (Plummer) Jackson.
772. RICHARD P., (Joseph, Isaac, William, Isaac, Anthony) born 11mo. 6, 1816; married Mary Sophia Ward of Calvert Co., Md., 5mo. 29, 1856. They have five children. Residence, Georgetown, D. C.
773. ISAAC LEWIS, born 3mo. 17, 1818; died aged 2 years and 7 months.
774. ARTRIDGE P., born 6mo. 14, 1820; married Cyrus Waters, M. D., 2mo. 8, 1844. Cyrus died 7mo. 4, 1853, aged 38 years. They had three children.
775. HANNAH REBECCA, born 8mo. 15, 1822; died 3mo. 25, 1823.
776. RACHEL ANN, born 8mo. 18, 1825; died 3mo. 25, 1840.
Children of (729) William and Phebe (Townsend) Jackson.
777. ISAAC W., (William, Isaac, William, Isaac, Anthony) born at Canterbury, New York, 8mo. 29, 1804; married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Pomeroy, of Pittsfield, Mass., 8mo. 26, 1829.
They had five children. He died, of paralysis, at his residence in Schenectady, N. Y., 7mo. 27, 1877. Isaac W. Jackson, LL.D., was tutor in Union College, Schenectady, in 1826. In 1831, he became Professor of Mathematics, and from that time continued during the remainder of his life to occupy the same position in that Institution. He was the author of valuable treatises on several branches of the higher mathematics.
778. WILLIAM, born at Canterbury, 3mo. 10, 1810; married Emma Jerome of Onondago, N. Y., 6mo. 9, 1836. They have two children. Residence, since January, 1835, Syracuse, N. Y.
Children of Jesse and (733) Catharine (Jackson) Pugh.
779. ISAAC, (Catharine, Isaac, William, Isaac, Anthony) born 11mo. 5, 1794; died 8mo. 24, 1797. 780. HANNAH, born 10mo. 1, 1796; died 11mo. 6, 1796. 781. MARY, born 1mo. 21, 1798; died 7mo. 16, 1798. 782. ISAAC, born 10mo. 24, 1799; married Elizabeth, daughter of James and Hannah Kay of Northumberland, Pa., 10mo. 2, 1834. Residence, Germantown, Pa.
783. SARAH, born 10mo. 6, 1800. Residence, Germantown, Pa.
784. DAVID, born 1mo. 14, 1803; died 7mo. 13, 1803
Children of (744) Ephraim and Elizabeth (Hollingsworth)Jackson.
829. SUSANNA, (Ephraim, James, William, Isaac, Anthony) born 3mo. 17, 1787; married Israel Hoopes, of New Garden, Chester Co. 5mo. 14, 1840. No children. Susanna died 4mo. 26, 1846.
830. MARTHA, born 12mo. 25, 1789; married Thomas Dixon. They had two children. She married (2d) 3mo. 17, 1836, to Joseph Mitchell, of Hockessin, Del. Martha died 12mo. 6, 1859.
831. MILLER, born 6mo. 5, 1793; died 10mo. 30, 1808.
832. HAINES, born 6mo. 9, 1797; married Ruth, daughter of Joseph and Hannah Heald, of Hockessin, Del., 10mo. 12, 1826. Ruth born 3mo. 24, 1805. Haines died 5mo. 5, 1861. Ruth died 10mo. 21, 1877.
833. SARAH M., born 1mo. 12, 1801; married 9mo. 21, 1824, Jonathan, son of Stephen and Lydia Wilson, of Hockessin, Del. Jonathan born 5 mo. 13, 1798; died 2mo. 26, 1850. Sarah M. died 5mo. 25, 1873. They had eight children. 834. LYDIA, born 11mo. 23, 1804; unmarried. Lives with a nephew.
Children of (746) James and Ann (Cooper) Jackson.
835. REBECCA, (James, James, William, Isaac, Anthony) born 5mo. 20, 1796; died, 1836. 836. JOHN C., born 7mo. 25, 1797; married Rebecca, daughter of Jonas and Eliza Preston, of Octoraro, Cecil Co., Md., 9mo. 6, 1821. Rebecca, born 3mo. 7, 1799; died 2mo. 8, 1845. John C. died 11mo. 24, 1850. They had seven children.
837. LYDIA P., born 10mo. 30, 1798; married Samuel, son of Joseph and Susanna Brinton, of Leacock Township, Lancaster Co., 11mo. 26, 1823. Samuel born 2mo. 3, 1789; died 5mo. 6, 1857. Lydia P. died 3mo. 22, 1869. They had six children.
838. WILLIAM MILLER, born 4mo 24, 1801; died 6mo. 12, 1803.
839. MARY ANN, born 8mo. 22, 1803; married Benjamin P. Buckley, 9mo. 11, 1827. Benjamin born 11mo., 1805; died 1mo. 15, 1873. They had ten children. Residence in West Nottingham, Md. 840. JEREMIAH, born 12mo. 24, 1804; died (unmarried) 8mo. 1, 1849. 841. JAMES M., born 9mo. 28, 1807; married Margaret J. Maar, 2mo. 12, 1844. They had three children. Margaret J. born 12mo. 16, 1820. James M. died 3mo. 19, 1852.
842. ALICE W., born 9mo. 25, 1814; married John Webster, of Fulton Township, Lancaster Co., 2mo. 28, 1850. No children.
Children of (747) Josiah and Mary (Sharpless) Jackson.
843. EDITH, (Josiah, James, William, Isaac, Anthony) born 11mo. 23, 1799; married in 1821, Jacob, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Graves, of New Castle Co., Del. Jacob born 1794; died 3mo. 7, 1849. Edith died 11mo. 19, 1872. They had nine children.
844. MARY, born 8mo. 28, 1801; married Jacob, son of John Way, of Pennsbury Township, 12mo. 16, 1819. Jacob born 7mo. 26, 1797; died 12mo. 2, 1848. They had eleven children. Residence in E. Marlborough.
845. CALEB S., born 3mo. 23, 1803; married Mary Ann, daughter of William and Mary (Beverly) Gause, of Kennett, 6mo. 6, 1828. Caleb S. died 8mo. 3, 1868. They had eight children.
846. JAMES, born 4mo. 16, 1805; married Abigail, daughter of Thomas and Mary Rakestraw, of Bart Township, Lancaster Co., 8mo. 20, 1829. Abigail, born 11mo. 28, 1807. They had eight children.
847. WILLIAM S., born 3mo. 23, 1808; married Susanna, daughter of William and Susanna Chambers, of Kennett, 5mo. 13, 1830. William S. died 8mo. 28, 1833. Susanna born 2mo. 22, 1807; died 11mo. 11, 1838. They had two children.
848. RUHANEY, born 4mo. 13, 1810; married Jacob Clayton, son of Isaac and Mary, of Bradford, Chester Co., 6mo. 8, 1843. Jacob born 5mo. 28, 1802; died 12mo. 25, 1875. They had four children.
The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles
CHRISTOPHER JACKSON, b. in England; bur. 5 Dec. 1633 Whitechapel and Stepney, London, Co. Midd., England (R. by H. G. Somerby); m. SUSAN JOHNSON (77), both of Mile End, 20 Oct. 1602 St. Dunstans, Stepney (Par. Reg.);dau. of Phillip and Sarai (Berry) Johnson, who were married 27 Apr. 1579 St. Dunstans (Par. Reg.); bapt. 8 Mar. 1579 St. Dunstans (Par. Reg.), as Susan dau. of Phillip Johnson.
Register of St. Antholin, London, England). Christofer Jackson & Elizabeth Tillar were m. 2 Feb. 1590.
Register of St. James Clerkenwell, London).
Christopher Jackson & ............Snell were m. 10 Oct. 1599.
All records of St. Dunstan's were collected by Mrs. Lewis Linzee, except as noted).
Jackson's History of Newton.
Memoir of Dr. James Jackson, by James Jackson Putnam.
Lineage of Hoar and Jackson Families, by Alfred Wyman Hoar, Delano, Minn. 1898
Children of Christopher Jackson & Susan Johnson
38. I. JOHN, bapt. 6 Jan. 1602 St. Dunstan's, Stepney, London, England, as John son of Christopher Jackson of Mile End; d. 30 Jan. 1674-5 Newton* [Center], Mass., as Deacon John Jackson (First Cong. m. MARGARET .................
II. EDWARD, bapt. 3 Feb. 1604 St. Dunstan's (Par. Reg.), as Edward son of Christopher Jackson of Bednal Green, tailor; d. 17 June 1681 Newton*, Mass., as Edward Jackson, aged 79 y. 5 m., came from England about 1635 by his gravestone in the Center Street Cemetery; d. 17June 1681, as Edward Jackson of Cambridge Village (Midd. P. V. 114); m. 1st Frances (???) about 1630 in England; Israel son of Edward and Frances Jackson was bapt. 9 Mar. 1631 at St. Mary's Whitechapel, London,England;
d. 5 Oct. 1648 Newton*, Mass., as Frances dau. of Edward Jackson; this death record probably
refers to the wife Frances of Edward Jackson.
Edward Jackson m. 2nd Elizabeth Oliver 14 Mar. 1648-9 Newton*, and Cambridge*, Mass.; dau. of John and Lydia? or Anne ( ) Newgate; bapt. 1 Jan. 1617-8 at St. Olave Church, Southwark, Co. Surrey, England; d. (30) Sept. 1709 Newton*, as Elizabeth widow of Edward Jackson, aged 92 y., by her gravestone in the Center St. Cemetery.
Elizabeth Newgate m. 1st Rev. John Oliver about 1637 Boston; John son of John and Elizabeth Oliver was b. 21 July 1638 Boston*; son of Elder Thomas & Ann Oliver of Boston; b. about 1616 England; d. 11 Apr. 1644 Boston, as Mr. John Oliver (Hull's Diary).
Starr's Jackson Genealogy).
Water's Gen. Glean. in England: pages 1273-4, under will of Nathaniel Newgate).
Midd. V: 114
The will of Edward Jackson Senr. of Camb. Village, Co. Midd., mentions wife Elizabeth [dau.] of Mr. John Newgate; son Edward Jackson, dau. Ruth Jackson, son Jonathan Jackson; two sons in law John Ward and Thomas Prentice; son Sebias Jackson; dau. Hannah Ward; dau. Rebeckah Prentice; son in law Nehemiah Hubart; son in law Joseph Fuller; son in law John Prentice; son in law Nathaniel Wilson; dau. Ruth Jackson; grandchild Jno. Ward Jr.; five grandchildren which bear my name; 36 grandchildren & great grandchildren; sons in law Mr. John and Thomas Oliver; daughter in law Elisabet Wiswall; College in Cambridge; son Hobart, dau. Sarah Hobart; Lidia Fuller, Elizabeth Prentice, Hannah Wilson, Ruth Jackson.
Made 11 June 1681
Proved 26 Aug. 1681.
III. MYLES, bapt. 28 June 1607 St. Dunstan's (Par. Reg.), as Myles son of Christopher Jackson of Bednal Green, tailor.
From the Visitations of London: Anne, dau. of William Dawes of London, clothworker, and his wife Elizabeth (dau. of John Edes of Oxfordshire), married Myels Jackson of London.
Myles Jackson of alhallowes Barking, maryner, & Joane Jones m. 20 June 1645 St. Dunstan's, Stepney (Par. Reg.).
VISITATIONS OF YORKSHIRE--page 173 Jackson
William Jacson of Snaydall married Isabell daughter of Raff Barnby.
I. Charles Jacson son and heyer married Margaret daughter and heyre of Richard Woodhall of Wentworth. [He had]
i. William Jackson son and heir m. Barbara daughter of Robert Clyfton of Clyfton.
ii. George Jacson 2 son.
iii. Rychard Jacson 3 son.
iv. Charles Jacson 4 son.
v. Ann wyf to Robert Rysworth of Hallywell.
vi. Jane wyff to Robert Sheffield, of the Heth.
II. Bryan Jacson 2 son.
VISITATIONS OF YORKSHIRE--page 173
Arms: Argent on a chevron Sable between three doves
heads erased Azure three cinquefoils of the first.
George Jacson of Bedall married Elsabeth, daughter of Matthew Wytham, of Bretynby, in Yorkshire.
I. Crystofer Jacson 2 son.
II. Elsabeth wyf to Adam Tenand.
III. Margery wyf to Thomas Apleyard of Yorke (Lord
mayor of York 1584).
IV. Margaret wyff to John Johnson of Rychmond.
V. Mary wyff to Lewes Thrushecrosse. Should be
Luke Thurscrosse, Mayor of Hull 1586.
VII. John Jacson of Gatonby son and heyr to George: --
m. 1st Meryall Bowes on(e) of the daughters of
Ricard Bowes, 4 son to Sir Raff Bowes Knight
and had Thomas Jackson son and heyr.
To his second wife, maryed Ann doter to William Segrave (Seegrave) of Lestter and heyr of Scrawforth in the county of Lester and had George Jacson son.
The Registers of Middleton St George, Durham
The Registers of Middleton St. George, In the County of Durham. Baptisms 1652--1812,
Marriages 1616--1812, burials 1616--1812,
Transcribed, indexed, and edited by Herbert Maxwell Wood, B.A., 1906
In the County of Durham.
TRANSCRIBED, INDEXED, AND EDITED BY
HERBERT MAXWELL WOOD, B.A.,
AND PRINTED BY PERMISSION OF THE RECTOR,
REV. WALTER ANDREWS, M.A
PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR THE DURHAM AND NORTHUMBERLAND
PARISH REGISTER SOCIETY
BY HILLS & CO., 19 FAWCETT STREET - 1906
1770. - Jan. 8. Christopher, s. Christopher Jackson, taylor.
1725 - Mar. 29. Christopher Jackson and Mary Coats.
1725 - Jan. 18. Ann, d. Christopher Jackson
Christopher Jackson and Elizabeth Gibbon, both of this P., lic.
Wit. Geo. Leyburn and John Pincher.
Jackson Family Records
BATTLE HYMN OF THE JACKSONS
(Tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic)
There's something strong and mighty in a good old family name;
The name of Jackson shineth high upon the scroll of fame;
For nearly all the Jacksons have pursued a lofty aim.
The clan goes marching on!
Chorus: Glory to the name of Jackson!
Glory to the tribe of Jackson!
Hurrah, hurrah, for all the Jacksons!
The clan goes marching on.
Henry, Adam, John and "Nick" were fathers of our clan.
Stonewall, John and William were heroes who never ran.
"Old Hickory," the President, was brave and famous man.
The clan goes marching on!
The Jackson blood is mingled with the royal bloods of old.
Each century our numbers have increased a hundred fold.
Among the world's great families our family is pure gold.
The clan goes marching on!
The House of Jackson cherishes traditions of the past,
With the world's great movements they have all their fortunes cast;
And when they pledge their honor they are loyal to the last.
The clan goes marching on!
The Jacksons fought at Flodden, Fredericksburg and Waterloo;
In every righteous cause our kinsmen fought as heroes do;
They died in seventeen seventy-six, and nineteen eighteen, too.
The clan goes marching on!
We have our dukes and peasants, common folk and blue bloods, too;
We greet each other with a smile and "Cousin, howdy-do!"
This goes with all the Jacksons and it goes with me and you.
The clan goes marching on!
To every corner of our land we sound the bugle call;
Four hundred thousand cousins hear and answer one and all;
The echo of their footstep's like Niagara's waterfall.
The clan goes marching on!
We must prove worthy of our place on Jackson Family Tree
Let Jackson standards with the highest in the world agree.
We owe a duty to the generations yet to be.
The clan goes marching on!
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