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SKETCH 



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JACKSON FAMILY 



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1765-1916 



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ULYSSES L. JACKSON 



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DEDICATION. 

TO 

THE MEMORY OF 
CHRISTOPHER JACKSON, 

The pioneer who left his home in Kentucky, in com- 
pany with his wife, Catherine Jackson, and four daugh- 
ters, in 1824, for a home on the sun-set side of the Mis- 
sissippi; and who became the progenitor of one of the 
largest and most influential family groups to be found in 
the United States. 

Special mention is made of his great grand son, Ulys- 
ses L. Jackson, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, without whose 
aid and encouragement this little volume would perhaps 
never have appeared. 



HISTORY OF THE 

JACKSON FAMILY 



IN AMERICA. 



CHAPTER FIRST. 



The Origin of This Family. 



The authentic history of the Jack- 
son Family locates them in the North 
of Ireland in 1650, in the Ulster dis- 
trict, which includes the northeast 
quarter of the island, with Belfast as 
its chief city. It was from this dis- 
trict that the ancestors of such men 
as Robert Fulton, John Stark, Sam 
Houston, Davy Crocket, Hugh White, 
John C. Calhoun, James K. Polk, 
Horace Greeley, Robert Bonner, A. T. 
Stewart and Andrew Jackson came, 
and the Watsons and the Carrolls of 
Pike county, as well. 

The chief characteristics of these 
people were energy, enterprise and 
perseverance. They were noted for 
"doing ordinary things in an extraor- 
dinary way." 

A recent tourist of Europe, John L. 



Brant, of St. Louis, the writer's 
friend, in passing through Ireland 
from South to North, has this to say: 
"The contrast between the Southern 
and Central parts of Ireland with that 
of Ulster district on the North was 
made vivid and lasting by traveling 
through it. Ireland is a beautiful 
island, 'the Emerald Isle,' with its 
lakes and its rivers, its sloping hills 
and its fertile valleys. But the people 
are lacking in energy; the farms are 
poorly tilled; their chimneys are tumb- 
ling, down; and a lack of thrift is 
everywhere apparent in the South and 
Central portions. 

"Families are huddled together in 
one or two rooms, while the chickens, 
pigs, goats, and perhaps a horse oc- 
cupy the adjoining room. There is 
no money here for factories or big 
business enterprises. But when we 
reached the Ulster district, or North 
part of Ireland, presto, we were in 
the midst of a very different people. 



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The fences and roads are in good re- 
pair. The houses are painted or 
whitewashed; they have barns for their 
domestic animals; and the little farms 
bloom like so many roses. The peo- 
ple are not standing about idle as in 
the South, but are all employed, and 
at good wages. Wherever we stop- 
ped to use our kodaks in the South 
and Central parts of the island, we 
were surrounded by a group of look- 
ers-on. But here, not a man stops to 
see what we are doing. He glances 
at us and passes briskly on, as if he 
had been sent for. Every man seems 
to be busy with his own business. 
Here are huge mills and numerous 
school houses. 

"Belfast within the last fifty years 
has increased from 85 thousand to 
450 thousand. These people are 
known as 'The Scotch-Irish race.' 
And a great people they are. At one 
time they were the most intelligent 
people in all Europe. The Scotch- 
Irish people have given many great 
men to the world; among them I men- 
tion Edmund Burke, the great orator 
and statesman, the Duke of Welling- 
ton, the great general; John Curran, 
the great lawyer; Dean Swift, the 
great satyrist; and George Berkeley, 
the great bishop and metaphysician." 

CARRICK-FERGUS. 

On the north coast of Ireland, nine 
miles from Belfast, the port of entry 
and exit, is an old town called Car- 
rick-Fergus. In this town and its vi- 
cinity for an unknown number of 



generations lived the forefathers of 
the family of whom I write — The 
Jackson Family. This is the earliest 
authentic history of that family. 

HUGH JACKSON. 

Hugh Jackson, the grandfather of 
Christopher Jackson, the Pike county 
pioneer, was a linen draper here in 
1660, just two hundred years prior to 
our Civil war. 

■He was the father of four sons, all 
of whom were farmers and lived in 
that neighborhood. Their names in 
the order of their birth were: John, 
Hugh, Samuel and Andrew. Andrew, 
the youngest, became the father of 
General Andrew Jackson; and Samuel 
became the father of Christopher 
Jackson, the Pike county pioneer. 

This Andrew Jackson was a mar- 
ried man in 1765, with two boys, 
Hugh and Robert, at that time. These 
few facts were obtained from the 
mother of General Jackson in conver- 
sation with her son. As Andrew 
Jackson, the farmer, tilled his few 
rented acres, his wife both before and 
after marriage was a weaver of linen. 
At this time, 1765, the people still 
clung to their belief in witches, fairies, 
brownies, charms, and warning spir- 
its. They had just ceased trying peo- 
ple for witchcraft, and the ducking 
pool for scolding wives was still in 
existence. They still nailed horse 
shoes to the bottom of their churns, 
had faith in a seventh son, trembled 
when a mirror was broke, or a dog 
howled, undertook no enterprise on 



Friday, and would not change their 
residence on Saturday on any account, 
and many other curious customs pre- 
vailed amongst them. 

It is a fact that among the descend- 
ants of these Scotch-Irish people, 
wherever found in America, whether 
in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, 
the Carolinas, or in Missouri, traces 
of these customs and beliefs are still 
observable. General Jackson, him- 
self, to the day of his death refused 
to begin anything of importance on 
Friday. 



The Ancestors Leave Ireland 
For America. 



In 1765, King George the third, of 
England, had been on the throne for 
five years. A treaty of peace be- 
tween France and England had been 
signed in 1763, by which the war 
known in our history as the "Old 
French and Indian War" was ended. 

It was the war in which Braddock 
was defeated, and Canada won. By 
that treaty the ocean, the World's 
great highway, had been restored; a 
new impulse given to enterprise, and 
traffic from the old world to the new 
was again established, free from dan- 
ger. 

From the North of Ireland large 
numbers sailed away to the land of 
promise, beyond the sea. 

Five sisters of Mrs. Andrew Jack- 
son, the farmer, had already gone or 
were preparing to go. The maiden 



name of the mother of the fu- 
ture General Jackson was Miss 
Elizabeth Hutchinson. Her lot and 
that of her four sisters in Ireland had 
been a hard one. They were all 
weavers of linen. The grand child- 
ren of these Hutchinson sisters remem- 
bered hearing their mothers often 
say that in Ireland they were compel- 
led to labor half the night, and some- 
times all night in order to produce the 
required quantity of linen, due to a 
sudden advance in price. Linen weav- 
ing was their employment both before 
and after marriage. While the men 
tilled the small rented farms, the wo- 
men toiled at the looms. 

The members of this Jackson- 
Hutchinson circle were not all equal- 
ly poor. Some of them brought to 
America money enough to enable 
them to buy lands where they settled, 
and some of them had money enough 
to purchase slave help with which to 
till the farms. Samuel Jackson, the 
next older brother of Andrew, the 
farmer, was among that number. He 
came to America in the year 1765, 
landing at Philadelphia, and located 
for some time in Pennsylvania, where 
he was recognized as a worthy citizen. 

Hugh Jackson, the next oldest 
brother, landed at New York about 
the same time, and settled in the state 
of New York, where living descend- 
ants were reported in 1859, (see Ken- 
dall's Life of Jackson.) John Jack- 
son, the oldest son, remained in Ire- 
land. 

Andrew Jackson, the farmer, and 



the youngest of the four brothers, 
with a party of emigrants landed at 
Charleston, S. C, in 1765, and pro- 
ceeded at once to the Waxhaw settle- 
ment, 160 miles to the Northwest of 
Charleston, in Mecklenberg county, 
North Carolina. This had been the 
seat of the Waxhaw tribe of Indians. 
The region was watered by the Ca- 
tawba river and lay partly in North 
and partly in South Carolina. It was 
here that the Catawba grape originat- 
ed. This party consisted of Andrew 
Jackson, the farmer, and three young 
men by the name of Crawford, viz: 
James, Robert and Joseph. 

James Crawford had married a Miss 
Hutchinson and was therefore broth- 
er-in-law to Andrew Jackson, the 
farmer. The Crawfords settled on 
Waxhaw Creek, on fine land, while 
Andrew Jackson settled seven miles 
away from them, on Twelve Mile 
Creek, a tributary to the Catawba 
on the east, but on inferior land. The 
spot is pointed out to this day where 
General Jackson's father and mother 
settled. Here in the Carolina woods 
he and his wife and two boys, Rob- 
ert and Hugh (Andy was not yet born) 
toiled for two years, and here he 
built his log house, cleared a field and 
raised a crop. Then, his work all 
incomplete, sickened and died in Feb- 
ruary, 1767. On March 15, 1767, only 
a few days after his father's death, 
Andrew Jackson was born in what is 
now Union County, North Carolina. 

In the following year, January 8, 
1768, a son was born to Samuel Jack- 



son, who had moved from Pennsylva- 
nia to Rowan county, North Carolina, 
and settled near the Virginia line. 
This child grew to young manhood in 
North Carolina, went west and located 
in Ohio county, Kentucky, where in 
1790 he married Miss Catherine 
Rhodes, a native of the state of Penn- 
sylvania, and a daughter of Doctor 
Rhodes. 

By way of parallelism, following 
these cousins, it is a well known fact 
that General Andrew Jackson at the 
age of 21, came west from North Car- 
olina and located at Nashville, Ten- 
nessee, as a lawyer; that he married 
Mrs. RoBards and reared an adopted 
son, the child of one of Mrs. Jackson's 
sisters, and gave the child his name, 
"Andrew Jackson" Donaldson, who 
in 1860, was the candidate for Vice 
President on the "American" ticket, 
with Millard Fillmore. 

The "Hermitage," General Jack- 
son's old home, belongs to the State 
of Tennessee. No child perpetuates 
his name, a circumstance which was a 
source of sadness both to the General 
and Mrs. Jackson. 

And now we take leave of the Gen- 
eral, whose notoriety in his day was 
only equaled by that of Washington, 
but whose descendants are nil, and 
turn to his cousin, Christopher Jack- 
son, and his wife, who were living 
less than one hundred miles north of 
Nashville, in Ohio county, Kentucky. 

They became the parents of twelve 
children, four sons and eight daugh- 



ters, eleven of whom reached maturi- 
ty, married and reared large families, 
until today their descendants are well 
known throughout Kentucky, Indi- 
ana, Missouri, Colorado, California, 
Oklahoma, Texas, and the South. 
Like the Patriarch Abraham, his des- 
cendants are legion. 



CHAPTER SECOND 



Part of a Memorial of Julius C. 
Jackson and his wife, Harriet Jackson, 
published in 1910. 



At some period in the life of every 
man there comes a desire to know 
something of his ancestry. Gladstone 
once said: "No greater calamity can 
befall a people than to break utterly 
with the past." 

With that thought in mind the fol- 
lowing sketch of the two original 
pioneers of the Jackson family in Pike 
county has been prepared and at the 
request of some of their descendants, 
who now live far away from the old 
homestead, and out of a sincere regard 
for their feelings, is given to the 
printer. 

It is a subject of special interest not 
only to their numerous descendants 
living in Pike county, but to scores of 
others who are scattered throughout 
the South and West, thus to perpetu- 
ate their memory among the later 
generations of that family. 

The descendants of the original 



pioneer, Christopher Jackson, through 
his son, Julius C. Jackson, and his 
daughters, Mrs. Providence Eidson, 
of this county, and Mrs. Rachel Chil- 
ton, of Randolph county, Mo., form 
one of the largest and most influential 
family groups to be found in this sec- 
tion of the state. Almost every trade, 
profession and calling in life is repre- 
sented by them, including the practi- 
cal farmer and stock raiser, the wise 
legislator, the skilled physician, the 
learned judge, the faithful minister of 
the gospel, the patient instructor of 
youth and the college professor, as 
well as bank cashiers, real estate men 
and editors. 

With this sketch in view many years 
ago, the writer improved every con- 
venient opportunity to gather the facts 
at first hand from Mrs. Harriet Jack- 
son during the last ten years of her 
life and jot them down in permanent 
form. 

In addition to this he gathered all 
the family records bearing upon the 
subject and obtained the most definite 
information he could from the memory 
of living persons. In this work he 
found appreciative friends. Biogra- 
phy is history teaching by example; 
and there are many examples of men 
among their descendants who have 
made themselves prominent in profes- 
sional life, and others who have 
achieved unusual success in business. 
Their example is worthy of emulation. 
The historian meets with annoying 
hindrances in his attempt to do and be 
good to others, but there is great 



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satisfaction to be derived from the 
work, and a certain fascination at- 
taches to it that makes him forget the 
negligence and indifference he en- 
counters. 

In the introduction of this sketch is 
a fitting place to congratulate every 
successful man who is a descendant of 
these pioneers. Their success is an 
illustration of the old maxim, that 
"just as the twig is bent, the tree's in- 
clined. ' ' That in each instance a good 
father and mother have exercised a 
moulding influence on their lives. 

It also demonstrates the fact that 
the old Scotch-Irish blood of their an- 
cestors united with "the Jackson 
vim, "has some energy left and is 
demonstrating its power throughout 
the South and West. The same char- 
acteristic feeling is shown in their de- 
sire to preserve and to honor the 
memory of noble ancestry. 

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON 

Beneath the shade of a grand old 
oak (20 feet in circumference) that has 
withstood the storms of three hundred 
years or more, in the center of the 
Jackson cemetery, west of the city of 
Louisiana, may be seen the graves of 
Christopher Jackson and Catherine, 
his wife, side by side who came to Pike 
county as early as 1824 and entered 
land lying along the fertile valley of 
Noix creek, and extending to a point 
within the present corporate limits of 
the City of Louisiana— land that is 
now occupied by their descendants of 
the fifth generation. 



A plain shaft carved from the native 
sand-stone marks the resting place of 
the patriarch of the Jackson family in 
Pike county. 

The simple inscription carved by 
his oldest son, Julius, can still be read: 

Christopher Jackson, 

Born January 8, 1768. 

Died July 22, 1831. 

Catherine Jackson, 

Wife of Christopher Jackson, 

Born July 19, 1768. 

Died October 30, 1857. 

Aged 89 years. 

His ancestors were natives of Ire- 
land; his father, Samuel Jackson, 
coming to the United States before the 
days of the American revolution, set- 
tled in North Carolina where Chris- 
topher was born January 8th, 1768. 

He was a first cousin to General 
Andrew Jackson, their fathers being 
brothers. It is a noteworthy fact that 
one child of Christopher Jackson, 
Mrs. Rachel Chilton, of Renick, Mo., 
is still living at the advanced age of 
99 years. A well written letter in 
her own hand was received by her 
niece, Miss Lizzie Chilton, of this city, 
on Christmas day. Aside from slight 
deafness, she still maintains the exer- 
cise of all her faculties to a remark- 
able degree. Tall, erect and of queen- 
ly bearing, it is a common remark of 
all who meet her "What a fine look- 
ing elderly lady." 

There is a pride, certainly a pardon- 



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able pride on her part,' evidenced by 
her conversation, in what she has 
done and the position she has main- 
tained through life. She is proud al- 
so of the fact that in her last days she 
is in comfortable circumstances and 
surrounded by her sons and their fam- 
ilies she lacks for neither love nor at- 
tention. She is truly one of Nature's 
noble women. Her home is with her 
son, Judge Zachariah Chilton, a well 
known and wealthy farmer and stock 
raiser, and presiding judge of the 
County Court of Randolph county, 
Missouri. 

When a young man Christopher 
Jackson left Virginia for Ohio county, 
Kentucky. Here he was married to 
Catherine Rhodes, near Hartford, 
Kentucky, on April 27th, 1790. They 
were the parents of twelve children — 
nine daughters and three sons — of 
whom Rachel was the youngest. Their 
children named in the order of their 
birth were: Elizabeth, Julius C, 
Mary and Ann, Hannah, Christopher, 
Gabriel and Cynthia, Catherine, Prov- 
idence, Rebecca and Rachel, and were 
all born in Kentucky. Each of their 
twelve children lived to become the 
head of a large family, whose de- 
scendants have reached the fifth and 
sixth generations and have scattered 
to the four quarters . of the earth. 
Many of them are to be found today 
in settled homes throughout the states 
of Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, 
Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma 
and Colorado. 

In person Christopher Jackson was 



tall and erect, with dark hair and eyes. 
His wife was the daughter of Dr. 
Rhodes, a well-known physician in 
that section of Kentucky. She was a 
native of Pennsylvania, born near the 
Schuylkill river, in 1768. She was a 
pupil at the school on the Schuylkill, 
where a noted Indian massacre occur- 
red in 1778. On the fatal day she was 
detained at home by sickness, and 
thus escaped the fate of the other 
members of the school, all of whom 
were murdered. Throughout her long 
and eventful life she never failed to 
recognize this event of her childhood 
— not as an event of chance but as the 
protecting hand of Providence. In 
token of her acknowledgement she 
gave the name Providence to one of 
her daughters. 

In the year 1820, the year in which 
Missouri was admitted into the union 
as a state, Christopher Jackson was a 
prosperous planter in the state of 
Kentucky, owning a large amount of 
property, including a number of ser- 
vants. For thirty years he had lived 
quietly upon his farm, devoting his 
time to the cultivation of the soil. But 
the glowing accounts that reached him 
of the new state beyond the Missis- 
sippi, coupled with a desire to provide 
more abundantly for his large family, 
in a land where the population was 
less dense, and where land could be 
had at a much lower price prompted 
him to give up his Kentucky home 
and seek another in the Wild West. 

He was still hale and vigorous, 
though somewhat advanced in years. 




Having disposed of such property 
as he did not wish to carry with him, 
in company with his wife and their 
four youngest daughters, viz., Cath- 
erine, Providence, Rebecca and Rach- 
el, and Gabriel, his youngest son, then 
a young man twenty years of age, he 
took up his line of march for Pike 
county, Missouri, in the fall of 1833. 
Two of his favorite family servants, 
a husband and wife, known as Dora 
and Rosanna, came with him. And 
while it is true that they were a great 
help both to him and his wife in their 
new home, on their farm, in the field 
and in the house, it is also true that 



they and their family of twelve chil- 
dren were a constant care and source 
of daily anxiety to him. These must 
be cared for in winter and summer, in 
health and in sickness, in addition to 
the care of his own family. 

In 1824, by entry and by purchase 
he became the owner of a large tract 
of land lying along the fertile valley of 
Noix Creek and extending far into the 
present city limits of Louisiana, on 
both sides of the Bowling Green 
gravel road; land now occupied by 
some of his descendants of the fifth 
generation. 



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In his youth he had helped subdue 
the wilderness of Kentucky, and now 
at the age of 56 he is a pioneer for 
the second time. - 

A log cabin that stood on land now 
known as the Catholic cemetery, 
north of the old fair ground and Fritz 
house, became his home in 1824. This 
cabin stood within a short distance of 
a never failing spring, still known as 
Jackson's spring. It had given shel- 
ter to a family of early pioneers, John 
Bryson, who with his son, the late 
Isaac N. Bryson, took refuge within 
its walls during the winter of 1818-19. 

Here Christopher Jackson spent 
the remaining years of his life. Here 
some of his children were married; 
his youngest daughter, Rachel, in 1830 
to John Chilton. In the spring of 
1831, after seven years of exposure to 
the hardships incident to frontier life, 
his health began to fail, and in April 
of that year he wrote to his son, Ju- 
lius, then living in Kentucky, asking 
him to come and take charge of his 
business. This letter has been pre- 
served and is in possession of his 
grandson, Henry C. Jackson, of Miller 
county, Missouri. His lands and per- 
sonal property had become a care that 
required health and energy to manage 
successfully. He was considered 
wealthy in his community. But be- 
fore his son's arrival he passed away, 
July 22nd, 1831, in the sixty-fourth 
year of his age. He was buried be- 
neath a spreading oak almost within 
the shadow of the house in which he 
had lived, his grave being the first in 



what is now known as the Jackson 
cemetery. 

His wife survived him twenty-six 
years, living the greater part of the 
time at the old home place, where she 
and the faithful family servants mu- 
tually cared for each other. During 
the closing years of her life she made 
her home with her son, Julius, and 
his wife. Friends who will read this 
sketch have pleasant memories of 
visits made to her in her widowhood 
at the old home place. 

This sketch would be incomplete if 
it failed to mention the respect that 
was shown to both the husband and 
wife by those who were dependant 
on them as family servants. Some of 
the descendants of that pioneer color- 
ed couple, Dora and Rosana, have 
been among the most industrious and 
thrifty of their race in Pike county. 
The general expression among these 
descendants in reference to the treat- 
ment received at their hands is that it 
was kind, humane and thoughtful. 
That they were well provided for at 
the Jackson home, having at all sea- 
sons of the year a good house in which 
to live, warm clothing in winter, and 
in case of sickness the best medical 
attention the country afforded. And 
as a nurse, "Miss Catherine's" kind- 
ness is still remembered. 

Christopher Jackson and his wife 
were consistent and lifelong members 
of the Baptist church. Her death oc- 
curred October 30th, 1857, in the 90th 
year of her age. She is still remem- 
bered as "Grandmother Jackson." 



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The White Oak Tree in Jackson Cemetery. 



The above picture represents the 
White Oak tree, 17 feet and 6 inches 
in circumference at a point three feet 
above the ground, that stands in the 
center of the Jackson Cemetery, only 
a few steps east of the original site of 
Christopher Jackson's home. 

It can be seen from the Fritz House, 
about 300 yards north as you pass out 
the Bowling Green gravel road, one 
mile and a half southwest of Louisi- 
ana. 

For centuries it has stood as the 
monarch of the forest. It has with- 
stood the storms and lightning bolts 



that have laid many of the surrounding 
evergreen trees level with the earth. 
Students of Natural History and Bota- 
ny tell us that this tree was a sapling 
when Columbus discovered America. 
That for beauty and symmetry it 
stands unrivaled among the trees in 
Pike county. That it contains more 
of the Jackson blood than any family 
of that name in the United States. 
(It's roots and rootlets permeate the 
soil in all directions for many feet.) 

Hon. W. P. Stark in company with 
a Chicago tree specialist recently vis- 
ited it and pronounced it "the grand- 
est tree in Pike County." 



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The Mason Branch 



CHAPTER THIRD 



Elizabeth Jackson, oldest child of 
Christopher Jackson, the Pike county 
pioneer, and sister to Julius C. Jack- 
son, was born near Hartford, Ohio 
county, Ky., in 1790. In 1808, at the 
age of 18 she married John Henderson 
Mason, a native of Virginia; born in 
Bottertott county in 1786. At the age 
of 21 he came with his father and 
family to Kentucky and settled in 
what is now Breckenridge county. 
He was the oldest of ten children, 
nine boys and one girl. 

Elizabeth Jackson and John H. 
Mason were the parents of 13 chil- 
dren. Two died in infancy, and two 
in childhood. The other nine became 
grown, married and reared families. 
They were: 

1. Elvira, born in 1809. 

2. Christopher, Jr., born in 1813. 

3. Joseph A., born Jan. 1, 1815. 

4. James, born in 1817. 

5. Catherine Ann, born May 24, 
1819. 

6. Jane, born in 1821. 

7. Henry, born in 1823. 

8. Mary Providence, born in 1827. 

9. Margaret Elizabeth, born Oct. 
28, 1832. 

Fortunately the record of this 
branch of the family has been pre- 
served in Christopher Jackson 
Mason's Bible and was copied by his 
youngest sister, Mrs. Margaret E. 
Harris, known to all as ' 'Aunt Mag, ' ' 



of Morganfield, Union county, Ky. 
In a letter written June 5 and 6, 1900, 
to John M. Chapman, her nephew, of 
Poplar Bluff, Missouri, she says: 
"My dear John: You will never 
know how glad and surprised I was 
to get your letter requesting informa- 
tion of your grandfather's family. 
Families don't keep enough in touch 
with each other or we would not be 
such strangers. I am glad to see such 
an interest manifested. I have copied 
the record in your uncle Jackson 
Mason's Bible. I am the youngest 
of the 13 children of my parents. My 
little brother, Thompson, aged 9 
years, was killed at school, by a play- 
mate. He was standing on a bench, 
and the little boy ran up in front and 
jerked his feet from under him; the 
back of his head struck the bench. 
He lived 9 days; was in spasms most 
of the time. My little sister Polly, 
aged 6 years, died of what is now 
called Pneumonia, then Winter fever. 
Two others died in infancy. 

1. Elvira, my oldest sister, marri- 
ed John Duke of Ohio county, Ky. 
Two children were born to them. 
Mary Jane, born August 1, 1834, was 
the pet of the family. We were raised 
up together, just as sisters; for I was 
only 21 months older than she. Her 
father died near Owensboro, Ky., of 
yellow fever, on his return from the 
south, in 1834. 

2. Joseph Allen, born in January, 
1815, married Elizabeth Waller of 
Union county, Ky., in 1846. They 
were the parents of ten children; 



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eight are still living: 1. Mary E. 
Lawrence; 2. Sarah Gillum; 3. Cam- 
illa; 4. Aaron; 5. Waller; 6. John 
Wayne; 7. Robert; 8. Matthew. Four 
members of this family are living in 
and near Morgansfield, Ky. Brother 
Joseph died in 1869. 

3. James. James Mason married 
Miss Briscoe of Hancock county, Ky., 
and raised 12 children. They are 
Vitula, Elizabeth, Richard Womack, 
Christopher, Robert, Mikesmith, 
James Munday, Thomas Briscoe, 
Henry, Maggie, Nannie and Charley. 
All are married. Charley is practic- 
ing medicine in North Missouri. 
Thomas was brought home from Van- 
derbilt University, Nashville, and died 
at the age of 18. 

Vitula — Lula as we always called 
her, married Mr. Pierce of Bedford, 
Ky. He was killed in the Confeder- 
ate army in 1865. Their daughter, 
Maude Pierce, married Mr. Culp of 
Evansville, Indiana, and Lula makes 
her home with her. Henry also lives 
in Evansville, Ind. He is quite a 
prominent lawyer. Kate and Nannie 
live in Owensboro, Ky. James Mun- 
day is a practicing physician at Hawes- 
ville, Ky. Richard and Robert live 
on farms near there. Brother James 
and his wife have both passed away. 

4. Christopher Jackson Mason was 
the third child in his father's family. 
He lived and died in Spencer county, 
Indiana, at the age of 86 years. He 
was highly respected by every one, 
and was among the wealthiest men of 



that county at the time of his death. 
He left three children: 

1. Christopher Lycurgus Mason of 
Independence, Kansas. 

2. Wm. T. Mason, Cashier for 
many years of the National Bank at 
Rockport, Indiana. 

3. Cordelia Mason, who married 
Dr. John Hoagland and lives in Passa- 
dena, California, where the Leland 
Stanford University is located. She 
had a granddaughter to graduate at 
this institution, to whom she promised 
a trip to Europe. The trip was made. 
They spent six months abroad. She 
is a very pleasant and vivacious wo- 
man for one of 70. She makes friends 
everywhere. She seems to have 
more money than she can spend. She 
enjoys life. She is a Christian 
Scientist. 

5. Catherine Ann, married Ezekiel 
Chapman, of Hartford, Ohio county, 
Ky. They were the parents of eight 
children: 

1. Albina, who married Alfred 
Bennett. 

2. Eliza, who married Cuthbert 
Bryant. 

3. Elvira, who married Jasper 
Hargraves. 

4. Sallie, who married Dunbar 
Day. 

5. Josephine, who married 
Thomas Dalton. 

6. John M., who married Eliza- 
beth Hudson. 

7. Willis H, who married Dora 
Bateman. 



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8. Providence, who married Geo. 
Coleman. 

Four of these heads of families were 
living in October, 1911, when the 
writer interviewed Mr. Willis H. 
Chapman at the Planters in this city, 
after taking a drive out to the Jackson 
cemetery, and taking a drink from 
the Jackson spring nearby. He said: 
"I belong to the Mason branch of the 
Jackson family, most of whom live in 
Indiana. My home is at Booneville, 
Ind. I was born January 7, 1854, 
near Charleston, "Mississippi county, 
Mo. I was married March 30, 1883, 
at Booneville, Ind., to Miss Dora 
Bateman, daughter of Samuel Bate- 
man of Amherst county, Virginia. lam 
traveling salesman for the Reid Phos- 
phate Company of Nashville, Tenn., 
and New Albany, Ind. We have four 
children: 

1. Ray, born in 1885, 

2. Max B., born in 1887. 

3. Chester W., born in 1890. 

4. Samuel E., born in 1893. 

My brother, John M. Chapman, is 
married and lives at Poplar Bluff, 
Mo. He has a family. ' ' 

Quoting from Mrs. Mag. Harris' 
letter we get some interesting history 
of this branch of the family. She 
says: "My father, John Henderson 
Mason, when a young man on his way 
from Virginia to Kentucky in 1807 
with his father's family, wanted 
Grandfather Mason to settle at the 
Falls of the Ohio, as it was then call- 
ed, where the city of Louisville now 
stands. It was then a dense wilder- 



ness. One lone log cabin was the 
only house for miles and miles. He 
said they could have bought land for 
25 cents an acre. Just think of it — a 
city now of several hundred thousand 
inhabitants! But it was what they 
termed low and marshy. Grandfather 
said: "No, we would all die of 
swamp fever, if we stay here." 
Grandmother Mason's maiden name 
was Henderson, hence the name 
Henderson, so common in our family. 
My mother you know was Elizabeth 
Jackson of Scotch-Irish descent. She 
was the oldest of a family of twelve 
children, nine girls and three boys. 
Her mother was a Miss Rhodes, orig- 
inally from Pennsylvania. Grand- 
father, Christopher Jackson, was 
raised in North Carolina. Few of his 
descendants, I guess, know that he 
was an own cousin of General Andrew 
Jackson of Military fame, and later 
President of the U. S. Grandpa 
Jackson gave my mother a farm on 
Hall's creek, ten miles north of Hart- 
ford, Ky., where my parents lived for 
many years, then moved to Hardins- 
burg, Hardin county, Ky., where 
father engaged in merchandising. 
After a few years he was entirely 
broken up by his partner — Flanagan — 
who converted everything into money 
and ran away, leaving your grand- 
father all the debts to pay. He then 
went to Cloverport on the Ohio river, 
and from there to Henderson, Ky. 
Here they started a boarding house 
and were doing well — making money 
right along — when your grandfather 
became restless and moved to Green- 



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ville, Ky., and again embarked in the 
Dry Goods business to be again brok- 
en up. In moving from Cloverport 
to Henderson they made the trip in 
March on a flat boat and were driven 
by a storm into Rockport, Indiana, 
where they were detained for 
several days. I have often heard 
mother speak of their stay there and 
tell how she enjoyed taking the little 
children — there were but four chil- 
dren then — and clambering over rocks 
and cliffs. She was fond of adven- 
ture and really enjoyed that move. 
From Greenville they returned to 
Hall's Creek where Grandpa Jackson 
again gave them a start in life. Here 
they lived until I was about four years 
old— 1838. They then bought the 
farm near Hartford, the only home I 
remember anything about. In their 
early married life they had lived for 
several years in Hartford. 

If you make a trip to Ohio county 
don't fail to go and see Alexander 
Ellis. He is the only descendant of 
the family living in their native coun- 
ty — a whole-souled, good man, and 
devoted to his kin. He has quite a 
family of boys of whom he is justly 
proud. If you get that near to me 
and don't come to see me, I will cer- 
tainly be disappointed in you. 

6. Jane was born about 1821, mar- 
ried Joel Ellis in 1843. They were 
the parents of four children: 1. Alex- 
ander C; 2. Charles Henderson; 
3. Elvira, and 4. Joseph Mason. All 
but Joseph became heads of families. 
Sister Jane died in 1884; she had 



spent all of her married life in Ohio 
county, Ky., the place of her birth. 
She is buried in a lovely spot, select- 
ed by herself, beside her husband and 
children, awaiting the trumpet's call, 
when all in their graves shall come 
forth to meet the Lord in the air. She 
lived in the service of her Master. 
To do His will was meat and drink to 
her. I say it without fear of contra- 
diction that she was one of the very 
best women I ever knew. 

7. Mary Providence, always called 
Mollie, was born in 1827, married at 
the age of 21, to Hamilton Ayers, of 
Davis county, Ky. Our mother made 
her home with Sister Mollie from 
1848 until the day of her death, in 
1866. She was the mother of eight 
children, the youngest being only six 
months old when Mollie died. 

8. Henry, married Miss Hamilton, 
of Kentucky. (No record of his fam- 
ily has been furnished. K.) 

9. Margaret Elizabeth, born Octo- 
ber 28, 1832. Married Capt. -John 
Harris of Kentucky. Quoting her let- 
ter again, she says: "I am living in 
the home my husband brought me to 
forty-four years ago last March, (1900) 
a home very dear to me. Here we 
spent our short married life, 12 years. 
Here my two children were born. 
Here my husband passed away, Sept. 
13, 1868. Here my children were 
married, and here they are wont to 
gather with their children at the old 
homestead. My oldest daughter, 
Laura Harris Briscoe, was born Feb- 



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ruary 19, 1857. She has five children; 
Margaret Louise, aged 18; Ellen, aged 
14; Henry, aged 11; Rachel, aged 8; 
and the baby. 

"My son, Henry Mason Harris, was 
born April 7, 1862; married in Novem- 
ber, 1887. He has one child, a little 
girl, Jane Elizabeth, now only three 
years old. 

"My farm is four miles west of 
Morganfield, Ky., in a lovely and fer- 
tile country. Laura and her husband, 
Mr. Briscoe, join me on the west. 
Their home is only a quarter of a mile 
distant. Henry, my son, lives in 
Morganfield. My home is a big eight 
room house, with three halls and five 
porches, all old-timey, but very com- 
fortable. A man cultivates my farm 
of 160 acres and has for the past 28 
years. Now I have written you twen. 
ty pages — at two sittings — I will spare 
your nerves and your patience for a 
future infliction. Answer this and 
let me know if you survive it. 
Lovingly Your Aunt, 
Maggie E. Harris. 
Morganfield, Ky., June 5 and 6, 1900. 

The writer of this interesting letter, 
full of just such facts as make the his- 
torian happy, was a niece of the late 
Julius C. Jackson, of Pike county, 
Mo., and therefore a cousin to all his 
children, and the children of Mrs. 
Providence Eidson of this County, 
and those of her sister, Mrs. Rachel 
Chilton, of Randolph county, Mo. 
Among the latter I mention Judge 
Zachariah Chilton, of Randolph coun- 
ty, Mo. 



Julius Caesar Jackson. 



CHAPTER FOURTH. 

Julius C. Jackson was born near 
Hartford, Ohio county, Kentucky, on 
October 7, 1793. He was the second 
child and the oldest son of Christo- 
pher and Catherine Jackson. He 
grew up on his father's farm, with 
scarcely any educational advantages, 
beyond his home training. He was 
reared a practical farmer, and never 
abandoned his calling. At the age of 
nineteen, at the call of his country, he 
enlisted as a soldier under General 
Andrew Jackson, his cousin. As lads 
they had often exchanged visits and 
were quite fond of each other; the 
sterling qualities held in common 
formed a bond of union. As lieuten- 
ant of his company he was present 
and took part in the memorable battle 
of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. 
He heard the orders from his com- 
mander "not to fire until his men 
could see the whites of the eyes" of 
their would-be captors. After the 
war closed he returned to his home 
and resumed his place on his father's 
farm. 

It was customary in those days to 
gather the products of the farm to- 
gether in the fall, and loading a flat 
boat, ship them to the New Orleans 
market, usually two men accompany- 
ing the boat. After the cargo, which 
consisted of grain, poultry, eggs, but- 
ter and whatever could be spared 
from the farm, had been disposed of 
and the money secreted about their 



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persons, a scrub horse or pony was 
bought, on which one of them would 
ride while tbe other walked on their 
return trip. 

This custom prevailed for several 
years, and good results were realzed. 

HIS MARRIAGE. 
On January 30th, 1819, Julius C. 
Jackson was married to Miss Harriet 
McCreary, daughter of Elijah Mc- 
Creary, near Owensboro, Davis coun- 
ty, Kentucky. The bride was a na- 
tive of Clark county, Kentucky, born 
November 9th, 1800. She belonged 
to a family which boasts of many dis- 
tinguished names in a state noted for 
its men of renown, both in civil and 
military life. Senator Thomas Mc- 
Creary and Governor Robert McCrea- 
ry and Representative James B. Mc- 
Creary were her cousins in the first 
degree. 

Soon after their marriage Mr. Jack- 
son made another trip to the southern 
market. This time he had gathered 
an unusually large cargo, adding to 
his own produce a considerable quan- 
tity by purchase. This, however, was 
an unfortunate trip, as the boat was 
sunk and the entire cargo lost. 

The men escaped by swimming to 
an island, from which they were res- 
cued after several hours of exposure, 
chilled and almost frozen. 

From this exposure both men con- 
tracted a fever and in this condition 
lay for several weeks before they 
were able to return. By this time the 
scant amount of money which each 



carried with him for expenses had 
been exhausted and both of them 
walked home. 

One morning, late in the fall, the 
young wife, who had almost given up 
her husband as lost — no report having 
reached her as to the result of the 
trip — saw a ragged, trampish looking 
man approaching the house and the 
colored woman to whom she had call- 
ed, exclaimed, "Lawd! that's Marse 
Julius! ' ' and the yellow dog gave em- 
phasis to her expression by rushing 
out to meet him. 

Mr. Jackson tired, faint and hungry 
met his wife with these words: "Har- 
riet, I have lost everything." "You 
are. mistaken, Mr. Jackson," washer 
quick response, "you are alive yet; 
and we'll raise another crop next 
year." And they did; and nothing 
daunted by his failure took it to New 
Orleans with fine success. 

This incident is recorded as an illus- 
tration of the pluck and indomitable 
will possessed by both husband and 
wife in the very face of defeat. 

On receipt of a letter from his fath- 
er urging him to come to Missouri, he 
began in April, 1831, to make prepara- 
tions for the trip. Having disposed 
of his home and most of his personal 
property he left Kentucky in July, 
1831, with a simple outfit, of three 
wagons drawn by oxen, containing 
all their possessions, and two horses 
for the relief of the different members 
of the party when they became tired 
on the way, for Pike county, Missouri, 



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in anticipation of meeting his father 
alive. One wagon contained his own 
family, consisting of his wife and four 
small children, viz: Attella, Cortes, 
Columbus and Marcella. Another 
contained several of the family ser- 
vants, faithful helpers on the route 
and ever afterward. 

On the first day of October they ar- 
rived at Bowling Green, Mo., where 
for the first time they learned the sad 
news of the death of Christopher 
Jackson, which occurred in the month 
of July, previous. 

Sickness in his family had compel- 
led him to stop over in St. Charles 
county and nurse his children through 
an attack of measels. His oldest child, 
Attella, in the tenth year of her age, 
was dangerously ill and her life almost 
despaired of at this time. And in af- 
ter life she often expressed the opinion 
that it was this illness and the expos- 
ure incident to camp life in the month 
of September that prevented her ever 
afterwards from enjoying robust 
health. 

On the following day they complet- 
ed their journey of over two months, 
and drew up at the log cabin formerly 
occupied by his father. With the as- 
sistance of his mother he assumed 
control of his father's large estate. 
In those days Christopher Jackson 
was considered a wealthy man. 

BUILDS BEAUTIFUL RESIDENCE. 

In the year 1832 Julius Jackson be- 
came the owner of a saw and grist 
mill located on Noix Creek, south of 



the Fritz house. The ditch that rep- 
resents the mill race is still to be seen. 
Patrons of this mill came from Lin- 
coln, Montgomery and Ralls counties, 
a distance of thirty and forty miles. 
At this mill was sawed the lumber for 
the first steam flour mill erected in 
Louisiana. Here he sawed the lum- 
ber with which he constructed the 
dwelling house in which he and his 
family lived the remainder of his life, 
and which was the home of his widow 
until her death in 1887— a period of 
fifty-five years. 

This house was considered one of 
the finest residences of its day in the 
county. Here his three daughters 
married — Attella to Capt. George Bar- 
nard of St. Louis; Marcella to Hon. 
Thomas M. Gunter of Fayetteville, 
Ark., and Belina to James E. Carstar- 
phen of Louisiana, Mo. 

Julius C. Jackson was known and 
is remembered as a man of remarka- 
able energy and force of character; as 
a man of the strictest integrity of pur- 
pose in all matters of business; as the 
soul of honor. As a farmer he was 
the very soul of industry, and, as a 
result, thrifty and successful. Dur- 
ing the winter months with a force of 
men, mostly colored, his ax could be 
heard at sun-rise ringing in the forest 
west of this city, clearing off the 
trees, splitting rails, building fences 
and extending the limits of his tillable 
land. On rainy and bad days much 
of his time was spent in his improvis- 
ed tool-shop sharpening and mending 
his farm implements, making new ax- 



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helves, and setting all in first-class 
order for ready use. More than one 
of his friends that he thought would 
appreciate it, received for a Christmas 
gift one of his extra turned and finely 
polished ax-handles. 

HIS PROVERBIAL HOSPITALITY. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson had a large 
circle of friends and relatives among 
whom may be mentioned the Von 
Phuls, Tesons, Wayman Crow and 
Phocion R. McCreary of St. Louis. 
The Barnards, including the four 
brothers, John, Charles, William and 
George and their two sisters, Maria 
and Arabella, also of St. Louis, and 
Wm. A. Hargardine and his family, a 
member of the old and wealthy mer- 
cantile house of Crow, McCreary & 
Company. Miss Hosmer, the noted 
sculptress and Dr. Wm. G. Elliott, 
chancellor of Washington university 
and pastor of the Unitarian church in 
St. Louis, and Mrs. John S. Phelps of 
Springfield, Mo. 

At the Jackson home, year after 
year, they received and entertained 
their large circle of acquaintances 
with a generous and unpretentious 
hospitality. Ministers of the gospel, 
notably Jacob Creath and Dr. W. H. 
Hopson made their home with them 
while holding meetings in this city. 

Mrs. Jackson was fond of relating 
an incident, not in her own life, but 
in that of Mrs. John S. Phelps whose 
husband was then a member of con- 
gress and later governor of Missouri. 
As an instance of female energy and 
business capacity it measured up with 



her own ideal. On removing from 
Fayetteville to Missouri she learned 
there was no church of her choice 
within forty miles of her new home. 
Summoning her farm hands from the 
field she soon had a house built and 
entering her carriage drove forty miles 
to secure a minister, Robert Graham, 
of Fayetteville, Ark. 




MRS. HARRIET JACKSON. 

It was in 1845, at a meeting held in 
this city by Jacob Creath and George 
Watters that both Mr. and Mrs. Julius 
Jackson became members of the 
Christian church. Their daughter, 
Attella, was the first member of the 
family to become a member of that 
church, which she did in 1837 at the 
organization of the first congregation 



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of that church in the county, At the 
meeting held in 1845 George Barnard 
and Williiam Luce also united. This 
little band soon afterward decided to 
build a house of worship, and Julius 
Jackson and Wm. Luce were the com- 
mittee to superintend the building of 
a brick house on Third street now oc- 
cupied by the Press-Journal building. 
They were the trustees and with 
George Barnard and I. N. Bryson were 
the chief contributors to the building 
fund. 

The bell that hangs in the belfry on 
Sixth and South Carolina streets was 
purchased in 1853 by that committee. 
"We selected it after having tried 
every bell in the St. Louis foundry, 
because of its clear and silvery tone, ' ' 
said a member of that committee. It 
has summoned to worship his children 
and grandchildren to the fifth genera- 
tion and still rings out as clear as it 
did fifty years ago. For several years 
previous to his death Mr. Jackson was 
an elder of this congregation. He 
passed away peacefully and with per- 
fect resignation at his home near this 
city on September 26th, 1869, in the 
seventy-sixth year of his age. 

The following incident in his life is 
a subject of historic record. It occur- 
red in the year 1811, when he was 
eighteen years of age, and shows the 
fearless courage and determination 
that characterized his later life. 

The citizens of his neighborhood in 
Kentucky, on returning from church 
one Sunday missed a girl from their 
party who had carelessly loitered be- 



hind to gather blackberries. The men 
suspecting the presence of Indians 
turned back with rifles in hand — as it 
was their custom to attend church in 
those days with their guns — and began 
a hunt for the girl. In relating this 
incident to his grandchildren, Mr. 
Jackson said: "We had not gone far 
through the brush, before we saw a 
moccasin mark, only a single foot- 
print here and there, but that did not 
indicate with certainty the number of 
Indians in the party that had kidnap- 
ped the girl. We knew that Indians 
often disguised their number by each 
walking for some distance in the track 
of the leader. 

"Within half a mile of the spot 
where the girl was missed, we found 
a fragment of her dress hanging on a 
bush, and before the close of the day 
two more scraps of the same dress 
were found by our party. We knew 
by this sign that the Indians were go- 
ing north, and we continued our pur- 
suit. We followed the trail of this 
party of Indians until we reached the 
borders of Canada. We then gave up 
the hunt and returned to our home in 
Kentucky. ' ' I will add as the sequel 
to this story; the girl was ransomed 
later and brought home. 

The family of Julius C. Jackson 
consisted of three daughters and five 
sons. They were: Attella, the oldest, 
who married George Barnard, of St. 
Louis; Cortes, who married Julia 
Waters, of Ralls county, Mo.; Colum- 
bus, who married Virginia Apple- 
burry, of Pike county, Mo.; Marcella, 



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who married Thos. M. Gunter, of 
Fayetteville, Arkansas; Belina, who 
married James E. Carstarphen, of 
Louisiana, Mo.; Henry Clay, who 
married Sue E. Chadwick, of Lafay- 
ette county, Mo.; Euler, who died at 
the age of 13 years, and Phocion, who 
died in childhood, (aged 6 years.) 

Henry Jackson, of Miller county, 
Mo., is the only surviving member of 
the family; Elder Cortes Jackson, the 
oldest son, having recently passed 
away at his home in Denver, Colo- 
rado. 



Mrs. Julius C. Jackson. 



CHAPTER FIFTH. 



Mrs. Harriet Jackson, the name by 
which she was generally known, is 
remembered as a woman of unusual 
force of character, noted for her cheer- 
fullness, her energy and her business 
capacity. Her memory is still cher- 
ished as one of the most extraordina- 
ry women in Pike county in her day. 

Many of her deeds and expressions 
are worthy of record in this sketch. 
On one occasion she visited a sick col- 
ored man, who had been given his 
freedom, and found him in almost a 
hopeless condition; his life having 
been despaired of by his physician. 
Yet he manifested great joy on seeing 
her and reaching out his hand to her 
he said, "Law'd, Miss Harriet, if I 
could be out under your oak trees 
and drink buttermilk, I'd get well." 



On her return home she said to her 
husband: "Dora wants to be brought 
out here." Mr. Jackson, who always 
looked at the practical side of things, 
replied: "Dr. Blank says he is as good 
as dead now, you let him alone where 
he is." 

Nothing daunted she walked back 
to town that afternoon, rented a 
lounge at Mijamin Templeton's, the 
only furniture store in the town, hir- 
ed two stout colored men and handing 
her umbrella to one of them, said: 
"You go down to where Dora lives 
and bring him out to my house on this 
lounge, in the cool of the evening, 
and don't forget to carry that umbrel- 
la over him all the way. ' ' Her order 
was carried out and a few hours later 
the sick man could be seen lying in 
the shade of the oak trees, drinking 
buttermilk. He got well, in spite of 
the doctor's prediction, and lived sev- 
eral years. To his dying day he de- 
clared that his recovery was due to 
the trees and the buttermilk. 

Another incdent that illustrates this 
phase of her character: Soon after 
the county road from Louisiana to 
Bowling Green had been changed 
from the front of the Jackson resi- 
dence to the rear or north side, (its 
present site,) Mrs. Jackson said to her 
husband: "This chicken house and all 
the out-houses should be moved from 
the prominent places they now occu- 
py to the other side of the house." 
Mr. Jackson replied: "They are on 
good foundations, and I have no time 
to fool with them." Next morning 



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on getting out of bed — and before the 
sun was up — looking out of his win- 
dow he beheld a strange sight. It 
was a house going around the house 
on rollers! Following his wife into 
the dining room, he said: "Harriet, 
you are a wonderful woman!" After 
speaking to him the night previous, 
she had quietly gone down to the col- 
ored quarters and told the men, four 
in number, that those houses must be 
moved next day to a spot she had al- 
ready selected and that if they needed 
other help, to get it, and be up and at 
work at daybreak. 

With all his vim and force of char- 
acter, Mr. Jackson never failed to rec- 
ognize and acknowledge his wife's 
supremacy in matters pertaining to 
the house and home, and gracefully 
submitted to her judgment. 

When a girl, Mrs. Jackson lived 
neighbor to Audubon, the great natu- 
ralist, and remembered the occasion 
when this distinguished man, while 
eating at a table drawn in front of an 
open window, suddenly sprang to his 
feet and mounted over the table and 
out through the open window, having 
seen a strange bird alight on a limb 
near by, and without returning to the 
house, followed that bird far into the 
south — his trip occupying four 
months. By this time, as no tidings 
came from him, his wife and friends 
mourned him as dead. He returned 
home, however, as suddenly as he 
had left, having a full history of the 
bird — its habits, its nature and its sur- 
roundings. 



She also remembered hearing the 
distinguished and eccentric Lorenzo 
Dow preach at Hopkinsville, Ken- 
tucky, when she was a girl. On this 
occasion, his sermon had been an- 
nounced six months in advance. At 
the appointed hour, twelve o'clock, 
the court house was filled with an ex- 
pectant crowd. 

Promptly at the hour, a strange 
man with soiled and bespattered 
clothing appeared in the pulpit, an- 
nounced his text and began his ser- 
mon. On account of swollen streams 
and other hindrances he had been 
compelled to walk thirty miles, get- 
ting up before day, to fill his appoint- 
ment. He was known far and wide 
for his punctuality, and, 'tis said, nev- 
er disappointed an audience. 

Another incident in her life illus- 
trates the old maxim so dear to her, 
"Where there's a will there's a way." 
On one occasion when relatives from 
Arkansas and Kentucky had filled 
their house to overflowing in the 
month of October, they received 
a letter ' from Judge Blank, of St. 
Louis, stating that he would be in 
Louisiana the next day, and would 
spend the night with them. On read- 
ing the letter, Mr. Jackson said: "Har- 
riet, we'll have to let him go to the 
hotel. Every room in the house is 
full and our boys are sleeping in the 
barn loft." She replied: "Mr. Jack- 
son, we never yet have treated any of 
our friends that way. You give me 
Jim, (one of the colored men) and a 
team for half a day, and I'll fix for 



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him." "Very well, you can have 
them." 

The judge arrived on schedule time, 
and after supper when bed time came 
he was shown out into the yard at the 
end of the main building, where a 
large outside flue went up, to a little 
room, six by eight feet, which she had 
built, with Jim's assistance, that day, 
from oak sapplings, set in the ground 
with clap-boards for siding and roof; 
a loose puncheon floor covered with 
strips of new rag carpet and in lieu 
of a door, a piece of the same mate- 
rial was hung in front of the opening; 
furnished with a good bed, an impro- 
vised wash stand made of a box turn- 
ed on end and neatly papered, a pitch- 
er and bowl from the boys' room, 
with an ample supply of fresh towels, 
a small looking glass and one chair. 
The flue added warmth to the apart- 
ment, as it was October days. 

When the judge heard that this 
room had been built that day specially 
for him, he was so delighted that he 
lengthened his visit several days be- 
yond what he had intended. And on 
leaving said to Mr. and Mrs. Jackson 
that he had never slept so well in all 
his life. 

The next visitor that was entertain- 
ed in that house, though not in the 
judge's spare room, was Mrs. Mary 
McCreary, a cousin of Mrs. Jackson, 
and the lady for whom the "Mary In- 
stitute" of St. Louis was named. She 
enjoyed the hospitality of the Jackson 
home on more than one occasion. 
Mrs. Acrata Hargadine, another cous- 



in, in company with her husband, Win. 
A. Hargadine, and her daughter, Mrs. 
Wm. H. Thompson, then a child, 
were visitors at intervals at the rural 
home of their "Kentucky cousin." 

"This entertainment," said Mrs. 
Jackson, "was not a one-sided affair. 
By no means. It was mutual. I en- 
joyed the hospitality of my St. Louis 
visitors almost every year. As soon 
as the boats came out in the spring I 
would go down and spend a week or 
more with them. I was no stranger 
at the home of Acrata Hargadine in 
those days. And every day I spent 
in that house Mr. Hargadine would 
send up something special for his vis- 
itor; frequently a carriage that his 
wife and I might have a drive to the 
park, or to Shaw's garden, or attend 
the matinee. He was a royal enter- 
tainer, and his daughters, Annie Lou, 
and her younger sisters would vie 
with each other every morning and 
evening as to which one of them 
should show me the most attention — 
lacing or unlacing my shoes, dressing 
my hair or putting fresh flowers on 
the table in "Cousin Harriet's" room. 

Mr. Hargadine observed the scrip- 
tural rule, "to be fervent in business" 
for he never lost an hour from his 
desk, as manager of that large store 
of Crow, McCreary & Co., but he cer- 
tainly knew how to treat his friends 
when they called on him. His was a 
cultured family, and so were the fam- 
ilies of Wayman Crow and Phocion 
McCreary, and I know by the treat- 
ment they gave me that they were all 



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pleased to have me and members of 
my family visit them. It was not 
simply returning their visits, we were 
entertained, edified and delighted." 

His two oldest sons, Cortes and 
Columbus, were "chips off the old 
block," but with temperaments as 
different almost as the poles. Cortes, 
the quiet, studious, amiable lad, when 
sought was usually found in his room 
with a book or magazine; while Col- 
umbus, "the irrepressible," was out 
in the woods with the boys hunting 
and climbing and having a boy's typi- 
cal good time. In one of his boyish 
adventures he fell and broke his leg. 
His father cared for him by bandag- 
ing and splinting his leg and putting 
him to bed to await nature's aid in re- 
pairing a broken bone. On the fol- 
lowing day many of his companions 
and even colored children called to 
see him, for Columbus always "full 
of life and mischief," was a general 
favorite. He complained to his father 
that the children jarred the floor as 
they walked over it and that it caused 
him severe pain, and yet he was un- 
willing for his father to forbid them 
from visiting him. A novel plan was 
adopted for his relief. The room was 
built of hewed logs, weather-boarded. 
Into one of these logs Mr. Jackson 
bored large holes and drove strong 
wooden pegs, on which he construct- 
ed a bed and placed Columbus on it. 
The pain was relieved and the chil- 
dren passed in and out with impunity. 
To have denied him the presence of 
his chums, said his mother, for three 



or four weeks, would have been more 
than Columbus could endure. This 
illustrates Mr. Jackson's mechanical 
skill and ingenuity. 

What an inspiring influence the ex- 
ample of some men has over the lives 
of others, especially over those who 
have a mind to succeed. The power 
of the example of this pioneer, was 
clearly shown in the life of a colored 
boy, reared in the Jackson family. 
Never idle, always employed; in bad 
weather his time was spent making 
mats or bottoming chairs. To use his 
own words, this "kept him out of 
mischief." 

And what was the result? Before 
his death, which occurred a few years 
ago, he had, by thrift and integrity, 
amassed a competence, and had some- 
thing to give to every worthy cause. 
With a comfortable home near this 
city, surrounded by broad acres of 
fertile land, well stocked, his hospi- 
tality was known throughout the 
country. He had his beef, his bunch 
of fat hogs, his Jersey cows, his tur- 
keys and his Plymouth Rocks, his or- 
chard, his garden and his bees, all of 
which contributed to the health and 
happiness of his family and of his 
friends. 

By special invitation Mrs. Jackson 
visited him and his family on one of 
his birthdays — she was greatly pleas- 
ed with the appearance of everything 
on his farm, the orchard, the garden, 
the milk house, etc., and seeing every- 
thing in good order she said as she 
was leaving: "Jordan, I am proud of 



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you. Proud of your success in life, 
and that you still have the habit of 
good management that you had when 
you lived at your old place." 

Jordan replied: "How could it be 
otherwise, when I learned to live this 
way from you and Mr. Jackson? I 
have never seen the time that I want- 
ed to give up that habit." Blessed 
man, his example too, still lives and 
will grow brighter as the years roll on. 

Without intending to distract in the 
least, from any of the strong traits of 
character which shone so prominently 
in the life of Mrs. Harriet Jackson, 
the writer may be pardoned for ex- 
pressing the opinion that the crown- 
ing virtue in her strong character was 
her philosophy in time of affliction. 
She had passed through deep waters 
in the loss of two of her children, 
Phocion, aged six, and Euler, aged 
thirteen years. It was her custom in 
pleasant weather to visit the spot 
where their little bodies lay beneath 
the soil, taking with her two of her 
little granddaughters, Hattie C. and 
Mary B., and while these little girls 
gathered wild flowers and played be- 
side the banks of the babbling brook, 
which they called their "little river," 
that flows from the Jackson spring, 
beneath the gravel road and on into 
Noix Creek — it was her custom, I say, 
to sit beneath that grand old oak in 
the Jackson cemetery in a rustic 
chair, placed there by loving hands 
for her comfort, and spend hours in 
knitting or sewing and occasionally 
humming a stanza of some familiar 



hymn, while she communed in thought 
with the spirits of her departed chil- 
dren. 

"When the hour came for us to re- 
turn to our homes," said one of her 
company, "we entered the buggy with 
grandma with happy cheerful faces, 
having spent a pleasant time, and 
grandma's face was as bright and ra- 
diant as if she had spent the day in 
the company of angels. The impres- 
sion made upon our minds by her 
bright and cheery countenance, free 
from tears, and without a cloud of 
sorrow, has been a pleasant memory 
throughout my life. We felt that it 
was good to be there and we were 
ever ready to go again with grand- 
ma." 

It was a divine philosophy that fill- 
ed her mind and upheld her through 
all the afflictions of life, whether her 
own or of others. If a death occur- 
red in the family of a friend, or a 
neighbor was dangerously ill, she was 
soon on her way to the house of afflic- 
tion. And she was ever a welcome 
visitor on those occasions because of 
her well known cheerfulness and 
sympathy, as well as her wise sug- 
gestions. The light of her genial face, 
with her kind words and sympathetic 
nature brought joy to the heart of the 
afflicted. She was there to comfort 
and to cheer, and like the great phy- 
sician she ministered to all alike. No 
wonder that Dr. W. G. Elliott, the 
Unitarian minister of St. Louis, after 
witnessing her calm and cheerful life 
and listening to her expressions of 



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trust and hope, and confidence in the 
immortality of the soul and beholding 
her sympathy, as expressed in deeds 
for the afflicted, should dedicate a 
copy of his little book, "The Philoso- 
phy of Affliction, to my friend, Mrs. 
Harriet Jackson." Having passed 
through a similar ordeal in the loss of 
his favorite son he wrote this little 
book, and a copy of it, dedicated as 
above, lay on the stand beside her 
family Bible for many years and was 
read with profit and pleasure by many 
a visitor at the Jackson home. 

Another incident in her life, one in 
which the writer was an eye and ear 
witness, is worthy of a place in this 
sketch. It illustrates the fact that she 
usually took her "good common 
sense" along with her when she went 
calling, and never left it at home. 
She had called at the home of an old- 
time friend in this city, for the pur- 
pose of spending a social hour, as was 
her custom to do in good weather, 
with many of her old acquaintances. 
On being told that the lady was not at 
home, but had left soon after dinner 
to go to the cemetery with fresh flow- 
ers for her son's grave, she drove out 
to the City of the Dead. As she was 
entering the wide gate the writer's 
attention was attracted to her and 
with a view of looking after her safe- 
ty at so late an hour (5 o'clock) in the 
afternoon he rode up to her buggy. 
There she sat listening to the sobs of 
a lady prostrate upon a grave not far 
away. It was a mother, grieving for 
a brilliant and idolized son, and appar- 



ently she refused to be comforted. 
She seemed uncontrollable in her 
grief as she stretched her body upon 
the grave of her son and wept aloud. 
I shall never forget the scene, nor the 
impression made upon me by this in- 
cident. 

Mrs. Jackson at length; could stand 
it no longer, and getting out of her 
buggy she walked briskly over to the 
spot and taking the lady by the arm 
said to her: "Come, M — , you forget 
that you owe a debt to the living as 
well as the dead. You have been 
here long enough. You can do R — no 
good by staying here. Come, let me 
take you home. It will soon be time 
for your husband and your sons to 
come in, and it makes a great differ- 
ence with men if they don't find a 
comfortable supper when they come 
home. Come and get ready to enjoy 
a good supper yourself. I tell you, 
M — , you have no right to endanger 
your own health by sitting longer on 
this cold ground. You must think of 
the living as well as the dead. The 
living will need your services tomor- 
row, and for days to come." 

After a little persuasion the lady 
was induced to enter the buggy, and 
in a few minutes they were at her 
home. Mrs. Jackson remained and 
took supper with the family and by 
her presence and cheerful conversa- 
tion, comforted the lady and caused 
her to forget, for a time, her sorrow. 
She was happy as she rode home, be- 
cause she felt that "the low descend- 



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ing sun, viewed from her hand, a 
worthy action done." 

This was not the only time that she 
remonstrated with her old-time friend 
for endangering her health by remain- 
ing so long on different occasions, at 
the grave of her favorite son. Nor 
was it the only time that she succeed- 
ed in calling her back to the debt she 
owed to the living. 

AN INCIDENT ILLUSTRATING HER 
THOUGHTFUL KINDNESS. 

In the month of August, 1887, a 
birthday picnic was given to a little 
great-grandson. She attended the 
picnic, which was given near Noix 
creek. When the children gathered 
in and the cloth was spread she was 
invited to inspect the table, laden with 
fruit, melons and good things, while 
the coffee boiled nearby. A shadow 
was seen to cross her face. "Why, 
grandma don't you like the table?" 
was asked. "Yes, it is beautiful, but 
if it was my table I would stop every 
man that went by here and give him 
something." (The cloth had been 
spread near where the county road 
forked — one road leading off up the 
creek and the other over the hills.) 
"It is your table Grandma, let's do 
that," was answered. So every team- 
ster was stopped, and eight men lined 
up to eat supper with the children. 

One of the men said: "Mrs. Jack- 
son, you don't remember me, but I do 
you. When I was a little boy I was 
sent on an errand to Mr. Jackson's 
mill. It rained, my feet were soak- 



ing, and you made me come in and 
dry out by your fire-place. Seeing 
how wet I was you gave me a pair of 
blue socks, your own knitting. I had 
always worn gray before, and I want 
to tell you that I have the tops to those 
socks yet, carefully saved — and more 
than forty years have passed. I also 
remember the good hot supper you 
gave me that night. " The picnic was 
enjoyed by all, and the coffee held 
out. 

ANOTHER INCIDENT. 
She was a humanitarian, and was 
thoughtful of the welfare and comfort 
alike of all God's creatures. None of 
the domestic animals escaped her at- 
tention. Once when passing by a 
newly established factory in this city 
she observed an old blind mule being 
worked in a tread mill. She stopped, 
and after she had gone through and 
inspected the plant, and purchased 
some articles she remarked to the pro- 
prietor, "That mule looks right old to 
be working." "Yes, madam, but it is 
the best I can do," said the man. 
"Well, you send that mule out to my 
good blue grass pasture every Satur- 
day night and let it stay until Monday 
morning free of charge. ' ' He prom- 
ised to do so. The mule was sent out 
and could be seen every Sunday 
throughout the summer and fall graz- 
ing in her pasture. A few weeks af- 
terward the man sent her a beautiful 
glazed butter jar, a dozen milk crocks 
and several flower pots, thereby 
showing his appreciation of her kind- 
ness. 



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HER HABITS OF LIFE. 

She always kept peafowls, saying 

they were such proud, beautiful birds. 

She loved to see them strutting around 

and soaring to the highest tree tops. 

She was invariably an early riser. 
She approved the motto: "Early to 
bed and early to rise," for all for 
whom it was possible; and practiced 
it to the close of her life. To this cus- 
tom she attributed much of her good 
health, having never spent seven con- 
secutive days in bed from illness. As 
a result she was hearty and active 
and energetic in the performance of 
everything she put he hands to, and 
as cheerful as she was energetic. 

She was a great lover of nature and 
thought nothing more glorious than a 
sunrise. She felt that there was a 
tonic in the morning air that no drug 
could furnish and so expressed her- 
self to all her household. 

Her dress was characteristic of the 
woman, plain and neat; on occasions 
elegant. Made without ruffles, she 
laughingly would say: "A ruffle 
would go a good ways toward making 
another." With mutton legged 
sleeves her "very best" was always 
a satin, brown or black, and with her 
pretty white lace cap looked elegant 
indeed. 

AN INCIDENT THAT ILLUSTRATES 
HER COMMON SENSE. 

Coming home from town one day 
on her pony she met Dr. Blank, who 
said to her, "Mrs. Jackson, you have 
not been out to see Mr. B — . " "I 



hadn't heard that he was sick," she 
replied. "Yes, he has typhoid fever 
and there is no hope for him, he is 
going to die, ' ' said the doctor. She 
went directly out to see him. On en- 
tering the sick room the man recog- 
nized her, and as she took his hand 
he said, "Water! Water!" Someone 
present said at once: "No, he can't 
have it, the doctor has forbidden it." 
She answered him, saying: "Be quiet, 
I'll give you some directly." In a few 
minutes dinner was announced. She 
excused herself by saying to the fam- 
ily: "All of you go out and I'll sit here 
by him. ' ' When all had left the room 
she took a bucket and went to a 
spring nearby — this was before the 
days of cisterns — returning she gave 
him a small drink out of a gourd. 
"Now," she said, "turn over and go 
to sleep, and after while I'll give you 
some more. " He muttered "that was 
so good," and closed his eyes and 
went to sleep. 

When the family returned to the 
room they were much surprised to 
find him resting so quietly, and said 
that it was the first natural sleep he 
had had for several days. When he 
awoke she gave him another little 
drink; then with a promise that she 
would return early the next morning 
and give him another drink, she left. 
True to her word she visited him the 
next day and gave him more water. 

The man recovered and always said 
that he owed his life to that water. 
"Why, Mrs. Jackson," said one who 



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was present, "Weren't you afraid to 
go contrary to the doctor's orders?" 
"No, I wasn't. He said the man 
couldn't get well and I thought that 
he would die easier with a good drink 
of water than without it, and possibly 
it might help him to recover." 

On another occasion she was told 
by two doctors that a certain man 
would die without doubt. Next morn- 
ing about daylight she was surprised 
to hear that they were going to ampu- 
tate his leg. Mounting her pony she 
rode over to see him. As she enter- 
ed the room his face brightened, and 
reaching out his hand, he said: "Mrs. 
Jackson, they are going to take my 
leg off." "Don't you want it done?" 
she asked him. "No, madam," he 
said with emphasis, "I would rather 
die with it on." "Then I wouldn't 
have it done," said she. "But, the 
doctors are coming this morning to do 
it," he said. "I'll see them," she 
mildly replied. Later, she met them 
on the front porch, and said: "Gentle- 
men please leave your instruments 
out here; and let me speak to you for 
a moment. Both of you told me that 
this man is bound to die. He doesn't 
want his leg taken off; and he might 
just as well die with both legs on, as 
with one leg of f. " No operation was 
performed. The man recovered and 
lived for several years, and on every 
anniversary of that day, came to see 
her. 

HER VIEWS ON FINANCE. 
It was her firm conviction and be- 



lief that every young man and young 
woman who had reached the age of 
maturity should have something of 
their own, and that however small 
their income or wages, should put by 
a part for a bank account. That it 
would be a source of both pleasure 
and profit — an incentive to thrift and 
honesty, as well as a promoter of their 
own self respect. She was a woman 
of marked individuality and believed 
it proper for every one to cultivate 
and maintain this characteristic as far 
as possible. To do so, she believed 
that every citizen should have his own 
home. As she expressed it, "there is 
a freedom and a pleasure in your own 
home, that is to be found no where 
else, and that nothing else can give. ' ' 

She believed that money is, not a bad 
thing — not an evil — for if it is human 
nature is wrongly put up. That every 
man who is industrious and saving 
will have a competency. And that if 
he is fortunate enough to accumulate 
anything more he will have something 
to give to him that is in want. That 
in either event he will have made 
provision for old age. That every 
person should so live that they may 
not become a burden to others. With 
the poet she believed that "age and 
want are an ill-matched pair." 

Her strong natural perception gave 
her a keen insight into the great ques- 
tion of finance. With all the ques- 
tions asked and suggestions made to 
her in reference to her business 
affairs she never went back on com- 



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mon sense. And from her view-point 
it was not necessary for an honest 
and thrifty man to condemn himself 
because he was not a pauper. 

CONCLUSION. 
Many of her descendants have felt 
that a record of some of the incidents 
and personal experiences in her life 
was worthy of preservation, and that 
a sketch such as contained in this 
Memoir would constitute a just and 
loving tribute to her memory, and 
that of her husband — for having left 
the world richer and better for "their 
having lived. 

She was a woman who answered 
to a remarkable degree, the delinea- 
tion of the model woman, as given by 
Solomon, whose life had been "far 
above rubies." Such was she to her 
family, her friends and her neighbors, 
all of whose lives had been sweeten- 
ed, brightened and blessed by her 
cheerful and sunny disposition, and 
by the warm cordial welcomes receiv- 
ed at her home, where generous hos- 
pitality was always extended to all. 

She departed this life on Sunday, 
October 2, 1887. 

As the writer entered her room that 
morning the sun was rising. She was 
resting quietly as if asleep. Thinking 
it proper to arouse her, he said: 
"Wake up, Grandma; open your 
eyes, and see what a beautilul morn- 
ing it is. ' ' With her eyes still closed 
she said: "It is not half so beautiful 
as it is over there." 



In that solemn hour when the soul 
is hanging between two worlds, when 
the veil of earthly vision grows trans- 
parent with the dawning light of eter- 
nity, it may be that revealings through 
that veil are sometimes given. Selec- 
tions from the Psalmist were being 
read at her bedside, when a friend 
suggested that the reading might dis- 
turb her. "No, no," she said in a 
clear tone of voice. "Read on, read 
on, that's the most beautiful language 
in all the world to me. No sweeter 
words come to my ear." The read- 
ing was kept up at intervals at her re- 
quest, until it was apparent that her 
spirit was taking its flight — that the 
boatman with the silent stroke had 
taken her beyond our call — and in a 
few moments her tired feet had reach- 
ed the other shore — the "over there" 
of which she had spoken so exulting- 
ly in the early morning hour. 

Thus was she blessed, not only in 
life but in the day of her death — bless- 
ed in life with the respect, admiration 
and affection of those outside the 
family circle with whom she came in 
contact; loved and honored by her 
children and grandchildren as it falls 
to the lot of few women, and her 
memory cherished by all. Thus is 
she blessed in time and eternity, in 
this world and in the world to come, 
in life and in death. And now that 
she has passed to her reward in the 
Home above, we all realize that such 
a mother was a true gift of God to 
her children, to her grandchildren 
and to the world. I cannot close this 



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sketch more appropriately than in the 
language of Solomon, when describ- 
ing- the model woman: 

"She openeth her mouth with wis- 
dom; 
And the law of kindness is on her 
tongue. 

She looketh well to the ways of her 



household, 
And eateth not the bread of idleness. 
Her children rise up, and call her 
blessed; 
Her husband also and he praiseth 
her; 
Many daughters have done worthily, 
But thou excellest them all!" 



CHAPTER SIXTH. 




MRS. ATTELLA J. BARNARD. 
Mrs. Attella Barnard, oldest child 
of Julius C. Jackson, born May 28, 



1820, in Kentucky, died May 25, 1896, 
at her home in Louisiana, Mo. Mar- 
ried Capt. George Barnard of St. 



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Louis, July 16, 1840, at Louisiana, 
Mo. Spent ten years of her married 
life in St. Louis while her husband 
was actively engaged steamboating 
on the Mississippi; the last forty years 
at her home in Louisiana, Mo., where 
she enjoyed the love and affection of 
her devoted husband, children and 
grand children. 

She was a woman of rare culture 
and refinement; blending the simplic- 
ity of the child with the learning of 
the scholar. She was a woman of 
decided convictions on all matters re- 
ligious, moral and social. She was 
constantly abreast of the age on all 
the current topics of the day, wheth- 
er in literature, science or art. 

Her minister said, "She was a wise 
woman, and it gave me great pleas- 
ure to converse with her. Her be- 
nevolences were always wisely chos- 
en. No words of mine can picture 
'the faith in a living loving Provi- 
dence that made her life sublime." 
Her charities were never known to 
the public and yet they were many. 
A lady who had known her intimately 
for forty years said: "Mrs. Barnard 
was the most refined person I ever 
knew. I never heard an insinuation 
of coarseness from her in my life." 

On her golden wedding day, July 
16, 1890, in the quiet of her home, 
alone with God and her two little 
grandsons, she penned the following: 
"Fifty years! Can it be! What years 
to prepare! Have they been spent in 
caring for this or the next life? Have 



your sorrows chastened and by the 
grace of God, drawn you nearer the 
great Father? Where are those with 
whom this afternoon fifty years ago 
was spent? Have you hope of meet- 
ing them with the beloved companion 
of nearly fifty years? Surely such 
devotion as his was from Him who 
giveth all good. 0, God help me to 
look in faith and cheerful hope to the 
life beyond.." 

These reflections are reproduced 
that others may judge what an in- 
fluence the religion of Christ had on 
her heart for more than fifty years. 
Her opportunities for acquiring gen- 
eral knowledge during her married 
life were most favorable. Each day 
her husband usually spent an hour or 
more reading to her from some 
favorite author or magazine while she 
"enjoyed absolute rest," as she ex- 
pressed it free from care. 

She was the mother of eight child- 
ren, six of whom passed away in early 
childhood. The other two, Mary and 
Julia are still living. Julia the young- 
est child married Frank R. Chadwick 
and lives in Oakland, California. 
Mary, born in 1850 married Clay- 
ton Keith and lives at the old home- 
stead at Louisiana, Mo. She is the 
mother of four children, viz: Dr. 
Barnard C. and Dr. William F. of St. 
Louis; Leon G. of East St. Louis and 
Attella J. 

The writer desires to place him- 
self on record that no man ever had 
a kinder, more considerate or thought- 
ful mother-in-law than he. 



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In 1872, I met Mr. Hindman of 
Keokuk, Iowa, on a R. R. train out 
of St. Louis. He inquired if I knew 
Capt. Barnard and family of Louisi- 
ana, Mo. I said I did. He said: "His 
family and that of his brother, Charles 
Barnard, and my family were all very 
intimate while we lived in St. Louis, 
as intimate as if we were kinsfolk. I 
remember that Mr. and Mrs. George 
Barnard lost several beautiful child- 
ren in infancy and childhood. I think 
there were five or six of them, three 
girls and three boys. All little child- 
ren are sweet but these were espe- 
cially beautiful, I remember their 
faces as well as if they were my own 
children. We are Methodists, the 
Barnards are Christians, but we both 
share the same belief in reference to 
the fate of those little innocents, the 
sentiment so well expressed by Mrs. 
Hemans, ' Tis sweet in childhood to 
give back the spirit to it's Maker, 
'ere sin has placed the stamp of guilt 
upon the soul. ' And we rejoice that 
each little innocent has escaped a 
world of temptation and evil. Their 
names were as follows: 

Anna, aged 1 year, 6 months and 10 
days. 

Julius, aged 3 years and 10 months. 

Maria, aged 3 years, 4 months and 
27 days. 

Harriet, aged 17 days. 

Thos. Fithian, aged 5 months and 
8 days. 

A son, aged 3 hours. 

Five of their little bodies rest be- 
neath the spreading oak in the Jack- 



son cemetery near Louisiana, the 
sixth sleeps in the Barnard lot in Belle- 
fontaine cemetery near St. Louis, 
awaiting the resurrection morn. 

CORTES JACKSON. 

Cortes Jackson, oldest son of 
Julius C. Jackson, born in 1822 in 
Kentucky, died in Denver, Colorado, 
in 1908. Married Julia Watters in 
Ralls County, Mo., in 1842. Spent 
his life in Missouri, Arkansas and 
Colorado. He was a minister, and 
for many years partner with his 
brother, Columbus, in Fayetteville, 
Arkansas, in the mercantile business. 
He was a man who feared God, and 
all his dealings were just and honor- 
able. In Denver for 30 years he was 
associated with his son in business 
and preached for the congregation to 
which he belonged until age and ill- 
health forced him to retire from the 
pulpit. He was the author of sever- 
al books and a valued contributor to 
his church paper. The father of four 
children, viz: Vitella, Manetho C, 
Harriet and Homer. 

1. Vitella married I. C. Crose in 
1877, died in Denver in 1912. Be- 
came widely known from her work as 
a landscape painter in oil, receiving 
orders for her work from New York 
to California. Her daughter, Minnie, 
married Emeil Neff in 1903, in Den- 
ver. They have two children, Vi- 
tella and Frederick. 

2. Manetho C, born in 1859, mar- 
ried Eppie Moore, in Fayetteville, 
Ark. They have three children, viz: 



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Julia, Corwill and Marjorie. A suc- 
cessful business man, now a manu- 
facturer in Ludington, Michigan, 
where he manufactures a line of 
electric riveting and drilling ma- 
chines, his own patent, which are 
used in all the states of the union, al- 
so foreign countries. He invented 
the first electric rock drill put into 
commercial use in the world, with 
foreign offices at 7 to 11 Morgate 
street, E. C, London, England. 

His son Corwill, born June, 1881, 
married Maggie Nieman in 1904, in 
Denver, has two children, Mary 
Evelyn and Dorothy. He took up the 
electrical line and is now a prominent 
electrical engineer, being the invent- 
or of the electric drill now manu- 
factured and sold by the General 
Electric Co., with headquarters in 
New York, is treasurer and secre- 
tary of the Ajax Electric Co., he and 
his father owning the company with 
headquarters at Ludington, Michi- 
gan. 

Julia, oldest daughter of Manetho 
C, born May, 1886, married Dr. John 
C. Calhoun, December 24, 1915. 
Marjorie his youngest was born April, 
1892, in Denver. 

3. Harriet, married Thos. W. 
Shaw, an attorney of Fulton, Mo. 
Since his death she has lived in 
Seattle, Washington, for 16 years past 
with her brother, Homer. She is al- 
so a gifted artist, making a specialty 
of portrait painting and fine china, 
taking second premium at the World's 
Fair, held in St. Louis in 1904. She 



is president of the Woman's Art 
League of Washington and delivers 
lectures on Art in the principal cities 
of the state. Her address is 1528 
West Fifth Avenue, Seattle. 

4. J. Homer Jackson, the young- 
est child of Cortes Jackson, is engaged 
in general Sales Agency in Seattle. 
In a letter dated July 3, 1916, Manetho 
C. Jackson says: "My beloved wife, 
Eppie, passed away May 13, 1916. 
She was stout, hearty and happy with 
every promise of living twenty or 
thirty years until the fatal disease 
overtook her." 

COLUMBUS JACKSON. 

Columbus Jackson, second son of 
Julius C. Jackson, born January 20, 
1825, in Kentucky, died September 
25, 1879. Married Virginia Apple- 
bury, near Prairie ville, Mo., in 1848. 
Spent most of his life at Fayetteville, 
Arkansas, engaged in merchandizing. 
He was noted for his good business 
qualities, and his unvarying cheer- 
fulness. His mother said: "I never 
saw Columbus cast down." Reverses 
were borne with as much good cheer 
as his successes in life. He and his 
family helped largely to make that 
town what it was — one of the best in 
the state. His mother returning 
from a visit to Fayetteville, said; 
"Every one seemed to know and re- 
spect Columbus. He seemed to have 
the confidence and love of all classes, 
especially of those who needed the 
counsel of an honest, wise man." 
During the Civil war it was a notable 



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fact that many widows and orphans 
came to him not only for advice but 
for assistance. 

While serving in the Confederate 
army his health gave way and he 
never enjoyed good health afterward. 
He moved his family to Sulphur 
Springs, Texas, in the fall of 1862 and 
after peace was declared moved them 
back to Fayetteville, where he again 
engaged in the Mercantile business. 
His stock of goods were purchased 
annually from Crow, McCreary &Co., 
of St. Louis, relatives of the Jackson 
family, and taken through in wagons. 
In 1874 he bought and improved a 
farm one and a half miles from the 
post office. Here he built a two story 
brick residence, where his widow is 
living to this day, enjoying good 
health and almost 89 years of age. 
His home was noted for its hospi- 
tality. He had nine children: Wil- 
liam Julius, born and died in 1849; 
Lyses born in 1850, died in 1853; 
Everett A. born in 1852, Wayman 
Crow born in 1855, Ulysses L. born 
in 1858, Mary Frances, born in 1862, 
died in 1863; Lynn, born in 1862 died 
in 1863; Virginia Alice, born in 1867, 
Henry Rush, born in 1869. 

EVERETT A. JACKSON. 
Everett A. Jackson the oldest son 
of Columbus Jackson, married Mary 
Frances Crouch, September 29, 1878, 
and lives on his farm adjoining the 
old home place. He has fairly good 
health, is a good provider and the 
Lord has blest him with twelve sons 
and daughters all of whom are living. 



He has always been considered a 
good business man as well as a farm- 
er. He has taken great interest in 
local politics, but never wanted any 
office for himself. His children are: 

1. Thomas Ulysses, born Sept. 
28, 1879. 

2. Homer, born Nov. 22, 1880. 

3. Robert Fulton, born Oct. 5, 
1882. 

4. Columbus, born Aug. 24, 1884. 

5. Martha Jane, born Nov. 21, 
1886. 

6. Virginia Ann, born Nov. 10, 
1888. 

7. Alice Ruth, born Nov. 16, 1890. 

8. Wm. Dawson, born July 18, 
1893. 

9. Wayman Lawson, born July 
18, 1894. 

10. Ida Alnura, born January 18, 
1896. 

11. Harry, born March 25, 1898. 

12. Julius, born December 1, 1900. 
Homer married Pearl Reed of 

Fayetteville, September 3, 1905. 
They have five children: James 
Everett, Frances Amy, Pearl Reed, 
Ruth Virginia, and Margaret Helen. 
Virginia Ann married Harold H. 
Kirkseich, of Ulm, Arkansas, Septem- 
ber 29, 1911. They have two child- 
ren: Harold H. and Virginia L. 

WAYMAN CROW JACKSON. 

Wayman Crow Jackson, son of 
Columbus Jackson, has always been 
considered a successful lawyer in the 
south-west, having selected this call- 
ing when quite a boy. He has prac- 



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ticed at different points, viz: Fay- 
etteville, Fort Smith and Muskogee. 
He was married September 21, 1898, 
to Miss El Fleda Coleman of Winova, 
Minnesota. Their children are: Way- 
man Coleman, born September 21, 
1804; Annette Virginia, born May 27, 
1908. 

In 1915, he was appointed by the 
Governor of Oklahoma a member of 
the State Industrial Commission and 
spends most of his time where the 
Court holds its sessions. His family 
still reside in Muskogee. 

ULYSSES L. JACKSON 
Born February 27, 1858, in Fay- 
etteville, Arkansas. Married March 
16, 1882, to Sallie P. Pettigrew of 
Fayetteville, Ark., a daughter of 
Zebulon Pike Pettigrew. Went to 
Colorado in 1877 where he and his 
brother Henry, were in business till 
1901, when, on account of his daugh- 
ter's health he .. moved to a lower 
climate and he and his family landed 
in Muscogee, Indian Territory, May 
28, 1901, where he entered into the 
Real Estate and Insurance business 
and has continued it to the present 
time, taking into partnership his son, 
Zebulon P., some five years ago, and 
U. L. Jackson and Son is one of the 
leading firms in Muskogee and have 
been successful. Only one other 
son, Garland Columbus, is now living. 
He is at home in Muscogee, with his 
parents where all three enjoy their 
beautiful home where they have lived 
for the past eight years and where 



the Madam, Mrs. Ulysses L. Jackson, 
is noted for her lovely flower garden. 

Children of Ulysses L. Jackson: 

Margaret, born March 1883, died 
Dec. 1899. 

Mary Anna, born October, 1884. 

Zebulon Pettigrew, born Aug. 



Bettie Gunter, born Sept. 1888, died 
Jan. 1897. 

Garland Columbus, born Aug. 1890. 

Mary Ann married Milton G. 
Young, Oct. 18, 1911. He is cashier 
of the Exchange National Bank, of 
Muskogee, of which his father-in-law 
is Vice-President. The bank has a 
capital stock of $150,000. Mr. and 
Mrs. Young are the parents of two 
children. Bettie Ramsey, born June 
26, 1912, and Mary Virginia, born 
February 21, 1915. 

Zebulon P. married Tenie Ebede, 
November, 1914. 

HENRY RUSH JACKSON. 
Henry R. Jackson, youngest son of 
Columbus Jackson, born November, 
1867, at Fayetteville, married Amy 
Wilson, November, 1901, in Denver. 
Spent fifteen years of his life in Colo- 
rado. A few years after his marriage 
he came to Muskogee and held a 
prominent position in one of the large 
banks until he resigned to go into the 
commission business under the name 
of the Pioneer Commission Company. 
By attending strictly to business he 
has built up to the top and the name 
is known among all the shippers of 
produce. He has made a success in 



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life. He has two children. Sarah 
Beula, born May 29, 1903, and Henry 
Rush, born October 5, 1909. 

MRS. MARCELLA GUNTER. 
Mrs. Marcella Gunter, the fourth 
child of Julius C. Jackson, born in 
1831, in Kentucky, died in 1859, at 
Fayetteville, Arkansas. Married Col. 
Thos. M. Gunter in 1856 at Louisiana, 
Mo. Her son, Judge Julius C. Gun- 
ter, of Denver, Colorado, says: "I 
know very little of my mother. I 
was an infant at the time of her 
death. She was slight, fragile and 
very delicate, thought by her friends 
to be very comely, and of gentle man- 
ners, studious disposition and of pro- 
nounced spiritual and religious na- 
ture. 

"I was the only child of the mar- 
riage. I was born October 30, 1858, 
at Fayetteville, Arkansas; educated 
at the University of Virginia, came to 
Colorado in 1880, was admitted to the 
Bar in September, 1881, practiced 
law at Trinidad, Colorado, until Jan- 
uary, 1889, when I was elected Judge 
of the third Judicial District of Colo- 
rado for the term of six years, subse- 
quently served four years on the 
Court of Appeals of Colorado, and 
two years as a member of the Su- 
preme Court of Colorado. Also serv- 
ed two years on the Board of Regents 
of the State University of Colorado, 
and four years as president of the 
board of directors of Clayton College; 
was also president of the State Bar 
Association of Colorado. Am now 



engaged in the practice of law in Col- 
orado. 

"Was married in April, 1884, to 
Miss Bettie Brown, who is still my 
wife. Miss Bettie Brown was the 
daughter of Samuel T. Brown and 
Ann Elizabeth Brown, nee Bryan. 
She was born in California and large- 
ly reared at Trinidad, Colorado. She 
is said to be in person and manners, 
also in character, very much like my 
mother. ' ' 

The hand that penned the above 
also wrote the following on July 10, 
1890, to his aunt, Mrs. Attella Bar- 
nard: "I met the sad intelligence of 
your loss of Uncle George on yester- 
day. It has not been my good for- 
tune to see much of his pure useful 
life, but during the short periods I 
was with him interrupted by long in- 
tervals I learned to appreciate his 
worth and saw in him an almost 
ideal pure, gentle affectionate nature, 
dignified by a strong vigorous, yet 
conservative business mind. More 
than once in business life have I 
thought of and been benefitted by 
some modest suggestion as to busi- 
ness principles which have fallen 
from him in our conversation. I re- 
member his almost womanly gentle- 
ness and tenderness to me when I 
visited you a homesick boy of seven 
or eight years. I remember his 
thoughtful, valuable conversations 
when I visited you with my dear 
young wife on our bridal tour. I can 
remember in him but gentleness and 
thoughtfulness. If he ever caused 



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pain to a living- thing, I never saw or 
knew it. All this you know and 
more, to render him noble and dear 
to you. But it is a sweet satisfaction 
to you to know that others could dis- 
cern his modest and quiet worth. 
Bettie joins me in deep sympathy for 
you, but we realize your great conso- 
lation in the Christian lives you have 
led and the Christian belief you and 
he entertained. 

"We will not obtrude ourselves fur- 
ther on you now than to say we are 
well and succeeding reasonably well 
in life. When it pleases you remem- 
ber us with love to all our relatives 
and especially Dr. K — and cousin 
Mary. Pardon my adding after I had 
read the above to Bettie she said: 'I 
just loved him.' 

With love from us both." 

Your nephew, 

J. C. Gunter. 

The language of this letter has lin- 
gered long in my memory and, as a 
model of its kind, and a fine specimen 
of elegiac literature, it is inserted 
here. 

BELINA JACKSON CARSTARPHEN. 
Belina J. Carstarphen, the fifth 
child of Julius C. Jackson, born No- 
vember 1, 1833, died June 6, 1880. 
Married James E. Carstarphen, Feb- 
ruary 1, 1853. Spent her life in 
Louisiana, Mo., where for ten years 
previous to her death she was the 
best known woman in the city. 
Known because of her gentle spirit 
and her universal kindness to the 



poor and the afflicted. A more active 
and practical Christian the writer has 
never known. Her mission from 
Monday morning till Saturday night 
was to seek out and look after the 
needy or distressed. Her purse was 
always kept well filled by her hus- 
band. Benevolence and eternal pro- 
gress was her motto. 




JAMES E. CARSTARPHEN. 

She was the mother of six children. 
Hallie M., George B., Margaret, Fan- 
nie, James E. and Daisy. 

1. Hallie, born Dec. 4, 1853, mar- 
ried Walter G. Tinsley, a well-known 
banker, of Louisiana, and was the 
mother of two children, Ethel and 
Walter. Both of whom married and 
have passed away. She was an active 



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charitable woman and much beloved. 
Her daughter, Ethel, married Alonzo 
Fry and was the mother of one son, 
Tinsley Fry. Walter married Emma 
Patton. 

2. George B., born February 8, 
1856, married Ella Hamilton, in 1870, 
held various positions of trust in the 
state • administration — notably Bank 
Examiner and Assistant Coal Oil In- 
spector, lives in Texas where he is 
making- good in the Mercantile busi- 
ness. He is the parent of four daugh- 
ters. Bertha, Hallie, Ethel and Helen. 
Ethel is now Mrs. P. B. Foster. 

3. Margaret, married Richard B. 
Speed, Editor of the Nevada Mail, 
died Aug. 10, 1904. 

4. Frances, married Wm.- C. 
Brady, of Denver, Colorado. She is 
now a successful Christian Science 
practitioner in Los Angeles, Califor- 
nia. 

5.- James Eula died in 1886. 

6. Daisy, married James E. At- 
kinson, in 1887. Died June 20, 1905. 
She was the mother of two children, 
a son, Speed, and a daughter, Frances. 
The latter married Cliff Hawkins, of 
Louisiana, Mo., and lives in Kansas 
City, Mo. 

HENRY CLAY JACKSON. 
Henry C. Jackson, youngest living 
son of Julius C. Jackson, born No- 
vember 22, 1829, at Louisiana, Mo. 
Married Sue E. Chadwick, a native of 
Lexington, Ky., in Warrensburg, 
Mo., April 23, 1872. I quote the 
Eldon Advertizer: "Hon. Henry Clay 
Jackson, to use his own language in 



a public meeting in this town, was 
born in the best county, in the best 
state in the union, Pike County, Mis- 
souri. His father's home entertained 
many prominent citizens of this coun- 
try. His parents and relatives are 
much allied with the history of Ken- 
tucky. His father at the age of nine- 
teen was a first lieutenant of Ken- 
tucky volunteers, at the battle of New 
Orleans. His mother, Miss Harriet 
McCreary, belonged to a family that 
has furnished one Governor, one Con- 
gressman and two U. S. Senators." 

With the exception of one year 
spent in merchandizing in Louisiana, 
Mo., he has preferred the life of a 
farmer. He believes that sleeping in 
the open air and the freedom and ex- 
ercise of the farm have prolonged his 
life. 

He is an advocate of a high stand- 
ard for our public schools. He favors 
depriving a practicing physician of 
his diploma for drunkenness. He has 
been vice president of the bank of 
Tuscumbia from its organization. 

Linwood farm is his home, located 
8 miles south of Tuscumbia and 20 
miles from Eldon. The main highway 
to Springfield crosses his farm. Its 
400 acres are crossed and enclosed by 
ten miles of fence, with water and 
shade in every field. Mr. Jackson 
does not handle the amount of stock 
he formerly did, but he continues to 
graze the largest flock of sheep in the 
county, and advocates more and bet- 
ter sheep for Missouri. His residence 



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of ten rooms is arranged for comfort. 
It occupies the handsomest site in the 
county. It was the first residence in 
the county to have a telephone. 
Mr. Jackson is one of Miller coun- 



H. C. JACKSON. 

ty's best citizens, a man of honor and 
integrity, and one who looks forward 
to the advancement of the community 
in which he lives. 



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HIS CHILDREN. 

He is the parent of seven children, 
viz: Julius C; Margerie; Hattie; Lee 
Sharp; Barnard; Walker and Julia. 

1. Julius C. is a government official 
with headquarters in St. Louis. 

2. Margerie married Pleasure C. 
Thompson and lives in Nowata, Okla- 
homa. They have three children: 
Ralph, Lee and Wayman. 

3. Hattie married Clyde Thompson, 
of Brumley, Mo., in October, 1897» 
and lives at Brnmley, Mo., where he 
is one of the leading merchants. They 
have four children, viz: Ardis, Clay, 
Sue and Ruth. 

4. Barnard married Ruth Dean of 
Fayetteville, Arkansas, June 10, 1915. 
They live in New Mexico, where he 
is engaged in business. 

5. Walker, unmarried, lives in No- 
wata, Oklahoma, where he is recog- 
nized as one of the active, represent- 
ative business men of his state. 

6. Julia is at home with her par- 
ents. 

7. Lee Sharp was accidentally killed 
in childhood. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson are still en- 
joying life at their very hospitable 
home. Few persons visit Miller 
county without hearing of or visiting 
this pleasant home. The tourists say: 
"As soon as you strike Miller county 
every one seems to know Mr. Henry 
Jackson." When asked, what shall I 
say of the madam, noble wife and 
mother (of six Jacksons) that she has 
been for over forty years? He said, 



"Solomon's language covers the case, 
'House and riches are an inheritance 
from fathers; but a prudent wife is 
from the Lord.' " Proverbs 19: 14. 
He evidently regards his wife as a 
gift from the Lord. 

MRS. ANN JACKSON. 
Ann Jackson, the fourth child of 
Christopher Jackson, married Elias 
Jackson of New York, a descendant 
of Hugh Jackson, one of the three 
pioneer brothers who came to Amer- 
ica in 1765 from Ireland. Her child- 
ren were: 

1. Martha, who married Marshall 
Allen, a lawyer. Their descendants 
live in Texas. 

2. Catherine, who married Court- 
ney Duke. Her descendants live in 
California. 

3. Amanda, who married Mr. Hay- 
ward. Their descendants live in 
Missouri. 

4. Cortes, married and lived in 
Springfield, 111. He was a prominent 
engineer. Died in Springfield. 

5. Sarah, married Thomas B. Lim- 
erick and lived in Missouri. 

WILLIAM ELIAS JACKSON. 

Born, August 17, 1835; died, Aug- 
ust 16, 1912. Married Miss Eliza 
Lovitt of Illinois. He was a well 
known machinist and locomotive en- 
gineer. "We never had his equal 
at the LaCrosse Lumber mills," says 
Col. F. W. Buffum. 

He spent his life in Louisiana, Mis- 
souri. He was the father of four 



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children: Martha, Frank, William and 
Nelle. 
Martha married J. B. Ransom in 

1890, and lives in Pike county, Illi- 
nois. She is the mother of two chil- 
dren: Alten and Helen. 

Frank and William both died in 
young manhood. 

Nelle married A. M. Walker in 

1891. She lives in Louisiana, Mo. 

Mary Jackson Render, wife of 
Joshua Render, came to Missouri, 
but little is known of this branch. 

Hannah Jackson married John 
White and lived and died in Marion 
county, Mo. Wm. M. White, well 
known in this city, in the dry goods 
business for twenty-five years and 
afterwards the efficient city clerk, 
was her son. He married Margaret 
Baird. They had one child, a daugh- 
ter. He died in East St. Louis, in 
1912. 

Christopher Jackson, Jr., known 
as "Uncle Kit," never married. Liv- 
ed and died on the old home place in 
Davis county, Ky. 

Gabriel Jackson married in Ken- 
tucky and moved to Texas, where he 
reared a large family of sons and 
daughters. 

Sarah Jackson married William 
Thomas in Kentucky. Little is known 
of this branch of the family. 

Rebecca Jackson married Jesse 
Moorman in Kentucky on Christmas 
Day, 1823, and came with her hus- 
band and father to Missouri in 1824. 



Catherine Jackson married John E- 
Arnold and came with her father to 
Missouri. 

STONEWALL JACKSON. 

Cortes Jackson in an article in the 
Denver Post on January 8, 1905, the 
anniversary of the Battle of New Or- 
leans, says: "About twenty years ago 
I met Mrs. Hill, widow of General D. 
H. Hill, of the C. S. A., and sister to 
General Stonewall Jackson, who gave 
me some genealogy worth recording. 
She said to me: 

"Christopher Jackson, your grand- 
father, was the youngest of four sons 
of Samuel Jackson, of Virginia, viz: 
George, Edward, Lee and Christo- 
pher. Samuel Jackson, the father, 
was a soldier in the Third Pennsylva- 
nia regiment at the surrender of 
Yorktown, in 1781. 

George Jackson, his oldest son, was 
U. S. Senator from Virginia, in 1798, 
at the same time that his cousin, An- 
drew Jackson, was senator from Ten- 
nessee. 

Edward Jackson, the next son, was 
the grandfather of my brother, Thos. 
J. (Stonewall), and myself. 

The historian, James Parton, au- 
thor of a Life of Benjamin Franklin, 
has written perhaps the most accurate 
and reliable Life of General Andrew 
Jackson in print. His statement 
agrees in the main with that of Mrs. 
Hill, but does not enter into genealo- 
gy to the extent that she did. I feel 
that her statement can be considered 
by the descendants of Christopher 



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Jackson as reliable. Julius C. Jack- 
son and his sister were first cousins 
to Stonewall Jackson's father; and 
therefore second cousins to that dis- 
tinguished Confederate General, of 
Virginia. 

(Inserted here because just receiv- 
ed, Sept. 13, 1916.) 



CHAPTER SEVENTH. 



MRS. PROVIDENCE EIDSON, 
The tenth child of Christopher 
Jackson, born 1809, in Kentucky, 
died in 1876 at her home in Pike 
county, Missouri. Married Moorman 
Hayden Eidson in October, 1828. 
Spent her life at the Eidson farm on 
the Louisiana and Bowling Green 
gravel road. "Aunt Provie, " as she 
was known among her kin, was left 
a widow early in life with eight small 
children, (seven of whom were girls) 
to care for and train for usefulness. 
How well she succeeded is known to 
every one acquainted with the family. 
"Her home was ever a cheerful and 
happy home. Next to my father's 
home, it was the most delightful place 
on earth to me, in childhood," says 
my informant. 

"Aunt Provie" was a remarkable 
woman. She was a Jackson. She 
ruled her household; and all of us 
recognized her authority as supreme. 
But she ruled in love. Her voice was 
that of kindness and sympathy. We 
all loved her dearly, and she had the 



respect and admiration of every one 
who knew her. 

Her children were seven daughters 
and one son, viz: Lucinda, Cornelia, 
Corilla, Gabriella, Mary A., Dazarene, 
Catherine and James. 

James died at the age of nineteen. 
The daughters with one exception all 
married; and all married substantial 
men. 

MRS. LUCINDA EIDSON STARK. 

Lucinda Eidson, oldest child of 
Providence Eidson, born October 26, 
1829, married Thornton G. Stark in 
1854. Their children are James 
Ovid, Homer and Eugene Washing- 
ton. 

1. James Ovid, born in 1855, mar- 
ried Catherine Miller in 1877. Their 
children are: Ory, who married Len- 

neus Hunt, and is the mother of two 
children, Ovid Stark and Mary C. 
Hunt; Frances, who married W. E. 
Mantiply and has one child, Margaret 
C. Mantiply; and Thornton G. Stark, 
who married Lenna D. Hultz, of Col- 
umbia, Mo. They have one child, 
Sibyl Florence. 

Mrs. Catherine M. Stark died in 
1895, and in 1897 Mr. J. Ovid Stark 
married Mrs. Ada Buffum Stewart. 
They have one child, Mary Roxanna 
Stark. 

Mr. Stark was elected to the Mis- 
souri Legislature in 1905, and made a 
faithful representative of Pike county. 

His home, the Stark home, where 
his mother, Mrs. Lucinda Eidson 



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Stark, has spent the last forty-five 
years of her life, is one of the hand- 
somest places in Pike county. A 
stately brick in the midst of evergreen 
and forest trees, it attracts the eye of 
every passer by. 

2. Homer, married Miss Lou Dun- 
can. Spent most of his life in Colora- 
do and died in 1914. 

3. Eugene Washington, born Aug- 
ust 8,1865, died June 15, 1909. Mar- 
ried Ann W. Withrow of Troy, Mo., 
December 22, 1886. Their children 
are Thomas W., Lawrence E. and 
Edwin Jackson. 

In 1894 and in 1896 Eugene W. 
Stark was elected Judge of the Pike 
County Court. In 1903 he was elect- 
ed to the State Senate, representing 
Pike, Lincoln and Audrain counties. 
He was an active member of the Stark 
Brothers' Nurseries and Orchards 
company for thirteen years, and was 
Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of 
the company at the time of his death. 

He was one of the most popular 
men in Pike county. His genial, 
cheerful disposition won him friends 
among all classes, and everybody 
mourned his early death. 

Cornelia Eidson, the second child of 
Providence Eidson, was a woman of 
strong character, greatly loved and 
respejted by all. In all the house- 
holds of her kinsfolk where there was 
sickness or trouble, there was "Aunt 
Neil," ready to administer to their 
wants. She passed away in 1912. 



Corilla Eidson married Clayburn 
Gillum and spent her life in Pike 
county, on what is now known as the 
Dameron place, one of the finest 
farms in Pike county. Here they 
reared their four sons, Frank, 
Charles, Mark and Claude, to man- 
hood. 

Frank is married and lives in Colo- 
rado. 

Charles is married and lives near 
Hannibal, Mo., where he is engaged 
in farming. 

Mark is married and lives in Clarks- 
ville, Mo., and is engaged in the mil- 
ling business. 

Claude is married and lives near 
Clarksville, Mo., on his farm. 

They are all representative citizens 
and members of the Christian Church. 
They have prospered in business and 
all have a competence of this world's 
goods. 

Eld. Curtis Gillum, son of Claude 
Gillum, is a Christian minister, and 
was recently a County Evangelist in 
Missouri. How he became a preach- 
er is told by a friend: While he was 
a small boy and soon after his grand- 
pa's second marriage, he ran into the 
house one day and said: "Grandma, 
if you was a little boy what would 
you want to be when you became a 
man?" After a moments reflection 
she turned to him and looking him 
warmly in the eye, with emphasis 
said: "If I were a boy like you I'd 
prepare myself to be a preacher." 
From that day onward he seemed to 



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EUGENE W. STARK 



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have his thoughts fixed on becoming 
a minister of the gospel. This shows 
that we should be careful in our an- 
swers to the questions of even small 
children. 

People who were acquainted with 
the family say that all four of the sons 
of Clayburn Gillum were as kind and 
respectful to their stepmother as if 
she had been their own mother. How 
careful must have been their training 
in childhood by their mother, Mrs. 
Corilla Eidson Gillum! 

Mrs. Curtis Gillum is a great aid to 
her husband. In revival meetings 
she leads the singing. 

GABRIELLA EIDSON WISE. 

Born, December 7, 1836; died, June 
7, 1905. Married John Randolph 
Wise of Kentucky, January 13, 1853. 
Spent her life in Pike county, Missou- 
ri. Her children were: 

1. Ada E., who married Z. T. Lat- 
imer. 

2. Annie S., who married Charles 
E. Porter. They have three children: 
Norman J., who married Zelda Mid- 
dleton; Hallie, who married H. Die- 
triech, of Chicago, who have two 
children, Porter and Henry; and Bai- 
ley, married and lives in Chicago. 

3. James E. Wise, who married 
Betty Caldwell. 

4. William D., who lived and died 
in the South. 

5. Nellie, who married Harry C. 
Hill of Louisiana, Mo. They have 
three children: Gabriella, Harriette 
and Nellie Marie. All are in school. 



MARY A. EIDSON. 
Born in 1843, died in 1903. Mar- 
ried Thomas B. Limerick in 1860. 
Spent the first half of her life in Pike 
county, the last half in Boone county, 
at the home of her son, Arthur E. 
Limerick. Her children are: Harry 
T., Arthur E., Kate, Fred L. and Ed- 
win G. 

Arthur E., born in Pike county July 
8, 1864, moved with his parents to 
Boone county in 1877. . Married Em- 
ma Adams, June 22, 1904. They 
have one child, Arthur E., Jr., now 
ten years old. He was reared a farm- 
er boy and naturally turned to that 
vocation as his life pursuit. He is 
known as a stockman. He holds the 
record in one branch of the stock bus- 
iness over all his Boone county com- 
petitors. 

His home, known as "Springdale 
Stock Farm," is one mile west of Col- 
umbia on the Rocheport road. Both 
as a farmer and stockman he ranks 
among the most successful in Boone 
county. 

Kate married Mr. Shepherd and 
lived in Western Pike. 

Fred L. and Edwin G. are farmers 
and live in Western Pike. 

DAZARENE EIDSON MCELROY. 

The sixth child of Providence Eid- 
son, born in 1845, married Capt. Rob- 
ert McElroy. Spent her life in Pike 
county. Their children were James, 
Hayden and Rufus. 

James married Jennie A. Palmer. 



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They have two children, Robert P. 
and Virginia McElroy. 

Hayden lives on his farm in Pike 
county. 

Rufus, born in 1877, studied medi- 
cine, practiced in Salt Lake City, 
Utah, where he died in 1902. 

Capt. McElroy passed away in 1879. 
Mrs. McElroy is now known as Mrs. 
J. T. Mackey, and lives in Louisiana, 
Mo. She is an active member of the 
Baptist church. 

KATE EIDSON GRIFFITH. 

Catherine, youngest living child of 
Providence Eidson, married James E. 
Griffith, and lives in Louisiana, Mo. 
She is the mother of three children: 
Cora G., M. Hayden and E. Hurley. 

1. Cora G. married Judge J. E. 
Thompson, October 1, 1892. They 
have two sons: Russell and Julius. 

Russell graduated from the High 
School in Bowling Green as valedic- 
torian of his class. Four years later 
he graduated from the Missouri Uni- 
versity with the highest honors of his 
class. His grades were sent in in a 
national contest for a fellowship of- 
fered by Princeton University in elec- 
trical engineering. The fellowship 
was won by him and he graduated 
from Princeton University, where he 
again won the honors of his class 
and was awarded the medal. As an 
honor graduate his name was engrav- 
ed on a marble tablet in Engineering 
hall. He now has a position with the 



Westinghouse Electric Company in 
Pittsburgh, Penn. 

Julius, their second son, will grad- 
uate from High school in 1917. It is 
his intention to enter the Missouri 
University the following fall and 
study electrical engineering, and thus 
follow in the footsteps of his brother. 

2. M. Hayden married Ida Linsey 
in 1895, and lives in Denver, Colo., 
where he is engaged in the real estate 
and insurance business, associated 
with Alonzo Fry, formerly of Pike 
county, Mo. He has three children: 
John, James and Mary C. Griffith. 

3. E. Hurley married Lola Gray, 
of Lexington, Mo., in 1897, and is en- 
gaged in the mercantile business in 
El Paso, Texas. They have two chil- 
dren: Hurley G. and Katharine. 

Mrs. J. E. Griffith enjoys her beau- 
tiful home in Louisiana, where a rare 
collection of fossils and petrified 
specimens may be seen. She loves 
geology. 



CHAPTER EIGHTH. 



RACHEL JACKSON CHILTON. 

Rachel Jackson, the twelfth child 
of Christopher Jackson and his wife 
Catherine Rhodes, was born June 10, 
1814, on a large plantation near Hart- 
ford, Ohio County, Kentucky. When 
a small child she came to Pike Coun- 
ty, Missouri, with her parents and 
two sisters. (1824.) 

She was married July 17, 1831, to 



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John Chilton, who belonged to a 
prominent Virginia family. They 
moved to Randolph County, Mo., and 
lived on a farm of one thousand acres 
owned by her husband. Here she 
lived for 78 years, respected and 
loved by all. She was a noble wo- 
man, tall, stately and dignified — she 
commanded the respect of all who 
knew her. No woman could have 
been loved more by her children and 
grand children and other relatives. 

She was always ready to give kind- 
ly advice and lend a helping hand. 
She was a devoted Christian, being a 
member of the Christian Church for 
over sixty years. She retained great 
interest in life, and loved the com- 
pany of the young. Though rem- 
iniscent of pioneer days, she looked 
with pleasure on the progress of the 
twentieth century. When in her 
ninetieth year, she could read with- 
out glasses and operate the sewing- 
machine. She was a second cousin 
of President Andrew Jackson. She 
said, she remembered him well as he 
visited her father in Kentucky often 
when she was a little girl and they 
always called him Cousin Andy. 

She was the mother of twelve 
children, viz: 

James Thomas, born December 12, 
1833. Died January 2, 1891. 

William C, born in 1835. Died 
August 18, 1878. 

Margaret E., born April 5, 1837. 
Died November 11, 1870. 



Dazarene, born October 19, 1838. 
Died January 11, 1866. 

John H., born April 24, 1840. Died 
August 7, 1842. 

lone, born June 20, 1841. 

Christopher Jackson, born March 
23, 1843. 

Zacharich Taylor, born February 
2, 1847. 

George Washington, born April 24, 
1849. 

Catharine Ann, born July 28, 1852. 
Died May 4, 1871. 

Fannie, born February 7, 1856. 
Died November 11, 1859. 

Green, born in 1858. 

1. James Thomas Chilton married 
Harriet McQuity, April 18, 1859. He 
was a graduate of Missouri Uni- 
versity and a prominent farmer, also 
at one time a merchant. He left one 
child, now Mrs. Annie Roland, 
who is the mother of several children. 
Mrs. Roland is a fine looking woman 
and a good business manager. They 
are very prosperous. 

2. Margaret Chilton married Dr. John 
W. MaGee, February 27, 1855. She 
was considered a very beautiful wo- 
man. Their children were Dr. Wil- 
liam K. MaGee, who married Katha- 
rine Hunter. Their son, Dr. Otto Ma- 
Gee, is a graduate of Moberly High 
school and Missouri University. Was 
Assistant Physician in Vanderbilt 
Hospital and Bartholomew Eye Clinic, 
also first assistant to Dr. Knapp, of 
Columbia University, New York. He 
married Miss Lee Jennings, daughter 



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of H. P. Jennings, a prominent citi- 
zen and banker, of Moberly, Mo. 

Dr. Wesley MaGee is a graduate of 
St. Louis Medical College. He mar- 
ried Addie Lamb, after her death he 
married the daughter of a minister, 
a very highly accomplished woman 
(can't think of her name.) He had a 
son by his first wife. He died a few 
years ago at Clarence, Mo. 

Dr. Charles MaGee, a graduate of 
St. Louis Medical College, is mar- 
ried and lives at Clark, Mo. 

3. William C. Chilton married Julia 
Dent Grant, October 10, 1857. He 
was a prosperous farmer and stock- 
man. They had four children: 

1. Fannie, who married Mark 
Crosswhite, and has one child, Vera. 

2. Mollie, who married John 
Gough, a merchant. They have one 
child, now Mrs. Mamie Curtis, who 
is the mother of two children, viz: 
John T. Curtis, who married Edna 
Flemming, and have one child; and 
Glenn Curtis, who married Annie 
Hardin. 

John T. Curtis was one of the best 
known men in Randolph County, 
Mo., and every one felt a deep re- 
gret when he was summoned to the 
presence of his Maker at the age of 
47 years. 

3. Nettie Chilton died at the age 
of 10 years. 

4. Dazarene Chilton married Jo- 
seph Dulany, a prominent and well- 
to-do farmer. Their children are: 

1. Annie Dulany, a sweet and 



lovable woman, who lives with her 
widowed father at the old homestead. 

2. John Chilton Dulany married 
Gertrude Ryan, of a prominent old 
Virginia family. He is state Agent 
and Adjuster for the Sun Insurance 
Company. He has been in the in- 
surance business for years and is 
wealthy. He lives at Oklahoma City, 
Okla. 

3. George H. Dulany, who died 
several years ago. He left one son, 
Edward Dulany. 

5. Christopher Jackson Chilton, 
married Martha E. Ownby, December 
14, 1865. Their children are: 

1. Dr. James C. Chilton, of Han- 
nibal, Mo., one of the most success- 
ful physicians in that city. He mar- 
ried Bessie Pitts, of Paris, Mo., a 
niece of Senator Pitts. They have 
one child, Jackson. 

2. Mary Chilton married Joseph 
Harlan, a prominent rail road man. 
They have five children, Charles, 
Grace, Martha, Ruth and William. 
Charles Chilton Harlan graduated 
from High school last spring, (1916.) 

6. lone Chilton married George 
D. Ownby, September 1, 1864. They 
had three children, John, a prosper- 
ous farmer, Nettie, who died early, 
and George W., who married a Miss 
Ragsdale. 

7. Judge Zachary Taylor Chilton 
married Eliza Gonser, Dec. 1, 1870. 
He is one of the most prominent men 
in Randolph County, Mo. Was pre- 
siding Judge of the County Court for 



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eight years; president of the Farmers' 
Bank at Renick, Mo. Is a wealthy 
farmer and stockman. He owns a 
fine eight hundred acre farm near 
Renick, Mo., also a number of homes 
and other town property. Is presi- 
dent of the Moberly Fair Association 
and is a splendid man in every way. 
His word is as good as a bond. 

His wife is a lovable Christian wo- 
man, good and kind to everybody. 
Although her body is frail from 
constant suffering, as she has been 
sickly for years, her heart is large and 
she is lovingly called "Aunt Lidy" 
by most every one. 

They have one child, Ernest Lin- 
wood Chilton, who was a prosperous 
farmer and stockman until a few 
years ago when he went to Arkansas 
and engaged in the culture of rice on 
his plantation, "Rosedale, " near 
Stuttgart, Arkansas. He is a mem- 
ber of the Christian Church and takes 
great interest in it. He is also an 
Odd Fellow. He married Irene M. 
Smith, October 24, 1894. Mrs. Chilton 
is organizing Regent of D. A. R. 
Chapter at Stuttgart, Ark. She is 
eligible to the Colonial Dames, also 
The Order of the Crown and F. F. Vs. 
She is a descendant of the Lees, of 
Virginia, and the Washingtons. She 
is a Presbyterian and has been a 
member since she was 13 years of 
age. She is ambitious about every- 
thing that pertains to the home and 
her family. They have three chil- 
dren, viz: 



Russell Lee Chilton, who has at- 
tended High school, spent three years 
at college, and will be a farmer. He 
says, all he asks in this world is to be 
as successful as his grandpa, Z. T. 
Chilton. He is a member of the M. 
E. Church, South. 

Berenice L. Chilton, who graduated 
from High school last spring, (1916) 
and will attend Ward-Belmont Col- 
lege in Tennessee. She is a great 
church worker and is a member of 
the Christian church. 

Pauline Alice Chilton, who is a 
High school girl. Takes great in- 
terest in art, but is ambitious to study 
and teach oratory. She is a mem- 
ber of the M. E. Church, South. 

8. George Washington Chilton, 
married Elizabeth F. Swinney, Sept. 
12, 1866. After her death he mar- 
ried Margaret A. Wilkinson, of Vir- 
ginia, Sept. 26, 1901. She is one of 
the best loved women in this branch 
of the Jackson family. She was a 
wonderful woman, highly educated 
and accomplished. They had no 
children. His children by his first 
wife were: 

1. Margaret, who -married Mr. 
Watts. 

2. lone, who married George 
Brown, a prominent lawyer of 
Quincy, 111. 

3. Mamie, who married Mr. Ar- 
nold, a wealthy farmer living near' 
Centralia, Missouri. They have three 
or four children. 

4. Ruby, who married Mr. Riley. 



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They had two little boys. She died 
recently. 

5. Stella, who married Mr. Rou- 
man, a stock man. 

6. Pearl, who married Mr. Stew- 
art, and lives at Moberly, Mo. 

7. James F., who married Ger- 
trude Rowland, a well known school 
teacher. 

8. George W., Jr., who married 
Miss Phillips. They have one child. 

9. Annie Chilton was a beautiful 
young girl who went to an early 
grave, a victim of consumption. 

10. Fannie Chilton died when a very 
small child. She had left the room 
to give the little darkies a piece of 
cake which one of her married sisters 
had sent her. As she left the room 
her father remarked: "Rachel, we 
will never raise that child; she is too 
much like an Angel." In a few 
minutes she was brought back in 
"Old Mammie's" arms dying. She 
had fallen into a kettle of boiling 
water and lived only a few hours. 

Dr. Green Chilton, who married a 
daughter of Judge Thornton, of 
Arkansas. Their children were 
Annie, Edward, Charles and James. 
All are living in the state of Washing- 
ton. 

Thus ends the chapter of Rachel 
Jackson Chilton's life. She died at 
the age of 98 years, 6 months and 25 
days, after a life full of good deeds. 
Her name will go on down through 
the ages. It will not be forgotten as 
long as a member of her family lives. 



She is buried in the Chilton grave 
yard two miles north-east of Renick, 
Missouri, near her old home, which, 
when built was considered one of the 
nicest homes in that part of the coun- 
try — so well arranged and beautified. 
The old home is still owned by a 
member of the Chilton family — Dr. 
James Chilton, of Hannibal, Mo. 



CONCLUSION. 



In conclusion, I quote from a letter 
written by one of Christopher Jack- 
son's descendants a few years ago, 
after having visited . Pike county and 
returned home, in the west. It is a 
beautiful tribute to her childhood's 
home. Her visit filled her mind with 
beautiful pictures. Such is memory! 

"Dear old home! I greet you with 
all my heart! I love you: the creek, 
the branch, the rocky hills, with the 
green cedars standing as sentinels; 
your woodland with its wild flowers 
and tall trees; your maple grove, 
where as a child I used to drink out 
of sugar troughs the sweet water as 
it flowed from the trees; I sipped 
from trough to trough as the birds flew 
from limb to limb, with not a thought 
or care of the days and years to come 
that could bring sorrow. 

"I can see the kind black faces, big 
and little, so busy with buckets car- 
rying the sweet water to the big ket- 
tles. Those woodland scenes! 

"And you dear old soil! I love that 



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too; because the most sacred dust to 
me, of mortal bodies, rests beneath 
the myrtle beds and the great spread- 
ing oak awaiting the final resurrection. 
In my far away home, I long for your 
woody pastures and your rocky hills. 
But if I never see you or meet your 
dear people again, these pictures of 
my childhood home will ever linger 
in my memory." 



A FINAL WORD. 



I am called on for a final word. 
Here it is. Glancing through our 
library this Sunday, September 17th, 
1916, in search of a book, I find a 
beautifully bound copy of the Bible, 
with this inscription on the fly leaf: 

"To my darling grand boy, Barnard 
Keith, on his tenth birthday: from 
his Grandma Barnard. 



"With an earnest prayer that its 
words may be a lamp unto his feet, 
and a light unto his path, now in his 
boyhood and all the days of his life in 
this world, this book is lovingly pre- 
sented. 

Your Grand Mother, 

Attella Barnard." 
Louisiana, Mo., August 9th. 

The writer of this sketch feels an 
interest akin to affection in every 
member of the Jackson Family. In 
closing this sketch he would call the 
attention of every thoughtful loving 
mother and grandmother who reads 
it to the language as well as the deed 
in the selection of a present for a boy 
on his tenth birthday. He would 
point them to the above inscription, 
and leave it, like the sun in heaven, 
shining on. 

Clayton Keith. 

Louisiana, Mo., Sept. 17, 1916. 




CLAYTON KEITH, M. D. 

This picture represents the man 
whose energy and persistant effort 
brought this sketch to a successful 
conclusion. Since July 4th, 1876, 
when he wrote the Centenial History 
of Pike County, he has spent his 
leisure hours, when not professional- 
ly engaged, in gathering historical 
data for a "Pike County Sketch 
Book." He now has a bushel basket 
full of manuscript almost ready for 
the printer. Shall it be published? 
Whether it is or not will depend en- 
tirely upon the demand for this in- 
teresting series of family sketches. 
Let the author of this sketch know. 
"Barkis is willin'." 

The Publisher. 



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