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ULYSSES L. JACKSON
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THE MEMORY OF
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
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-
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
"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.
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
"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."
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, 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
The Ancestors Leave Ireland
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-
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-
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
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.
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
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
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
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-
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.
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
The simple inscription carved by
his oldest son, Julius, can still be read:
Born January 8, 1768.
Died July 22, 1831.
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-
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,
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
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
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
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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
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."
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-
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."
The Mason Branch
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.
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,
6. Jane, born in 1821.
7. Henry, born in 1823.
8. Mary Providence, born in 1827.
9. Margaret Elizabeth, born Oct.
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;
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
2. Wm. T. Mason, Cashier for
many years of the National Bank at
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
5. Catherine Ann, married Ezekiel
Chapman, of Hartford, Ohio county,
Ky. They were the parents of eight
1. Albina, who married Alfred
2. Eliza, who married Cuthbert
3. Elvira, who married Jasper
4. Sallie, who married Dunbar
5. Josephine, who married
6. John M., who married Eliza-
7. Willis H, who married Dora
8. Providence, who married Geo.
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
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-
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-
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
"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-
Julius Caesar Jackson.
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
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
persons, a scrub horse or pony was
bought, on which one of them would
ride while tbe other walked on their
This custom prevailed for several
years, and good results were realzed.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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-
Mrs. Julius C. Jackson.
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
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
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-
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-
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
him." "Very well, you can have
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
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
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
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-
"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-
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-
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-
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
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
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-
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
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 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.
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
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-
And the law of kindness is on her
She looketh well to the ways of her
And eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up, and call her
Her husband also and he praiseth
Many daughters have done worthily,
But thou excellest them all!"
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Julius, aged 3 years and 10 months.
Maria, aged 3 years, 4 months and
Harriet, aged 17 days.
Thos. Fithian, aged 5 months and
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, 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:
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-
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
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
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.
2. Homer, born Nov. 22, 1880.
3. Robert Fulton, born Oct. 5,
4. Columbus, born Aug. 24, 1884.
5. Martha Jane, born Nov. 21,
6. Virginia Ann, born Nov. 10,
7. Alice Ruth, born Nov. 16, 1890.
8. Wm. Dawson, born July 18,
9. Wayman Lawson, born July
10. Ida Alnura, born January 18,
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-
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,
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
Mary Anna, born October, 1884.
Zebulon Pettigrew, born Aug.
Bettie Gunter, born Sept. 1888, died
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,
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
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-
"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-
"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
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
"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."
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
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
charitable woman and much beloved.
Her daughter, Ethel, married Alonzo
Fry and was the mother of one son,
Tinsley Fry. Walter married Emma
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-
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
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
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
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.
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-
7. Lee Sharp was accidentally killed
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-
1. Martha, who married Marshall
Allen, a lawyer. Their descendants
live in Texas.
2. Catherine, who married Court-
ney Duke. Her descendants live in
3. Amanda, who married Mr. Hay-
ward. Their descendants live in
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
(Inserted here because just receiv-
ed, Sept. 13, 1916.)
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
"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
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-
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,
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
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
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
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-
Frank is married and lives in Colo-
Charles is married and lives near
Hannibal, Mo., where he is engaged
Mark is married and lives in Clarks-
ville, Mo., and is engaged in the mil-
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
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
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
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-
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
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-
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-
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
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.
They have two children, Robert P.
and Virginia McElroy.
Hayden lives on his farm in Pike
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
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
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
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
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
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
Zacharich Taylor, born February
George Washington, born April 24,
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
— 49 —
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
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
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,
3. George H. Dulany, who died
several years ago. He left one son,
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
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
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-
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
1. Margaret, who -married Mr.
2. lone, who married George
Brown, a prominent lawyer of
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.
They had two little boys. She died
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
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-
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.
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
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-
Your Grand Mother,
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,
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'."
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