"E. D. Jackson, farmer, Section 32, P.O. Topeka, owns 160 acres, about 100 acres under cultivation and the rest in meadow and pasture. Wheat average in 1882 is twenty-three bushels to the acre and oats forty-five, has five horses, twenty-five head of cattle and ten hogs. Born in Indiana, July 4, 1820, in June, 1845, he moved to Iowa and spent two years there, and removed to Illinois, and came from there to Kansas in the fall of 1869. In 1850 he went to California crossing the plains and was there for two years. Was married Oct. 12, 1842, to Miss Isabel C. Milholland, they have four children -- Martha J., Mary D., Amanda L. and Lewis E. Are members of the Christian Church."
Elisha Davis Jackson, son of Willington and Elsie (or Mary) (Davis) Jackson, was born 4 Jul 1820, near Medora, Jackson Co., Indiana, one of 13 children, 12 sons and one daughter. He married Isabel Celia Millhollen, daughter of David and Mary (Gray) Millhollin, on 20 Oct 1842, in Jackson Co., Indiana. Isabel was born 18 Dec 1819 in Iredell Co., North Carolina, eldest daughter, second child of 10 children. Elisha Davis Jackson died at Cedar Vale, Chautauqua Co., Kansas on 1 Feb 1896, and is buried in the Cedar Vale cemetery. It was said that his wife was such a neat person that when they found her lying in her bed on the day she died everything in her home was tidy and neatly put away. She died 30 Oct 1902. She, too, is buried in the Cedar Vale cemetery. The name of Elisha Jackson appeared on the 1850 California census in El Dorado County, age 30, birthplace, Indiana; however, he was also recorded on the 1850 census for Henderson Co., Illinois, the 108th family enumerated in that census, so it appears he was counted twice. The Town Clerk for Cedar Vale has the same dates of birth and death for them as are stated herein. They had six children: 1. Martha Jane Jackson, b. 16 Apr. 1844, Medora Jackson Co., Indiana, m. (1) James C. Mehaffey, Civil War veteran, in Warren Co., Illinois on 4 Jul 1863. Six years after he deserted the family, she divorced James Mehaffey in Shawnee County, Kansas in April, 1886. She m. (2) Luther H. Root, date unknown at this time. She d. at Wilsey, Kansas 27 Jun 1920. She had 6 children by her first marriage: Margaret Isabel ("Dollie"), b. 7 Dec 1864, m. Sylvester Flitch, had 3 daughters, Eva Barbara, Sylvia Martha and Audrey Lena, who were raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Dollie d. Denver, Colorado 14 Apr 1943; Elmer Douglass, b. 1865, d. unmarried Los Angeles, California 9 Nov 1892; Martha R. ("Mattie), b. 19 Sept. 1867, m. twice, (1) Edwin McClelland, (2) Jim Alexander, had one son, Elmer McClelland; Leslie John (or Joy), d. when young, 2-3 years old; Flora Mehaffey, b. June, 1870, m. John F. Lonsinger, had 3 children: Roy, Ethel and Martha Lena, Flora d. 12 Dec 1963, Denver, Colorado; Estella May Mehaffey, b. 9 Jun 1876 in Des Moines, Iowa, m. George K. Bunce 24 Sep 1893, at Tecumseh, Kansas, had 8 children (see Bunce history), Estella d. 8 Jan 1935 at Denver, Colorado. 2. Culver Jackson, b. 29 Apr. 1848, d. 14 Sept. 1849. 3. Mary Davis Jackson, b. 12 Jul 1850, Oquawka, Henderson Co., Illinois, m. Dr. Joseph Deweese Stevens as his second wife, in Peru, Chautauqua Co., Kansas. She d. 24 Jul 1936, Guthrie, Oklahoma. Before her marriage she worked as postmistress in Peru, Kansas. No children. 4. Bellina J. Jackson, b. 25 Nov 1852, Oquawka, Henderson Co., Illinois, d. 4 Sept. 1853 at Oquawka. 5. Amanda Lucretia Jackson, b. 4 Nov 1854, Henderson Co., Illinois, m. William C. Council 12 Nov 1876 at Topeka, Kansas, had one daughter Bertle, b. 13 Jun 1882. Amanda d. 8 Oct 1926, Cedar Vale, Kansas. 6. Lewis E. Jackson, b. 3 Apr 1857, m. Amanda Ashpaugh, they separated in 1893. No children. He d. at Guthrie, Oklahoma 6 Sep 1896. From pp. 416-17 of Potrait and Biographical Record of McDonough, and Henderson Counties, Illinois, published 1894 in Chicago by Lake City Publishing Co. "Asa Jackson, who is numbered among the early settlers of Henderson County, his home now being on section 4, Rozetta Township, was born on the 28th of January, 1817, in Jackson County, Ind., and is a son of Willington and Elsie (Davis) Jackson. The father was born in Virginia and was of English descent. In the family were thirteen children, and, with one exception, all grew to mature years, but only three are living at this writing (in the spring of 1894), namely: Asa of this sketch; ELISHA, WHO NOW FOLLOWS FARMING IN KANSAS [emphasis added]; and Lewis [Civil War veteran, b.ca. 1835, served in 16th Ill. Cavalry, Co. F, who died unmarried at State Veterans Home in Hot Springs, South Dakota 2 Dec 1900], who is an agriculturist of the same State. The father continued to live in the Old Dominion until about thirty years of age, when he emigrated westward to Indiana, making the journey by team. He became one of the pioneer settlers of Jackson County, and there entered land from the Government, his claim being located near Brownstown. After erecting a log cabin, he began to clear and improve the farm, and in the midst of the forest developed a good home. The Indians were still in the neighborhood, and the white settlers, therefore, were frequently compelled to seek protection in forts. Mr. Jackson remained in the Hoosier State until his death, which occurred in 1840. He was a member of the Methodist Church, and a highly respected citizen. His wife passed away several years previous. "Asa Jackson was reared upon the old homestead farm in the county of his nativity, and attended a subscription school, which was held in a log schoolhouse two miles from his home. He is largely self-educated, however, for he could attend school only through the winter season, when there was a lull in the farm work. He began to earn his own livelihood at the age of eighteen years, by working as a farm hand at $8 per month. He was thus employed for two years after which he rented land and began farming in his own interest. He continued the cultivation of property belonging to others until 1849, when he left his native State and came to Illinois. "Previous to his removal, Mr. Jackson was married, having in 1836 led to the marriage altar Miss L. Henlider [her full name was Lavisa M. Hinderliter]. By their union have been born seven children: Michael [age 11 in 107th family on 1850 Henderson Co., Ill. census], who is now deceased; Adeline [age 10 in 1850 Ill. census], widow of John Morse; Eveline [age 8 in 1850 Ill. census;], wife of Eli Beaty [marriage record gives her name as Emily A., married 25 Dec 1861]; Lavina [age 7 in 1850 Ill. census], wife of George Brown [married 10 Feb 1867]; Eliza [probably was daughter named Mary, age 2 in 1850 Ill. census], wife of Alexander Smith [marriage record shows the name of Eliza M., married in Henderson Co., Ill. on 9 Mar 1876]; Mahala [age 5 in 1850 Ill. census], wife of Hugh Haines [in Vol. II, p. 111 of Henderson County, Illinois Cemeteries, there are records for the graves of Hugh Haines and Mahala in the Reed Cemetery; his gravestone reads: "Hugh Haines, born 18 Jan 1854, died 23 Jan 1899," and hers reads: "Mahala Jackson, his wife, born 20 Jun 1848, died 12 Oct 1905, also wife of W. Russell"]; and Ellen [not on in 1850 Ill. census, probably born after 1850], wife of David Penrose. [It appears from Mahala's gravestone record that the ages of Mahala and her sister, Eliza Mary, were mixed up on the 1850 Illinois census, i.e. Mahala's age should have been recorded at age 2 and Eliza at age 5.] "It was in 1849 that Mr. Jackson came to Henderson County, and purchased eighty-one acres of land on section 8, Rozetta Township. Only a few acres had been broken, the greater part of it being still in its primitive condition; but he at once began to cultivate it, and soon the entire amount was put under the plow. Good buildings and other improvements were made, and in the course of time the farm became one of the best in the neighborhood. Mr. Jackson continued to make his home thereon until 1893, when he sold his first property, and removed to the farm where he now resides. His life has been a busy and useful one, and as the result of his industry, perserverence and good management he has acquired a comfortable competence. In his political views, Mr. Jackson has long been a supporter of the Republican party, and is a member of the Christian Church. During his long residence in this county he has made many friends, and it is with pleasure that we present this record of his life to our readers." On p. 140 of vol. II of Henderson County, Illinois Cemeteries, by Virginia Ross and Jane Evans, c. 1979-1981, in 2 volumes, published in Owensboro, Kentucky by McDowell Publications, there are records of gravestones in the Rozetta Cemetery. Asa Jackson, his wife and several other Jacksons were buried there. One was a daughter not mentioned above, whose gravestone reads: Josephine Jackson, daughter of A. and L., died Oct. 3, 1856, age 3y, 12d. Asa's gravestone shows his date of birth was 28 Jan 1817, and he died 6 Jul 1898. His wife's gravestone shows her name was Lavisa M. Jackson who was born 31 Mar 1819 (1850 Ill. census gives her birthplace as New York, age 29, probably one of the six daughters and two sons of Michael and Mary Hinderliter of Jackson County, Indiana), and died 27 Oct 1865 at age 46 and is buried in the Rozetta Cemetery next to her husband, Asa Jackson. Also buried there is Lavisa's sister, Lavina (Hinderliter) Jackson, wife of Asa and Elisha's older brother, Jordon Jackson, who were married in Jackson County, Indiana 18 Apr 1836. Her gravestone reads: Lavina Jackson, wife of Jordon, died Oct. 26, 1854, age 36y, 8m, 23d. This gravestone record confirms a story handed down in our family that Jordon Jackson lived at Oquawka for a while then returned to Jackson County, Indiana, where he died. It was also said that Jordon and Lavina Jackson had 16 children, but that seems improbable unless Jordon married twice, because at the time of the 1850 Jackson Co., Indiana census, p. 170, Carr township, where Jordon's age was recorded as 35, born in Tennessee, and Lavina was age 32, born in Kentucky, there were only 6 children in their home, all born in Indiana: Fanny, female, age 11; Hilsey, female, age 7; Leuvisa, female, age 5; William F., male, age 3; Rebecca, female, age 1; and Joel, male, age 1 month. Even if Lavina had had one child a year after 1850 until her death in 1854, they would have had a total of only 10 or 11 children. Another grave in the Rozetta Cemetery is for Andrew Jackson, d. Nashville, Tenn. May 25, 1865, age 39y (Leg.). From a story passed down in the family, Andrew was one of the brothers who served in the Civil War, so he may not actually be buried there, but the stone was perhaps erected in his memory. On p. 146 of vol. II of this book are records in Stockton Cemetery of the graves of the infant children of ELISHA DAVIS JACKSON and ISABEL CELIA (MILHOLLEN) JACKSON who died young, Culver and Bellina Isabella. Their gravestones read: Bellina Isabella Jackson, daughter of E.D. & I.C., d. Sept. 1, 1853, age 9m, 10d; and Culver Jackson, son of E.D. & I.C., d. Sept. 14, 1849, age 1y, 1m, 15d. In a publication, "The Hoosier Journal of Ancestry" Vol. VII--No. 3, July, 1980, on page 24, Willington Jackson's name appeared in in the First Order Book of the Jackson County Circuit Court during its term of April 7-9, 1817. In the civil action of Cornelius Lyster v. James Courtney it states: "Willinton Jackson claims 7 days attendance for plaintiff," which would indicate that he and his family were in Jackson County, Indiana by 1817. In Illinois state census records, Willington's first name sometimes was spelled as "Millington." The name of "Meliton Jackson" appeared on the 1820 Jackson Co., Indiana census. His family consisted of 4 males under 10 years of age, 2 aged 10-16, one aged 26-45, no females listed. In 1840, Willington Jackson's household consisted of 2 males under age 5, 1 between 5-10, 1 male between 10-15 years of age, 2 males between 15-20, 1 male between 50-60 (probably Willington himself), 1 female between 15 and 20 (probably their only daughter, Elizabeth, believed to have married Anderson Wray, 30 Aug 1849, in Jackson Co., Indiana), and 1 female aged between 50 and 60 (probably Elsie or Mary (Davis) Jackson). Willington's name does not appear on the 1850 Jackson Co., Indiana census. Family letters indicate that he died January, 1847, not in 1840, as stated in the biographical sketch on Asa Jackson above. Letters from Mary Davis (Jackson) Stevens to her great niece, Estella May (Mehaffey) Bunce, give these names as the children of Willington and Elsie/Mary (Davis) Jackson: Joel, James (d. young, when thrown from a horse), Daniel (Mexian War vet, perhaps the same Daniel Jackson, age 26, on p. 175 of the 1850 Jackson Co., Ind. census in the 80th family of Joel Hinderlider, who also may have been the Daniel Jackson, who m. Nancy E. Peck, 12 Feb 1854), Asa, Elisha Davis, Jordon, Lewis W. (b.ca. 1835, d. unmar.), Andrew (d. in Civil War), Coleman (father of Annie Jackson living with Elisha Jackson in Kansas in 1880), Henry Jackson (was Civil War vet, m. Myra _______, lived in Kansas City and Argentine, Wisconsin), son named S., and only daughter Elizabeth. The name of their 12th son may have been Byram Jackson, age 39, in 1850 Jackson Co., Indiana census, who resided next door to Luanna (Cordell) Jackson, p. 115 on census. The son "S." might have been Dr. Solomon Jackson, b. ca. 1818 who m. Elizabeth Olive Crane in Jackson Co., Indiana on 7 Nov 1842, and later lived at Columbus, Bartholomew Co. Indiana. No one has been able to locate a grave for Willington and his wife in Jackson County. Another man named Mathias Jackson also appears on the records for Jackson County, b. 13 Jul 1786 in North Carolina, d. 24 Jun 1875 Jackson Co., Indiana. It has been suggested that he was a brother of Willington/Millington Jackson, as they only lived a few miles from each other, were close to the same age, and based on Joel Jackson, Sr.'s birthplace, it seems that Willington lived for a while in North Carolina as well. On pg. 5 of the census of Shawnee County, Kansas, Monmouth Township, Enumeration Dist. 17, taken 5th day of June 1880, the 41st family enumerated was that headed by Elisha Jackson. He gave the census taker the information that his father (Willington Jackson) was born in Virginia, and his mother (Elsie (or perhaps Mary, based on family stories) (Davis) Jackson was born in Tennessee. Also residing with him and his wife was the family of his eldest daughter, Martha Jane (Jackson) Mehaffey ("Mehaffee" on the censu), who had been abandoned by her husband. Joel Jackson of the sketch below is believed to have been a nephew of Elisha Davis Jackson. Joel was a son of Elisha's older brother and eldest child of Willington and Elsie (Davis) Jackson, Joel Jackson, Sr., b. 12 Oct 1801, North Carolina d. in Jackson Co., Indiana 18 Nov 1847. He m. Luanna Cordell (marriage record shows her name as Susannah) in Jackson Co., Indiana in 28 Nov 1829. She was b. 24 Apr 1814. Luanna (Cordell) Jackson married a second husband, Mr. Blevins, by whom she had one son, Robert. Her first marriage produced 8 children, all born in Jackson Co., Indiana: 1. Elizabeth b. 21 Mar 1831, no further record, perhaps died young. 2. Greenwood, b. 16 Dec 1833, believed to have lived and died at Ames, Oklahoma, as John's sons remembered "uncle Green" in Ames, Oklahoma. 3. Joel, Jr., b. 30 Apr 1835, see sketch below. 4. Margaret Jane, b. 8 Feb 1838, m. George Burch or Birch, no children, but helped raise Jesse, youngest son of her brother John. She is said to be buried at Ames, Oklahoma. 5. Byram, b. 5 May 1841, d. 23 Dec. 1842. 6. Jesse, b. 22 Dec 1843, m. Nancy Ann Forgey 11 Apr 1867, d. 13 Jan 1917, moved to Yates Center, Kansas about 1871; had 9 children: Leander Willington, b. 19 Apr 1868 in Indiana; Edna Jane, b. 3 Aug 1870; Effie Mae, b. 13 Jan 1872 in Kansas; John Forgey, b. 10 Mar 1874; Cleophas Hugh, b. 3 Nov 1875; Jesse Lafayette, b. 1 Nov 1878; Grover Cleveland, b. 3 Nov 1884; William Ira, b. 25 Feb 1887 in Kansas. Jesse Jackson is buried at Rose, Kansas. 7. John, b. 9 Jun 1845, d. 5 Feb 1923, married 3 times. Story was told that his first wife and baby were burned in a prairie fire. He had 6 children by his second wife Mary Katherine (Kate) Robinson (b. 11 Jul 1850, d. 12 Oct 1889): Mary Katherine ("Mollie") b. 1 Apr 1878, Deerfield, Missouri; Laura, b. 1880; John William, b. 15 Nov 1881 in Missouri; Grant, b. 24 Dec 1885 in Arkansas; Jesse Oscar, b. 7 Jun 1889 in Kansas; and one daughter, Jewel, by his third wife, Julia, whom he probably married at Burlington, Kansas. This third marriage ended in divorce when he was around 50 years old or 1895. John is said to be buried at Alden, Oklahoma. He was a Union Army Civil War vet, also said to have taken part in campaigns against the Indians with Sherman and Custer. When his second wife died, he gave his children to his brothers and sisters to raise, and they saw very little of their father after that. 8. William Ira, b. 10 Apr 1848, d. 25 Dec 1935, m. Carrie Eliza _______. He is buried at Humboldt, Kansas. No children, but they helped raise two of John's sons. The birthdates and death dates of Joel Jackson's children are from a letter from a descendant of John Jackson. The dates of birth for all the above children of Joel Jackson, Sr. match the ages of these children on the 1850 Jackson Co., Indiana census, pg. 115, Salt Creek Township, in the household headed by their mother, Luannah Jackson, age 38, birthplace possibly Kentucky. The following record is taken from pp. 571-72 of Biographical Record of Bartholomew and Jackson Counties, published 1904, in Indianapolis, Indiana by B. A. Bowen. JOEL JACKSON "One of the honored citizens and native sons of Jackson county, where he has maintained his home for nearly seventy years, is he whose name introduces this brief sketch, and he is a scion of one of the representative pioneer families of this now opulent and attractive section of the state. "Mr. Jackson was born on the old homestead farm in Salt Creek township on the 30th of April, 1835, and bears the full patronymic of his father, Joel Jackson, Sr., who was a native of North Carolina, where he remained until 1813, when he came to Indiana, making the trip with team and wagon, in company with his parents, having been about twelve years old at the time. The family was numbered among the very first settlers in Jackson county, and the father of the subject did his part in initiating the work of developing the wild land to cultivation and his early experiences in the forest wilds included not only the labors involved in clearing off the timber and underbrush but also the hunting of various wild animals which found habitat here. He was a hard worker, a man of distinctive energy and ambition, and he died in the very prime of life, honored by all who knew him. His wife, whose maiden name was Anna Cordill, survived him by a number of years. They became the parents of six children, namely: Elizabeth and Greenwood, both of whom are deceased; Joel, the immediate subject of this review; and Jesse, Margaret J., John and William I. Joel Jackson, Sr. was a Democrat in politics and was a prominent figure in local affairs of a public nature, having been captain of a company of militia for some time having been prospered in a temporal way, reclaiming a good farm in Salt Creek township. "The subject of this sketch grew up under the influences and conditions of the pioneer epoch and lent his aid in the reclaiming and cultivation of the home farm, while his early educational advantages were such as were afforded in the common schools of the locality, the same being maintained principally upon the subscription plan and being necessarily somewhat primitive in character. He early manifested a marked mechanical ability and as a youth became a skilled wagonmaker, to which trade he has continued to devote more or less attention throughout life, while he has also been constantly identified with the great basic industry of agriculture. Through consecutive application and good management he has attained a position of independence and definite prosperity, while he has so ordered his life in all its relations as to ever command the esteem and confidence of all with whom he has come in contact. It may be further said that in connection with his mechanical pursuits he, in the early days, manufactured many wagons, doing all the work by hand and securing the necessary timber from the tree, cutting and spliting the lumber and not utilizing sawed lumber of any description in the entire operation. He also enjoyed the sports of the field and forest and has killed many deer in the township where he now maintains his home owning a fine farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Salt Creek township, and having made excellent improvements in the way of buildings, etc. In politics he clings to the faith in which he was reared and is a staunch adherent of the Democratic party, in whose cause he has ever shown a lively interest. He and his wife are consistent and valued members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Freetown. "On the 17th of April, 1856, was solemnized the marriage of Mr Jackson to Miss Sarah Reeda, [correct surname for Sarah was Reedy, b. 22 Oct 1836, d. 14 Sep 1904, Freetown, Jackson Co., Indiana], a daughter of William and Elizabeth [Motsinger] Reeda, who came to Jackson County from Pennsylvania in the pioneer days, Mr. Reeda being a farmer and blacksmith by vocation. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson have ten children: Laban [b. ca. 1860], Greenwood [b. 16 Jan 1861, d. 1 Feb 1880], Rome [b. ca. 1863, m. Margaret Carmichael, d. 1945], Charlotte ["Lottie" b. ca. 1865, m. James Henry Strawn], Jefferson ["Jeff" b. ca. 1865], Jason [b. ca. 1870, m. Clara?], Minnie B. [b. 8 Jun 1872, d. 4 Nov 1880], Olive [b. 30 Aug 1874, d. 6 Feb 1896], Gilbert [b. 21 Jul 1877] and Nora [b. 18 Jan 1881, m. John Mortimer Hamilton, 30 Jul 1905, d. 1 Apr 1929]." [Another son was born to Joel and Elizabeth (Reedy) Jackson, who was not listed in the above sketch, Will Jackson, who was born after Gilbert and before Nora, but his exact date of birth was not provided; it is possible that he died young. Joel Jackson, Jr. died on 14 Aug 1919.] Finally, it was passed down in the family of John Jackson, son of Joel Jackson, Sr., and also in the family of Elisha Davis Jackson that they both claimed to be cousins of General "Stonewall" Jackson of the Civil War, but thus far we have been unable to find the exact degree of kinship, if any, and have been unable to find where in Virginia or possibly West Virginia that Willington Jackson was born, sometime between 1780 and 1790. Dated: May 29, 1995. * * * * * * * * * People who helped contribute to the above record: Bonnie Bunce, daughter of Leslie R. Bunce Leslie R. Bunce, great grandson of Elisha Davis Jackson James Fletcher of Neoga, Illinois, Jackson surname researcher Rebah Fraustein, professional genealogist of Indianapolis, Indiana, hired by Mrs. Dorothy (Bunce) Z. Lundbom sister of Leslie R. Bunce John W. Hanneman, 1992 member of Prodigy computer network of of California, who was related to wife of Dr. Solomon Jackson Mrs. Danny (Ruth) Jackson of West Jefferson, Ohio (1978), wife of Danny Jackson, great-great grandson of Joel Jackson, Sr. through Joel's son, John Jackson Mary Davis (Jackson) Stevens, daughter of Elisha Davis Jackson Norman Morris of Seymour, Indiana, provided Jackson County, Indiana marriage records to Bonnie Bunce Larry D. Wayt, Richmond, Indiana, descendant of Joel Jackson, Sr. through Joel's son, Joel Jackson, Jr.