Posted By:Brett F. Woods
Subject:Orton, Jackson, Sackenfeather? ~ Christian County KY 1880
Post Date:November 11, 2006 at 16:40:16
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Forum:Christian County, KY Genealogy Forum
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I am attempting to identify the mother of Mary Frances "Fannie" Jackson who married James Orton in Christian County KY and who died in Christian County on 04-25-1949. Another researcher sent me the following newspaper article:

“In 1873, a wagon train arrived in Christian County. It had come from East Tennessee and was made up of relatives, among whom were Roberts, Whites, Murphys, and Ortens. Young Jimmy Orten, age 16, had ridden his horse all the way. His parents, the James Ortens, were members of this group. James lived on his part most of his long life. In addition to farming, he owned and operated sawmills and threshing machines. He served as magistrate for many years and was know as "Squire" Jim to differentiate him from "Reed" Jim and "Black" Jim - all James Ortens. He was a strong Republican and in his younger days spoke of Democrats as "stinking" Democrats! On April 29, 1880, he married Mary Frances Jackson, daughter of William Jackson and Margaret Sackenfeather. When they married Jim could not write. Fannie had some education so their Sundays were spent in her "sitting" him copies until he not only wrote but was a whiz in mathematics. The county schools were in session for just a few months each year so for several years they hired a teacher to stay with several months so their children could have extra instruction. They were both life-long members of the Christian Church, he becoming a member at Sweetwater, Tennessee, both were members at Macedonia and Ninth Street Church, Hopkinsville. Three children were born to them: James William, Mar. 5, 1881; Ora Mae (Brown), June 24, 1882; and Minnie Margaret (Durham) (Warren), Feb. 17, 1884. In addition to their three children they reared his nephew, Robert Stephenson, and their granddaughter, Dixie Marie Brown, daughter of Ora and Jarred. After his son Willie died in 1910 (buried at Castleberry) he lost his enthusiasm for farming and retired. About 1912 they moved to Hopkinsville where their home was the gathering place for North Christian farmers who stayed there when delivering tobacco or when hospitalization was needed. Jim died on his birthday, Dec. 3, 1938. Fannie lived with Ora until her death on April 26, 1949. Both were buried at Castleberry." (Kentucky New Era, Christian County Newspaper)

William Jackson is first found enumerated on page 509 of the 1870 Caldwell County KY Census, Princetown Township. He is married to Sarah J. Curry (b. Bedford TN, 1839), the daughter of Reuben Curry. Sarah Curry is William's second wife for, in 1870, the family is enumerated as follows:

Jackson, W.T. 41 GA (Carpenter)
Sarah J. 39 TN (Keeping House)
M.F. Female 17 GA (Attending School) ~ this would be the Mary Francis who married James Orten..later enumeration in 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 (with James Orten) indicate her birth in GA.
A.D. Male 9 GA (Attending School)
M.L. Female 1 KY [This child's name is Minnie, as William and Sarah Curry's first known child]

I am attempting to locate precisely where in Georgia William Jackson originated and to do so I need to identify what the precise spelling of "Sackenfeather" (his first wife's name) might be, as a Google query under “Sackenfeather” returns absolutely nothing…nor do queries in or

Any suggestions will be appreciated.