Terry is my 3rd cousin. We are both researching our Jackson family history; we are both at a brickwall with our Joseph A. Jackson. We also both believe the 1911 genealogy report we have been working from is not accurate. It was written in 1911 by John Smith Avant from Macon, Georgia.
We believed this was a family history prepared by Dora Jackson Hartley, daughter of Joseph Etheridge Jackson, son of Joseph A. Jackson, but recently Terry has received a copy of the original report from another relative stating Mr. Avant was the researcher.
A copy of Dora Hartley's family history follows:
SUBJECT: LINEAL DESCENT FROM BENJAMIN CARTER JACKSON. (THE EMIGRANT) TO MRS. DORA JACKSON HARTLEY OF MCINTYRE, WILKINSON COUNTY, GA AND TO HER BROTHER AND SISTER
LINEAGE: BENJAMIN CARTER JACKSON, SON OF MOSES AND MARY FREDERICK JACKSON, WAS BORN IN VIRGINIA ABOUT 1750 A.D. HIS FATHER AND MOTHER EMIGRATED TO NORTH CAROLINA SOON AFTER BENJAMIN BIRTH. THE YEAR WAS 1770.
BENJAMIN C. JACKSON IMMIGRATED TO GEORGIA AND SETTLED IN ST.
GEORGE PARISH, UPON LAND OBTAINED FROM THE COLONIAL
GOVERNMENT. BENJAMIN C. JACKSON MARRIED (HIS COUSIN)
MARY, DAUGHTER OF JOSEPH FREDERICK JACKSON. BENJAMIN C. JACKSON AND MARY WERE PARENTS OF SONS AND DAUGHTERS.
1ST JOSEPH ABSOLEM (JACKSON, SR.), WHO WAS BORN IN 1772, DIED 1825 A.D. LEAVING FOUR SONS: BENJAMIN, JOSEPH ABSOLEM (JACKSON, JR.), JESSE, AND ANDREW JACKSON. THE FIRST SON WENT TO NEW YORK ABOUT 1841 A.D. AND DIED ABOUT 1910 WITHOUT CHILDREN, LEAVING A FORTUNE WHICH IS STILL UNSETTLED.
Terry has recently concluded since we can not find any connections to the early members mentioned in the genealogy report that this genealogy report isn't very accurate and may have been created in an effort to make a claim against Benjamin Jackson's fortune mentioned in the following newspaper article from 1911.
October 7, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
Greensboro, October 6. Recently there appeared in the daily press in the state an article stating that one hundred residents of Wilkinson county are heirs to an estate of $5,000,000 left by Benjamin Jackson, who died in New York, recently, at the age of ninty-two. The story was to the effect that Jackson's wife and only child died many years ago, and his nearest kin, are the children of his brothers and sisters, nearly all of whom live in Wilkinson.
Further, it says that Benjamin had four brothers and a sister, and was himself the son of Absalom Jackson, who fought in the American revolution. One of his brothers was the late Colonel James Jackson, of McIntyre, Wilkinson county. Following the death of his wife and child, Benjamin Jackson went to New York, engaged in the mercantile business and accumulated a fortune.
Through reliable sources it has been learned that nearer and more direct relatives of Jackson than the claimants residing in Wilkinson county are living. These are Mrs. Susie A. Neal, of Thomson, McDufffie county; and W. Andrew Jackson, of Houston, Texas, who are granddaughter and grandson respectively, of the late millionaire.
A thorough investigation is now being carried on by these heirs and information has been gained from them to the effect that Benjamin Jackson was born in Greene county, Ga., at Fort Creek, in that section of the county which was later cut off to form the county of Hancock.
The claimants have in their possession a letter written by Benjamin Jackson from New York to his children by his first wife, Nancy Atkins.
The children were Absalom Jackson, Daniel Washington Jackson and Lazareth Jackson, Martha Jackson and Andrew Jackson. The latter practiced law at Warrenton and died in 1856.
After the death of Jackson's first wife he married Mrs. Rebecca Burchelle Chamberlain, the couple having by this marriage two children, Florence and Rebecca Clarke Jackson, both of whom are now dead.
Jackson, with his second wife and children, moved to New York and resided on Liberty street. The claimants have a Bible originally belonging to Daniel Atkins, father of Nancy Atkins, Jackson's first wife. This Bible gives the birth of Nancy Atkings, and also birth of Benjamin Jackson as 1796 in Greene county.
The heirs who are trying to establish claim to the fortune are: Mrs. Susie A. Neal, of Thomason, Ga.; W. Andrew Jackson, Houston, Texas; these two being children of youngest son of Benjamin Jackson; J. D. Lazrnby, Mrs. David Adams, Mrs. David Brown, Mrs. John Hardaway, Mrs. T. J. Hardaway, all of McDuffie county; Mrs. Belle Denton, of Jefferson county, and James Ricketson, of LaGrange.
Source: Wilkinson county news articles 1910-1915
Do you recognize any of these names? What Jacksons from Georgia is your branch?
Terry will answer your e-mail and has communicated with two people connected with the DNA testing recently.
I would love to trade information with you. I have alot of unconnected Jackson info.
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