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Posted by: Sharon Lemkuil (ID *****3647) Date: November 10, 2009 at 14:27:43
In Reply to: Re: JACKS and GENTRY by Philip Palma of 1913

Dear Philip,

I have an original copy of the biography of "Benjamin Franklin Jacks, 1839 to 1924" written in 1962 by Frank O. Jacks [Franklin Orrin Jacks, son of James Solomon Jacks, son of Benjamin Franklin Jacks]. 50 copies were made. There is no mention of the names of the parents of Ivan and Solomon in this document, or in any letters written by our family. In fact, the information we do have specifies that we do not know who their parents were.

I have documented my line back to Solomon Jacks and Levina Macomber. Levina's line is documented back to William Macomber and from his wife to Richard Warren and Francis Cook, Mayfower passengers and signers of the Mayflower Compact.

I have written to Gentry researchers, and they have difficulty placing Patsey/Patsy Gentry Jacks in the family. All census information for Solomon Jacks in Surry Co., NC in 1810 and 1820 is for female children. As Patsey appears in the 1830 and 1840 census of Surry Co., NC as HOH, with no males in the household, and our information says that Solomon and Ivan's parents died when they were young, this leads me to believe that it is not possible that these were the sons of Solomon Jacks and Patsey Gentry.

Ivan (19 years old) and Solomon (17 years old) are known to be in Gallia Co., OH in 1828 which is when they make the acquaintance of the Macomber's. Census information says in 1830 that they were "born Ohio" but later census information says they were born in North Carolina. Levi Jacks, son of Ivan, said they were born in "ole Caroline" although some family stories say the Jacks were from Pennsylvania. What seems to be the most reliable family information says that they came to Ohio through Kentucky and Tennessee from North Carolina. If you look on a map, this makes sense - they would have traveled directly north from Surry Co., NC to Gallia Co., OH across the Ohio River.

It is interesting to note that their travels seem to coincide with the date of the will of Richard Jacks in Surry Co., NC.

If you have specific family stories you might be able to share, or the source of the Ancestry information, I would greatly appreciate hearing that!

I have never heard of any Jacks connection to Native American heritage or blood, however, there were Indians who took the last name "Jack". I have heard that the Jacks' were originally from Scotland, moving through Wales and England before coming to the American colonies. Bagpipes and Scottish garb were at the Jacks' picnics in Idaho.

How do you relate to the Jacks'?


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