Thank you for the information on JJL and Oak Hill Academy. I had no idea he was one of the founders. Does it still exist?
Jane, JJL's mother is a mystery to me and the rest of the family genealogist/descendants of Adaiah and Catherine Sherwood of Washington County. We know that JJL (b: 1843, d: 1917) and his older brother Uriah (b: 1824, d: 1912) were raised in the household of Adaiah & Catherine Sherwood, but JJL and possibly Uriah are doubtful as children of Adaiah & Catherine due to their advanced age at time of Uriah & JJL's birth. Jane's age of 76 in the 1880 census makes her about the same age as Adaiah & Catherine's daughter Jinsia (Feb 6, 1805). We know absolutely nothing about Jinsia either beyond her birth date which was entered in Adaiah's Bible Record. This is unusual because we have been able to document much about the the other children of Adaiah and Catherine. Several of us suspect that Jinsia is the "Jane" listed as "Mother" by JJL in the 1880 census of Grayson Census.
Hope you're successful in finding out more about her. Believe she died in Grayson County, because JJL moved to Watauga County, NC in 1880s and no record of her there.
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