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Margaret Jackson (Becraft)

Also Known As: "Peggy Becraft"
Birthplace: Bath County, Kentucky, United States
Death: Died in Decatur County, Indiana, United States
Place of Burial: Marion Township, Decatur County, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Benjamin Franklin Becraft and Elizabeth Becraft (McDaniel)
Wife of Burrell Jackson
Mother of William Jackson; Elizabeth Kirkpatrick; Nancy Elizabeth Weaver; Mary Hanks; John Hope Jackson and 1 other
Sister of Rebecca Newman (Becraft); Betsy Casseldine; William Becraft; Nancy Fiscus; Ann Evans and 2 others

Managed by: Ben M. Angel
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About Margaret Jackson

From Robert Parkison's page on Margaret Becraft:

•ID: I47

•Name: Margaret "Peggy" BECRAFT

•Given Name: Margaret "Peggy"

•Surname: Becraft

•Nickname: Peggy

•Sex: F

•Birth: 1806 in Bath County, Kentucky 1

•Death: 1876 in Decatur County, Indiana 1

•Burial: Jackson Family Cemetery, Marion Twp., Decatur County, Indiana

•Reference Number: 136 1


•Change Date: 25 Jan 2010 at 09:18


•FORM: jpg

•FILE: C:\Legacy\Pictures\PICTURES\Margaret Beecraft Jackson.jpg

•Title: Margaret Beecraft Jackson Headstone

•Note: In Jackson Family Cemetery

•_DATE: 11 Nov 2007




Father: Benjamin BECRAFT b: 1733

Mother: Elizabeth MCDANIEL b: Abt 1763 in Maryland

Marriage 1 Burrell JACKSON b: 30 Mar 1797 in Mt. Sterling, Bath County, Kentucky

•Married: 14 Aug 1823 in Bath County, Kentucky 2 3


Bondsman Levi Fortune

The website has the names Russel Jackson to Margaret Becroft. Believe when the record was transcibed from the original longhand, since B and R very similar and also small r and s, that this is Burrel Jacskon and Margaret Becraft. Bio for their son John Hope Jackson states that his parents were married in Kentucky before coming to Indiana and no record of an Indiana Marriage found.

Jackson Bible has date as Aug 24 1823, married by Rev. David Douglass

•Change Date: 17 Dec 2009


1. William JACKSON b: 17 Jun 1824 in Decatur County, Indiana

2. Elizabeth JACKSON b: 12 Jan 1828 in Decatur County, Indiana

3. Nancy JACKSON b: 30 Nov 1831 in Decatur County, Indiana

4. Mary JACKSON b: 11 Dec 1833 in Decatur County, Indiana

5. John Hope JACKSON b: 4 Mar 1841 in Decatur County, Indiana

6. Martha Ann JACKSON b: 6 Feb 1844 in Decatur County, Indiana


1.Abbrev: .

Title: .

2.Media: Online Webb

Abbrev: usgenweb/ky/bath/vitals/marriages/j.txt

Title: usgenweb/ky/bath/vitals/marriages/j.txt

Author: Annie Walker Burns


Bath County Kentucky Records, Marriage Records.

3.Media: Bible

Abbrev: Family Bible

Title: Family Bible

•ID: I028

•Name: Margaret Becraft

•Sex: F

•Birth: 1806 in Bath County, Kentucky

•Death: 1876 in Decatur County, Indiana

Father: Benjamin Becraft

Mother: Elizabeth McDaniel

Marriage 1 Burrell Jackson b: 30 MAR 1797 in MT Sterling, Bath, KY

•Marriage Contract: 12 AUG 1822 in Bath County, Kentucky; Marriage contract: Transcription on USGEN WEB Bath County, KY


1. Rebbecca Jackson b: in Decatur County, Indiana

2. Nancy Jackson b: in Decatur County, Indiana

3. Anna Jackson b: in Decatur County, Indiana

4. William Jackson b: 17 JUN 1824 in Kentucky

5. John Hope Jackson b: 4 MAR 1841 in Decatur, IN

6. Martha Ann Jackson b: 6 FEB 1844 in Decatur County, Indiana

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Margaret Jackson's Timeline

Bath County, Kentucky, United States
Age 15
Washington Township, Decatur County, IN, USA

"(Burrell Jackson) came to the wilds of Decatur County in 1821 in company with the family of his wife's parents (Becraft) and all made a permanent settlement in Washington township. Later he bought land on section 35, township 10, range 9, and farmed until his death in 1869." Source: Jackson Family History, Greensburg Public Library, Greensburg, IN

Ben notes: Coming from Bath County in Kentucky, this represents a distance of about 140 miles, or a week's journey at 20 miles a day. It's also worth noting that Washington Township (formed on May 14, 1822) originally included the territories of both Sand Creek and Marion townships. Therefore, the "move" from Washington Township to Marion Township may not have been a migration at all, but rather simply the formation of a new township, first as part of Sand Creek Township on May 2, 1825, and then as Marion Township on May 3, 1831. To date, the Section-Township-Range of the supposed first land grant location has not been identified.

According to the History of Decatur County
,,,at the time when Burrell arrived around 1820, Indiana (which had its first wave of migrants already) the state population reached a total of 147,178 people, up from 24,520 the decade before. On October 6, 1818, the U.S. Government signed with the Miami and Delaware tribes the Treaty of St. Mary's, which opened all lands in southern and central Indiana to settlers up to the Wabash River ('s ). As a result, the Federal government sent out surveyors into Decatur County in 1820, and by October, had a land office organized for the area at Brookville (25 miles east of present Greensburg in neighboring Franklin County, taking place about a month after the last of the tribes had vacated the region).

The first lands given out in Decatur County went to John Shellhorn on October 3, 1820, who selected lands that he thought would eventually become the county seat between the Big and Little Flatrock rivers. When the Indiana legislature selected boundaries that placed Shellhorn's claim in a remote corner of Decatur County, his dream of building Rockville came to an end, and he died shortly after.

Meanwhile, the Fugits were first to arrive in Decatur County in the 1820-21 rush. Others who arrived in Washington Township around the same time as Burrell and the Becrafts were: John Davis, John Moore, John Walker, Benjamin Walker, Alvah H. Graves, Joseph Rutherford, Hugh Montgomery, Henry Montgomery, Andrew Horsely, Elijah Tremain, Samuel Logan, Erastus Lathrop, James Richardson, David Williamson, John House, J. P. Richardson, Otha White, Eli Eggleston, Philip Dayton, John Nelson, David Dalrymple, Charles D. Misner, William Hendrickson, Samuel Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Nathaniel Patton, James E. Hamilton, John Logan, William Elder, William Floyd. Robert Retherford, Joseph Retherford, James Sefton, Barlow Aldrich and Zachariah Townsend. (Those who arrived the autumn before,around the same time as the Fugits, included: Benjamin Drake, William Ross, Joshua Cobb, John Marrs, Thomas Hendricks, James Wooley, James Elder, Robert Elder, Andrew Elder, Adam R. Meek, Joseph Pryor, Allen Pryor and William Parks.)

August 12, 1822
Age 16
Bath County, Kentucky, United States
June 17, 1824
Age 18
Kentucky, United States
January 12, 1828
Age 22
Decatur County, Indiana, United States
November 30, 1831
Age 25
Decatur County, Indiana, United States
December 11, 1833
Age 27
Decatur County, Indiana, United States
March 4, 1841
Age 35
Marion Township, Decatur County, Indiana, United States
February 6, 1844
Age 38
Decatur County, Indiana, United States
Age 70
Decatur County, Indiana, United States