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Elizabeth Jackson (Cummins)

Also Known As: "Great Grandmother of Stonewall Jackson"
Birthdate: (101)
Birthplace: London, England
Death: Died in Clarksburg, Harrison Co., Virginia (now West Virginia), USA
Place of Burial: Jackson Cemetery, Jackson Mill, Clarksburg, Lewis County, West Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lord Robert Cummins and Lady Maria Cummins
Wife of John Jackson
Mother of Col. George William Blair Jackson; Thomas Jackson; Colonel Edward Haddon Jackson; Sophia Davis (Jackson); Mary Sarah Reger and 12 others

Occupation: housewife
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About Elizabeth Jackson


Sent from England to America to serve 7 years restitution on the ship Litchfield. Elizabeth met and fell in love with John Jackson on the ship from London to America. Raised by an unwed aunt. Elizabeth was over 6 feet tall, blond hair, amazing strength, Viking features, and died at 105 years of age.

 Elizabeth Zane Chapter - West Virginia State Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Elizabeth Cummins Jackson, Biography

by Prudence Sarah Hinkle, great great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cummins Jackson

     Elizabeth Cummins was born in England in 1724 and died in 1825.  She was a passenger on the sailing vessel of Captain John Jackson. They were married in 1755.
     When the ship on which Elizabeth Cummins crossed the Atlantic reached the port in Baltimore, the British Custom House officers wanted to open her big chest stored with her wardrobe, heirlooms of silver, linen, and an inheritance of one thousand pounds in gold.  She seated herself upon the chest, refusing to allow the search. She and her chest were undisturbed.
     When she arrived in New York she found that her sister's family who preceded her had died of yellow fever. She returned to Baltimore to the home of English friends until 1755 when she married Captain John Jackson.  In 1769 they moved to Upshur County, West Virginia, where they built a cabin and Jackson Fort.
     One of the first noted acts of Elizabeth Cummins Jackson was to win her new home on the Buckhannon River obtaining, in her own name, a patent from the commonwealth of Virginia for three thousand acres of land. This included the site of Buckhannon, West Virginia. It was paid for with the gold she had brought from England.
     At the outbreak of the Revolution there began a long period of Indian warfare. John Jackson and his four sons, George, Edward, John, Jr., and Henry, bore an active part.  The first company of soldiers in the country was raised by George Jackson in November 1778. The Indian wars began in 1777 and lasted continuously until 1795.
     While her husband and sons were serving in the Continental troops of the Revolutionary war, she was left commander of the fort, a trust she bravely and loyally kept. She had studied the Indian tactics so thoroughly that she apprehended them from afar.  The Indians' "war whoop" did not frighten her and she fought them like a man. She was a kind, gentle woman with a sympathy for the frightened women and terrorized children. She gathered them into the fort at the approach of danger. Later John Jackson and Elizabeth Cummins Jackson moved to Clarksburg and it was there her last Indian fight was made on Main Street at Elk Creek.
     On July 20, 1784, the first court of Harrison County was held at her house. When she and her husband gave up their home they moved into the home of their son, George Jackson.  After George moved to Ohio in 1807, she made her home with her grandson, John G. Jackson, in his palatial mansion on the hill of Clarksburg. This was the home he built for his first bride, Mary Payne, a sister of Dollie Madison. Their marriage took place in the White House in 1801 and has the distinction of being the first wedding in that historic mansion.
     Elizabeth Cummins Jackson was a pure Saxon type in personal appearance. She was tall with a commanding physique with fair skin, blue eyes, and light hair. She was well educated, lived to the great age of one hundred and one, and died at the home of her grandson, Judge John G. Jackson. She was buried in the old Jackson graveyard in East Clarksburg. She was the great grandmother of "Stonewall" Jackson, of Civil War fame. 

 Elizabeth Cummins was born in England 08 Jan 1729. She was orphaned as a child and was reared by a maiden aunt. After her aunt's death, Elizabeth came to New York in search of her sister. Finding that her sister had died of Yellow Fever, Elizabeth then moved to Cecil County MD to live with friends from London.
 In "Hacker's Creek Journal" Vol XVI, Issure 3, 1998, John Jackson presents another story of John Jackson and Elizabeth Cummins's life in England. Jackson states that both John and Elizabeth were transported to America as convicted felons in 1749 aboard the "Litchifield." Elizabeth Cummins, also known as Elizabeth Little was convicted in the first week of April of 1749 of stealing a long list of property from the home of Thomas Holland in the Parish of St. Catherine Coleman. Elizabeth's accomplice, Hannah Martin, testified against Elizabeth and she was saved from hanging by a plea for leniency by Mrs. Holland.
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Elizabeth Jackson's Timeline

January 8, 1724
London, England
January 9, 1757
Age 33
January 9, 1757
Age 33
Cecil County, Province of Maryland
May 9, 1757
Age 33
Buchanan, Bedford, Virginia, USA
March 1, 1759
Age 35
Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia), USA
Age 35
November 9, 1763
Age 39
Howards Lick, Hardy, Virginia, United States
Age 43
Hampshire County, Virginia, now, Hardy County, West Virginia, Colonial America
Age 45
Howards Lick, Hardy, Virginia, United States