John Jay Jackson
|Also Known As:||"Jack Triplett"|
|Birthplace:||Clarksburg, Harrison, WV, USA|
|Death:||Died in Parkersburg, Wood, WV, USA|
Son of Judge John George Jackson, US Congress and Frances Amelia Jackson
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Descendents of John Jay Jackson b Feb 13 1800 d Jan 1 1877 Parkersburg WV
History of John Jay Jackson
1. John Jay4 Jackson (John George3, George2, John1) was born 13 February 1800 in Wood County, (West) Virginia, and died 01 January 1877 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. Burial: Aft. 01 July 1877, Riverview Cemetery, Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. Will: 07 July 1873, Parkersburg, Wood County, (West) Virginia1. He married (1) Emma G. Beeson 29 June 1823 in Wood County, (West) Virginia, daughter of Col. Jacob Beeson. She was born April 1800, and died 18 July 1842 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. Burial: Aft. 18 July 1842, Riverview Cemetery, Parkersburg, West Virginia. He married (2) Jane E. B. Gardner 17 July 1843 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, daughter of Andrew Gardner. She was born 30 December 1817 in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and died 30 September 1896 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. Burial: Aft. 30 September 1896, Riverview Cemetery, Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia
Early in life the Jackson’s lived on Fourth Street where at least three of the children were born. General Jackson purchased his first town lot in Parkersburg in 1829, where he built a larger home in a grove on the corner of Ann Street and Second or Third Streets. This beautiful two-story home faced Neale’s Island on the north and Blennerhassett Island to the south. On 14 June 1860 John and family were living in Parkersburg. He was a lawyer age 60, with real estate valued at $50,000 and personal property value of $15,000. In addition to his family was his married daughter America Small, age 30, and two servants, Margaret Lang, age 21 from Ireland, and Hugh McGail, age 18 from Ireland. On 19 July 1870 he was living in 1st Ward Parkersburg. He was a retired lawyer with real estate value at $15,000 and personal property value at $6,000. In 1850 J. J. Jackson owned 7 slaves, 3 black males ages 80, 31 and 10; 4 black females ages 65, 23,14 and 3. In 1860 slaves enumerated in the J. J. Jackson Sr. household were 1 black female age 70 and 1 black female age 13/18 - she was a fugitive from state. Of all the descendants of John and Elizabeth Cummins Jackson, General John Jay Jackson and his family were probably the most prominent in politics and in society. John Jay was born Jack Triplett on 13 February 1800 in Wood County, West Virginia. He was the illegitimate son of then Congressman John George Jackson of Clarksburg and Frances Emelia Triplett of near Parkersburg. Early childhood was spent with his mother’s family near Parkersburg and here he received his primary education under the direction of Dr. David Creel. At the age of 10, primarily due to the persuasion of his father’s second wife Mary Meigs Jackson, who had known the lad, Jack moved to the Jackson home in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia and assumed the name John Jay Jackson. In Clarksburg he studied at the Randolph Academy, one of the best schools in the country, under the direction of Dr. Tower, a gentleman of culture. Possessing “quick perceptive faculties and manifesting, even when very young, an aptitude for study and fondness for books” John Jay made rapid progress and at the age of thirteen entered Washington College in Pennsylvania. His stay at this institute was brief. After one year he received an appointment to West Point from President James Monroe and entered the academy on 15 March 1815. Less than four years later, at age 19, he graduated and on 24 July 1818 was commissioned 2nd lieutenant Regular Army of the United States attached to Corps of Artillery. He was ordered to garrison service at Norfolk Virginia. On 1 December 1819 he was transferred to the Fourth Infantry, 2nd Lieutenant on recruiting.
During the year 1820, and part of 1821, he performed active service in Florida, in the Seminole war. While stationed in Pensacola, the routine of military life was temporarily interrupted by an order to report at Washington headquarters. The trip between these two places, though not a short one even now with railroad facilities for the passage, in that primitive day had to be performed on horseback. Lieutenant Jackson promptly mounted his charger and rode all the way to the National Capital without a halt, save each night, traversing the States of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Upon reporting in person at the War Office, he was ordered to Baltimore on recruiting service, where he immediately presented himself, traveling solitarily as he had from Pensacola. After a few days in Baltimore, he received orders to report for duty again at Pensacola, and mounting the same horse he rode through Cumberland to Parkersburg, crossed the river there, traveled through Ohio to Maysville, at which point he re-crossed the river, and pushing on through Kentucky and Tennessee--then a wilderness and populated by Indians of the Cherokee tribe--he reached his destination, having traveled, alone and upon the same horse, a distance of more than three thousand miles. Like his cousin, “Stonewall” Jackson, he was at home in the saddle. And, when the writer of this was a boy, he remembers distinctly of frequently seeing the General ride rapidly past from his farm toward his city home on a pacing steed, so gracefully and energetically that rider and pacer seemed one. In May 1821 he was commissioned adjutant of the Fourth Infantry, and transferred to regimental headquarters at Montpelier, Alabama. At this place, and at Pensacola, during the years 1821 and 1822, he performed staff duties, as a member of General Andrew Jackson’s military family. In October, 1822, he visited Parkersburg on a furlough of six months; and resigned his commission in the army of the United States about the 1st of January, 1823. He now chose the Law as his profession, and with his accustomed zeal and energy, he at once set himself to master the principals of the legal science, as a necessary prerequisite to success and eminence at the Bar. By the courtesy of the County Court, he was permitted to appear in cases pending before it almost as soon as he began to study. He found this privilege of such advantage to himself, that he was often heard to speak of this court with approbation as being an admirable school for the training and development of the young practitioner. He would never engage in the tirade against this part of our State judiciary, although the system in these latter days cannot be regarded as at all comparable with County Courts in the earlier days of the Commonwealth. He liked upon it as an old friend, and, true to one of the loveliest traits of his character, - that of adhering to his friends in storm as well as in sunshine, - he continued a warm advocate of this court even to the end. (Atkinson, George W., Prominent Men of West Virginia, W. L. Gallin, Wheeling, West Virginia 1890.) John Jay was licensed to practice law on 28 April 1823 and was recognized as one of the leading lawyers of West Virginia maintaining this position until the end. At home he played a prominent role in the government of the city: 1826-1855 District prosecuting attorney of the court of oyer and terminer for Wood County, Virginia
1830-1852 District prosecuting attorney circuit superior court. Retired in 1852.
1842-1855 District prosecuting attorney of the superior court of Ritchie County, Virginia.
1825- First of six terms as representative, House of Delegates of Virginia for Wood County. Re-appointed: 1830, 1838, 1839, 1842, 1844.
1842-1861 Commissioned brigadier general of 33rd Brigade of Militia of Virginia. Remained on post until outbreak of the Civil War.
1 January 1861- Spoke against secession at the mass meeting held at the Wood County courthouse “a great Union meeting was …at Parkersburg featuring speeches by General J. J. Jackson, J. M. Stephenson, A. I. Boreman and J. J. Jackson, Jr. General Jackson was chairman of the committee submitting a preamble and resolutions that were adopted with but one dissenting vote. Committeemen came out against secession…The Parkersburg Resolutions, as they were called, set forth that the proposed call for a Virginia legislative convention to consider the state’s stand upon the revolutionary movement of South Carolina was but a Southern ruse.”
1861– Represented Wood County at the historic Secession Convention held in Richmond and was “so vigorous in his opposition to Virginia’s separation from the Union that it has been reported he had difficulty in getting out of the capitol alive.” ,
13-15 May 1861- After Virginia joined the Confederate States of America on 17 April 1861 two conventions were held at Wheeling, (West) Virginia. John Jay attended the first convention appointed to the Committee on State and Federal Relations. The ultimate result of the conventions was the establishment of the Reorganized State of Virginia - the succession of northwestern Virginia from the remainder of the state. Jackson resisted the new state movement – he viewed the creation of a new state from another without the consent of the principal legislature to be unconstitutional. His loyalties were questioned and his family was divided – James Monroe had refused to take the loyalty oath and Jacob Beeson was arrested and imprisoned for making disloyal utterances. Sometimes federal soldiers entered his home at Third and Ann streets and taunted his family or looted and overturned furniture. Unfortunately, members of the Jackson family, except for John Jay, Jr., were tainted with Copperheadism throughout and after the war. James Monroe and Jacob Beeson were able to pursue their political careers only after the Democrats redeemed the state in 1870.
1871 - Commission to adjust the proportion of Virginia debt to be assumed by West Virginia.
1876 - Presidential canvass.
In political sentiment, he belonged to the school of the distinguished patriots Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, believed in public improvements by the General Government, Protection to American Industries, and in a liberal construction of fundamental law for the welfare and benefit of the people, in who capability for self-rule and wise legislation he ardently trusted. In the historic convention of 1861, which met at Richmond when clouds of war hovered darkly on the horizon, he was a member, sent with unanimous vote from the shores of the Ohio, to voice the loyalty and conservatism of his stalwart constituency. In that turbulent assembly he was noted for his eloquence, fervor and unfaltering devotion to “the Union, the constitution, and the enforcement of the laws.” almost risking his life in efforts to protect the interests of his people in Western Virginia, and stay the fury of secession. Upon his return home, the people with intense interest assembled to hear his clear and concise report of his efforts and the spirit which prevailed in the tidewater counties. He counseled firmness in the assertion of their rights under the constitution, but moderation and wisdom in the execution of their whishes. Here, with his public report to the people among whom he grew up and prospered, and whom he loved, practically ended his public career, and in subsequent years, while his gifted sons took position in the contentions and duties of the hour, he retired to the more pleasant occupation of private business and home quietude. Nevertheless, he lost not his interest in events rapidly forming national history, or in the welfare of his city, county and State. All that concerned the interest of either, found a welcome place in his heart; and he sought the good of his people, by setting them an example of frugality and industry. He had studied well the principles on which our complex system of government was based and was ever ready to give his countrymen a reason for that line of policy which he felt it incumbent on him to pursue. Hence, during and after the war he made several speeches, in all of which he exhorted to mutual forbearance, reconciliation and love, and counseled all to stand by the Constitution, as that instrument was expounded by the fathers in the purest and best days of the Republic. While he would have no compromise with the fanaticism which would overthrow and destroy the best system of government ever devised by the wisdom of man, yet he was always conservative in his feelings and actions. On the social, economic and cultural scene in Parkersburg John Jay was duly as active: “He was active in every enterprise for the benefit of his community and served as mayor. When the Baltimore & Ohio railway sought right of way from the Potomac to the Ohio, he urged needed legislation and was one of the earliest and largest contributors to the subscription stock toward the building of the Northwestern Virginia railroad.” 9 February 1829- One of five incorporators of the Parkersburg Manufacturing Company for the purpose of manufacturing cotton, hemp, wool, flax, flour and Indian meal
24 February 1844- Present at the second organizational meeting for the Presbyterian Church.
1832-33- Started a temperance movement in Parkersburg – next decade assisted in the Washingtonian temperance movement.
4 June 1847- Charter member of “Parkersburg Division No. 58, Sons of Temperance.”
1838- Purchased The Parkersburg Republican – changed name to The Parkersburg Gazette and West Virginia Courier.
1843- Was one of the first four communicants of the Trinity Episcopal Church – became lay leader in charge in absence of priest.
An Old Landmark
Being Removed to Make a Place For a New Business Block
Work was commenced Monday to move the old Jackson homestead, on Fourth street, opposite Logan’s livery stables, to the Andrews property on Juliana just above Fourth street. The house was bought from Dr. Muhleman by F. P. Moats, who will improve it somewhat and convert it into an office. The house is one of the oldest landmarks in the city, being nearly 100 years of age.
It was the birthplace of John Jay Jackson, and Judge J. M. Jackson and their sister, Mrs. Dickinson, was also born there. Judge J. J. Jackson went to housekeeping there after his marriage about fifty years ago and Miss Lily Irene Jackson was born there. The property passed out of the Jackson family’s hands many years ago. In speaking of it Monday Judge J. J. Jackson said that had he known it was for sale he would have purchased it and kept it in the family on account of its many associations. A part of the old building is of logs but was weather boarded many years ago. (Parkersburg State Journal,13 April 1899)
Emma G. Beeson
by Stephen C. Shaw Sketches of Northwestern Virginia, January 1877
The third child of the late Col. Jacob Beeson was his daughter, the late Mrs. Emma G. Jackson. She was born at their residence in this county, in April 1800. On the 29th day of June 1823, she became the companion and wife of our honored citizen, Gen. John Jay Jackson.
He having by this marriage, connecting himself with the family of Col. Beeson, and through his children by that connection, we trace the descendants of Col. Beeson…
…The females as well as the males born in our county in those years of its first settlement did not and could not have access to and enjoy the educational advantages and privileges now so common in our country. The want of these educational advantages caused those in those early times to use greater diligence in improving their limited opportunities and thus qualifying themselves to meet and discharge all the duties of life.
Mrs. Jackson inherited a quick versatile mind and an easy flow of language with remarkable reflection faculties qualifying her to fill with ease and grace her position in society. The education acquired in those years of her young womanhood under these adverse circumstances was real and were made to supply and fill the varied wants required in the discharge of the active duties and responsibilities of life. To her and her husband were born three sons and four daughters who lived to attain to man and womanhood. Of each of them we will give a brief account in this number.
In the winter of 1833, at the time of the formation of the first Presbyterian church in this county, growing out of the labors of the late Rev. James McAboy, she became one of its communicants and remained in that church until her death, which occurred on the 18th of July 1842, in the forty-third year of her age.
In closing this sketch of Mrs. Jackson – one who filled an important position in this community, when Parkersburg numbered but a few inhabitants, a feeling of sadness comes over us. The mind goes back to those years when her life was in its meridian and the fond and loving hopes of the mother were watching with tender care and solicitude, the developments of the minds of those she must shortly leave, while those minds were brightened on the future.
Obit: Died, Mrs. Emma G. Jackson
In this place, at half past 9 o’clock last night, in the 42nd year of her age, Mrs. Emma G. Jackson, wife of J. J. Jackson, Esq. By this event, a husband and seven children have sustained an irreparable loss. Mrs. Jackson was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and during her protracted illness, and particularly, during the last few days of her life, she enjoyed to a high degree the consolations of the religion which she had possessed for nearly ten years.
The friends of the family, and the public generally, are invited to attend at the residence of Mr. Jackson tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock, and proceed thence to the Presbyterian Church, where the funeral services will be performed. (Parkersburg Gazette, July 14, 1842.)
Emma’s tombstone reads: “A Tribute To The Memory of Emma, Erected by Her Husband John J. Jackson, Born 4/1803; Died In The Believers Hope 7/1842, Precious In The Sight Of The Lord, Is The Death of His Saints.” Psalm 116,15.
A Family Legend
There are several sketches in regards to John Jay Jackson Jr. who obviously was a powerful community figure during his lifetime. However, there is a family legend in regards to his judgeship and how it was obtained which differs from those recorded in the annals of history by various authors. The legend goes that while John J. Jr. was home on school break he fell in love with an attractive Parkersburg girl named Jane Gardner, whom he planned to marry when his education was completed and law practice established. In the interim his mother died and his father chose Jane as his second wife.
John Jr. swallowed his pride and went on to marry Carrie Glime. They began their married life in the old Jackson home and after the Civil War moved to “Carrinda” at 519 Seventh Street when it was completed in 1867.
The delegates comprising the Virginia Legislature were called into session in Richmond to vote on whether the State of Virginia would secede from the Union and join the Confederate states. General John Jay Jackson led the delegates from the western frontier [note this is where the stories differ as others say it was John Jay Jr. who was the delegate, and there is a newspaper article (above) that says he was at the Richmond Convention] which refused to secede and then laid the groundwork for the future state of West Virginia. This session was so tense that the delegates from western Virginia questioned whether they could get out of Richmond with their lives.
President Lincoln needed to fill the vacancy in the federal judgeship from Western Virginia. He had heard of the part played by John Jay Jackson in holding the western country from seceding, that he was a fine lawyer, the one most capable to be named.
In those days when one traveled he was away for weeks and John Jay Jackson Sr., was away from Parkersburg when the commission arrived in the mail addressed to John Jay Jackson. John Jr. opened it and accepted the commission, as there was no designation as to senior or junior. It was his chance to get even with his father who had married his girl friend. When the general returned and learned of it he flew into a rage. Then he began to take into account he was an old man while his son was young, that the boy was a bright lawyer, that he had done him wrong by marrying Jane. Maybe it would prove for the best if he did not interfere. Children of John Jackson and Emma Beeson are:
+ 2 i. John Jay5 Jackson, born 04 August 1824 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia; died 01 September 1907 in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey.
+ 3 ii. James Monroe Jackson, born 03 December 1825 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia; died 14 February 1901 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia.
+ 4 iii. Eliza Clinch Jackson, born 22 October 1827 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia; died 07 March 1851 in Parkersburg, Wood County, (West) Virginia.
+ 5 iv. Jacob Beeson Jackson, born 06 April 1829 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia; died 11 December 1893 in Wood County, West Virginia.
6 v. America Jackson, born 1831 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia; died 31 October 1919 in Wood County, West Virginia. Burial: 02 November 1919, Riverview Cemetery, Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. She married William H. Small 02 February 1857 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia; born about 1829 in Baltimore, Baltimore (city), Maryland; died about July 1879.
They were married at the home of General J. J. Jackson. William died around July 1879. America presented his will for probate on 16 July 1879. America was living with her father, alone, in 1860, but they both were living in Baltimore, Maryland in January 1879. In 1870 America was age 38, born in Virginia, living in Parkersburg. William was age 40, lawyer, born in Maryland with a real estate value of $40,000. Living with them was Thomas Dulin, white male, age 28, born in Virginia and Bridget Malony, white female, age 30, domestic, born in Ireland. In Parkersburg she resided on Ann Street in the house, which later became the Moose Lodge.
by Stephen C. Shaw
The fifth child of Gen. John J. Jackson by his first wife, Mrs. Emma Beeson Jackson is Mrs. America Small, the companion and wife of our worthy citizen, Wm. H. Small, Esq., a practicing attorney in all the various courts of this and the surrounding counties of the State. Mr. Small is a native of the city of Baltimore, in the State of Maryland. He was there raised and received his education, and at the time of the location and construction of the Northwestern Virginia Railway he was one of the principal engineers in that inland improvement passing through the State from east to west.
After the completion of that horizontal raceway for the iron horse, from its junction with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Grafton, to Parkersburg on the Ohio river, he returned to his native city, where he chose and studied law as his profession, passed his examination received his license and was admitted to practice at the bar in the Supreme Court in Baltimore city about the year 1860. Soon after that time he removed to this city, where he has since been engaged in the honorable duties of his profession.
His beautiful residence is pleasantly situated on the northwest side of Ann Street, overlooking and commanding a fine view of the Ohio river and the railway bridge spanning the same. One hundred feet above the bed of the stream. But a few private residences in our city presents to the traveler on this great thoroughfare a more pleasant and picturesque appearance.
The State Journal says that Judge J. M. Jackson received on Saturday last a long and very interesting letter from his sister, Mrs. America Small, who has been making a tour of the old world. She gives a graphic description of the places which she has visited. The letter was dated at Rome and the writer stated she had stood on the very spot where Caesar fell and had visited many other places of interest in that part of the country. She contemplates a weeks visit in St. Petersburg. (March 14, 1885, Weston Democrat)
Obit: Mrs. W. H. Small
Died Friday Evening at Home on Ann Street After Several Month’s Illness
Mrs. W. H. Small died yesterday evening at her home on Ann street after an illness of several months, and her passing brought to a close the life of a woman whose wealth of years crowned a life of singular devotion, influence and spiritual poise. Critically ill for weeks, even with the shadows touching her, this gentle woman, who had never failed to do her part in life, roused herself and was something of her former strength and for days pushed away from his path the grim angel whose sickle was poised for the stroke which would reap the harvest of a choice soul. Mrs. Small was a daughter of the late General Jackson and from this distinguished lineage she inherited a brilliant, lucid and virile mind which was thoroughly alive to the changed world in which she lived. Most diffident and retiring in disposition she never sought to reach outward or upward for selfish ends, but always to the less fortunate. No more loving sister or aunt ever lived, and while she bound all her kin with chains of love, yet she had a share of affection and sympathy for others, and for those in sorrow she had an especial feeling which was quickly translated into deeds of loving kindness. Mrs. Small maintained the womanly instincts of the past generation of West Virginia ladies and has left to her devoted relatives and friends only the memory of gentleness, purity and peace. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Wm. H. Smith, two brothers, Henry C. Jackson of New York, and A. Gardner Jackson of this city, and a number of nephews and nieces. Mrs. Small was a life-long communicant of Trinity Episcopal church and the funeral will take place from there on Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock and the interment will be in the family plot in Riverview cemetery.
+ 7 vi. Emma Beeson Jackson, born 1840 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia; died 15 January 1871 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia.
8 vii. Anna Elizabeth Jackson, born November 1842 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia; died 13 January 1882 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. Baptism: 17 July 1843
Burial: 13 January 1882, Riverview Cemetery, Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. She married Harwood Neal 20 April 1870 in Wood County, West Virginia; born 04 April 1846 in (West) Virginia; died 19 June 1889. Burial: 19 June 1889, Riverview Cemetery, Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia
Anna E. Jackson
by Stephen C. Shaw
The seventh and youngest child is Miss Annie Jackson, who became the wife of Harwood Neal, second son of L. P. Neal, esq., of this city.
The above named three daughters of Gen. John J. Jackson by his first wife were well educated for the active duties of life, being graduates of different female institutions of our country. But enjoying no personal acquaintance with either of them, renders it impossible to present to the reader an outline view of the formation of their minds, further than to say that they shared, and still share largely, in the respect, esteem and confidence of the community.
Harwood was a merchant at the time of the marriage. In 1880 they are living in Parkersburg with one white female servant, Nora McGrady, age 22, born in West Virginia, her parents in Ireland; and Alger Fitzgerald, black male age 26, domestic servant, born in Maryland, as were his parents.
Children of John Jackson and Jane Gardner are:
+ 9 i. Frances Belle5 Jackson, born 18 September 1846 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia; died 22 January 1912 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia.
10 ii. Henry Clay Jackson, born 30 September 1847 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia; died 06 August 1931 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. Burial: Aft. 06 August 1931, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York. He married Annie O. DeCamp 27 April 1871 in Wood County, West Virginia; born Bet. 1851 - 1853 in Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia; died 25 December 1924 in New York City, New York County, New York. Burial: Aft. 25 December 1924, Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York.
Henry C. Jackson
He was educated at Washington and Lee and in the University of Virginia and spent the greater part of his life in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where he was identified with the business life of the town. He was a partner in the wholesale firm of Thompson and Jackson, and later was the head of the H. C. Jackson and Company Wholesale House. Mr. Jackson served as mayor of Parkersburg and was associated with other interests in his hometown. He married Annie O. DeCamps, of the Wellsburg family and the home of the Jacksons on (411) Seventh street, where the Y.W.C.A. now has its quarters was considered one of the most delightful in the city. Here Mrs. Jackson dispensed hospitality, which won her the distinction of being the perfect hostess. She died December 24, 1924 in New York City where Mr. Jackson at the present time is engaged successfully in the banking business.
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John George Jackson's Paternity suit over John Jay Jackson
May 23, 1803 , Morgantown, WV
John George Jackson's Paternity Suit
On May 23, 1803, George Jackson, the father of John George Jackson wrote the following which was published in Monday, July 11, 1803 in the “National Intelligencer and Wahington Advertiser,” the first newspaper printed in Washington DC. This excerpt was taken from National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser Newspaper Abstracts 1800-1805 by Joan M. Dixon, Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1996, p. 136.
Letter to expel the slander against my son, John G. Jackson, born Sep 22, 1777 in Hardy Co, Va: his mother removed to Backannon in this county because of the Indian War; I escaped to Clarksburg with my small family; my son resides there; my son was elected to Rep the county of Harrison in Legislature of Va for 3 yrs in 1798, during the last year he married; a Miss Triplett charged that he had violated a marriage promise to her & was awarded $400 damages, upon oath of her sr-in-law, Mrs. Triplett.
(signed) Geo Jackson, Harrison Co., Va, May 23, 1803
Law Intelligence: Frances A Triplett v John G. Jackson, alleged breach of marriage promise. Sept Term, 1802, Dist Crt of Va, Monongalia Crt has before Archibald Stewart, Judge of General Crt. Hedgman Triplett, bro of Frances, never heard any declaration to marry his sister; Mrs. Williams is sister to the defendant; “Jury thought proper to believe her.”
Publication appeared in the Washington Telegraph of Trial between Frances E. Triplet and John G. Jackson, in which Adam Hickman is a witness with a preface that he is a man of low and infamous character, we certify that he is a man of upright disposition and of unblemished character. Apr 20, 1803. Alison Clark, Thos Haymond, Micajah Barkley, Maxwell Armstrong. Benj. Wilson Jr have found him punctual, fair and honorable. Wm G. Payne, Morgantown, May 19th, 1803 was one of the counsel of Mr Jackson and took notes upon the trial.
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Paternity Trial between Frances E. Triplett and John George Jackson
John Jay Jackson was the child born out of wedlock to John George Jackson and Frances Emelia Triplett a daughter of Franceis Tripplett. Apparently John and Frances hadplanned to marry, but John married Mary Payne, a sister in law of James Madison, in the White House in the same year in which John Jay was born.
He was appointed to West Point by President James Monroe and graduated in 1819. He served in the Seminole War in Florida. About 1823, he resigned his commission and began practing law. He was prosecuting attorney for Harrison County VA from 1830 to 1852. He was a Brigadier General of Milita from 1842 until the beginning of the Civil Wa.
Acknowledged illegitimate son, took his father's name.
Gen John Jackson's Timeline
February 13, 1800
Clarksburg, Harrison, WV, USA
August 4, 1824
December 3, 1825
Parkersburg, Wood, West Virginia, United States
Parkersburg, Wood, WV, USA
January 1, 1877
Parkersburg, Wood, WV, USA