Benjamin Potter Jackson
b.10 Nov 1835 New Jersey
d.15 Feb 1912
Facts and Events
Notes contributed by Dr. Anthony L. Troha: "I was searching for some data on the Morris Canal the other day, when I found a reference to a "Mr. Jackson" being the lock tender for Lock 1 East which was located in Ledgewood [formerly Drakesville], Roxbury Township, Morris County, New Jersey. I thought that this may explain the presence of Daniel Lampson Jackson, his father, Silas H. Jackson, and his uncle, B. P. Jackson, in Ledgewood as mentioned in Daniel's obituary which appeared in The Iron Era on July 1, 1898. Doing so, I uncovered a great deal of information, but we are still left with a large number of unanswered questions. The Images in America Series book, The Morris Canal, Across New Jersey by Water and Rail, by Robert R. Goller, published by Arcadia Publishing (1999), has two pictures of the Morris Canal's Lock 1 East on Page 63. The upper postcard image on that page is accompanied by a caption that ends in the sentence "The wife of lock tender Benjamin Potter Jackson sent this card in 1907." The card itself is signed "Mrs. B. P. Jackson". "So we now know that the "B. P. Jackson" cited in Daniel Lampson Jackson's obituary as an uncle is in fact Benjamin Potter Jackson, Lock Tender. Looking through 'The Iron Era', I found additional references to him, including the fact that he also ran a store out of his house, a business that was later moved to another building on the corner of a busy intersection near his home."
1850 Census Roxbury Twp, Morris Co., New Jersey Charles Jackson 56 M Carpenter NJ Comfort Jackson 53 F NJ John 25 M boat builder NJ Louisa 23 F NJ Mary 17 F NJ Martha 12 F NJ Benjamin 14 M NJ
1860 Census Roxbury Twp., Roxbury Co., New Jersey Chas. Jackson 66 M Farmer NJ Comfort Jackson 66 F NJ Mary Jackson 27 F Tailoress NJ Benj. P. Jackson 24 M Boatman NJ ancestry indexed this as Benj. B. but the image shows Benj. P. Chas. E. Jackson 11 M NJ (believe this is a grandchild, s/o Silas)
1870 Census Roxbury Twp., Morris Co., New Jersey Jackson, Comfort 72 F W keeps house NJ Jackson, Mary 35 NJ Jackson, B. Potter 34 M W Boatman NJ (mis-indexed as B. Petter Jackson)
Death record for a child who is so far unknown name: New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988 at familysearch.org name: Jackson gender: Female death date: 01 Feb 1883 death place: Rox., Morris, New Jersey father's name: Benj. P. Jackson father's birthplace: Us mother's name: Alma P. mother's birthplace: Us indexing project (batch) number: B06587-4 system origin: New Jersey-EASy source film number: 589076
New Jersey Census, 1643-1890 (ancestry.com) Name: Benjamin P. Jackson State: NJ County: Morris County Township: Ed 114 Roxbury Year: 1890 Page: 001 Database: NJ 1890 Veterans Schedules
1900 Census Dist 70, Roxbury, Morris Co., New Jersey Jackson, Benjamin P. Head W M Nov 1835 64 M18yrs NJ NJ NJ Grocer Jackson, Alma P. wife W F Apr 1848 52 M 18 2ch/2 lvg NJ NJ NJ
1910 Census District 0046, Roxbury Twp., Morris Co., New Jersey Jackson, Benj. P. head M W 74 M1 29yrs NJ NJ NJ Jackson, Alma P. wife F W 63 M1 29yrs 2ch/0 lvg NJ NJ NJ Wilkison, Malinda A. Sis-in-law F W 70 S NJ NJ NJ
Benjamin P Jackson Birth: Nov. 10, 1835 Death: Feb. 15, 1912 UNION CIVIL WAR SOLDIER. MEMBER CO C, 27TH NEW JERSEY VOL. HUSBAND OF ALMA WILKISON Burial: First Presbyterian Church Cemetery Succasunna, Morris County, New Jersey, USA Both Benjamin and Alma's listings at find-a-grave include photographs of the headstone and his Grand Army of the Republic marker. Succasunna is another part of Roxbury Township that borders Ledgewood, so they are buried about 2,000 feet away from the lock tender's house that they called home.