m. est 1780
m. 11 Feb 1819
Facts and Events
Darrell Jackson's research: "David had only one wife and her name was Sarah Low as recorded on the Marriage license, certificate and Wedding Bond that is on file in Carter Co., TN. Prior to my finding these marriage documents, it was believed that David Jackson's first wife was a LONG and his second wife was Sarah whose surname was not known. . . The theory that his first wife was named 'Long' came from the only mention of that name and that was in a handwritten letter from William Ross Jackson in 1932 in which he states that his father's mother was a LONG. I believe that the name LOW, handwritten, was misread as LONG. Once this happened, the name was perpetuated as LONG."
Darrell: "David was born about 1790. His father was in Wilkes Co., North Carolina at that time.
"David is said to have operated one of the first forges in East Tennessee and that he did this on a 'self made forge' in Big Creek Gap. The town of Lafollette was known as Big Creek Gap prior to 1897."
"It is known that David was in Campbell County by 1830 based on the census records. David is not listed as owning land in Carter County, but on 24 April 1824 he along with 3 other citizens of Carter County proved (witnessed?) a land sale in Carter County."
Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about David Jackson (at ancestry.com)
Note that Darrell's has calculated that the 1850 census had David's age wrong. It is suspected that his birth location is also wrong - it is listed as Kentucky. But we have no record of his father ever being in Kentucky. Granted, there is a lot of unknowns about David's father, so perhaps Kentucky is a good hint as to where he might have been during those unknown years, but then again, perhaps not.
On the 1850, David is said to have been a 'hammerman'. Perhaps this is consistent with him operating the 'self-made forge'. This is also of interest as David's grandfather was Joseph Jackson, "The Iron King" of Morris County, New Jersey". So forges and working the iron was in his blood as they say.