d.29 Jun 1807 Freeman's Creek, Harrison, West Virginia, United States
m. est 1731
m. est 1763
Facts and Events
Edward Jackson was born approximately 1741 in Rockaway, Morris County, New Jersey. Edward married Martha Miller and their marriage was blessed with ten children: Stephen Jackson married to Elizabeth Pomeroy; Benjamin Arnold Jackson; Jacob Jackson married to Sudna Lowther; Jemima Jackson married (1) to John Arnold, (2) Amon Bohannon Rice, (3) to John Smith; William Jackson married to Hannah Bennett; Samuel M. Jackson married to Eleanor ‘Nellie’ Smith; Sarah ‘Sallie’ Jackson married to John Flesher; Lucinda ‘Lucy’ Jackson married to William Flesher; Mary Polly Jackson married (1) to Lewis Flint, (2) to George Bush; and Phebe Jackson married to James M. Stout.
Munsell's History of Morris Co., NJ, Pg. 275 (Publ. 1882), “In May 1776, Edward was one of the 180 inhabitants who signed the Articles of Association and Freeholders and Inhabitants of Pequannock, Morris County, New Jersey, pledging themselves to sustain the actions of the Continental and Provincial Congresses in defending the Constitution.” Muster and Payroll documents from the National Archives Records Administration, “On August 13, 1776, Edward enlisted as a Private in the 2d Virginia Regiment to defend this oath.”
Although most records in the War Department custody were destroyed by fire November 8, 1800 and many remaining Revolutionary War records were lost during the War of 1812, the records at the National Archives are a collection from individuals, private or public institutions, states and other departments of the government. It is from these collections that Edward is found in Captain John Willis' Company and Captain Marquis Colme's Company of the Second Virginia Regiment in Company Muster and Payrolls.
During his service with the 2d Virginia, he fought in numerous battles, endured hardship at Valley Forge and was wounded with his son Stephen during the Siege at Yorktown. Although family folklore has Edward crossing the Delaware with General Washington on December 26, 1776, it is highly unlikely. Todd Post, Historian for a re-enactment group for the 2nd Virginia, “The 2d Virginia Regiment was not sent north to join the Main Army until late January 1777, and made stops in Maryland and Philadelphia to receive equipment and uniforms along the way.”
The 1887 Jackson Ledger @ HCPD notes that after the war, Edward and his family moved to Harrison County, Virginia (now West Virginia) and settled near Brown Creek. Edward died on June 29th, 1807 and was buried on his farm in Freeman’s Creek, Harrison County, Virginia (now West Virginia) among other family members in the family burial plot. Martha died about 1828 in Lewis County, Virginia (now West Virginia) while visiting her daughter Mary Jackson Flint Bush. There were no bridges at that early date and due to the swollen creeks, they could not cross to bring her body to the family burial plot. She was buried on the Bush Family farm.
In accordance with an act passed by the Virginia General Assembly on June 22, 1779 awarding bounty land and pensions, Edward’s application [VAS74] for service during the Southern Campaign’s was certified by Lieutenant George Blakemore on December 1st, 1786 and can be found at this site. On December 13th, 1786, the Land Office issued Warrant Number 4237.1 to Edward Jackson for 100 acres and can be found at http://apps.sos.ky.gov/land/military/revwar/Revdetail.asp?Type=v&warrant=4237.1
From Don Norman’s files:
From Colonial Ancestors, pg 5:
In March of 1777, Edward's 6th child, William was born in New Jersey. Edward and his oldest son, Stephen were wounded at the battle of Yorktown in 1781. Daughter Lucinda was born in 1787 and daughter Mary Bush was born in 1790 both in New Jersey per the 1850 Warren Co, Ohio Census. So the family probably left New Jersey sometime after 1790 and before the 1792 date on Edward's Harrison County, Virginia deed. Edward's daughter Phoebe was the only child born in Harrison County. All the other children stated on later census records that they were born in New Jersey.
From OBR book, pg 14: "Edward died in Red Stone, Virginia. Most of his children moved to Georgia." This is an error!! Perhaps Edward and his family paused for a while in Redstone, Pennsylvania before moving on to Harrison County, (W)VA. Redstone is on the PA/WV border and just north of what was then Harrison County. "..... the original Mason-Dixon Line, as surveyed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in 1763 to 1767..." so the line dividing PA from VA had not been established long enough to settle it in the minds of the residents. So not only was the reference to Red Stone being in Virginia wrong; also the comment that his children moved to Georgia was wrong!
World Family Tree CD Vol Eleven, 1977, Tree #2005: "As to the conflicting dates as to Edward's birth, here is one explanation from Mary Jackson in Jane Lew, West Virginia. This is not the original monument. Years ago my father's oldest brother Goodloe Jackson bought this monument for Edward. He could have been mistaken about the dates. About forty years ago I visited this graveyard, then it was fenced. At the time I think the farm in which they were buried belonged to Henry Bassel whose grandmother was Susan Jackson, a daughter of Stephen." [This Henry is Henry Jr., s/o Henry Sr, s/o Susannah Jackson and Benjamin Bassel.]
From the Jackson Ledger @ HCPD:
The 1806 deed for land was when Edward deeded 101 acres (of his 200 acres purchased in 1792 from George Arnold) to his son Stephen. This transfer of property in 1806 possibly was in anticipation of his declining health and death in 1807.
Edward's will is dated May 7, 1807, and names ten of his eleven children. An inventory of his estate was recorded June 29, 1807.
Edward Jackson in the Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots
In 1973, a descendant found the family burial plot on Edward Jackson’s old homestead overrun by farm animals. The headstones were cleaned and then moved to the Seventh-Day Baptist Church Cemetery, in Salem, Harrison County, West Virginia. Edward Jackson and the other family members still rest in the family burial plot on the old homestead. For a study of the moving of the tombstones and those buried in this plot see this page.
Also, please read this page for discussion of the conflicts circulating about a daughter supposedly named Sarah Abigail who married Jonathan Hughes. This idea that Abigail is Edward's daughter has been disproved.
Note received from Major Jerald Scott Gross, 19 Jan 2013:
"Fellow descendants can refer to SAR National # 185996, registered date 16 Jan 2013 when applying for membership or a supplemental to the SAR and DAR."