Facts and Events
Frank M. Jackson's contributed the following: "Birth date from DAR Bible records, Vol. 209, p. 36, NYS Library.
"Parmenus Jackson and Elizabeth Birdsall were issued a marriage bond on 13 Feb 1768. (Vol XIII,p.36 of 40 volumes in Office of Secretary of State.) Their marriage is noted in the Quaker record (Henshaw, vol 3)
"On 19 January 1776, Parmenas Jackson, along with many other residents of Queens County (including a number of Jacksons) signed a Declaration of Association that, in effect, affirmed their neutrality in the war with Britain.
"Whereas we, the subscribers, inhabitants of Queens County, on Long Island, in the Province of New York, have given great uneasiness to the good people of the neighboring Provinces and the Continent in general, by our not choosing a Committee agreeable to the orders of the Continental Congress, by our not paying that attention to the directions of our Provincial Congress, which we ought to have done, and by our opposing the General Instructions of the Continental Congress in almost all of our conduct and actions.
"Therefore, (In order to relieve the minds of the virtuous inhabitants of America, and those of this County in particular, engaged in the common cause,) we, the subscribers, do most solemnly and sincerely promise, that we will, hereafter, in all cases implicitly obey all orders and instruction enjoined on us by our Provincial and Continental Congresses, --that we will act in conjunction with the inhabitants of this and the neighboring Provinces, in the defence of American liberty,--that we never will take up arms against the Americans,--and that we will not, directly or indirectly, countenance, aid, assist, or by any means join with, any of his Majesty's troops in the present contest between Great Britain and America.
"Given under our hands this 19th day of January, 1776. (From Mather: Refugees of 1776 4:858)
"Parmenus Jackson died of wounds received at the hands of plunderers at home in Little Britain on 19 Jan 1781 during the Revolutionary War. Frank Jackson has contributed details of Parmenus' murder that are covered in the 'Historical Stories' section. See Table of Contents, this site or http://www.jacksonfamilygenealogy.com/pages/historicalstoriesindex.htm .
"In his will dated 14 January 1781 (Queens Co., Liber YY :209), Parmenus leaves his wife, Elizabeth 100 £ plus everything she brought, to each of his two daughters, Elizabeth and Rossanah, he leaves 500 £, to each of his two sons, Parmenus and John, he leaves 100 £. To his wife and four children he leaves the residue of his estate with provisions. His brothers, Obadiah Jackson, Thomas Seaman and John Jackson, he appoints execcutors."
Frank also contributed Parmenus' Will below:
These presents witnesseth that I, PERMENAS JACKSON, of the Township of Hempstead, in Queens County, January 14, 1781. I leave to my wife, Elizabeth Jackson, the whole of her portion that she brought me, likewise the sum of 100 pounds sterling; to each of my two daughters, Elizabeth and Rosannah, 500 pounds sterling; to each of my two sons, Permenas and John, 100 pounds sterling.
I leave to my wife and four children all the residue of my moveable estate, after all my just debts and funeral charges are first paid, and my children brought up, all which several bequests to my wife are in lieu of her dower in my estate.
To my two sons and two daughters equally, the use of all my real estate, until my son Permenas is eighteen years old, to be hired out by my executors for the benefit of my children.
To my two sons, Permenas and John, my real or "fast" estate, after my son Permenas is eighteen years old. It is my will that the whole of my real estate be possessed and enjoyed by my son Permenas from the time he is eighteen years old until my son John shall marry, or is eighteen years old.
The whole of my moveable estate, except what I had with my wife, be put to sale and sold, and the proceeds to go to my wife and children as above given.
I make my brothers, Obadiah Jackson, Thomas Seaman, and John Jackson, executors.
Witnesses, Jacob Seaman, yeoman, Elijah Smith, of Hempstead, yeoman, Nathaniel Whitson. Proved, March 19, 1781.
From Long Island Genealogies by Bunker, pg 223: "Parmenas Jackson died from wounds received at his house at Little Britain, near Jerusalem, from a party of plunderers Jan. 19, 1781; Revolutionary times."