Facts and Events
The following abstract was transcribed from a letter written Jan 3, 1938 to Judge J. W. Jackson of Kennebec, South Dakota from A. D. Hiller, Executive Assistant to the Administrator.
"The data contained herein were obtained from the papers on file in the Revolutionary War claim for pension, R.5529, based upon the military service of Samuel Jackson in that war.
"Samuel Jackson was born in Prince William County, Virginia, in 1756, day, month and the names of his parents are not shown.
"While a resident of Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia, Samuel Jackson elisted in September 1775, served as private in Captain Cuthbert Harrison's Company, Colonel William Grayson's Virginia Regiment and in Captain Jonathan Furguson's Virginia Company and was in the battle at Long Bridge, Norfolk; length of service ten months. He enlisted in July 1776 for during the war, in Captain Thomas West's Company in the Third Virginia Regiment and was attached to Captain Philip Lee's Company, Colonel Weedon's Third Virginia Regiment and marched to Alexandria thence to Baltimore, then started for Philadelphia, on the way there was taken sick, unable to march, was put in a baggage wagon which upset and he was injured and disabled for service, returned home on parole and was unfit for further military duty during the war.
"In 1798 he moved from Virginia, to Mason County, Kentucky, in 1820 he moved to Floyd County, Indiana and about September 1841* he moved from Indiana to Morgan County, Illinois.
"He was allowed pension on his application executed March 3, 1834 while a resident of Floyd County, Indiana. He died March 12, 1844 in Morgan County, Illinois.
"Soldier married in the spring of 1782 in Culpeper County, Virginia, Vashti, who died September 28, 1846 in Morgan County, Illinois, aged eighty-three years.
"Children of Samuel Jackson and his wife, Vashti, living in 1855 were: Lucy Stansberry, Nancy Daniels, Polly Weldon, Charles Jackson, Zepheniah Jackson, John Jackson and Kessiah Wright, aged fifty-three years and a resident of Morgan County, Illinois. In the same year her husband Reuben Wright was aged sixty-four years.
"In 1855 one Benjamin F. Wright and one Mildred Wright made affidavit in Morgan County, Illinois, their ages or relationship to the family not stated. There are no further family data." --end of letter--
An earlier gravestone with erroneous information had been placed on Samuel's grave and the info posted to Find-a-Grave website. After much correspondence with government officials, User:JackMc was able to report: "Finally the erroneous marker on Samuel's grave has been removed and destroyed. I have updated his Find a Grave memorial with this picture attached. Our trip to southern Illinois was pleasant in the best weather that summer could provide. My daughter-in-law drove us there and I had the additional pleasure of having a couple of grandchildren along for the ride. Franklin is a small town of less that 2000 people, with a well kept community and cemetery. There are four or five Revolutionary Veterans buried in this cemetery, and it is noteworthy that James Wright's (assumed father-in-law of Kesiah Jackson Wright) stone is no more than three to four paces from Samuel's stone. There are large open spaces between markers and one can only assume that the graves of Vashti Jackson and probably other Wrights and Jackson are buried in those spaces with markers that have sunk or been lost with time."
1756 Samuel b in Prince William Co, Virginia
Samuel and his wife are listed on the 1840 Morgan Co., Illinois census, both ages between 80 and 90 years old. Samuel is also listed as a veteran receiving pension, age 86. Samuel is head of household with no one else except his wife living with him. Adjacent to his home are two families named Wright, James and Abner. Living with James Wright, younger, is another pensioned veteran, James Wright, age 84. The Jackson and Wright families appear to have intermarried and may have migrated together.
1810 Census Mason Co., Kentucky