Facts and Events
By 1636 there was little to no settlement in the Northern Neck. It was then called "The Chickacoan District" and was not formally organized into a county (Northumberland) until "about 1645."
Lancaster was formed from Northumberland (and York) in 1651.
Westmoreland out of Northumberland 1653
Stafford County formed out of Westmoreland 1664
1683 Stafford County Deed Book D, 1686-93, p. 256, from abstract by Ruth and Sam Sparacio.
Although this document wasn't recorded until 1692, it proves that Samuel JACKSON was a resident of Stafford County at some time before April 1683, probably a year or more earlier, when the bill of sale for the mare was signed. (This case must have started out in Stafford County court before being appealed to the General Court in Jamestown. Samuel was apparently a witness to the original contract.) The records for Stafford between 1668 and 1686 are mostly lost except for a few scraps, 1671-72 and 1680, in which Samuel JACKSON's name is not found. From this 1683 document it can be stated that Samuel was probably born prior to 1662. It appears he is an associate (a relative?) of John BLAKMAN.
1688 Feb 13 - STAFFORD COUNTY VA DEED & WILL BOOK 1686 - 1689; THE ANTIENT PRESS, pg 107a
SAMUELL JACKSON giveath unto his Daughter ELIZABETH JACKSON one Mare Colt and her Increase to her and her heires for ever Viz One Mare Colt of a yeare old one whale eye on ye near side a blaze down ye face four white feet & branded on ye near shoulder wth and branded on ye near Buttock wth ye figure of four As Wiriness my hand this 13 of February 1688 and then recorded in ye County Court records of Stafford.
1694 25 Sep [Samuel had to be at least 21 yrs old; agrees with 1683 document above that his birth was probably prior to 1662.
200A was conveyed by said Andrew GIBSON to Samuel JACKSON (Later: these 200 acres were sold by "Samuel's grandson" Francis to Tebbs in 1766. By 1766 this land is said to be in Dettingen Parish. At the time of finding this 1766 deed, it was unknown who was Samuel's son and Francis' father; second generation was unknown. This land is mentioned in a Tebbs deed in 1788. The grantor of the 1766 has to be the Francis who m Sarah Tyler & Sarah Ridley. Francis, the son of Sarah Ridley Jackson, was too young to have sold this land.)
1694 Oct 15
Description: 450 acres on the Main Run of Quanticott Creek.
Source: Northern Neck Grants No. 2, 1694-1700, p. 36 (Reel 288).
Part of the index to recorded copies of land grants issued by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary between 1690 and 1781 and by the Commonwealth between 1786 and 1874.
Samuel Jackson Suggest that there is four hundred and fifty acres of land in Stafford County and on the main run of quanticott Creek not yet granted and for which he obtained a warrat (sic) Signed and Sealed in the office which is returned by a survey under the hand of Mr. Theodrick Bland, and deed granted thereon the fifteenth of October one thousand six hundred and ninty four, which follows:
Margarett Lady Culpeper etc. to all etc. whereas etc. for and in consideration of the composition etc. we do grant etc. to him the said Jackson all that tract etc. containing four hundred and fifty acres, bounded as followeth,
Beginning at a poplar standing by the run side on the south side thereof Extending Thence South twenty Eight degrees West eighty poles to a black oak thence north forty eight degrees West one hundred and Thirty eight poles to a black oak in a ??poyson?? field, thence west Seventy Six poles to a hickory, Thence north fifteen degrees West one hundred and thirty nine poles to a white oak on a Ridge, thence north forty two degrees East one hundred and seventy four poles to another white oak, thence South forty degrees East three hundred and twenty poles to another white oak thence south fifty degrees & one quarter, West Sixty six poles to the beginning, together with all etc. Royall mines Excepted, and the third part of all Lead etc. to have and to hold etc.to have and to hold etc. Yielding etc. provided etc. which is a clause of ??eenty?? for default of payment of rents, Given etc. Witness our agents etc. dated the fifteenth of October one Thousand, six hundred and ninety four. ~ ~ ~
1703 Stafford County, Samuel Jackson was paid bounty for wolf.
SOURCE: Stafford County Deeds and Wills, Page 204-205, 1699-1709, Abstract by Sparacio.
1710 25 Sep 111A From Maruritte Lady Fairfax to Samuel Jackson on the Main Run of Quanticott, adjoining his own land.
It appears that this Samuel JACKSON died in Stafford County shortly before 1722 and his presumed son John died shortly before 1721. Will Book K, 1721-1730, is lost, but an Old General Index for Stafford County includes a list of the contents for that missing book. Here are pertinent entries, with dates as calculated by Nicklen. Someone named FARROW was apparently the creditor (or administrator?) of one or the other.
JACKSON, John. (1721). Page 11, inventory.
JACKSON, Samuel. (1722). Page 41, inventory.
JACKSON, ---- [Estate]. (1722). Page 42, Farrow's account vs.
[John Bailey Calvert Nicklen, "A Missing Will Book of Stafford County and Its Contents," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 57, no. 1 (Jan. 1949), p. 72]
1712 Apr 4th Page 65 of unknown deed book Lancaster County, Virginia
It surprised me to note a reference to Jackson's Mill in a Lancaster Co Deed!
Catherine Lady Fairfax …proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia…. To Tharshall Grasby of the County of Lancaster upon his suggestion of a certain quantity of land belonging to me in ye said County which is not yet Granted Did on ye 4th day of Dec last obtain a Warrant from my office for laying out ye same And having now return'd a Survey thereof …. The hand of Mr. John Coppedge Surveyor
Know YEE therefore … have granted …. Unto the said Tharshall Grasby 226 acres . . . to a branch of ye said Hugh Brents Swamp thence along the said line South fifty nine degrees East one hundred ?-five pole to a Corner white Oak of John Browns being down on a Hill on ye North side of Jacksons Mill . . .
1792 Jun 4 [A much later reference to the Jackson Mill] DB Y: pgs 148-153
Samuel & Vashti (Grinnan) and their son Charles lease land from Martin Cockburn. This indicates Charles is oldest son. Samuel leases Lot #4, Francis has adjoining Lot (# n/g), Anthony Buchner has Lot #2. DB Y:pgs 148-153 Witnesses for Samuel Jackson: Francis Jackson, Martin T. Hancock & Anthony Buckner. Witnesses for Martin Cockburn: James Muschett, Mungo Hancock & Charles Tyler. (There is mentioned in WPA Historical Inventory a history of Jackson's Mill Site on Lot #10 but I don't have plot of any of these lots. Quote from the WPA History: "There does not seem to be any information as to who this Jackson family was or from whence it came, but some old records at the Court House at Manassas have yielded what may be a clue, as in 1766 there are deeds of lease and release of a tract of land between Francis Jackson and Thomas Borston, that could very well have been this tract or near it.") NOTE: Borston is the "Boyd Stone" on our 1766 doc! This 1792 deed was a straight lease with no accompanying release, so Samuel did not at this time plan to buy the land. [This deed is to a great-grandson, also named Samuel, and is here only because of the family connection to the land. It is difficult to google this Mill because of the many references to the OTHER Jackson Mill in what became West Virginia.]
Prince William: The Story of Its People and Its Places
Compiled by Workers of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Virginia 1941
Part ii. Tours, pg 185
"Here and there among the hills are reminders of the early days--foundations of cabins; an Indian mound, haunted and overgrown by trees and vines; the stone ruins of JACKSON'S MILL; . . ."
Therefore, we have evidence of Samuel owning three parcels of land which we will attempt to follow in determining Samuel's descendants.
- 1694 200A Andrew Gibson to Samuel. Possibly where the Jackson Mill was.
- 1694 450A on the Main Run of Quanticott Creek. - his son John sells 230A of this 450A in Feb 1739, DB D, pg 327-332.
- 1710 111A on the Main run to Quanticott adjoining his own land.
Note that in 1728 there is still land recorded in name of a Samuel Jackson.
Excerpt copied from http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mrmarsha&id=I67655
25 Feb. 1728-29
VIRGINIA NORTHERN NECK GRANTS 1694 - 1742; Page 96;
Philemon Walters of Stafford County, 122 acres in Stafford Co. on a branch of Quantico adj. Sam'l. Jackson. 25 Feb. 1728-29.
122 acres on a branch of Quantico, adjoining the land of Samuel Jackson
Northern Neck Grants B, 1726/1729; Page 184, Reel 290
The Right Honorable the Lord Fairfax of Leeds Castle in the County of Kent and Baron of Cameron in Scotland Wm. Cage of Milgate in the Parish of Bearsland in the County of (unreadable); Devis in Trust and soul Exect. Of last will and Testament of Right Honorable Catherine Lady Fairfax Dec'd, Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virg., To all to whom these writings shall command, Greeting:
..... Do gove, grant and confirm unto PHILEMON WATERS of Stafford County one certain tract or parcel of land. Containing one hundred and twenty two acres. Situate lying and being in Stafford County on a branch of Quantico, joining Saml. Jackson and bounded as followed: VIZ Beginning all A, white oak corner of Saml. Jackson on the East side of North fork of Quantico . . .
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Stafford County Deed Book, in Sparacio, Ruth Trickey, and Sam Sparacio. Deed and will abstracts of Stafford County, Virginia. (McLean, Virginia: R. and S. Sparacio, c1987-1992), 256.