Person:John Jackson (373)

John Jackson
b.14 Feb 1746 Ireland
Facts and Events
Name[1][2] John Jackson
Gender Male
Birth[2] 14 Feb 1746 Ireland
Marriage Abt 1773 to Chesaphia _____
Death[1][2][3] 14 Apr 1814 Miller, Dearborn, Indiana, United StatesTanner's Creek
Burial[4] Georgetown Cemetery, Dearborn, Indiana, United States

The following is copied from chapter 20 (Miller Township), page 208 of History of Dearborn CountyS1:
The First Settler
The Jackson family is to this day one of the most prominent families in the township and in numbers it stands among the first. Enoch Jackson and Ezekiel Jackson both entered land from the government, and their father, John Jackson, was one of the first settlers in the township. He came from the state of Maryland with his family in the year 1798. His children were John, Ezekiel, Enoch, Susan and Sally. Susan became the wife of John Dawson, and Sally the wife of Charles Dawson. The old pioneer died in 1814 and his wife in 1823. John Jackson, the father, was drowned in Tanners creek while attempting to ford the stream during a freshet. His son, John Jackson, married in Kentucky before the family came to the township. He came here with his father and purchased land from others on the site of what was afterwards called Georgetown. where he erected a brick house which is standing today and in good condition. It is probably the oldest brick house standing in the county today. There was a postoffice at Georgetown for a number of years. probably in the decades between 1820 and 1840. At one time. it is claimed. the mail between Cincinnati and Indianapolis was carried via Georgetown, and the mail vehicle stopped there for the carrier to eat dinner. A cemetery was laid out there about 1820 and many of the early settlers are sleeping their last sleep in that quiet spot. During the muster day period it was one of the places of rendezvous. and many were the good old times spent at these gatherings.

From file 246690:
Came from Ireland to America - West Virginia up to the East Shore of Maryland. Later back to Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and into Southeast Indiana, but because of hostile Indians, went on to Nelson County, Kentucky. Came to Dearborn County with the Jackson family and were the first to buy land there. They settled on Georgetown Ridge.

John Jackson was an excellent swimmer, but in those days, the only way to cross Tanner's Creek when it was high, was to swim the horse across. The horse stumbled and fell, the saddle girth broke, Mr. Jackson's boots became tangled and he was helpless to save himself in the turbulent waters, so he was drowned at age 68 years.

Other Notes There are numerous databases in that include this individual, and most if not all include a middle name, Harrison. However, I have not yet found a reference to a source for this so have not included it in the name field above.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Miller Township - The First Settler, in History of Dearborn County, Indiana: her people, industries, and institutions. (Evansville, Ind.: Unigraphic, 1980)
    Page 208, 1915.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 John Jackson, in Ancestral File
    AFN: 1J6H-QBN.

    John JACKSON
    birth: 14 February 1746
    , , Ireland
    death: 14 April 1814
    , Dearborn, IN

    marriage: 1773

  3. file 246690.
  4. Georgetown Cemetery, in Fox, Dianne, and Lois Lee Harper. Cemeteries of the northeast section of Dearborn County, Indiana. (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, c1993)
    Page 227.

    The authors also include information attributed to other researchers, including info from Mrs. Alta Mae Hart. She provided info regarding John Jackson who died in 1814 while fording Tanners Greek