Person:Samuel Jackson (47)

Samuel Jackson
b.27 Jul 1749 Salem Co., New Jersey
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Name[1] Samuel Jackson
Gender Male
Birth[1] 27 Jul 1749 Salem Co., New Jersey
Marriage 9 Feb 1773 to Margaretha Drollinger
Death[1] 27 May 1833 Allegany Co., Maryland

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The following research and transcription of the Will is the work of Pat Walker, found on her website The material is copied with her permission.

The "Scharf History of Western Maryland", p. 1499 states, "The first settlers who came to the valley were Groves, Trollingers, Jacksons and Tattens from New Jersey and the Broadwaters, Hanns, Duckworths, Ayers, Shaws and Polings from Goose Creek, Loundoun County, Virginia. These settlers moved on to property which was owned by the State of Maryland and was designated by law to be used for the payment of their Revolutionary War soldiers."

These settlers were allowed to purchase their lands after 1788. The Jackson property in Allegany County was called "Timothy Level." The above information regarding New Jersey was sent to me on looking into the published records of New Jersey. A Samuel Jackson appears on the "Revolutionary Census of New Jersey," by Kenn Stryker-Rodda, 1972, List I, 1773-1774 in Salem County. Also a "Samuell" Jackson in the same place, perhaps the same man or father and son. A Benjamin Jackson also appears in Salem County, New Jersey, but in a different town. Ann Jackson lived in Gloucester County, two John Jacksons, two Joseph Jacksons and a William Jackson were also located in the State of New Jersey at this time.

In the "Salem County (New Jersey) Marriage Records", 1928, compiled by H. Stanley Craig, in the Records of Trinity P. E. Church, Swedesboro (now Glouster County) "a" Samuel Jackson married Margaret Kelch, nee Drollinger, of Mannington (Salem County) on February 9, 1773. Margaretha Drollinger was born in Alloway, Salem County, N.J., about 14 Sept. 1744 and baptised on 20 April 1745 at the Friesburg Lutheran Church of Salem County, N.J., the daughter of Gabriel Drollinger and Anna Margaretha Lottholtz. Margaretha Drollinger had married previously to Phillip Kelch on 23 November 1764, and had Leonard, Susannah and Elizabeth Kelch. Phillip Kelch died in 24 Jan. 1771 in Mannington, Salem County, N.J. The "1776 Census-Queen Anne Co., MD., Town Hundred," lists a Samuel Jackson. In this census there is 1 male over the age of 21, one 16-21, one under 12, and two females in the over 21 age group. Queen Anne County is on the eastern side of Maryland very near to New Jersey and could have been a first stop off spot for the newly married couple. The Hall of Records Commisssion, Department of General Services, State of Maryland has on file, Lib. IC#H, pg. 627-8, the following patent:

The State of Maryland Samuel Jackson his patent 136 3/4 acres Timothy Level, Know ye that Whereas Samuel Jackson of Allegany County on the twenty ninth day of June Seventeen hundred and ninety three obtained out of the western Maryland office a special warrant to resurvey the following Lots of Lands lying in the County aforesaid to the westward of Fort Cumberland and contiguous to each other Viz.. No 3178? & 3782 each containing fifty acres. In pursuance whereof a resurvey was made and a Certificate thereof returned by which it appeared the said Lots contained the quantity of one hundred and three acres and half an acre, to which there was added one hundred and thirty three acres and one quarter of an acre of vacant Land, and the said Samuel Jackson having pursuant to Law, paid to the treasuror of the western Shore the sum of fifteen pounds thirteen shillings and one penny half penny.....for the said vacant Land and one pound ten shillings for some Improvements thereon The State of Maryland Doth hereby Grant and Confirm unto the said Samuel Jackson the said Lots resurveyed as aforesaid with the Vacancy added redeeded unto one entire tract and called Timothy Level lying and being in Allegany County aforesaid...containing two hundred and thirty six acres and three quarters of an acre--according to the Certificate of resurvey thereof taken and returned with the Land Office bearing date the thirteenth day of June Seventeen hundred and ninety four, and there remaining; together with all rights, profits, Benefits and Privileges thereunto belonging To Have and to Hold the same unto him the said Samuel Jackson his Heirs and Assigns forever Given--under the Great Seal of the State of Maryland this sixth day of February Seventeen hundred and ninety five. Witness the Honorable Alexander Contee Hanson Esquire Chancellor. J. H. Stone (The Great Seal) A. C. Hanson Chace'r

On file at the Courthouse in Allegany County, Maryland, is the will of Samuel Jackson. It follows in full, as written [and transcribed by Pat Walker]:

In the name of God, Amen. I Samuel Jackson of Allegany County in the State of Maryland being sensible of the Infirmities of Age, Considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepared to leave this World when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner & form following, that is to say First and principally I commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor herein after named, and after my Debts and funeral charges are paid, and wifes, and Daughter Martha's maintainance for the term of life, I devise and bequeath as follows--
I bequeath unto My wife Margaret Jackson and My daughter Martha Jackson a Sufficiency for their bodily Support during the term of life.--or so long as they both shall live, and at their death, and after their funeral charges are paid--I then request that my land & goods shall be Sold, and that Equal distribution Shall be made of the Proceeds, and an Equal Division made amongst my five Children, Viz Joseph Jackson, Samuel Jackson, Jacob Jackson, Mary Monroe, Margaret Jacobs--with this exception, I bequest unto my Son Saml Jackson Thirty Dollars Extra to be paid at the time of Dividing or imparting to Each his Share, And lastly, I do hereby Constitute and Appoint Gabriel Jacobs of the State & County before mentioned, to be sole executor of this my last Will and Testament Revoking and annuling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and Confirming this & none other, to be my last will & Testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this Twenty first day of April in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred & Thirty-two
Samuel Jackson (Seal)

Signed, seald, published and declared; by Samuel Jackson the above named Testor, as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us, who at his request in his presence & In the presence of Each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto, Uriah Duckworth, Samuel Ayers (his mark), Elizabeth Jacobs (her Mark)

The last will of Samuel Jackson Filed Augt 10 and proven September 10, 1833. Test Charles Heck, Register. Recorded in Will book Liber A Folio 239 & 240 & Examined by Charles Heck, Register

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Website of Pat Walker.
  2.   Scharf, John Thomas. History of western Maryland: being a history of Frederick, Montgomery, Carroll, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties from the earliest period to the present day; including biographical sketches of their representative men. (Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1882).
  3.   Stryker-Rodda, Kenn. Revolutionary census of New Jersey: an index, based on rateables, of the inhabitants of New Jersey during the period of the American Revolution. (Lambertville, New Jersey: Hunterdon House, 1986).