Person:Samuel Jackson (59)

Samuel Jackson
b.btw 1645-1668
  • HSamuel Jacksonbtw 1645-1668 - 1722
  1. Francis Jacksonbef 1687 - 1723
  2. Elizabeth JacksonBef 1688 -
  • HSamuel Jacksonbtw 1645-1668 - 1722
  1. John Jacksonabt 1712 -
Facts and Events
Name Samuel Jackson
Gender Male
Birth? btw 1645-1668
Alt Birth? bef 1662
Residence? bef 1682 Stafford, Virginia, United States
Residence[2][3] 1694 Main Run of Quantico Creek, Stafford
Residence? 1712 South Run of Quantico Creek, Stafford
Death[1] 1722 Stafford Co. (now Prince William), Virginia
Alt Death? bef Jan 1741

Image:Wallbash red.gif The Wall bash icon indicates Samuel's father is not known and he is listed among 'Jackson Brick Walls'.

Samuel's birth year is a guesstimate based on his giving his daughter Elizabeth a horse in 1688. It is ASSUMED that she was abt 18 years old; perhaps getting married, and that he was about 25 years old when she was born. So lots of assumptions there. Samuel is mentioned in a court case in 1683 which indicates he was probably born prior to 1662.

Relationship of Samuel to his son Francis is proved by an analysis of deeds and the fact of his grandson also named Francis selling the 200 acres mentioned in Samuel's original 1694 deed. For deeds proving the relationship of son, Francis, and grandson, Francis, see the Notes of both Francis the son and Francis the grandson.

NOTE: DNA test results from Samuel's descendants have indicated that this Samuel is closely related to Robert Jackson of Hempstead, Queens County, New York. As of February, 2010, no connection has been found. But it is known that Robert of Hempstead mentioned in his will a son named Samuel who was born about 1645-1647. Since nothing more is known about Robert's son Samuel, it is tempting to conjecture and wonder if this Samuel in Prince William was Robert's son. The DNA of descendants of Robert of Hempstead and Samuel of Prince William says there is a close relationship.

Comments from User:JackMc: So we see two alternatives for Samuel; he could be Robert's son or he could be related to another early immigrant who was related to Robert in England. There is a book called "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick which raises some interesting possibilities. Since Robert Jackson was evidently part of a Separatist group and came from Scrooby, the story in the book has led to some interesting possibilities for our Jackson research in Virginia. Within the book was mentioned a Francis Blackwell that took another group of separatists to the Isle of Wight County, Virginia a few years earlier than the Mayflower. And that has led to an Edward Bennettt who also brought separatists to the Isle of Wight and he has descendants married into a Richard Jackson lineage, this Richard being born in England died prior to 1666. There is also a Samuel Jackson in this Isle of Wight information and he might be the Samuel we find in Stafford County in the mid to late 1600s.

Comments from Marty Grundy, historian: "There is no biological reason that the DNA somehow started all fresh with Robert of Hempstead. It has to go back to earlier generations, which then brings a whole new batch of cousins into play. Checking now into the historical record has already opened up some interesting possibilities. The next step is to see if the next few generations back can be pieced together, those before any of these Separatists left England. The problem is that's when the written records begin to get dicey. Most parish records do not go back farther than the last third or so of the 1500s. If folks are wealthy enough, there should be wills, or if they are gentry or minor nobility, there may be records. Otherwise it is pretty difficult to trace family connections." --end of comments from Mrs. Grundy--

We may never know unless someone finds something more about Robert's son Samuel. Or if someone from England has done some DNA work and has the ability to compare DNA to Robert's line here in America. The DNA of Robert's line is distinct enough to readily distinguish it from other Jackson lines.

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


Deeds and other recorded documents

The following deeds have been found and transcribed in an effort to learn about this Samuel and the history of his land and the land surrounding his. Apparently the land Samuel granted was situated in that part of Stafford County which later was cut out in 1731 as part of Prince William County. After Dettingen Parish was established in 1745, the land was said to be in Dettingen Parish.

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.
From Mike Marshall's website:

1694 25 Sep 200A was conveyed by said Andrew GIBSON to Samuel JACKSON.
(Samuel had to be at least 21 yrs old; agrees with 1683 document above that his birth was probably prior to 1662. There is no transcription of this deed but see description in the later 1766 deed which mentions these 200 acres being sold by "Samuel's grandson" Francis Jackson to Tebbs. The 1766 deed give a bit more description of this land saying part of a tract "lying upon Quantiquot Creek and Powells Run in County of Prince William". It is also said to be in Dettingen Parish. And Patricia Wink speaks of "the area of Quantico Creek & Powell's Run, which is at the boarder of Stafford County & Prince William County.)

1694 Oct 15 DB 2, pg 36
Description: 450 acres on the Main Run of Quanticott Creek.
See Transcript:Deed 1694 Culpeper to Samuel Jackson 450A
(Note that 234 acres of this 450 acres were sold by deed Feb 1739 by Samuel's son John, who received it by will. We do not have this will but this does indicate Samuel died sometime before Feb 1739. This 1739 deed is noted in John's record.)

1710 Sep 25 111 acres From Maruritte Lady Fairfax to Samuel Jackson on the Main Run of Quanticot, adjoining his own land.

The above are the three parcels Samuel is recorded as owning during his lifetime.
Info below show Samuel living on the land.

1701 14 May John West, J. Peake, James Herriford and Samuel Jackson met at the home of Mrs. Ann Owsley and took an inventory of the effects of Thomas Owsley and on 2 June 1701 appraised their value. An additional inventory was held on 6 October 1701.

1703 Stafford County, Samuel Jackson was paid bounty for wolf.
SOURCE: Stafford County Deeds and Wills, Page 204-205, 1699-1709, Abstract by Sparacio.

1708 Nov 7 3-191 Robert Hedges of Stafford Co. 160A on Quanticott Cr. in Stafford Co. Wrnt Adjoins Sam'l Jackson. see 1712 & 1731 & 1741.

1723 Quit Rent was lawfully demanded of Samuel Jackson for 460 acres. It is in this record that mention is made that "John Peake has the Jackson orphans." These weren't Samuel's children though, because he was still alive and paid his rent due on the same 1723 record of the orphans. [It is a reasonable assumption that these children are Samuel's grandchildren and children of Samuel's son Francis. Was John Peake or John's wife related to the Jacksons or to Francis' unknown wife?]

1730 Apr 10 C-58 John Ashmore of Stafford Co., 510A in Stafford Co on Br of Quantico adjoining Samuel Jackson.

1731 Aug 27 C-10 John Farrow of PWC had 724 acres on the branches of Quantico adjoining the lands of Robert Hedges, Francis Jackson & Samuel Jackson. See 1708 3-191. This is the first deed showing Francis and Samuel with adjoining land but see that Samuel's land also adjoined Hedges in the 1708 deed mentioned above.

1741 Jan 16 E-402 Thomas Harrison of PWC, Gent. 221 A in PWC on Quantico Run adj Robert Hedges, Francis Jackson, Philemon Waters, Samuel Jackson's now Harrison's land. serv. by Capt. Joseph Berry. See 1708.

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]

The Mill

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
A Samuel Jackson and wife 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.

  1. 1694 200A Andrew Gibson to Samuel. Possibly where the Jackson Mill was.
  2. 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.
  3. 1710 111A on the Main run to Quanticott adjoining his own land.

Misc Notes

Note that in 1728 there is still land recorded in name of a Samuel Jackson.
Excerpt copied from
25 Feb. 1728-29
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 give, 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 followeds: VIZ Beginning all A, white oak corner of Saml. Jackson on the East side of North fork of Quantico . . .

  1. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. (Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Historical Society), Vol 57, #1, pg 72.

    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.
    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]

  2. Transcrip: 1694 Deed. 200A Gibson to Samuel Jackson.

    "on main run Quanticott Creek"

  3. Transcript:1694 Deed Culpeper to Samuel Jackson.
  4.   Transcript:1710 Deed Fairfax to Samuel Jackson.
  5.   Transcript:1712 Deed. 227A Lady Fairfax to Francis Jackson.