JACKSON: The Twentieth Most Popular Surname

This site is evolving to gradually add more information about various Jackson lineages found in the USA and will become an index for those Jackson lineages.  The data base for Robert Jackson of Hempstead has been removed to cousin Jerry Gross' Quilted Family Trees where you can continue find the most recent data.   Viewers may appreciate the additional features on Jerry's site such as an individual timeline, the ability to link documents, histories and media directly to the person individual’s pages and the ability to print pedigree, descendancy and individual pages in PDF format.  Also there is the ability to leave a comment directly on that site either for questions, corrections or additional comments.  As always, both Jerry and Janie welcome your emails.   This site remains a work-in-progress and all additions, edits and corrections are appreciated!

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Table of Contents

The 'Hempstead' Jackson line and branches:

Presently there are three branches of the Hempstead clan defined by five patriarchs.
      First Known Branch (Y9389):
           Robert Jackson of Hempstead, New York: @ Quilted Family Trees
(Jerry Gross)
                Descendants of Robert Jackson of Hempstead, New York (archived as of June 2014)
                Story of Robert Jackson (great story but no sources here)
                Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/468602469959095/members/  
               William Jackson, s/o Stephen Jackson and Nancy Cook
                       Research by Jinny Jackson Smith

          Samuel Jackson Irish Revolutionary Soldier, d Greene, PA

                Samuel Jackson and Margaret Cree's descendants (ancestry) and
                Samuel Jackson and Margaret Cree's descendants (wikitree)
                      Research by Mike Jackson, John McAnally

     Second Known Branch (BY19809):
           Samuel Jackson of Stafford, Virginia
Research by John McAnally (rootsweb.com) 
           John Lynn and Isabelle Fristoe of Prince William & Fauquier, Virginia
Research by Mark Lynn (ancestry.com)

     Third Known Branch: 
           Thomas Jackson of Dublin, Ireland: 
                    Read the story: Page one   Page two   View the chart

For further details about how these three branches are differentiated by DNA, see

John McAnally's page here

This google spreadsheet was prepared to help you visualize the relationships and connections of the Hempstead descendants who have participated in DNA testing.

For those folks whose DNA proves they are related to the Hempstead line, but whose connection has not yet been found - charts for these folk are listed with links below:

  • Robert Jackson m Phebe Coon in Harrison, WV; moved to Marion County, WV
    Janie's chart for ancestors of Raymond Vance Jackson
  • https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/6894864/listofallpeople
    Jack McAnally's chart for ancestors of Jim Ray Jackson
  • Bit of history: "Tradition has it that Robert Jackson came from Watertown, Mass., to Wethersfield, Connecticut, from thence to Hartford, Connecticut and from thence to Hempstead, in 1643; which perhaps was the first English settlement in the western part of Long Island."  But that tradition is not backed up with any documentation.  For a very complete examination of this, see Marty Grundy's history: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paxson/jackson/Jackson.index.html.  Despite not knowing how Robert arrived on these shores, we do know his descendants have spread to all corners of the United States!  (Website is available again as of Feb 8, 2020!)

    "The more we share, the more we know!"

    'We' is smarter than 'me'!

    Why or why do we do this??  Read the comments following this article and see if you find yourself there?

    Other Jackson Lineages

    All DNA Jackson groups can be found at

    The following links don't lend themselves to alphabetical sorting!

  • Sharon Oddie Brown's Northern Irish and Northern English Roots.   Also The Silver Bowl.
  • Jackson folks found in the southern portion of the Town of Hempstead, Queens & later Nassau County, New York.   If a connection to Robert of Hempstead can be found, they will be moved to the main database; but so far, there is no known connection.  Do you recognize any of these names or lineages??  
  • The links below lead to some of the many Jackson trees posted at WeRelate.org, a FREE, collaborative site where YOU can add to or edit these family trees.  (Read/watch the tutorial recommended!)  Some have known DNA; many do not.  Some of these I have posted; some are from other researchers, but generally all are well sourced.   Note that lines posted to WeRelate are available for YOU to add what you know about these lines and so grow that collaborative tree.  

  • Ambrose Jackson lived in Surry, VA; d in 1745 Brunswick, VA
  • Asabel 'Abel' Jackson b 1735; d Bath Co., VA bef 1803; m Nancy Cobbs
  • Asa Jackson b Prince Edward, VA 1792-1870 and wife Nancy settled in Wilson, TN
  • Benjamin Jackson 1805-1888 b Vermont; m Betsy, lived in Rensselaer & Otsego Counties, NY
  • David Jackson and Mary Morrison of York County, South Carolina
  • Elias Jackson   b 1794 VA, d 1847  Bath Co., KY
  • Francis Jackson b 1757 Amelia, VA, d 1836 Woodford, KY, m Martha Madera
  • Giles Tillet Jackson and Sophronia Dennis of Loudoun Co., Virginia
  • Isaac Jackson Sr, physician, and wife Mary Jane Campbell of Fayette Co., PA
  • John Jackson and Ann Wiggington of Fairfax Co., Virginia
  • John G. Jackson and Jane Harvey, immigrants from England migrated to Illinois
  • Sabina Jackson b 1834 NY; d 1866 Clinton, OH; m Elbert Jones
  • Samuel Jackson and Margaretha Drollinger of Allegany Co., PA
  • Col. Stephen Jackson of Chesterfield Co., South Carolina
  • Thomas Jackson and Hannah Woodworth of Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Thomas Jackson and Mary Cheesman of Gloucester Co., NJ > to Ohio - mid 1700's; had son Seward Leslie Jackson
  • The following links lead to files posted on non-collaborative sites.   Some of these have documented sources, many do not.

  • Ambrose A. Jackson b 1692 in Brunswick, Virginia   (Drury & Hartwell)
  • Burgess (Bird) Jackson and Dicy Cole b 1789 NC; d 1874 NC; his desc. settled in Moore Co., NC. 
  • David Jackson (b 1759) and his brother Gabriel (b 1765) by Steven Hill 2005; both born in Virginia; also another chart for David and Gabriel by Jennifer
  • Ephraim Jackson and Rachel Newlin  Ephraim b in England, settled in Chester, PA .
           also another chart for Ephraim Jackson and Rachel by Thomas Stobie
           (DNA: HG R1b1a2 Samuel Jackson and Catherine Plankenhorn)
  • Dempsey Jackson (abt 1785-1860) of Warren and Frederick Counties, VA   (ancestry.com)
  • George Jackson and Elizabeth Jobe of Washington Co. TN
  • Henry Jackson, immigrant, and his Connecticut/New York/Vermont descendants
  • Jacksons in Montgomery, Tennessee.  (Jinny Jackson Smith's Hempstead genealogy site)
  • James Jackson, immigrant to Norfolk, Virginia
  • James Jackson (1775-1811) and Ruth Ellison  NY > PA; 
  • John Jackson and Elizabeth Cummins  (Jackson Brigade: Stonewall Jackson's line)
  • John Jackson d 1806 Middlesex Co., Virginia, wife Anna,  by Christi Shea on Turner Family Tree; also on NN tree:   http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/30617119/person/26435645616
  • John Jackson 1766-1826, immigrant; m Isabella Hastwell; England > Wythe, Virginia
  • John Jackson b abt 1765, m Bethena Reagan,  South Carolina > Ohio (DNA: 
  • Joseph Jackson b 1760 NC; son Joseph b 1798 in GA m Delilah Cooper; later descendants migrated to Texas. 
  • Peter Hoff Jackson born 1807 Orange Co., NY; m Cynthia Bullock > Susquehanna Co., PA. 
          Also Peter Hoff Jackson by Kenneth Pergrem at ancestry.com.
  • Ralph Jackson of Virginia
  • Robert Jackson and Mary Ann Henthorn   Chart by Ian McTaggart. 
          Also Robert Jackson and Mary Ann Henthorn   Chart by Lynda Deary.
  • Samuel Jackson (1782-1852) and his wife Rachel Doty  They were both buried at Hempstead, Long Island, New York.   (DNA has proved this Samuel is not Hempstead.)
  • Samuel Jackson, Pioneer of Essex Co., NY with wife Betsy Finch.
  • Samuel Jackson and Catherine Plankenhorn Chester, Pennsylvania > NC by Thomas A. Stobie (not sourced; also see Ephraim Jackson above)
        (DNA: HG R1b1a2 Samuel Jackson and Catherine Plankenhorn)
  • 'Stonewall' Jackson line at Virginia Military Institute
  • Squire Jackson b 1811 Russell Co., VA
  • Thomas Jackson b abt 1750, d 1796 Gloucester Co., NJ; m Mary Ann Cheesman; 6 known children who went to Ohio
  • Thomas Jackson and Mary Starkey  :Ireland > Chester Co, PA and desc to GA
  • Thomas Jackson and Asenath Hammons were in Robeson County, NC,  in 1790.  (son Cornelius)
  • William Jackson and Abigail Gillum, both b in NC
  • William Jackson b 1780 VA, d Knox Co., TN; m Matheny Wilson b 1780 NC, d Knox Co., TN
  • William Jackson b 1816 TN, d Izard Co., AR; m Nancy Staggs b abt 1821 Wayne Co., TN
  • William Archibal Jackson b 1819 Genesee, NY; d 1863 Oswego Co., NY; m Catharine Blow b abt 1820, d 1902& **********need URL
  • William Lowther Jackson 1798-1836 of (West) Virginia  (Jackson Brigade site)
  • William Jackson of Carter Co., TN by Darrell Jackson.  Most of this has been copied (with permission) to Robert Jackson of Hempstead database but not all of it.
  • Willington Jackson and Elsie Davis  Virginia to Illinois and Indiana.
         Also http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bbunce77/Supp05.html#LHJ1
  • “Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will show thee; ask thy elders, and they will tell thee.”   Deuteronomy 32:7

    "People do not learn from the history they do not know."
    Charles Simpson, Pastoral Letter April 2012

    DID YOU KNOW?  HAVE YOU HEARD?  Your family is still growing!  With every day's research new cousins are found and with every DNA test new understandings come about.  Did you ever wonder about these new cousins and wish you knew something of their background or history?  Do you have favorite stories about your 'Grampa' that you wish others could know?  I saw on a website the other day someone rejoicing; she wrote "I found my Grandpa!!"  If you've always known your family, you may not have realized the joy it brings to those who don't know about their family to finally make that connection and know they've got cousins and relatives out there.   Because our Hempstead line started using DNA testing at Family Tree DNA before ancestry.com even began offering it, FTDNA remains the lab with the most Jackson participants for comparison purposes.  But ancestry.com is catching up and has a larger advertising budget.   If you have tested at other labs and want to compare your results with results from Jacksons who have tested at FTDNA, know that you can transfer your data to FTDNA for a small fee.  See Transfer page: https://www.familytreedna.com/landing/ydna-transfer.aspx. Scroll down to read the whole page before selecting the proper transfer.  Also, if considering upgrading, it may be helpful to read John McAnally's page for tips on selecting just certain SNPs to test.

    For those willing to help further the DNA research especially for the BigY expensive tests, the donation page is at the bottom, left, of this page: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/jackson/about.  One can donate anonymously or not, but be sure to designate to which line or person you wish your donation to apply to.

    I am so appreciative of all the contributions that have been made by researchers and family members. But several stand out as deserving of special mention and thanks:  Thanks to Mike Jackson for his unfailing volunteer work with the Jackson Groups at FTDNA;
    Bob Mitchell [RIP] for his exacting research into Jacksons in TN, AL and the Carolinas;
    Jack McAnally for his knowledge of DNA & research as it pertains to genealogy and handholding us all when we falter;
    and Jerry Gross for his early encouragement and continuing interest! The results you see on this site are truly the results of researchers willing to share and collaborate.  It is the good spirit of sharing and working together that has made this site such a pleasure! To all who have contributed and continue to contribute THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    30,010  individuals in the Hempstead data base posted at
    cousin Jerry Gross' Quilted Family Trees

    Website first created 15 Nov 2004

    NOTE:  Some of this database has been posted also to TWO free, collaborative, wiki sites: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/ and https://www.werelate.org/wiki/Main_Page  where you can connect your own family data to what has been already posted there.  For folks unfamiliar with wiki, there is both video and text tutorial for how to use the sites.  Info can be added either via GEDCOM or manually but for WikiTree, manually is easier. Not all our known research has been posted yet to these sites so the records could use your help in making them more current!   So if you have a bit of spare time, what a wonderful way to spread the word.

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    This Home Page was revised slightly 8 Feb 2020 and again 17 Aug 2020.