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From: Virginia and Virginians by Dr. R. A. Brock, Secretary of the Virginia Historical Society. Published 1888.
Vol. II. PAGE 732-733

(Note that this "genealogy" is almost completely in error for the first two paragraphs and the biography barely touches on the intended subject, Stephen Alonzo Jackson.  See Notes below.)

 

STEPHEN ALONZO JACKSON

About 1762 Edward and John Jackson, brothers, left England for America. They lived for a few years near New Castle, Delaware, but having been with a scouting party to the Little Kanawha, in Virginia, and being deeply impressed with the fertility of the soil and the abundance of game there, they concluded to remove to that region with their families. Consequently they came to Virginia just prior to the revolution, the families expecting to settle as neighbors. But upon arriving at the "Old Field", in Hampshire (now Hardy) county, Elizabeth Cummings, the wife of John Jackson, was for stopping there, and did stop, her superior size being sufficient reason with her much smaller husband. She endeavored to persuade Edward and his wife Martha, to remain there with their families, but Edward asserted his right to decide for himself and those with him, and decided he was going on to Harrison county, unless scalped in the attempt, and! went on, settling about four miles west of Clarksburg, where some of his descendants live to this day. John Jackson, after a short residence near the present site of Moorefield, moved his family to the Buckhannon river, in what is now Upshur county, West Virginia, and only about a day's journey from where his brother Edward had settled.

Both Edward and John Jackson served in the Revolutionary war, and each had three sons in service, distinguished for bravery. One of these was Capt. Stephen Jackson, wounded in the battle of Yorktown. The renowned and still lamented Confederate general, "Stonewall" Jackson, third cousin of Stephen Alonzo, was of this stock, inheriting the gentleness of his great grandfather, John, and the fire and bravery in time of danger of his great grandfather's brother, Edward.

The line of descent of Stephen Alonzo Jackson from this Edward Jackson is thus traced; Edward Jackson was the father of Captain Stephen Jackson, who was born July 31, 1764, and married, February 14, 1787, Elizabeth Pomeroy. Their son, Col. Stephen Pomeroy Jackson, was born in January, 1789.  He married Hannah Bailey (born November 17, 1793, died February 25, 1854), daughter of Minter and Nancy (Norris) Bailey.  Their son, Hon. Minter Jackson, was born September 20, 1824, and was twice married.  His first wife was Mary K. Fell, born August 28, 1830, died March 4, 1856.  They had one son, Stephen Alonzo, subject of this sketch, born September 22, 1851, in Glenville, Gilmer county, (then) Virginia; and one daughter, Mary Scott, now Mrs. Dunn, born September 25, 1855.  The Hon. Minter Jackson married secondly, August 10, 1864, Isabella Holt Beattie, a grand daughter of Gen. John Beattie, who was a Commissary general under Gen. Washington in the Revolutionary War.  By this marriage were born two children:  Walter Beattie and Hannah Belle.

Minter Jackson espousing the cause of the South in the late war, refuged to Virginia with his parents and children, Stephen A. being then about ten years old.  The father, uncles and a host of cousins of Stephen A. were Confederate soldiers, while many of his maternal relatives were in the Northern army.

At Brook Hall, Washington county, September 5, 1876, Rev. J. O. Sullivan officiating, Stephen A. Jackson married Mary Cloyd Ernest, who was born near Glade Springs, August 7, 1852.  They have two children: Ernest Alonzo, born August 13, 1877; Minter, Jr., born December 25, 1880.

Mrs. Jackson is a daughter of Col. J. Henry Earnest and Amanda J. Earnest, nee Byars. Her maternal grandmother was Elizabeth, daughter of William Beattie, whose father was Gen. John Beattie before mentioned.

Mr. Jackson is a 32d-degree Mason and a Knight Templar, and past W.G.M. of the Kappa-Sigma Fraternity.

Note: This story of Edward and John is found nowhere else and is most probably one of those legends either in the family or of the historian to make connections to "Stonewall" that were so popular at the time.  There is another Jackson line with a connection to Edward and Martha Miller (Note that the "Martha" above is not identified fully.) that has some solid research behind it and places the line's North American origin in New England through Long Island, New York and New Jersey to Virginia in time for the Revolution.

The description of John and his wife Elizabeth seems accurate.  New information about their interesting origins came out with the book "Stonewall" showing that a number of legends had surrounded their arrival in America.

The author may have been confused as our Edward has a similar migration story:

"Around 1768, Edward, his wife, and 3 children, left New Jersey and went to Fayette County, Pennsylvania.  The party they were in was composed of Edward's cousin, John Jackson with his family, his sister, Elizabeth (Tompkins) and her family, and his brother William and his family.  They separated at New Castle, Delaware.  Edward and John went to Pennsylvania with their families and the others went south to Virginia."

The story and names are similar enough so that this John's identity may have been innocently appropriated by the Virginia historian.  It would not be hard to confuse our Edward Jackson and Martha Miller; John Jackson and his sister Elizabeth with the John Jackson and Elizabeth Cummings above.

Contributed and analyzed by Ramon Jackson.

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