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AARON CASE JACKSON


AARON C. JACKSON was born in Morristown, Morris county, New Jersey, October 29, 1800.  When five years of age, he, with his father's family, removed to Fort Pitt, Pa., and some years after to Knox county, Ohio, locating near where the City of Mt. Vernon now is, then a place consisting of two houses.  From boyhood to manhood Mr. Jackson was engaged in the usual avocations of pioneers in wooded country; felling trees, grubbing, and opening farms from the primeval forests.  His educational advantages were acquired in the log school houses from imperfect text books, and still more imperfect teachers, whose chief requisites were ability to wield the birch and control the hardy pioneer boys.

January 16, 1823, Mr. Jackson married Charity Ann Young, daughter of Judge Young, of Ohio, she being a sister of D. B. Young, now of Morrison.  In 1837 he emigrated to Illinois, and settled in what is now Mt. Pleasant township, his claim being about one half mile east of the present City of Morrison.  The claim of 160 acres, 40 of which was timber, he purchased for $900.00 from Pardon Dodge.  Some of the land had been broken, and a rude log cabin erected.  Mr. Jackson experienced all the vicissitudes and pleasures of pioneer life, such as hauling dressed hogs to Savannah and Galena, where they were sold for one cent a pound "in trade", the "trade" being calico remnants, no single piece of which was sufficient to make his wife a dress.

Mr. Jackson was President of a Society of Settlers to prevent Claim Jumping; in 1839 was commissioned a Justice of the Peace.  In 1842 he was elected a representative on the Whig ticket to the State Legislature from Whiteside and Lee counties, serving two years.  He was facetiously dubbed "The Log Cabin Candidate," from the style of architecture of his residence.  His opponent was known as the leader of the "Dixon Stage Party".   Mr. Jackson triumphed by a majority of sixteen votes.  Whiteside County was largely Whig, while Lee county was Democratic.  In 1847 he was elected a member of the Constitutional Convention, receiving 322 votes.  His opponent, Jonathan Haines, received 304 votes, and D. B. Young, 53.  From 1852 to 1857 he was Supervisor of Mt. Pleasant township, and during President Lincoln's administration [was] Postmaster of Morrison.

Mr. Jackson is still a resident of Morrison, quietly spending his days near the scenes of his pioneer life.  Mrs. Jackson died September 5, 1855, and on November 26, 1856, Mr. Jackson married Sophronia Gibbs, widow of Alonzo Gibbs.  Mrs. Gibbs was mother of Edward Gibbs, of Lyndon, and Mrs. S. W. Robinson and Mrs. Alpheus Clark, of Morrison.  The children of A. C. Jackson were: Daniel B., born October 31, 1823-drowned July 8, 1837; Flavius J., born August 22, 1826; Susan L., born February 13, 1828; John Y., born September 14, 1829; Tryphene, born June 15, 1831; Elizabeth, May 27, 1833; Phebe L., born September 2, 1835; Silas M., October 22, 1837; Amanda, born December 8, 1840; Lafayette J., born February 23, 1843-died at Grand Rapids, Mich., July 22, 1875.

From the Bent Wilson History of Whiteside Co., Illinois, pub. 1877
Provided by B. Mosher on Whiteside msg. board 2002. 

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