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Benj. B. Jackson one of the Most Respected Citizens of Crane Township, Answers the Last Roll Call

On last Monday, Benjamin B. Jackson who has been a resident of Paulding county since 1848, died at the home of his son S. O. Jackson in Crane township.  Mr. Jackson was born in Western Virginia, February 26, 1821, and at the time of his death was 81 years, 5 months and 16 days of age.  He was married to Miss Elizabeth J. Champion of Clermont county, Ohio, in 1840, and to them have been born eleven children, five of who are still living.  They are Wm. B. of this city, Andrew O, of Tiffin, Sarah, the wife of Theodore W. Hanschild,* of Washington State, Stephen O. and Martha O. Banks.  In answer to his country’s call, he enlisted on the 26th day of August 1861, and was assigned to the third division of the Fourteenth army corps, being sent to Kentucky.  He took part in the battles of Missouri Ridge, participated in skirmishes at Wild Cat and Mill Springs under Gen. Thomas, was with Sherman in his march to the sea and for four months was fighting continually.  Fraternally, he is a Master Mason in good standing and a member of Antwerp lodge. The funeral services were held in Bethel Church, near the Forder bridge yesterday morning at 10 o’clock and interment in the cemetery near by.


Benjamin B. Jackson was born near Clarksburg, West Va. Feb 26,1821, and departed this life Aug. 11, 1902, aged 81 years.  In 1828 he moved with his parents to Warren in state. He was married to Elizabeth Jane Champion of Clermont county in 1840, and to them were born eleven children, five of who are still living; Andrew C. of Tiffin, O, Martha C. Banks and Stephen O. living near Cecil, O., Wm. B. of Paulding, and Sarah L. Hanschild* of Ritzville, Washington.

In 1848 Mr. Jackson moved to this county, settling in Crane township, in what was then almost wilderness, and by hard labor, cleared and fenced two farms or about one hundred and seventy acres.  Besides his farm work he filled many offices of trust; was Justice of the Peace four terms, township clerk, trustee and assessor each a number of terms; satisfactorily performed the duties of guardian ad as administrator of numerous estates, and was decennial land appraiser in 1880. He always encouraged and took an active part in public improvements and in advancing and promoting the public welfare.  Was very conscientious and strictly honorable in all his doings.  Prior to middle age he assisted in many literary societies and lyceums and taught singing schools.  Fraternally, at the age of 25, he was a charter member of F & AM lodge Warren county, and later was a charter member of the first lodge organized in Defiance, and still later, a charter member of Antwerp lodge, of which he remained an honored member and regular attendant as long as health would permit.

Deceased also bore an honored part in the great Civil War, serving with the 14th O.V.I and participated in some of the greatest battles and most stiring campaigns.  In early youth he united with the M. E. church and remained a consistent member unto the end.  His aged helpmate, who shared his happiness and grief for sixty-two years, still survives him.

Funeral services were held at Bethel church, Aug. 13, Rev. Pomeroy of Antwerp officiating.  Interment in Forder cemetery.


Elizabeth Jane Champion was born in Clermont Co., O. Feb 3rd 1823.  Departed this life Oct. 4th, 1913, aged 90 years 90 years [sic] 8 months.  She lost her mother at the age of six years; was brought up to maturity by her grandparents.  She was united in marriage to Benjamin B. Jackson on Sept. 22, 1840, and to them were born eleven children, six of who preceded her to the world beyond.  She leaves to mourn her departure Mrs. Sarah L. Hauschild, Ritzville, Wash., Mrs. G. G. Banks, Antwerp, Ohio, three sons, A. C. Jackson, W. B. Jackson and S. O. Jackson all of Paulding, Ohio.

She united with the Methodist church in early life and has been a faithful member all her life.  Her husband and companion died Aug., 1902, after having passed sixty-two years of married life together.

She leaves to mourn her death five children, twenty-three grand children and twenty-three great grandchildren.  She has lived a beautiful useful life of devotion to others, caring for the sick, going far and near in early life often taking the place of Doctor.  She has many friends who she has assisted with her loving care in their hours of sickness and trouble. 

* Correct spelling is Hauschild.
Obits found in Bowling Green State University, Library Archives 
Obits transcribed and contributed by Jerry Gross; see Contributors Page for address & email.

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