Experience's Children

Jackson Family Stories

Jackson family stories

as recounted by Floyd M. Jackson

Robert W. Jackson

Robert W. Jackson

"As I remember by Grandfather's last words the night he died, it ran something like this prayer" -FMJ

"O God a father to them be
and keep them from all harm.
May they live to cherish Thee
and dwell among thy charm"

Great-Grandfather Jackson's name was Ruben - His eldest of 5 sons was also named Ruben. All large - over 6 feet tall and all over 200 pounds. These boys were by his first wife. They were all strong, athletic + The "Jackson Boys" usually carried off all prizes at "Log Rollings", shootings and other contests of strength and skill.

Great-Grandfather (Ruben) was married a second time and to this union were born Samuel and Robert W. (My Grandfather) and a daughter Mary.

Their mother died when they were very young (Grandfather about 6 or 8 years old) - when his father died - Uncle Same went to live with a man by the name of Allen. A fine ? and millright for his day - Uncle Sam became a miller Came here (Neosho) just a close of Civil War and operated the brick mill - on North (Mill St) now College. Also at a later time operated a mill on Hickory Creek about 2-mi. S.E. or town (known as West's + later (now) as Zimmerman's Mill). He later went to Caverna - MO + operated a mill for a number of years, until his death.

My Grandfather Robt.W. (It is not known with whom he went to live after his fathers death - unless an older half brother.

He learned the brick mason trade. He evidently followed his trade from place to place and traveled over several counties in Tennessee. He would work a while in one community + then go to amother. He talked with the people with whom he stayed while working. Had a wonderful memory + knew the family history of ever family. He was a fine vocalist + taught "singing school" wherever he went in his work travels. Could sing well to his dying day.

He was jolly, loved to laugh + did.

He was married to Lucy Everitt. Had four sons John, Robert, Sam + George + 1-daughter Lucy. My father George was about 6 years old when his father came to Neosho. A few years after the close of the Civil War + after his Uncle Sam had been here some 5 or 6 years. They came here by ox team via Cape Girardea, Rolla + Springfield. Their home was near Gardner Sto - near Union City in Obion Co. Tenn. where their family at one time owned a large amount of good land.

My father, George W. (Washington) began work when about 14 years old for Uncle Sam in the brick mill. Had very little chance to go to school but like his father was a good singer. Played bass drum in town band and was ? ?. He lived + worked here (Neosho- balance of his life. He wa married May 1, 1882 to Miss Ida V. Boyd (My mother) They had 7-children - Floyd, Jessie, Everitt, Wayne, Reginald, Percy + Pauline. 5 boys - 2 girls. I am oldest, will be 59 - June 17, 1942. All children + both parents living at this time.

As I remember my Grandfather's last words the night he died, it ran something like this prayer-

"O God a father to them be
and keep them from all harm.
May they live to worship (or cherish) Thee
and dwell among thy charm"

Floyd M. Jackson


Grandfather and Great-Grandfather's
folk song

transcribed by Jessie Mae Jackson

"Sunday afternoon friends gathered at their home joining in the singing.

"A [few] weeks before fathers mother [Lucy Everitt Jackson] died, a neighbor, Colonel Isam, was sitting by the fireplace listening to the family singing with tears rolling down his cheeks he said "Oh! Bob what a pity for this home to be broken up," a few weeks later their mother asked her family to gather around her bed and sing as she went away." - JMJ

"Little Sparrow"

"Come all ye fair and tender ladies
Take warning how you love young men
They'll tell to you some lovely stories
They'll tell to you they love you well
They'll go straight away and marry another
And that's the love they had for you.
Once I thot I had a true lover
Indeed I thot he was my own
He went straight away and married another
That's the love he had for me
I wish I was a little sparrow
And one of those that soar so high
I would fall on my true lover
And when he talked I'd be close by
But as it is, I am no sparrow
Nor one of those that soar so high
I'll sit right down in grief and sorrow
And sing and pass my troubles by
Some folks say there is good young men
Where will you find them
Some folks say there is good young men
Girls don't you mind them
First they'll court you for your love
Then they will deceive you
You will cry and they will laugh
Girls don't you mind them
Thank the lord I'm no man's wife
No man can control me
I'd rather live a single life
I know it is glory."

Talking to Lonnie Jackson

transcribed by Floyd M. Jackson
September 23, 1938

Lonnie says that his father Samuel and my grandfather Robert W. were brothers and sons of one Ruben Jackson. They had six half brothers, one of whose name was also Ruben. All large men, Ruben was the smallest of the brothers, standing 6 foot 3 inches in sock feet

Samuel and Robert

These brothers grew to manhood in Obion County, Tennessee, around Union City and Gardner Station. Samuel emigrated to Southwest Misouri, 1865. Robert came to Missouri on 1/17/76. They both settled in Neosho, Robert W. had three sons all born in Tennessee who came with him to Neosho, Robert I., Samuel and George W. George W. my father was the youngest and was about 6 or 7 years old when they came to Neosho. He married Ida V. Boyd May 1, 1882, to them were born seven children as follows: Floyd M., Jessie Mae, Everett B. George Wayne, Reginald D., Percy R., and Pauline. All seven children living at this time, I was 55 years of age last June 17, 1938.

George and Ida Viola Jackson's family

Wayne, Jessie, Floyd, Rex, George W. Jackson, Everitt, Pauline and Perce

My grandfather, Robert W. and his brother Samuel said they were second cousins of Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson and that they belonged to the Virginia branch of the Jackson family. My grandfather Robert W. was married to Lucy Everett in Tennessee but she died before they came to Missouri.

Floyd M. Jackson

Phoebe Deborah Jackson Curlin

Marshall [TX] News Messenger article published when Phoebe Curlin died in 1902.
Transcribed by hand while visiting the genealogy library in Marshall, Harrison County, TX by Julia Clay.

Hugh Curlin and wife Phoebe Deborah Jackson came to Texas from Tennessee in 1839. They settled in Greensboro, 12 miles south of Marshall on the Sabine River. He was buried there and she later moved to Marshall.

She once owned the land where Wiley College (Negro college) was built. She was buried at the Old Marshall Cemetery. [We searched this cemetery but it was in bad condition and we could not find her grave.]

According to Phoebe Deborah, her father was Rueben Jackson. According to Jennie Schrueber of Shreveport, LA, her oldest daughter Juritha Jane Curlin married Samuel C. T. Ford of Boston, Mass. Both died in Oct 1873 of yellow fever. They and 2 of their sons, Jesse and John are buried in the Old Marshall Cemetery. Juritha and Samuel's children were Martha, Jesse, John, George, Edward, Samuel, Napoleon, Louis, Deborah, Lula and Walter.

Phoebe Deborah Jackson and Hugh Curlin's children were Sarah Ann, Emily, Harriet, James, Joanna, Naomi, Juritha Jane, Jessie Horace, Mexico America. Phoebe Deborah left all her property to Mexico America in her will.

Joanna Jackson's husband Judge George Lane and his brother Walter Pye Lane were born in Ireland. Walter P. was a Texas Ranger and fought in the Mexican War in 1846, attained the rank of brigadier in the Confederate Army and died with his boots on in Marshall, TX. where he is buried.

Texas issued letters of Marque to four ships to become Privateers (legal pirates). Privateers were owned by private investors who hoped to make money the old fashioned way - by looting. Texas got 10 per cent of the swag. The navy employed 4 privateers but it at least 13 privateers were active in the Texas cause between 1835 and 1837. Walter P served on the Tom Toby.

Resolution of Respect

E. Dillard Boyd.
Neosho, MO, December 5, 1898

Whereas, E.D. Boyd, passed away in his 61st year December 1st and his spirit winged its way back to the God who gave it; and whereas, he had been Brave Soldier, an exemplary citizen and a Christian Gentleman; Be it Resolved, That we tender our deepest feelings of sorrow to the Widow and Children, for this, their Great Loss.

RESOLVED: That Camp Freeman Ex-Confederate Veterans have lost a worthy and useful member; that we will forever cherish his memory and mourn his loss.

RESOLVED: That a copy of these minutes be furnished his Widow and handed to the Neosho Papers for publication.

Dr. P.C. Yates
W.H. Fleming
B.J. Pearman


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