Experience's Children

Jackson Family Stories


George W. and Ida Viola Boyd Jackson Family Record

as written by Jessie Mae Jackson

George W. Jackson
Ida Viola Boyd
George Washington Jackson
Ida Viola Boyd Jackson

The Jackson family came from near Clarksburg, West Virginia to Weakley County, Tennessee by wagon train, there were seven wagons in the train. Our grandfather Robert Walker Jackson and Stonewall Jackson were cousins.

Robert Walker Jackson was a brick contractor.

The Jacksons were Cumberland Presbyterians. Our grandfather had a very good voice, taught singing school for several years in the church or schoolhouse. The family spent many happy hours singing hymns and folk songs.

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

A 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.

Father [George W.] and Uncle Robert, little boys, would hide behind big logs and watch the soldiers march down the Big Road (Civil War).

Fathers brother Sam married and moved to Rector, Ark. (He loved a fine horse and fine boots). John died just a week before he was to be married. (3 congestive chills)

Belle married a Mr. Green from Fulton, Ky. (His family raised race horses). They came to near Lamar, Mo. She died in child birth. Mr. Green took the baby girl and went back to Kentucky.

Their first home was corner of McCord and College Streets

Father worked in his Uncle Sam Jackson Flour Mill on College Street. He lived with Uncle Sam from the time he came from Tenn. as a small boy until he was married.

The next year after marriage he built a house at the corner of Hill and College St., moving there when Floyd was three months old. Jessie, Everitt, Wayne, Reginold, Percy and Pauline were born there.

In 1899, bought a tract of land, about 10 acres on East Park St. & Freeman Road, moving there when Pauline was three months old.

Mother was the daughter of Esque Dillard Boyd and Martha Davison Boyd. Her grandparents were among the first settlers in Newton Co. coming here from Tenn. and Virginia.

The Boyds and Davisons settled on land north of Neosho.

During the Civil War the family noved to near Dallas, Texas. Her father was a sergeant in the 31st Regiment, Texas Cavalry Dismounted.

Mother [Ida Viola Boyd Jackson] attended school at Locust Grove (for a few days George Washington Carver attended school at Locust Grove) then at Mrs. Lemon's Private School in Neosho and Neosho Academy. She boarded at "Aunt Ray's" boarding house, which later became part of Big Spring Inn.

Mother was always interested in lovely hand work, crocheting & embroidering like her mother she took pride in cooking and serving good meals, "she looked well to the ways of her household".

Always quiet and cheerful, her entire life was spent helping and doing kind things for others.

The Boyd family originally came from Scotland and Ireland.

Our father was a Cumberland Presbyterian when that church was disbanded, he joined the Methodist Church. He loved singing in church.

After Uncle Sam sold the Flour Mill, father worked in grocery stores, for a short time, had a dray service to Frisco depot, sold washing machines, then back to grocery business. At one time had his own grocery store on south side of the square; worked at Keller Bros. Grocery many years, then had a Vegetable Garden and raised strawberries. At one time had five acres of strawberries.

While delivering groceries near Central School, he heard a woman screaming her two year old daughter had fallen in the well, he jumped in the well and held the little girl above the water until neighbors brought a ladder and he brought the little one up.

He was a substitute mail carrier.

Hobbies raising bees and whittling.

Played drums in Neosho Band.

He was a staunch Republican, always working for his party. Never missed voting. His first vote for President, was vote for President Garfield.

He received a letter of commendation from President Eisenhower for his steadfastness and life long faithfulness to the Republican Party.

Jessie

George W. Jackson, 97 years old, voting absentee ballot

George Jackson voting

for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 from his home in Neosho, MO.
Voted for President Garfield in 1880 and never missed an election after that.

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