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Jo Martin commented on Dec 01, 2002
My Grandfather Jackson did so many fun things, he let me help when he gathered honey from the bee hives, and this had to be an act of love on his part. He allowed me to help him sort apples that he used to make cider. I could help him count out sweet potato slips, as he sold these to other farmers in the area. He would always be able to find a "copper or two," which is what he called pennies, for me. After being cautioned not to say anything to my Grandmother, he would walk with me to Royal Hunter's store and we would spend a lot of time deciding just exactly how to spend those pennies on candy. Those BB-Bat all day suckers, or packages of Kits were hard decisions to make.

When W. Caleb Jackson was a young man, he was rabbit hunting and the gun accidentally went off and his arm was so severely damaged that it had to be removed. I was always amazed at what he could do with one hand. He rolled his own cigarettes. Would hold the small white wrapping paper in one hand, have the tobacco sack in his mouth and gently shake the tobacco into the paper (without dropping any) and then slowly roll the paper around the tobacco with one hand, lick the edge of paper and seal it. He could tie a neat bow on his shoe strings. In other words, not much my Grandpa could not do. He was my "hero." When he died in 1959, my second child was just a baby and I mourned that my children would grow up without him in their lives.
Jo Martin commented on Jan 21, 2005
Bowater Jackson applied for and received a certificate of membership from Westfield MM and was accepted at Deep River MM in Guilford Co., NC on 9 Jul 1808. This was the same year his parents moved to Guilford Co. The year is not known when Bowater with his family, his two brothers, his sister Phoebe, her husband and their families moved from Guilford Co., NC to Dallas Co., AL He remained in Dallas a few years, and in 1846 was living in Washington Township, Hamilton Co.,IN. He remained there and died in 1890.


Be it remembered that on this 15th day of November AD. 1846 the last will and Testament of Bowater Jackson deceased, was offered for probate which will and the proof and examination of Witnesses are as follows:

I, Bowater Jackson of Hamilton County, and State of Indiana, do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at anytime heretofore made. I dispose of my worldly estate in the following manner:

FIRST: I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible, out of the money's that shall come to the hands of my executors.

SECOND: I will that the farm and kitchen furniture, stocks, and all such things belonging to the farm, together with all moneys and effect that may be found shall belong to and be held by my widow for her support and convenience, and for the education of my three minor children, Joel, Susannah, and John Bowater.

THIRD: the land which I have, being the west half of the south east quarter of section three, township eighteen, and range three, east I will to my son Joel Jackson, the same to belong to him, his heirs, executors, administrators, assign, and to be put into the possession as soon as he shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years.

FOURTH: I will to my daughter Susannah, one bay mare.

FIFTH: Considering that my daughter Sarah Vanderslice, my son Nathan H. Jackson, my daughter Eliza Franklin, my son George W. Jackson, and my son Jesse H. Jackson have had their share of my estate, I therefore will that they shall have one dollar of my estate only.

SIXTH: It is my will that at the decease of my widow that my daughters Phoebe Cook, Mary Jane, Caroline, and Susannah Jackson shall share equally a certain portion of my farm, lying on the north side of the state road and containing forty acres, and further that Mary Jane, Caroline and Susannah shall have an amount of my property sufficient to make them equal with Phoebe Cook in consideration of what she received as a marriage dowry.

SEVENTH: I will that at the decease of my widow that, that portion of my farm lying on the south side of the state road shall belong to my son John Bowater Jackson, together with all farming implements and other property from then on belonging to him and his heirs, to hold forever, excepting the property covered by other claims of this will, or that may have to be sold to defray expenses.

I now make and ordain my sons George W, and Jesse Jackson to be the executors of this will. In witness of I, Bowater Jackson, the testator have here unto sat my hand and seal, this the sixth day of the tenth month, in the year of our Lord, Eighteen hundred forty-six

State of Indiana, Hamilton, County

Be it remembered that on the 15th day of November, 1846, personally appeared before me the undersigned Clerk of the Probate Court, of the County of Hamilton, in the State of Indiana, Curtis Jackson, one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and Testament of Bowater Jackson deceased. Late of said county, who, after being duly sworn on oath says that he saw the said Bowater Jackson the testator, sign seal, and publish the foregoing will as and for his last will and testament, and heard said testator declare the same to be his last will and testament, and this affidavit further says that he this affidavit and Leonard G. Davis were called upon by said testator to sign their names to said will as the subscribing witnesses to the same and that he this affidavit and said Davis did so sign their names as such witnesses in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other, and this affidavit further says that said Bowater Jackson was at the time of making said will about the age of sixty four years and of sound mind and memory and that he was not under the coercion or restraint of any person or persons what so ever as he verily believes and this affidavit further says that the foregoing is the same paper so signed by said Bowater Jackson as and for his last will and testament, and so attested as aforesaid.

Curtis Jackson

Subscribed and sworn to before the undersigned clerk of the Probate Court of Hamilton County, Indiana, on this 15th Dec. AD 1846.

Given under my hand and seal of said Court the date above written.

F. G. Burns, Clerk
Elizabeth Sledge commented on Nov 13, 2005
Hazel Lefornia Jackson is in my family tree. She married Gilbert Leno Armstrong in 1945 and had 7 children although i dont believe they were all his. She was born 1922 to Roland Lee Jackson and Clara JAne Harvey. She died in 1992. If you have any information please contact me. Thank you for your time, have a great day!!
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