Early Settlers of Union
Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
- Early Union Settler
column presented Andrew William Jackson and his wife, Minerva Goforth
Jackson, their hardships during and after the Civil War and their
west to California.
Today's column will go back a generation in time and explore the life
William Jackson, father of Andrew. He and his wife Nancy were in Union County
when it was formed in 1832, having been first in Habersham County,
going there about 1827 from Rutherford County, NC.
William was a
very common first name among the Jacksons. The
father of William Jackson has not been firmly established because of
frequent use of William as a given name. He could have been the
Amos, of William, of Stephen, of John, of Joseph...the list goes
of men in the 1800 census of North Carolina with Jackson as
name. Of Scotch descent and migrating to America from Northern Ireland,
these early settlers were a hardy breed known to us as Scots-Irish.
Jackson was born in North
Carolina about 1798. He married
in Rutherford County, NC on December 14, 1814 to Nancy Owenby Stanley, a
widow with two sons, one of
whom was named William and called Bill. She was born about 1793
five or more years older than her husband William who was only sixteen
brothers, William, Amos, Jehile and
Joseph with their families migrated from North Carolina to Habersham County, Georgia.
Were they caught up in the "gold fever" when gold was discovered
there in 1828? Perhaps so, but no documentation is
to this writer about their prospecting. Settling in the
Valley, they could
look out daily and
see the rocky face of Mt.
the young Indian lovers, the fair maiden Nacoochee and the warrior
plunged to their deaths because they were from warring tribes and their
would never approve their union.
lots became available in what was
mapped as Union
County in 1832,
carved out of the old
Cherokee lands, William secured land and settled in the shadow of the
highest peak in Georgia,
Bald Mountain, Choestoe
William and Nancy Jackson and William's brother Joseph were all listed
members of Choestoe
in 1834, the first year of extant minutes, although it is believed the
was organized in 1832. William Jackson cleared more land on his
adding to the acreage once tended by the Cherokee before they were
from the property he purchased.
Jackson's two sons by her first
marriage, she had seven known children by her second husband, William
These were as follows:
Jackson (1816-1860) who married Jonathan
Cook (1815-1861). They lived in the Arkaquah District of Union
reared two sons and four daughters. Rebecca and Jonathan
buried in the Six
Jackson (1820-?) married William Neeley
(1808-?). This couple moved to Tennessee
and no information is known on their children.
Jackson (1822-?), named for his uncle,
married Jane Duckworth (1823-1896). They lived in the
District and reared a family of four sons and five daughters.
Jane Jackson were buried in the Jackson Family
on the Abercrombie Farm in Arkaquah District.
Jackson (1826-1889) married John W.
Duckworth (1821-1913). They settled near Old Liberty Church on
father David Duckworth's property. They had a family
children. Susie, as she was known, and John were interred in the Old Choestoe Cemetery
gravestones have long ago disappeared.
(1827-1902) married Jehu Wimpey
(1829-1899). They had thirteen children, five sons and eight
daughters. Their large family has many descendants still
living in Union
They were buried at Old
Liberty Baptist Church
Jackson (1828-1869) married Lucinda
"Cindy" Thomas (1828-1909). At age 41, Kimsey had an
unfortunate accident that took his life. He was
driving a wagon
pulled by oxen loaded with 300 feet of green oak lumber. On a
hill near Old
Liberty Church the brakes gave
way and the wagon turned over, pinning Kimsey underneath it. Kimsey and
had three sons.
Marion Jackson (1829-1912) married Rebecca
Goforth (1833-1901). Marion Jackson liked to tell that he was
born near Yonah
in what was then Habersham (now White) County, Georgia.
He was the first of William and Nancy Jackson's children born after
During the Civil War, Marion
joined the U. S. Army. He and Rebecca lived on Town Creek,
District, and reared six daughters and two sons. William and
buried at Old
Liberty Baptist Church
youngest child of William and Nancy Jackson was Andrew William
married Minerva Goforth (1840-1915). Their story was recounted in
week's column. They went to California
after the Civil War and never returned to Georgia.
Jackson (1798-1859) and his wife Nancy (1793-1861) were
both interred at the Six
Liberty Baptist Church.
name is still common in Union
among descendants of William and Nancy. The name means
Son". Jack was a nickname for John. Centuries ago
and Ireland John's Son and Jack's Son were common designations and
them the family name derived. The two first Jacksons registered in America
Isaac and John. Isaac Jackson was born in Ireland
and died at Londongrove, Chester
in 1750. His wife was Anna Evans and they had ten children.
Jackson was born in 1766 in Tipperary, Ireland
died in Pittsburgh,
1826. John Jackson's
ancestors have been traced back to Sir John Jackson, made a baron by
Charles II in 1660.
Jones; published Apr. 1, 2004 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville,
Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Dyer Jones is a retired educator, freelance writer, poet, and historian.
She may be reached at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org;
phone 478-453-8751; or mail 1708
Updated August 23,
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