Jackson County MN genealogy website!
Jackson County is located in southwest Minnesota and borders Iowa.
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Welcome to the Jackson Co MN genealogy website! ------PLEASE READ!
My name is Randy Wendel (meet Randy), Rootsweb MNGenWeb volunteer County Coordinator and webmaster for Jackson County, MN since May 2007, and lifetime member of the Jackson Co Hist. Society. The Jackson County Historical Society does not have a website but is fully aware of this one which I maintain, but please feel free to say "hello" to Mike, director of JCHS, should you ever visit to talk with him. Mike and I communicate somewhat regularly and it's not unusual for researchers to contact him for items or information after having visited here or corresponded with me. My goal is to keep this website regularly updated with Jackson Co genealogy and Jackson Co Historical Society information. It is my primary goal to concentrate on the PEOPLE and genealogical roots of Jackson County, although there may be some expansion to other direct historical information (i.e. events and buildings) in Jackson county since it may have been an important or direct factor in the life of someone (genealogical standpoint). I'm always interested in contributions to post on this website so please pass along any photos, person or family history/genealogy related items! Also be aware I live 150-miles from Jackson County (Bloomington MN) and the distance keeps me from regular on-site research activities, cemetery visits for this website or volunteer work at the historical society/museum for that matter. Therefore, the least I can do in any volunteer-capacity on a regular basis is maintain this web site.
Click here to email me with questions, submissions, etc.
NOVEMBER appeared out of nowhere it seems. October is just a blur...I even forgot to write something here (not that it's often worth reading anyway). I have been preparing the snowblowers for winter and putting summer things away which includes moving all of my car cleaning items (wax, cleaners, etc) into the house so they don't freeze. My veggie garden did relatively well this year...now that I've reclaimed the garden once again after taking up half of it 3 years ago when I build a new garage. This spring I installed a chain-link fence around what was left of the garden to keep rabbits out. I miss the larger size of the garden which was roughly 24x24. Now it's half of that, but still usable.
The Jackson County Historical Society has announced the date of its annual meeting as Saturday January 16 at 1:00pm in Lakefield at the historical society/museum location.
I received a "last minute" email in early October from a lady whom was going to be traveling the following day to Minnesota (Lakefield) and was going to search for her paternal grandfathers' grave location at the Lakefield Cemetery. She was bringing her 89 year old father of whom (I'm a bit unclear) had not been to the location previously, or simply could not recall exactly where it was located. I do not have any burial records but pointed her to contact Mike at the historical society when she got to town. Upon arriving, Mike had already gone home for the day (Saturday) after being at the museum all morning, but she managed to acquire his home phone number and Mike graciously agreed to meet her at the museum, from thereafter they visited and found the headstone at the cemetery. She was very grateful that Mike had taken his time to help her and her father find it.
Often we just do not know how much Mike helps others with their research efforts, but I would like to suggest anyone who utilizes the services of the historical society...even if it is just a simple request such as looking up a date in records, or copying a obituary, to please seriously consider making a donation to the museum. They do operate on a limited budget from donations and a bit from the county, but any donation does help keep the lights on and telephone (and internet) hooked up so they can help assist you. Make a donation in memory of an ancestor, or consider the very affordable membership. Mike does a wonderful job of putting together a newsletter which always contains interesting historical items about Jackson County.
Jackson County area residents...can you help?
If you are within a short drive of the Jackson Co Historical Society and Museum, and have a little time you could spare, they could sure use your help! Why not consider dedicating 1 day out of the year (or just a Saturday morning?) to give back to your community and help preserve some history. Among any immediate items they need assistance with, there are MANY photos which need to be scanned so a digital file can be used to backup photos and documents and stored more safely. Imagine all paper-based items that would be lost if a fire or tornado destroyed them. Scanning items to digital format for safe keeping is important. Contact Mike 507-662-5505 and tell him you'd like to come in and lend a hand with something...he'll be very glad you did, and so will you!
Jackson...origin of the name
Jackson County (24 counties in the United States are named Jackson County), established on May 23, 1857, was named after Henry Jackson, the first merchant in St. Paul and a member of the first territorial legislature. You will find Jackson County in the Southwest corner of Minnesota (43.6750 N, 95.1567 W). The county seat is Jackson. The historical society is located in Lakefield.
Henry Jackson was born in Abingdon, VA, in 1811. He acquired only a limited education as a youth, but ultimately became a good penman and accountant through diligent self-study. Of a somewhat roving nature, he went off to serve as an orderly sergeant in the Texas "Patriot War" of 1836-7, then returned to Buffalo, NY, where he married Angelina Bivins (1814 NY) in 1838. Soon after, they emigrated to Green Bay, WI, then to Galena, IL.
When his business failed in 1842, the family moved to St. Paul, where they rented a cabin from Pierre Parrant where the family lived temporarily. Jackson purchased 3 acres of land from Benjamin Gervais which was located in the area later bounded by Jackson, Robert, Bench, and 3rd Streets, which was then a high bank overlooking the lower levee. On this property, he built a log or pole cabin, and opened a small stock of goods suitable for the Indian trade. He soon did a prosperous business, and shortly thereafter became a community leader.
During his residence in St. Paul, he held several important offices. In 1843, he was appointed the first Justice of the Peace in St. Paul. In 1846, he was appointed as the first Postmaster, and in 1847, he was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly. He was later a member of the first Territorial Legislature of Minnesota, and was a member of the first St. Paul Town Council. In 1853, he and his family moved to Mankato, MN, where he played a role in founding the city. He died in 1857. Jackson Street in St. Paul, Mankato, and Jackson County, MN, were named for him. His real estate holdings were valued at $8,000 in 1850. He and Angeline had at least one child: William C. (1847 MN).
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Annual meeting of Jackson County Historical Society will be held Saturday Jan 16, 2016 at 1pm at the museum.
Jackson Co Fair 2016 July xx-xx Official web page, click here.
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