Tuesday, September 2, 2014




Finding Isaac Jackson and Mariam Pugh:  For over 40 years, members of our family searched for the great grandparents of John Seaborn “Sebe” Jackson.  Sebe’s grandfather was Stephen Pugh Jackson, who came to Winn Parish Louisiana from Clarke County Alabama.  Stephen Pugh Jackson had two sons, Isaac Thomas (father of Sebe) and Jesse Lemuel.  We believed that at least one of the sons was named for Stephen’s father, but we could not locate records.  

While searching for Stephen Pugh Jackson’s father, it hit me that “Pugh” could not be a random name.  I began researching Pugh Family records, and hit the jackpot exactly where we were focused – Clarke County Alabama.  There I found the family of pioneer settler Elijah Stewart Pugh, whose children included sons Jesse and Stephen and a daughter Mariam, who married Isaac Jackson.  Mariam and Isaac were married in Wilkes, GA about 1810, and almost immediately moved with Mariam’s family to Clarke County AL.  The couple had six children, 4 girls and 2 boys before Mariam’s death in 1836.  Isaac survived his wife by only three years, dying of typhoid fever in 1939.  Their second son, Stephen Pugh Jackson, had just reached his majority (age 18) at the time of his father’s death.  He is not named in some of the documents related to the guardianship of his minor sisters, Miriam and Rebecca.  The older brother, Jesse was named as guardian of the children. 

Between his father’s death in 1839, and 1842, Stephen Pugh Jackson moved with the family of his Uncle Jesse Pugh to Louisiana, where Jesse settled near the village of Grand Cane in DeSoto Parish. 

Finding the Parents of Isaac Jackson:  Having found Isaac Jackson and his wife Mariam Pugh, we had great hopes of tracing his Jackson ancestors.  NOT!!  We found too many Isaac Jacksons in Georgia and Alabama, and were unable to unambiguously identify “Our” Isaac Jackson. 

DNA Reveals Our Jackson Family: In 2010, we pursued the DNA option.  Kyle Stuart Jackson, great grandson of John Seaborn “Sebe” Jackson (son of Wilmer Henry “Jacky” Jackson, Jr., grandson of Wilmer Henry “Jack” Jackson, Sr.) donated the sample for evaluation.  Results were conclusive; our Jackson line is descended from Robert Jackson of Hempstead, L.I., through his son Col. John Jackson.  Using both DNA and traditional methods, we have subsequently established connections between the Jacksons of 17th Century Long Island, and our Jacksons in North Central Louisiana.  The remainder of this document traces this Jackson Line, beginning with the original immigrant – Robert Jackson.


     This presentation of the Ancestors of John Seaborn "Sebe" Jackson is divided into four main sections:

  I. ORIGINS -- From Africa to Great Britain
            Robert Jackson -- Immigrant  (1615-1685)
        Col. John "Jack" Jackson -- Sheriff & Judge  (1645-1724)
        James Jackson, Sr.  -- Miller & Quaker (1671-1735)
        Benjamin Jackson -- Of the Carolinas (1719-1805)
        Edward Jackson -- Of Georgia (1755-1845)
        Isaac Jackson -- Of Alabama (1785-1839)
        Stephen Pugh Jackson -- Winn Parish (1821-1880)
        Isaac Thomas Jackson -- Red River Parish (1855-1932)
        John Seaborn "Sebe" Jackson (1881-1950)

Chapters associated with each of these nine Jackson ancestors will be placed in the appropriate sections.  


All Jacksons owe a debt of gratitude to three dedicated researchers, who have collaborated to collect, analyze, and disseminate critical information.  As descendants of Robert Jackson, we are especially fortunate because these genealogists are of our line.  Because of their dedication we have a wealth of information.  

They are: Janie Jackson Kimble -- Jerry Goss -- and Bob Mitchell.  Their collaborative research is available on two websites.  The same information exists on both sites, but the organization and search features differ.  These are:

Contact information for Janie and Jerry are available on their respective sites.  I urge all who read these blogs to visit these sites to get more background information, and an in-depth knowledge of the sources and controversies in Jackson genealogy.

1 comment:

  1. Great blog post! Thanks for pointing your readers to mine and Janie's websites.