Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Father’s Story Through a Son’s Eyes


I considered it a good move to be able to link the subject of my research—John Jay Jackson of Fairfield and Perry counties, Ohio—to the name of his second wife and then to this biographical sketch on their son Lyman James.

As I’ve already mentioned, Lyman’s entry in the 1883 History of Fairfield and Perry Counties includes mention of his father’s family history. Though a brief mention—considering all the detail to follow on Lyman’s own professional and political careers—it does give us a springboard back to previous generations.

Evidently, Lyman’s father John was born in Otsego County in New York. The date given was February 7, 1792. Those will certainly be details to confirm through other means.

It’s the following that I was more interested to read:
His father…was descended from Abram Jackson, who emigrated from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1624.
Granted, I have no idea who Abram Jackson was, but a location like Plymouth and a date as early as 1624 does arouse attention.

All that will come in due time. For now—at least after some more festive notes appropriate to the holiday season—I’ll have to set this tidbit aside until I can recreate the paper trail back to that supposed 1624 arrival in Plymouth.

But I couldn’t resist just mentioning it now. It is, after all, the first time I’ve ever passed by this way.

13 comments:

  1. What fun -- a couple more generations to track down. Little snippets like that certainly tempt me away from the task at hand. I wish you self-control.

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    1. Oh, believe me, Wendy...I'll find a way to make this part of the task at hand! Well, at least after the due diligence of tracking down the generations between John and Abram...

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  2. What a tempting tidbit, I have my bags packed--figuratively speaking...can't wait for the trip.

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  3. Oh, Claudia, I can't wait, either. This will definitely qualify as a genealogical adventure for me. A Genea-Safari! :)

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  4. That does sound like fun! Enjoy your new search :)

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    1. This is totally new territory for me. Looking forward to learning a lot here. I suspect I'll pick up a lot of info on American history I hadn't paid attention to the first go-round.

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  5. Yes, a Genea-Safari for sure. I take them often. :-)

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  6. Ah. The plot thickens!

    I googled Abram Jackson and Plymouth and see some intriguing hints of things to explore. :)

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    1. I'm trying to be good and resist the temptation to peak, Iggy! But I'm looking forward to getting to the point when I can take a look.

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  7. aha! 1624 how amazing is that! WOW! :)

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    1. Yeah, I sure am jazzed! Can't wait to see what's out there to be found.

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    1. Hi Jana! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it is exciting. I'll be taking a brief hiatus from genealogy research for Christmas, but this little tidbit I stumbled upon certainly energizes me to return to the search as soon as possible!

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