Eli Jackson


Article in the "History of Monroe and Shelby Counties", 1884, pages 466 and 467

 James C. Jackson (Farmer, Post-office, Woodlawn), History of Monroe County, 1884, pages 466 and 467


Ellis Jackson and wife, whose maiden name was Sarah Houden, were early settlers in Monroe county.  Here the father became a responsible farmer and respected citizen, and he and his wife won the esteem and high regard of all who knew them.  They reared a worthy family of children, and among these was James C., the subject of the present sketch.  He was born December 7, 1850, and was brought up to farm work, having an opportunity, however, to obtain a good common school education, which he did not fail to improve.  At the age of 20 he struck out in the world for himself, and, feeling a little lonely after leaving the old family hearthstone, he concluded to have a hearthstone of his own and somebody to sit by it, whose grace and beauty would be a feast for his eyes and heart.  Accordingly, on the 6th of March, 1871, he was duly united in the bonds of matrimony with miss Anna R. Webb, a lady whose charms were more enrapturing than the beauty of all the stars, and whose lovely tresses swept in the summer zephyrs like the Milky Way that floats serenely in the sky.  She was, indeed, a lady of rare beauty of form and feature, her loveliness of person only being exceeded by the beauty and gentleness of her mind and the excellence and tendernes of her heart.  This union has proved one of great happiness, and Mrs. Jackson still presides over the home that she was brought to be queen of  with that grace and refinement that are possible only to one of the most ladylike sensibilities.
Mr. and Mrs. Jackson have been singularly unfortunate in the loss of their children, having buried four of the nine with whom heaven blessed them, but the Lord giveth all we have, and in His good wisdom He taketh away.  Let the will of the Lord be done.  The five living are:  Ernest, Reid, Minnie, Bobbie and Sunie.  Those deceased were:  Maggie, Eli, Lloyd and Cephas.  Mr. Jackson has been farming, and still is following that occupation.  He is an industrious man and, above all, a good husband, eminently worthy of the queenly wife who adorns his home with her lovely presence.