Shelby  County,  Indiana

Thomas  W.  Jackson

          Thomas W. Jackson, a prominent farmer of Addison Township, was born in the house where he now lives, January 3, 1848, being the elder of two sons born to  William and Sarah (Richart) Jackson,  who were natives of Clermont County, Ohio and Bass County, Ky., respectively.  William was born December 22, 1806, emigrated with his parents to Franklin County in 1816, where he lived until 1837, when he came to Shelby, and settled on the farm now owned by our subject, where he continued to live until his death, which occurred February 16, 1885.  He was honored with an election to the office of Township Trustee, two terms.  He always followed farming and ranked as one of the foremost farmers of the community.  By a former marriage, when  Mary Stafford  was his wife, he was the father of nine children.  His last wife was born March 22, 1809.  She came with her mother to this country, in 1825.  She still survives him, making her home with her son, our subject, who grew to manhood on the home farm, receiving a common school education sufficient to enable him to teach, which he did seven terms.  April 20, 1873, Thomas married with  Martha M. Harrell,  and to their union, six children have been born, viz.:  Emma J.,  Mary G.,  Sarah E.,  William H.,  Miles H. and  Thomas A.  He has always made farming his occupation and he has been very successful.  He now owns 115 acres of well improved land. He and wife are members of the Christian Church.  In politics he is a Democrat.  Andrew Jackson,  parental grandfather of our subject, was born in 1754, in the State of Maryland, served with distinction in the Revolutionary War.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Addison [Township] Sketches", page 594, Brant & Fuller, Chicago, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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