Name: David JAMES Thomas? JACKSON
So far, I can find no one who has documentation to prove who the father of David Sr. and Gabriel Sr. was for certain.
Change Date: 19 JAN 2005 at 01:06:42
There are three different theories, maybe more.
Some people have another David as their father. The only documentation I have seen of this is the fact two Davids were listed on the 1790 census for Rutherford County. One had young children. The other had four men over the age of 16 and three females in the household, plus a younger child or two.
It was not uncommon for families to live together at this time, so Gabriel and his wife and child could have been living with this David, since there isn't a Gabriel on the 1790 census and we know he was there. If anyone has any other proof that their father was a David, I haven't seen it. The dates of birth for this David are inconsistent and most have him born at a too early age to be the father of Gabriel and David. Most have him only 10 to 15 when our David was born. Numerous researchers have him born in 1744. Our David Sr. was born in 1759, making the David born in 1744 15 years old when David Sr. was born. I've seen other birth dates for this David having him 12 years old when our David Sr. was born, most unlikely.
Forrest Lyda states David was the father of our David and Gabriel based on the above and that he had other children named Levi, Charles, James and Ephraim. He also names a Margaret, but from the birth and death dates given, he is confusing this with Gabriel Sr.'s daughter Margaret "Peggy." Lyda offers no documentation as to where he got these names or the name Elizabeth as this David I. Jackson's wife. Please note, Gabriel had a son David who had a wife named Elizabeth. Many researchers believe people are getting all the David's confused and not paying close enough attention to ages, etc. There was a Levi Jackson in the census, but no documentation he was a brother of Gabriel and David.
Also keep in mind there are two distinct sets of Jacksons in Polk County at this time. One set came from South Carolina and lived in another region of the county. They were not related to David and Gabriel of Bright's Creek that anyone can discover. This line of Jacksons and has been carefully researched. Again, it is believed researchers are getting these two sets of Jacksons confused.
Others say David and Gabriel were the sons of a Thomas Jackson from Orange County, Va., and his wife Margaret. The only reasoning I can find for this is the fact we know David and Gabriel were born in Virginia and this couple had a son named David. But I can find no documentation that he is David, the father of our David and Gabriel, and no documentation that he had a son named Gabriel. And, for reasons I don't know, some say our David and Gabriel were born in Amelia County, Va., where Thomas lived.
There was a James Jackson who came to Amelia, Va., from Ireland. He aquired land, married and raised three sons. He was considered one of the more prosperous farmers in the area. Before the Revolutionary War he moved his family to Guilford County, North Carolina. His sons, James and David and Gabriel, fought in the Revolutionary War. James made his will, March 4, 1785. The will provided that the bulk of his estate go to his two older sons James (2) and David (1), while Gabriel was to receive 100 acres, including the house he was living in. James died in 1789 and is buried in a rural cemetery near Greensboro. His will was probated the same year... Info from "The Beckoning Hand" by Joe C Jackson.
There was a David Jackson who died in 1800 in Guilford County, which some say was this James' David. He was single, never married, and left his property to two nephews, Gabriel and Joseph, sons of his brother, Gabriel. If this is true, he isn't our David or the possible David, father of our David and Gabriel. Other persons on the Internet trace ancestry down from a David and James, stating they are the James and David of the above James and not our Jacksons. I can not find where any of them have proof of their ancestry either.
But, the Jacksons in Guilford County should not be dismissed. They all consistently carry the same names down, just as ours carry the same names down, and it is the only Jackson families with the names David and Gabriel listed together that anyone has found, to my knowledge.
Also Gabriel Jackson Sr. has a pay voucher for his Revolutionary War service issued from Guilford County. David Sr.'s pay voucher was from Salisbury.
The ages also fit. Our David Sr. is the older brother of Gabriel Sr. and they both served in the Revolutionary War.
The other reason this is interesting is that David Sr.'s wife, commonly known as Margaret, but in reality Margot or Margett, was of German heritage, as evidenced by the old Medieval German Bible passed down by her family. Someone prior to her death or soon after her death tore out the pages with the family history. We have not discovered her maiden name, nor a marriage record for her and David. We do know from census records of her children that she was born in Maryland. We know she was of German heritage.
Dates and intermarriages of the Jacksons in Guilford County coincide and intermingle with those of the Moravians from Pennsylvania and Maryland who came into Guilford County and into Old Salem.
Land grant of 350 acres to Jsa: Jackson, dated 7th of January 1752
Early Guilford County Land Map, this means living on Crane Creek:
Jas. JACKSON, & 2 sons and free NEGRO and another James JACKSON.
James Jackson June 8, 1787-prb. May 1789 - wife not listed. Children- Eldest son James & David, and youngest son Gabriel
This is from Guilford County, N.C.
From Orange County, NC.
Jun 14, 1768, Adonijah Davenport, son of John Davenport, is killed while fighting a fire "in the field before the door of his father." A burning tree fell on him. A coroner's inquest was held, apparently at the request of John Davenport. James Jackson was on the jury.
There were three Jacksons living in Orange County, N.C., which Guilford was part of at this time: Isaac Jackson, William Jackson, and James Jackson who were living a few miles northeast of the town of Hillsborough, Orange County, NC in the 1755 -1760 time frame.
Some Jackson information is drawn primarily from Jackson Family Record, pp 146-8 in DAR, Record of Orange County Churches, DAR Library.
On Mar. 29, 1779, seventy-two men along the Uharie River petitioned to the General Assembly in Raleigh, NC. They asked that the people living along the Uharie River not be allowed to build dams that would extend from bank to bank so all the people living along the river would be allowed to benefit of the said river in getting fish, as they formerly had for many years, The Jackson men that signed the petition were Robert Jackson, James Jackson, Andrew Jackson, and Simeon Jackson.
Another fact that makes these Jacksons interesting is that Margaret, the wife of our David, was of German descent and at the same time the Jacksons moved into the area of Hillsborough and Old Salem, etc., so were the Moravians and Germans of the Lutheran Church.
The following is from a researcher on the Internet who is tracing the family of a William Jackson in Guilford County. In light of the above German connection, it is extremely interesting.
"One of these (German Lutherans), was Catherine Goodner, married William Jackson. She was apparently the youngest child of the parent immigrant Goodner family. Estimating her birth from the known births of some of her children–she was younger than her brother, Conrad–it would appear that she was born somewhere between the years 1760 and 1765, either in Germany or in America; it is not known which. Nothing is known of her youth except that she grew to womanhood on the farms of her parents, first in Orange County, and later possibly in Guilford County, (it could have been the same farm since Guilford was formed from Orange) the latter farm being in the vicinity of Gibsonville, where they probably attended the old Friedens Church, used jointly by the Lutheran and German Reformed denominations.
In a year not definitely determined, but possibly about 1783, she married a William Jackson in Guilford County, a member of a Scotch–Irish family that early settled in that part of Orange County which in 1770 was set off into Guilford.
The Jackson family was found to have been in Orange County as early as 1755, for the names of several were found on the List of Taxables for that year. These early Jacksons were Benjamin, John, Thomas and Isaac. The parentage of William Jackson is not known. All available records in Orange and Guilford Counties have been searched, as well as those in the Archives of History in Raleigh. No wills or administrations could be located for the period prior to 1800.
The only information found which might refer to Catherine's husband was a record of a deed to two lots in the village of Hillsborough wherein William Jackson, Jr, conveys, to my honored father, James Jackson,” two lots in the town of Hillsborough, consisting of two acres, for 300 Pounds. The date of the deed was October 14th, 1786 (Book 2, Page 449). Witnesses to the deed were John Collins and Jacob Jackson."
This means there were two James Jacksons in Guilford County during the same time period. One who left the will and another, the father of this William.
"The Jacksons were without doubt a part of the exodus of Scotch–Irish and Germans who migrated from Pennsylvania to Orange County in the middle of the 18th century. Land became scarce in Pennsylvania, and what was purchasable was high in price. The Alleghenies presented a formidable barrier to travel westward, and even if the difficulties of travel could have been surmounted there remained the incessant danger of Indian warfare. Thus the logical expansion route was southward, through Virginia to North Carolina. Some of the migrating families settled in Virginia, but many thousands moved on to the Carolinas, a vast number of them settled in the counties of Orange, Rowan and Anson. These counties were about 1770 to 1780 broken up and the counties of Guilford, Caswell, Chatham, Randolph, and Surry were formed. In 1767, Orange County included parts of the present counties of Guilford, Rockingham, Randolph, Wake and all of Person, Caswell, Durham, Chatham and Alamance. In that year, before the division of the county, it was estimated that Orange County had a population of 13,000 whites and 700 Negroes.
In the year 1779, a William Jackson is shown on the Tax list as having taxable property in the amount of $1869.80, and a James Jackson having taxable property in the amount of $2590.30. In 1783, William Jackson is shown as a resident of Caswell District and owning 100 acres of land; also a William Jackson as owning 187 acres in the same district. In 1788, William Jackson, in the District of Hillsborough, is shown as owning 187 acres of land east of the Appalachians, probably the same 187 acres previously mentioned. For the year 1783, Isaac Jackson is shown as owning 200 acres, and James Jackson 900 acres, both of whom resided in the Hillsborough district. William Jackson is shown as owning 200 acres in Orange, and a William Jackson, Sr, shown as owning lands as well as two lots in the village of Hillsborough. It should be noted here that the use of the terms “senior" and "junior" in those days did not necessarily mean father and son. They more frequently meant the elder and the younger."
- David Sr. JACKSON b: 1759 in Virginia
- Gabriel Sr. JACKSON b: 1765