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MURRAY COUNTRY FAMILIES

The William & Lucy Jackson Family


William and Lucy White (Morris) Jackson lived at the base of Fort Mountain, near present-day Chatsworth. They have long been recognized as Murray County parents who had six sons in the Confederate Army.

The Census of 1850 listed the family as: William Jackson, age 52; Lucy Jackson, age 50; Sarah Jackson, age 21; Milla Jackson, age 19; Susan Jackson, age 17; Thomas A. Jackson, age 14; Eppy W. Jackson, age 12; William W. Jackson, age 10; and Benjamin F. Jackson, age 6.

Collected from several sources, more information on each of the sons:

John Morris Jackson was born in 1827. He served in Company A, 34th Georgia Infantry Regiment, with the rank of Major. At Vicksburg, Mississippi, he was captured July 4, 1863; he was paroled July 8. He was killed at Jonesborough, Georgia, August 31, 1864. His wife's name was Amelia.

Joseph Franklin Ballinger Jackson was born in 1830. He was a Lieutenant-Colonel with the 39th Georgia Infantry. He was captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi, July 4, 1863, then paroled July 8. He survived the war. His wife was Matilda. Joseph died in Birmingham, Alabama in 1912.

Thomas A. Jackson was born in 1836. When he enlisted, he was single. He served as a Second Lieutenant. He also survived the war but died in 1869 of war-related causes.

Eppy William Jackson was born in 1838. When he enlisted in the Confederate Army he was single. He was a Captain in Company C, 11th Georgia Infantry Regiment. He was killed in fighting at Manassas, Virginia, (2nd Bull Run) August 30, 1862.

William White Jackson was born in 1840. He was single when he enlisted. He served as a First Lieutenant with the 36th Georgia Infantry Regiment. Twice he was a prisoner-of-war. First he was captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi, July 4, 1863; he was paroled July 9. He was next captured at Nashville, Tennessee, December 16, 1864, and taken to a prisoner-of-war camp in Ohio. The war ended before he was released, June 16, 1865. He survived. He died in 1905 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Benjamin Floyd Jackson was born in 1845. Never married. He enlisted in Company B, 39th Georgia Infantry Regiment. He was killed at Chickamauga, Georgia, September 21, 1863. Tradition holds that Benjamin's mother had either a dream or a premonition that he had been severely wounded in fighting that was then waging at Chickamauga. She convinced her husband that they should go in search of Benjamin. They took a horse-drawn wagon from Murray County to Chickamauga. They actually found Benjamin but he was already dead. They brought his body back and buried him in a small family cemetery very near their home. Benjamin's grave is well marked and easily accessible.

 



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