J. P. JACKSON 1850 – 1926

From History of Texas Published in 1896

J. P. JACKSON – One does not have to carry his investigation far into the record of Hood county to find that the name of Jackson occupies a conspicuous place among the pioneers. Our subject is a worthy representative of one of the early families of central Texas and is a wide-awake, progressive citizen, who gives his support to all measures calculated to prove of benefit to the community.

Born in Gilmer county, Georgia, on the 6th of December, 1850, he is a son of Andrew Jackson, whose sketch appears above. The first seven years of his life were spent in the place of his nativity and then he accompanied his father to Texas, since which time he has been a resident of Hood county. He resided with his parents until 25 years of age, assisting his father in the labors of the field and meadow and faithfully performing his share of the farm work.

On leaving home Mr. Jackson was united in marriage with Miss Amanda E. Lane, the wedding being celebrated on the 18th of November, 1875. The lady was an orphan and came to Texas in 1869 with the family of Isaac Moore, by whom she was raised. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, as follows:

Nora Roxanna, who died at the age of nine months

Mary Lillian

Susan Ida

William Oscar

Stella Elizabeth, who died in infancy

Horace Almer and

Sidney Osborn.

After his marriage our subject purchased 300 acres of wild land on which not a furrow had been turned or an improvement made, and at once began to clear and cultivate it. There is now a tract of 105 acres under the plow, and in connection with general farming Mr. Jackson is successfully engaged in stock-raising, making a specialty of the breeding of Clydesdale horses of which he owns some very fine specimens. He has done much to advance the grade of horses in this locality and in all his business he follows progressive, up-to-date methods. His strict regard for commercial ethics and his straightforward dealing and his energy have won for him the confidence and respect of all with whom he has come in contact and at the same time have gained for him a handsome competence.

In 1892 Mr. Jackson was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died on the 16th of July, at the age of 33 years, her birth having occurred on the 1st of May 1859. She was a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal church and many friends mourned her loss. Mr. Jackson also belongs to the same church and is serving as its steward. Socially he is connected with Paluxy Lodge, No. 393, F.&.A.M., in which he has filled all the offices, and in politics he is a “free-silver” Democrat.

NOTE: J. P. Jackson died February 3, 1926 and was buried next to his wife, Amanda E. Lane, in the Rock Church Cemetery, located approximately 7 miles southwest of Tolar, in Hood County, Texas.


History of Texas, 1896, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co.