|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1736|
|Death: ||Jul. 9, 1814|
Elisha Jackson was the first settler of the area that would become Gardner, Massachusetts and served as a Captain during the Revolutionary War.
Elisha Jackson was born in Newton, MA and came with two of his brothers to farm an area of then Westminster given to them by their father. Elisha Jackson settled into what would become Gardner in 1764 and it would not be for six years before the area would see its second settler.
Jackson established Gardner’s first Inn and Tavern called “Jackson Tavern” off of the then Post Road. Jackson Tavern was not only a well-received meeting place for those in Gardner but also for travelers from Boston and Lancaster to Athol and points west. The tavern was profitable until 1794 when a new route to and from Boston was established.
During the Revolutionary War Elisha Jackson served as a Captain and many of Gardner’s founding fathers served under him. Jackson’s name is listed as one of Westminster’s Minute Men and reportedly he furnished pack horses for 36 soldiers.
Elisha Jackson married a woman named Bulah Taylor and together had ten children. Jackson signed the petition to incorporate Gardner, Massachusetts as a town in May 1785 and served as Town Moderator and also as first Selectman, a position he would hold for a total of ten terms. Jackson also served as town assessor.
Elisha Jackson’s tombstone reads:
In Memory of
Capt. ELISHA JACKSON
July 9, 1814
In the 78 year
Of his age
He was the first inhabitant of the Land
Which now forms the town of Gardner.
Elisha Jackson is prominently featured in “History Of Gardner, Massachusetts From Its Earliest Settlements To 1860” by Lewis Glazier, “History Of Gardner, Massachusetts 1785 – 1967” by Esther Gilman Moore and “Fascinating Facts Of Gardner” by Judith M. Krymowski and Jackson’s Hill in Gardner is named after him.
To this day Elisha Jackson is honored as being one of Gardner’s founding fathers and as being instrumental in the establishment of Gardner as a town.
Isaac Jackson (1701 - 1769)
Beulah Taylor Jackson (1742 - 1822)*
Lucy Jackson Wood (1767 - 1799)*
Beulah Jackson Brown (1771 - 1839)*
Ruth Jackson Wood (1774 - 1850)*
Sullivan Jackson (1777 - 1848)*
Elisha Jackson (1779 - 1855)*
Josiah Jackson (1781 - 1842)*
Abel Jackson (1788 - 1826)*
Old Burying Ground
Created by: Kyle Brinkmann
Record added: May 31, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11068483