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Capt Francis Marion "Frank" Jackson
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Birth: Dec. 13, 1836
McMinn County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jan. 12, 1914
Pine Grove
Hood River County
Oregon, USA

Died about 2 miles from Van Horn, which is not a town, but just an area.

Son of John Bachelor and Dorcus (Cox) Jackson.

Frank as he was known grew up in the area of Morristown, Tennessee where his father was a successful plantation owner. Frank got the gold fever and went to California in 1856 and remained for two and 1/2 years mining.

When word reached him of his father's death, he returned to the plantation to work it. He also purchased more land and bought on credit more slaves. He had originally intended on returning to California, but as a true southern native son, remained to fight for what he believed in during the Civil War. He initially mustered in in the $th Battalion Tenessee Cavalry and was later in Peck's Light Dragoons.

He rose to the rank of lieuntent after the battle of Wild Cat, which was fought between the troops of General Nelson of the Federals and Zollicoffer of the Confederacy. After the battle the captain resigned and Jackson was elected as the new captain. He was captured in the Black River campaign and spent 18 months in the Federal prison near Sandusky , Ohio, known as Johnson Island. He was exchanged and did return to the end of the war. In fact he was on the escort of President Jefferson Davis. Davis had left the escort to visit relatives a couple of days prior to the capture.

After the war Frank Jackson returned home to find things nothing like it had been. Things were ruined and financially he found disaster. What money he could come by he had to pay off the debts for the slaves that he had bought on credit. He also had the feeling that his life was in danger. He moved into town and for a period of time was employed as the town recorder. He eventually was nominated for the mayorship, but decided that he would again like to go west.

He set out with his wife, Elizabeth (Thurman) for the west coast, finally arriving in The Dalles, Oregon in 1871. He set sight on the east side of the Hood River Valley in an area known as Pine Grove and there he took his family and never left.

He was a very honest hard working man on his farm, plus became very involved in various community projects, including the schools.

He was an excellent horseman and always had a very good riding horse, riding it very much in distinction, manner and horsemanship.

Jackson selected the area for his little family cemetery among the trees when his daughter Martha died at 18. From then on it became one of the very few private family cemeteries in Hood River County.

Children:

Lena Marion died in infancy in Tennessee
Sidney Lee died in infancy in Tennessee

Carrie L. married John H. Gerdes
William Forrest married Caroline "Carrie" Kaseberg
John Bascom married May Belle Perry
David Mabrey married Mary Cleveland Gerking
Francis Roy married #1 Lulu Laverne Thomas # 2 Nettie Fridley

(Note: my great grandfather was his neighbor on Fir Mountain Road in Hood River. He said that Capt. Jackson would ride to town on this absolutely beautiful white horse. He said he was very dignified with his white beard sitting very erect upon his horse.
Martha "Mattie" Cordelia died at 18

Siblings:

David Cartwright also served as Captain in Confederate Army. Post master of Summitville, Tennessee
George Wilson/William preacher in Denton, Texas
Susan Elizabeth married J. M. Sawyers of DeSoto, Kansas
Martha Matilda married Cassidy
James Cox
John Edmond
Thomas Mabry married Martha Jane Hand 
 
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 Children:
  Carrie Lillian Jackson Gerdes (1866 - 1920)*
  William Forrest Jackson (1868 - 1948)*
  John Bascom Jackson (1870 - 1951)*
  Martha C Jackson (1873 - 1891)*
  Francis Roy Jackson (1878 - 1953)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Jackson Family Cemetery
Hood River County
Oregon, USA
 
Created by: charlott jones
Record added: Apr 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50834462
Capt Francis Marion Frank Jackson
Added by: Randy Fletcher
 
Capt Francis Marion Frank Jackson
Added by: Halla Graves
 
Capt Francis Marion Frank Jackson
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Added by: Halla Graves
 
 
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Although he was an ex-Confederate soldier, Captain Jackson was welcome at GAR meetings.
- Col. Edward D. Baker Camp, Sons of Union Veterans
 Added: Jun. 25, 2011
Blue Bells of Pine Grove for an old neighbors family member
- charlott jones
 Added: Apr. 8, 2010
 
 
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