|Birth: ||Apr. 9, 1838|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 1886|
Jacob Jackson Andrew, 48 years of age, departed this life on Tuesday, November 26th, 1886. He was the son of John C. Andrew and Elizabeth Cooper Andrew, born in Clinton County, Kentucky on April 9th, 1838.
Jacob's school years were probably few and his work days long as a youngster growing up on a Clinton County farm. At the age of 20 he left the farm to wed Luretha Sandusky of Wayne County, Kentucky on April 29th, 1858.
In 1861 the Civil War broke out. Kentucky found itself in a middle-of-the-road predicament with approximately one-third of the male citizens being of a Union persuaion, one-third Southern persuaion, and the rest of a non-committal attitude. Jacob chose to join the Union forces at Camp Burnside in Pulaski County, Kentucky on April 15, 1863. His outfit, the 32nd Kentucky Infantry, was composed of men from south central Kentucky. The unit's primary objectives were to prevent incursions by Confederate raiders. Early in 1864, the Washington government saw fit to disband many Kentucky units, the 32nd was one such unit having served only nine months.
Following the war, Jacob and Luretha had several children, Nora, Myrta, Sallie, Elizabeth and Oscar. Jacob worked as a successful miller in Clinton and Wayne counties as his family continued to grow.
Jacob's life was as uneventful as any other men of his era. It was what followed his death that proved to be so unusual. In the 1890's the United States Congress passed a bill entitling all Union veterans to a marble tombstone for the services rendered to a grateful nation. Someone in Jacob's family took advantage of the offer, and spent hours putting together the service records, gathering witnesses, and working with a local magistrate or lawyer to insure acceptance of the request. Upon the request being granted in Washington, the tombstone was likely guarried in New Albany, Indiana. There, the name of Sergeant J.J. Andrew, Company C, 32nd Kentucky Infantry was painstakingly inscribed. The stone was then put aboard a steamboat on the Ohio River. It was transported down river to Cairo, Illinois where a smaller boat picked up the load and continued the journey up the Cumberland River to Nashville, Tennessee. There, the stone was transferred to a shallow-draft steamer and plied the waters of the Upper Cumberland from Carthage, Tennessee to Burnside, Kentucky. Albany Landing was probably chosen as the destination. Dock workers unloaded the heavy crate. A teamster's freight wagon arrived belonging to one of Jacob's family members. The tombstone went directly to the Andrew Cemetery in Clinton County for placement on Jacob's grave, but this is where the story took a bizarre turn. Jacob's tombstone laid for 120 years without being set onto his grave.
During an October 2009 cemetery cleaning, Jacob's tombstone was found buried in a brush pile by Doug Brewer a cemetery worker. Research for the proper grave site was done, and the tombstone was finally set in concrete on Friday morning, May 15th, 2009. The local Veterans of Foreign Wars conducted a service over Jacob's grave.
John Campbell Andrew (1808 - 1893)
Lurethe Sandusky Andrew (1839 - 1909)*
Jacob Jackson Andrew (1838 - 1886)
Nannie Ann Andrew Hamon (1867 - 1901)*
Oran Andrew (1869 - 1939)*
Lewis Leslie Andrews (1871 - 1962)*
Created by: Cadmus
Record added: Feb 05, 2010
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I can't find a tombstone for Jacob's brother, Shelby Granville Andrew, but he also served in the Union Army, company C 32nd Regiment Ky Infantry|
Added: May. 24, 2014
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