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Jonas Marcus Jackson
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Birth: Mar. 30, 1854
Kronobergs län, Sweden
Death: Nov. 8, 1925
Ashtabula County
Ohio, USA

Jonas Marcus (Isaksson) Jackson
1854 - 1925

Jonas, the youngest of five sisters and two brothers, was born March 30, 1854 on a farm in Asheda1 Parish, Kronoberg, Sweden to father, Isak Magusson (1807 - 1869) and his second wife, Lisa Jonasdotter (1813 - 1862). There was another sister, Anna Stina, the first born, who died young, probably as an infant. A second sister, Louisa Christina, died when she was in her sixth year. Under the Swedish patronymic naming system, Jonas' surname would be Isaksson. Each generation had a new last name according to the father's given name. Lisa Jonasdotter's father's given name would be Jonas. Isak Magusson's first wife was Maria Johansdotter who died after 19 months of marriage shortly after the July 6, 1833 birth of their daughter, Maria Gustava Isaksdotter.
Every Swede was, by birth, a member of the Lutheran State Church and would remain a member unless withdrawn by a formal notification. Jonas was baptized in church three days after he was born. Jonas' father, Isak, was a lease holder of the farm which was able to support his family. Swedish tax was based on the number of people supported and to this family was added 3/8 of a soldier for tax purposes. Evidently, the farm also supported hired farm hands. One such hand brought much grief to the family when he fathered an illegitimate daughter with Jonas' oldest sister, Anna Sophia.
When Jonas was eight years old his mother died, and seven years later, at age fifteen, his father died. At age eighteen, Jonas immigrated to America with his brother, Andreas August Isaksson, arriving through Jamestown, New York in May, 1872. Upon arrival, he Americanized his name from Jonas Marcus Isaksson to Jonas Marcus Jackson. Eventually, he made his way to Ashtabula, Ohio finding employment as a dock worker.
Jonas married Christina Johnson on November 23, 1877 in Ashtabula. Christina was born in Sweden in 1852 and she had a sister, Anna, who lived with them in Ashtabula. In the next eleven years, Jonas fathered five children:
Ida Albertina Jackson, born April 17, 1878 - died April 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, age 79
Hilma Louise Jackson, born June 12, 1880 – died June 16, 1970 in Lake Worth, Florida, age 90
George Lawrence Jackson, born November 24, 1882 – died August 3, 1962 in Ashtabula, Ohio, age 79
Clara L. Jackson, born June 10, 1887 – died June 24, 1957 in Garfield Heights, Ohio, age 70
Mineva Cordeila Jackson, born May 5, 1888 – died July 8, 1947 in Erie, Pennsylvania, age 59

Jonas' wife, Christina, died of tuberculosis on July 4, 1890 in Ashtabula.

Three years later, Jonas remarried on July 29, 1893 to a thirty-two year old Finnish woman. Anna Margaret Sund was born in Siikainen, Finland on September 18, 1860. They had one daughter, Jenny Mathilda Jackson, born February 10, 1894.

Anna Margaret died April 17, 1930 at age 70 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jenny died September 11, 1974 at age 80 in Lorain, Ohio.

The 1900 Ashtabula census showed Jonas' occupation as Saloon Keeper living at 11 High Street in Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio.

The 1910 Ashtabula census showed Jonas' occupation as Merchant Confections still living at 11 High Street in Ashtabula Harbor.

By 1920 his occupation was still Retail Merchant Confections but he had moved to 17 High Street.

Jonas died November 18, 1925 at his home in Saybrook, Ohio, age 71. The following obituary was printed in the Star-Beacon, Ashtabula.

Jonas M. Jackson, 71, of North Ridge west passed away at his home this morning at 2:45 after a two years illness of heart trouble and complications.
Born in Sweden in 1854, he came to the United States a young man. He has lived in Ashtabula and vicinity the greater part of his life.
Surviving him are: his wife; a son, George of Ashtabula; and five daughters: Mrs. Earl Morey, Mrs. Leonard Smith of Saybrook, Mrs. Leo Korach and Mrs. Francis Hughes of Cleveland, and Mrs. Grant Switzer of Ashtabula Harbor.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the home. Burial will be made at Edgewood cemetery.

1Asheda, the parish where Jonas was born is now known as Aseda. In the early 1900's Sweden passed a law which made certain spelling mandatory. One such change was to eliminate all the unnecessary "H's" when they were not needed. Therefore, Asheda became Aseda Parish.

Submitted by
Barbara Wilson Krause
15937 Marsala Drive
Fishers, IN 46037
9 July 2012
Family links: 
  Christina Johnson Jackson (1852 - 1890)*
  Anna Margaret Sund Jackson (1857 - 1930)*
  Ida Albertina Jackson Hughes (1878 - 1958)*
  Hilma Louise Jackson Morey (1880 - 1970)*
  George Lawrence Jackson (1882 - 1962)*
  Clara L. Jackson Smith (1887 - 1957)*
  Minerva Cordeila Jackson Switzer (1888 - 1947)*
  Jeanette Mathilda Jackson Korach (1894 - 1974)*
*Calculated relationship
Edgewood Cemetery
Ashtabula County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 6 Lot 2 Grave 1
Maintained by: Barbara Wilson Krause
Originally Created by: Jake Tobolewski
Record added: Jun 16, 2008
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Jonas Marcus Jackson
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Jonas Marcus Jackson
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Jonas Marcus Jackson
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- Barbara Wilson Krause
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- Jake Tobolewski
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