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Capt Jacob Jamison
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Birth: Dec. 6, 1817
Fayette County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 26, 1894
Crawford County
Kansas, USA

U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865
Name: Jacob Jamison
Residence: Illinois
Enlistment Date: 25 Aug 1861
Rank at enlistment: Captain
State Served: Illinois
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Commissioned an officer in Company K, Illinois 47th Infantry Regiment on 01 Oct 1861.
Mustered out on 26 Mar 1862.
Sources: Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men

Girard Press, Crawford County, Kansas,
Thursday, Sept. 5, 1872, page 3:

Col. Jamison, of Cherokee, Shot.
A report reaches us from Cherokee that Col. Jamison, of the Cherokee House, was shot on Tuesday afternoon by his son-in-law, Mr. G.W.B. Hoffman. The particulars, so far as we can glean them from many conflicting rumors, are as stated below:
Mr. Jamison has, it seems, been supporting a mistress for a number of years, and on Tuesday was out with her, when his wife and daughter left the house in disgust, going to Mr. Hoffman's. On his return home, and upon finding the hotel deserted, he got very angry, armed himself with several revolvers, and went to his son-in-law's, commanding them to return home, and using abusive language, threatening Mr. Hoffman's life and drawing a pistol on him, whereupon Mr. Hoffman leveled a double-barreled gun at him and lodged two loads of buckshot in his person, just below the heart, inflicting a wound from which he died in a few hours.

Girard Press, Sept. 12, 1872, page 3:

Capt. Jamison Not Killed, But Badly Wounded
In last week's issue we stated that Capt. Jamison, of Cherokee Station, was shot by his son-in-law, Mr. G.W.B. Hoffman, from the effect of which he died a few hours afterwards. We were correct as to the shooting, but the wound inflicted was not fatal. At the time Mr. Hoffman fired the first shot, Capt. Jamison had both his arms up before him, having his cane hanging on his left arm, and his right hand under his coat on a cocked revolver. Before firing Hoffman had retreated from his own house some distance, ordering Jamison to halt three separate times, but as he kept moving up closer Hoffman aimed at his hands and breast, and pulled the trigger, tearing off a number of Jamison's fingers, and causing a bad wound in the breast. He followed with the other barrel, but aimed too high, the contents passing over Jamison's head. At last accounts the physicians said he would recover, his hands having protected his breast.
After he was shot he said he did not blame Hoffman for firing, as he would have shot him inside of two minutes if he had not been wounded.
Hoffman had an examination a few days after the shooting, and was discharged, the decision being that he was entirely justifiable in what he had done.

Cherokee Sentinel, Nov. 2, 1894, page 3:
Last week we announced the death of Captain Jacob Jamison,
who passed away October 26th, 1894, but it being our day of publication we had no chance to secure any facts concerning his life.

Captain Jamison was born December 6th, 1817, in Fayette county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood, was married and soon after moved to Toulou, Stark county, Illinois, where he lived a number of years, holding responsible positions of trust, and accumulating quite a fortune. When the war broke out in 1861 the Captain raised a company of volunteer infantry and was elected its captain. This company was known as Company K, 47th Ill. Inf. Just how long he served were are not informed, but he carried an honorable discharge and was a member at the time of his death of Shiloh Post G.A.R., Cherokee, who cared for him in his last days and under whose auspices he was buried.

Soon after the war Captain Jamison sold out his Illinois home and started west to settle near Kansas City, Mo., but during the wet spring of 1865, while passing through Iowa, his wagons and teams were unable to proceed through the muddy roads, and while waiting a week near Ottumwa, Iowa, for the clouds to clear away, he was offered 400 acres of land very cheap which he purchased and settled on. It was during this wait that we first knew Mr. Jamison and his family, as we were all quartered in the same house. He at once put a large force of men to work on his farm to repair and fix it up, and he also purchased a brick residence in the village of Blakesburg to which he moved his family.

We came to Kansas in 1866 and lost sight of the Captain and his family until about 1870, when we were surprised to find him one day in our neighborhood with a number of covered wagons, and after consulting with him we took him to the claim or quarter section known as Gee farm, one mile south of where Cherokee now stands, and after looking it over he concluded to settle on it with the firm conviction that the town would be on that hill, as the grades were then at work on the railroad. He built the house now occupied by Mrs. Lampkin and also built a school house just across the road where the Robinson orchard now is. He got up a subscription school and rode over the neighborhood and worked up a Sunday school. He remarked often that he was inconsistent, in that he believed that Christianity made the world better yet he did not practice or even believe the orthodox religion, yet he recognized the fact that without churches and Sunday schools and their influence was not such as he wanted to live in. He after a year or two came to town, built the Grand Central Hotel, and ever since has been a prominent figure in the development of Cherokee.

The Captain was a benefactor of churches, schools, and all other public improvements, and had even up to his death an abiding faith in the future of Cherokee.

Like all mortals he had his faults, yet every place we found him to be a gentleman, courteous, kind and honest and conscientious in his dealings with his fellow man. A short service was held at his residence by his comrade, Rev. A. Cullison, and at the grave the beautiful ceremony of the Grand Army was performed and he was laid to rest in the Cherokee cemetery, which site was selected by him and the writer in 1871, when the first interment was made in that plat of ground.

Contributed by Cheryl White

Married August 8, 1839 to Martha Ann Brown
Elizabeth Varilla Jamison, 1840 1932
William G. Jamison, 1841 1867
Joseph Watkins Jamison, 1843 1863
Drusilla L. Jamison, 1845 1916
Sarah Jamison, 1846 1891
Martha Ann Jamison (wife of G.W.B. Hoffman), 1848 1922
Margaretta L. Jamison, 1850 1932
Laura Bell Jamison, 1853 1936
Emily Jamison, 1855 1874
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  Martha Ann Brown Jamison (1817 - 1887)
  Margaretta L. Jamison Alberty (1850 - 1923)*
*Calculated relationship

Captain Co K 47th Ill Inf
Cherokee Cemetery
Crawford County
Kansas, USA
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Record added: Oct 11, 2008
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Capt Jacob Jamison
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- Jon & Joy
 Added: Jan. 1, 2014
"There'll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read them. But all that is going to matter is that little dash between them."
- NJBrewer
 Added: Nov. 28, 2013
Rest In Peace.
- Kathy Margrave
 Added: Apr. 27, 2012

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