William “Uncle Billy” Jackson

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William “Uncle Billy” Jackson

Birth
England
Death Jul 1908 (aged 85–86)
Madison County, Illinois, USA
Burial Godfrey, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 108562274 · View Source
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Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 29, 1908
Prominent Horticulturist Dies

William Jackson, aged 88, died Tuesday evening at 9 o'clock at his home in Godfrey township after a brief illness. Old age and heat prostration were the causes of his death. "Uncle Billy," as he was affectionately known to a very large circle of friends, fell into his last sleep as peacefully as a child. It was as he had wished it, that there be little warning and no suffering when the well made old machine ran down. Surrounded by his children, and with a host of friends grieving over his departure, he slept away without even a chance to say the farewells that would be so difficult to say to those he loved. The death of Mr. Jackson came as a surprise to many of his friends who did not even know he was ill. On Monday he was out in the field at his home doing some work, and it is supposed that he was affected by the heat so that he could not rally as he had often done before. He went to his home and there he was given every attention he seemed to require Monday night and early Tuesday morning a physician was summoned. When he arrived he found the old man in a state of collapse. At 8 o'clock in the morning he fell into a deep sleep and he never awoke to recognize any of his family or his friends who had learned of his condition and called to see him. Mr. Jackson was one of the best known men in the vicinity of Alton. For years he was considered an eminent authority on horticulture. Probably next to this he was best known in the Masonic fraternity. His love for that institution continued until the very last. He was actively engaged in the work of the order, always being in attendance at the meetings of the various bodies when he was able. A few years ago he was elected to the post of Eminent Commander of Belvidere Commandery, Knights Templar, and at that time was said to be the oldest eminent commander in the order in Illinois. He had filled all the offices in all the Masonic bodies, and at the time of his death had a very important position in Alton Council, R. & S. M., where it will be very difficult to fill his place. Among the members of the fraternity he was loved and venerated and there is general grief over his departure, even though the end came when he was beginning to weaken under the weight of years but was still able to do his best. He was born in Durham, England and came to this country about the year 1853. He settled in what was North Alton about 44 years ago, where he followed the occupation of coal miner. He engaged in the horticultural profession some time later and achieved eminence in that line that made him an authority on many subjects pertaining to his profession.....Mr. Jackson leaves six children, John R. H. and Will Jackson, Mrs. Martha Murphy, Mrs. Margaret Flood and Mrs. Mary Hagerman. His wife died five year ago at the age of 76. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock and services will be conducted in the grove of forest trees, owing to the limited space in the house. Rev. H. A. cotton of the Godfrey Congregational church will officiate. At the Godfrey cemetery the services will be under the auspices of Piasa lodge, A. F. & A. M. of Alton.


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  • Created by: McKenzie
  • Added: 15 Apr 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 108562274
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William “Uncle Billy” Jackson (1822–Jul 1908), Find a Grave Memorial no. 108562274, citing Godfrey Cemetery, Godfrey, Madison County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by McKenzie (contributor 47955968) .