Rev John Walker “J. Walker” Jackson


Rev John Walker “J. Walker” Jackson

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Aug 1902 (aged 77)
District of Columbia, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Minister's Burial Lot
Memorial ID 148224590 View Source

Member of the Philadelphia Methodist Episcopal Conference. 57 years service in the ministry. Retired 1897.

Conflicting birth dates. The one posted is from the baptismal register. An alternate is 20 Mar 1824 found in an 1859 Bio sketch.

Completed high school in Philadelphia by working various jobs and went to Indiana Conference in 1845. A self-made man.

Transferred from Indiana Conference to Philadelphia Conference in 1859.

His parents, William Beck Jackson (NJ) and Celia Le Dorquin Jackson (DE) were former residents of Philadelphia and had relocated to Delaware Co., IN by 1840 and Floyd Co., IN by 1850. Rev. Jackson married Mary Elizabeth Spilman (1837 IN - 1930 NY) in Troy, Perry Co., IN on 26 Oct 1853. Mary was the daughter of Harvey Spilman (KY) and Mary Mason Spilman (NY).

In Mar 1863 transferred to Harrisburg, PA (Locust Street Methodist Church later demolished and replaced by a post office) until the spring of 1866. Harrisburg, the capitol, was 38 miles from Gettysburg. Gov. Curtain announced the rebel retreat and union victory in Rev. Jackson's, Sunday morning service by a surprise visit on 5 Jul 1863.

From 1869 - 1871 he was pastor of Keningston Church in Philadelphia.

In 1876 he became a U.S. Army chaplain, serving for eleven years. Other accounts say he was appointed Oct 1877. He was still in the Army on 2 Aug 1888 so the latter maybe true. Said to have first assigned to Texas (may have been diverted before arriving in Texas) then Dakota Territory (by or before Feb 1878) then Utah. In Dakota he was stationed to the very fort, Gen. Custer had marched from to meet his fate in Jun 1876 and this could be the reason Rev. Jackson was suddenly removed from Texas to Dakota.

On 20 Jan 1879, his oldest daughter, Mary, wife of Charles E. Finkel, the Main Street druggist of Yonkers, in her 21st year, passed away in New York State as she was mentioned in a sermon in Harrisburg, PA as the reason he and his wife had to return to the east.

The 1880 federal census shows he was serving as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Burleigh, Dakota Territory with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Spilman of Perry Co., IN, and two children, Harry and Edith.

By 1884, he was at Fort Douglas, Utah.

In 1888, he wrote a sketch on the Gettysburg campaign and in 1893 he wrote a sketch on Rev. William P. Corbit, both include an engraved photograph of his likeness. They can found at

In his son-in-law's [Brig. Gen. Frederick W. Lewis] West Point memorial the following is found: "On February 1st, 1898, Fred was married in Philadelphia to Miss Edith Jackson, a native of that city whose father, Reverend John Walker Jackson, had been a Regular Army Chaplain. He had served at many posts on the Plains and elsewhere."

The children listed on the tombstone photo must only represent deceased ones, several never appearing on census records.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev John Walker “J. Walker” Jackson (21 Mar 1825–8 Aug 1902), Find a Grave Memorial ID 148224590, citing Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Ron Clemons (contributor 46936320) .