Biosketch of James H. Jack is cited from "The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana" by J. H. Beadle:
James H. JACK, farmer and preacher, Portland Mills, was born in Warren Co, Ohio June 1, 1804 and is the son of John T. and Eliza (SMITH) Jack. They both were natives of Pa. The former came to Kentucky with his parents when 7 years of age, and the latter when an infant. James H. Jack's grandmother on his father's side was Sarah (HOLIDAY) Jack. His grandfather on his mother's side of the family was Elijah Smith. His mother was Hannah TODD, a native of Virginia. He was married to Barbara WYOTT, now deceased, May 11, 1822. By this union they had one child, Susan P., now deceased, who was married to John ELINGER and upon her death left two sons. Mr. Jack was married a second time to Mary SELLERS, of Ohio, May 15, 1825, and by this marriage he became the father of 5 children: Martin S, married to Susan LANNING; John T. to Elizabeth J. BLAKE; Adam S to Sarah E. HOOKER; Mary E. to Isaac N. BLAKE; and Eliza J to James P. SOWDER. His second wife died April 7, 1872. Mr. Jack was married a third time to Nancy M. CRAWFORD September 14, 1873. In politics he is a democrat straight and cast his first vote for Jackson the second time he was a candidate for the presidency. He has taken a very active part in church matters. He was a member of the old order of Christians known as Reformers, established by Stone. When he came to this county there was no church of his kind near, and he united with that branch of the church sometimes known as Campbellites. He has taken a very active part in the erecting of two church buildings for his people in Portland Mills. He took almost all the responsibility of building the present Parkville church house upon himself. He has filled every office in the church to which he belongs, officiating as minister quite frequently, though he never turned his attention particularly in that direction. He is one of those characters who believe "wherever there is a will there is a way," and his will ever has been to execute the demands of duty. He now has a very rich farm of 320 acres, in what was known in the early times of this township as the Linn swamps. He held the office of trustee for 7 years. He has always been known as one of the most industrious men in the country. To illustrate this, his neighbors say he used to burn log heaps under water.
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Source: Internment record
Mary Sellers Jack