Jackson “Mountain Jack” Vest

Jackson “Mountain Jack” Vest

Floyd County, Virginia, USA
Death 11 Apr 1917 (aged 84)
West Virginia, USA
Burial Summers County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 44995382 · View Source
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Jackson Vest, born in Floyd County, Va., was a son of Charles Vest, originally from Campbell County, Va., and Elizabeth Via (also spelled Vier) Vest. Jackson's birth date was 02 Dec 1831 in the U.S. Veterans’ Gravesites, ca.1775-2006. His birth date was listed as December 1833 in the U.S. census for Jumping Branch, W.Va., in 1870 and 1900.

According to a Vest researcher, he was known to some as "Mountain Jack." He lived on White Oak Mountain, W.Va. Jackson was blind in his old age, according to his great granddaughter Nina Vest Bennett Worley.

The 1850 census for Raleigh County, W.Va., has Charles Vest, age 70, farmer; Elizabeth, 55; and son Jackson, Shady Spring.

U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
about Jackson Vest:
Name: Jackson Vest
Birth Date: 2 Dec 1832
Death Date: 11 Apr 1917
Cemetery: Vest Cemetery
Cemetery Address: Jumping Branch, WV 25969

Source Information:
National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: National Cemetery Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator

Pvt., Co."I,"60th Va. Infantry Regiment; transferred to Co."B,"23rd Va. Infantry Battalion-CSA. “Independence or Annihilation, Campaigns of the 60th Virginia Infantry Regiment” by William L. Caynor Sr., page 633, Nov. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Scott Hutchison.)

Nancy Lilly, born 13 Jan 1835, Mercer County, W.Va./died 23 Aug 1909, was a daughter of Robert "Bearwallow Bob" Lilly and his wife Elizabeth Payne, according to a Lilly researcher. Robert's nickname referred to a place on his land that the bears favored.

Jackson and Nancy were married on 15 Feb 1855 in Mercer County. The 1900 federal census states that Nancy Vest, 64, wife of Jackson, had six children -- five living. (Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Jumping Branch, Summers, W.Va.; Roll: T623_1773; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 129.) Their great-granddaughter Nina Vest (Bennett) Worley knew of five children:

Jackson and Nancy's children were:
Columbus "Lum" Washington Vest, who married Malinda Jane Cochran.
Martha Adeline Vest, who married Edward Ashworth Kelly.
Mary J.E.F. (Elizabeth "Lizzie") Vest, who married Isaac Plumley.
Albert P. Vest, who married Hannah Margaret Smith Adkins.
Lucinda "Cindy" Vest, who married Samuel H. Smith.

There's more about the Vest family online at West Virginia Memories: http://wva.homestead.com/Vest.html

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  • Maintained by: E.M. Smith
  • Originally Created by: D. Mack
  • Added: 1 Dec 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 44995382
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jackson “Mountain Jack” Vest (2 Dec 1832–11 Apr 1917), Find a Grave Memorial no. 44995382, citing Anderson Vest Cemetery, Summers County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by E.M. Smith (contributor 47134804) .