Capt James Jack

Capt James Jack

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 18 Dec 1822 (aged 90–91)
Elbert County, Georgia, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Buried at Jacks Plantation, Elbert Co. Ga.
Memorial ID 89317463 · View Source
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James Jack was the son of Irish immigrant Patrick Jack. His father Patrick first settled in Pennsylvania and in 1760 moved the family to North Carolina. James married Margaret Houston 1766 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and to their union had five children.

James was a respected citizen and patriot and was chosen as a captain of the the local militia.
With resentment and tension running high in the colonies on May 20, 1775, the delegates of Mecklenburg County met and passed unanimously the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. The 1st of the colonies to do so.

Captain James Jack a brave intelligent and determined patriot, was commissioned to carry this important document to Philadelphia , where the Continental Congress was then in session. The trip to Philadelphia and the return by horseback took a month to complete. If the British had known he surely would have been hung.

When he was told by the North Carolina representatives of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia that they did not think congress was ready to act upon "absolute independence, his reply was, "Gentlemen, you may debate here about reconciliation and memorialize your king, but bear in mind Mecklenburg owes no allegiance to, and is separated from the crown of Great Britain forever." The following year the Continental Congress did draft a version known as The Declaration of Independence that represented all 13 colonies declaring separation from the rule of Great Britain.

On the first call for troops during the Revolution, Captain Jack entered the service in command of a troop and remained throughout the war.

Showing the same zeal and patriotic spirit, His son Patrick commanded a company in the 8th U.S. Infantry in the war of 1812. Three of Captain Jack's grandchildren came to Texas in 1831. After taking an active part in gaining independence for Texas, they distinguished themselves as Judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas, Secretary of State, and as representatives and senators.

The following is the obituary for Captain James Jack from the Raleigh Register of January 17, 1823. "Died.- In Elbert County, Georgia, on the 18th instant (ultimo), Captain James Jack, in the 84th year of his age. He was born in the State of Pennsylvania, from whence he removed to North Carolina and settled in the town of Charlotte, where he remained till the end of the Revolutionary War, in which he took a decided and active part from the commencement to the close, after which he removed to Georgia with his family, whom he supported by the sweat of his brow. He spent the prime of his life and his little all in the glorious struggle for independence, and enjoyed it with a heart warmed with gratitude to the God of battles. In the spring of '75 he was the bearer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to Congress. His claims on the State of North Carolina for Revolutionary services and expenditures were audited by Colonel Mathew Locke, and amounted to 7,646 pounds in currency. Those papers being of little value at that time, he left them in the hands of a friend, who dying some years after, the claim to him was lost. It fell, possibly, into the hands of some speculator, who may by now faring sumptuously on the fruits of his toil. But wealth had no charm for him; he looked for a 'house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, whose builder and maker is God.' He has left a widow, two sons (his eldest, Colonel Patrick Jack, of the U. S. Army in her late contest with Britain, having died about two years past), a daughter besides a numerous offspring of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Some few of his old comrades who bore the burden and the heat of the day are still living. Should this notice catch the eye of any one of them, it may draw forth a sigh or elicit a tear to the memory of their friend, more to be valued than a marble monument."

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt James Jack (Dec 1731–18 Dec 1822), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89317463, ; Maintained by mebauc (contributor 47227371) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Buried at Jacks Plantation, Elbert Co. Ga..