My Adventure Through Our Family Tree Branches

For over 50 years my Dad researched both his and my Mom's family tree branches - and loved every minute of it! Trying to fulfill the promise I made him the last month of his life, I have spent the past four years continuing where he left off - finding out about all the many family members who came before us, from the many branches of our family trees. The histories will still be published as my Dad always wanted. But what he wanted most was to share the stories of the people who came before us - the places they lived, the cultures of the times, the families they created, and the circumstances - good and bad - that would one day lead to us, their descendants. These are the stories of my Mom's families. . . .

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

SUNDAY'S OBITUARY - William Jackson (1800-1879)

William Jackson
William Jackson, my 4th great-Grandfather, was born October 18, 1800, in South Carolina. His parents' names are unknown. He married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown), born in 1802, and they raised six children in Darlington, SC, including their middle daughter Sarah Linza (1837-1902).

Sarah married James Benjamin Flemming (1827-1907), a citizen of Darlington, SC; they are my 3rd great-grandparents. James and Sarah Flemming moved their young family to Georgia - first to Cassville, then to Rome, where they lived out their lives. They had seven children, including my great-great-grandfather Charles Clinton Flemming (1854-1932).

Sometime after 1860, William and Elizabeth left South Carolina and followed daughter Sarah and her family to Georgia. They, too, settled in Rome. William worked as a tailor while living in Rome. On February 2, 1870, his wife Elizabeth died from Typhoid Fever. Later that year, William was living with his daughter and her family according to the 1870 Census.

On February 5, 1879, William Jackson died at the age of 78. His obituary was published in the Rome Tribune:

Death of an Aged and Esteemed Citizen

Mr. William Jackson, one of Rome's oldest and most respected citizens, died at the home of his son-in-law Mr. J.B. Flemming, yesterday morning about 5 o'clock. Mr. Jackson was a native of South Carolina, and was in his seventy-ninth year, having been born 18th October, 1800. Up to a few days ago, he was to be seen on our streets, always cheerful, and wearing the countenance and smile of an honest man.
His funeral will take place this morning at 10 o'clock at the Baptist church and he will be buried with Masonic honors in Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

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