John Jackson 1801-1880

Birth: May 6, 1801 in Schoharie, NY

Death: September 28, 1880 in Navarino, Onondaga, New York

Burial Place: Jackson Cemetery NavarinoOnondaga CountyNew York

Occupation: Farmer


Father: James Jackson: Birth: May 6, 1775 in London, England. Death: September 14, 1811 in Navarino, Onondaga, NY

Mother: Ruth Ellison: Birth: circa 1780 in Mohawk Valley region, NY. Death: February 26, 1862 in Orleans, NY


1st Marriage:

Married: Almira Balch on December 1824.
Almira Balch: Birth: June 15, 1805 in Onondaga, NY. Death: September 22, 1831 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY


1. Celinda Jackson: Birth: February 21, 1827 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: January 16, 1873 in Navarino, Onondaga, NY

2. Clarinda Jackson: Birth: February 21, 1827 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: February 27, 1899 in Navarino, Onondaga, NY

2nd Marriage:

Married: Fatima Earle (Earll) on ca 1834.
Fatima Earle (Earll): Birth: September 1812. Death: June 21, 1842 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY


1. Amos Jackson: Birth: July 3, 1832 in Navarino, Onondaga, NY. Death: September 10, 1834 in Navarino, Onondaga, NY

2. Amos Jackson: Birth: September 29, 1834 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: September 17, 1903 in Jordan, Onondaga, NY

3. Andrew Jackson: Birth: June 11, 1836 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: June 2, 1879 in Marietta, Onondaga, NY

4. Mary Ann (Marietta) Jackson: Birth: December 31, 1839 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: December 31, 1917 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY

5. Ann Jane Jackson: Birth: October 15, 1841 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: January 21, 1897 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY

3rd Marriage:

Married: Harriet Ann Olds on June 23, 1843.
Harriet Ann Olds: Birth: December 21, 1818 in OH. Death: December 27, 1875 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY


1. Fatima E. (Tina) Jackson: Birth: April 9, 1844 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: 1921 in Navarino, Onondaga, NY

2. Abigail Adell Jackson: Birth: November 19, 1845 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: March 16, 1857 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY

3. James Mortimer Jackson: Birth: December 6, 1847 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: May 29, 1934 in Navarino, Onondaga, NY

4. President Jackson: Birth: April 27, 1850 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: January 18, 1875 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY

5. Alva Jackson: Birth: August 3, 1853 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: December 7, 1875

6. Alvaretta Jackson: Birth: August 3, 1853 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: after 1917

7. Martha Jackson: Birth: December 28, 1857 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: September 30, 1862 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY

8. Abigail Jackson: Birth: March 31, 1858 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: January 24, 1938 in Onondaga, NY

9. King or Ring Jackson: Birth: May 1860 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY.

10. Frederick Jackson: Birth: May 2, 1861 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: October 8, 1865 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY

11. Inez F. Jackson: Birth: April 14, 1864 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY. Death: August 25, 1865 in Marcellus, Onondaga, NY

4th Marriage:

Married: Caroline Earle (Earll).
Caroline Earle (Earll): Birth: 1814 in NY. Death: August 25, 1884

Burial: Jackson Family Cemetery, Marcellus, Onondaga, NY Issue, accounts have John with as many as 23 children. My g-g-grandmother, Mary Ann, put the number at 17.

J. Ceylon Jackson, in “Memoirs of Oak Hill,” says there is little known of John from his early life. “Little is known of John’s boyhood. He is said to have worked a year before his marriage for which he received one-hundred dollars. At the time of his marriage to Alvira (sic) Balch, the daughter of John (sic) Balch, a neighbor, he acquired a small piece of land near the settlement then known as ‘Bumble Bee City’ of ‘State Road.’ He added to his holdings from time to time, until at his death his homestead consisted of between two and three hundred acres. He raised a large family and provided each of his children with a home when they married.”

Obituary, Marcellus Observer, September 30, 1880, page 3 and October 14, 1880: (Contributed by Jodell McVey)
John Jackson was born in Schoharie County, May 6, 1801. He moved with his parents to this county (Onondaga) in 1806. In 1824 he married Almira Balch of Tully the same year he purchased and moved onto the farm upon which he died (in Marcellus). In 1831 he married Fatima Earl of Otisco, in 1843, Harriet Douglas of Marcellus, in 1876, Caroline (Earl) Amidon. The following children are left … Clarinda, wife of William Amidon, Amos of Jordan, NY (near Elbridge, NY), Mary, wife of Charles Gambell, Ann Jane, wife of E. (Duane) Wiltsie, Fatima, wife of George Fellows, Mortimer (James M.) who now lives on the homestead (apparently only lived on homestead for last year of John’s life – home was at Oak Hill – Otisco), Alvaretta, wife of A.D. Clary, now of Dewitt, MI, Abbie, wife of F. Ramsden. Nine children are deceased (for a total of 16 by this accounting). … His brothers, James, aged 82, William, 81, Benjamin, 77 and Amos, 74, and sister, Clarinda 73, now survive him.

William Beauchamp Cemetery Transcriptions: died Sep 28, 1880, ae 79-4-22
Nine Mile Country; The History of the Town of Marcellus, K.C. Heffernan, 1978, p 202 (took up farm in 1824)

Census: 1850 Marcellus, Onondaga, NY age 49, farmer, b NY
Census: 1855 Marcellus, Onondaga, NY age 54; born Schoharie County, NY, resident of Marcellus for 30 years.
Census: 1860 Marcellus, Onondaga, NY; age 59, farmer
Census: 1865 Marcellus, Onondaga, NY; 64, married 3 times
Census: 1870 Marcellus, Onondaga, NY; 69, farmer, b NY
Census: 1875 Marcellus, Onondaga, NY; 74, farmer, b Schoharie Co
Census: 1875 Agricultural Census of John Jackson Farm ( June 1, 1875) Census: 1880 Marcellus, Onondaga, NY

His daughter’s obituary (Mary Ann Jackson) says he fathered 17 children by three wives (Note: 1934 newspaper article also cites 17 children for John Jackson). He bought the first 10 acres for his farm from Seth Smith on Military Lot 49 of the Town of Marcellus on May 31, 1825. The location was near the eastern limits of Bumblebee City, near the township line between Marcellus on the west and Onondaga on the east. He continued to enlarge the farm, in 1836 buying a 49 acre parcel just across the township-line in Onondaga. Eventually, the farm encompassed over 300 acres, including most of what had become Bumblebee City. In 1834 he replaced an earlier log cabin with a frame house. The farm is a mile west of Navarino just over the town line of Onondaga and contains the so-called Jackson Family Cemetery. In 1990 it was the Wayne Norris farm and the cemetery was badly overgrown with trees and had been used as a dumping spot for rocks and stones from surrounding fields.

A township contained 60,000 acres. Township NO 9 was Marcellus. Each township was divided into one hundred Military Farm Lots (of 600 acres). Each Military Farm Lot was further divided into smaller 100 acre sections known as State 100 Acres.

Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY November 4, 1934 Shows picture of Jackson home built in 1834. The house has chimneys at both ends. A cluster of tall trees on a knoll a few hundred feet behind the house hides the Bumblebee Cemetery which came to be known as the Jackson Family Cemetery. It was located in the middle of the Jackson Farm. In its prime Bumblebee City had a church, parsonage, wagon shop, blacksmith shop and several dwellings. The church was later moved to Navarino where it served as a barn. When the 1934 article was written there were two elderly houses a mile west of Navarino. Bumblebee City was originally settled by Lewis Baker, his wife and 9 children in 1803. The Bakers had come from Pelham, MA driving a yoke of oxen. The trip took 18 days. The Bakers took up temporary lodging with a family already resident in a log cabin until their own log cabin. The Bakers are well represented in the cemetery behind the Jackson house.

Syracuse Daily Journal, August 29, 1860 article reports on a picnic held in Bumblebee City. People mentioned include Dr. Alfred Hall, Col. Bentley, Captain John Wiltsie, Rev. W.W. Bowdish, Miss Wheeler and Miss Barber from the Navarino school, James Baker, Commissioner Cowles, F.A. Lyman. Short speeches were made by F. Wright, W.W. Bowdish of the Otisco Lake school.
Nine Mile Country, the History of the Town of Marcellus, K.C. Heffernan (1978), p 202: ‘Many present residents who bear the names of Jackson, Amidon, Gamble, Wiltsie, Clary, Cummings or Ramsden can trace their ancestry to Jackson.’

In posting the Jackson Family History, as compiled by J. Ceylon Jackson, I noted the following gifts from John to his surviving adult children, ordinarily at the time of their marriage (apparently, John gave each of his adult children property; J. Ceylon Jackson says they did not get possession until they had saved $1,000):

1. To Mary Ann (and Charles Gambell), a house next to the Jackson family farm, in which Mary Ann lived from the 1870’s until her death.

2. To Ann (and E. Duane Wiltsie), who lived on the opposite side of State road, a short distance west of the Jackson farm,

3. To Fatima (and George Fellows), a 50 acre farm as a wedding gift, ca 1867 (George purchased the Jackson estate in 1880 from John’s 4th wife, Caroline).

4. To President (and Catherine), a 50 acre farm a mile north of Navarino

5. To Abigail (and James Ramsden), a 49 acre part of the Jackson farm (purchased in 1836 from Cyrus Andrews).

6. To James (and Euretta), a 50 acre farm near Marcellus

Will, September 11, 1879; Onondaga County Will Book V, pp 317+
heirs wife, Caroline; children James M(ortimer), Abby Ramsey (sic), Mary Gambell, Ann Jane Wiltsie, Fatima Fellows and Alvaretta Clary. In the petition for probate others heirs were Clarinada Amidon, Abigail Ramsden), children of Andrew Jackson deceased (Dwight and Laura) and the children of Celinda Olney deceased (John Andrew and Almira).
Gave to daughter Abby Ramsey (sic, Ramsden) the use of 52 acres of land in town of Onondaga known as the old Convers farm during her life. At her death the land would go their heirs. If she had no heirs or her children had no heirs the land would be divided among John’s son, John M. Jackson, and daughters Mary Gambell, Ann Jane Wiltsie, Fatima Fellows, Alaretta Clary. He gave $800 to daughter Mary, $600 to Ann Jane, $200 to Fatima, and a promissory note made to Adelbert Clary and John Jackson John Jackson to James Redway for $600 ($328 unpaid) to Alvaretta. If the note was paid, then she received $300. He gave wife Caroline the use of the rest of his estate during her life. After her death the estate was to be divided among his children.
Executors, James Mortimer Jackson and Edmund Duane Wiltsie
Witnesses, Lewis Baker of Marcellus and James Redway of Otisco
Codicil, May 5, 1880 John revoked the $800 he gave to Mary and instead gave here $400 and the house in Marcellus where she resided (she continued here with (Eu)Dora until she died).
Probate petition listed Clarinda Amidon, Mary Gambell, Ann Wiltsey, Abigail Ramsden and James M Jackson of Marcellus. Fatima Fellows was from Onondaga. Alvaretta Clary was from Dewitt, Clinton, Michigan. Amos Jackson was from Elbridge.
The children of Andrew Jackson (deceased) were Dwight Jackson and Laura Jackson of Marcellus, minors. The children of Celinda Olney (deceased) were John, Andrew and Almira Olney, a minor, of Marcellus.

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