When John Jackson was born on 12 August 1842, in Milnthorpe, Westmorland, England, United Kingdom, his father, Samuel Jackson, was 25 and his mother, Sarah Brennan, was 26. He married Martha Griesdale in January 1866, in Kendal, Westmorland, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England in 1881 and Port Vue, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States for about 20 years. He died on 20 April 1924, at the age of 81, and was buried in Dravosburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States.
English, Scottish, and northern Irish: patronymic from Jack . In North America, this surname has absorbed other patronymics beginning with J- in various European languages, in particular those derived from equivalents or short forms and other derivatives of the personal name Jacob , e.g. Norwegian Jacobsen or Jakobsen and, in some cases, Slovenian Jakše (from a derivative of the personal name Jakob ). This surname is also very common among African Americans (see also 2 below).
African American: from the personal name Jackson (or Andrew Jackson), adopted in honor of Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the US; or adoption of the surname in 1 above, in many cases probably for the same reason.
History: This extremely common British name was brought over by numerous different bearers in the 17th and 18th centuries. One forebear was the father and namesake of the seventh US president, Andrew Jackson, who migrated to SC from Carrickfergus in the north of Ireland in 1765. The Confederate General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson came from VA, where his great-grandfather John, likewise of Scotch–Irish stock, had settled after emigrating to America in 1748.
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