JACKSON, a resident of Vienna City, Johnson County, was born in Wilson,
County, Tenn., December 4,1830. His father, Samuel
was, it is thought) born in North Carolina, but spent his later years
in Tennessee, dying in 1830. The maiden name of his wife was Nancy
Porterfield. She survived her husband many years and died in Pulaski
County, Ill. Samuel Jackson was born a few weeks after his father's
death and his mother then went
to reside with her deceased husband's parents, William and Frances Ann
Jackson, coming with them to Illinois in 1831, the removal being made
in a four-horse wagon. They all lived in Sangamon County two years and
then removed to what is now Pulaski County. They resided there and in
County for some years.
When Samuel Jackson was
twelve years old he was bound out to a doctor, to live with him until
he was twenty-one years old. He remained with the
doctor until 1847, receiving his board and clothes for his services,
and from that time on he cared for himself. During the year 1847 he
engaged with a
mail contractor to carry the mail from Vienna to Shawneetown, a
distance of sixty miles, making the round trip three times per week on
three months. In the spring of 1848 he put in a crop of corn for Mrs.
Vanderbilt and received $30 for his labor, but not in cash. In October
of the same
year he went to Mississippi and was employed on Island No. 75, or Ozark
Island, at the mouth of the Arkansas River. Before going down the
Mississippi River, however, he had been engaged at different kinds of
work, a part of the time on the farm at twenty-five cents per day. At
that time the nearest mills
were operated by horse power and it was necessary for him when he went
to mill to start by three o'clock in the morning and sometimes then he
wait all day to get his grist, parching corn in the ashes for his
Our subject remained in
the South until March 25, when the cholera broke out and his bedfellow
sickened and died in a few hours. He returned at once
to Johnson County, but without any money. He obtained two days' work at
fifty cents per day, and on the 25th of April he engaged as porter in a
store. He was thus employed six months, when he became a clerk in the
same store, remaining there until 1853. He then went to Jonesboro and
one year and then one year in Pulaski County. He afterward went to
Anna, Union County, and remained there until March, 1856, when he went
Louis and clerked in a wholesale boot and shoe store until July, 1859.
Returning to Illinois, he located at Vienna with a capital of
$2,000 and engaged in business for himself on the corner west of the
Perkins' House. In December, 1861, he formed a partnership with John
Bain, the firm name being Bain & Jackson, which continued until
Mr. Bain's death. He then formed a partnership with his son,
A.G.Jackson, and W. B. Bain, under the name of Samuel
Jackson & Co., which partnership continued until their store
was burned down, December 26, 1891. Mr. Jackson then engaged in the
sale of farm
implements, carriages, wagons, etc.
Our subject was married
September 23, 1860, to Frances P. Bain, who was born in Bloomfield,
Johnson County,Ill., in 1843,and who is a daughter of
John and Winnie Bain. To this marriage there have been born eight
children, viz: Samuel A., Arthur G., Cora, Harry M., John B., Winnie
H. and William G. He has one son, Samuel A., by a former wife. Mrs.
Jackson is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. Jackson is a
Republican in politics and is a member of Vienna Lodge No. 150, A. F.
& A. M.; of Vienna Chapter No. 67, R. A. M., and Cora Council ,
R. & S. M.