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ISAAC B. JACKSON, a representative citizen of Padua Township, and a valued member of the community, is pleasantly located on section 28, where he has resided for over thirty-five years. His farm comprises 128 acres of valuable land, under a good state of cultivation, and supplied with a good set of frame buildings. Mr. Jackson is a native of the Old Dominion, born in Fauquier County in 1824. His father, William, was a native of the same State, a tailor by trade, and served as a soldier in the War of 1812. He descended from Welsh ancestry, and met and married a Virginia lady, Miss Elizabeth Bishop. They settled in Loudoun County, Va., for a few years, and thence removed to Fauquier County, where our subject was born and reared, being the ninth of eleven children which completed the household circle. Of these, five are sons. Six of the children are living, one in Missouri and five in Illinois. The latter are all residents of McLean County.

Isaac B. Jackson was seven years of age when his parents removed to Ohio, where they settled in Warren County. In 1841 they came to Illinois, locating in Empire Township, this county, which remained the home of the parents the remainder of their days. The mother departed this life in 1847, and the father two years later, in 1849, both being quite aged. Our subject remained under the parental roof until he reached his majority, and assisted his father in the duties around the homestead. On the 12th of November, 1846, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Elizabeth C. (Brannaman) Dawson, who was born in Augusta County, Va., March 2, 1823. She was the second daughter of David and Mary (Haldiman) Brannaman, also natives of Virginia, and of German descent. They came North in 1837, and the father purchased 240 acres of land in Padua Township, this county, which was then mostly in timber. There both parents died, the father in 1846, and the mother twenty-four years later, in 1870, the latter having arrived at the age of seventy-four years.

Mrs. Jackson remained with her parents until her first marriage, of which there was born one child, a daughter, Calista, now the wife of Henry Grim, who resides in Gibson, Ford Co., Ill. Of her marriage with our subject there were born eight children, one of whom died in 1876 at the age of twenty-four years. Mary became the wife of John M. Newman and resides in Padua Township on a farm; I. Newton married Miss Lina Gates, and lives in Topeka, Kan.; Charlie married Miss Emma Hoysradt and lives in Bloomington Township; George W. is at home with his parents; Alpheus married Miss Lillie J. Dunlap, and is farming in Padua Township; Ella and Lucy are at home. Mrs. Jackson and her daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Sumptown. Mr. Jackson is a Republican in politics, and has served as Township Trustee and Assessor for three or four years.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 548. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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