Obituary of Mary "Polly" S. English Jackson 1809-1867
Transcribed from a news item contributed by Edythe Riley Bargmann,
a descendant of Lindsey H. English, 11th child of Elisha & Sarah Wharton English.
Source, not noted, is probably a newspaper in the Carrollton, Greene Co., Illinois, area.
Obituary of Mrs. Mary Jackson
Mary Jackson was the daughter of Elisha English. Her father was one of the pioneers of Kentucky. Mary was born in Bedford, Trimble Co., Ky., Jan. 16th, 1809; married to Rezin Jackson July 13th, 1826; removed to Illinois by the fall of [183_], and resided in Carrollton, Greene Co., from that time until her death. She was the mother of six children; four of whom, a son and three daughters, passed to the spirit land prior to the summer of 1838. At that time she was left alone in the world, with two small boys to provide for.
Six years earlier, in the autumn of 1832, having as she and others believed experienced a change of heart, she was baptized and united with the Christian church in Carrollton. Her theological views, as frequently and freely expressed to the writer, were thoroughly evangelical; her religious sympathies liberal and [catholic]. During my pastorate of nine years in Carrollton she frequently attended the Baptist church and [ _____ ] unmistakeable evidences of her confidence in and love [for the] "principles and practices of the Baptists." Once, when criticised for attending a series of meetings at the Baptist church, where many of her most intimate friends where converted, she replied, "I am satisfied that the Spirit of God is there, and there I intend to be as frequently as possible."
She was in the fullest sense of the term a mother. Until the day of her death she devoted her energies, with peculiar singleness of aim and wonderful self-negation, to the moral and spiritual training of her two sons. The great, central desire of her entire being, next to the glory of God, was the desire that she might live to see them both settled in life, and [gave], consistent members of the church of Christ. Her prayers were answered. And no mother, perhaps, was ever more thankful than she that the Lord had counted one of them worthy to be put into the ministry. A Christian mother's heart frequently overflowed with gratitude, in view of the success achieved and position occupied by that son, the Rev. John B. Jackson, as he labored in Albion, N.Y., and as more recently he has been chosen to fill the honorable and important position of Professor of Church History in the Baptist Theological Seminary at Chicago. May God sustain him in his deep bereavement.
Mrs. Jackson was a great sufferer. During a lingering and painful illness of more than six months, she exhibited resignation, patience and fortitude seldom excelled; not one word of impatience or murmuring escaped her lips. With a mind perfectly clear, and with faith unwavering, she awaited her change. Her life had been singularly eventful. Her heart, chastened by sorrow and purified by the Spirit of God, was almost perfectly resigned to the divine will. When visited by the writer a few days previous to her death, she expressed not only entire willingness to endure anything her Master might appoint, but an earnest desire to depart and be with Christ. She even expressed deepest gratitude to God for all the sufferings of her life, as they had been the means of purifying her heart, and preparing her for her change. None could witness the triumph of her faith without exclaiming, "Let me die the death of the righteous; let my last end be like his."
She died at Carrollton, Ill, of dropsy, March 11th, 1867.
Will the son, the Rev. John B. Jackson, of Chicago, accept the sympathies, as he shares the confidence and prayers, of a life long friend and brother.
Upper Alton, Ill. March th, 1867.
My database includes over 1,200 descendant related entries for the family of Elisha & Sarah Wharton English; the first five generations are at The English Plantation. Information in my database may differ from details in the above transcription.
GKBopp 15 May 2002
Descendant of Dr. John B. English,
12th child of Elisha & Sarah Wharton English.