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July 8, 2004, added obituary of Will Jackson, 1870-1880 census transcriptions.

FOUNTAIN   GREEN
FAMILIES         NEWS         MEMORABILIA

 

WILFRED MILLER JACKSON
1867-1946
& CECILIA LEACH
1870-1933

 

 

DEATH OF WELL KNOWN FOUNTAIN GREEN RESIDENT
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Mrs. Cecilia Jackson Succumbs to Long Illness
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Mrs. Cecelia Leach Jackson, for many years a valued correspondent for this paper, passed away at her home in Fountain Green, Illinois, early Wednesday morning, June 14, 1933, following a lingering illness that had kept her bedfast for the past several weeks.

Mrs. Jackson was a daughter of Kendrick N. and Jane M. (Read) Leach, natives of New York state, who came to this county and settled in Fountain Green, where she was born on March 18, 1870, the place of her birth being the same house as where her life ended.

On May 5, 1898, she was married to Willford Miller Jackson, a native of New York, who had settled on a farm with his parents in this county.

To this union one daughter, Ida C., was born in 1910, who, following the completion of her school work, has since made her home with her parents.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were members of the Fountain Green Presbyterian church and also prominent in lodge and civic affairs of their community.  Theirs was a most charming home and always open to visits from a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held this Friday afternoon at the Fountain Green Presbyterian church at 2:30 o'clock, with the Rev. J. M. Thompson officiating.  Entombment will be in Resthaven Abbey, Carthage.


The Jackson home, formerly the home of Cecelia Leach's parents, was built on south end of the Leach farm in Fountain Green Township, adjoining Fountain Green, according to a biography of Cecelia's father.  State of Illinois records indicate that Cecelia died in Fountain Green Township.

Published obituary, undated and unknown original news source,
from the collection of Okle Campbell Browning; verbatim transcription including
two different spellings of Mrs. Jackson's given name.

 

Willford M. Jackson Dies at Ftn. Green

W. M. Jackson, a well known 79-year-old retired farmer, passed away late Sunday night at his home in Fountain Green following several years of declining health.

Willford Miller Jackson was born at Albany, New York, on November 29, 1867.  When he passed away on October 20, 1946, his age was 79 years, 10 months and 21 days.  He was one of six children born to Peter and Susan (Salisbury) Jackson.  This family moved to Appanoose township, Hancock county, Illinois, in 1877, and then later they moved to a farm in Carthage township.

Not being satisfied with a rural school education Mr. Jackson continued his education at Carthage high school and later at Carthage College.  Perhaps Mr. Jackson had better command of good English than any other person in this community.

In May, 1898, this ambitious young farmer was happily married to Miss Cecelia Leach and these newly weds started housekeeping at the Leach homestead in Fountain Green.  In [sic] was here that their only child was born and it was here that this couple spent their entire happy and prosperous married life and took an active part in church and civic affairs.

Mr. Jackson was a member of the Presbyterian church, a founder of the Fountain Green high school, and a charter member of the Fountain Green Telephone Company.  Although not a seeker of public office he was an active republican and interested in all civic and community affairs.

Following the untimely passing of Mrs. Jackson in June, 1933, Mr. Jackson and his daughter, Ida C. Jackson, continued to make their home together at the family homestead.  During the years of Mr. Jackson's declining health, this daughter has cared for her father in a manner that is commendable and she has the sympathy of the entire home community.

Also, left to mourn Mr. Jackson's passing is his sister, Ida L. Jackson, Fort Madison, Iowa; and three brothers, James A. Jackson, Carthage; H. L. Jackson, Bedford, Virginia; and F. S. Jackson, Fort Madison, Iowa.  Both parents and a brother, Howard, passed on several years ago.

Funeral services were held at the Fountain Green Presbyterian church Wednesday, October 23, 1946, at 3:00 p. m., with Reverend James Sterenberg officiating.  Entombment at Resthaven Abbey, Carthage.

Pallbearers were Carl Hasten, Fay Brooks, Fred Hillers, Leland Hobart, Chester Callihan, M. O. White.

Mrs. George Latherow and Miss Ellen Lenix sang: "Abide With Me" and "Beyond the Sunset", accompanied by Miss Martha Walker.


According to State of Illinois records, Mr. Jackson's death certificate was made out in the name of Wilfred M. Jackson and also indicated he died in Fountain Green Township.

Unknown original news source, on file at the LaHarpe Historical & Genealogical Society

 

See also: Ida C. Jackson (daughter)
Kendrick and Mary Jane Leach (Cecelia's parents)
Leach-Read, Jackson-Leach home (2003 photograph)

1870 New York Census, Albany County, 4th Ward, page 287A
enumerated June 15, 1870, dwelling #194

Jackson, Peter, 30, male, white, restaurant, value of personal estate 2000, born NY, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Susan M, 28, female, white, keeping house, born NY
James M, 4, male, white, born NY
Wilford, 2, male, white, born NY
Hurbert, 10/12, male, white, born NY, born Sept

1870 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 137A
enumerated June 11, 1870, dwelling #262

Leach, K N, 50, male, white, farmer, value of real estate 10000, value of personal estate 8000, born NY, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21or more
Mary, 40, female, white, keeping house, born NY
Frank, 16, male, white, born IL, attended school within the year
Silas, 14, male, white, born IL, attended school within the year
Clark, 3, male, white, born IL
[Cecelia, reportedly born in March of 1870, is missing from this listing.]

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Carthage Township ED 64, page 52A
enumerated June 18, 1880, dwelling #191

Jackson, Peter, white, male, 39, married, farmer, born NY, both parents born NY
Susean, white, female, 36, wife, married, keeping house, born NY, both parents born NY
James A, white, male, 14, son, single, at school, attended school within the year, born NY, both parents born NY
Wilford M, white, male, 12, son, single, at school, attended school within the year, born NY, both parents born NY
Herbert C, white, male, 10, son, single, at school, attended school within the year, born NY, both parents born NY
Howard J, white, male, 6, son, single, attended school within the year, born NY, both parents born NY
Freddie S, white, male, 4, son, single, born NY, both parents born NY
Ida A, white, female, 2, daughter, single, born IL, both parents born NY

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 112B
enumerated June 11, 1880, dwelling #86

Leach, K N, white, male, 61, married, farmer, born NY, both parents born CT
Jane M, white, female, 46, wife, married, keeping house, born NY, father born MA, mother born CT
S R, white, male, 24, son, single, at home, born IL, both parents
born NY
Cellia A C, white, female, 10, daughter, single, at home, attended school within the year, born IL, both parents born NY
Loomis, Belle M, white, female, 16, cousin, single, at home, attended school within the year, born MO, father born NY, mother born MO
Pratt, Julia R, white, female, 15, cousin, single, at home, attended school within the year, born China, father born CT, mother born NY

1900 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 119A
enumerated June 1, 1900, dwelling #4

Jackson, Wilfred M, head, white, male, Nov 1869, 30, married for 2 years, born NY, both parents born NY, farmer, months not employed, could read, write and speak English, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 4

Cecelia L, wife, white, female, Apr 1870, 30, married for 2 years, mother of 0 children, born IL, both parents born NY, could read, write and speak English

1910 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 85A
enumerated April 29, 1910, dwelling #207

Jackson, William, head, male, white, 31, married (1st) for 11 years, born NY, both parents born NY, spoke English, farmer, general farm, employer, could read and write, was paying on the mortgage of his farmhome, farm schedule 188

Cecelia, wife, female, white, 40, married (1st) for 11 years; mother of 1 child, living; born IL, both parents born NY, spoke English

Jackson, Ida C, daughter, female, white, 3/12, single born IL, father born NY, mother born IL

Leach, Mary J, boarder, female, white, 81, widow; mother of 5 children, 3 living; born NY, both parents born NY, spoke English, own income, could read and write

1920 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 110A
enumerated January 20, 1920, dwelling #205, farm

Jackson, Wm, head, owner, free of mortgage, male, white, 50, married, could read and write, born NY, both parents born NY, spoke English, farmer, general farming, working on own account, farm schedule 159

Celia, wife, female, white, 49, married, could read and write, born IL, both parents born NY, spoke English

Ida, daughter, female, white, 9, single, attended school after Sept.1, 1919, could read and write, born IL, father born NY, mother born IL, spoke English

The News of Fountain Green

October 24, 1923
JACKSON INJURED

Will Jackson was severely injured last week while working about his farm.  He was riding a horse and leading another.  The horse he was leading struck at the horse he was riding, and as he tried to escape the blow by jumping off the horse, he caught his foot in the harness.  The horse began to run, dragging him a short distance.  He was taken to the Bacon clinic by Lynn Brandon, where he was found bruised severly [sic].  He is getting along nicely.

September 1, 1926
WINS MANY PRIZES

Mrs. W. M. Jackson is justly proud of the fact that she was the winner of a number of premiums at the LaHarpe fair this year.  Mrs. Jackson received premiums on twelve articles including a collection of gladiolias, dozen eggs, white onions, sofa pillow, bead chain, corset cover yoke, woven coverlet, hand made counterpane, hand made basket, woven rug, crochet rug and rag carpet.

September 15, 1926

Mrs. William Jackson and daughter Ida of this place, are making their home in Carthage this winter so Ida can attend high school.  Mr. Jackson will remain in Fountain Green for a while but will join them later.

1930 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 106B
enumerated April 22-23, 1930, dwelling #182

Jackson, Willford M, head, owner, home value - no entry, owned a radio, lived on a farm, male, white, 61, married, age at first marriage - 32, could read and write, born NY, both parents born NY, spoke English, farmer, general farm, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition - no, farm schedule 132

Cecelia A, wife, female, white, 58, married, age at first marriage - 28, could read and write, born IL, both parents born NY, spoke English

Ida C, daughter, female, white, 20, single, did not attend school or college after Sept. 1, 1929, could read and write, born IL, father born NY, mother born IL, spoke English

 

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