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SAMUEL H. JACKSON

 

 

††††† Samuel H. Jackson, who has the distinction of having lived for sixty-two years on the farm in Shasta valley where he was born, belongs to the real pioneer stock of his locality and is an exemplar of the type of citizenship which has made this one of the most advanced and desirable sections of the Sacramento valley.He was born where he now lives on the 14th of August, 1868, and is a son of Samuel and Caroline (Sherrill) Jackson.His father was of sterling old Scotch-Irish ancestry and was born near Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, January 22, 1827.The progenitor of the family in this country was Samuel Jackson, great-grandfather of Samuel H. Jackson, while the maternal ancestor was great-grandfather McVeagh, of Irish stock.They both settled in Virginia in a very early day.Samuel Jacksonís son Samuel, married Miss Cynthia McVeagh and they reared five children, Benjamin Franklin, Margaret Ann, Samuel, Jonathan and Ruth Grace.

††††† Samuel Jackson worked on his fatrherís farm until about twenty-two years of age, when, in October, 1851, he went on a visit to Ohio, where he spent one winter.From there he went to Illinois, and later proceeded to St. Louis, Missouri.From there he went to New Orleans, where he made the acquaintance of two returned Californians, whose stories of life on the Pacific coast decided him to come to this region.With about five hundred dollars in his pocket, he took passage on the steamer Cortez, bound for Panama, and on the Pacific side he embarked on the California, which reached San Francisco in November, 1852.He proceeded to Sacramento, where he found work in a bakery, at a wage of eighty dollars a month.He soon went to a place called Lower Springs, near Shasta, and began mining.Later he went to Weaverville and mined on Big and French bars.In the fall of 1853, he moved to Yreka, but finding it dull there he went on to Cottonwood, where he secured a very rich claim in Rocky gulch.He soon sold that for the paltry sum of two hundred and fifty dollars and went to Virginia bar, so named by Mr. Jackson and his friend Goodnight, who was also a Virginian.They brought a ditch onto this claim and operated the mine for a time.Mr. Jackson then went to Shasta valley and bought one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he improved, and to which he added from time to time until he was the owner of three thousand acres of fine land, well stocked with cattle and horses, and improved in every respect.And what was of supreme importance in those days, he had a fine spring of water, which he developed and piped into the home.There Mr. Jackson died November 4, 1904.The improvements upon his first one hundred and sixty acres consisted of a cabin without a roof, and about four hundred rails, while some potatoes had been planted.He remained there to raise three crops after which he rented the place and went to Greenhorn, where he bought two claims.After operating them for two years, he decided that farming was after all the best and safest vocation, so selling out he returned to his original ranch.On January 10, 1861, Mr. Jackson married Miss Caroline Sherrill, of Independence County, Arkansas, a daughter of Alfred and Margaret Sherrill, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of Tennessee.To Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were born six children:Harvey Edward, who was born October 31, 1861, and died November 8, 1867; Thomas Jefferson, born August 31, 1863; Rosa Ellen, who was born January 23, 1865, and died November 8, 1867; Samuel Henry; Alice Virginia, born March 8, 1870; and Jonathan Franklin, born July 1, 1872.

††††† Samuel H. Jackson attended the common schools of his home neighborhood and spent one year in the Oakland high school.He has lived all his life on the home ranch and his present holdings comprise about two thousand acres of land, part of his fatherís holdings.He took over the home place on his fatherís death in 1904 and has been engaged in the stock and hay business during almost the entire time that he has operated the ranch.He has also done some dairy farming, raising Shorthorn cattle and some Herefords, and has had at one time as many as three hundred and fifty head of shorthorns on the place.He is progressive, methodical and up-to-dated in all that he does and has been very successful in his affairs.

††††† On February 10, 1904, Mr. Jackson was united in marriage to Miss Pearl E. Jacobs, who was born in Iowa and is a daughter of W. C. and Mary E. (Udderbach) Jacobs, who came to Siskiyou county in 1888.Her fatherís death occurred at Oakland, in July, 1924, while her mother lives at the present with Mr. Jackson.The father, Mr. Jacobs, had followed farming in Iowa and owned and operated a ranch after coming to his state.To Mr. and Mrs. Jackson have been born two sons, Samuel Clinton and Henry Clifford.The former, who is assisting his father on the home ranch, received a good education, completing the public school course, attending the Oakland Technical high school and graduating from the University of California in 1928, having majored in economics.He is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.Henry Clifford, who was graduated from the Oakland Technical high school and from the University of California in 1929 having majored in agricultural economics, is an instructor in the United State bureau of animal science at Davis, California, the home of the State College of Agriculture.He married Miss Rebecca Alberta Priddy, who also graduated from the University of California in 1929.She was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but was a resident of Anaheim, California, at the time of her marriage.They have one child, Elizabeth Caroline.

††††† Politically Samuel H. Jackson is a democrat and his religious faith is that of the Protestant Episcopal Church.His son Clifton is a member and the present chancellor of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Weed, and also belongs to the Dramatic Order of Knights of Khorassan at Redding.The subject of this sketch has given his support to those things which have promoted the growth and development of the community in which he lives and has long been regarded as one of Siskiyou countyís most substantial and influential citizens, honored and respectedby all.

 

 

 

Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 188-190. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010Gerald Iaquinta.

 

 

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