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Abraham Jackson was born circa 1623 to 1628 (based mostly on his being known as upwards of 80 years of age in 1708), seemingly in England.  I’ve not but researched his origins. He was at Plymouth, Massachusetts in all probability nicely earlier than 18 November 1657 when he married Bear in mind Morton (Plymouth VR p 662). Bear in mind was born ca 1638 (based mostly on her age at demise) the daughter of Nathaniel Morton, an essential man within the Colony, and his spouse Lydia Cooper. They’re my ninth great-grandparents on my grandfather Arthur Washburn Ellis Davis’ facet of the household. His first identify is usually seen as Abram and final identify as Jacson. Bear in mind’s identify is usually written as Remembrance.

The couple had 5 kids, named on this order in Abraham’s 1708 will:

Abraham who m. Margaret Hicks

Nathaniel who m. Ruth Jenney

Eleazer who m. Hannah Ransom 

John who m. Abigail Woodworth

Lydia who m. 1st Israel Levitt, 2nd Preserved Corridor

I descend from Eleazer; I wrote about him right here.

Abraham Jackson of Marshfield took the Oath of Constancy in 1657 (Plymouth Colony Data, p. 178) He was admitted a freeman on 1 June 1658 (Plymouth Colony Data, p. 197) and on 3 June 1662 he turned a constable of Plymouth (PCR 4:14)). He ceaselessly served on juries and typically was a surveyor of highways. He’s known as a cordwainer (shoemaker) on one report and was an inn holder. 

One among his occupations was producing and promoting tar, and in 1665 he was fined 5 kilos of ruining a number of barrels of tar by placing grime in them (PCR 4:111). On 6 March 1665/66 the courtroom allowed Giles Rickard, Jr. 10 shillings from Abraham Jackson regarding an issue between them over a parcel of tar, and on 1 Could 1666 the courtroom heard a grievance by Jackson that Nathaniel Warren detained a barrel of tar delivered by Jackson for city use (PCR 4:117, 120). On 1 June 1669 he petitioned the courtroom to remit his forfeiture of three barrels of tar to the federal government for breaching a regulation prohibiting the making of tar, and the courtroom, referring to his poor situation and plenty of losses, ordered that he ought to have seven bushels of corn paid for by the treasurer (PCR 5:21). 

In 1661 the weapons and swords of Plymouth had been disposed of, together with a brief gun and sword given to Nathaniel Morton for using Abraham Jackson (Plymouth City Data 1:44).

Thomas Weston wrote within the Historical past of Middleboro that Abraham was a proprietor within the South Buy there however was at all times a resident of Plymouth, and that he was  an apprentice of Colony Secretary Nathaniel Morton who turned is father-in-law.

Abraham signed paperwork along with his mark, indicating he couldn’t write, which surprises me since he labored for Nathaniel Morton, a nicely educated man. He typically witnessed deeds and different paperwork, typically with Morton. Abraham will need to have had some good qualities as a person of Morton’s stature wouldn’t let his daughter marry simply anybody. Bear in mind and Abraham inherited land from her father, in addition to home items together with the household Bible. 

Abraham’s mark from his 1707 will

On 20 November 1686 Abram Jackson and Remembrance his spouse (each signed by marks),  George Elliston and Lidia his spouse, Isaac Cole and Hannah his spouse, Joseph Prince and Joanna his spouse, “all sons-in-law and daughters of Mr. Nathaniel Morton late of Plimouth deceased” bought for 28 kilos to George Morton of Plimouth the entire land their father had bequeathed to them in his will.

Abraham Jackson of Plymouth was a licensed inn holder in September 1690. Abraham Jackson Sr and Nathaniel Jackson served on inquest into demise of Samuel Dunham, son of John Dunham. They went to the home at Winnitusett and located his physique partly consumed by hearth, discovered no wounds on his physique, so judged he was burned to demise in his home. Sworn 28 Jan 1688 earlier than Ephraim Morton JP. (PCR 1688)

Abraham Jackson Senr upwards of 80 years of age was admitted  to the Plymouth Church on 14 March 1708. I’m curious to know why Abraham waited so lengthy to affix the church and why he waited till the demise of his spouse to take action. Bear in mind was famous a member of the church on 10 March 1703, however it doesn’t point out when she was admitted.

Abraham was concerned in different courtroom instances:

On 7 Could 1662 the courtroom heard Abraham Jackson’s grievance that Rose, spouse of Thomas Morton, had referred to as him a mendacity rascal and rogue, and he or she confessed her fault and promised to be extra cautious of her phrases (PCR 4:11) On 3 June 1662 he turned constable of Plymouth (PCR 4:14).

In 1665 he was ordered to pay eight shillings to William Nelson to finish an issue concerning the protecting of two sheep (PCR 4:105).

In September 1702, the Plymouth Court docket ordered that Abraham Jackson of Plymouth be paid 3 kilos by the county treasurer “when mentioned Jackson and his son Nathaniel Jackson shall stop their claime to the lands belonging to the jail and jail home.” (PCR 1:64)

In Plymouth Court docket data, Abraham Jackson Sr (Plimouth) v. Jonathan Pratt (Taunton), debt, of six kilos and 7 shillings due Jackson from Pratt as per mentioned Jackson “his E-book and testimony could seem that’s to say extra significantly the sum of 5 kilos and 5 shillings which about three years now previous the mentioned Jackson on the request and per the order of mentioned Pratt paid for his account to John Sturtevant and the sum of twenty two shillings for sheep which the mentioned Pratt hath a while previous purchased and acquired of mentioned Jackson which mentioned sums the mentioned Pratt neglecteth to pay to the Injury of mentioned Jackson as aforesaid.” To pltf’s injury of 15 kilos. The jury discover for the Plaintiff six kilos seven shillings 5 pence in cash and value of the swimsuit, taxed at 1 pound 2 shillings 6 pence. (PCR September 1691)

The Plymouth Court docket requested Capt. James Warren and Lt. Shurtleff to make enquiry of George Bonum regarding the lands which Abraham Jackson saith that he purchased of 1 John Smith being 1 / 4 of an acre of mentioned Bonum’s land, to be by them sett out and returne thereof made to the following periods. (PCR June 1702)

An settlement between the Court docket and Abraham Jackson (Plimouth): “That whereas the mentioned Jackson makes claym to some lands on the Northerly facet and every finish of the jail he now agrees and consents that the County shall or could take within the width of six ft of land on the Northerly facet of mentioned jail and at every finish hereof to surround mentioned jail by a wall. (PCR June 1700)

Some land transactions involving Abraham:

On 27 June 1662, Mannasses Kempton of Plymouth gave half his share of lands at Hobshole alias Wellingsley, to Abraham Jackson of Plymouth (MD 17:104-5, citing PCLR 2:2:95).

Abraham Jackson Senr of plimouth…yeoman for and in consideration of … 9 shillings…by Richard Cooper of …. Plimouth Blacksmith…promote…All that my little plot of Land on which the mentioned Richard Coopers Smith Store now standers contayning in size Eighteen foote and in width fourteen foote…4 June 1690. Abraham signed by his mark.  (Mayflower Descendant, Vol 53, No 2, p 136, 2004)

Abraham Jackson of Plimouth…Cordwainer…for and in Consideration of…three kilos…paid by Mr. William Clarke of Pimouth…yeoman…sells…thirty Acres of upland…mendacity…in plimouth…in the direction of the pinnacle of the Eele River the southerly Finish there of Starting the place Warrens Wells Brooke and ye mentioned Eele river meets….& so Runeth down for ye size of it by ye sd river Easterly to a lifeless spruce…which sd thirty acres…I…have purchased of Samuel Dunham of plimouth…and was Granted to him by the sd City Anno 1672. Dated 11 Jun 1676. Witnessed by Nathaniel Morton and Joseph Dunham. Abraham signed by his mark. Bear in mind his spouse gave her free consent 11 June 1676. (Mayflower Descendant, vol 42, no 1, Jan 1992)

Abraham Jackson snr of …Plymouth…for & in consideration of…Eight kilos…paid by Peter Tompson of … Middleborough…promote..all that my thirty acres…in…plimouth…15 June 1697.

Abraham Jackson signed along with his mark. (Mayflower Descendant, vol 53, no. 2, 2004)

Abraham Jackson senr of … Plimouth for and in consideration of 9 kilos…in hand by George Morton of…Plimouth…promote…parcel of land Suituage mendacity in Plymouth…on which I previously lived And Wyeth subsequent adjoyning unto lands of Eleazer Morton…bounded…Stephen Barnebeye…Additionally all my proper unto or share of a sure swamp…8 June 1697.  Abraham signed by his mark. Acknowledged 18 June 1697 by Abraham and Remembrance his spouse.  (Mayflower Descendant, vol 54, no 1, p. 76, 2005)

On 26 March 1689, John Cole bought Plymouth land to William Shurtleff which mentions the sale wouldn’t embrace the brand new home of Abraham Jackson Senr and land on which it stood that was 40 by 50 ft. It was on the north facet of City Brook, South Avenue, and East Avenue. (Mayflower Descendant 32:36) 

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Present day City Brook; photograph by Chris Chirokas

Abraham Jackson of Plymouth, being weak and infirm of physique however of sound and disposing thoughts and reminiscence, wrote his will on 16 January 1707/8, signing by his mark which seems like a sq. written with a shaky hand. He left eldest son Abraham all his sporting attire. All property, actual and private, left to 5 kids to be divided equally: Abraham, Nathaniel, Eliezer, John, and Lydia Corridor to be equally divided. Son Eliezer named executor. Witnessed by Nathaniel Thomas Jr, Ephraim Little Jr, and Mary Thomas. On 22 Dec 1714, Nathaniel Thomas Jr, Ephraim Little, and Mary Thomas confirmed by oath they noticed Abram Jackson signal and seal and listen to him declare his final will and testomony. (PPR 3:323)

Abraham Jackson Senior of Plymouth’s stock taken 8 October 1714. It consists of varied home items, a gun, sheets wool, woolen yard, spinning wheel and playing cards. 

On 22 Dec 1714, Eliazer Jackson, executor of his father Abram Jackson, made oath to reality of stock.

Abraham and Bear in mind’s descendant Lydia (Lidian) Jackson turned the second spouse of thinker, poet and Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Bear in mind the spouse of Abraham Jacson Sr. died on the 24 July 1707 (PVR, p 136). Her demise is recorded within the Plymouth Church Data, p. 205: July 24 (1707) “dyed Bear in mind Jackson ye spouse of Abraha Jackson senr in ye 70 12 months of her Age a pious Christian.”

Abraham Jacson Sr. died 4 October 1714 (Plymouth VR p 137). His demise can also be recorded Plymouth Church Data, p. 213: “outdated Mr Jackson” died in 1714.


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