From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 590-591, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Mrs. Mary (Peters) Jackson was born in Alleghany county,
Virginia, February 18, 1820, a daughter of John Peters. The father was
also a Virginian, and was reared and married in his native State; he
purchased land, owned slaves and was in very good circumstances at tone
time; he endorsed notes for other parties, which he had to pay, and as
the sums were heavy his property was swept away. He resided in Virginia
until 1825, and then emigrated to Missouri, where he spent the
remainder of his days. His wife's maiden name was Catherine Lane, a
native of Virginia; she came from Missouri to Illinois, and here passed
the last years of her life with her children in Schuyler county. Mrs.
Jackson was a young child when her parents removed to Missouri, and at
the age of eight years she came to Illinois with her sister and
brother-in-law, Allen Persinger. The country was then sparsely settled,
deer and wild turkeys were plentiful, and the privations of the pioneer
were many. Mrs. Jackson lived with her sister until her marriage,
September 3, 1835, when she was united to Jeremiah Jackson.
Mr. Jackson was born in North Carolina, November 27, 1807, a son
of James and Mary Jackson. He emigrated to Illinois about the year
1826, and was one of the pioneers of Schuyler county. Two years after
his marriage he purchased the farm now occupied by his widow and
engaged in agricultural pursuits, which he followed until his death in
Mrs. Jackson has reared a family of nine children: Martha J.
Chitwood, died in Nebraska; Harriet Riley is a resident of Missouri;
Andrew J. served in the late war in the One Hundred and Fifteenth
Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and died before the war was ended; John
was a member of the same regiment, and now resides in Kansas; Jesse,
enlisted twice in the late war, and is now a citizen of the State of
Washington; Calvin and Garrett live in Nebraska; Emrita Kokenours and
Mary McCormick are residents of Schuyler county. Mrs. Jackson belongs
to the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which her husband was also a
consistent member. Politically he affiliated with the Democratic party.