The following is an excerpt from Samuel Jackson: Mission to Southern States (1881-1883) by Jeanette Hurst. “Sometime in the late spring or early summer of 1881 thirty-six year old Samuel Jackson received a call from President John Taylor to serve in the Southern States Mission. Samuel was a farmer living in Nephi, Utah and the father of five children ranging in age from 11 to one year. He and his wife, Hannah, also cared for his elderly father, Benjamin, who lived with the family. The call was not unexpected but Samuel was not home to receive it. He had been called away by other responsibilities. His wife Hannah opened the letter, read it and then penned the following response:
Nephi City June 28th
I received your letter requesting my husband to be prepared for his mission.
I regret to say he is not at home he is 350 miles west from here but I will
communicate with him immediately. He was obliged to go but left word with
me if word come to let him know. He will have to come home with a team he
cannot be here for that date.
Your Sister in the Gospel
While the letter hints matter-of- factly at the heavy responsibilities born by both Samuel and his young wife, the affirmative response to the call is clear. Three weeks later, Hannah again wrote to President Taylor, explaining that her husband would be ready to leave for his mission as soon as he returned home.
Nephi City July 13
I have just received an answer from my husband he says he will be home about
the first of August. He says he will be ready to go on his mission when he gets
home. He did not get my letter until the 11th.
Your Sister in the Gospel
About six weeks later, in response to another letter from President Taylor, Samuel himself declared himself ready and willing to depart:
Nephi Juab Co.
President John Taylor,
I received your welcome letter, dated 18th and contents noted. I am ready and will
be in Salt Lake City at the appointed time.
I am your brother in the covenant
Samuel was set apart in Salt Lake City on Saturday, 17 September 1881 along with his brother-in-law, Charles Andrews, and James Jenkins, also of Nephi, Utah. He left for the Southern States Mission, along with Elders Andrews and Jenkins, by train the following Monday morning and on arriving at his destination was assigned to labor in Alabama.”
Below are copies of the original letters. If anyone knows where a copy of Samuel’s mission journal can be found please let me know.
Jeanette Hurst has recently discovered the LDS missionary journal of Nephi Jackson, son of Benjamin and Ann Jackson. Jeanette said the journal “exists in two small leather bound books which have been numbered 3 and 4. No one seems to know the whereabouts of Volumes 1 and 2. Volumes 3 and 4 however, cover most of the mission, from December 28, 1889 to November 10, 1891. Nephi served in the Manchester Conference of the British Mission. He was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England 8 March 1847. He emigrated with his mother, Ann Grimshaw Jackson and four siblings in 1856 and came with them to Utah in the Martin Handcart Company. They settled in Nephi, Utah. Nephi died 13 August 1928. According to the Manuscript History of the British Mission, Nephi arrived in England in October of 1889 and returned home in October of 1891.” In the process of scanning the journal, four pages (45, 46, 69, 70) were omitted and are contained in two separate scans below.
Update: I have combined all of the volume 4 documents into one large document (178 pages in total). Nephi Jackson Mission Journal, Volume 4 (pages 1 – 178)
Also included in this post are four entries from the British Mission Manuscript History reports for the years 1889 to 1891 that refer to Nephi. They give some nice context to the journal.
I contacted the LDS church History Department to get a copy of Samuel Jackson, Sr.’s patriarchal blessing. To my surprise I received four blessings. For each blessing below I have provided the date the blessing was given (Samuel’s age in parentheses), the name of the Patriarch and the name of the city where the blessing was given:
- March 14, 1859 (age 15) by William Capier in Nephi, Utah (original, transcription
- March 14, 1860 (age 16) by William Capier in Nephi, Utah (original, transcription)
- March 6, 1898 (age 54) by Silas S. Smith in Manassa, Colorado (original, transcription)
- November 2, 1902 (age 58) by Elihu S. Ball in Manassa, Colorado (original, transcription)
The March 14, 1859 and 1860 blessings are almost identical. They are both dated March 14 but are one year apart. They were given different document numbers. I assume these are one and the same and that it was a clerical error. The transcriptions were provided by Marcia Jackson.
Leon Nephi Jackson
Four new photographs have been discovered of Leon Nephi Jackson, son of Nephi Jackson and Mary Ann Ockey. They were provided by Jeanette Hurst. Click on the image to the left to access all four photographs.
Leon is the second child of Nephi and Mary Ann. He was born on May 21, 1888 in Nephi, Utah. Emily Lee was born on August 16, 1885 in Idle, Yorkshire, England.
Leon and Emily were married on December 20, 1916. They had three children: Harold Leon (shown in picture), Marjorie Irene and William George. Harold was born on November 13, 1917 and died October 29, 1993. Marjorie was born on October 6, 1919 and died on February 17, 2005. William was born on November 14, 1922 and died on December 26, 1967. Leon died on October 9, 1961, and Emily died on May 8, 1969.
The Letters to England: Correspondence from the Second Mission of William Jackson was complied by Jeanette Hurst (granddaughter). Jeanette’s introduction is an excellent summary of William’s second mission (his first was to the Indian Territory). William served an LDS mission to the British Isles from March, 1909 to April, 1911. William married Mary Georgena Gilbert on March 20, 1901, and they were blessed with four children when William was called to serve.
The The Missionary Journal of William Jackson: March 1898 – April 1899 compiled by Jeanette Hurst (granddaughter) is a transcription of a journal William kept while serving an LDS mission to the Indian Territory (primarily Texas and Kansas). The introduction is a very well written summary of William’s mission. William is the son of Samuel Jackson and Hanna Marie Jaques and was born on August 21, 1871 in Nephi, Utah. He served two LDS missions. The first to Texas and Kansas from 1898 to 1900. The second to England from 1909 to 1911.
The Jackson Family Historical Accounts by Donald L. Haynie is a 96 page collection of histories, stories and other information about the Jacksons. It is the source of several histories on this website. I also found many new histories and commentaries that I have never seen. For example, pages 37-45 include funeral remarks for Jane E. Jackson, Samuel Jackson, Jr., Samuel Glenn Jackson and William G. Jackson. I have also been interested in learning more about Samuel Jackson, Sr. second wife, Martha Ann Jackson. I found her short history on pages 30-32 very interesting.
Melvin Samuel Jackson was born February 28, 1929 to William and Mary Jackson in Manassa, Colorado. He was the last of their twelve children. Sam passed away on December 20, 2012 in Southern California and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pauline, four sons and his brother Elbert Jackson. Sam was preceded in death by son, Kenneth Paul Jackson, who died on November 27,1991 at the age of 28. Sam was a great father and husband and will be missed. Here is the obituary and funeral program.
This is a copy of the manifest for the sailing ship Horizon that the Jackson’s sailed from Liverpool to Boston in 1856. On the ship was Ann Grimshaw Jackson (age 50) and five of her children: Elizabeth (23), Martha (age 21), Joseph (age 16), Samuel (age 12) and Nephi (age 10). The source is the Mormon Immigration Index (1840-1890).
I am making some major changes to jacksonfamilyhistory.com starting 1/11/2013 that will take several weeks to complete. The major changes are adding a blog, changing the design, adding social media and more. Thanks, Ron Jackson (email@example.com).