Samuel Jackson, Sr. and the Eurydice Mining Company

Several years ago, while visiting the Samuel Jackson, Sr. home in Manassa, Colorado, I was given 22 documents, most of which pertain to Samuel Jackson, Sr. and the Eurydice Mining Company.  These documents primarily consist of correspondence from the mining company to Samuel instructing him to bring lumber, flour and other goods to the mine, and to haul ore from the mine to the La Jara train depot to be shipped to Denver.  I have transcribed the documents and provided some background on the Eurydice Mining Company.  Please let me know if you find any errors or are able to come up with better transcriptions.

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Sailing Ship Horizon


Ann Grimshaw Jackson and five of her children ranging in ages from 10 to 21 boarded the sailing ship Horizon on May 25, 1856, along with 850 other Latter-Day Saints, for a 37 day trip from Liverpool, England to Boston, Massachusetts, disembarking on June 30.  The children were Elizabeth (24), Martha (21), Joseph (16),  Samuel (12) and Nephi (10).  They left Florence, Nebraska on August 27 pulling handcarts 1,300 miles with the Martin Handcart Company arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on Sunday, November 30.  This is a picture of their names in the passengers list. I think it was amazing the Ann made this trip at age 50! A great site to learn more about early Mormon pioneers is www.mormonmigration.org. That’s where I found this image.



Samuel Jackson, Sr. Vice President of Colonial State Bank of Manassa, Colorado

Samuel Jackson, Sr.’s history indicates that he was Vice President of the Colonial State Bank of Manassa, CO. This is confirmed on pages 161-162 of the Twelfth Annual Report of the State Bank Commissioner of Colorado, from January 1 1918, to January 1, 1919. Christen Jenson was President and A. Van Fradenburg was Cashier. The Directors were Jose C. Cantu, Samuel Jackson, Christen Jensen, A. E. Upton and G. A. Van Fradenburg. As of November 1, 1918 the bank had $75,650.95 in total assets.



Samuel Jackson, Sr.’s Mission to the Southern States

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
President Taylor
Dear Brother
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
Hannah Jackson

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
President Taylor
Dear Brother
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
Hannah Jackson

About six weeks later, in response to another letter from President Taylor, Samuel himself declared himself ready and willing to depart:

Nephi Juab Co.
August 23rd/81
President John Taylor,
Dear Brother
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 Jackson

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.


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Samuel Jackson, Sr. Patriarchcal Blessings

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:

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.


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Liverpool to Boston on the Horizon (25 May 1856 – 30 Jun 1856)

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).

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