Samuel Pitts Jackson (1827-1895) was born in Shawneetown, Ill. and died in Clay County. He was married to Mary Jane Evans in Rock Island Co., Ill. in Dec. 1846 and their marriage was found there. They had three children: Anna Sarah born 1847, William born 1851, and Mary Sophronia Jackson born 1852. Mary Jane died in Moline, Ill. in 1909 and is buried there. Nothing has been found on the children. Samuel and Mary Jane were probably divorced but the decree has not been found. Mary Jane Jackson was listed in a Rock Island and Moline, Illinois Directories (1891-1892) as the widow of Samuel P. Jackson and running a boarding house. (The dates are not consistent – but she would probably not have known what happened to him.)
After leaving Illinois, Samuel came to Clay County and married Mrs. Melinda Underwood, dates unknown. The courthouse re cords burned in 1893. In 1900 Melinda Underwood Jackson Baker was living as a widow with her son, Emerson E., Underwood and his wife Lizzie and son Chester E. Underwood at Pollard. Melinda had married John Thomas Baker, son of George and Sarah Cave Baker, on Feb. 16, 1896 in Clay County. John Thomas had previously been married to Lucinda F ---- (1845-1899) and had Sarah C., Elzetta who married William Risley in 1892, Jasper Larkin who married Mary Ellen Wilson in 1899, nd Millie Ann married Sidney Albert Landers in 1898. John Thomas Baker and Lucinda were in Chalk Bluff in 1870 and 1880.
S. P. Jackson and Melinda were members of New Hope Church but there are no dates by their names. Lucinda was also a member there and her daughter, M. A. Baker. John Thomas Baker was a member.
By 1860, Samuel and Mary J. Jackson were living in La Crosse, Wisconsin with their three children. Jackson served in the Civil War in Wisconsin as a Captain of Company A., 20th Wisconsin Volunteers. He was wounded in the 2nd Battle of Bull Run and spent 10 ½ months in Libby Prison. They evidently moved back to Illinois later but could not be found on the census. (The war service information was sent in 1984 by Dorothy Scott of Illinois, and Samuel Pitts Jackson is the great grandfather to her husband). Both widows had applied for Samuel’s war pension but only Mary Jane could supply the marriage license. Research on this line has been hindered by not being able to find Samuel P. Jackson on the census in various places.
We do not know where Samuel’s burial place is. Dorothy Scott thought he was living in either St. Francis or Piggott at the time of his death.