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Robert (1521-1558)

Richard (1542-1597)

Richard (1574-1628}

John (1608-1687)

James (1642-1705)

James (1664-1745

James (1708-1785)

John (1733-1791)

Thomas (1756-1813)

James (?-1864)

Isabella (ca 1822-1908)


meaning and origins

A surname with an obvious meaning - son of Jack!  In 1980 it was the 24th most common surname in England and Wales, and in 1990 the thirteenth most common in the USA (3% of the population).  Maybe this explains my initial lack of progress.


Jagson, Jaxon - really not very common and also not many variants.  This is a simple name.  Jackessone was the original spelling.

distribution in England and Wales


Ledsham and Fairburn, Yorkshire, Belturbet, County Cavan, Dublin

The tree I have chosen to represent the Jackson line is a study by Benjamin West, and depicts a stunted, but venerable old tree.

I chose this tree because when I started writing this page I knew virtually nothing about the Jacksons, but thanks to a few hours of cruising the net I found a newspaper reference and the wonderful Silver Bowl website.  A missing link was found and it all fell into place as far back as 1521.  Now I have to confess that the missing link that opened up the tree has not been rigorously checked, and so I could still have it all wrong, but I really don't think so.  In the interests of accuracy though, I shall investigate further.

A wealthy family, which has made the research easier.  One of Isabella's siblings seems to have left a sum of around £10 million in today's terms - and he was a vicar, so it must have been inherited.  But again I do not quite have the evidence as yet.  They do seem to have had money through the centuries though and originate in Yorkshire it seems.  Some emigrated to America, some to Ireland, but it seems there are still Jacksons in Fairburn - but then, as noted above, it is a common name.

I chose Benjamin West's tree because it was stunted and I din't know much, but I have decided to keep it, because the branches that are there are a bit wispy and indeterminate - which is a bit how I feel about what I know about the Jacksons.  Apparently my husband's Jacksons are from a line known as the Doncaster Jacksons.

The Jackson motto is apparently malo mori quam foedari - death before dishonour

Jackson places

Fairburn, Yorkshire


Belturbet, County Cavan


The silver bowl - a website by Sharon Oddie Brown, a Canadian, who has been researching the Jacksons.  The website has a huge amount of actual factual information.  Her blog, also called The silver bowl has more 'stories' and ancillary information.

Jackson,  Beard and allied families - a digitised book by Mary L. Jackson published in 1925.  This is where I got the basic lineage shown above - I have not checked whatever her sources might have been.

Ledsham, Yorkshire

One version of the Jackson crest