Thomas Bain Jackson

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Thomas Bain Jackson, son of Archibald Jack and Marion Bain, was born at Ayr, Scotland, 10 October 1824.1,2,3,4,5 He died at Hopewell, Mercer Co., New Jersey, 21 March 1904,4 and was buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York.6

Thomas married, as her 2nd husband, Laura Caroline Henry, daughter of Dr. Simeon Zelotus Henry, MD and Laura Canfield White, 24 January 1854.7,8,9

Recent research has discovered Thomas' family in Scotland; in Largs parish in Ayrshire where Thomas is found in the Archibald Jack family in the 1841 census. That census shows his mother, Marion Bain, and a younger sister, Elizabeth Finley, all consistent with the story handed down the family. Like the Dutch, scottish wives kept their maiden name after marriage. This was common practice until the mid to late 1800's. A later census shows an an older brother, John, who was a joiner and in later census' he appears as a Master carpenter employing a number of men in the business. It seems that Thomas changed his name slightly when he immigrated.

Baptisms of the family do not appear in the records of the established Scottish Presbyterian so they were probably members of one of the local secessionist congregations. The United Presbyterian Church was organized in 1847 to unify all the secessionist churches in Scotland.

A review of ships passenger lists do not show a Thomas Jackson (or Jack) on the same ship with any William Edgar. There are several candidates for each, and further research may identify Thomas' immigration.10

His father insisted that Thomas become a Presbyterian minister. Thomas wanted no part of that, so in 1846 at 21, he left home and came to America with a bag of tools. He is said to have come with a friend, William Edgar.

He settled in Brooklyn and got a job with a construction company. When he noticed that something was not right with the building of a certain house he reported this to his supervisor. He was told to make it right, and was soon recognized as having great knowledge in the building profession. Thomas advanced in his work and was soon in charge of all planning and building. It wasn't long before he was the owner of the business and had two hundred men working for him. Being a good manager, he became wealthy.

In 1854, he married and soon desired to own a home in the country. In 1870 he bought a home outside Mount Rose, Mercer Co., New Jersey from Mayor Howell of Brooklyn. The home at Mount Rose was named "Fairview" and had eleven foot ceilings and a large cupola on the center of the roof. This had three windows and one door and provided an excellent view of the countryside. He hired a farmer to manage the place and soon purchased a registered herd of Jersey cattle. One of the by-products was country butter: they used a dog to walk the battens of a small tread-powered churn, the wife worked out the buttermilk with a ladle and salted it. It was formed into round flat balls and imprinted with a unique relief design on the top of each piece. After chilling, they were wrapped separately and sent to New York and sold for a dollar a pound.

In 1888, son William came from Brooklyn to live on the property and inherited it on his father's death.

The farm also supported five thoroughbred stallions as that became another of Thomas' interests. Thomas finally moved to Mt Rose when he retired in 1891. The house remained in the Jackson family until 1945 when it was sold to the Rositers. They had it at least up until 1973 and it was famed for beautiful azalea gardens.11

Thomas Bain Jackson left a will dated 14 January 1896:
I Thomas B. Jackson of the City of Brooklyn, County of Kings and State of New York, being of sound mind and memory, do make publish and declare this instrument to be my Last Will and Testament as follows, to wit:

First. I direct my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid by my Executors hereinafter named out of my estate as soon as possible after my decease.

Second. I give, devise and bequeath to my son, William B. Jackson, my farm with the buildings thereon erected situated at Mountrose, in the County of Mercer and State of New Jersey, together with all live stock, wagons, harness, farming tools and utensils, household furniture and all other property whatsoever contained in, upon and about said farm.

Third. The rest residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give devise and bequeath to my wife, Laura C. Jackson, during her lifetime, and upon the death of my said wife, I direct my said Executors to divide my said estate equally among my children, except however, that I direct my said Executors to deduct the sum of Five thousand dollars from the share of my son, Thomas B. Jackson, Junior, and then to divide said sum equally among the remainder of my said children.

Fourth. If any of my said children shall die before me leaving no issue surviving them, or if any of said children shall die before the death of my said wife leaving no issue surviving them, in either event, the share of the child so dying shall be equally divided among my remaining surviving children. In case however, should any child of mine die before me or before the death of my said wife, leaving issue surviving them, the said issue is to receive the share of the parent so dying.

Fifth. For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this, my Will, I give to my said Executors full power and authority to sell and convert my said estate into money as they may from time to time deem necessary in the best interests of my said esate, and to invest and re-invest the proceeds thereof in good and productive securities, and keep the same invested and pay the income thereof as hereinbefore mentioned. And I further give to my said Executors full power to sell and dispose of my said estate at the time it becomes necessary to divide said estate after the death of my wife as hereinbefore set forth.

Sixth. The provisions I have hereinbefore made for my wife are made by me in lieu and bar of all dower rights in my said estate.

Seventh and Lastly. I nominate and appoint my sons Charles A. Jackson, Thomas B. Jackson, Junior, and William E. Jackson, Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of January, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety six.


Although he died in Mercer County, New Jersey and his death certificate indicates he resided there 30 years, he was still considered a legal resident of Brooklyn, and his will was probated there. A copy was later filed in Mercer County in 1911.12

Family

Laura Caroline Henry b. 30 Apr 1825, d. 10 May 1903
Children
  • William Edgar Jackson12,7 b. May 1855
  • Charles Andrew Jackson12 b. abt. 1858
  • Marion Bain Jackson8 b. say 1861, d. say 1861
  • Marion Bain Jackson+13,12,9,14 b. 27 Jul 1863, d. 7 Mar 1905
  • Elizabeth Finley Jackson12 b. 4 Nov 1865, d. 7 Dec 1911
  • Thomas Bain Jackson Jr.12 b. abt. 1868

Citations

  1. [S174] Lillian Jackson Voorhees, "Family Record of Our Grandfather", 30 Jan 1959 (New Jersey). Statement of Lillian Voorhees of what her "Grandma told me",.
  2. [S460] United States Census for 1880 [Tenth Census of the United States], Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 205, sheet 10B, dwelling 70, family 77, Thomas B. Jackson household, age 55, born in Scotland, a builder, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T9, 1454 rolls, roll #854.
  3. [S458] United States Census for 1860 [Eighth Census of the United States], 1st District, 10th Ward, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, population schedule, sheet 139/141, dwelling 736, family 1035, T B Jackson household, age 35, born in Scotland, no profession, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication M653, 1438 rolls, roll #769.
  4. [S1015] Thomas Bain Jackson, Death Certificates (1904), New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, New Jersey.
  5. [S586] Thomas B. Jackson household. New York State Census, 1875. Kings Co., NY, 9th Election District of 20th Ward, sheet page 20, dwelling dwelling #131, family #147, age 49, born Scotland.
  6. [S281] Burial Inquiry Results, online http://www.green-wood.com/
  7. [S46] Kings Co., New York, New York state census, Kings County, 1855, 10th Ward, FHL microfilm 1930198, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as 1855 Kings Co. Census.
  8. [S156] Lillian Jackson Voorhees, "Family Record of Our Grandmother", 30 Jan 1959 (New Jersey). Statement of Lillian Voorhees of what her "Grandma told me",.
  9. [S147] Brooklyn, New York, Marriage certificates 1866-1937, Marriage Certificate #2568, FHL microfilm 1544062, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as Kings County Marriage Licenses.
  10. [S1461] Census of Scotland, 1841, Largs, Aryshire, Archibald Jack household, no relationship given, digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk); original data: (Edinburgh, Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland), GROS reference: 602/00 004/00 001.
  11. [S47] Alice Blackwell Lewis, Hopewell Valley Heritage (Hopewell, New Jersey: The Hopewell Museum, 1973), p. 184-5, further cited as Lewis, Hopewell Valley Heritage.
  12. [S219] Kings County, New York, Wills and Indexes, 1787-1923, 325:194-199,332-338, FHL microfilm 1845000, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as Kings Co., NY Wills.
  13. [S1030] Marion Force, Death Certificates, File No. 4708 (1905), New York (Brooklyn) Municipal Archives, New York, New York.
  14. [S586] 9th Election District of 20th Ward household, New York State Census, 1875, Kings Co., NY, family #147.