The Jackson Family immigrated to the United States from the Ulster district of Ireland in the mid-Eighteenth century. Andrew Jackson was the youngest of the four Jackson brothers. He married Elizabeth Hutchinson and had three children: Hugh (1763), Robert (1764), and Andrew (1767), the future General and Seventh President of the United States. Samuel Jackson, Andrew’s older brother, also settled in North Carolina. His son, Christopher (1768), moved from North Carolina to Ohio County, Kentucky, and eventually to Pike County, Missouri. 1
Christopher and Catherine Rhodes Jackson
Christopher Jackson married Catherine Rhodes on April 27, 1790 in Ohio County, Kentucky. They had twelve children. In 1824, Christopher, Catherine, and their 5 youngest children moved to Pike County to take advantage of the fertile farmland surrounding Noix Creek. They lived in a log cabin that they built on the land that is now the location of the Catholic Cemetery of Louisiana. Christopher’s failing health prompted him to write to his son, Julius, in the Spring of 1831 to petition him to move to Louisiana. He wanted Julius to take over the family business. Unfortunately, Christopher died before Julius could complete his journey from Kentucky. Catherine lived in the family home for another 26 years after his death. 2
Julius and Harriet McCreary Jackson
Julius Jackson was born near Hartford, Kentucky in 1793 to Christopher and Catherine Jackson. At nineteen, he enlisted as a soldier, under his cousin, Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. He took part in the Battle of New Orleans on January 8th, 1815. After the war, he returned to Kentucky and married Harriet McCreary near Owensboro. After receiving his father’s letter, he left Kentucky in July of 1831. He had four children who travelled with him: Attella, Cortes, Columbus, and Marcella. The family arrived in October. In 1832, he became the owner of a saw and grist mill on the banks of the Noix Creek. He used this mill to saw the lumber to build his home. He and Catherine had eight children, six of whom survived to adulthood. Julius died in Louisiana on September 26, 1869 and was buried in the Jackson Family Cemetery in Louisiana. 3
Julius and Harriet had 8 children together:
Atella: born May 28, 1820 in Kentucky. She married George Barnard on July 16, 1840.
Cortes: born 1822 in Kentucky. He married Julia Watters in 1842.
Columbus: born January 20, 1825 in Kentucky. He married Virginia Applebury in 1848.
Marcella: born 1831 in Kentucky. She married Colonel Thomas M. Gunter in 1856.
Belina: born November 1, 1833 in Louisiana, Missouri. She married James E. Carstarphen on February 1, 1853.
Henry Clay: born November 22, 1839 in Louisiana, Missouri. He married Sue E. Chadwick on April 23, 1872.
Euler: died at 13 years old.
Phegian: died at 5 years old.
Harriet Jackson was born on November 9, 1800. She was part of the influential McCreary family. Her cousins included Senator Thomas McCreary, Governor Robert McCreary, and Representative James B. McCreary.