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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday's Obituary–Col. Stephen Jackson

The following Obituary is provided courtesy of Janie J. Kimble, Elizabeth R. Goins and May MacCallum. My sincere thanks to them for their research of the Jackson surname and for giving their permission for the use of Col . Stephen Jackson photo and Obituary on this blog.
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Died at Chesterfield Court House, at an early hour on the morning of the 16th of November, Hon. Stephen Jackson.  Although for several months his family and intimate friends had been admonished that the powers of his vigorous constitution were declining, yet the illness which terminated his life was sudden and of short duration.  He was confined to his room only a few days.  Although he would never admit that he was seriously ill, his friends and physicians were alarmed at the very commencement of the attack.  He was in Charleston during the festivities of the Gala week, and exposed himself a good deal.  He contracted a violent and deep seated cold, which, accompanied by a high grade of catarrhal fever, racked his whole system to a degree that was too much for one who glanced at the clergy... [illegible]
Although he lacked but three months of being eighty years of age, he was very erect, and moved with the firmness and agility of a man of thirty.  He was fond of out door sports, and, as he remarked but a few weeks before his death, could ride after a pack of hounds as long as a fox could run before them.

The deceased was the son of Henry Jackson, and a grandson of Stephen Jackson of Revolutionary fame, who moved from Virginia to South Carolina before the Revolution of 1776.  His mother, who was a sister of the late General J. W. Blakney, lived to the age of ninety-four, and was able to ride about the neighborhood on horse-back till within a few months of her death.
Col. Jackson was in many respects a remarkable man.  Besides his powerful physical conformation, he was endowed by nature with more than ordinary intellectual powers, which, though added to some extent in development, were never subjected to the influence of liberal educational privileges- except so far as he supplied them himself.   He had a quick and active mind, was a close observer of men and measures: and with just and discriminating powers, he generally arrived at correct conclusions and always stuck to them with a tenacity that smacked of Roman firmness.  He was thoroughly honorable and high toned, full of public spirit, loved his country and State and was ever ready by word and deed to promote the public weal. Col. Jackson during his long life had the entire confidence of the people.
He never sought popularity, yet he was always popular; firmness of purpose, promptness and energy of execution and independence of the vague and fluctuating opinions of others, after he had once deliberately formed his own, were among his predominate characteristics.  To these valuable traits, fitted rather to secure the suffrages of the understanding rather to win the sympathies of the heart, he added the warm and generous affections which delighted in the intimacy of personal friendship, and which found solace and joy amid the endearments of home.  He dearly loved his family, and was under all circumstances true to his friends.  Col. Jackson had filled all the highest and most important offices of trust and profit in the county of Chesterfield.  He was Sheriff, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, represented the County several times in the Legislature; and was with Judge Inglis and Judge McIver, a signer of the ordinance of Secession.

[Obituary published in "The Cheraw Reporter" 22 November 1887.]

Col. Stephen Jackson was a very prominent and influential man in Chesterfield County pre and post Civil War. He served in many capacities:
  • Large Planter, landholder
  • Served several times in State Legislature
  • Sheriff of the County
  • Leader in County Secession Movement in 1860
  • Delegate to Secession meeting in Columbia, SC,
  • Signer of the Ordinance of Secession
  • Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners

Obituary contributed by Albert Jackson and Elizabeth R. Goins
Picture contributed by Elizabeth R. Goins
Transcribed by Janie J. Kimble



[3] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image,; Headstone for Stephen Jackson; (12 February 1808–16 November 1887); Memorial # 22539853; Record of the Elizabeth Baptist Church Cemetery; Mount Croghan, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 12 January 2013.

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