Cornelius Jackson, Sr.#039;s descendants remained in Jackson Town

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 3, 2003

Today, the descendants of Cornelius Jackson, Sr., who was introduced last week, will be continued with the generation of his grandchildren who are known. The oldest son of Cornelius was John J. Jackson who was born in 1825 in Monroe County, Alabama. He was married to Mary Stricklin in 1850 and was enumerated as head of a household in that year's census. His young family had moved to Coffee County by 1860 along with his other Jackson relatives. He enlisted in the Confederate Army from that county in 1862.

John J. and Mary had the following children: Mary, b. 1850; Willoughby, b. 1851; Stephen, b. 1852, d. 1916, m. Zelphia Susanna Nelson; Joseph, b. 1855, d. 1935, m. (1) Liza Bennett (2) Melissa Stricklin (3) Jane Young; Andrew Sr., b. 1857, m. Lizzie Walker; Jessie John, b. 1860, m. Mary Stricklan (Relationship to his mother is unknown); James "Jim," b. 1865, m. Tilatha Elizabeth Aldridge; and Charity, b. 1869, m. 1885 J.J. Aldridge.

John J. is reported to have died from wounds received during the war while in Greenville. This left Mary as a widow with a number of children to rear. It is understood that she claimed John's personal effects from the authorities in Greenville. There is some unresolved discrepancy in the dates of John J.'s death and the births of the youngest children. Further research should be able to clarify this.

The second son of Cornelius, Duncan J. "Dunkin," was married in 1846 to Mary "Polly" Scroggins, daughter of John and Vicy (Cantaline) Scroggins. When the 1850 Census of Covington County was taken, he and Polly and their infant son, Daniel, was residing in his father's household. He was farming along with his father. The young couple also moved along with his father and other relatives to Coffee County during the 1850s.

Following his service in the Confederate Army, Dunkin and family were enumerated in Covington County when the 1866 Alabma Census was taken. However, they had moved back to Coffee County by 1870, and he died in Monroe County in 1877 of yellow fever.

Dunkin and Polly had the following children: Thomas John, b. 1845, d. 1933, m. (1) Sally Ann "Mollie" McKee (2) Mittie Rozetta Ella Carroll; Dunkin "Dee" Daniel, b. 1849, d. 1919, m. 1874 Mary Louise "Bobee" Martha McKee; Alexander J. "Elec," b. 1859, m. 1880 Sally "Sarah" Carroll; Marandy "Randy" Susan, b. 1862, m. (1) Albert George (2) 1880 John Smith; John Henry "Big John," b. 1866, d. 1936, m. Martha "Mattie" Luiza Jackson; and James Presley, b. 1872, d. 1932, m. (1) Laura M. McCarthy (2) 1893 Alice Rosetta Carroll.

The next son, Andrew, was also a farmer and was living near his father with his wife, Mary, and infant son when the 1850 census was taken. A few years after this date he moved his young family along with his kinsmen to Coffee County. It appears Mary may have died and that Andrew married a second time to Melissa E. Odom in Greenville on January 9, 1868. Andrew had the following children by his first wife: Nancy, b. 1844; Abraham, b. 1850; Mary L., b. 1851; Malifee (Melissa ?), b. 1853; Harriet, b. 1855; and Denetly, b. 1857.

The oldest daughter, Mary J. appears to have remained unmarried (No marriage record has been located), but she had four children: Dunkin J. Daniel "Jimmy," b. 1863, d. 1918, m. 1885 Arlena "Beaner" Jackson, daughter of Thomas and Sally (McKee) Jackson; Mary Louise "Bobee" Martha, b. 1865, m. 1874 Dunkin "Dee" Daniel Jackson, son of Duncan and Mary (Scroggins) Jackson; Martha "Mattie" Luiza, b. 1869, d. 1941, m. John Henry "Big John" Jackson, son of Duncan and Mary (Scroggins) Jackson; and William Isaac Alexander "Billy," b. 1872, d. 1979, m. (1) 1898 Mollie Jackson, daughter of Thomas and Sally (McKee) Jackson (2) Emona Vassie Jeanette Dorsey, daughter of Henry and Manamda (Summerlin) Dorsey. Mary was listed as head of a household in Covington County in 1866 and in Coffee County in 1870.

The second daughter, Mattie, who was born in 1837, was married to Rob Morgan. The couple had one daughter, Lillie Della, who married Bert Hall.

The next daughter, Susan, was married in 1861 to Isaac Allen Cantaline in Butler County at her father's residence. This family was enumerated in 1870 in Conecuh County. They reared the following children: Crelio, b. 1864; Caroline, b. 1866; and some records list a Grover, but the given birthdate appears too late for him to have been a son.

The youngest son, Cornelius "C.J.," who was also a Confederate Veteran was first married to Georgian Anne Cantaline, daughter of Isaac Cantaline. (Isaac was apparently married and had children before being married to Susan Jackson, C.J.'s sister.) C.J. was enumerated as head of a household in 1870 in Conecuh County, 1880 in Clark County, and 1900 and 1910 in Covington County.

C.J. and Georgian reared the following children: Stella, m. (1) 1924 Ray Thorn (2) 1933 Dan Asberry; Hubbard B., m. 1922 Marie Raborn; Mac; Luesendy, b. 1870, m. (1) 1888 Jim "Bud" Jordan (2) 1895 William "Wille" Jackson, son of Thomas and Sally (McKee) Jackson; Alice R., b. 1874, m. James Aplin; and Susan "Susie," b. 1877, d. 1955, m. 1895 John "Little John" Roman Jackson, son of Thomas and Sally (McKee) Jackson.

This completes the generation of the grandchildren for Cornelius Jackson, Sr. and his wife, Lucendia. The next generation in his family will be featured in next week's column. The sources for today's column were the genealogical records of Taylor Whisonant of Opp who is a direct descendant of Cornelius and Lucendia. There is a special interest in learning additional genealogy about the Cantaline family who married into this Jackson family. If anyone has any information to share, please contact this writer.

Anyone who might have any corrections to the above or any additional information on this family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 21361 Rabren Road, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email:


The Covington Rifles Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will have its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, in the Dixon Memorial Room at the Andalusia Public Library. The program will feature the Piland family, and guests are welcome.