Bacon ancestor immigrated from England in mid-1600s

Published 2:44 am Saturday, April 13, 2019

The primary subjects reviewed in this column are usually associated with Covington County, Ala. However, those of this writing are from other areas, but some later descendants moved to Andalusia in the 1960s and 1980s. With a desire to hear from anyone interested in or researching the Bacon family, today’s narrative is offered.

From, the earliest Bacon ancestor identified to date is William Bacon who was born in England and whose wife’s name was Ann.  Nothing more than their son’s family was found on them. They were the parents of a son named Samuel Bacon, b. 1635 in Stretton, Rutland, England. He was the immigrant ancestor as he died in 1695 in Salem Co., N.J.  He was married in 1659 in Barnstable, Mass., to Martha Foxwell, b. 1638 Barnstable, Plymouth, Mass., d. 1700, Salem, N.J. She was the daughter of Richard Foxwell (1605-1668) and Ann Shelly.

Samuel and Martha Bacon were the parents of the following children: Samuel, b. 1860; Martha, b. 1661, d. 1697, m. William Reeve; John Sr., b. 1664, d. 1715, m. Grace Test (1666-1689); William, b. 1666, d. 1726, m. Mary ?; Nathaniel, b. 1668, d. 1702, m. Catherine Holms; Benjamin, b. 1670, d. 1714; Joseph, b. 1672, d. 1719, m. Elizabeth Pancoast; Jeremiah, b. 1675 d. 1746, m. 1695 Ann Wood (1682-1750); and Ann, b. 1677, m. 1693 Edward Gilman.

The son Jeremiah Bacon’s line is to be followed in this writing. He and his wife, Ann, were married in 1695 and became the parents of a son named Thomas Bacon, b. ca 1698 in Salem Co., N.J., d. ca March 1770 in Salem Co. He was married first in 1717, but his wife’s name is not known. He was married second to Elizabeth Keim (1708-1793). They were the parents of the following two children: Mary, b. 1718, d. 1799, m. 1734 Thomas Hutchinson; and Jeremiah, b. 1725, d. 1808 Maidencrest, Berks Co., Penn., m. Fronica (Veronica) (1732-1788).

Jeremiah and Fronica Bacon were the parents of the following children: Jonathan, b. 1748, d. 1820; Thomas, b. 1750, d. 1817, m. Catherine Boda; Isaac, b. 1754, d. 1825; Jeremiah Jr., b. 1758, d. 1820, m. Mollie Adams; Polly, b. 1754, d. 1810, m. James Brown (1759-1800); Johann Carl, b. 1761, d. 1841, m. Polly Brown (ca 1760-ca1842); Charles, b. 1762, d. 1822, m. Eva Neumann (1770-1850); James, b. 1765, d. 1846, m. Magdalena Neumann (1773-1850); and Henry, b. 1770, d. 1839, m. Magdeleina Baker.

The son, Johann Carl Bacon, was born in 1761 in Oley Twp., Berks Co., Penn., and died ca 1841 in Washington Co., Tenn. He was married to Polly Brown, daughter of John Brown Jr. (1736-1790), but her mother’s name is not known. Johann moved his family to Washington Co., Tenn., in 1807. He is buried in the Bacon-Keefauver Cemetery in Pleasant Valley, Washington Co., Tenn. They were the parents of the following children: John Jr., b. 1777, d. 1857; Jeremiah, b. 1778, d. 1851; Female, b. 1782; female, b. 1784; female, b. 1786; Charles, b. 1788, d. 1845; and Jesse, b. 1790, d. 1819, m. 1812 Washington Co., Tenn. Elizabeth Pritchett (1790-1851).

The youngest son, Jesse Bacon, was born in 1790 in Berks Co., Penn., and died in 1819 in Washington Co, Tenn. He was married in 1812 in Washington County to Elizabeth Pritchett who was born in 1790 in Washington County and died in 1851 in Brewer, Pike Co., Ark.  Before his untimely death at 29 years of age, Jesse and Elizabeth had two children: William Tyler, b. 1815, d. 1871, m. Elizabeth Melvin (1815-1897); and Emily,

The son, William Tyler Bacon, was born in 1815 in Washington Co., Tenn., and died in 1871 in Howard Co., Ark. He was married in 1842 in Washington County to Elizabeth Melvin who was born in 1815 in the same county and died in 1897 in Howard Co. They were buried in the Old Corinth Cemetery Near Nashville, Ark. The couple apparently moved soon after marriage to Ark. They were probably members of the large wagon train departing Bedford Co., Tenn., circa 1850 headed west. Upon arriving in Southwest, Ark., they liked the area and settled there because it reminded them of their earlier home in Tennessee.

They were the parents of the following children born in Arkansas: Stacy Jane, b. 1843, d. 1890: Nancy Frances, b. 1844, d. 1933, m. Thomas Right Watson (1843-1922); Jesse James, b. 1846, d. 1898, m. Rebecca Elizabeth Reese (1851-1907); Mary Emma, b. 1847, d. 1937, m. John E. Kennedy (1845-1925); Susan Miranda, b. 1851, d. 1979, m. Simpson T. Watkins (1849-1920); William Jasper, b. 1853, d. 1900 in Pottsville, Hamilton Co., Tex., single, buried in Indian Creek Cemetery, Nobility, Fannin Co., Tex.; Grandison Delaney, b. 1855, d. 1942 in Corinth, Ark., m. 1877 Sarah “Sally” Conway Chesshire (1856-1920); and Martin Calvin, b. 1857, d. 1939, m. Mary Lucy Hussey (b. 1860).

The son, Jesse James Bacon, served in the Confederate Army in Company C, Arkansas Cavalry Division in 1862. At his death in 1898, he was buried in Temple, Bell Co., Tex.

The son, Grandison Delaney Bacon (called Pa Bacon by descendants), was married in 1877 to Sarah “Sally” Conway Chesshire, daughter of Confederate Veteran John B. Chesshire (1819-1900) and Nancy J. Womack (1825-1915). They are buried in the Old Corinth Cemetery near Nashville, AR. They were the parents of two children: Lou Anna, b. 1878, d. 1944, m. William Turner Power (1817-1953); and Charles Decatur, b. 1884, d. 1933, m. Florence Emma Floyd.

The son, Charles Decatur Bacon, was married to Florence Emma Floyd, daughter of David Sam (Samuel ?) Floyd (1873-1948) and first wife, Betty Jones, m. 1894. They made their home in the Corinth community of Howard Co., Ark. They were the parents of the following three children: Betty Catherine, b. 1929 in Carlsbad, N.M., d. Marshall, Tex., m. 1945 Polo, Ill., Donald Richard Wolfe, b. 1924 Polo, Ill.; Shirley Jean, b. 1929, d. 1991, m. Darrell Keith Donaldson (1930- 2017); and Delaney, m. Stella ?.

Betty Catherine and Don Wolfe were the parents of three children: Janice Lynn, b. 1950 Moline, Ill., m. Roger Allen Aduddell; and twins, Stanley Richard, b. 1954 Rock Island, Ill. m. (1) ?  (2) Carol Cheek; and Steven Charles, b. 1954, m. Patricia Kasbaum.

Shirley Jean and Darrell Donaldson had two sons: Galen Andrew “Andy,” b. 1964 Ft. Worth, Tex., m. Toni Rene Roberts, b. 1964 Ft. Worth; and John David, b. 1966 Ft. Worth, m. 1999 in Arlington, Tex., Janice Ann McKinnon, b. 1969 Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

The daughter, Lou Anna Bacon, was married to William Turner Power in 1909 in Quanah, Tex., but they made their home in the Corinth community of Howard Co., Ark. William Turner Power was the son of Confederate Veteran Fleming Mosely Power, b. 1844, d. 1923 in Howard Co., Ark., and Mary Walker Lane b. 1848 in Tenn., d. 1918 Howard County. Lou Anna and William Turner Power only had one child, Mary Conway Power, b. 1912 Howard County and d. 1994 in Andalusia, Ala. Mary Conway Power was married to Calvin Floyd Jacques, b. 1908 Howard Co, Ark., and d. 1991 in Andalusia. Calvin and Mary Conway were both buried in the New Corinth Cemetery near Nashville, Ark., which was near the graves of Mary Conway’s ancestors. Calvin was the son of Marjorie Snow Floyd, b. 1885, d. 1964, m. 1907 Thomas J. “Boss” Jacques, b. 1883, d. 1969. Both parents were born in Howard Co., Ark., and Thomas died there while Snow died in Pike Co., Ark.

Mary Conway (Power) and Calvin Floyd Jacques made their home in Okolona, Ark., where he was principal of Okolona High School and Superintendent of the two-school system. In their later years, they moved to be near their daughter and family in Andalusia, Ala. They were the parents of two children: William Thomas “Bill” Jacques, b. 1939, Nashville, Ark., m. Sherry Clark; and Marjorie Lou Jacques, b. 1944 Nashville, Ark., d. 2017 Andalusia, Ala. and buried at Cedar Grove Church of Christ Cemetery, Andalusia, Ala. Marjorie was a homemaker and public school teacher while being active in church and several community organizations. She taught sixth grade the last several years of her tenure at Pleasant Home School, Andalusia, Ala. She was married 12-20-1969 at Cedar Grove Church of Christ in Andalusia, Ala., to Curtis Hampton Thomasson, b. 1940 Andalusia, Ala. He was the son of James Wesley Thomasson, b. 1905 Covington Co., Ala., d. 1971 Andalusia and Ruby Evelyn Stokes, b. 1910 Covington Co., Ala., d. 1953 Andalusia. Both are buried in the Cedar Grove Church of Christ Cemetery, Andalusia, Ala.

Sources for this writing include and personal family records. As stated above, this writer would very much appreciate hearing from anyone with knowledge of the Bacon family.

Anyone who might discover an error in the above is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-804-1442; or Email: