W. H. JACKSON, farmer, P. O. Mound City, was born February 22, 1829, in Henderson County, Tenn., son of Jesse Jackson, a native of North Carolina, where he learned the carpenter's trade; followed it and farming through life. He lived one year where our subject was born, and then removed to Graves County, Ky., where he followed carpentering till his death, which occurred in 1834, being taken sick while building a house in Columbus, Ky. He was a quiet man, who never sought notoriety or office. The mother of our subject was Elizabeth (Riley) Jackson, a native of North Carolina, and yet living. She was the mother of six children, of whom four are now living — Clark, Rebecca Atwood, Julia Duffel and William H., our subject, who was educated in Graves County, Ky., where he taught school for three years, and then turned his attention to farming, which has been his occupation through life. He left Kentucky in the spring of 1867, settling in Pulaski County, where he bought thirty-one and one-third acres of Lots No. 1 and 2, of the old town of America, which once had about 1,600 inhabitants, but which is now only a field. Our subject was joined in matrimony twice. His first wife was Lucy E. Keeling, a native of Kentucky. She died in November, 1866. She left two children — Thomas F., born November 23, 1857; (he is now at the Pagosa Springs, Colo.), and Nancy E., wife of B. W. Jackson, born June 2, 1860, in White County, Ill., son of Isaac and Rhoda (Storm) Jackson, the former a native of Kentucky, and the latter a native of Illinois. Our subject was married a second time to Mrs. Missouri Adams, daughter of George Mason, a native of Pennsylvania, a blacksmith doing the first iron work on the first jail house in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mrs. Jackson is a member of the Presbyterian Church. In 1868, our subject was elected Justice of the Peace, serving four years. He served the people with ability, and was elected for another term in the fall of 1881. He is now Deputy Assessor. In politics, he has been identified with the Democratic party.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 268.