Henry Jackson Cemetery
Notes written by Nancy Jackson
“Henry Jackson had at least 23 children by his two wives — Mary Hyre and Elizabeth Shreves. Henry first married Mary Hyre 20 May 1800. She died in 1835. They had 13 children. In 1836 Henry married Elizabeth Shreves who died in 1887. They had 10 known children. Three generations are posted on the Jackson Brigade website.
Only the second wife is interred in this cemetery. Elizabeth is buried under one of the two coffin-like stones. Henry is buried under the second coffin-like stone. The coffin-like tombstones were hauled up the hill to the cemetery by a team of oxen.
Mary Hyre, Henry’s first wife, was first interred in the Old Baptist Church but when the road was built through the cemetery all but two graves were moved to the Heavener Cemetery [in Buckhannon, WV] that we passed by on the way here. Mary is buried beside her father Jacob Hyre.
Each household has a list of persons interred in the cemetery in their Reunion folder.
Three of Henry’s sons served in the Civil War and they are interred in this cemetery. They are:
Samuel Dexter Jackson who received the tract of land where Henry built the Yankee style log cabin about 1800. Marion Orlando Jackson and James H. Alonzo Jackson are the other two Civil War veterans.
Facing the cemetery you can look down to the left and see Doug Bush’s white farmhouse with a white fence. There is where one room and chimney of Henry’s cabin is part of the house today. The cabin was built around 1800 according to a note on some papers given to Doug Bush. If this is the case, Henry and his two families would have lived here. Henry did have many tracts of land elsewhere. He was a surveyor and is noted for lawsuits over disputes about the lines of the surveys for Henry Banks. Henry Jackson had the reputation of not measuring the last line so for years there were lawsuits regarding the lines of various tracts of land.”
You are close to the top of a knoll with a beautiful view. As one person put it, “Up here you feel closer to God.”
Closer view of Doug and Ann Bush’s home. Picture taken by Bill Jackson.
While one group was touring Doug and Ann Bush’s home, another group was at the cemetery.
Notice the hill and the cars parked in background.
Larry Francis from the Sophia Jackson line
Gary McGrew and his wife Paula, John Chase, and Ginnie Lowther
Another Jackson who fought in the Civil War.
Dan Hyde of George Jackson line. Photo by Mary Jane Hyde.
Henry Jackson descendants at his and Elizabeth Hyre’s gravesites. Photo by Roger Robey.Pam Jackson reading Nancy Jackson’s commentary while Roger and Gayle’s group visited the Henry Jackson Cemetery. Photo by Roger Robey.
Hopefully we can erect a new fence that is worthy of the cemetery.