Mary Jackson (Jackson-30501) should be Mary Field, I think

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I'll make this change to the research notes for Mary Jackson, but I wanted to put it here first as a discussion post. It felt rude to barge into a record that somebody else created and suggest a bunch of big, sweeping changes. smiley

I think that Mary Jackson should be changed to Mary Field, and she should be unattached from the parents she has now.

Here's my thinking:

There are two possible names for Mary, wife of William Powell - Mary Field or Mary Jackson.

Mary Field

I can only find one source listing a birth name for Mary. When her son, John, remarried, he listed his mother's maiden name as Mary Field. Her son, Robert, lived long enough to receive a Missouri death certificate, but the informant, Robert's son Bert, listed Robert's father as William Powell and Robert's mother as "not known."

Mary Jackson

In most online family trees, Mary's name is given as Mary Jackson. I tried to find any kind of source for the name Jackson, but I couldn't find it.

Sometimes, a Carroll County, Kentucky marriage record for William Powell and Mary Jackson, daughter of Jesse Jackson, is given as a source. But that marriage occurred in 1869, and according to the record, the groom was 17, and the bride was 16. In 1869, William and Mary would have been 73 and 61. So that record belongs to a different William Powell and Mary. 

Mary is often listed as the daughter of Jesse Jackson and Hannah (or Rebecca) Rhoads. This is probably wrong for three reasons.

  1. On the 1880 census, Mary reported that her parents were born in Maryland. Jesse Jackson was probably born in Virginia.

  2. Jesse Jackson raised his children in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Mary's husband, William Powell, lived about 250 miles northeast, in Fleming County, Kentucky. They're both from Kentucky, but very different parts of Kentucky.

  3. There was a Mary Jackson born in 1810 who married Richard Cundiff in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1836. This Mary Jackson was probably Jesse Jackson's daughter, not William Powell's wife. 

Mary Field is the winner, I think 

So based on all the evidence I could find, Mary's name is probably Mary Field, and her parents are unknown.

 Profile Manager Jeff, and anybody else who's interested - what do you think? 

WikiTree profile: Mary Powell
in Genealogy Help by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 3 (31.5k points)

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Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940

Name: John J Powell
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 37
Birth Place: Flemming Co., Kentucky
Marriage Place: Marion, Iowa, USA
Father: William Powell
Mother: Mary Field
Spouse: Sarah A Bacon
Household Members:
Name Age
John J Powell
Mary Field
William Powell
Sarah A Bacon
Emily Hodges
William Proffitt
Source Citation: Iowa Department of Public Health; Des Moines, Iowa; Series Title: Iowa Marriage Records, 1880–1922; Record Type: Textual Records
by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (534k points)

Yep, that's the marriage record of the son John I referred to. You'll find it linked in Mary's sources. smiley

I decided to go ahead and add the marriage record image to the profile, since I believe it's only available on Ancestry, and I know not everybody can access that.

Be careful about copyright violation:
Safer is to provide a link to Ancestry that lets people follow the link and view the image. There's nothing illegal about putting links to other sites. There's a way to create a link to Ancestry that lets people view the image even if they aren't subscribers:

Oh, okay. I didn't realize copyright violations applied to government-produced images that were that old.
A government produced the physical record, but did it produce the digital image as well? That has its own copyright.

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