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Robert Jackson (abt. 1620 - aft. 1683)

Robert Jackson
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1642 [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 1650 in Queens, New Yorkmap
Husband of — married 10 Apr 1660 in Maspeth Kills, Newtown, New Netherlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after about age 62 in Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New Yorkmap
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Robert Jackson. [1][2][3][4][5] may have been born c1620 in Northamptonshire, England.[6][7][8]
Alternate place of birth: Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England[9]

Disputed Parents

Despite ongoing and repeated tradition, and claims by an early genealogy compilation,[10], there is no documentary evidence that Robert was the son of Richard Jackson and Isabella Maltby. The theory may have been based on the fact that Richard Jackson is said to have owned a tract of land at Southold, Long Island, as early as 1640.[11][12]
Richard and Isabella have, therefore, been detached as his parents, and Robert's birth place has been made more general.
Note: Robert had no children named Richard or Isabella.

Disputed Immigration

The earliest record of Robert Jackson in the New World is about 1644 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York. Many secondary sources claim he came to Long Island by way of Massachusetts, then Connecticut:
An 1887 Ledger discussed and transcribed here]) claimed Robert arrived in 1630, and was initially in Massachusetts:
"Robert left England with John Winthrop 1630-31 but which Winthrop is not known. He was said to be of Scotch-Irish ancestry."
This is also claimed in Rockaway Records of Morris County, N.J., p. 101:
 :"Tradition has it that Robert Jackson came from Watertown, Mass. to Whethersfield, CT., from thence to Hartford, CT., and from thence to Hempstead in 1643..."
O. B. Robbins's 1951 book "History of the Jackson Family of Hempstead...," pg 24, quoting an 1883 pamphlet:
"The settlers of Hempstead are supposed to have come from England with the New Haven Colony under the leadership of Gov. John Winthrop and Sir Richard Saltenstall, and before coming to Long Island in 1644, had previously settled at Watertown, Mass., and Weathersfield and Stamford, Conn. They were accompanied by their minister, Rev. Richard Denton, a graduate of Cambridge, who came with them from England. The name of the settlement is said to be from Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire, whence they originally came."
"Following is a copy of a record written by Chalon Lemuel Jackson: 'Robert Jackson born in Scotland in 1621, came to Boston, drifted south through Connecticut and Rhode Island into Long Island, laid out the City of Hempstead..." (Thus a second reference to being Scottish.)"
But no contemporaneous record of him in New England -- or on any passenger list -- is extant.[13]


Hempstead, Nassau County, Long Island, New York

Robert was an early settler (before 1657) of Hempstead, Long Island (located in present day southwestern Nassau County), on Dutch-ruled western Long Island.[14]

"Hempstead was first settled around 1644 following the establishment of a treaty between English colonists John Carman and Robert Fordham and the Lenape Indians in 1643. Although the settlers were from the English colony of Connecticut, a patent was issued by the government of New Netherland after the settlers had purchased land from the local natives."[15]
Robert is first mentioned in the records of Hempstead, Long Island (as Robord Jacksun) in an entry dated 1657 (in regards to the number of cattle kept by the various inhabitants on a communal neck of land).[16] Unfortunately, the earliest volume (covering the first ten years of town records, 1643-1653) was lost in the late 1800s. Though, in the 8th and final volume of the historic town records is a list of 47 of the ”Original Proprietors of the Hempstead Purchase” and Robert Jackson is number 15 on the list. A notation at the bottom of the page reads ”In the old record book there were fifty names, but three of them were eaten out by mice, and thus lost.”[17] In the introduction to these town records it is mentioned that Robert Jackson was part of the original 30 to 40 families that first settled Hempstead in 1644. ).[18] So, due to the first ten years of town records being lost, we don't have an original document stating Robert was an original settler of Hempstead in 1644, but the evidence does suggest that.
Robert Jackson was clearly respected by his fellow townsmen in Hempstead, as evidenced by his being elected (and confirmed) as a town magistrate in 1662.[19] Several years later, in 1671, he was elected constable of Hempstead.[20]

Marriage and family

Disputed Wives

One source indicates that Robert Jackson's 1683 will calls his wife Agnes, daughter of William Washburn.[21] But examination of the actual will gives no indication of her maiden name.
An analysis of Robert's wives was published in 2000, concluding that while Robert was certainly married to a daughter of William Washburn (her name is not known), so it could not have been a daughter named Agnes, who was deceased in 1659, as Robert's wife Agnes was still alive in 1683.
“Sara, daughter of Robert Jackson” was named in the 1657 will of William Washburn, to whom he gave “one yearling heyfer.” Jackson protested the will of his father-in-law, William Washburn, before probate in 1659, because Washburn had named only one of the two daughters of his late wife, in his will.[22]
The article also makes the case for Robert's having married in England before migrating to the colonies. He later married the widow Agnes Puddington, maiden name is unknown.[23]


The order of birth of his children is uncertain, although the four children mentioned in his will are in the following order:

  1. john
  2. Samuel
  3. Sarah
  4. Martha:
  1. Mary Jackson, born say 1642, probably in England, married John Ferris, of Westchester County, New York, in c1661. He was born c1639. She died in 1704, and he remarried to Grace (___). He died testate in 1715 in Westchester Co., NY, his will dated 9 May 1715.
  2. John Jackson, born say 1644, probably in England, married Elisabeth Seaman, daughter of Capt. John and Elisabeth (Strickland) Seaman, of Hempstead, in ca. 1668 in Hempstead. She was born in 1647. He died in 1725. They had six children.
  3. Samuel Jackson, born in, say 1646, was married and had children by 1683.
  4. Martha Jackson, born ca. 1649, married Nathaniel Coles, of Oyster Bay, Long Island, son of Robert and Mary (Hawxhurst) Coles, on 30 Aug. 1667 in Warwick, RI,[88] but she died in 1668, and he remarried to Deborah Wright in ca. 1669. He was born in 1640, and died in ca. 1712. Martha (Jackson) Coles had one son.
  5. Sarah Jackson, born, say 1653 in Hempstead, named in the will of her grandfather, William Washburn, in 1657, married Nathaniel Moore, son of Thomas and Martha (Youngs) Moore, in ca. 1675, probably in Hempstead.
  6. (Unnamed daughter), born say 1655 in Hempstead, as indicated by the wording in the lawsuit that Robert Jackson filed against the estate of William Washburn on behalf of his two daughters, probably died unmarried before 1683 when Robert Jackson wrote his will.


"In 1656, Robert Jackson and others wished to improve their labors, and applied to the Dutch Council for permission to begin plantations toward Carnarsie and Jamaica. They also applied to Governor Stuyvesant for more liberty and for representative government."[24]
"After the Dutch surrender to the English on August 27, 1664, the colony was renamed New York. Governor Nichol called a convention of two delegates from each Long Island town to frame a code of laws to govern the colony. This convention was held at Hempstead February 28, 1665, with Robert Jackson and John Hicks representing Hempstead. The code of laws [Duke's laws] written at this convention remained in force until after the Revolution. Robert's will, dated May 25, 1683 and proved October 13, 1685, is found in Will book A in Queens County, NY."[25]
4 Dec 1666: Robert Jackson and John Jackson were recorded as freeholders of Newtown.[26]

Last Will & Testament

His will was dated 25 May 1683, and probated on 13 Oct. 1685.
WILL: Will of Robert Jackson (1620 ?-1684) proved October 13, 1685 (Recorded in the first book of Records, Queens County, Long Island, New York) In the Name of God Amen
The twenty-fifth day of May Anno Domini, One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty-Three, I Robert Jackson, of Hemstead [sic] in the North Riding of Yorkshire upon Long Island in the Province of New York, in America, being in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to Almighty God, and considering with myself the frailty and uncertainty of the mortal life, and that it becometh every man before his departure out of this life, to set in order all his earthly things, so that after his decease no suite, trouble or controversy may ensue for the same. Therefore being well advised that a work I now have in hand, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament, in measure and form following:
First and principally, I commend my soul into the hands of the Almighty God that gave it, and my body to the Earth whereof it was framed, to be decently buried, according to the discretion of my son and heir, John Jackson.
And for my worldly estate which God hath endued me withall, I give, bequeath and dispose as followeth, - I do give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Agnes, six cows two oxen, one horse, and one mare, two three year old cow kind, and four two year olds, and two yearlings. Also, I give unto her all such household goods as are left in the house which she brought with her. Likewise I give and bequeath unto my said wife, two of my lessor sort of brass kettles to add to hers, which are left in the house, which she brought with her. Also I give and bequeath unto her four of my pewter dishes, with four plates and four poringers and my lessor flagon, and one of my pewter tankards, to add to her pewter, that is left in the house, which she brought with her. Also I give and bequeath unto her one of my feather beds with a bolster and pillows, together with a pair of sheets and a pair of blankets, and a rugge, and the curtains that hangs around my bedd to add to her bedding which is left in the house, which she brought with her. Furthermore I give and bequeath unto my said wife five pounds in silver money, and fifty yards of linen cloth, some of one sort, and some of another, such as in the house is. Also to add to her clothing I give her one piece of searge.
Item. I give unto her two swine, also ten bushels of wheat to be paid yearly for the term of five years, provided that she lives unmarried, or unburied so long, but if she be either married or buried, then the said wheat shall cease to be to her, or to any on her account. Also I do allow her to live in my new dwelling house, so long as she lived unmarried or unburied, and that she have half the house lot next to George Hewlet, so long as she remains unmarried or unburied, but if she marry or is buried, then I will that half of the said house lot return to my son John. Also I give and bequeath unto her some wooden vessels, and so I cease giving to her.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel Jackson, five mares, and my Cloake and five pounds in silver money and to his wife a hood and scarfe, and to every one of his children a piece of eight (1/2 Joe, Gold $8.00)
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah, the wife of Nathaniel Moore, two cows, and every one of her children a piece of eight ($8.00)
Item. I do give and bequeath unto Nathaniel Cole, Junior, the son of my daughter Martha deceased, two cows, and if any one come to inquire for a portion for my daughter Martha deceased, I bequeath unto him five shillings.
Item. I do make, ordain and appoint my son John Jackson, my son and heir, to be my sole Executor and Administrator, of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby give him full power to administer upon all my estate within doors and without, immediately after my decease, lest it be embezzled away. And I do bind and oblige my son John to pay all the legacies which I have herein bequeathed, and what is left after the said legacies are paid and discharged of my proper estate at my decease, I give and bequeath wholly to my son John Jackson and his children.
In witness whereof I the said Robert Jackson have hereunto putt my hand and seale the day and year above written.
(His signature) Robert Jackson
Signed and sealed in presence of John Carmen, John Smith, Samuel Embree, Joseph Smith, Queens County. At a County Court, or Court of Sessions held for the said County, October the thirteenth, one thousand six hundred eighty and five, the Will of Robert Jackson deceased proved by the oath of Samuel Embree and Joseph Smith of Hemstead. Wells (Mills) or Nicholls.[27]


Robert died in 1684 in Hempstead, Queens County, New York Colony. [28][29]


From J[esse] Montgomery Seaver [b1890], Jackson family records:[30]
"ROBERT JACKSON: Was originally a settler of Stamford. Conn. in 1640; in 1644 settled in Hempstead, Queens County, Long Island; m. Agnes Washborne; d. about 1684. Had Samuel and (1) John L.: [John] Was High Sheriff of Queens County in 1691-95; Representative in Colonial Legislature; was Justice of the Peace for Queens County; m. Elizabeth Seaman."


  1. Source: Birth date: 1620Birth place: Scrooby, Notts, England. Death date: 1684 Death place: Hempstead, Long Island, NY.
  2. Ancestry Family Trees URL: Unable to access 25 Feb 2019.
  3. Terry Dearborn [removed email]
  4. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 .Source number: 24039.001; Source type: Pedigree chart; Number of Pages: 8; Birth date: 1620.
  5. One World Tree. OneWorldTree [database on-line]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc.
  6. Source: #S269 Birth date: 1620Birth place: Scrooby, Notts, EnglandDeath date: 1684 Death place: Hempstead, Long Island, NY.
  7. Terry Dearborn [removed email]
  8. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 .Source number: 24039.001; Source type: Pedigree chart; Number of Pages: 8; Birth date: 1620.
  9. Gross, Jerry, comp., "Robert Jackson, 1620-1685" URL: Accessed 25 Feb 2019.
  10. Colonial Families of America, Vol. 7, National Americana Society (New York, 1930)
  11. Mary P. Bunker, "Long Island Genealogies" (Albany, 1895), p. 220
  12. For a good discussion of this controversy, see M.G. P. Grundy, "Jackson," website; accessed 12 Oct 2014
  13. Grundy, op cit.
  14. Records of the towns of North and South Hempstead, Long Island, N. Y., vol. 1 (Jamaica, NY: Long Island Farmer Print, 1896), p 18.
  15. "Hempstead, New York," Wikipedia. URL:,_New_York. Accessed 9 Apr. 2017 by Patricia Prickett Hickin.
  16. Records of the towns of North and South Hempstead, Long Island, N. Y., vol. 1 (Jamaica, NY: Long Island Farmer Print, 1896), p 18.
  17. Records of the towns of North and South Hempstead, Long Island, N. Y., vol. 8 (Jamaica, NY: Long Island Farmer Print, 1904), p 571.
  18. Records of the towns of North and South Hempstead, Long Island, N. Y., vol. 1 (Jamaica, NY: Long Island Farmer Print, 1896), p 7.
  19. Records of the towns of North and South Hempstead, Long Island, N. Y., vol. 1 (Jamaica, NY: Long Island Farmer Print, 1896), p 120.
  20. Records of the towns of North and South Hempstead, Long Island, N. Y., vol. 1 (Jamaica, NY: Long Island Farmer Print, 1896), p 278.
  21. Long Island Genealogies, Bunker, pg 338
  22. Olney, Washburn, p. 3, which states that “Jackson received satisfaction but what is not stated;” Macy, “Robert Jackson’s Wives and Children”, pp. 6-7.
  23. Harry Macy Jr., "Robert Jackson's Wives and Children", in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, New York: NYGBR, Vol. 131, No. 1 (January 2000), page 6 and 7.
  24. Jacqueline Overton, Long Island Story, New York, 1929, p. 46. NOTE: I cannot find this source. Can you? ~~~~
  25. From Don Norman's file - ??? - do you have more information about this source?
  26. "The Annals of Newtown in Queens County, New York, Containing Its History from its First Settlement," Page 437
  27. Oscar Burton Robbin, History of the Jackson Family, page 2.
  28. Source: #S269 Birth date: 1620Birth place: Scrooby, Notts, EnglandDeath date: 1684Death place: Hempstead, Long Island, NY
  29. Terry Dearborn [removed email]
  30. (Philadelphia: American historical-genealogical society, 1929). URL: Accessed 9 Apr. 2017 by Patricia Prickett Hickin.


  • Gedcom DeCoursey imported the data for Robert Jackson from 124-DeCoursey.ged on 14 Sep 2010.
  • WikiTree profile Jackson-2811 was created through the import of Lupton file.ged on Jul 8, 2011 by Kim Ostermyer.


  • Jackson Family Genealogy Title: Unable to access 25 Feb 2019.
  • Terry Dearborn [removed email] NOTE Nancy's fourth cousin twice removed
Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.; NOTE. This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.
  • Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 .Source number: 24039.001; Source type: Pedigree chart; Number of Pages: 8; Birth date: 1620.
This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases.
  • Heritage Consulting Millennium File Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.Original data - Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • One World Tree.

See also:

  • Robbins, Oscar Burton. History of the Jackson family of Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., Ohio and Indiana: descendants of Robert and Agnes Washburn Jackson. (Loveland, Colo.: Robbins, 1951), pgs 5, 9.
Robbins quotes Col. John's 1724 will dated 1724 which was proved in 1725. Province of NY, Liber 10 of Wills, pages 107-116..
  • Norman, Don. Don Norman's Family Files.
  • Jackson, P. A. Jackson Ledger. (1887), 4, 5, 6.
  • Bunker, Mary Powell. Long Island Genealogies. (Albany, New York, United States: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1895), 220.
  • Reference [1]

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SOURCE: Jackson family records, by J. Montgomery Seaver ( born 1890 ) member of the American genealology Society, published 1929


3 " Battle Hymn of the Jacksons " . 5 ( A ) Introduction 6 ( B ) The Jackson Coat of Arms 7 ( C ) Ancient Jackson Families . 15 ( D ) Prominent British Jacksons , Past Generations . 18 ( E ) Prominent British Jacksons of Today . 22 ( F ) American Jacksons of Royal Descent . 25 ( G ) AMERICAN JACKSON FAMILIES 45 ( H ) Jacksons in the American Revolution 49 ( 1 ) Prominent Jacksons of America , Past Generations . 52 ( J ) Prominent American Jacksons of Today 55 ( K ) Jackson Towns , Etc. 56 ( L ) Jackson Census of The United States 57 ( M ) Religions of the Jacksons 57 ( N ) References 59 ( 0 ) Blank Forms for Private Family Records .. 60 ( P ) Family Records and Genealogies Published by American Historical Genealogical Society

Excerpt from page 27 - Book found at Hathi Trust digital library -

M177 ROBERT JACKSON : Was originally a settler of Stamford , Conn . , in 1640 ; in 1644 settled in Hempstead , Queens County , Long Island ; m . Agnes Washborne ; d . about 1684.

Had Samuel and ( 1 ) John L .: Was High Sheriff of Queens County in 1691-95 ; Representative in Colonial Legislature ; was Justice of the Peace for Queens County ; m . Elizabeth Seaman

posted by Ray Jackson
The YDNA haplogroup of Robert Jackson has been determined and is available for any future connections to this lineage in research in the United Kingdom. Robert Jackson's haplogroup is I-Y9389 and General Joseph Jackson is I-Y38787. My Jackson lineage is the I-BY19809. See at this link

posted by John McAnally
If he was an early settler of Hempstead, while it was under Dutch rule, and there are no records of his living or interacting in New England, is it possible that is he was one of the early colonists recruited by the Dutch to live on Long Island? Has anyone looked at Dutch immigration records for him or his family?
posted by J Briller
Jackson-16162 and Jackson-595 appear to represent the same person because: Hi, Dick, I feel sure these are the same guy. Are you familiar with "Descendants of Robert Jackson of Hempstead, Long Island, New York" at  ??

Lots of good info.


One of the original proprietors of Hemsteede.
posted by Carrie Quackenbush
I've edited the narrative in alignment with Wikitree's style guide. Links to all the previously mentioned sources have been retained as footnotes.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Fyi, in general, we encourage original writing and selected (and cited) quotes as opposed to copy/pastes from other web sites. Linking to other web sites -- such as wikipedia and -- is perfectly fine. See Help:Style Guide then Biographies for recommendations on profile narratives. Thanks.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Mmm. It looks like the text claiming no proof that Richard had a son Robert has been removed. We need to confirm that robert was indeed son of Richard. Thanks.
posted by Jillaine Smith