Robert Henry Jackson was born in Virginia on 14 Jan 1817 and died Feb 1889 at the age of 72. His parents are unknown, however, the 1880 census records indicate they were both born in Virginia. Although family tradition insists that this family of Jacksons were of Dutch descent, that has not been verified as of this writing.
The first official record we have of Robert Henry Jackson was his marriage to Rebecca Ann Trammill on 22 Nov 1839, and twelve children were born. Rebecca Jackson was born 16 Jul 1821 and died in 1873 at the age of 52 in Vernon Parish Louisiana. She is buried in Pine Island Cemetery, Simpson, Louisiana.
After her death, Bob Jackson married a young widow, Caroline C. Cambell on 1 Feb 1874 in Vernon Parish Louisiana. Although there was no issue of his second marriage, the Jacksons raised Caroline's youngest daughter, Mary Jane Cambell who was born 7 Mar 1867. Robert Jackson is buried in Pine Island Cemetery, Simpson Louisiana.
In all available census records, Bob Jackson listed his profession as a farmer. He lived in Alabama until approximately1852 when he moved his family to Walnut Grove, Leake County, Mississippi. When talk of the war between the states became a heavy issue, Bob Jackson reportedly sold all his worldly goods for gold, loaded his family in covered wagons, and headed west ca 1860. When disposing of his personal property, one old negro couple who had been with the Jackson family all their lives did not want this new freedom. Whether they were afraid to be on their own at that stage in their life, or whether they had grown too much a part of the family is unknown, but since they wanted to go along Bob brought them to Louisiana with his family.
After many weeks of traveling, the Jacksons finally reached the Mississippi River and crossed on a ferry boat. Once in Louisiana, they continued their journey west, and arriving in Central Louisiana near the small community of Simpson, they decided this peaceful settlement was where they would raise their family.
As so many families before him, Bob Jackson cleared his land and set out to build living quarters for his family. With the abundance of trees, and lumber being no problem, in just a short while a log cabin was built for the Jackson family, and one small one constructed for the negro couple who had made the long trip with them. The old couple were to remain in this little cabin until their death, and Bob Jackson buried them in the field near their little home.
Robert Jackson fancied himself somewhat a politician, and loved to sit with the old timers and discuss politics and the issues of the day. He was a particularly vocal man, and was more than somewhat loyal to the political candidates of his choice. This could be evidenced by the fact that he named his oldest son William Harrison, after a popular Whig candidate of that time from the state of Virginia where Bob Jackson was from.
Bob Jackson also named his second son after a political aspirant, Henry Clay, another statesman from Virginia. But perhaps his favorite story of all was campaigning long and hard for the prominent Virginia statesman, Zachary Taylor, for president of the United States. During this election Bob and Rebecca Jackson were expecting a new baby, and Bob declared to all who would listen that when the new baby was born he would be named after our new President Zachary Taylor. True to his word, one month after Taylor was inaugurated, a baby girl was born to the Jacksons, and Bob promptly named this daughter Elizabeth Taylor Jackson.
Pine Island Cemetery, Simpson, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA 
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