Following a serious illness of more than a month, John W. Jackson, the oldest native-born resident of Canonsburg and a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home in Elm street at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon in his 85th year. Mr. Jackson had been in failing health for more than a year, and his death was due to the infirmities of age rather than to any particular disease.
Mr. Jackson spent his entire life in Canonsburg with the exception of the years he was in the army. He was a tailor by trade, and was the son of Thomas Jackson, who came to Canonsburg from Virginia in 1833, intending to enter Jefferson College. He changed his plans, however, and engaged in the tailoring business, which he followed the remainder of his life.
John W. Jackson was born in a house in what is now North Central avenue on March 14, 1835. He learned the trailer trade with his father, and followed this occupation until 1861. On April 27, of that year he enlisted in Company D, Tenth Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry, serving until June 11, 1864, when he was mustered out. He was with his regiment in many important engagements. Returning to Canonsburg he again took up work as a tailor. This he followed until age compelled him to retire.
Mr. Jackson had the distinction of belonging to a family that sent six of its members into the war for the preservation of the Union. His father enlisted and served for a year as a member of the Eighty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The four sons besides John W. who entered the service were: Thomas, Joseph and William H.H., all members of Company D, Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves, and James, who served in Company G, One Hundred and Fortieth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. In addition to this remarkable record, Chauncey Jackson, a son of John W. Jackson, served in the Philippine campaign of twenty years ago, having enlisted in the Thirty-second United States Infantry. He was wounded in a skirmish with the Filipinos, and died of wounds while on board ship returning to America.
Mr. Jackson’s wife died more than 20 years ago. He leaves four sons and three daughters: William H., Blairsville, Pa.; John M. and James Laurie, Canonsburg; Frank A., Ligonier; Mrs. H.J. Nichols, Lincoln, Neb., and the Misses Dorothea S. and Margaret C. Jackson, at home.
Three brothers and one sister also survive. These are Henry jackson, Cleveland; Gaylord, Los Angeles, Cal.; David, Clarksburg, W. Va., and Mrs. Annie Voorhees, Chicago.
Mr. Jackson was a charter member and at the time of his death the oldest member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Canonsburg. He united with the society when it worshipped in the little brick church in Greenside avenue. He was one of the very few who were instrumental in forming the congregation, and was faithful in his profession, attending the service regularly so long as his health permitted.
Funeral services will be held at the Jackson home, 118 Elm street, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will be in Oak Spring cemetery.
Brendon is a history buff who loves American History, especially the American Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of William H. Wagner of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. Member of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves Co. A (Reenacting Unit). Creator of The Blue & Gray Historian on Instagram and Facebook. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.