My paternal grandfather's parents met in Taney County, MO and were married and remained
there for 13 years, before moving west to Texas.  Within a year after their move, Susan Jackson
developed tuberculosis, after taking care of a family member with the disease.  She died a short
time later.  Less than a year after her death, Samuel succumbed to the same illness, leaving 6
orphaned children.  The two oldest boys, ages 13 and 14 --- my grandfather one of them ---
began working and taking care of themselves.  The 4 younger children were separated and sent
to live with friends and neighbors in Denton and Dallas Counties.  They all stayed in contact with
each other, however, and remained close throughout their lives.
Thanks to the kindness of fellow Taney County researchers, Vicki and Rosemary, I've finally
(finally!) found out where my g-grandmother, Susan, is buried.  I still don't know the burial place
of Samuel, but Rosemary found a listing for Susan in Oak Grove Cemetery, Denton County,
Texas.  This means so much to me, I appreciate their help more than I can say.   -- Nancy
Samuel Lafayette Jackson
Born Taney County, MO
Died Denton County, TX
Susan Matthews Jackson
Born Christian County, IL
Died Denton County, TX
Samuel Lafayette and Susan Matthews Jackson
Illinois, Missouri, Texas
Ella Jackson Brick Miller,
daughter of Samuel and Susan Jackson
Thomas Jackson,
son of Samuel and Susan Jackson
Ollie Jackson
daughter of Samuel and Susan Jackson
Ollie, at left, with my grandmother, Louvenia
Cain Jackson; and, at right, with her brother &
my grandfather, Edward Allen Jackson,
Jess Jackson, son of Samuel and Susan Jackson, with wife, Lillie,
on their 50th wedding anniversary; with daughters,
Thelma Jackson Devenport and Dee Jackson Crump
G. R. and Susan Hanon Sharp
Mrs. Sharp was a daughter of Martin Hanon, who was a brother of my 3-g-grandmother,
Susan Hanon Matthews;  [my] Susan Hanon married Eli Matthews; their son, Aaron
Matthews, married Sarah Sharp; their daughter was Susan Matthews Jackson, wife of
Samuel; Samuel and Susan were my g-grandparents.  All of the Sharps, Hanons and
Matthews mentioned above were born in Christian County, IL; except for Martin, who was
born in TN or KY.
Pictured above: Back row, l to r:  Robert Marion Franklin, Albert Newton Franklin, Mary Jane Franklin;  
Front row, l to r:  William A. Franklin, John Charles Franklin, Amanda Jane Matthews Franklin and
James Franklin.
With many thanks to John Farrell, Amanda Jane's grandson, for allowing me to
post this picture of her family.  Amanda Jane Matthews was a sister of my
g-grandmother, Susan Matthews Jackson.  John has a wonderful genealogy
click here to visit.