BIOGRAPHIES, Greenbrier County, WV - "J"

JAMES W. JACKSON - born in Greenbrier County, a son of Alexander and Margery JACKSON, and Margaret M. HOGSETT, born in Monroe County, a daughter of John and Mary HOGSETT, were in Monroe County united in marriage in 1851. Six children were born of their union: Matthew A., April 29, 1853; Mary Jane, March 16, 1856; Joanna M., May 30, 1859; Robert L., June 25, 1863; Annie W., February 28, 1868, died February 3, 1875; James W., May 10, 1871. Joanna M. is one of the successful teachers of Greenbrier County, having given satisfaction to parents and pupils through three terms of teaching. The parents of Mr. JACKSON were early and prominent settlers in this vicinity, and he owns and cultivates one of the best farms in Lewisburg District. It is well situated, and all its natural advantages have been utilized under his intelligent farming. The timber, which is plentiful and of the best quality, is pine, oak, ash, walnut, poplar, locust and hickory. Mr. and Mrs. JACKSON, with three of their family, are in the membership of the Presbyterian Church. His postoffice address is Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

T. HICKMAN JARRETT - is descended from the JARRETT family who were pioneers of the first country settled west of the Blue Ridge, and his grandfather, James JARRETT, was born at Keenys Fort, mouth of Mill Creek, when the pioneers of Greenbrier County were assembled there in anticipation of an attack from the Indians. James JARRETT, father of T. Hickman, was born in Greenbrier County, April 25, 1815, and his mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth HICKMAN, was born on Big Sewell Mountain this county. She died in January, 1858. The subject of this sketch was born in Blue Sulphur district, June 25, 1851, and in this district has a farm of 800 acres, mostly in sod for grazing purposes, to which he gives the most of his attention. In Sherman, Texas, October 5, 1877, T. Hickman JARRETT was united in marriage with Georgia (MORGAN) BUSTLE, and they have one son and two daughters: James H., born February 25, 1879; and Leake, born August 9, 1880. The youngest is unnamed, born September 15, 1883. The wife of Mr. JARRETT is a daughter of Jesse and Julena J. (KASEY) MORGAN, who are residents in Bedford County, Virginia, the place of their nativity. Her father was born May 5, 1795. Her birth was in Bedford County, Virginia, December 29, 1852 the date. She was a widow at the time of her marriage with Mr. JARRETT. Blue Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, is the post office address of T. H. JARRETT.

SAMUEL JARRETT - born in Blue Sulphur district, Greenbrier County, December 13, 1804, was a son of James and Ruth (GWINN) JARRETT, and grandson of James and Elizabeth (GRIFFY) JARRETT, of Pennsylvania. The JARRETT family were among the very first to come to Greenbrier county, and were two or three times driven off by the Indians while effecting a settlement here, which they finally succeeded in. They were always prominent in the affairs of the county and of Blue Sulphur district, where the fourth generation of the name is now living. The GWINNs were also very early settlers here, and Samuel GWINN was the father of Ruth, mother of Samuel JARRETT. The brothers and sisters of Samuel JARRETT were Elizabeth, Deliah, Ira, Joseph, Andrew, Jacob, James, Ruth, Rosanna, Eveline, Margaret, and Sidney C. Elizabeth lives in Missouri; Delilah died in Indiana; Ira died in Greenbrier in 1851; Joseph lives in this county; Andrew died in Missouri; Jacob died in infancy in this county; James lives in Greenbrier County; Ruth died in Lewisburg in 1853; Rosanna lives in Monroe County, West Virginia; Eveline died in this county in 1850; Margaret lives in Greenbrier County. Samuel JARRETT and his brother Joseph were made political prisoners in 1862, by the Federals, although not taking part in the war, probably through the enmity of neighbors who reported falsely of them. They were sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, and held six months, when they returned home and were not again molested. Samuel JARRETT, now nearly eighty years of age, has never married, and is one of the wealthiest landowners in the district, having 871 acres in one farm. His post office address is Palestine, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

J. T. JOHNSON - was born in Buckingham County, Virginia, April 9, 1808, on the farm where, on the 12th of June, 1865, General Lee surrendered his troops and the war between the States was virtually ended. Richard and Elizabeth (TRIBBLE) JOHNSON, the parents of J. T., were Virginians by birth, and died in Amherst County many years ago. The first wire of J. T. JOHNSON was Caroline TUCKWILLER, whom he married in June, 1834, and who bore him ten children and was his companion for forty years, dying in November, 1874. Their children were: David A., born in 1836, died in 1874; William R., born in 1838, lives in Greenbrier County; Nancy Jane, born in 1840, died in 1866; Katie S., born in 1843, died in 1881; Mary E., born in 1845, died in 1882; Henry T., born in 1847, lives in Greenbrier County; Elizabeth, 1849, lives in Frankford; Laura Alice, 1851, lives on Sinking Creek; James Wallace, 1853, died July 20, 1883; Linda C., 1857, lives in this county. In New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 12, 1877; J. T. JOHNSON and Mary NEWMAN were united in wedlock, and to them were born: Josie S., June 2, 1878; John T., March 2, 1883. Little Josie died February 11, 1880, after a sickness of 48 hours, while on a visit with her mother in New Orleans. She was a child of remarkable brilliancy and intelligence, and her loss will never cease to be felt by her parents. Arthur NEWMAN, born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1800, married Helen HEWITT, born in that city in 1815, and their daughter Mary, wife of Mr. JOHNSON, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 22, 1846. The father died in 1849, the mother in 1864, and Mary, the daughter, was raised in New Orleans. J. T. JOHNSON settled on his present farm in 1843, and his homestead, beautifully located and improved, is valued at over $8,000. His post office address is Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

ANDREW DAVIS JOHNSTON - was a son of Capt. William JOHNSTON, who came from the valley of Virginia to this county among its very earliest settlers, about 1765, and settled first on Anthony's Creek, and about 1770 moved to a farm one mile north of the present site of Lewisburg. He was one of the pioneer heros who went to the assistance of the settlers at Fort Donally when they were attacked by Indians there. He married Jane DAVIS, born in this county, and after long and useful lives both died in this county and are buried on their old farm. The brothers of Capt. JOHNSTON were Robert, James and Silas, and his sister married Robert GRAY. They all settled in Lexington, Kentucky. The children of William and Jane (DAVIS) JOHNSTON were James, Samuel, William, John, George, and Andrew - their sons, and Rebecca, unmarried; Polly, married John FEAMSTER; Sally, married R. F. TYREE. Andrew Davis JOHNSTON was born May 23, 1800, and in Augusta County, Virginia, February 21, 1828, he married Esther Lyle ALEXANDER. She was born July 18, 1803, on the farm adjoining the one where her husband was born, the farm now owned by her brother. James and Margaret (LYLE) ALEXANDER were her parents. Her mother was born in Rockbridge County, at Rockbridge, and was married there, her father at the time living in Greenbrier County. After a time her parents moved to Augusta County, and in their old age, about 1840, returned to this county and died here. The record of the children of Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSTON is: Margaret Jane, born October 13, 1829, married Dr. James A. TEMPLETON, October 5, 1847, and they have two sons and three daughters, and reside at Bristol, Tennessee; James William, born June 7, 1832, is a farmer of Lewisburg District; George Edward, born February 12, 1836, died August 31st following; Ann Eliza, born December 4, 1837, married Nathan A. HANNA, November 28, 1858, and they had one son and one daughter, both are living and the parents are deceased - Ann E. died January 3, 1883, and her husband died March 9, 1862; Mary Rebecca, born June 27, 1840, married Edward BLACK, November 15, 1859, and died November 15, 1861; John Davis, born September 16, 1842, a farmer in this county; Andrew Alexander, born June 3, 1846, married Florence F. SKAGGS, November 5, 1874. James W., John D., and Andrew A. were Confederate soldiers. All served with honor, James and Andrew through the entire conflict, and John until disabled. James W. JOHNSTON was sheriff of Greenbrier county, 1877-1881. Andrew D. JOHNSTON is living on his farm in Lewisburg District with post office address at Richlands, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

Transcribed and submitted by Valerie Crook, vfcrook@trellis.net and Ed Johnson, EDEAJ@aol.com , 1998.

Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty's Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.

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