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Past and Present of Livingston County
Volume 2. Biographies
by Major A. J. Roof. 1913
To unceasing effort and industry it can be ascribed that George H. Jackson, has become one of the most prosperous farmers of Jackson township where he owns a valuable farm of nearly two hundred acres located on sections 8, 9 and 14. Coming to Livingston county in 1896, he was born in Laurel county, Kentucky, October 21, 1858, and is a son of H. A, and Lucinda (Kirby) Jackson. The father came to Livingston county in 1865 and was. engaged along agricultural lines on rented property for about twenty years before he bought land of his own. He resides near the farm on which our subject lives, on property upon which he raised his family of whom our subject is the eldest. Of the others Lulu has passed away and is buried in the Lilly Grove cemetery, and John has also died, finding his last testing place in Fulton cemetery. Henry is a clerk in Jamesport, Missouri; Humphry resides in Oklahoma; Elmah, the widow of John Sandwich, resides in Chillicothe; J. P. follows agricultural pursuits, residing in Green Ridge township; Addie is the wife of G. Hartmann, of Kansas City; and Frank has passed away and is buried in the Lilly Grove cemetery. Joseph, the remaining member of the family, lives on his farm in Jackson township.
George H. Jackson acquired his education in the district schools which he left at the age of seventeen years, assisting during his vacations and at leisure hours his father with the work of the farm. He subsequently hired out as a farm hand and for nine years worked for a man by the name of Kesler, for six weeks of which period he and his father both were in the employ of that gentleman. He then rented a farm in Daviess county, Missouri, and by thrift and energy acquired the property on which he now makes his home. Following modern methods his endeavors have been followed by success and, largely engaging in grain farming and stock-raising, his labors turn to him gratifying and substantial results. He has made a number of improvements upon the property, including buildings and equipment, and has purchased such machinery as is considered essential to modern agriculture.
On December 22, 1882, Mr. Jackson was united in marriage to Miss Melissa K. Hutchison, a daughter of Thomas and Permissa (Black) Hutchison. The father was a pioneer farmer of this section, whose father came here on horseback and brought with him the first blue grass seed which ever came to the county. The grandfather lived to the remarkable age of one hundred years, ten months and two days. The Hutchison family is of old English extraction and for many years was prominent and highly respected in Livingston county. The father passed away in 1907 at the age of seventy-six years, his wife surviving him for about three years, her death occurring on December 26, 1910. They are buried side by side in the Black cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson became the parents of six children of whom one son, William, passed away in infancy. The others are: Stella, the wife of Frank Wideman, a former and produce buyer residing in Jamesport, Missouri; Frankie L., who married Howard Harris, a farmer of Daviess county; J. Vernon, who is assisting his father with the work of the farm; and Chester and Georgia, both attending district school.
Public-spirited and always interested in matters that affect the general welfare, Mr. Jackson has for a number of years done active service as a director of the school board and in that capacity has been in a position to contribute in no mean way to the general educational advancement of this section. His political affiliations are with the democratic party and although he is not an office seeker he takes decided issue on all questions that come before public decision and is well and intelligently informed upon the current subjects affecting the public weal. His fraternal relations are confined to the Knights of Pythias, in the local lodge of which organization he is prominent. At all times actuated by laudable ambition, Mr. Jackson has attained to success and occupies a position in the agricultural community of Livingston county that assures him of the high regard and confidence of all those with whom he comes in contact.