Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ John Jackson, 1690/91, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Point of Graves Burial Ground, Portsmouth, New Hampshire


HERE
LYETH BURIED
YE BODY OF
JOHN JACKSON:
AGED 33 YEARS
DYED IANUARY
YE 26 1690/1

According to a sign at this cemetery "John Jackson, d. 1690 - 91.  Jackson was a mariner of Portsmouth who owned land on Little Harbor as well as Jackson Island in the Piscataqua River.  The square shape and design of this stone are unusual for the time.  Its carver's identity is uncertain, perhaps John Noyes or James Foster."

In the book Historic Burial Ground of the New Hampshire Seacoast, by Glenn A. Knoblock, "Jackson was a mariner of Portsmouth, who was married to Margaret Clark.  He had a son John Jr., to who he willed his house, 39 acres of land, and 5 acres of salt marsh on "Littel Harbor" once "hee comes to Lawful age of twenty-one years."  He also willed to his wife 14 acres of land and "too acers of land upon the Letill iland comm'only called Jackson's Island."

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