Biography of Moses Jackman
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


The subject of this memoir was the son of Moses Jackman and Martha Moss, of New Hampshire. He was one of a family of seven children, was born January 14, 1776, and in the year 1804 was united in marriage with Rhoda Collins, of Vermont. In 1811 they moved to Mendon, N. Y. They had four children, viz: Orlen C., Flora, Cyrus and Alzina, of whom Alzina married Herman Doyle and lives in California, and Flora married Hollis Daggett and resides in the town of Brighton, Monroe county, N. Y.

Mr. Jackmanís wife died October 8, 1811, and for his second wife he married Betsey Beecher, whose portrait appears herewith, January 4, 1813, by whom he had eight children, four of whom are now living. Their names are Emetitt E., Moses L., Matilda A., Rachel B., Hezekiah R., Charles A. and George W. One child died in infancy. Matilda and Rachel reside at Livonia Centre, Charles A. at Lima and George W. on the old homestead situated about two miles north-east of Livonia Station. The latter, at whose instance this sketch was written, was married to Jane E., daughter of Benjamin Cowles, of Brighton, N. Y. She is the oldest of a family of six children, four of whom are now living and is the mother of the following children: Jessiettie E., George W., Jr., Lizzie M., Rillie E. and Lyman Ward B.

Moses Jackman moved to Livonia in the year 1828 and, located on forty acres of land now occupied by his son George W., who has added to it at different times, until the farm now contains one hundred and fifty acres. Mr. Jackman relates an
incident in which his paternal grandfather was taken by the Indians when a mere boy, and returned after a lapse of seven years.

Betsey Beecher was a daughter of Hezekiah Beecher, of Connecticut, who moved into this county in 1801 and took up a tract of land a mile square, lacking 150 acres. He was brother to the father of Henry Ward Beecher. The original purchase has been sub-divided into small farms which are now in a high state of cultivation.

In politics Mr. Jackman was an Andrew Jackson Democrat until the Anti-Masonic crusade, when he became a Whig, and in i86o espoused the cause of the Republican party. He died in the year 1861, and it may be mentioned as a remarkable coincidence in connection with his history that he was born in the year of the Declaration of Independence and died in the year in which Fort Sumter was fired upon. He was a member of the Baptist Church up to the time of his removal into Livingston county, but never joined with any religious society after his settlement in Livonia.

He was a man of strong convictions, and when decided that he was right no power that could be made to act upon him could change his decision or cause him to deviate from the fulfillment of his purpose. He left a family who are intelligent, influential citizens of the communities in which they reside, and of whom George W. deserves special mention. Re has greatly improved the old home, and to-day is one of the most successful farmers in Livonia. He is now in the prime of life and surrounded by all the comforts of a happy home.

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