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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN M. JACKSON, M. D., Hickman County, was born in Nashville, Tenn., June 13, 1827, and is the eldest son of Col. Hardy Jackson, who was colonel of the Twelfth Kentucky Volunteers under Gen. Downing in the Florida war. In early life, Col. Jackson received a good English education, mainly at the seminary of Franklin, Tenn. At the age of twenty-three, in 1825, he married Miss Sallie Little, a native of Nashville, Tenn., of English origin, and a niece of Stephen Hopkins, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 1830 Col. Jackson came to Graves County, Ky., where he was successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits for about fifteen years. In 1845 he removed to northern Louisiana, where he was extensively engaged in cotton planting until his death, which occurred in 1862. At the time of his death he was engaged in recruiting a regiment for the Confederate service. He and wife were consistent members of the Baptist Church. Dr. John M. Jackson received a good classical education, and, at the age of eighteen, he commenced the study of medicine under the preceptorship of the late distinguished Volney A. Hawkins, M. D., of Feliciana, Ky., with whom he pursued his studies until 1847, when he attended his first course of lectures at the Memphis Medical College. In 1848 he commenced the practice of his profession at Columbus, Hickman Co., Ky., continuing the same with excellent success in that city and vicinity for some thirteen years, with the exception of one year, when he attended the medical department of the University of Louisville, Ky., graduating with high honors in February, 1859. In 1861 he removed to Columbus, Miss., where he at once secured an extensive and lucrative practice, devoting much of his time to surgery. He was also employed as assistant surgeon in Yandell Hospital, of Columbus, Miss., under the late Dr. Paul F. Eve; to which institution he devoted two hours each day for some four years. In July, 1866, he returned to his home in Columbus, where he has since devoted himself assiduously to his profession. In order to keep up with the advancement in the science of medicine he has passed parts of several summers at the hospitals of various cities, including New York. Although he has sustained many and severe financial reverses, he has yet, by close attention to business, acquired a handsome fortune, being one of the principal owners of city real estate in Columbus. On the 30th of May, 1849, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha T. Johns, a native of Hickman County, Ky., and a daughter of William Johns, one of the early pioneers of the district. Five children were the fruit of this union, all of whom died in infancy, except one daughter, Marietta, who married Benjamin M. Monroe, of Columbus, Ky. Mrs. Marietta Monroe died in 1881 in her twenty-third year, leaving a little daughter to the care of the doctor and his estimable lady. Dr. Jackson is and has been for years a member of the city council of Columbus. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, the I. O. O. F., and of the K. of H. In politics he is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 142 biographies included in the Hickman County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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