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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  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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CHARLES C. JACKSON, Cashier of the Bank of Osborn, although quite a young man, has manifested such remarkable business qualifications and energy in affairs, as to gain a high standing in business circles throughout Greene County. The shrewdness and faithfulness displayed by him in his former positions, led to his election to that in which he is now acting, and proved that his character and qualifications are known and appreciated.

From honored ancestors, Mr. Jackson derives the qualities which have brought him to the front, and it will not be amiss to make brief mention of former members of the family. His paternal grandfather, Gen. Robert Jackson, was born in Virginia, and located in this part of the Buckeye State in a very early day, operating a farm near Cedarville. He became quite well-to-do, and after selling his farm and moving into Xenia, he operated a mill, and run a flour exchange, doing an extensive business. Later he purchased another farm, near the city, upon which he lived until death, that event occurring in 1873, when he was four-score years old. He was the first Representative from Greene County, to the State Legislature, in which he served two terms about 1850. His title was derived from the Ohio militia rank. He had a fine physique, was strong and active, and of firm constitution; his life was an energetic one, and his influence not surpassed in this county. He belonged to the First United Presbyterian Church of Xenia, and was a Republican in politics.

Joshua Jackson, a son of Gen. Jackson, and father of our subject, was born in Cedarville, and upon reaching manhood, became a farmer, locating in Xenia Township. Twice during the Civil War he entered the service, having the rank of Sergeant. After the war he returned to his pursuit of agriculture, and is now the owner of one hundred and fifty acres of valuable land bearing good improvements. In politics he is a firm Republican, and in religion a stanch member of the United Presbyterian Church. His wife was in her girlhood Miss Mary M. Gowdy, whose father, Alexander Gowdy, was one of the first settlers of Xenia Township. He was born in the Blue Grass State, and began his residence here in a log cabin, into the door of which Indians would often peep. He helped fight the savages in the North. Mrs. Jackson is a member of the same church as her husband. She is the mother of four children, the gentleman of whom we write being the eldest. The second son and child, J. C., is at home; J. E. is a member of the firm of Cretors & Jackson, dealers in wall paper, paints, and oils at Xenia; Mary A. is yet at home.

The gentleman with whose name this biography is introduced, was born in Xenia Township, February 2, 1857, and reared upon the farm, receiving his schooling at the common schools until sixteen years old, when he entered the High School at Xenia. He attended there three years, afterward entering A. D. Wilts’ Commercial College at Dayton, continuing his studies until graduation. Soon after receiving his diploma, in 1880, he became book-keeper in the Second National Bank in Xenia, so faithfully discharging his duties, and displaying such shrewdness in business affairs, that he rapidly worked his way up to the position of teller. During Grover Cleveland’s administration of the National Government, he was Deputy Internal Revenue Collector under Mr. Newman.

In January, 1889, with the aid of J. H. Barkman, and under his advice, he started the Osborn Bank, which is incorporated under the State laws, and does a regular banking business. The institution is established on a firm basis, having for its stockholders and directors some of the best men in the community, and is doing well financially, gaining reputation and business. Mr. Jackson is a Director and has been Cashier since the bank was organized, also owning stock.

Mr. Jackson, on April 22, 1886, led to the hymeneal altar Miss Cora Stewart, an educated, refined, and noble young woman, who was born in Yellow Springs, and finished her education at Smith’s College in Xenia. Her father, James M. Stewart, was born in Clark County, made an early settlement in Greene County, and is now Deputy Probate Judge, and is also the nominee for Probate Judge, and a nomination in this county means election to the Republican candidate, of which he is one. Mr. Jackson is a strong Democrat, has been a member of the Central Committee, and delegate to county and State conventions. He is a charter member of the Knights of Pythias lodge, of Osborn, in which he now occupies the second Chair. He belongs to the Presbyterian Church, and manifests the same activity in promoting religious interests that he does in business affairs.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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