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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 338 - 339.


civil war flags.jpg "Rev. Phillip JACKSON, residing on section 6, Benton Township, is a native of Guernsey County, Ohio, born July 20, 1840, son of Elijah and Selida Jackson. He was reared on a farm and obtained his education in the district schools of his native State.

At the breaking out of the civil war he was one of the first to go forth in defense of union and liberty, enlisting in Company K, Thirtieth Ohio Infantry. He was in the second engagement at Bull Run, and at South Mountain, September 14, 1862, where he lost his right arm from a ball, an ounce in weight, which he still carries near his armpit as a memento of what he gave to his country. He was honorably discharged in November, 1862, and returned to Caldwell, Noble County, Ohio.

He was married September 23, 1865, to Miss Rachel Wiley, daughter of David and Martha Wiley, of Noble County.

Mr. Jackson resided in Noble County until 1878, when he removed to Washington County and remained until 1885; then came to Ringgold County, and located on his present farm in Benton Township the following spring. His farm contains eighty acres of as good land as can be found in the township. It is well cultivated and well improved. He has a good residence, surrounded with native shade trees, out-buildings for stock, a fine orchard of ninety trees, and an abundance of small fruits.

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson have three children - William M., a qualified teacher, David Fay and Roxy Ann.

Mr. Jackson united with the Methodist Episcopal church in 1870, and was licensed to preach in 1875. He has been an active worker in the cause of his Master, and a strong advocate of temperance. Politically he is a Republican. Postoffice, Clearfield, Taylor County."

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