Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Andrew Jackson [Farmer] Diaries

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Andrew Jackson [Farmer] Diaries,
Creator: Jackson, Andrew, 1837 May 20-1920 Dec. 24.
Inclusive dates: 1866-1920
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 1 box)
Abstract:
Diaries, 1866-1920, some biographical materials of Andrew Jackson, a farmer in Livingstton and Ingham counties, Michigan, and a work diary, 1897, probably of one of his farm workers.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1583, MS# JJ-18

Access Restrictions:

Andrew Jackson [Farmer], Diaries are open for research.

Copyright:

Unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Andrew Jackson [Farmer], Diaries, Folder #, Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is chronological.


History

Biography:

Andrew Jackson was born on May 30, 1837, the eldest of nine children born to John and Hannah Jackson. Andrew was the second white child born in Unadilla Township, Livingston County, Michigan. His parents came to Unadilla from New York (State). They bought a farm, which was later divided into parcels for five of their children: Andrew, John, James, Mrs. Hick, and Mrs. John Taylor. (Copies of plat maps in the Biographical Materials show the farm’s location.) In 1973, Frank Burgess, Andrew’s grandson, owned the farm.

On December 10, 1868, Andrew married Mary Jane Dutton. Together, they had five children: Frank Andrew (May 24-October 11, 1870); Minnie Adell, later Mrs. J.R. Burgess, (October 2, 1872-September 23, 1952); Mary Josephine (Josie), later Mrs. Fred A. Howlett, (November 4, 1874-May 6, 1972); Edith Aline (July 2-November 2, 1879); and Bernice Mae, later Mrs. V.R. Gardner, (May 20, 1884-[Alive in 1973]).

Andrew and Mary Jane were baptized by immersion on July 9, 1871 and joined the Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, Michigan. Andrew died on December 24, 1920 and was survived by his wife and daughters.

Mary Josephine married Fred A. Howlett on December 19, 1896. They were given a home in Gregory (Livingston County, Michigan) by Andrew. Andrew’s diaries were held there until Josie’s death in May 1972. Her children, Mrs. Mary Howlett Barnett; Howard Howlett; and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Doris (Frank) Howlett, donated the diaries via Josie’s niece, Mrs. Barbara Howlett Lichtenfelt. (This information is from the collection and donor form.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

Except for some brief biographical materials, 1920, and undated, the collection consists entirely of Andrew’s diaries, 1866-1920. His diaries document farm work, the weather, family visits, funerals, deaths, births, farm workers, health, and purchases and sales of goods, cattle, and crops. There is also a work diary, 1897, probably by a farm worker of Andrew’s.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Jackson, Andrew, 1837 May 30-1920 Dec. 24.
    • Jackson, Mary Jane Dutton, Mrs.
    • Jackson, Frank Andrew, 1870 May 24-1870 Oct. 11.
    • Jackson, Minnie Adell, 1872 Oct. 2-1952 Sept. 23.
    • Jackson, Mary Josephine, 1874 Nov. 4-1972 May 6.
    • Jackson, Edith Aline, 1879 July 2-1879 Nov. 2.
    • Jackson, Bernice Mae, b. 1884 May 20.
    • Agriculture--Michigan--Ingham County.
    • Agriculture--Michigan--Livingston County.
    • Livingston County (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Livingston County (Mich.)--History.
    • Ingham County (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Ingham County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Andrew Jackson [Farmer], Diaries [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1920, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Diaries (3 v.), 1866-1868
    Box   1 F   3
    Diaries (3 v.), 1869-1871
    Box   1 F   4
    Diaries (3 v.), 1872-1874
    Box   1 F   5
    Diaries (3 v.), 1875-1877
    Box   1 F   6
    Diaries (3 v.), 1878-1880
    Box   1 F   7
    Diaries (3 v.), 1881-1883
    Box   1 F   8
    Diaries (3 v.), 1884-1886
    Box   1 F   9
    Diaries (3 v.), 1887-1889
    Box   1 F   10
    Diaries (3 v.), 1890-1892
    Box   1 F   11
    Diaries (3 v.), 1893-1895
    Box   1 F   12
    Diaries (3 v.), 1896-1898
    Box   1 F   13
    Diaries (3 v.), 1899-1901
    Box   1 F   14
    Diaries (3 v.), 1902-1904
    Box   1 F   15
    Diaries (3 v.), 1905-1907
    Box   1 F   16
    Diaries (3 v.), 1908-1910
    Box   1 F   17
    Diaries (3 v.), 1911-1913
    Box   1 F   18
    Diaries (3 v.), 1914-1916
    Box   1 F   19
    Diaries (3 v.), 1917-1919
    Box   1 F   20
    Diary (1 v.), 1920
    Box   1 F   21
    Work Diary (1 v., of a farm worker?), 1897