Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Ebenezer Jackson, Jr. Papers, 1672, 1814-1863

Duane Norman Diedrich Collection

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Ebenezer Jackson, Jr. papers
Creator: Jackson family
Inclusive dates: 1672, 1814-1863
Bulk dates: 1814-1863
Extent: 11 items
Abstract:
This collection contains letters and documents related to the family of Congressman Ebenezer Jackson, Jr., of Savannah, Georgia, and Middletown, Connecticut. Jackson and his father wrote and received personal letters about contemporary political issues. The letters offer commentary on the Missouri Compromise, the 1860 United States presidential election, secession, and the Civil War. Jackson also wrote about his travels in Boston, Massachusetts, and offered advice to his brother Amasa, who attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in the mid-1820s.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993. M-2952.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Ebenezer Jackson, Jr. Papers, Duane Norman Diedrich Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Ebenezer Jackson, Jr., was born in Savannah, Georgia, on January 31, 1796, the son of Charlotte Fenwick and Revolutionary War veteran Ebenezer Jackson. His brother Amasa attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in the mid-1820s. After graduating from St. Mary's College in 1814, Ebenezer Jackson, Jr., studied law in Connecticut; he had a legal practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between 1821 and 1826. Jackson then moved to Middletown, Connecticut. He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives (1829-1832; 1849) and the United States House of Representatives (1834-1835). He married Hannah Saltonstall Hubbard (1815-1903) on September 1, 1840, and they had six children: Mary Selina (b. 1841), Eliza Anne (1843-1888), Robert Nesmith (1845-1915), Charles Eben (1849-1873), Katherine Frances (b. 1851), and Margaret Ellen (b. 1853). Ebenezer Jackson, Jr., died on August 17, 1874.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 9 letters and 2 documents related to the family of Ebenezer Jackson, Jr., of Savannah, Georgia, and Middletown, Connecticut. Jackson and his father wrote and received personal letters about contemporary political issues such as the Missouri Compromise, the 1860 United States Presidential election, secession, and the Civil War. Jackson also wrote to his father about his travels in Boston, Massachusetts, and offered advice to his brother Amasa, who attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in the mid-1820s.

Ebenezer Jackson, Jr., authored 4 letters in this collection. He wrote 2 letters to his father in which he discussed his impressions of Boston, a publication in support of the War of 1812 (March 13, 1814), and his Pennsylvania to Connecticut travel plans (July 5, 1825). Jackson's mother, Charlotte Fenwick Jackson, contributed to his first letter, urging her husband to keep "Harriette" in school. Ebenezer Jackson sent 2 letters to his brother Amasa, who attended the Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut, in 1820, and the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1823; he offered educational advice and congratulated him on his academic achievements.

Ebenezer Jackson, Jr., received 4 political letters from acquaintances. A committee in Middletown, Connecticut, strongly urged Jackson to accept his nomination for a United States Senate seat in 1834 and explained the reasons why he would be a strong candidate (March 13, 1834). Hezekiah Huntington wrote about political parties and the 1860 presidential election (August 21, 1860); former Florida governor Richard K. Call strenuously voiced his opposition to secession (January 19, 1861); and United States Senator Lafayette Sabine Foster affirmed his support for the Union's military efforts against the Confederacy, as well as his disdain for the peace efforts of Horace Greeley and others (January 27, 1863).

Ebenezer Jackson, Sr., sent 1 letter to William Van Deusen, in which he shared his opinions about the Missouri Compromise (March 25, 1820). He anticipated continued conflicts between the North and South over slavery, and mentioned the possible effects those conflicts might have on British opinion about the United States.

The collection's documents are an undated copy of a 1672 deed between John Stows and John Willcoke for land in Middletown, Connecticut, and an 1836 memorandum of the estate of Ebenezer Jackson, Sr., addressed to Mary C. Oliver of Boston, Massachusetts.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Boston (Mass.)--Description and travel.
    • Cheshire Academy (Cheshire, Conn.)
    • Education--United States--History--19th century.
    • Executors and administrators.
    • Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872.
    • Middletown (Conn.)
    • Missouri compromise.
    • Political candidates.
    • Presidents--United States--Election--1860.
    • Savannah (Ga.)
    • Secession--Southern States.
    • Slavery--United States.
    • United States. Congress. Senate.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • United States Military Academy.
    • United States--Politics and government--1817-1825.
    • United States--Politics and government--1857-1861.
    • United States--Politics and government--1861-1865.
    Contributors:
    • Call, R. K. (Richard Keith), 1791-1862.
    • Foster, Lafayette S. (Lafayette Sabine), 1806-1880.
    • Huntington, Hezekiah, 1795-1865.
    • Jackson, Charlotte, d. 1817.
    • Jackson, Ebenezer, 1763-1837.
    • Jackson, Ebenezer, 1796-1874.
    Genre Terms:
    • Accounts.
    • Legal documents.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   : Duane Norman Diedrich Collection  
    Ebenezer Jackson, Jr. papers,  [February 19, 1672] and  March 13, 1814-January 27, 1863 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The David P. Harris collection contains a letter from Captain Hiram Paulding to Ebenezer Jackson (March 6, 1861).

    Bibliography

    Smith, D. E. Huger. "An Account of the Tattnall and Fenwick Families in South Carolina." The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine 14.1 (January 1913).

    "Jackson, Ebenezer, Jr." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Online Edition. 2012.

    Williams, Cornelia Bartow. Ancestry of Lawrence Williams. Chicago: Privately Printed, 1915.