AUTHOR: Wanda Morrison Tillotson

Basically, this is my story: I grew up just down the road alongside all my maternal relatives. My Jackson line, including my 3rd Great Grandfather, Lewis/Louis Jackson, his first three sons—John Calvin, Edmund Coleman and William “Wiley” Bass Jackson—had several men who enlisted or were conscripted for the Co. H, 20th Infantry Sampson Co, North Carolina (NC). My 3rd Great Grandfather, Lewis Jackson was born in 1819 and enlisted on Mar 6, 1862 at Sampson County, NC as a Private. At the time, he was married to my 3rd great-grandmother, who was known as Sarah/Sally Eugenia, Jane, and Gennie Bass in the records. She was born in 1820 and died before 1880.

During his service, Lewis was wounded on May 2, 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA. He did return home from the war. Prior to 1900, Lewis died in Newton Grove, Sampson, NC (this is not Duplin as there’s a town named the same). He was buried Sampson Jackson Graveyard by Kill Peacock Swamp. Lewis and Sarah’s first (1st) son was Pvt. John Calvin Jackson, who was born in 1838 and enlisted on May 10, 1861. He was unmarried when he joined the Confederate Army. He was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) on Sep 17, 1862 at Sharpsburg, MD and died of disease as POW on Oct 26, 1862 at Old Capitol Prison, Washington, DC (North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster, (1993)). He’s buried at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.

Lewis and Sarah’s second son, named Edmond Coleman Jackson, was born in 1839 in Sampson County, NC. His first wife was named Plessie Nancy Keen (born Nov. 13, 1837), and his second wife was Pleasant R. Best (Aug. 18, 1843 – April 8, 1930). Edmond Coleman Jackson was about twenty-one years old when he enlisted on May 10, 1861. His Military records state that he was: “[w]ounded on Jul 1, 1862 at Malvern Hill, VA; wounded on May 3, 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA (Left foot), POW on May 3, 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA, confined on Dec 24, 1863 at Old Capitol Prison, Washington, DC, Transferred on Feb 3, 1864 at Point Lookout, MD, Arrived on Feb 25, 1865 at Aiken’s Landing, VA (For exchange), Paroled on Feb 25, 1865 at Point Lookout, MD, Hospitalized on Feb 26, 1865 at Richmond, VA (Estimated day), [and] Furloughed on Mar 13, 1865 (30 days)” (North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster (1993). He returned home to his family after the war and, many years later, died during the summer of 1918.

Lewis and Sarah’s third son, Pvt. William “Wiley” Bass Jackson, was born in 1843 in Westbrooks Township, Sampson, NC. Wiley was about nineteen years old when he enlisted on March 6, 1862 at Sampson County, NC. He was taken prisoner at Gettysburg, PA on July 1, 1863 and confined at Point Lookout, MD. He remained there until February 18, 1865 when he was paroled; he was back on Confederate rolls at until February 18, 1865 when he was paroled; he was back on Confederate rolls at Camp Lee, VA on February 28, 1865 (North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster, (1993). After the war, Wiley returned home. He was married to Pearcy Catherine Raynor, who was born on May 14, 1843. They married on Nov. 11, 1866 in Sampson Co. Wiley died in 1872, and Pearcy died on May 7, 1908.

Over next door in Wayne Co (area known as tri-county), we think that my 3rd Great Grandfather, Jacob Davis, was laid to rest at Bentonville Battleground, and I think his son James would have also been a Confederate. I don’t think there was any man in Wayne that wasn’t Gray.

Then back to Sampson County, there’s my Granny Davis’ line—the Raynors. W.D. Raynor, my 3rd Great Grandfather, served in the Mexican War (NC 1st). William David “Rayner” is found in the Ol’ Mans Pension book fought Mexican War for 1st NC and then Confederate for 20th NC as his beloved Susan C. Thornton Raynor/Rayner/Rainer drew a pension naming him as her spouse: App for Confederate Pension after 1901, Vol 3 M-R, also microfilm page 749. (He has records in Raleigh) His brother Frank was also a conscripted Confederate.

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