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Thomas JACKSON, schoolmaster of Penrith, Co. Cumberland. I did some work on this on the offchance he may tie into other JACKSONs in the area who were connected to Ireland in the early 1600s.
Sharon Oddie Brown. February 11, 2015


Thomas JACKSON schoolmaster of Penrith, Co. Cumberland


In his will [PROB 11/248/551] probated 06 July 1655, he mentions his wife Dorothy – still alive, and daughters: Dorothy [NOTE: The only daughter who is of age], Annas, Frances, Mary and Sarah [NOTE: I suspect she married Hugh NELSON]. He requests burial in the graveyard of Penrith [Would that be St. Andrews?]. A Nicholas JACKSON holds a mortgage on which he owes Thomas JACKSON. Witnesses were: Matthew WALTON; Thomas NELSON; Dudley CURWEN; and John SCOTT.


Based on the entry beneath, Thomas JACKSON would have been born 1602, and hence would have died at age 53.


From the Records of queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith :


At the Inquiry into the state of the school in 1647, Thomas Jackson, B.A., is stated to be Schoolmaster and, judging from the fact that six years' arrears of salary are ordered to be paid to him, he was appointed at least as early as 1641 ; he is in all probability the man referred to in the following entry in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 : — Jackson, Thomas, of Westmorland, pleb. Queen's Coll. matric. 9 Nov., 1621, aged 19 ; B.A. 1 April, 1628.* Jackson apparently held office for a considerable time, as in the parish registers under date Feb. 5, 1674, occurs the record of the marriage of Hugh Nelson and Sarah Jackson, both of Penrith. The bride was the youngest child of Mr. Thomas Jackson, styled Schoolmaster in the registers.


NOTE: Based on the will, I doubt that Thomas JACKSON was still alive at the time of his daughter Sarah’s wedding.



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