Ansted in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Burial Place of Julia Jackson
On November 4, 1830, Julia Jackson married Blake G. Woodson, a man fifteen years her senior, who in 1831became the court clerk of newly created Fayette County. Mired in poverty despite his position, he resented his stepchildren. When Julia Woodson’s health began to fail in 1831, she sent her children to live with relatives, and Thomas J. Jackson moved to Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County. He returned here
The exact date of Julia Woodson’s death is uncertain. Her tombstone, erected many years later, states that she died in September 1831. She gave birth to a son, however, on October7, and other documentary evidence points to a death date of December 4, 1831. A wooden headboard or footboard once marked the site, but by 1855 it had disappeared.
(Sidebar): In August 1855, Thomas J. Jackson, later famous as Stonewall, came here in hopes of finding his mother's grave. He stayed at Tyree Tavern, and William Tyree escorted him here. Jackson wrote: "[Tyree] was at my mother's burial and accompanied me to the cemetery for the purpose of pointing out her grave, but I am not certain that he found it. There was no stone to mark the spot. Another gentileman, who had the kindness to go with us, state that a wooden head or foot board with her name on it had been put up, but it was no longer there." Years later, Capt. Thomas R. Ranson, formerly in Jackson's brigade, erected a marker for Julia Jackson.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 8.226′ N, 81° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ansted WV 25812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jackson's Mother (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Haven Veterans' Memorial (about 500 feet away); Tyree Tavern (approx. ¼ mile away); "Halfway House" (approx. ¼ mile away); Contentment (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named "Contentment" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Salt Sand (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hawk’s Nest Tunnel (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ansted.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 616 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.