Jackson in Jackson County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
James Cemetery / Major John James
Side A: James Cemetery
Major John James (1772-1854) established James Cemetery in 1828 on and around a Native American mound that is the only significant ancient mound remaining in the city of Jackson. The mound is about 70 feet in diameter and nearly six feet tall. In the late 1800s, this mound comprised one point of three ancient mound groups forming a triangular configuration along East Broadway Street, formerly known as James Street. One group was a few hundred feet northeast of here on the Watson farm and a second was just to the northwest on the Warnicke farm. These mounds were built by the Hopewell Culture, prominent in southern Ohio from about 100 BC to 400 AD. Major James, his wife, and several immediate family members are buried on the mound including Jackson County pioneers Andrew Long, Daniel Hoffman, and David Mitchell.
Side B: Major John James
John James arrived in Marietta in 1788 with his parents and siblings, some of the first settlers of the Northwest Territory. His father was a member of Rufus Putnam's Ohio Company and the family lived in a blockhouse near Belpre. In 1791, his brother William was one of twelve settlers killed at the Big Bottom Massacre, a tragedy that touched off the Indian Wars. During that time, the James family retreated to what became Blennerhassett Island in
Erected 2007 by Jackson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Carl Coyan Companies, Stockmeister Enterprises, City of Jackson, Time Warner Cable, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-40.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 3.219′ N, 82° 37.613′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Ohio, in Jackson County. Marker is on Broadway Street half a mile west of U.S. 35, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson OH 45640, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wesley Powell / Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863 (approx. half a mile away); Jackson (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Scioto Salt Licks Trails / The Kanawha Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away); Berlin Heights Battlefield (approx. 5.1 miles away); Berlin Crossroads (approx. 5.1 miles away); Leo Petroglyph (approx. 7.2 miles away); Hanging Rock Region (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
Also see . . . John James Family Tree. (Submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,192 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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