The Alfred and Anne Jackson McGuire, who married in Monroe County Indiana in 1832, are my second great-grandparents on my mother’s side by their son Seralvo.The only place I have ever seen Anne or Annie referred to as Hannah is in the following passage, which was a biography of their son William Hansberry McGuire: “WILLIAM H. McGUIRE, a native of Owen County, Ind., was born October 8, 1833. His parents, Alfred and Hannah (Jackson) McGuire, came from Kentucky to Owen County in a very early day, and located in Washington Township.” Extracted from COUNTIES OF CLAY & OWEN Historical & Biographical. Ed. by Charles Blanchard, (F.A. Battey Co.; 1884) 1992 as republished by Owen Co. Genealogical & Historical Society.I feel that it is very likely that family tradition and/or “web lore” added this name incorrectly to Anne Jackson.
McGuire family tradition has it that Ann, Anne or Annie Jackson was born in Kentucky but raised in Jackson Branch, Brown County, IN.This tradition also indicates she was the daughter of John and Leotta (Wilson) Jackson.Jackson Creek runs into Salt Creek.Their juncture is in Section 31 of what is now the extreme SW corner of Brown Co., immediately adjacent to what is now eastern Monroe Co.This area was well known to the Indians and then the early settlers as having salt licks, which attracted game.Making salt in this area was an early industry in what was Monroe Co. and later Brown Co., IN.Two Brown County historical books –the later probably derived from the former- name William Jackson as founder of the Jackson Salt Works and state that he bored a 300 ft well from which to pump salt brine as early as 1823.The counties apparently set this land aside; there are no land patents in section 31.A Wilson Jackson patented the land in the NW corner of the adjacent section 32 in 1857.The McGuire “homestead” is in Section 28, also in the SW ¼ of the county, was entered in 1848.Records seem to indicate that Alfred’s parents, John and Lucy (Hensley) McGuire were in the region as early as 1820, first appearing in the Lawrence Co., IN census in that year
Salt seems to tie these two families together.Grotis Mcguire, son of Seralvo, was a prominent Brown Co., IN resident.One passage from a 1974 interview with the Brown County Democrat newspaper states, “Other reminiscences include his grandfather chopping wood for the boilers at the old salt wells at the mouth of Jackson creek. Alfred McGuire and others took their pay in salt and sold it by the cup, door to door, in Bloomington and Columbus.”Another reference indicates that Alfred and a partner, Tom Richards, sank another well and made salt later in the 19th century for a short time.Brown Co., IN records indicate that in 1858 Alfred McGuire administered the estate of a John Jackson, who I assume was his son-in-law and died prior to that year in Brown County.
I would like to claim William and Elizabeth DeMoss and their son, John as mine if we could have John born around 1791 in Virginia.That would make William the founder of the salt works who dug the well in 1823 and who some think died in Brown Co., IN in 1837.In turn, this would make John Annie Jackson’s father.
From this point there are still many issues to be addressed and I think to continue them here would lead to more confusion than I now experience.I have been working on ancestors in Monroe, Owen, Brown and Lawrence Co.’s for a few years now and only begun to look into the Jacksons and Wilsons.I will attempt to follow on the main topic and add to side topics as I find information.I am attempting to “war game” the Jacksons on my Ancestry tree and will be happy to share that or any other information I have with the caution that it is a work in progress and there are some assumptions and “reaches” that need better proof than I’ve found to date.I hope to hear from others working on this line in the counties originally outlined for the topic and the originating areas.