LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
When quite old he united with the Methodist Church and remained with them until his death, which occurred January 17, 1883, aged 95 years, less one day.”
I have not been able to verify that Jarvis Jackson was a general in the War of 1812, only that he is usually referred to as General Jackson. Possibly this was just an address of respect. No mention is made of the fact that Jackson was one of Laurel County’s biggest slave owners before the War Between the States. Though sentiment was mostly with the Union in southeastern Kentucky, that doesn’t seem to have affected Jarvis Jackson’s legacy. Of course, by the time Dyche wrote this piece, the war had been over for 30 years.
When the Swiss immigrants came to Laurel County in the early 1880s, many of them bought their land from Jackson. But that’s a story for another time.
Remember that the above sketch was written in 1895 and that the railroad through London at that time was located where the present Mill Street runs today. The London Depot spoken of in Dyche’s writing sat about where Justice Shamrock Glass Company is now.
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