Saturday, April 23, 2011

Family Reunion

As you read this, I'm at a family reunion at the former site of the Jackson Plantation near Tennessee Colony, TX. My great-great grandfather, Frederick Stith Jackson owned the plantation. At one time he was one of the richest men in Texas, but he died in 1863 and his fortune was destroyed by the Civil War. My brother now owns a small portion of the land where the plantation was located, and around 75 Jackson descendants will be there for the reunion.

The building in the photo was built in the first decade of the 20th century. The photo was taken a few years ago, but the building's still there. That's my brother, Bob, with his grandson, Boone, on the porch.

TENNESSEE COLONY, TX | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA): "The moist climate and fertile soil was suitable for growing cotton, and a number of cotton plantations prospered, including the Jackson Plantation, which became one of the largest plantations in East Texas"

5 comments:

George said...

Have a great time!

Anonymous said...

Are you staying in the house?

Jeff

Caroline Clemmons said...

Is Stith a family name? Stith Edmondson was related to my Clemmons family. Stith moved from Summerville, Georgia to Mineral Wells, Texas.

Cap'n Bob said...

I love what you've done with the place. Happy reunion.

Bill Crider said...

Caroline, Stith is a family name going back many generations. I'm not sure if anyone has the info on its origin.