Jackson Family Cemetery

Association: Family
No. of Markers: 26 (View)
No. of Individuals: 22 (View)
Location: Free Union, Albemarle Co.

The Jackson Family Cemetery lies on a ridge in Free Union with a beautiful view to the north. There are 26 individuals buried in the cemetery, with space for additional generations of family members. The first burial was the head of the 19th and early 20th century household: Silas B. Jackson. He was born in 1872 and died in 1936 at the age of 64. Born almost a decade after emancipation, Silas was one of the first African-American land owners in Free Union. He helped establish the Amos Church in Free Union and worked as a school teacher and postman. He was married to Bertha Collins Jackson (1885-1974). Together they had 20 children, half of whom are buried in this cemetery: Emory (1902-1960), Willie (1904-1986), Nellie (1911-2003), Alice Gordon (1914-1972), Wallace (1916-1937), Fannie Wars (1918-1984), Daisy Banks (1922-1966), Nannie Cooke (1927-1967), Bernice Johnson (1928-1998), and Helen Gordon (1920-2004).

In the image at the left, one of the great-grandchildren of Silas and Bertha Jackson, Ms. Bettie Fitch, stands at their grave.

The cemetery was located behind one of the Jackson family homes, lived in by Helen Jackson Gordon until her death (1920-2004). The house was sold in 2005, but the cemetery remains, enclosed by a fence, behind the newly constructed house.