Minnie Lee JACKSON 

Minnie Lee Minnie Lee JACKSON (1870-1932) married Edward Lee McALEXANDER on December 13, 1885 when she was about fifteen and one-half years (15yrs, 7mos, 8dys) old. Their ten children, all living to full maturity, were Chester Eural (1888-1987), Euclid Woodfin (1889-1957), Olivia Irene (1892-1982), John Irvin (1894-1972), Frank Burkett (1896-1972), Boyd Eugene (1898-1981), Lena Dean (1901-1982), Minnie Mae (1903-1978), Katie Elizabeth (1905-1996), and Bernice (1906-1974).

Minnie Lee, the older daughter of James Marion JACKSON and Sarah Jane HARDISTER, was born near Chulahoma, Marshall County, Mississippi on May 5, 1870 and died of cancer on April 22, 1932 at the home of her daughter, Olivia Watkins, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. As the mother of ten children she must have been a very resourceful person to manage the household and yet retain her quiet and calm disposition. She was truly and dearly loved by her children and all that knew her. At Minnie Lee's request she is buried beside her mother, Sarah Jane "Sallie Ma" HARDISTER (1844-1928), in Hill Crest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Mississippi.

James Marion JACKSON (1833-1872) was born in Pickens County, Alabama on January 30, 1833, the only son of Wiley JACKSON (1804-1877) and Harriet TEER (1814-1902). James Marion was called "The Moon Fixer" because of his six feet - four inch height. He undoubtedly accounts for the height of some of the Edward Lee and Minnie Lee JACKSON McALEXANDER clan. He served in the Civil War as a Private in Companies B and D of Harrison's 3rd Louisiana Calvary and was captured by the "Yankees" near Jackson, Mississippi in July 1863 and was sent to Snyder's Bluff, Mississippi July 30, 1863. On August 7, 1863 he was received and imprisoned at Camp Morton, Indiana and was admitted November 19, 1864 to U. S. A. Post (Small Pox) Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana. Giving his Oath of Allegiance to the United States he was released, after war hostilities ended, from Camp Morton on May 22, 1865. When he returned to Louisiana, where he had lived prior to his service in the Rebel army, he found his first wife, Malissa FERRELL and two young daughters "sleeping in death". He returned to Marshall County, Mississippi to be with his parents and siblings during the period of his recovery from the rigors of war and imprisonment and the loss of wife and daughters. James Marion swiftly recovered and successfully re-established his health and place in society and on December 22, 1868 married Sarah Jane HARDISTER, daughter of Thomas T. and Mary A. HARRIS HARDISTER. Mary A. HARRIS (1826-1849) was the daughter of Rev. Charles Bascom HARRIS (1800-1870), a noted Methodist Church circuit rider preacher in middle Tennessee, northern Alabama, and northern Mississippi, and Margaret Jane CURRY (1805-1877). Sarah Jane was reared by her Harris grandparents, after the untimely death of her own parents while she was still a young girl. Disaster struck on the night of November 30, 1872 as James Marion was murdered by an unknown assailant while he was checking the stock on his farm near Batesville, Mississippi. This incident took place during the turbulent years of Reconstruction. He is buried in the Dean Cemetery near Chulahoma, Mississippi. His immediate survivors were his wife of almost four years, Sarah Jane, and two young daughters, Minnie Lee - two years old and six weeks old Jimmie Mary JACKSON (1872-1962). Sarah Jane did not remarry and lived the remainder of her life with her kinsfolk. She spent all but about nine years of her life as either an orphan or a widow.

    (Written upon the death of Minnie Lee Jackson McALEXANDER, April 22, 1932.)

    In Memory of Miss Minnie

    One who knew and loved her,
    Mrs. W. C. Hale

    With loving hands and aching hearts they laid her form to rest.  
    Her sainted spirit we all loved so well has now gone home to rest. 
    Amid our tears and sorrow our hearts are eased of pain 
    when we think what an inspiration her life has always been.  
    With tender care she guides our toddling baby feet from infancy to womanhood. 
    Up life mountain steep her love removed the jagged stones and briars from our way
    and her loving smiles and cheery words drove the gathering clouds away.  
    Ah, Miss Minnie dear, the thoughts of you be an inspiration sweet 
    and your life so full of sunshine cheered all you chanced to meet.
    Those withered hands how they labored to make our hearts feel gay.  
    You always tried to make life sweet and smooth the roughness from our way.
    You have finished the course dear Miss Minnie, fought a good fight and kept the faith 
    and now with loved ones and Jesus for us to anxiously wait.
    Dear Jesus help us to live ever so when life and cares are all o'er 
    we may go to meet Miss Minnie and Jesus.  Where parting will come never more.

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