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William Jackson and Family

Summary with links - updated with new information April 2015

Richard Jackson m. Elizabeth Harris 28 Nov 1751 in Herriard, Hampshire
(connection not proven)

William Jackson 1754-1836
b. Herriard, d. Upton Grey
Sarah Jackson 1766 - 1805
b. Herriard; d. Herriard

William Jackson chr.31 Mar 1754 m. (1) Hannah Holdaway* 10 Oct 1776 in Upton Gey
They had two children:

Elizabeth Jackson 1776-1778 §Daniel Jackson b. 1778 - d. after 1806

William Jackson m. (2) Ann

(Ann's surname unknown) b..Aug 1757 ; marriage date - unknown

They had one child:
George Jackson b. Dec 1796, chr. 1 Jan 1797 Upton Grey, d.10 Apr 1879, bur. 19 Apr 1879 Burton Park

Important new information has now come to light (April 2015) in a list of licensed gamekeepers in Hampshire published by FindMyPast. The lists (which possibly include every gamekeeper in the county at the time) include references to three of the family, two of them being originally published in the Hampshire Chronicle on 2 Oct 1809 and the third on 24 Sept.1821. Each is dealt with below in the appropriate place.

Immediately relevant is the first reference found - and unexpectedly - to William himself. Not only was he a gamekeeper (like his son George later in Devon) but he was living in Upton Grey and his employer was J.W.Beaufoy, Esq., who was High Sheriff for Hampshire in 1806 and later Deputy Lt for the county. The Beaufoy family, of ancient (Norman) lineage came originally from Warwickshire, but by this time were living in London with a house in Grosvenor Place and had acquired Upton Grey House as their 'country seat' about 1800. (The initials given in the newspaper are not correct and perhaps a misreading of his signature, his name being John Hanbury Beaufoy, b. 17 Feb 1761, d. 28 Nov 1836 (just one month before William) in Upton Grey and was also buried there. He was by occupation a vinegar distiller.

One interesting note about John Beaufoy's wife, Agnes, states that in 1819 there were two schools built on Beaufoy land. 'On one occasion Agnes provided a roast beef dinner for nearly 300 children, gave each boy a hat and shirt, and each girl a bonnet and frock!'

Ann Mrs Jackson d. 25 Jul 1827 Upton Grey bur.31 Jul 1827 St Mary's Upton Grey
William Jackson d. 4 Dec 1836 Upton Grey, bur.19 Dec 1836 St Mary's, Upton Grey

*Hannah Holdaway/Jackson chr. St Mary's, Upton Grey 15 Apr 1754; bur. 1 Jan 1779
§ Daniel was witness to a marriage of Richard King & Elizabeth Holdaway in Upton Grey, 29 Nov 1806, and also to the George White and Martha Langford marriage 18 Dec 1806. with a Sarah Holdaway both times. From the evidence of the 1841 census the name 'White' was a very common one in Upton Grey! (George and Martha had two children, Ann White chr.6 Nov 1814 and William White, chr.29 Jun 1817)
also A Jane Jackson was a witness at Upton Grey in 1833.


The second family member to appear in the Hampshire Chronicle list of names was of course George Jackson himself, then aged 24, and 5 years before he left the village and was married. The information given on 24 Sept 1821 is that he was a gamekeeper at Hoddington and the cost of his Gamekeeper's Certificate was £3. 13s. 6d. (He had similar bills in Devon and 3 certificates have so far been noted, so perhaps they were issued annually. A person without a 'current' one could not be employed as a gamekeeper!

Hoddington was a small neighbouring village with a manor and the village of Upton Grey was formed by the joining of the Saxon parish of Hoddington to that of Upton. The addition of 'Grey' came from the de Grey family who acquired the manor in 1272. The owner in 1821 was a Joseph Russell Esq. given against George Jackson's name on that list.

George Jackson m. Mary Ann White,

Mary Ann was the daughter of David White and Jane Hoskins. David White is the 3rd member of the family to appear on gamekeepers' lists, in this recently discovered case as either born in 'Grewell' (Greywell) or resident there, on a separate list from the Jacksons but on the same printed sheet as William, the date, 2 Oct 1809 being the same. (Employer's name not given). Perhaps this was just beofre he moved to Upton Grey. For George's involvement in becoming a gamekeeper there is therefore no need to look further than his father, William, for his choice of occupation..

The account for these families is divided into several distinct stages :

Pages for George and Mary Ann's children, Albert and Emma, cover some of the same period so there is an overlap at times which is inevitable.