Joshua Jackson was a Revolutionary soldier and his name is recorded as such at the Courthouse in Montrose, PA. He came from Vermont to Brooklyn in 1816 with his wife, Eleanor Fisk whose brother Joseph afterwards settled in Springville. Joshua was a shoemaker and he and his wife are listed as members of the Second Congregational Church of Bridgewater. This congregation later changed their persuasion to Presbyterian and most early records refer to Joshua as Deacon Jackson. A stone in the Old Cemetery across the road from the Methodist (now Baptist) Church bears his name. He died Sept. 4, 1842 aged 80 years, 4 mo. and 10 days and Eleanor  died July 29, 1849 aged 80 years and 10 months. They had five children, two daughters and three sons. 

Joseph Jackson, son of Joshua and Eleanor (Fisk) Jackson, Sr.,  was born in Londonderry, Rockingham County, NH on Feb. 25, 1787 and died at Brooklyn August 22, 1864 in his 78th year. He married first Rebecca Cushman by whom he had two daughters. Married second Esther Bidwell who gave him six children and thirdly to Milly (Tarbox) Wilson, widow of Dimock Wilson. Except for his third wife, the family is buried in the Old Cemetery known as the East Side. He is also listed in church records and was a shoemaker. He and his brothers began the first clearings on several places in Brooklyn. 

Rebecca C. Jackson, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca (Cushman) Jackson, was born Oct. 20, 1812 and died Sept. 8, 1884. She married on July 8, 1830 Ezra S. Brown, a son of Ezra and Nancy (Bolles) Brown. He came with his parents to Brooklyn in  1813. Ezra S. Brown was born at Waterford, New London Co., CT on Dec. 31, 1806 and died at Hop Bottom August 20, 1887. He learned the carpenter's trade, being an apprentice with James Packer for over five years. An arithmetic book, hand written by him, is among the exhibits at the local museum in Montrose. Some histories refer to him as Esquire. Grave is marked by a stone at Mt. View Cemetery. Four daughters and a son. 

Hannah Mary Brown, daughter of Ezra S. and Rebecca C. (Jackson) Brown, was born Dec. 16, 1836 and died Nov. 18, 1919. She married James Hilliard Sterling, a son of Isaac Hilliard and Harriet (Emmons) Sterling. James was born May 25, 1827 and died April 2, 1900. Someone took his picture while he was making maple syrup a few days before his death. This was a treasured keepsake. Their children are as follows: Emerson Llewellyn born May 3, 1856, died Sept. 25, 1941, married Jennie Delphia Eastman and their children were Nellie, Burton, Belle, Mary, Lois and James; Byron Gillman born 1858 died 1935 married Lura Maria Dewitt; Edwin born May 20, 1862 died Oct. 30, 1865; Herman born Sept. 26, 1864 died May 14, 1880 (suicide); Merton D. born 1868 and died 1938 married Clara Hill and their children were Laura, Lura, Susan, Truman and Oscar; Alice born May 18, 1871 and died Aug 20, 1875; clarence Clifton born May 3, 1878 and died Oct. 15, 1943 married Gertrude Lindsey and their children were Lehman N., Meta, and Byron.

Emerson Llewellyn Sterling married Jennnie Delphia Eastman and their daughter, Lois, married Ralph Claude Potter and their children were Lura Marie Potter and Lloyd Carl Potter.

Sources: History of Brooklyn PA by E.A. Weston, Centennial History of Susquehanna Co. PA by R.M. Stocker; US Census 1830, 1850, 1860, 1870; Photo of Joshua Jackson's tombstone; Early Settlers of Rowley, MA compiled by G.B. Blodgette.

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