Nicholas Springfield Jackson, a merchant, was born in Benton County, Arkansas, March 14, 1845, son of James and Rebecca (Williams) Jackson. James Jackson was born in North Carolina in 1804, received a good common-school education, and after arriving mature years immigrated with his father to Tennessee, making the journey to the state in wagons. The country was wild and unsettled, and our sturdy adventurers suffered many of the privations incident to those early days in an unsettled country. Rebecca Jackson, the mother, was also a native of North Carolina, and removed to Tennessee when but a young woman. She was afterward married to Mr. Jackson and bore him fifteen children although not many survived to adulthood. Mr. Jackson followed farming in Tennessee, and afterward emigrated to Benton County, Arkansas, and was among the first settlers of this county. He was here before the State was admitted to the Union, and when there were a few cabins where Springfield now stands. He was obliged to go forty miles to mill, and all his trading was done at Van Buren and Fort Smith, where he went twice a year. The people of Benton County showed their appreciation of him after the county had been made, by electing him to represent them at Little Rock as a member of the House of Representatives. He selected the site of his grave, and died on the homestead.
Their son, Nicholas S., was born on the farm where the father spent the greater part of his life, and passed his days, like most children, in the school room. At a time when his mind should have been almost entirely taken up with his studies the war broke out, and his books were thrown aside. On account of his strong Southern convictions, Mr. Jackson was driven from home, and afterward enlisted in the Confederate service, being engaged in active duty for one year. He enlisted in Company A, Col. Adair’s regiment, Cherokee brigade, and during this time of service was in a number of engagements: Fort Smith, Blackburn, Prairie, crossing the Arkansas river on rafts, swimming the horses and charging a fortified troop of negroes, and capturing a number, and Fayetteville being the most important fights, but was in numerous skirmishes. He surrendered at Fayetteville.
Mr. Jackson returned home after the war only to find the magnificent property in ruins; houses, fences, etc., being destroyed. Mr. Jackson went to work to repair and rebuild, hauling apples to Texas to buy their meat and bread the first year. He continued to live on the home farm, and was there married to Miss Martha Jobe, a native of Washington County, Arkansas, and the daughter of Hugh Jobe. This union resulted in the birth of ten children. After marriage Mr. Jackson began farming for himself on the farm given to him by his father, and there he continued to live until 1883, when he sold out and went to Bentonville. He there dealt in stock, and was also engaged in shipping grain. He then purchased and operated the mill at Bentonville, being engaged in that business for only a short time. He then engaged in the clothing business, but soon sold out and engaged in the general commission business. This he followed until coming to Maysville, where he formed a partnership with W. D. Dudmon, and again ventured into the general mercantile business. Since that time he bought out his partner‘s interest, and conducted the largest and most extensive establishment in Maysville.
Mr. Jackson was a stanch Democrat in politics, never having voted any other ticket; was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and Mrs. Jackson were members of the Missionary Baptist Church.
In around 1900, Nicholas moved to Texas. He died in Waxahachie, Texas, on June 17, 1925.
Adapted from Goodspeed's History of Benton County - 1889.