SOURCE: A History of Grundy County, Missouri, by James Everett Ford, News Publishing Company, Trenton, Missouri, 1908
WILLIAM R. JACKSON, son of William and Lyda (Brock) Jackson, was born in London, Laurel county, Kentucky, June 11th, 1836. He was married to Julia Williams, from Dublin, Ireland,1862. Eight children were born to them; G.T., born June 23rd, 1867; Mary E., born June 15th, 1869; Dora A., born August 13th, 1871, who died when six years old; Ed L., born May 15th, 1874; William W., born Sesptember 1st, 1876; Robert E., born June 22nd, 1878; Dollie, born July 22nd, 1880, died August 2nd, 1881; Mollie, born July 23rd, 1882, died August 18th, 1883. Mrs. Jackson died January 9 1884.
William R. Jackson entered the last 160 acres of land in Grundy county, a tract lying about two and one half miles southwest of Galt. He bought his present farm of one hundred and forty acres about four and one half miles north of Galt in the fall of 1867 and has lived on it almost continuously since that date.
Mr. Jackson enlisted in the Union army August 18th, 1861, and served until August 1865, when he was honorably discharged. he was wounded in the battle of Shiloh; fought with Sherman and was with him in his march to the sea, and in the latter part of the war served as sergeant in Company C, 18th Missouri Vet. Vol. Before the days of the railroad he hauled merchandise from Brunswick to Trenton with an ox team. He is a Republican in politics.