Jackson, George, 1812 -

George Jackson, the son of James Jackson and Elsie Prince of Groton, Connecticut, was employed in his early life as a whaler.  In 1832, he bought a tract of land in Groton from Peter Avery II.  Two years later, he married Elizabeth Limas but unsuccessfully filed for divorce in 1840.  In that year, the Groton census found that his household was comprised of four people: George, who was working as a farmhand, Elizabeth, and two boys under ten years old.  

Jackson was prosecuted in 1844 for breach of peace in New London and the following year was acquitted of assaulting his wife.  In 1847, while intoxicated at Betsy Squib's residence on the Mashantucket reservation, Jackson brutally beat Edward Nedson, an elderly Eastern Pequot Revolutionary War veteran.  When Nedson died of his injuries, Jackson was arrested, tried, and found guilty of murder.  His death sentence was later commuted to life in prison after hundreds of petitions in support of his reprieve flooded Connecticut legislators.  Jackson spent the rest of his life incarcerated in the Connecticut State Prison in Wethersfield.  He last appeared in the enumeration of prisoners in the 1850 Wethersfield census.  (For more on this, see Awful Consequences of the Fiery Curse of Rum.)

Brown and Rose, Black Roots, 199-200.  Mancini, Beyond Reservation, 119.  Trial and Conviction for Murder,   Federal Enumeration of Connecticut (Wethersfield, 1850), Ancestry.

Born: 
1812