Morris Godfrey Jackson (June 14, 1835 - November 7, 1923) served as a private in Company F, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.
Morris Jackson was born on June 14, 1835 in Johnson County, Tennessee to William and Mahulda (Dunn) Jackson. He first married Elizabeth Adams (1835-1856) who died in childbirth.. He married second Nancy Elizabeth Cress (1842-1925) with whom he had at least ten children.
Civil War service
Jackson enlisted as a private in Company H on September 22, 1863 in Camp Nelson, Kentucky for a period of three years and mustered in February 25, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee. He was transferred February 24, 1864 to Company F by order of Colonel Miller.
He is described as 25 years old, 5' 9" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, black hair, and by occupation a carpenter.
Jackson is listed as present for duty until November 13, 1864 when he was left sick in hospital at Knoxville, Tennessee. When he returned to the regiment is not found in records but he completed his term of service.
Jackson mustered out with regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $29.61 to the government for his clothing, had received a bounty of $25, and was owed a $75 bounty.
Jackson applied for an invalid's pension on May 19, 1891. His wife applied for a widow's pension on December 26, 1923.
He died November 7, 1923 in Knox County, Kentucky and is buried at Jackson-Garland Cemetery in Cannon, Kentucky. His obituary reads in part: "Uncle Godfrey Jackson, 97 years of age, of Long Branch, Knox County, died at his home Tuesday, Nov. 7. Deceased was a veteran of the Civil War and had a host of friends over the county, being one of those who smile their way thru life with a good word for everyone. It is said of Mr. Jackson that he was never known to speak a harsh word, which is a record to be much desired."
- According to family history, the son survived and was raised by Elizabeth's parents as an Adams.
- When he initially enlisted, it was under the name of Godfrey Jackson, October 1, 1863 in Carter County, and his age is given as 31. Subsequent muster roll records give his name as Morris G. Jackson, with his age as 25, and having enlisted either at Camp Nelson or Washington County, Tennessee.
- Mountain Advocate, November 10, 1922.