The past is the present for future generations who do not know their history


Mount Hope and Wolfe Springs…

Mount Olivet Cemetery - Nashville, TN.

Mount Olivet Cemetery

in neighboring Lawrence County were thriving communities way back when. So many of these families are also represented in the neighboring counties in North Alabama of Colbert and Franklin County. This is true of the Vandiver and the Jackson families.

The photo is a group photo of the James Newton “Jim” Jackson family. Jim Jackson  and Georgie Anna Vandiver lived and died in the Lawrence County areas of Mount Hope and Wolfe Springs. Georgie Anna was no doubt named after her father, George Washington Vandiver, a descendant of Hollingsworth Vandiver.

Pvt George Vandiver

Pvt George W Vandiver military marker at Mt Olivet Cemetery

George Ann was one of six children born to George Washington Vandiver and Mary Ann Hall Vandiver. The other children were: Phoeba Miranda, Susanne, John Wesley, Margaret Caroline and William Andrew Vandiver. George Washington Vandiver served in the 27th Alabama Regiment of Infantry in Company K. He died during the War Between the States on 9 December 1863. He is buried in the Nashville, Tennessee Mount Olivet Cemetery.

George Anna Vandiver married James Newton Jackson November 2, 1879 in Lawrence County, Alabama.

They had the following children: Robert Leander Jackson, Lucinda Jackson, Aller Ross Jackson, Ophiliar Jackson, Fannie Bell Jackson, Thomas Kennard Jackson and Kitty Ann Jackson. Ophiliar and Kitty Ann died in infancy. So far, the three children pictured are not identified from among the five children who survived.

The James Newton Jackson Family