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Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #45



source: commons, wikimedia.org Andrew Jackson

I always knew I was kin to Andrew Jackson; it’s something my father was very proud of, since it was through his mother’s family. My mother, on the other hand, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, always hedged her words carefully, indicating that he might not be the relative of whom we’d be most proud! Now I know why she’d say that. I believe politically, I’d agree with this President’s policies, but personally, I kind of doubt we’d like each other. He was known to have a temper, to even be violently explosive at times! Gracious! How could someone like that become President?
Well, he was a war hero, active in politics for years, and truly, the first “populist” President. He and his supporters formed the Democratic Party! He was the first President not born in wealth, the one the people could identify with, and him with them! Let me start at the beginning, for a brief synopsis of his interesting life.

Andrew Jackson trivia

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Andrew Jackson was born on my birthday, March 15, but over 180 years earlier, in 1767. Tragically his father died in an accident just before Andrew was born. Andrew’s father was also Andrew–Andrew Bennett Jackson and his mother was Elizabeth Hutchinson. The parents had emigrated from Ireland, but were of Scots-Irish descent and devout Presbyterians. Andrew’s older brothers, Hugh, age 2, and Robert, age 3, came to America in 1765 with their parents. Andrew was born in what is now Waxhaw, South Carolina, but both Carolinas claim him, as his birthplace was only about 18 miles south of Charlotte, NC., right on the line between North and South Carolina! At the young age of 13, Andrew acted as a courier during the Revolutionary War, as did his brother Robert. Andrew’s oldest brother Hugh fought and died in the War. The younger boys were captured by the British, imprisoned, and made to serve as servants to the British officers. One story states that Andrew was ordered to polish an officer’s boots, and when he refused, he was slashed with a sword, forever scarred on his hand and head! By the time their mother secured their release, Robert and Andrew had come down with smallpox, and Robert soon died! By the end of the year of 1781, Elizabeth died also, of cholera, which she contracted as she nursed American soldiers with that disease. So, the Jackson family  came to America pursuing religious freedom, and economic stability, and within years, all were deceased except Andrew, who became our 7th President! Some people crumble under such adversity, some are honed by fire, I would have to say, Andrew succeeded brilliantly but with a sad and very rough beginning.
As he matured, Andrew taught school, and eventually became a lawyer through his education in Salisbury, NC. He then moved to S.W. North Carolina, which is currently part of Tennessee. In fact, Andrew Jackson is credited with helping found the town of Memphis, Tennessee.

Battle of New Orlans, with General Andrew Jackson, www.history.com

Battle of New Orlans, with General Andrew Jackson, http://www.history.com

His legal work began to earn him a stellar reputation in Tennessee, and among other honors, he was elected to the Continental Congress of 1796. It appears that his highly respected leadership in the War of 1812 propelled him to National fame. He was known as the person who led the troops that saved New Orleans. Then even though he defied the orders of his superiors, he went to Florida, fought and conquered the Spanish and the Seminoles, and won Florida for America! That earned him significant fame and recognition.


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source: proactvoice.wordpress.com, Clear and Present danger: The Corporation is Systematically Sucking the Lifeblood Out of America


In 1824, he ran for President against John Quincy Adams. All together, there were four candidates, and no one got enough votes to win. The House of Representatives appointed John Q. Adams as President, and Andrew Jackson was furious, feeling like the voices of the people had not been heard. At that point he vowed to rid the country of the electoral college, a sentiment I’ve shared a time or two!

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Andrew Jackson was elected President of the People; the first of the Democratic party, in 1828. He was the first President to open the White House to the public. He investigated the administrators of Government controlled agencies like the postal service among others. It did not make him popular among the insiders, who thought their positions and power were secure. Jackson even called the Second National Bank a monopoly, and vetoed a bill passed by congress extending their charter for another four years. He diverted the money to banks in the States. The people loved him, and readily reelected him in 1832. The other politicians didn’t like him half as much, accusing him of being rude and manipulative. On January 30, 1835, a man named Richard Lawrence attempted to assassinate Andrew Jackson, but his gun misfired! This was the first attempt to kill a sitting President in our country. Lawrence was an out of work house painter. He said he blamed Andrew Jackson, for his loss of work, due to his dealings with the bank, and that only if Andrew Jackson died would money flow again!

When Andrew Jackson retired from his Presidency, he retired to his Presidential home in Nashville,Tennessee, named “The Hermitage”. Today the home is a beautifully restored piece of history we are told, and I for one would like to visit there. Although it tends to rank third behind Mount Vernon and Monticello for numbers of visitors, it is considered just as significant and beautiful as the others.
Just as Andrew Jackson’s personhood and Presidential practices were controversial, so are his genealogical ancestry records. For years, most experts named our 6th great-grandfather, Dr. Joseph Jackson, 1690- 1765 in Londonderry,Ireland, as the grandfather of our President. His father Andrew Bennett Jackson, 1737 is not in question. However, many more recent genealogists have made the case for one Hugh Jackson and his wife Elizabeth Creath as the grandparents of President Andrew Jackson. The Andrew Jackson Foundation which maintains Hermitage presents both lines of ancestors and states that the proof is still not conclusive to either line. In the second line, Andrew remains our 1st cousin, because the second ancestral line only changes the father of our grandfather David, not the brotherhood of him and Andrew Bennett. This family was surely well-connected, because earlier I wrote a blog post about David Jackson, my fifth great-grandfather, Uncle to the President (his father’s brother) who fought in the Revolutionary War with President George Washington, also a cousin of mine.(see this blog post)   From http://www.eupedia.com/forum/threads/30167-President-Andrew-Jackson-belonged-to-haplogroup-I1, “Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), the seventh President of the United States, most probably belonged to haplogroup I1 based on results from the Jackson DNA Project. His genealogy shows that he is descended from Richard Jackson (1505-1562) from Killingsworth, Eske, Yorkshire, England. Several members (e.g. 93323, 188015, 222633) of this lineage have been tested and they all belong to I1-M253.” Our Hogue family who married into the Jackson family is also in Haplogroup 11, how interesting!

According to our family tradition, this is my/our relationship with President Andrew Jackson:


Andrew (7th Pres.) Jackson (1767 – 1845)

is your 1st cousin 6x removed

Andrew Bennett Jackson (1737 – 1767)

father of Andrew (7th Pres.) Jackson

DR JOSEPH JACKSON (1690 – 1765)

father of Andrew Bennett Jackson

David Jackson (1730 – 1811)


Mary Jackson (1754 – 1800)

daughter of David Jackson

Hugh (twin) Hogue (1788 – 1880)

son of Mary Jackson

Hugh Jackson Hogue (1825 – 1870)

son of Hugh (twin) Hogue

Robert Fulton Hogue Sr. (1850 – 1924)

son of Hugh Jackson Hogue

Helen Blanche Hogue (1881 – 1964)

daughter of Robert Fulton Hogue Sr.

Cecil Hogue Youngblood (1910 – 1988)

son of Helen Blanche Hogue

Helen Spear Youngblood Holshouser

You are the daughter of Cecil Hogue Youngblood 


Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

16 thoughts on “Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #45

  1. Not a dusty old history lesson. Enjoyed reading about this president.


  2. Thanks Cathy, i decided i wanted to be sure to include our kinship for posteritty, so they would know about it. He had a hard life.


  3. Hmmm…Related to Andrew Jackson. I guess I won’t discuss politics with you. 🙂


  4. LOLOLOL, Charles Moore, I don’t even own a gun, or a cane, or a sword! LOL But I am opinionated, more so the older I get! Love it, thanks for reading!


  5. What fascinating sleuthing! And you MUST go to the Hermitage. I was able to visit it several years ago and it really brings Jackson to life. I was particularly struck to learn he was a great reader of newspapers. I think he’d have loved the computer and Twitter updates!


  6. How interesting Vera B., thank you so much for sharing that! Its interesting, because in many ways he reminds me of my father, and Dad loved the newspaper also! I am determined to get to the Hermitage, especially with your comment. I also read that they have more authentic furniture then either Mt.Vernon or Monticello, both of which which I love!


  7. Great story, especially as my great grandmother [ANNIE] is a sister to your Robert Fulton Hogue.


  8. Well hi annonymous, you and I would be 3rd cousins! If you are not Charles or Rebecca, then you might know them as your siblings or your first cousins. I have a picture of Annie that I’d love to share with you if you don’t already have it. Feel free to write tome at helenholshuser@gamil.com


  9. Hi, my grandmother named Margaret Sullivan, who recently passed away…told me that Andrew Jackson was related to her. Can anyone help me figure out how to find the rest of my family’s (Rogers) family tree? My father was born in Ohio.

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  10. Hi Peter N. Rogers, I would be glad to see if I can help you, but will need a lot more! I do have a fair number of Rogers in my family trees as both my husband and I are related to the Rogers family ! They are a massive family! Please contact me at helenholshouser@gmail.com. Are you on facebook, you can find me as Helen Youngblood Holshouser.


  11. The Leslie family is a connection I thank and I was told he lived close to my Hooper family in Mississippi area but not sure about any of this could anyone share census to confirm this information. If the information I have he would be a 1st Cousin 8 times removed,


  12. Hi Donnie Alan Blackstone, are you wanting to know if you are related, or if he ever lived in Mississippi? Do you have a tree on ancestry or anywhere I could see? I do know he was born on the border of South Carolina and NC in 1767. On the North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890, he is listed on a tax list in 1779 in Randolph County, NC. On the 1800 census he is living in the Kershaw District, South Carolina. He fights in the war of 1812 as the Maj. Genl. of Jackson’s Division of the Tennessee Volunteers. He married Rachel Donelson in 1794 in Tennessee. In the 1820 census he is in Davidson, Tenn. On the 1830 census, he is in Washington Ward 1, Washington, District of Columbia. 1840 census he is in Davidson, Tenn. In 1845, of course he dies in dAvidson, Tenn. Even thought this doesn’t show him living in Mississippi, that doesn’t mean he didn’t. He moved around with his military service a huge amount of times. If you give me some names of your Hoopers and DOB, and the Leslie family, I’d be happy to see what I can discover.


  13. Hi, Helen. I enjoyed reading your blog. I was told, by my Grandmother, that we were related to President Jackson, as distant cousins. I do not know if it has ever been verified. This is what I discovered through another distant cousin, who has done a lot of research (I “met” her through ancestry.com) Our great-great-great-great grandfather was Hugh Jackson, uncle of the President. The story goes that he returned to Ireland, where he married. One of his daughters (Maria or Mariah; difficult to read the name on papers) married Robert Robinson, who, after she died, immigrated to the USA in the 1840s, along with his surviving children. If I showed up at the Hermitage, with this story, it probably would not be taken seriously, but there you have it. lol. It is very nice to “meet” you.


  14. Hi Mary, thank you so very much for reading my blog and for leaving a comment. I tried to find answers for you, and thought that I had, but after more research, probably not yet anyway.

    Pres. andrew Jackson did have two brothers, one was Robert, one was as you said, Hugh. His brother Hugh lived 1763-1779. Some sources say he never married nor had children. He died fighting in our Revolutionary War in North Carolina after emigrating from Ireland.

    The history on him is totally mixed and confusing. There is an autobiography by Hugh Jackson Robinson, his grandson suposedly, by Mariah Margaret Jackson who married Robert Robinson just as you said. Indeed, I will attach a copy of that autobiography. Hugh Jackson Robinson says, “His son, Hugh J. Robinson, stated in his autobiography, written in 1915, “My parents were Robert Robinson and Mariah Margaret Jackson, the latter a first cousin of Andrew Jackson, the old hero of the Hermitage and twice elected President of the United States. They were originally from Scotland, so I am what is now denominated Scotch-Irish. (Grandfather, John Robinson, was from Scotland.) I have but a faint recollection of my mother she died while I was very young. I had three sisters and two brothers who grew to man and womanhood, I being next to the youngest, all are now died but myself.
    Mariah Margaret Jackson, aka Mary, was born in Ireland, She married Robert Robinson at the age of 15 years and 5 months. She died shortly before her husband and children immigrated to New York. Family history states that Mariah Jackson was a 1st cousin, once removed, of President Andrew Jackson, and that her father was Hugh Jackson.
    Several attempts have been made to find the ancestors of Mariah Jackson. One researcher wrote on June 17, 1962 to C. Austin Seager, “I carefully went over your instructions and enclosure and came to the conclusion before starting research that there was little chance of success, for it appears that efforts were made many years ago, before the destruction of the Four Courts, to trace the ancestry of President Andrew Jackson. Apparently even then, the searches instituted by the Mayor of Belfast, failed to establish his ancestry. Among the information enclosed by you, apparently citations from a book, it is stated that the father of the immigrant, Andrew Jackson Senior, left a small sum of money to his grandson. The father of the immigrant was Hugh Jackson of Carrickfergus, who, according to your patron’s family tradition, was an uncle of Hugh Jackson (son of Robert Robinson & Mariah Jackson). I have been unable to find a probate record for this Hugh Jackson in the following courts: Prerogative Court of Ireland, Spisc Consistory of Down, Consistory of Connor, Armagh, and Clogher. I am therefore at a loss to know where this Will can have existed. Neither have I been able to find a record of a Jackson as bailiff of the Assize Court, Town Councillor, or Grand Jury Foreman at Carrickfergus. The extensive town records of Carrickfergus have been deposited in the PRONI, but a thorough search failed to reveal any information on the Jackson family. There are no early Presbyterian registers for Carriskfergus. I searched the Parish Registers of the Church of Ireland, Carriskfergus CMB 1740-1820 for all Robinson, Kenney, Jackson, and Crawford entries. A note in the registers states that burials of dissenters were included. There are no registers there prior to 1740. As I drew a blank on this search, I thought the only reasonable step would be to search Belfast registers, as that is the only other definite place known in connection with the pedigree. The only early Presbyterian registers there are Rosemary St. These registers contain a few Robinson and Jackson entries between 1756 and 1820, but no entry is pertinent to the pedigree. I then searched Belfast Cathedral. I searched CMB 1745-1800 for Robinson and Jackson names. I did not go beyond 1800 as you had already had searches made for the possibly relevant entries after that date. The entries are very numerous, but at least the patron can have these cleared on a relative basis as I have little hope now of finding any pedigree connections. A search of the marriage licence bonds of the Dioceses of Connor, Down, Armagh and Clogher failed to produce the marriage of Robert Robinson to Maria Margaret Jackson 1820-30. John Robinson to Ann Kennedy 1775-1800, or Hugh Jackson to ? 1780-1814. A search of the Will and Admon calendars of the above four consistory courts 1750-1858 failed to show a suitable John Robinson or Hugh Jackson act. A search of the card index of misc. documents at the PRO of NI showed only one 18th century reference to a Hugh Jackson, but this did not seem to be relevant to the pedigree. There was a MSS of a Jackson family in Ulster which did not seem to connect to the patron’s pedigree. I am afraid that I cannot suggest any useful fields of search to pursue in this case. The names are such common ones that a search of the deeds would be extremely expensive and hardly likely to produce any worth while results.”

    Baptism (LDS): 02 Aug 1818
    Burial: Ardee, Louth, Ireland
    Religion: Episcopalian

    Then it lists nine children including Hugh Jackson Robinson

    The problem is dates: Hugh Jackson 176-1779, brother of President Andreew Jackson , died in 1779, well documented. If he married Jane “unknown maiden name ” Jackson who was not even born until 1788, that of course would be impossible! Also he could not have had a daughter Mariah Margaret Jackson, born in 1806. Of course, I am wondering, if they don’t know who Jane really is, how do they kknow when she was reall;y born! Perhaps she was born earlier.

    –Geni says neither Hugh or Robert, brothers of Pres. Andrew Jackson, had any children or married, both dying in the Rev. War.

    –There is definitely one Mariah Margaret Jackson who married Robert Robinson, but if she was born in 1806, who were her parents?

    Her son Hugh says she was a cousin of the President, so she must be in the family. I wonder if we called the Hermitage, if they would have the latest informtion on his heritage! Gracious, what a mystery.

    I will keep my eyesand ears open, if I hear anything, I will surely let you know! Keep in touch. Helen

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  15. My husband and I really enjoyed reading this. Thank you so much. My husbands father told him Andrew Jackson was his great great great grandfather. We intend to look into this more.


  16. Thank you so very much Leslie. I hope you enjoy looking into your family history as much as I do. It can be challenging, butit is really fun, and look…we get to meet new cousins! Wishing you well.


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