Joseph John Jackman

On February 22, 1706, Major Samuel Swann of  Carolina, his late father’s principal heir, sold his 1,650 acres called Swann’s Point to JosephJohnJackmanof Lawnes Creek Parish, an uncle of ArthurAllenand a court justice of SurryCounty.  Excluded from the transaction were the 300 acres of land at Swann’s Point that Samuel  had conveyed to his widowed stepmother, Mary Mansfield Swann, on February 15, 1685. MajorSwann noted that the 1,650 acres of land he was selling were part of a large grant that his late father had acquired onFebruary 4, 1645.  The transaction betweenMajorSwann andJosephJohnJackman was handled byFrancisClements, to whom Swann had given his power of attorney.  Clements, who also had Mrs. Elizabeth Swann’s power of attorney, testified that she had relinquished her dower interest in the 1,650 acres (Surry County Wills and Deeds 1694-1709:362-367, 429-431; 1709-1715:180; Court Records 1701-1711:290). As noted above, by the timeSamuelSwann disposed of his late father’s property, the widowed Mary Mansfield Swann had remarried and moved toEngland.

Joseph John Jackman retained the Swann acreage for only three years.  In July 1709, he indicated that he was in an “unhappy state of health” when he executed deeds of lease and release to Major George Marable II, documents that were recorded in Surry County’s monthly court.  OnSeptember 6, 1709,Elizabeth,JosephJohnJackman’s wife, gave her power-of-attorney to John Giles, who in November 1709 conveyed her dower interest in the Swann acreage to Marable.  This gave Marable exclusive ownership of the property.  In November 1709Mrs.ElizabethJackmanappeared in court confirming the fact that she had relinquished her dower interest (Surry County Deeds, Wills, &c.1694-1709:413, 418-419; Court Records 1701-1711:328, 331).  It is uncertain what useJosephJohnJackmanmade of the Swann property while it was in his possession, for he retained his land in the vicinity of Lawnes Creek.