|About Our Jackson & Sala Family History
OUR JACKSON MOTTO: INNOCENTIA SECURUS (Secure In Innocence)
OUR SITE DEDICATION: In remembrance of those who have gone before us.
THINK NOT ONLY UPON THEIR PASSING, REMEMBER THE GLORY OF THEIR SPIRIT!
This site is committed to the search for our family's ancestors and their descendants to be shared
with all our family members far and near and to show and prove how we are all one large family.
I am Gigi Monet Jackson, born as Jerry Moran Jackson Aug 9, 1947 in Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia.
My former middle name Moran was for Capt Joseph Edward Moran known as "Iron Mike" of the World War
II US naval cruiser, USS Boise CL-47, my Dad's ship during WWII. My parents are Roy Simpson Jackson
Jr. born in Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia on Dec 31, 1919 and Iva Ruth Johnson born in Modesto,
Stanislaus Co., California on Oct 2, 1921. My parents were married in Reno, Washoe Co., Nevada on
May 19, 1942 prior to the war and my dad leaving for Pearl Harbor. I am the second born of three.
I have an older sister by four years, Linda Marilynn Jackson, and a younger sister by three years,
Cherie Jeanette Jackson. My spouse is Christine Susan (Sala) Jackson, born May 23, 1951 in
Rockville Centre, Nassau Co., Long Island, New York. We were married Jun 26,1971 in Ringgold,
Catoosa Co., Georgia. We met, where we now live, in Grand Prairie, Dallas Co., Texas. Our one
daughter is Kira-Leigh Nicole Jackson, born Nov 4, 1982 in Arlington, Tarrant Co., Texas. Our
daughter was married Sept 15, 2009 in Austin, Travis Co., Texas. Her husband is Benjamin John Baker
born in North Yorkshire, England on Jan 21, 1984 where they now live. I was born and raised in the
southeastern states of Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina. I lived in cities while
growing up such as Atlanta and Smyrna in Georgia; St. Petersburg in Florida; Memphis and Chattanooga
in Tennessee; and Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, and Greenville in South Carolina. Later, at the
age of 21 in 1968 I relocated to Dallas, Texas where I began my adult life. Met my spouse in 1970
and in 1971 joined the Navy and was married. We have since lived in Arlington and Grand Prairie in
Texas, Norcross in Georgia, and Ripley and Millington in Tennessee.
Thus far, our family lines entails more than 7,800 individuals, better then 1500 surnames, and 39
generations beginning with 1 generation forward of our daughter's and going back to about the year
1080 in two separate family lines which began in two different countries, England and France. A
third family line goes back as far as the year 966 during the time period of the Norman Conquest.
So far, countries of origin of individuals migrating to the USA in our families are: England,
France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy (Sicily), Scotland, and Sweden. Among these were those of
royal blood, farmers, laborers, and those of both religious and political persecution. Many were of
multi-religious convictions including those of Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, LDS, and Quaker. Many
were those involved with the movement west and the settling of this great country, the United
States of America, from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to
Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska and onward west to Washington, Oregon and California. A
number of family members fought on both sides of the Civil War, literally kinfolk fighting
kinfolk. Many of the family pioneers going west were Mormons, both LDS and RLDS. One of our family
lines, through my father's mother, my 8th great-grandparents Richard and Margaret Haines, whom
arrived in America on the ship "Amity" in 1682, is even shared by former President, George W. Bush
of the United States. Richard and Margaret Haines, likewise, are President Bush's 8th great-
grandparents through his mother's mother making George W. Bush and myself 9th cousins.
The following are some of the primary ancestral family surname lines of our research listed in
family groupings: My Father's Line (Jackson, Bosworth, McEntyre, Claspy, Potts, Scoggins,
Hathaway, Butler, Arthur, Dorsey, Pancoast, Haines, Bryant, Collins, Ogborne, & Scattergood); My
Mother's Line (Johnson, Osborn, Cox, Mathena, Catlin, Rockwell, Emerick, Spence, Robinson, Havens,
Tuttle, Henderson, Argenbright, Anderson, Palmer, Lorish, Curry, Sims, Routt, Thorpe, Wentworth,
Hales, Swinnowe, Flintell, Throckmorton, Matthew, Hartley, & Scargill); My Spouse's Father's Line
(Sala, Silverberg, LaRosa, & Leggio); My Spouse's Mother's Line (Bangert, Amberger, Weber,
Holzhauer/Holzbauer, & Helfrich). Of course there are numerous more surnames not mentioned. You
may view the "List of Last Names" for additional names to locate a particular line of one of our
major surnames. The information in this site is not absolute and is always changing based on the
gathering of newly found data from a variety of records & individuals. If you have any information
regarding data on this site & would like to contribute additional information please contact us by
either of the methods as noted. Note: All living individuals's information has been privatized
upon request. This information may be provided upon request to other extended family members. I
now maintain 36 family trees for other individuals other then my own and I am also involved with
setting up memorials on Find A Grave website.
In my research since I started this venture in 1995, after losing my parents in 1994-1995, I
have discovered many amazing stories which I share a couple of below under "Stories". It's taught
me humility and to appreciate others, who came before us, who lived and sacrificed to make life
better to all who follow. I believe this is our main purpose on earth. To come together, help,
serve, support, and love one another. I believe our greatest gifts are those given to us by our
Father which are One Another, Life itself, His son Jesus who came to teach us how to be and show
us the way, His Word the Bible to show us who He is, Love which includes the nine fruits of the
spirit, and Family which not only includes our own immediate, but each other .. all people on
earth! To show how each and everyone of us who have lived and now living are connected here are a
few additional notable individuals that are in my own tree and others I am kin to through blood
Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton whom was Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth 1st of England and who
married Sir Walter Raleigh is one of my distant relatives through my Throckmorton blood line. A
couple of my daughter's generation are actresses Kate Bosworth born Catherine Ann Bosworth and
Anne Hathaway born Anne Jacqueline Hathaway born just 8 days after my daughter. I also have ties
to Reba McEntire, Pres. Richard Nixon, Pres. Gerald Ford, Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who married her
5th cousin once removed, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as, Anne Hathaway who was married
to William Shakespeare.