Andrew Jackson Tyre

 

The old Tyree Bible says he was born at Clifton, Tennessee in 1822. At that time the Tennessean, Andrew Jackson, was the hero of his home state, and most of the U.S., for his victories in the War Of 1812 and in his battles with the Creek Indians. Andrew J. Tyre was almost certainly named for this famous figure. In later life he went by simply Jackson.

According to Anna Collins, Jackson's granddaughter, he first married Nancy Nash in around 1846. Nancy was presumably born in Alabama. She and Jackson had four sons. By family tradition and evidence in the records, the family lived near Lebanon, Missouri during the 1840's and 1850's. Then, at a young age, Nancy died.

Jackson remarried in approximately 1860, as the Civil War was starting, to Susan Matilda Tribble. Susan was about fifteen years younger than Jackson. There is some evidence that she was born in Tennessee, although the Tyree Bible and family legend say she was born at Lebanon, Missouri on 14 May 1838. She was supposedly of American Indian ancestry and an herbalist.

There is confusion as to when Jackson moved from Missouri to Arkansas. His son, William Scott, was born in 1847 in Missouri. It is uncertain whether Lyge and Nathan were born in Missouri or Arkansas. Nancy died in Arkansas, where Jackson met and married Matilda (pronounced Matildy). Their first child, Sarah, was born 4 Jan 1861 in Arkansas. They had five daughters and two or three sons. The sons all died in childhood.

By 1870 the Tyres were living in Roanoke Township, Randolph County, Arkansas. Jackson's real estate was presented as having a worth of $100.00 and his personal property at $250.00. By this time Jackson's oldest son, William Scott (Bill), was 21 and lived with the family of Isaac and Lucinda James who owned a farm next to the Tyree Farm. Bill worked there as a farm hand. Lucinda was Jackson's sister.

In the 1880 census it's recorded that the Tyre family lived in Union Township, Randolph County, slightly east of where they had formerly lived. The younger children were born on this farm on Diles Creek not far from Elm Store, Arkansas. She is said to have died "with something wrong with her head". She is buried at Thayer, Arkansas and has a marker on her grave.

In 1890 Jackson and his youngest daughter Mary who was fourteen, went from Randolph County to Elizabeth, Arkansas to visit his daughters: Adaline, Nancy, and Margaret (Maggie). Jackson died, at the age of 68 or 69 in 1890 or 1891, from drinking bad home-made whisky while visiting the James family (his daughter Adaline's family) at Elizabeth, Arkansas.

He is buried between Elizabeth and Wild Cherry on a private farm containing possibly thirty other graves. This farm was not used as a cemetery after around 1900. The farm was known as the Rand Place and the Matthews Farm. In 1984 it was the Web James Farm. Jackson's daughters, Mary Collins and Adaline James wanted to put a tombstone on the grave but were unable to find it as it was never marked.

No photograph of Jackson is known to exist. He refused many times to allow anyone to take his photograph. At this time no one seems to recall hearing what kind of a person Jackson was. Hattie Collins, his granddaughter, only remembers her mother say he made chairs.

By Dan Tyree

 


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