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Biography: James Jackson Abercrombie born August 28, 1825

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Lee County, Alabama

James Jackson Abercrombie, lawyer and judge, was born August 28, 1826, near Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia. . He was the son of Gen. Anderson Abercrombie and Sidney (Grimes) Abercrombie At an early age, he removed to Russell County where he attended the country schools. He graduated from Emory College at La Grange, Georgia and from the law department of Harvard university.

James Jackson Abercrombie opened an office at Columbus, Georgia and served for four years as judge of the superior court of Muscogee district.

In 1862, he enlisted as a private in a company of minute men Ross battalion, Co. G., and was advanced for meritorious conduct to the rank of major. After the war, he took up his residence at Opelika and continued the practice of law there until his death. He was a Democrat and a Methodist.

James Jackson Abercrombie married on April 23, 1856, at Tallassee, to Parthenia Eliza Ross, daughter of Isaac II Ross and Narcissa Whitfield (Sledge) Ross. They had the following children:

  1. Francis Abercrombie (b. 1857)
  2. James Anderson Abercrombie, (born 1860) deceased by 1921
  3. Ross Abercrombie, (b. 1858) deceased by 1921
  4. John Chappell Abercrombie, (b. 1862)) m. Mrs. Dora (Thornton) Jefferson, of Meridian, Miss.
  5. Wiley Abercrombie, (b. 1864) unmarried.

James Jackson Abercrombie was forced to retire from active work and died after a long illness May 18, 1901. His last residence was Opelika, Lee County, Alabama.


  1. Montgomery Advertiser May 17, 1901
  2. History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen
  3. Reminiscences of public men in Alabama: for thirty years, with an appendix By William Garrett 1872
  4. Find A Grave Memorial# 74776370 # 14560479 # 14560482

This biography is included in the Book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Vol. III along with several other Abercrombie families in Alabama.

James Jackson’s ancestors as well as his descendants can be found in the book Some Descendants of Charles Abercrombie (1742 -1819) with Notes & Sources

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. […] Benjamin H. Baker of Crawford in Russell County, and Senator James Abercrombie, a planter of the same county must be given credit for prompting a fight to have the State rebuild […]

  2. Judge James Jackson Abercrombie was my 1st cousin, 5 times removed. DNA is what proved my connection to this family.

    Can I view Kindle books on our laptop? Do I have to download something?

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