View Full Version : Where did this JACKA family come from?

Graham L
13-01-2007, 3:42 PM
My problem is that I am having difficulty in locating this JACKA family prior to 1841 in Marazion. Has anybody any connections that might help me?

St Hilary ED3 Folio 45 p14
Trevenna,1,John Jacka,64,,Tin Miner,In county,
,,Elizabeth Jacka,,44,,Not in county,
,,Alice Jacka,,15,,In county,
,,Richard Jacka,13,,Miner Copper,In county,
,,Bridget Jacka,,11,,In county,
,,Sally Jacka,,9,,In county,
,,Jane Jacka,,7,,In county,

I believe John JACKA died in 1842 and was buried at St Hilary. Elizabeth, his wife, (born Lydford, Devon) remains on the 1851 census as a widow.

14-01-2007, 2:33 AM
The birth places of Alice, Richard and Bridget in the 1851 cenus will tell you were they were living 11-15 years before 1841. Then you can consult those parish registers to look for a marriage or older children.

I have a Mary Caddy who might have married a William JACKA in 1872 at Saint Hilary.


14-01-2007, 9:04 AM
It seems to me that Bridget may have married in 1850 as Biddy JACKA to John Moore RICHARDS.

1851 census - Jennings Lane, Penzance:
John Moore RICHARDS, head, married, 46, mason journeyman,born Paul
Bridget RICHARDS, wife, married, 22, born Marazion
Amelia CORNISH, visitor, 7, scholar, born Paul

Graham L
14-01-2007, 7:23 PM
Thanks for all your ideas...the Ludgvan suggestion seems to be the most likely as to the area the family originated from. It is barely a few miles away from where they lived in 1841.
Biddy JACKA (later RICHARDS and my gg-grandmother) and mother Elizabeth are the only members of this family that I have been able find on the next census. There is the possibility that the son Richard emigrated or moved elsewhere as I cannot find a record of death that matches. Biddy's sisters are likely to have married.

Alan Gilbert
01-03-2007, 11:16 AM
Graham - just came across your posts mentioning the Jacka surname.

I am trying to tie in a Sally Jacka (born 1944, Redruth) to my family. My father was at school with her - she was a year below him at East End School, Redruth and it was said that she was a 'cousin' of my Dad's. Her parents were possibly Thelma Jenkin (born 1919) who married James E Jacka, married in 1941 - in the 'Redruth district'.

Just wondering if you have any Jacka details that could tie in with these people?!

Alan Gilbert

Graham L
02-03-2007, 4:04 PM
Sorry Alan but my info on the Jackas ends in 1850 when my gg-grandmother gets married into another family. Sorry I couldn't be of more assistance.


21-04-2008, 3:39 PM
My branch of the Jacka family goes back to 1640s in Gwennap, Cornwall. I'd be happy to share info if you think it might relate to your search.

Graham L
21-04-2008, 7:35 PM
Hi Derek

While I know from past experience in genealogy never to rule anything out, I can only trace my Jackas back as far as 1767 in Ludgvan. The surrounding villages of Madron and Gulval might be the answer but like I said at the top of this post perhaps they did come from Gwennap originally. A similar brickwall in trying to locate the origins a particular line of my wife's Bryant family...it turns out that they might have come from Gwennap originally as well!



30-07-2009, 8:57 PM
Hello from the USA!
My g-g-g-g-grandfather was Abraham Jacka born in 1803 in Paul, Cornwall.
His son Charles is my next relative 1838-1914 penzance.
His son Charles 1865 mouse Hole. My Grandfather was Stanley Jacka born in
1894 in Newlyn West. My Father was Robert Brokenshirre Jacka.
Does anyone have infor on any of these characters? esp. the first Abraham?|angel|

05-08-2009, 3:30 PM
I am so glad you have baptism records. I need eliza e. Williams 1862. Her father was Thomas williams and the mother is now unkown. I thought it would be Catherine Maddern but that line went to AU. Eliza Married Charles Jacka in 1891. I could use your help. Thans so very much, Deb

06-08-2009, 7:34 AM
This might be interesting if you can find a link to your own Jacka descendants.

Who’s who in Australian Military History
Captain Albert Jacka, VC, MC & bar
Date of birth: 10 January 1893
Place of birth: Layard, VIC
Date of death: 17 January 1932
Place of death: Caulfield, VIC

Albert Jacka

Albert Jacka was born on 10 January 1893 at Layard in Victoria. He completed elementary schooling before working as a labourer, first with his father and then with the Victorian State Forests Department.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 18 September 1914 as a private in the 14th Battalion. After training in Egypt Jacka's battalion landed at Gallipoli on 26 April 1915. Just over three weeks later on 19 May, with the ANZACs now entrenched above the beaches, the Turks launched large-scale frontal assaults against their positions. Some Turks captured a small section of trench at Courtney's Post. Early attempts to drive them out failed, until Jacka, taking advantage of a diversion created by bomb throwers at one end of the Turkish position, leapt in, killing most of the occupants. For this he was awarded Australia's first Victoria Cross of the First World War.

Jacka quickly became famous - his likeness was used on recruiting posters and his exploits featured regularly in newspapers, particularly in his native Victoria. He began a rapid rise through the ranks, finally becoming a captain in March 1917. Jacka having risen no higher has been attributed to his frequent disputes with superior officers.

After Gallipoli the 14th Battalion was shipped to France, where, at Pozières in August 1916 and at Bullecourt in 1917 he won the Military Cross and a bar to that award. The Australian official historian, Charles Bean, described his actions at Pozières, during which he recaptured a section of trench, freed a group of recently captured Australians and forced the surrender of some fifty Germans, as "the most dramatic and effective act of individual audacity in the history of the AIF." He was severely wounded during this action and was hit by a sniper's bullet in July 1917. On each occasion he returned to the front, always furthering his reputation as one of the AIF's most respected warriors. In May 1918 he received the wound that ended his combat career, this time during a German gas bombardment near Villers-Bretonneux.

Jacka returned to Australia in September 1919. Greeted by a large crowd upon his return, Jacka was described in one newspaper as "the symbol of the spirit of the ANZACs." After being demobilised in January 1920 he went into business with two former members of his battalion. He married the following year and he and his wife later adopted a daughter. In 1929 Jacka was elected to the St Kilda Council becoming mayor the following year. His political career was characterised by his strong interest in assisting the unemployed. Meanwhile his business, which had performed well until the late 1920s, was forced into voluntary liquidation in 1930.

At the same time Jacka's health began to deteriorate. He entered Caulfield Military Hospital in December 1931 and died from kidney disease the following month. More than 6,000 people filed past his coffin as it lay in state and his funeral procession, flanked by thousands of onlookers, was led by over 1,000 returned soldiers - the coffin was carried by eight Victoria Cross winners. Jacka was buried with full military honours in St Kilda cemetery.

09-02-2013, 5:38 PM
Sally Jacka lived at West End Redruth with her Mother Thelma nee Jenkins until she married and went to SA.I think I recall that her father died in the War. I went to school with Sally she was a cousin to John Phillips RRFC.