Zardus' father was Stephen Jackson. He died in 1833 and left a will. (Wills are great ways to learn things). Stephen Jackson had three sons,,Stephen (who died in 1825), Chester and Zardus. There were also three daughters, Desire, Theresa and Sally. Stephen made Chester and Zardus the executors. They were also in charge of making sure that Stephen's wife, Rebecca, was cared for until her death. It didn't sound like Stephen had much money as Rebecca received a room to live in with a bed and bedding. Zardus and Chester also were guardians to their deceased brother's (Stephen) son, Stephen B. Zardus was a tailor and it appears that he taught the trade to his nephew, Stephen B. In 1838, when Stephen B. was 21, he purchased or inherited the brick tailor shop that Zardus run in Fish House. There is a strong likelihood that Stephen B.'s father had built the brick shop, he would have been 27 at the time. When he died in 1825, Zardus might have stepped in to be the tailor until Stephen B. Jackson was of age.
Zardus Jackson and his wife, Laura M. Jackson had a daughter Helen. She was born around 1827. She died in 1833 and since Zardus was living in Fish House, Helen was buried in the Presbyterian cemetery. Zardus and Laura then had a son, Hayne, born in 1835. Hayne died in 1840 at the age of 5. He was buried next to his sister, Helen. In 1836 they had a daughter, Ellen, then in 1839 they had Anna. In 1840 they had a son, Byron. In the 1840 census, Zardus and Laura are living in Broadalbin with their two daughters, Ellen and Anna.( Byron was not born yet) Their house was across from the Baptist Church as seen in an 1856 map of Broadalbin. Sadly the house no longer is there.
Zardus died in 1858 at the age of 66. His wife, Laura, lived into her 80's. In 1847 their son Byron died, at the age of 24. In 1860 their daughter Ellen died. I have found no record of Anna' death.
Usually family trees on ancestry.com help me with my research, but this time it was mostly wills and census records. If anyone knows anything more about this Jackson family, please share!