Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born on January 21, 1824 in West Virginia
His father, a lawyer named Jonathan Jackson, and his mother, Julia Beckwith Neale, had four children. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was the third born. when he was young his father and his older sister, Elizabeth, were killed by typhoid fever.
Jackson lost his mother to complications during childbirth. The infant, Jackson’s half-brother William Wirt Woodson, survived, but would later die of tuberculosis in 1841. Jackson spent the rest of his childhood living with his father’s brothers.