Adah Jane Yeager was born on Oct. 14, 1900, in Somerville, Gibson County, Indiana. She lived most of her life in Indiana, with a couple years’ sojourn to Denver in 1922 and 1923. There she married William George Jackson and gave birth to Mary Jean Jackson. The Jackson family then moved back to Indiana, living in Evansville during the 1930s, where Joan Carole Jackson was born, before moving to Newburgh around 1942. She lived in Newburgh in Warrick County until she died on Feb. 12, 1987, at 86.
Jackson was a prolific, locally known writer. Her only published book, The Mystery of the Fifteenth Cypress, is a Civil War mystery for young readers published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1937. She found her niche in supporting the Historic Newburgh organization and selling antiques at her Antiquarian Shop. Many of her writings and poems have historical themes such as the development of the Ohio River, Daniel Boone, Evansville history and New Harmony history.
The Adah Jackson Collection contains many original drafts of her poems, short stories and novels. The collection also includes professional and personal correspondence as well as journals and diaries.