You are correct. Several years ago I sought out this same information.
I descended from John Daniel who died in 1686 in York, VA. Wife
Mary Williams. I used to wonder if I was related to the Jack Daniel's
who made the great beverage. I found out that he was not related to my
line of Daniel's. I believe his line came to America much later.
If Elvis Presley can reappear, I guess Jack Daniel can disappear.
his great-grandniece in Lynchburg, Lynne Tolley, will be surprised to find
that Jack was a ficticious person.
Lem Motlow was Jack Daniel's nephew, the son of Jack's sister, and he was
without doubt the person who made the distillery the commercial success that
it became. Lem Motlow was named after Lemuel Daniel, Jack's next oldest
brother. Unless I have been the victim of a continuing hoax for many years,
Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel did exist. Ten or fifteen years ago, the
distillery sent out books to many of us who are faithful users of their
products. Those books contained a very convincing and interesting biography
of Jack Daniel and the history of the distillery. Furthermore, one can easily
look up Jack's family in the 1850 and 1860 TN censuses, and there is a pretty
convincing bunch of information about him on the distillery's web site
, I think). Do a search for Jack Daniel Distillery and
you will find the web site if this is not correct.
There are plenty of small discrepancies in birth dates, and the distillery has
a history of using a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, but I don't think that is
the case here.
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