Born on 28 July 1797 in Vershire, Vermont to Moses and Elizabeth (Carr) Jackman, Levi Jackman was raised in New York. His father passed away three weeks before his birth, and his mother supported the family alone. She died when Levi was twenty-two years old, two years after his marriage to Angeline Myers Brady in 1817. Angeline was a widow and had a five-year-old son, Albert. Levi and Angeline had five children.
In 1830 the family moved from New York to Portage County, Ohio. Here the couple heard Joseph Smith preach, and they were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in May 1831. Levi and Angeline followed the migrations of the Church over the next fifteen years. Levi worked on both the Kirtland and Nauvoo Temples, served a mission in 1844, and built wagons to help poor Mormons immigrate to Utah.
Angeline passed away in 1846 at Nauvoo, Illinois after twenty-eight years of marriage. Levi married Sally Plumb in Nauvoo, but she died before Levi crossed the plains to Salt Lake City in 1847 in the Brigham Young Company. He was fifty years old during the journey. Levi married Sarah Lucinda Harmon in 1849, and they had four children. In Utah, Levi married three plural wives, Mary Vale Morse, Delia Byam, and Caroline Christiansen, but had no additional children.
The Jackmans lived primarily in Salt Lake City but also spent time in Palmyra, Spanish Fork, and Salem. In an 1869 city directory, Levi is listed as a saddle-tree maker. With his experience as a carpenter, he also made chair seats, drums, and window and door frames. He served as a counselor in the Salt Lake City Sixteenth Ward, was a member of the High Council for the Salt Lake Valley, and was ordained a Patriarch. He died on 23 July 1876 in Salem, Utah at the age of seventy-eight.
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