John Jack and wife
[By Glen Villa Jr., Last Revised July 17, 2011]

John Jack was also known as Johnnie Jackson and Johnnie Darrow. Johnnie Darrow was born on April 29, 1882 in Tuolumne County, to George Darrow, a White man, and Chatter, a full-blooded Indian from Tuolumne County.

Johnnie Darrow married Rose Yellowjacket. Rose or Rosie Yellowjacket was a full blooded Indian born to Yellowjacket and Sallie Jack (Sallie Jackson on Terrell Census).

In 1900, Rosie Yellowjacket was residing with her mother Sally Yellowjacket in Township 1, Amador County. According to 1900 Census, Rosie Yellowjacket was born in December of 1875. Rosie was single, a mother of 2 children who both were still living. Rosie’s occupation was weaving baskets.

Rosie and Johnnie had a son George Darrow born on April 15, 1906.

Rosie and Johnnie also had a daughter named Grace Darrow, born May 12, 1917.

In 1930, John Darrow and wife Rosa were residing in the Electra and Aetna District of Township 1 of Amador County. John was 54 and Rosa was 50, Grace was 13. John Darrow was a cowboy for general farming.

In 1930, George Darrow and wife Clara were residing in the Electra and Aetna District of Township 1 of Amador County. George was 24 and Clara was 23. George and Clara were 8 when they were married. George was a laborer for the Amador Central R.R..

John J Darrow died on February 16, 1944 in Tuolumne County. According to death records John was born March 15, 1874.

Sylvia Broadbent collected brief linguistic information from Rose Darrow on September 4-6, 1956. Grace Kilgore helped Broadbent talk to Rose. Rose Darrow provided a brief linguistic vocabulary in Northern Sierra Miwok. Broadbent wrote the following: “…RD very deaf + speech not very clear.”

Rose Darrow was born May 19, 1872 (May 19, 1873 1928BIA) and died on October 3, 1967 at the age of 95 in Amador County.

Articles Concerning John Jack 

Amador Dispatch
November 28, 1924
Johnny Jack Amuck in Sac.
Johnnie Jack, an Indian, is the possessor of a mule that carried him from Amador County, his home, to Sacramento. It is a good mule, so Johnnie says, but yesterday his quest was not for mules or mule, but jackass.

In his story to Captain Max P. Fisher of the bureau of identification at the police headquarters, to whom he has been known for years, Johnnie, who is in jail as a detained witness against John Montgomery, a negro, charged with cutting him, the Indian admitted he had “parked” his mule in Yolo County and had crossed the river in his search for jackass whisky.

Johnnie and some boon companions were having a party in a room at 1224 Fourth Street. They were making noise. In an adjoining room slept, or rather tried to sleep, Montgomery. Words between members of the convivial party and Montgomery followed. Jack went to Montgomery’s door. Montgomery opened the door, a knife flashed and Johnnie fell back, slashed about head and face.

Now both are in jail, Montgomery facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, and Johnnie as a witness—Sacramento Bee, Nov. 24.

Amador Dispatch
October 10, 1967
Rose Darrow
A rosary was recited Thursday night in the J. J. Daneri & Son Chapel for Rose Darrow, 94, a Jackson native who died October 3 in Amador Hospital. She had lived in the community all her life.

Funeral services were held Friday morning in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with interment following in the Jackson Catholic Cemetery.

She was the mother of Maude Kelley of Sacramento, Grace Kilgore of Jackson, with whom she had made her home, and a son, George Darrow of Jackson. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

Photographs of John Jack

Photographs of John Jack at Columbia Junior College, Columbia, Ca. click here