John Henry Jackopson was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 23 June 1881. He was the son of Charles Ludwig Jackopson (1851-1896) and Sarah Ann Jackson (1844-1906). His mother was a native of Whitehaven, Cumberland but his father's origins aren't clear (he was possibly Norwegian).
John's parents were married in Liverpool in 1872 and had five children that are known of, the others being Mary Thalia (b. 1874 in Bootle), John Edward (b. 1875), Charles Joseph (b. 1877) and Cornelia Phoebe Dinah (b. 1880).
No census records can be identified as being the Jackopson family for the 1881 and 1891 returns, most likely due to inconsistencies with the surname1. John's father died in 1896 in Liverpool and by the time of the 1901 census his widowed mother Sarah is living with her married daughter Mary Thalia Gibson and her family at 40 Barlow Street, Kirkdale, Lancashire. John isn't present on this census, perhaps already at sea although it is likely he also lived at this address.
John was married in St Nicolas' Church, Liverpool on March 30, 1903 to Catherine McCabe (b. 1884 in Liverpool). By 1911 he and his wife would have four children: Thomas James (b. March 16, 1904), Charles (b. 1906), Cornelia Phoebe Dinah (b. February 19, 1908) and Catherine (b. 1910). Baby Catherine died after only a few weeks of life. John and Catherine had moved to Southampton around 1907.
By the time of the 1911 census John and his wife were living at 3 Barry's Court, Cross Street, Southampton with their three surviving children. John was listed as a ship's fireman.
When John signed on to the Titanic he gave his address as 97 Dukes Road, Bevois Valley, Southampton and his previous ship as the Highland Brae. As a fireman he could expect to earn wages of £6 per month
John Jackopson was lost in the Titanic disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Catherine, who had been pregnant at the time, gave birth a few weeks later to a son who was named after his father. Sadly, the child lived only a few months. Catherine was remarried in late-1913 to Charles George Hatcher and had two more children, James and Clara. She continued to live in Southampton and died there in 1951.
John's son Thomas James was married in Southampton in 1946 to Florence Spencer but would have no children; he died in 1974 in Southampton. His son Charles married in Southampton in 1936 to Doris Glasspool Plummer and had five children. He died in 1942 in Southampton. John's daughter Cornelia was married in Southampton in 1927 to Robert Fuller and they had four children before her death in Southampton in 1991.
- Name frequently mis-spelled. John's own baptism record gives the name as Jacobson. The surname varies between Jackopson and Jacobson for his siblings in their baptismal and/or birth records. The 1901 census seems to standardise the spelling as Jackopson and on John's 1903 marriage record he gave his name as Jackopson.