Yay! It works! Thanks ezust.
I needed to do a few tweaks to the install / re-install process. Might be worth documenting a few notes (with tips) for anyone else who runs into this problem, or similar:
1. Tried FTP upgrade first to test it without changing other variables ... Jedit locked for me when i tried the initial FTP plugin manager / upgrade path. So I went for a Jedit upgrade.