Jacobs
Catherine
(About 1799-)
William James Jacobs Sr.
(About 1820-1903)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Mary Ann Hough

William James Jacobs Sr. 2 3 4 5

  • Born: About 1820, , York, PA 6
  • Marriage (1): Mary Ann Hough about 1840 1
  • Died: 1903, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA about age 83 2 7

  Birth Notes:

Note: his age in the 1850 census as well as the 1860 census would set his birth year as <1820> whereas his age in the 1880 census would set his birth year as <1810>. But in the 1900 census, the only census where the month and year of birth is recorded, William's birth date is clearly listed as July 1812. While Jacob's ages are disputed in these censuses, his wife Mary's age always has her being born in 1823, so the conclusion is these census records are the correct Jacob in all cases.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Relatives To Research: If you are related to William Jacobs please email jonathan@searchtrees.com.

2. He worked as a He was a stage coach driver before the railroads. Later, he sold coal oil in Pottsville and Shenandoah. 2

3. He has conflicting birth information of The 1850 through 1880 censuses indicate 1820 is his birth, but 1900 census says Jul 1812, Jul 1812 and , , PA. 1

4. He appeared on the census in 1840 in Schuylkill Twp., Schuylkill, PA. 8 A possible but unsubstantiated match: Robert Jacobs, the only Jacobs appearing in Schuylkill County in the 1840 Census. Could this be William's brother and he is living with him?
Robert's household had these members:
1 male under 5
1 male 20 to 29 (could be William?)
1 male 30 to 39 (assumed to be Robert)
1 female 20 to 30
Whether Robert could be a brother or father of William Jacobs is uncertain; further research is needed.

5. He appeared on the census in 1850 in New Castle, Schuylkill County, PA. 9 The 1850 census recorded William Jacobs, 30 living with wife Mary, 27, and children Mary Anne, 7; Jane, 4; and Henrietta, 2. His occupation is listed as Stage Driver. Their birthplaces are missing on the census form. They were living in the town of New Castle within New Castle Township, Also in the home was Harriet Gossler, age 4.

6. He appeared on the census in 1860 in New Castle Twp., Schuylkill, PA. 4 The 1860 census recorded William Jacobs, day laborer, 40, living with wife, Mary, 36; and daughters Sarah J., 14, and Emma , 6. Next door (on the previous census page) is Mary A. Jacobs, servant, 16, living in a hotel owned by hotel keeper Robert Philips, 60. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Broad Mountain.

7. He appeared on the census in 1870 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 10 The 1870 census listed William Jacob (no S), laborer, 50, living with wife Mary, 48; Emma, 17; and William, 8. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Shenandoah.

8. Fact: Wm. Jacobs was in the list of voters who voted in north ward, Tamaqua, Schuylkill County in the November election, 1876, 2 Nov 1876, Tamaqua, Schuylkill, PA. 11

9. He appeared on the census in 1880 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 12 The 1880 census recorded at 156 Jardin Street: William Jacobs, laborer, 70, living with wife Mary, 57; and granddaughter Sadie Beacher, 10. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

10. He appeared on the census in 1890 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 13 He was recorded in the Third Ward. The original census was destroyed in a fire, but an index created from the census shows the following listings:
Jacobs, Willie, 77, laborer. 220 Pear Alley. Mary.
Jacobs, William, 28, tailor. S. Jardin St. Sarah, Nelda. Jacob.
William's age of 77 supports the 1900 census record which indicates he was born in 1812.

11. Book: Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania on page 656, 1893. 14
On Page 656, the biography of Samuel O. Lutz says: "January 5, 1878, Mr. Lutz was united in marriage to Annie, a daughter of William Jacobs, of Tamaqua. To this union was born one child: Susie. Mrs. Annie Jacobs Lutz died in 1880, and Mr, Lutz married as his second wife Emma, a daughter of L. F, Fritsch, of Tamaqua, and to them have been born three children: William F., aged eight; Olive F,, aged five ; Samuel, aged three."

12. He had an estate probated William is not found in Schuylkill and Northumberland County will indexes at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1999196 in , Schuylkill, PA.

13. Newspaper: Evening Herald: Personal: W. J. Jacobs attended the Washington memorial parade in Frackville yesterday., 23 Feb 1894, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 15

14. Newspaper: Shenandoah Evening Herald: Personal. Rev. J. Jacobs of Roxanna, Mich., is visiting his brother, William Jacobs, of town. [Note: Roxanna should be Roxand Township in Eaton County, Michigan.], 28 Oct 1895, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 16 17

15. He appeared on the census in 1900 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 18 Renting at 218 Strawberry Street was William Jacobs, age 87, born July 1812, 60 years married to his wife, Mary, who is age 77 born May, 1823. (The census was recorded on June 6, 1900.) The census lists her as the mother of 7 children, 4 of whom are living. Mary and her parents are listed as born in Pennsylvania. William is born in Pennsylvania but his father is from France and his mother from Wales. William is listed as unable to read or write but he can speak English. Mary can read, can't write, and can speak English.

16. Book: History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1907. 3
Beacher, Benjamin F., Jr., wholesale and retail dealer in confectionery, in the city of Shenandoah, is recognized as one of the representative young business men of his native country and such is his standing as a citizen and scion of one of the honored families of this section of the state that he is well entitled to specific mention in this volume. Mr. Beacher was born in Shenandoah, Feb. 7, 1879 [correction: 1877] and is a son of Benjamin F. and Sarah Jane (Jacobs) Beacher, both of whom were likewise born in Schuylkill county - the former in 1846 [should be 1845] and the latter in 1851. The paternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch was William Beacher, who was one of the pioneer lumbermen of Schuylkill county, and who died at Ringtown. The maiden name of his wife was Eisenhaut, a member of a family which was early founded in the southern part of this county. [correction: Jacob, not William, was his grandfather who married an Eisenhuth.] William J. Jacobs, the maternal grandfather of Mr. Beacher, was likewise an honored pioneer of the county and in the early days, before the establishing of railroad lines, he drove a stage between Pittsburg and Baltimore. He passed the closing years of his life in Shenandoah.


William married Mary Ann Hough, daughter of Henry Hough and Margaret Kline, about 1840.1 (Mary Ann Hough was born on 30 Sep 1822 in Selinsgrove, Snyder, PA,7 19 20 died on 5 May 1908 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA 7 19 20 and was buried on 8 May 1908 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 7 19 20.)


Sources


1 1900 United States Census.

2 Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004).

3 Schalk, Adolf W. and Hon. D.C. Henning, editors, History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (State Historical Association, 1907. Found in Pennsylvania State Library, R974.863 Sch. 13 V.2), Volume II, pages 44-46.

4 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, New Castle Township, Series: M653 Roll: 1178 Page: 352.

5 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 66899. Henrietta Beacher, b. 20 Sep 1847, d. 30 Jul 1908. Parents Wm Jacobs and Mary Huth.

6 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 66433. William James Jacobs. Father Willie J. Jacobs. Mother ___ Hood.

7 Mount Carmel Item (Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.), 7 May 1908, page 1. Funeral of Mrs. Jacobs.

8 1840 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Schuylkill Township, Page 122.

9 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, New Castle Township, Roll: M432_827; Page: 167; Image: 274.

10 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Shenandoah Borough, Series: M593 Roll: 1450 Page: 603.

11 U. S. Government Printing Office, Congressional Series of United States Public Documents (Washington, D.C. 1877), Page 342. http://books.google.com/books?id=FFNHAQAAIAAJ&dq=%22wm.%20jacobs%22%20%22schuylkill%20county%22%20shenandoah&pg=PA342#v=snippet&q=%22jacobs%22&f=false.

12 1880 United States Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1192; Family History Film: 1255192; Page: 524B; Enumeration District: 201; Image: 0306.

13 1890 United States Census Index, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Shenandoah City, Third Ward, 1890 Federal Census Directory, http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/schuylkill/census/1890/shenandoah3.txt.

14 Wiley & Ruoff, Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1893 (1893), Page 656.

15 Shenandoah Evening Herald (Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.), 23 Feb 1894, page 1.

16 Ancestry.com, Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950 (Death Records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.), Certificate 464. Jeremiah Jacobs. Father ? Jacobs. Mother unknown. Informant J. Augustus Jacobs.

17 Shenandoah Evening Herald (Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.), 28 Oct 1895, page 4. Personal.

18 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Shenandoah Ward 5, Series: T623 Roll: 1484 Page: 257.

19 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate Number: 48627. Mary Jacobs. Father Henry Hough. Mother Mrs. Kline.

20 Find A Grave, http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=149709086.



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