Jacobs Family Papers

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Collection Title: Jacobs Family Papers

Collection Number: Ms. Coll. 156

Box Numbers: 4 boxes, 78 folders

Repositiory: Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA 19380

Language: English

Biography:

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Biography: 

John Jacobs of Wales, along with his brother, settled in Perkiomen, Pennsylvania around 1700.  His son John (1688 – 1773), who married Mary Hayes (1699 - ?), had ten children.  One of these children, John Jacobs (1722 – 1782), served in the Pennsylvania Assembly, was speaker of that body, and was a member of the Constitutional Convention of July 15, 1776.  He and his wife Elizabeth Havard had 4 children.  Among those children was John Jacobs (1757 – 1846) who married Mary Brinton (1761 – 1822).  One of their children was Joseph B. Jacobs (1798 – 1861) who married Ann Bowen (1795 – 1870) and whose offspring include Mary B. Jacobs (m. Reuben Valentine), Jane B. Jacobs, Francis Jacobs, Emily Jacobs (m. George Valentine), and Richard B. Jacobs. 

Joseph B. Jacobs’s brother, Thomas H.B. Jacobs (1789 – 1862), married Jane Bowen.  Their children were Charles, John, George W., Caroline (m. John P. Wetherill), Anna, and Mary.  George W. (1822 – 1886) would marry Mary R. Sharpless.  Their children include Thomas H.B. Jacobs (1865 – 1938), George W. Jacobs, Jr. (1867 – 1920), Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs (1876 – 1920) and Jane Bowen Jacobs (1879 – 1954).  George W. and Thomas H.B. married Ellen Newbold Cooke and Louise Gaw Howell, respectively, but neither had surviving offspring. 

Another of the ten children of John Jacobs and Mary Hayes was Richard, who married Hannah Samils.  Their children include Cyrus, Samuel, Richard, Hannah (m. Nathaniel Gibson) and Elizabeth (m. Wilson).  Cyrus Jacobs and his wife Margaret Old had 14 children, including Coleman R., Samuel O., and Anna, who married Levi Bull.  Richard married Lydia Gibbons and had 15 children, including Phebe, Margaretta, Elizabeth (m. Enos Thatcher), Sidney (m. George B. Allen), Camilla (m. John Embree), Mary Ann (m. Jonathan Baldwin), Samuel (1807 – 1892), and Richard (b. 1809).

For more detailed information and additional family members refer to sources (below).

Sources: 

Jacobs Family as descended from “John Jacobs of Perkiomen” to the Ninth Generation in America by Richard Wistar Davids, Philadelphia, 1894

History of Chester County, Futhey and Cope

Jacobs Family Papers, Coll. 156

Collection Scope:

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Collection Scope: 

This collection contains personal letters, business correspondence, financial documents, wills and estate papers, etc. for the Jacobs family as descended from John Jacobs of Perkiomen.  The main subjects of the collection are those descended from John Jacobs and Mary Brinton, their son Thomas H.B. Jacobs, and his son George W. Jacobs.  Descendents of Richard Jacobs and Hannah Samils also make up a significant part of the collection.  Members from other branches of the family are also included, as are the letters of non-family members which were written to the Jacobses.

Collection Arrangement:

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Collection Arrangement: 

Papers are arranged alphabetically by family member and chronologically within each family member.  Folders 1 through 12 contain letters arranged alphabetically by author and chronologically within each author.  Date ranges given for each folder may not encompass undated papers.      

Related Material:

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Collection Contents:

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Collection Contents: 

BOX 1

Folder 1 (22 items)

Letters, Authors first name only “A”- “H”, 1850 – 1896

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first name only

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors: Andrews; Bessie; Elisabeth; Betty; Florence/Fliss/Floss; Helen; Helen; also includes letters without signatures or with indecipherable signatures

Folder 2 (14 items)

Letters, Authors first name only “K”- “R”, 1857 – 1895

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first name only

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors: Kat; Margaret; Mary; Minnie; Nancy; Nellie; Mollie

Folder 3 (15 items)

Letters, Authors first name only “S”- “Z”, 1850 – 1896

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first name only

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors: “Squid”; Cousin Steve

Folder 4 (9 items)

Letters, Authors “A”, 1891 – 1896

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first and last name or by initials

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors: Maria P. Allen; Tillie (?) B. Allen; Eleanor Ashbridge; Phebe Ashbridge

Folder 5 (10 items)

Letters, Authors “B”, 1834 – 1896

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first and last name or by initials

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors: Caroline Baldwin; E.H. Benners; Sallie Benners; Sarah Benners; W.H. Bruner; Ethel Bunty

Folder 6 (13 items)

Letters, Authors “C” - “D”, 1853 – 1896

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first and last name or by initials

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors: Aug Campbell; E.L. Carter; Catherine L. Colfelt; Eliza P. Davids; Lewis R. Downing; Lillie(?) P. Downing; Richard I(?) Downing; Evans Drummond; Eleanor B. duPont

Folder 7 (13 items)

Letters, Authors “E” - “F”, 1839 – 1896

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first and last name or by initials

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors: H. Embree; Phebe Embree; R.A.E; Henry Ecroyd; Lily Elliot; Anna C. Evans; Helen Fox

Folder 8 (10 items)

Letters, Authors “G” - “H”, 1851 – 1895

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first and last name or by initials

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors: Frances B.G.; Florence Gilliams; Caroline W.H.; M.R. Haines; Lydia Harvy(?); Caroline Sharpless Hopkins; A.O. Hughston

Folder 9 (8 items)

Letters, Authors “I” - “O”, 1857 – 1895

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first and last name or by initials

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors:  Martha G.M. Ilvain; Lydia Jacobs; Elizabeth W. Johnson; D(?) C(?) Kellerline(?); William L. Loomis; Widen(?) McCree; U.H.O.

Folder 10 (22 items)

Letters, Authors “P”, 1850 – 1896

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first and last name or by initials

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors:  Frank Palsh(?); Anna L.(?) Parke; Margaret Pearce; Mary Ashbridge Perkins; Mary Lea Perot; Sarah Wistar Perot; Elizabeth D. Pinkerton; Sallie D. Pinkerton; Sue D. Pinkerton; Ann Presto(?)

Folder 11 (11 items)

Letters, Authors “R”, 1894 – 1895

-letters written by family and non-family members identified by first and last name or by initials

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors:  Ann(?) C. R__(?); Mary Ritter; Hannah Rogers; Julia Morris Ross; M. Elizabeth Ryan

Folder 12 (36 items)

Letters, Authors “S” - “Z”, 1848 – 1896

- letters written by family and non-family members identified by first and last name or by initials

-letters refer to friends, social events, etc.; many are written to Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs

-authors: Elizabeth Sharpless; Jacob Sharpless; Andrew Sinnickson; Jennie Spencer; Lizzie A. Stone; A.M.T.; Mary S. Thomas; Theresa D. Thomas; Ellie P.U.; Anna Valentine; Caroline M. Valentine; George Valentine; Amy(?) R.W.; Mrs. Charles Wells Walsey(?); Helen Walter; Ellen P. Williams; Sue D. Wilson; John P. Wetherill; Jeannie F. Worrill; William Wyers

Folder 13 (14 items)

Anna B. Jacobs papers, ? – 1889

-contains letters to brothers Charles and George, and papers concerning her estate

Folder 14 (10 items)

Anna R. Jacobs, Estate, 1910 – 1916

-includes will in which she left the family estate and fortunes to friends instead of family members

-includes letters and notes of brother Richard T. Jacobs to whom she left $1.00 and who attempted to override the will

Folder 15 (1 item)

Judge Benjamin Jacobs papers, 1793 – 1797

-contains typed copy of the records of a case heard by Judge Jacobs

Folder 16 (1 item)

Brinton Jacobs, note, 1876

-contains note written to John Jacobs concerning shipment of poultry

Folder 17 (4 items)

Charles Jacobs, letters of introductions, California, 1849

-contains letters of introduction for use on journey to California

-includes letter written by General Persifor Frazer Smith

 

BOX 2

Folder 18 (13 items)

Charles Jacobs, letters, 1849 – 1864

-contains letters written to family members

Folder 19 (8 items)

Charles Jacobs, Estate, 1865

-does not include will

-George W. Jacobs is administrator/executor

Folder 20 (9 items)

Coleman R. Jacobs papers, 1830 – 1832

-contains financial and estate papers

Folder 21 (12 items)

Cyrus Jacobs (d. 1830) papers, 1821 – 1830

-contains financial papers

Folder 22 (72 items)

Cyrus Jacobs (d. 1830), Estate, receipts, 1828 – 1850

-contains receipts paid from estate of Cyrus Jacobs; receipt from 1828 may pertain to services rendered but not paid for in 1828

-Levi Bull is executor

Folder 23 (13 items)

Cyrus Jacobs (d. 1830), Estate, 1830 – 1851

-includes will

Folder 24 (1 item)

Cyrus Jacobs (1815 – 1875), Bond and Warrant, 1850

-bond and warrant, Cyrus Jacobs to Sarah Jacobs for $600

Folder 25 (11 items)

Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs, Will/Letters, 1890 – 1920

-includes pencil drawing

Folder 26 (5 items)

Ellen (Newbold Cooke) Jacobs letters, 1921 – 1927

-widow of George W. Jacobs, Jr.

-letters written to Thomas H.B. Jacobs, brother-in-law/executor of George W. Jacobs’s will

Folder 27 (2 items)

Emily Jacobs papers, 1830 – 1852

-contains letters to “John” and financial document

Folder 28 (1 item)

Fanny M. Jacobs, Will, 1911

Folder 29 (1 item)

Florence Bowen Jacobs, wedding invitation, 1902

-marriage to James Charles Murtagh

Folder 30 (8 items)

Francis Jacobs/Jane Brinton Johnson wedding, 1869

-contains invitations, cards, wedding announcement, receipt for invitations

Folder 31 (1 item)

George W. Jacobs (b. 1798?), letter, 1823

- letter written by unidentified George W. Jacobs, may be George W. born in 1798; see Richard Wistar Davids’s Jacobs Family as descended from John Jacobs of Perkiomen for other possibilities

-letter refers to Hallowell v. Mathiot

Folder 32 (2 items)

George W. Jacobs (1822 – 1886), Diaries

-includes writing regarding journey to the American West

Folder 33 (27 items)

George W. Jacobs (1822 – 1886), Business/financial documents/correspondence, 1842 – 1885  

Folder 34 (10 items)

George W. Jacobs (1822 – 1886), Introductory letters, 1848 – 1851

- contains letters of introduction for use on journey to the West

Folder 35 (30 items)

George W. Jacobs (1822 – 1886), personal letters

-contains letters to family members, especially to father, Thomas H.B. Jacobs, and wife, Mary Sharpless Jacobs

Folder 36 (4 items)

George W. Jacobs (1822 – 1886), personal/family papers, 1864 – 1870

-contains wedding name cards, letter concerning wedding, note announcing birth of a son, list of callers

Folder 37 (7 items)

George W. Jacobs (1822 – 1886), Estate, 1884 – 1910

-contains will

-Mary S. Jacobs is executrix

 

BOX 3

Folder 38 (1 item)

George W. Jacobs, Jr., Essay “Adjoining Land-Owners in Pennsylvania”, undated

-full title “Adjoining Land-Owners in Pennsylvania: Their Rights and Duties”

-subjects include: boundaries, riparian owners, fences, support, over-hanging trees, light and air, party walls, eaves drip, water courses, drains, ways, fire

-47 pages, with footnotes

Folder 39 (20 items)

George W. Jacobs, Jr., education records; personal letters, 1879 – 1920

-educations records include: WilliamPennCharterSchool tuition bills, University of Pennsylvania tuition bill, certificate from The Law Association of American

-letters written to family members, mainly brother Thomas H.B. Jacobs

Folder 40 (40 items)

George W. Jacobs, Jr., Business/financial documents/correspondence, 1891 – 1920

Folder 41 (39 items)

George W. Jacobs, Jr., Estate, 1920

-Thomas H.B. Jacobs is executor

Folder 42 (15 items)

George W. Jacobs, Jr., Estate, Jan. 1921 – June 1921

Folder 43 (31 items)

George W. Jacobs, Jr., Estate, July 1921 – Dec. 1921

Folder 44 (21 items)

George W. Jacobs, Jr., Estate, 1922 – 1923

Folder 45 (14 items)

George W. Jacobs, Jr., Estate, 1927 – 1931

-includes papers concerning widow’s decision to remove body of George W. Jacobs, Jr. from Jacobs family plot

Folder 46 (1 item)

Isaac Jacobs paper, 1804

Folder 47 (2 items)

“Cousin Jane” letters, undated

-writers of letters unidentified beyond “Cousin Jane”

-letters probably written by two different people

Folder 48 (5 items)

Jane Bowen Jacobs (1879 – 1954) letters, 1890

-most letters undated

Folder 49 (3 items)

Jane (Bowen?) Jacobs, Estate, 1960

-concerns Summit Hall

Folder 50 (1 item)

Jane Brinton Jacobs (nee Johnson), Will, 1915 – 1922

Folder 51 (29 items)

Unknown John Jacobs’ papers, 1819 – 1879

-contains papers of unidentified John Jacobses; may be several different people

-see Richard Wistar Davids’s Jacobs Family as descended from John Jacobs of Perkiomen for identity possibilities

Folder 52 (1 item)

John Jacobs (1722 – 1782), receipt, 1776 (photocopy)

-original moved to Autograph Collection

-contains receipt for service in Pennsylvania Assembly, signed by John Morton, Speaker

Folder 53 (3 items)

John Jacobs (1757 – 1846) papers, 1784 – 1818

-includes handwritten copy of marriage certificate of John Jacobs and Mary Brinton, with list of witnesses

Folder 54 (12 items)

John Jacobs (1824 – 1860), letters, 1845 – 1860

Folder 55 (23 items)

Joseph B. Jacobs papers, 1842 – 1863

-includes indenture from “The Association for the care of Coloured Orphans” for Frances Jane Johnson to be an apprentice in “house-wifery” for 10 years, 1 month (1849)

Folder 56 (2 items)

Louise (Gaw Howell) Jacobs paper, 1909 – 1912

-invitation for wedding to Thomas H.B. Jacobs (1909)

-death record (1912)

Folder 57 (1 item)

Margaretta Jacobs, Will, 1828, 1839

-contains will and death record

 

BOX 4

Folder 58 (31 items)

Mary R. Sharpless Jacobs, letters, undated

-includes letters to children, husband

Folder 59 (36 items)

Mary R. Sharpless Jacobs, letters, 1843 – 1849

-includes letters to children, husband

Folder 60 (31 items)

Mary R. Sharpless Jacobs, Financial/estate papers, 1886 – 1927

-includes will

Folder 61 (1 item)

Richard Jacobs (1729? – 1823), Will, 1819

Folder 62 (3 items)

Richard Jacobs (b. 1809) letters, 1842 – 1881

-includes interesting letter to Phebe Jacobs, oldest of 15 children, from Richard, youngest of 15 children

Folder 63 (3 items)

Richard B. Jacobs (d. 1860), educational records, 1854

-contains tuition bills for “Cadet Richard Jacobs” to be paid to Lewis S. Partridge

Folder 64 (14 items)

Richard T. Jacobs papers, 1868 - 1916

Folder 65 (4 items)

Samuel Jacobs (1807 – 1892) papers, 1826 – 1890   

-includes letter to Gilbert Cope concerning assisting Cope with genealogical research

-includes letter written by all living relatives of Richard and Lydia [Gibbons] Jacobs to Samuel

Folder 66 (4 items)

Sarah T. Jacobs papers, 1894 – 1908

-includes death record

Folder 67 (4 items)

Thomas H.B. Jacobs (1789 – 1862), business/personal letters, 1828 – 1861

-includes 2 letters from James Buchanan (originals moved to Autograph Collection)

Folder 68 (9 items)

Thomas H.B. Jacobs (1789 – 1862), Estate, 1862 – 1863

-includes will

Folder 69 (18 items)

Thomas H.B. Jacobs (1865 – 1938), education; society membership, 1875 - 1929

-includes tuition payments for WilliamPennCharterSchool and University of Pennsylvania

-membership papers for The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture and The Chihuahua Foreign Club of Chihuahua, Mexico

Folder 70 (14 items)

Thomas H.B. Jacobs (1865 – 1938), personal letters, 1876 – 1906

-letters written to family members

Folder 71 (20 items)

Thomas H.B. Jacobs (1865 – 1938), Business/financial documents/correspondence, 1881 – 1920

Folder 72 (32 items)  

Thomas H.B. Jacobs (1865 – 1938), Business/financial documents/correspondence, 1921 – 1938

Folder 73 (1 item)

William Jacobs, Estate, 1820

-does not contain will

Folder 74 (5 items)

Caroline (Carrie) Wetherill letters, 1860 – 1870

Folder 75 (7 items)

Church documents, 1864 – 1878

-contains documents from St. Paul’s Church, West Whiteland, Protestant Episcopal Church:

-marriage certificate, George W. Jacobs and Mary R. Sharpless, 1864

-baptismal certificate, Mary Sharpless Jacobs, 1867

-baptismal certificate, George W. Jacobs, 1867

-confirmation certificate, Mary Sharpless Jacobs, 1867

-confirmation certificate, George W. Jacobs, 1867

-baptismal certificate, Elizabeth Ashbridge Jacobs (daughter of George and Mary), 1876

-baptismal certificate, John Jacobs (son of George and Mary), 1878

Folder 76 (7 items)

Genealogical Information

-includes family charts and other documents describing Jacobs family genealogy

Folder 77 (20 items)

Miscellaneous envelopes w/o letters

Folder 78 (6 items)

Miscellaneous