Friday, April 11, 2014

Peter Jacoby (1766-1814)

Even though the Revolutionary War was technically over with the signing of the Peace Treaty in 1783, Peter, at the age of 19 in 1785 is recorded as having served as a Ranger on the Frontier.   To be a Ranger he would have had to have been adapt in using the Pennsylvania Long Rifle. 

 
Peter  was the son of Henry Jacoby (1733-1809), who served throughout the conflict of the Revolutionary War.  Evidence shows that Peter also provided service to the newly formed United States of America.  Henry Sylvester Jacoby, in his book, The Jacoby Family Genealogy, 1930,  provides an extensive account of the military service of Peter.

Jacoby, page 155
 
Long after the war with Britain was over, the hostilities on the frontier continued, as the Peace Treaty was not signed by or recognized by the Indian Nations.   I would imagine  that Peter provided protective service for  his family and neighbors during this time period leading up to the War of 1812.  But I do not believe that he  participated in the  War of 1812.  Jacoby quotes, the History of Northampton Co., PA, 1877,  "Drummer, P. Jacoby and Private, P. Jacoby" in the Rifle Company of Captain John Ott, (p82) as evidence of Peter's service.   A closer look at  the records in the Pennsylvania Archives, actually shows that this was Phillip Jacoby, drummer and another Phillip Jacoby, private, not our Peter who served in the War of 1812.

Around 1788 he married  Mary Lomison  in Lower Mount Bethel.  She was a daughter of Lawrence Lomison (more about him in a later entry).   Together, Peter and Mary  had a family of 15 children.

A list of the names of all the children of Peter and Mary was discovered in a family Bible passed down through the Jacoby family and shared with the author of the The Jacoby Family Genealogy, Henry Sylvester Jacoby (p154).  Their children and dates of birth are:  John, August 23, 1789;  Margaret, October 17, 1790; Susanna,  November 16, 1791; Henry, January 1, 1793; Sarah, July 20, 1794;   Sarah, July 30, 1795;  William, June 2, 1797;  Elizabeth, January 31, 1799;  Peter James, June 15, 1800;  Mary,  December 17, 1801;  Daniel, June 5, 1804;  George, March 6, 1806;  James, August 11, 1807; Jeremiah, September 13, 1809;  and  Eleanor, December 1, 1811.

The first census after the Revolutionary War  taken in 1790  places Peter and family in Lower Mount Bethel township, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania.  Jacoby  interviewed a descendent of Peter in 1914.  Mary Snyder, his granddaughter, remembered that he had  been a tenant farmer in Lower Mount Bethel, never having owned any land. She also stated that after Peter died, most of the children had to help in  supporting  the family by "working out" (p154). Ten of his children were under the age of 21 when he died September 7, 1814.  and eight of them required guardians.  I would very much like to know more about the statement Mary made in her interview, "Peter Jacoby's widow married a Mr. Bartel of Moore twp., but did not like him and so left him and lived with her children...(p157)."   Now that is an interesting comment: such was the way of life for a poor widow who needed to marry to have a home and support for her children.  My ancestor, Mary, who was 13 when her father died,  would have been one of the children fostered out and in need of a guardian.

They are buried in the Scotch Irish Cemetery in Lower Mount Bethel  where a bronze plate marks their graves.
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Their daughter Mary became the wife of Joseph Snyder, whose grandfather, John Knappschneider, was also a Revolutionary War Veteran. I am grateful to genealogists such as Henry Sylvester Jacoby who painstakingly  did the research  and leg work back in the days when you had to travel to local areas to comb through old records to piece together the story of our ancestors. Their efforts point a modern day researcher in the right direction to look for original documentation. Since many of these old records have been digitized, such as land records, census records and  church records, they  can now be examined on line.

Source: 
Jacoby, Henry Sylvester. The Jacoby Family Genealogy - A record of the Descendants of the Pioneer Peter Jacoby of Bucks Co., PA,1930. 
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Henry Jacoby (1733 - 1809)

Henry Jacoby was born in 1733 in Zweibruecken, Pfalz.  This region was known as the Palantine, an area of present day Germany which had been devastated by years of conflict  and war. He was the son of Peter Jacoby (1709 – 1761)  and Maria Elizabeth Jacoby (1708 –1790) who immigrated here in 1741  when Henry was a child of 8 years. 

The Jacoby family resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they, like so many German immigrants, made a living farming.  Sometime around 1760, Henry married Maria Kern, the daughter of Frederick and Anna Margaret Kern.  She was born in 1742 in Rockhill township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Henry Sylvester Jacoby, in his book, The Jacoby Family Genealogy, 1930 provides comprehensive detail of all records regarding Henry and his family.  Tax records show that he lived in several places as the family migrated north out of Bucks County into Northampton County.  In 1761 they were living in Springfield Twp., Bucks Co., and  from 1762 to 1772  various records  locate the family in Salisbury township where in 1766 the birth of his son Peter is recorded in the Jerusalem Church.   By 1775 he is found in  Lower Mount Bethel Township, Northampton Co. where the tax list for January 1775 shows, “Henry Jacobe, 200 acres of land, 100 acres cleared, 20 acres sowed, 2 horses,  3 horned cattle, no sheep, 4 mills, no inmates, no negroes and no bond servants.”  (Jacoby, 99) While these records are referenced in the book, they can be located online through different sources like Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, and Family Serch.com

Henry and Maria were the parents of six children who were: John, 11 December 11,1761;   Peter, September 11, 1766;  Catherine, August 31, 1769; Elizabeth,  April 17, 1772;  Mary, born in 1774;  and Susanna, born about 1776.




Henry was involved in service to the Militia throughout the duration of the Revolutionary War.  His name appears many times with different spellings in the Pennsylvania Archives, 5th  Series, Vol. 8, p. 406, 412,426,  429, 559 and others. Henry Jacaoby, private, 1st class, 3rd Company, 6th  Battalion, Northampton Co. Militia, Captain John Nelson, May 14, 1776. Henry Jacobie 1st class, in the Muster Roll of the 6th , Battalion of Northampton Co. Militia, for May 14, 1778, 3rd Company, Capt. John Nelson.   Henry Jacobe , Private, 1st  class, 3rd Company, 5th  Battalion, Northampton Co. Militia, Captain Hugh Gaston, 1781. And  Henry Jacoby, 1st  class,  Capt. Hugh Gaston's, Company of Militia, 5th  Battalion of Northampton Co.,1782 among others.  His service is recognized by both the DAR (Ancestor #: A061388)  and  The Sons of the American Revolution  (membership # 75838) 


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Henry Jacoby is found on the Census records of Lower Mount Bethel for 1790 and 1800.  He died November 12,  1809 and is buried in the Scotch Irish Cemetery in Martins Creek, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  His wife, Maria Kern Jacoby,  died August 25, 1812 and is  buried in the Warrior Run Presbyterian Church Cemetery, near McEwensville, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. “In memory of Mary wife of Henry Jacoby who died August 25 , 1812 in the 71 year of age.” (Jacoby 104)

Their son Peter, born 1766, also gave service in the Revolutionary War.   Peter's daughter Mary  married Joseph Snyder and had a daughter named Amanda.  Amanda Snyder married Jacob Fangboner. They were the grandparents of  Edna Frey Good.  More about Peter on the next post.


Sources: 

Jacoby, Henry Sylvester. The Jacoby Family Genealogy - A record of the Descendants of the Pioneer Peter Jacoby of Bucks Co., PA,1930. 

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