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|
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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