Henry Jacobs

    Henry Jacobs, a native of Greene County, Ohio, was born June 7, 1814, and is the second of eight children, five of whom are living, born to James and Mary (Welsh) Jacobs, natives of Virginia and Kentucky respectively, and of Dutch and Welsh descent. Until eighteen years old, Henry Jacobs lived in his native county assisting his father at shoe-making. He had no school advantages, but by industry educated himself. In 1832, the family emigrated to Indiana, then a new country, and while on the way to Greencastle, where they afterward settled, his mother's death was caused by a fall, and she lies buried three miles east of Indianapolis. The family lived in Putnam, Fountain, and Warren Counties. His father died in Warren County in 1853.

    In 1836, Henry moved to Independence, Warren County, and opened a shoe shop. He was married May 18, 1836, to Miss Rachel Runyon. They have had eight children -Rufus; Addeline, now Mrs. George Grimmette of Frankfort, Indiana; Andrew J., a soldier who was killed in the engagement at Stone River; Tabitha, deceased; Anna, deceased; Harriet, deceased; Caroline, now Mrs. G. J. Lobdell, of Fowler, and Henrietta, deceased. From Independence, Mr. Jacobs moved to West Point, Tippecanoe County, and followed shoe-making there about ten years. In company with Adams Earl, of La Fayette, he engaged in merchandising at Rainsville in 1853, but in 1871 he discontinued this and embarked in agricultural pursuits near Rainsville. In 1873, he brought the first stock of goods to..........(page ripped, it appears 2 lines are missing).....wife died January 30, 1881, and lies by the side of her children at Rainsville. Mr. Jacobs is a Republican. For forty years he has been a member of the Odd Fellows.

Source: Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana. Historical and Biographical. F.A. Battey & Co., 1883.