Obit: Chesley, Jacob (1799 - 1880)

Contact: Al Smith

Obituary as published in the Jan. 28, 1880 issue of The Phonograph, Colby WI

Jacob Chesley Died, in the town of Hull, on Sunday, the 25th inst., of old age and general debility, Mr. Jacob Chesley, in the 81st year of his age.

Mr. Chesley was born in Kinderhook, N.Y., in August 1799. In 1860 he moved to Illinois, where he remained until 1871 he moved again, and this time settled in Portage county, this State near Plover, which place he made his home for three years, when he came up the line with his son-in-law, Mr. L.L. Cramer, and has since resided with him in the town of Hull. Mr. Chesley was the father of eleven children, nine of whom survive and mourn his loss. Of the nine children living, there are but two residing in this State, Mr. John Chesley, of Plover, and Mrs. L.L. Cramer of Hull.


2) From a centennial history of the Town of Hull published in 1976 was this clip:

"The first War Veteran buried at Colby was Jacob Chesley. He was a drummer boy in the War of 1812. He lived in the Town of Hull until his death January 25, 1880. He was 12 years of age when he enlisted as a drummer boy, with the United States forces, in the Indian War of 1812 in New York State. He left New York State in early manhood, and at his death was a farmer in the Town of Hull."

Jacob was living with his daughter Wealtha and her husband at the time of his death. Wealtha was born Dec. 19, 1836 in Oneida County, NY. She married Lorenzo L. Cramer on April 8, 1863 in Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, NY and died on Aug 30, 1888, in Town of Hull, Marathon County, WI. They had two children, Alfred L. and Jennie A.

Jennie A. married George Beale Dickinson, and they had 5 or 6 children, one of which is my grandfather. Alfred L. married Edith Mary Dickinson, one of George's sisters, they had two children I know of.

More About Jacob Chesley: Baptism: September 15, 1799 Date born 2: September 15, 1799

Children of Jacob Chesley and Laura/Lorane (M) Chesley are:

+Lydia D. Chesley, b. 1827, NY, d. 1899, Bangor, NY.



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