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The Wetmore family and John Jacobs

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

According to John Jacob's marriage announcement, he married Ann Eliza Wetmore on January 8, 1851 in Candor. Her family was counted on the census in 1850 as follows:

Ann Eliza Wetmore was born abt. 1828. Her parents (presumably), were Abel and Celina Wetmore. Ann had brothers name John, George, and Oliver, and sisters named Lois, Olive, and Phebe. Olive was born about 1843. In 1855, Olive was living with John & Mary Jacobs listed as "sister", age 10.

In 1855, there was a child named Polly L. Wetmore, age 17, living in Berkshire, Tioga County, New York, with Abel and Cerenza Wetmore. Abel was reportedly born in Massachusetts and his wife was born in Vermont. Polly would have been born about 1838 - a perfect fit for Polly L. Jacobs who was living with John Jacobs from 1860 to 1905. Polly wasn't living in Abel's home in 1860. Did Ann Eliza die and her sister Polly replace her?

Abstracts printed in The Owego Record under the "Candor" column report the following:

  • On April 21, 1898, "Rev. Gaylord Jacobs of Newton, Pa., visited his parents in this place Monday".

  • On Aug. 22, 1905, "Rev. Gaylord Jacobs of Mountain Top, Pa., is visiting his parents".


Year: 1850; Census Place: Candor, Tioga, New York; Roll: M432_604; Page: 149B; Image: 302; Surname mispelled or mistranscribed "Wetmon".

Year: 1860; Census Place: Berkshire, Tioga, New York; Roll: M653_867; Page: 3; Surname spelled "Whetmore".


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