Nov 162015
 
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Some doubts have been raised recently, November 2015, about this so this is an attempt to review the evidence.

Henry Jacobs

We have him in 5 censuses (1861-1901)

1861  Glass Merchant in Brighton                         Born: St James, Middlesex   Age 28 so DOB C 1833

         Wife: Ellen                                                Born: Middlesex                    Age: 26 so DOB C 1835

         Two of their children were born in Kentucky USA (C 1855 – 1857)

1871  Glass & China Merchant in Brighton            Born:  London, Middlesex      Age: 38 so DOB C 1833

         Wife: Ellen                                                Born:  London, Middlesex      Age: 32 so DOB C 1839

        Two of their children were born in America (C 1855 – 1856)

1881  Glass & China Merchant in Westminster     Born: London, Middlesex       Age: 42 so DOB C 1839

         Wife: Elizabeth                                          Born: Middlesex                   Age: 29 so DOB C 1852

1891  Glass Traveller in Holborn                           Born: Soho                         Age: 59 so DOB C 1832

         Widower

 

1901  Glass Traveller in St Pancras                      Born: London                      Age: 69 so DOB C 1832

 

So from the Censuses we get the following:

Born in London

DOB 1832-1833 (Discounting the hard to read 42 in 1881)

Lived in America (probably Kentucky) between approx. 1855 – 1857

 

Death Certificate

1911  Dies in Finchley  Formerly a Glass Merchant                       Age: 79 so DOB C 1832

 

Court Case

1872  He is the defendant in a case brought by his late brother David’s sons.

         He is named as Henry Jacobs of 68 High Holborn

         David Jacobs had a business under the name ‘David Jacobs’ at 33 Haymarket

         David died in 1869 and left his business to his 2 sons, Philip David and Angelo Jacobs

         In 1871 Henry left Brighton and established himself at 68 High Holborn

             He put up a sign on his shop ‘Brother to the late David Jacobs’ but the ‘Brother to the late’ was so small as to not be noticed.

         Henry lost the case

This tells us that Henry was in Brighton until sometime in 1871

His brother was David Jacobs

 

So we now have:

Born in London

DOB 1832-1833 (Discounting the hard to read 42 in 1881)

Lived in America (probably Kentucky) between approx. 1855 – 1857

Was brother to David Jacobs of 33 Haymarket

When he was in Brighton entries in the various trade directories for Brighton indicate that he was originally there in a business and house belonging to David Jacobs – his elder brother.

He died in 1911  Age: 79 so DOB C 1832

We don’t have either of his marriage certificates.

It is believed that he married his first wife, Ellen Silverstone, in Ohio/Kentucky but no documentation of the marriage has been found – yet! In any case the Cincinnati records were destroyed in a fire around 1870 and although the records have been reconstructed Henry was back in England by then so probably wasn’t aware that the authorities were asking people to re-register.

Ellen died in 1913 so they obviously separated sometime between 1871 and 1881. If they didn’t divorce then this would probably explain why we can’t find a marriage between Henry and Elizabeth Twine.

All in all we have no direct link to Moses

We do however have a link to his brother David Jacobs, so let’s look at David’s details


 


David Jacobs

We have David in 2 censuses (1851, 1861)

1851  Glass Warehouseman at 33 Haymarket     Born: St. Martins      Age: 31 so DOB C 1820

         Wife: Matilda                                           Born: Finsbury          Age: 29 so DOB C 1822

1861  Glass Warehouseman at 33 Haymarket     Born: St Anns          Age: 41 so DOB C 1820

         Wife: Matilda                                           Born: Shoreditch      Age: 38 so DOB C 1823

So from the census we get

David Jacobs is a Glass Warehouseman, born in London about 1820

 

Marriage Certificate

1848  He marries Matilda Rebecca Jacobs (they are 2nd cousins)

         His age is 28 so DOB C 1820

         His address is 33 Haymarket

         His father is Moses Jacobs, China Dealer

Death Certificate

1869  He dies in Charing Cross a Glass Manufacturer               Age: 50 so DOB C 1819

         His will index grants probate to his widow, Matilda.

Court Case

1839  Moses Jacobs brings a case against an occasional employee of his.

         The business is owned by Moses, but it is his son, David’s, name that is above the door.

              David Jacobs testifies that he is the son of Moses Jacobs. He says that it is father’s name that is over the shop – Jacobs.

         They have businesses in Berwick Street and Haymarket

So we now have:

David Jacobs is the son of Moses Jacobs

David was born about 1820

He is in the glass business


My conclusion

We have no direct link between Henry Jacobs (1833 – 1911) and Moses Jacobs (1794 – 1856)

We do have a direct link between Henry and David Jacobs (1819 – 1869)

We have a direct link between David Jacobs and Moses Jacobs.

Therefore I believe that we have reasonable grounds to substantiate the belief that Henry Jacobs (1833 – 1911) is the son of Moses Jacobs (1794 – 1856)

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