Sylvester Jacobs

4 September 1824–31 March 1850 (Age 25)
New York, United States

The Life of Sylvester

When Sylvester Jacobs was born on 4 September 1824, in New York, United States, his father, Mark Jacobs, was 30 and his mother, Nancy Placeway, was 26. He married Mary Hartwick on 3 March 1845, in Livingston, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 31 March 1850, at the age of 25, and was buried in Michigan City, Michigan Township, LaPorte, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Sylvester Jacobs
Mary Hartwick
Marriage: 3 March 1845
Charles H. Jacobs
Mark Spencer Jacobs

Spouse and Children


    Mary Hartwick


3 March 1845
Livingston, Michigan, United States


    Charles H. Jacobs


    Mark Spencer Jacobs


Parents and Siblings

    Mark Jacobs


    Nancy Placeway




World Events (6)

1825 · State Capital Moves to Indianapolis

Age 1

The state capital was moved from Corydon to Indianapolis on January 10, 1825.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 3

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 8

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

Jewish and English: patronymic from the personal name Jacob . As a Jewish surname it has also assimilated various other patronymics from the same personal name, as for example Jacobowitz .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Sylvester Jacobs, "Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935"
  • Sylvester Jacobs in entry for Mark Spencer Jacobs, "Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952"
  • Sylvester Jacobs in entry for Charles Jacobs, "Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952"

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