Hans John Jacob

9 November 1897–8 October 1994 (Age 96)
Langnau im Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

The Life of Hans John

When Hans John Jacob was born on 9 November 1897, in Langnau im Emmental, Bern, Switzerland, his father, Fred Jacob, was 32 and his mother, Mary Woodridg, was 32. He married Bertha Pfaffli on 20 May 1921, in Bern, Bern, Switzerland. He died on 8 October 1994, in Santa Paula, Ventura, California, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Hans John Jacob
Sarah Harkness
Marriage: 28 July 1948

Spouse and Children

28 July 1948

Parents and Siblings

    Fred Jacob


    Mary Woodridg




World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Age 17

Switzerland organizes Red Cross units during World War I.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 26

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Name Meaning

Jewish, English, German, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and southern Indian: derivative, via Latin Jacobus, from the Hebrew personal name ya‘aqobh (Yaakov). In the Bible, this is the name of the younger twin brother of Esau (Genesis 25:26), who took advantage of the latter's hunger and impetuousness to persuade him to part with his birthright ‘for a mess of potage’. The name is traditionally interpreted as coming from Hebrew akev ‘heel’, and Jacob is said to have been born holding on to Esau's heel. In English Jacob and James are now regarded as quite distinct names, but they are of identical origin ( see James ), and in most European languages the two names are not distinguished. It is used as a given name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. has come to be used as a surname among families from southern India.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • John Jacob, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John Jacob in entry for Sarah Jacob, "California Deaths and Burials, 1776-2000"
  • John Jacob, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

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