|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1842|
|Death: ||May 30, 1913|
Son of Enoch James and is a member of a family of Welsh descent.
His grandfather Isaac James, was born in the State of New York, but emigrated at an early day to Kentucky, and thence to Indiana. He was a millwright by trade, but settled on a farm at Attica, where he died. His wife was Grange Farragut, of the State of New York, a distant relative of Commodore Farragut.
Enoch James, father of Jacob J., was born in Kentucky and moved with his father to Indiana. He married Lydia Johns, a daughter of Jacob and Rachel (Batton) Johns, and they had born to them but one child, the subject of this sketch. Enoch James was a lawyer of considerable prominence and acquired a handsome estate. He died near Attica, Indiana, about the year 1870.
Jacob J. James was born in Boone County, Indiana, in 1842, and was reared on a farm; he learned engineering and followed the business eleven years. In 1860 he came to Iowa with his mother.
On March 1,1862, he enlisted in the United States service as a private in Company F, Eleventh Missouri Volunteer Cavalry; July 19 he was made Sergeant, and then was promoted to First Sergeant; he participated in many battles and skirmishes, and in 1865, at New Orleans, he received the commission of First Lieutenant, but he was never mustered. In the battle at Clarendon, Arkansas, June 26 and 27, 1864, he commanded the company, being Sergeant; he was slightly wounded in this battle by a spent ball, but was never in the hospital; he gave good and efficient service during the entire three years of his enlistment.
When Jacob returned from the war he came to Page County, Iowa, and engaged in running an engine in this township.
Jacob was married at Clarinda, Iowa, January 30, 1868, to Caroline F. Willets, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Thomas Wallace, who was noted for having said the ceremony to numerous young couples.
Jacob & Caroline had six children: Jessie A., Isaac E., Lydia J., Jacob O., Arthur A. and Hattie A. April 1, 1872,
Jacob bought a farm in Buchanan Township, upon which he lived two years, and in 1871 he removed to his present farm of eighty acres of fine land.
Jacob & Caroline have been members of the Baptist Church, and were chosen delegates to the Association at Glenwood, Iowa.
Jacob has always taken an active interest in educational affairs, and has served his township as school director for five years. He is an honorable citizen and the entire family are held in high regard.
The maternal ancestors of Jacob were in every war from the Revolution to the Rebellion.
Jacob Johns, the grandfather, was in the war of 1812, and was a county judge in Kentucky; he was a Democrat and the owner of slaves, but his wife, being a stanch Whig, said she would have no slaves on the place, and took out manumission papers and set them free.
Caroline's father removed to Page County in 1859, and lived at College Springs, Amity Township. He was an industrious, upright citizen, and has the esteem of a wide circle of acquaintance. Caroline's mother died November 3, 1882, at Clarinda, Iowa.
The maternal ancestors of Mr. James were also loyal Americans, some member having been in all the wars since the Revolution.
Enoch R James (1820 - 1870)
Lydia Johns Thralls (1822 - 1882)
Caroline Fisher Willits James (1846 - 1916)*
Andrew J. James (1869 - 1869)*
Jessie A James Hood (1870 - 1911)*
Isaac Eiry James (1872 - 1955)*
Lydia J. James Wright (1873 - 1926)*
Jacob Ott James (1876 - 1930)*
Arthur Ambers James (1878 - 1951)*
Harriett Anna James Farrens (1880 - 1966)*
Maintained by: Sandy Hicks Mullins
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Sep 10, 2006
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