Jake married Mary Louisa Dobson on September 30, 1840 in Macon County. She was born January 4, 1820. An ordained Methodist minister, farmer and Free Mason, he and Mary moved to Rockdale in Randolph County, Alabama in the 1840s, probably with a portion of her family. Born to them were three children:
During the War Between the States, Jake served in the Randolph County Home Guard, a portion of which became Faulkner's Mounted Inf Bn, Co F and acted as a police force to protect local inhabitants. The company's leader was Sheriff Larkin Breed who was rumored to be "a Union man". Jake, like some in Breed's homeguard, may have been against secession/war -- he served as the county education superintendent 1867-1868. Contemporary state archives describe Jake as 5' 11", eyes blue, hair dark, complexion light.
Curiously Jake's brother, William, was a captain of the 1st North Carolina Cavalry Regiment, Co. K. And his brother, James, wrote an amnesty petition to President Johnson, claiming that he was conscribed as a local Macon Co, NC postmaster for the "fake Confederate States of America", then compelled to transport supplies for locals in 1864.
During or after the war Jake and Mary moved closer to her syblings south of Wedowee. Jake continued to serve as a Methodist minister, marrying many couples throughout the region. As of the late 1860s he was assigned mission work at Chockolocka (Choccolocco?) in Calhoun County. He also served as Randolph County education superintendent in 1867.
In 1872, Addington Chapel United Methodist Church in Cold Springs, AL was named in his honor (the congregation and cemetery are active to this day).
One of the churches at pastored, as a minister in the Birmingham District, includes The Village Springs UMC during 1875-1876.
In the 1880s family lore says Jake served as pastor of The Rock United Methodist Church in Birmingham. Before 1890 he and Mary moved to Walnut Grove in Blount County, near farms owned by Walter and Bert. In 1891 he was granted 160 acres in Blount County.
Jake lived to be 79 years of age, dying near Clarence, AL January 22, 1898. Mary passed away March 13, 1900 and is buried next to Jake at Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery.