|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1800|
New Hanover County
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 29, 1872|
(1800 – 1872)
Nearly all of what is known about Jacob Lemons has been gleaned from second-hand sources, as few known documents remain in existence from his actual lifetime. An early transcription of the Lemons family Bible confirms that Joseph was born on July 8, 1800. Two of his children would later state that his place of birth was at Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina. A granddaughter of Jacob's, basing her statement on family oral history, later added that "he was of French-English descent, and the family located in the Carolinas in Colonial times."
A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans
Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918
"...Jacob Lemons, who was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and became a pioneer settler at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He went there as a soldier under General Taylor, and he helped build Fort Crawford. Jacob Lemons had served in the War of 1812. He was of French-English descent, and the family located in the Carolinas in Colonial times."
While no record has ever been found to confirm his participation in the War of 1812, based on Jacob's age at that time (12), this seems rather unlikely. However, early military records do confirm that Jacob Lemons enlisted into the army at Nashville, Tennessee on January 12, 1828. By 1832, he was serving with General Zachary Taylor (later President Taylor) during Black Hawk War at Fort Crawford in what was then Wisconsin Territory. While no military records or other documentation have been located, in a biographical outline of one of his son's lives, the following was included for publication.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Marshall County, Kansas
Chapman Brothers Publishing, Chicago, Illinois; 1889
"Jacob Lemons was a soldier in the Black Hawk War, and was an express messenger. In a Mackinaw boat he rowed on the Mississippi River from Prairie du Chien to St. Peters at the time of the Bad Ax fight. He was one of the first soldiers in Prairie du Chien, and took a squad of men into the woods on what is now known as the Minnesota River, where they cut timber with which to build Old Fort Crawford, at Prairie du Chien. It is said that when he went to that place a white man would not dare show his face from behind the bluffs."
After the Black Hawk War drew to a close, Jacob like so many other soldiers at that time appears to have remained at Fort Crawford, carrying on a rather peaceful, agrarian existence- further expanding the fort grounds and farming on the acreage surrounding its walls.
On October 19, 1832, Jacob re-enlisted in the army to take up arms again in the fighting during the Seminole Wars, and is stationed at Fort Brooke, Florida. Since it was not until the early part of 1837 that the Seminole Indians were defeated at Lake Okeechobee, Florida, it is assumed that Jacob did not return from Florida until the fighting there had come to a close. At that time however, he returned to Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien. Later that same year, he would marry a resident at Fort Crawford- the widow of the late Thomas Burlock, late of Company E, 1st Regiment.
Mrs. Gertrude Burlock, widow of Thomas Burlock, was the mother of three children: William H. Burlock; Samuel Jackson Burlock and daughter, Helen Burlock. Born on June 14, 1808 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, Gertrude A. Price was said to have been of Holland descent. While still in New York City she had married Thomas Burlock, a "cordwainer" [i.e. shoe maker]. Their two sons had been born to them in New York City, but shortly after their second son's birth in 1830, Thomas would sign on with the military and move his family to Fort Snelling in Minnesota Territory. It was there that their daughter, Helen Burlock was born in 1832- said to have been the first white child born in what would later become the State of Minnesota.
The Burlock family had remained at Fort Snelling until 1840, at which time Thomas went off to fight the Seminole Indians in Florida. It is presumed that Thomas Burlock and Jacob Lemons knew one another from their time in Florida, and later at Fort Crawford in Wisconsin Territory.
Crawford County, Wisconsin Marriages, 1816-1848
Compiled by James L Hansen, State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Published in the Minnesota Genealogical Journal, May 1984
Jacob Lemon married GiddyAnn Burlock, in Crawford County.
Certificate dated 17 July 1837. By Thomas P. Street, Justice of the Peace.
In addition to raising the three Burlock children, Jacob went on to father nine more children with Gertrude A. Price Lemons: Rebecca; Jacob Jr.; Susan A.; Joseph Edgar; David; Caroline; Theodore; Walter and Moses. The family remained at Prairie du Chein, Crawford County, Wisconsin until about 1845 when they moved to what the Lemons children would later refer to as, "the old homestead-" land owned at Wauzeka, Wisconsin, "just 5 ½ miles northwest of Prairie du Chien." When the Civil War broke out, it was from the home in this location that Jacob watched most of his family go off into battle, including: his sons, Jacob Jr., David, and Joseph, and stepson, Samuel J. Burlock. All would return home except for his son David who would later die at Atlanta, Georgia.
Jacob's final days are best outlined in extractions from Affidavit information provided by family members after the death of his son, David Lemons. These were made in the hope of obtaining a military pension for Gertrude A. Price Lemons.
Son-in-law John B. Coyle, wife of Susan A. Lemons Coyle, stated that he knew Susan's "parents before the War and at the time of his [David Lemons'] enlistment, that Jacob Lemons, his father, had a stroke of the palsy several years before the war and in consequence lost the use of his right side so that he did not do any work whatever afterwards till the time of his death."
John B. Coyle goes on to say: "That I lived a short distance from them and saw him almost daily during that time; that said Jacob Lemons was old and feeble and had had a stroke of the palsy which disabled his legs, especially his right leg; that he always carried a cane; that he was always shaking and could not walk enough to do even his own chores; that for the last six months of his life I stayed with him and took care of him; that during that time he was confined to his bed all of the time so that he had to be lifted about whenever he moved from place to place or had his bed changed. That from 1864 to the time of his death he did not do any work; that his income was only what was raised on about twelve acres of land, with the aid of hired help."
Jacob Lemons died at his home in Wauzeka on March 29, 1872. He was interred in the Wauzeka Cemetery in Wauzeka, Crawford County, Wisconsin. After his death, his widow and each of his children and step-children would gradually migrate west, settling in Minnesota, North Dakota, Kansas, Oregon and Washington states, as well as Saskatchewan Canada.
Gertrude Ann Price Lemons (1808 - 1882)*
Rebecca Lemons Ward (1836 - 1915)*
Jacob Lemons (1838 - 1912)*
Susanna A. Lemons Coyle (1839 - 1919)*
Joseph Edgar Lemons (1842 - 1918)*
Joseph Edgar Lemons (1842 - 1918)*
David Lemons (1844 - 1864)*
Caroline Elizabeth Lemons Noble (1846 - ____)*
Theodore Lemons (1848 - 1910)*
Walter Lemons (1850 - 1891)*
Moses Lemons (1852 - 1937)*
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Originally Created by: Bonnie Fritz
Record added: Jan 11, 2004
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