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Jacob Hess

  • Birth 21 May 1792 Wayne Heights, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 22 Jun 1846 Pisgah, Harrison County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Thayer, Union County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 48264946

Son of John Hess and Catherine

Married Elizabeth Foutz, 1816, Franklin County, Pennsylvania

History - Tomstown, Pennsylvania area (north of Waynesboro) is the ancestral cemetery of Jacob's father, John Hess.

The cemetery is a 30-by-40-foot corner of what used to be John Hess' property. John's headstone is the only one still standing.

It was in the Tomstown area that John's son, Jacob Hess, met and married Elizabeth Foutz. Jacob and Elizabeth Foutz Hess migrated with other Foutz family members, Jacob and Margaret Mann Foutz and Solomon and Mary Foutz Secrist.

In 1832 Jacob and Elizabeth moved to Worthington Township, Richland County, Ohio and in March 1834, Jacob, Elizabeth, three oldest daughters and John W. Hess baptized by David Evans in Richland County Ohio.

May 6, 1836 Jacob and Elizabeth family moved to Ray County, Missouri to be with the other Saints. It was Autumn of 1838 that Prophet Joseph Smith and companions stay at the Jacob Hess home for 13 days in Ray County.

Jacob Hess signed the Mormon Redress Petition, 11 May 1839, at Adams County, Ill: "An account against the State of Missouri for debt and Damage Sustained in Consequence of the Exterminating Order p. 233 Loss on land $175, Damage & Crop $108, Removal $30, Total $313. I certify the above to be a true and Just account according to the best of my Knowledge." Signed Jacob Hess.

In the summer of 1845 Jacob and Elizabeth Hess family moved to City of Nauvoo to live with Elizabeth's brother, Bishop Jacob Foutz. In that same year Jacob Hess was stricken with paralysis.

Son, John W. Hess, moves his family out of Nauvoo in two wagons, one carrying his sick father on April 3, 1846. And in June of that same year son, John W. Hess, makes a bark house for family at Mt. Pisgah. It was in this city location that Jacob Hess died.


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  • Created by: SMSmith
  • Added: 17 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48264946
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacob Hess (21 May 1792–22 Jun 1846), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48264946, citing Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Thayer, Union County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .