Select Jacobs Miscellany


Here are some Jacobs stories
accounts over the years:


Early Jacobs in Cambridgeshire


The Jacobs appeared on the lands of Robert de Ho in Everdon, according
to The Hundred Rolls of
The following were the Jacobs recorded in the land tenures:
– William Jacob and his wife Basila in 1138
– his children Henry, John, and Isabella
– his grandchildren Henry, John, Tona, and Jacobus.
Within the next hundred years or so, the Jacob name had spread to Suffolk and Norfolk. 


Early Jacobs in South Africa

The following were early Jacobs recorded in South Africa:

1688 Ariaantje Jacobs marriage aged 21, born in the Netherlands
1693 Jan Jacobs birth in Paarl, the Cape
1698 Pierre Jacob death aged 51, born in France (Calais)
1703 Adriana Jacobs birth in Cape Town
1721 Daniel Jacobs birth in Drakenstein (Paarl), the Cape
1738 Anna Jacobs birth in Tulbagh, the Cape

Two Jacobs came to the Dutch South African colony in
1688, but from very different situations.

Pierre Jacob arrived on the De
in June with his wife
and three children.  They were French Huguenots escaping
persecution in their home country.  His family settled in
Drakenstein and soon added an “s” to their name.  A descendant
David Jacobs made the trek with his wife to new farmland at Zeerust in
the Transvaal in the 1850’s.

Ariaantje Jacobs was one of eight orphans that arrived on
the Berg China later in the
Her father had died when she was five months old and her
mother when she was eight and s
he was eighteen years old when she left the orphanage in
Rotterdam to go to the Cape.  It had been felt that the male
settlers of the Cape needed wives.  Consequently orphan girls were
sent there, giving them the opportunity for a better life and resolving
the problem of the lack of female population.  Ariaantje was
married almost immediately on arriving there.



Jacobs as a
Surname in South Africa

Jacobs is the most common surname for whites in South
Africa.  The following shows the top five surnames and their
approximate numbers in the 1970 South Africa census.

1. Jacobs  95,000
2. Botha  90,000
3. Smith  85,000
4. Van der Merwe  75,000
5. Van Wyk  70,000


Tryntje Jacobs and Her Four Husbands

Tryntje was the Dutch diminutive for Catherine and was variously
written in the early records.  Her surname is uncertain.  She
may have, according to the Dutch custom of the time, retained her
father’s name of Jacob.  But it is also possible that she had so
identified herself with her first husband that she was referred to as
“Tryntje, Jacob’s wife.”

The date and place of Tryntje’s birth is not known.  The date
looks like being about 1620 and the place perhaps Winkel in north
Holland where her first husband Jacob Walichs was born.

They had come to New Amsterdam in 1650 and raised six children, the
last of whom was born in 1656.  A year later, the records were
reporting that she was marrying for a second time, to Jacob
Stoffelsen.  He died in 1667 and Tryntje then married her third
husband, Michael Tades.  When Michael died in 1670, there soon
came the fourth, Casper Steymets.

She herself died in 1677 and the Bergen records recorded it as follows:
“Buried Tryntje Jacobs, wife of Casper Steymets, at New York.”


Henry Jacobs, A London Butcher

Henry Jacobs was born in Whitechapel around
1813.  He married Rebecca Isaacs in 1841 (Henry signed his name at
the marriage register but Rebecca could not).   He was a
member of the Great Synagogue at Dukes Place in Aldgate.  From the
synagogue marriage records Henry’s Hebrew name was Tevi ben Yaacov and
Rebecca’s Rivka bat Yehudah.

Henry’s father, born in London in 1769, had been a butcher, and so was
Henry.  He had a butcher’s shop from 1841 to 1878 at 27 Duke
Street, Houndsditch.  He and Rebecca lived upstairs and raised
eight children there.


Jacobs Glassmakers in

Lazarus Jacobs, a Jewish artisan from Frankfurt in Germany,
arrived in Bristol around the year 1760.
He was a glassmaker and his firm soon its place in the front
rank of
glassmakers, manufacturing much of the blue glass which was becoming
and becoming glassmakers to George III.

business passed to his son Isaac on Lazarus’s death in 1796 at the age
87.  Isaac prospered for a while, buying
a retreat in Weston-Super-Mare for his family.
But the Bristol glass trade was soon in serious difficulties,
due to
heavy taxation and the resulting competition from untaxed Irish glass.  In 1820 Isaac was forced to declare

Despite this setback,
Lazarus and his son Isaac were said to have “fathered an immense and
distinguished body of descendants.”

Jacobs Name Distribution in England

The table below shows the distribution of the Jacobs name in
England in the 1891 census.

County Numbers (000’s) Percent
London     3.0    39
Hampshire     0.7     9
Suffolk     0.3     4
Kent     0.3     3
Elsewhere in the South and East     0.6     9
Elsewhere in England and Wales     2.8    36
Total     7.7   100


The Jacob Brothers Piano Company

Charles and Albert Jacob founded the Jacob Brothers Piano Company in
New York in 1877.  After 1905 they established their own factory
in Leominster, Massachusetts and sold their pianos both retail and
wholesale.  They also manufactured pianos for other American piano

This was how they were described sometime around 1910:

“The Jacob Bros. Co. is one of the most
progessive and successful concerns in the piano industry. They have
several retail stores in the city of New York and in other important
cities of the east.  Their wholesale trade is very large and
substantial.  Their pianos and player-pianos are durable
instruments, their finish being exceptionally fine and their tone
quality satisfying.   They received an award at the World
Columbian Exposition in 1893 and have been the recipients of many
encomiums from the music trade and public.”

The business continued to be family-run until the death of Charles Hall
Jacob in 1953.

The Jacobs of Geelong

Morris Jacobs was from London and came to Victoria in Australia with
his brother Solomon in 1852.  He returned to England a few years
later and there secured the necessary merchandise with which he could
start his own clothing business in Geelong.  He did this on Yarra

Success necessitated an increase in space and in 1897 he enlarged his
shop by including the property next door so that his premises occupied
three adjoining shops devoted respectively to drapery, clothing and
oilskins, and boots and shoes.

Morris’s sole surviving son, Solomon, managed his father’s business and
Solomon’s son Morris was the manager when Myers bought the store in
1950.  Both Solomon and his son Morris were in their time
councillors and mayors of Geelong.


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