NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Samuel Jacobs was born in 1743, died in Cortland, New York, Dec. 31, 1821. He married, March 30, 1771, at Hempstead, Long Island, Rebecca Seaman, born Feb. 3, 1747 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, died in Cortland Jan. 31, 1814.
John, mentioned below.
(II) John, son of Samuel Jacobs, was born Feb. 4, 1776 at Peekskill, N.Y., died May 18, 1854, at Masonville.
He married, Feb. 4, 1801, Elizabeth Ferris, born June 2, 1783, in Peekskill, died April 27, 1866.
Ferris, mentioned below.
(III) Ferris, son of John Jacobs, was born Jan. 10, 1802, in Peekskill, died Sept. 7, 1887, at Delhi, N.Y. He was a physician, and an army surgeon in the civil war.
He married, Jan. 14, 1834, Nancy Lasell of Schoharie, New York.
1. Ferris Jr., a general in volunteer service in civil war; a lawyer and member of congress.
2. Timothy Lasell, mentioned below.
3. Lucia, married T. B. Meigs, president of Santa Clara Lumber Company, Tupper Lake, New York; lives in New York.
(IV) Timothy Lasell, son of Ferris Jacobs, was born Oct. 23, 1837, in Delhi, and lives at present (1910) in Brooklyn, N.Y. He recieved his education in the local schools in Delhi, and when eighteen years old left home and went into a general store run by his uncle at Guilderland, N.Y. Here he remained for three years, when he went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1859, and went into business for himself, in men's furnishing goods. He carried on a retail business until 1865, when he began the manufacture of shirts, and did a wholesale business under the name of Quaker City Shirt Company. The manufacturing plant was in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and his offices in Philadelphia.
In 1876 he removed the offices to New York City, where he remained until 1890, when he sold out to Wanamaker & Brothers of Philadelphia. They still continue the business under the same name. After selling out, he engaged in the real estate business in Brooklyn, where he has made his home since. He is now (1910) practically retired, but owns some twenty houses in the vicinity of New York and Brooklyn, and spends much of his time in looking after his real estate interests. He is a Republican in politics; in religion a member of the Presbyterian church, and a trustee of the society.
He married, in 1864, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of James H. and Maria (Griswold) Wright and graddaughter of Henry Wright. She was born in 1843 in Delhi, died in 1876.
James Lasell, mentioned below.
(V) James Lasell, son of Timothy Lasell Jacobs, ws born Aug. 1, 1866, in Delhi. He was educated in the schools in Delhi, Delhi Academy, and private schools in Philadelphia. When thirteen years old he went to New York with his uncle, T. B. Meigs, and went to private school there, and also attended School of Languages in New York, which stood on the site of the Times building, until 1881. Through his uncle Hon. Ferris Jacobs Jr., who was congressman, he received appointment to Annapolis Naval Academy, where he remained for two years. At the end of that time he obtained leave of absence for a year on account of trouble with his eyes. He conulted a noted specialist, Dr. Agnew, and as a result was obliged to resign from the academy in 1884. He then went into the employ of A. D. Julliard & Company, 66 Worth street, wholesale dry goods commission merchants, and remained with them until 1891. Then he went into the employ of Dodge, Meigs & Company in the lumber business, in the Tupper Lake region. This firm owned about sixty thousand acres of land in that section. In In 1807 [sic, 1897?] the firm of Dodge, Meigs & Company dissolved partnership and the business was taken over by the Santa Lumber Company. Mr. Jacobs was made superintendent, and has continued in that position since. In 1899 the present mill of the company was built at Tupper Lake. Mr. Jacobs has made his home in the village of Tupper Lake since 1893. He is president of the Catskill Lumber Company and president of the Tupper Lake Board of Trade since its organization. In company with Dr. Thissell he formed the water company and put in the water system in Tupper Lake, and was president of the company until he sold out. He is a director of the Tupper Lake National Bank, organized in 1906, and is one of the original board. The bank has resources of $220,000 and a surplus of $15,000.
In politics he is a Republican; in religion a Presbyterian, and an elder in the church.
He married, June 29, 1893, Mary Slade, daughter of James K. and Mary (Slade) Penfield, of Delhi.
Children, born at Tupper Lake:
Elizabeth Penfield, March 25, 1894.
Eleanor Lasell, May 20, 1897.
Isabel Kedsie, Nov. 16, 1902.
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