Biography of Jacob Jessup
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JACOB JESSUP is the eighth of nine children born to John and Mary (Smith) Jessup, natives of Pennsylvania. He was born June 7, 1823, in Hamilton County, Ohio, and came with his parents to Parke County, Ind., the same year, where he spent his boyhood on the farm and attended school in the pioneer schoolhouse. He was married, March 16, 1848, to Nancy J. Sparks, born May 25, 1881, in Indiana. He fell heir to the old homestead, upon which he lived four years, when he sold it and moved to this county in the fall of 1852, locating in Union Township, where he at present resides. This farm he has cleared and cultivated until now he has one of the best farms in the township, with all the modern improvements. Mr. and Mrs. Jessup, had ten children -Elizabeth, Mary C., Minerva, Emily (deceased), Anna E., Sarah E., Lydia I., John W., Amanda and Florence (deceased). Mrs. Jessup was an active member of the Christian Church until her death, January 19, 1866. Mr. Jessup was married in April, 1872, to Hester A. Sprunce. They have one child - Gertrude. Mr. Jessup has been identified with the Christian Church for over forty years. He was Chaplain of the Grange organization, and is an active politician in the Democratic party. Mr. Jessup, while in Parke County, came in conflict with a catamount, and after a struggle came off conqueror.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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