EDWIN J. JACOBY, Perseverance, thrift and industry have been the chief characteristics in the career of Edwin J. JACOBY, a prosperous agriculturist, who was born on the old homestead in Doylestown township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, April 6, 1855, a son of John and Sarah (CLYMER) JACOBY, and grandson of John and Maria Magdalena (SHIRLER) JACOBY. John JACOBY (grandfather) was a native of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, one of the three original counties of the state, which is bounded on the northeast and southeast by the Delaware river, southwest by Philadelphia and Montgomery county, and on the north by Lehigh and Northampton counties. About the year 1824 he purchased a farm in Doylestown township, adjoining the farm now owned by his grandson, Edwin J. JACOBY, and conducted extensive operations thereon up to the time of his death, thereby providing a comfortable home for his family, which consisted of his wife, Maria Magdalena (SHIRLER) JACOBY, whom he married in 1808, and his children- Elizabeth, who died unmarried: Susan, who became the wife of Samuel HALDERMAN: Mary, who died unmarried: Isaac, a farmer in New Britain township, near New Galena: Levi, a farmer of Fountainville, New Britain township; Emanuel, a farmer of Doylestown township; Peter, a farmer of Doylestown township: and John.

John JACOBY (father) was born in Doylestown township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, in 1828. From the completion of his school studies until his death, in August, 1902, he engaged in the quiet but useful calling of agriculture, and his practical and progressive methods brought to him a large degree of prosperity. He was an active member of the Baptist church of New Britain during the greater part of his life, served in the capacity of trustee for a number of years, and at the time of his demise was a deacon. He married Miss Sarah CLYMER, daughter of Henry and Mary CLYMER, and their children were: Henry F., a resident of Doylestown township: Edwin J., mentioned hereinafter: Mary, E., Jennie, Carrie M., the three last name being deceased.
The educational privileges enjoyed by Edwin J. JACOBY during his boyhood days were obtained in the common schools of his native county. He assisted with the manifold duties of the home farm until he was about twenty years of age, and the following three years he resided with his brother Henry F., in New Britain township. In 1877 he purchased from his father the farm upon which he now resides. The farm consists of fifty acres situated about two and a half miles from Doylestown, and is one of the finest and most productive in Bucks county, and this, for a period of twenty-seven years, Mr. JACOBY has cultivated to a high state of perfection. As a citizen he is active and public-spirited, and the esteem in which he is held by his neighbors is evidenced by the fact that he was elected to the office of school director in 1896, and has been re-elected three successive terms. He is a member of the Baptist church of New Britain, in which body he holds the office of trustee. He supports the candidates of the Republican party, with whom he has cast vote since attaining majority. Mr. Jacoby was united in marriage to Kate WAGONER, daughter of William and Mary (WILLIAMS) WAGONER. Four children were the issue of this union: William H., born March 26, 1882, died December 16, 1884; Cora L., born March 23, 1883; John Wesley, born April 23, 1888; and Florence A., born September 1, 1891.

Text taken from page 589 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed September 2006 by Joan Lollis as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project,

Published September 2006 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb


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