Jacob Hess (1848 - 1937)

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Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Death: Died in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States
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Immediate Family

About Jacob Hess

Jacob Hess was born January 6, 1848, to John Wells Hess and Emeline Bigler Hess, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jacob was named in honor of Emeline's father. In the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Farmington, Davis County, Utah Territory, Jacob is 3 years old, living with his parents, John and Emeline, both 26 years old, and his baby brother, John, who is nine months old. John Sr., is working as a farmer, and his personal estate is valued at $240. John is from Pennsylvania, and Emeline is from West Virginia. John and Emeline were married November 2, 1845, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois. Next door is Elizabeth Hess, 54, and Harriet, 17, David, 14, Alma, 12, and Emma, 8.

In the 1860 census, the family is still living in Farmington, Davis County, Utah Territory. John and Emeline are 36 years old and living with them are: Emily, 26, Julia, 25, Mary A., 20, Jacob,10, John is 8, Hyrum, 7, Rebecca, 6, Elzada, 6, Moroni, 5, Sophrona, 5, Jedediah, 3, Henry, 3, Heber C., 2, Elizabeth, 2, Alma W., 1, Wells, 1. Nephi Hys, 15, Isaac Simms, 40, and Daniel Smith, 20, are all listed as "servants". Jacob's father John is still working as a farmer, and his real estate is valued at $3,000 and his personal estate at $1,500. His wife Emeline was born in Virginia, Emily in Massachusetts, Julia in Denmark, and Mary in England. All the children were born in Utah Territory.

On February 15, 1868, Jacob Hess married Hannah Thornock who was born in England in 1851, and came to America in 1854 with her family. I don't know where Jacob and Hannah were living in 1870, but the 1880 census, they have moved to Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, and have started their own family. Their children are Elzada Emeline, 11, Mary Ann, 8, Jacob Perry, 6, Clara Mae, 4, and Hanna Dora., 11 months old. Jacob is 31 and Hannah is 27, and Jacob is working as a laborer.

In the 1900 census the family is living in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, and Jacob and Hannah have been married for 32 years. Jacob is 52, Hannah, 46, Jacob P., 26, Elizabeth, 18, Addie R., 13, Arthur J., 11, Adelbert, 9, Milford, 4, and Raymond A., 1. They have had 11 children, 10 of whom are still living. Jacob is working as a miner, but his son Jacob is a farm laborer, Elizabeth is a servant maid, and the rest of the children are in school except for the two youngest boys.

In the next census in 1910, Jacob and Hannah are still living in Paris, Bear Lake County, Idaho, and they are 62 and 56 years old, and living with them are some of their children: Perry J, 35 (probably Jacob P., who was 6 years old in the 1880 census), Arthur, 21, Delbert, 19, Milford, 14, and Quille, 12 (maybe Raymond in the 1900 census, who was one year old then). Jacob is still working as a farmer, and his 3 oldest sons living with them are farm laborers.

By 1920, Jacob, 71, and Hanna, 66, are living alone in Paris, Idaho, but some of their children are living nearby, including Milford and his wife Minnie, 23 and 24, and Milford's brother, Perry, who is 45. Arthur, 31, and his wife, Beulah A., 24, are also living nearby with their children, LaPriel, 8, Weldon A., 5, and Ferris M., who is 11 months old. Milford is working as a farm laborer, Perry as a shepherd of sheep, and Arthur is also a farm laborer.

In 1930, Jacob is 82, Hannah is 76, and living with them is Verle D. Hess, their grandson, who is 8 years old. They own their own house which is valued at $700. At this time, they have been married for 62 years, and Jacob was 20 and Hannah 15 when they were first married. Three years later, Hannah Thornock Hess passes away on September 27, 1933, in Paris and is buried in the cemetery there. Four years later, Jacob also passes away on March 28, 1937, in Paris, and is buried there with Hannah.


Family record of Jacob Hess born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on May 21, 1792. He married Elizabeth Foutz born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on January 4,1797. They were married in 1816. Their children were:

Catherine Hess 9/10/1817

Polly Hess 6/27/1819

Mary Ann Hess 8/11/1821

John W. Hess (G-Grandfather) 8/24/1824

Sara Hess 2/22/1827

Ann Elizabeth Hess 3/24/1829

Christena Hess 5/11/1831

Harriet Hess 8/18/1833

Lydiann Hess 7/241835

David Hess 2/18/1837

Alma Hess 6/3/1839

Emma Elizabeth Hess 5/17/1842

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Jacob Hess's Timeline

January 6, 1848
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
April 27, 1856
Age 8
May 28, 1858
Age 10
March 10, 1865
Age 17
February 16, 1868
Age 20
Salt Lake City, S-lk, Utah
February 16, 1868
Age 20
June 17, 1869
Age 21
Farmington, Davis, Ut
February 28, 1872
Age 24
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho
February 9, 1874
Age 26
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho
February 26, 1876
Age 28
Bear Lake, Idaho, United States