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Jacob Hess

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Death: March 28, 1937 (89)
Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States
Place of Burial: Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho
Immediate Family:

Son of John William Hess and Emeline Hess
Husband of Hannah Hess
Father of Elzada Emiline Jacobson; Mary Ann Hess; Clara Mae Bateman; Addie Sarah Artenia Linford; John Arthur Hess and 7 others
Brother of John Henry Hess; Sarah Jane Hess; Hyrum William Hess; Elzada Emeline Sanders; Moroni Hess and 4 others
Half brother of Emily Rebecca Udy; Rheuamah Hess; Harriet Sophrona Hess; Elizabeth Jane Hess; Mary Lovina Hess and 50 others

Managed by: Patty Rae Ottley
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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.


The following information was found on Family Search.org: History of Jacob Hess, By Beulah A. Hess (daughter)

Jacob Hess was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 6, 1849. He was the first child of John W. Hess and Emaline Bigler Hess. He was raised in Farmington, Utah, suffering all the hardships of frontier life. He was put to work very young, being the only help his father had on the farm until the younger boys of the family were old enough to help. Father would cut hay with a scythe or cycle and when it was dry enough, load it onto a rack and take it by team into Salt Lake City where they would sell it for cash to buy clothing for the families. His mother died when he was fourteen years old and then he lived mostly with Aunt Caroline Workman Hess, Grandfather's fifth wife, until he was married. Father herded sheep on Fremont Isle and here was visited by a rather hideous man who had had his ears cut off and the words, “Cropped for robbing the dead” indelibly written across his forehead. Father fed the fellow and after resting a short time the fellow left and Father never saw him again. Father met and married Hannah Thornock, who was born in England, and with her parents and family had accepted the gospel and emigrated to the United States and after coming to the Salt Lake Valley, moved to Farmington. Mom and Dad were married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, on February 16, 1868. In the spring of 1871, Jacob left Hannah and their first child, Elzada, in Farmington with his parents and went with Nicholas Barkdull, an uncle, and his family and others to Georgetown, Idaho, where they settled, taking up land, and building log homes.. As soon as Jacob had his cabin built he went back to Farmington and got his wife and child. In Georgetown, Idaho, a new settlement, they suffered poverty and privation. They used to tell of how in January 1872, Hannah expected a new baby and because there was only one other family in Georgetown that winter, they were afraid to have their baby born there. They could not get help to them from anywhere around, the snow was so deep and there were not any roads. So one morning real early, Jacob loaded Hannah and their one child, with a bundle of clothing and bedding onto a sled he had made and with the help of Uncle Nick, who went with them as far as Bennington, started on foot to walk and pull the sleigh to Bloomington, where Hannah's folks lived, a distance of 22 miles. Her mother was a mid-wife. Jacob said if it had not been for God's help, in answer to his humble prayers that day, he never would have been able to make the trip. The baby was born February 28, 1872. They made their home in Georgetown for about five years and then moved to Bloomington where Hannah's family, the Thornocks lived. They also lived at Pegram, where they helped run a dairy. Jacob told of once when Hannah took the baby and went home from a ward party because he had so much fun she got jealous. She would say she did not get jealous, but that she was just embarrassed because Jacob danced so hard his shirttail kept coming out. Jacob finally bought a nice comfortable home and some very good land in and around Paris, Idaho, where they finished raising their fine family of eleven children. As Jacob got older he enjoyed listening to the radio and driving his little old “Model T” Ford. Before he got used to driving, he drove clear through the garage and barbed-wire fence, all the time hollering, “Whoa! Whoa!” Then he got out and said, “Why that darned thing won't stop no matter how loud you holler at it.” He loved to go to the Old Folks and Relief Society parties. He loved music, programs, and dancing, and after Hannah died, September 27, 1933, he always asked me (Beulah) to go to these parties with him as his partner, and I sure was proud to go. When they would have the Old Folks March, he would straighten up to his full height and taking me as his partner he would trip off, sometimes putting in a few jig steps, as though he was a boy of twenty years. He always said, “If I had a new pair of legs I'd be a new man.” Jacob was a very honest, independent, and sincere Latter-day Saint. He was a ward teacher for years and was a high priest for several years before he died. He loved his home, his children, his grandchildren, and the Church. His boys always turned to him for counsel and advice and they always profited from it. After Hannah died, their son Raymond A. Hess and family moved into his home to take care of him, but he didn't like that. The smaller children bothered him, so he came to our home, but he didn't like that either. He said he was too much trouble to our family and he secured a comfortable room at the Paris Hotel, where he lived until he died on March 28, 1937, at the age of eighty-nine years, loved and honored by all those who knew him.


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
June 17, 1869
Age 21
Farmington, Davis County, Utah Territory, United States
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