Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1900, Iowa, Humbolt County, Weaver Township, Gilman City, Image 6 of 26. Age 45 yrs., married 18 yrs., day laborer.
• Census, 1930, Kansas, Republic County, Belleville Township, Belleville CIty, Image 16 of 29. Age 75 yrs., widow.
Jacob married Ida May Burger, daughter of Christian Whetstone Burger and Elizabeth Ann Shafer. (Ida May Burger was born on 4 Sep 1864 in Libertyville, Jefferson County, Iowa, died on 17 Jun 1955 in Belleville, Republic County, Kansas and was buried in Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Republic County, Kansas.)