- Born: 4 Aug 1818, Hepburn, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States
- Marriage (1): Mary Louise Ault on 14 Nov 1870 in Stephenson County, Illinois
- Marriage (2): Elizabeth Sankey on 26 Sep 1843 in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
- Died: 9 May 1887, Winslow, Oneco Township, Stephenson County, Illinois at age 68
- Buried: Rock Lilly Cemetery, Winslow, Stephenson County, Illinois
Noted events in his life were:
• Emigration, 1854, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania to Stephenson County, Illinois.
• Census, 1860, Illinois, Stephenson County, Winslow Township, Winslow Post Office, Roll 230 Book 1, Page 516. Age 41 yrs.
• Census, 1870, Illinois, Stephenson County, West Point Township, Roll 275 Book 1, Page 394b. Age 52 yrs., wagon maker.
• Marriage, 27 Nov 1870, Stephenson County, Illinois. You are hereby Authorized to join in the Holy Bands of Matrimony, and to celebrate the Rites and ceremonies of Marriage between Mr. Jacob Sweeley of Stephenson County, State of Illinois, according to the usual custom and laws of the State of Illinois, and you are required to return this License to me within thirty days from the celebration of such Marriage, with a Certificate of the same appended thereto, and signed by you, under the ppenalty of One Hundred Dollars.
In Witness Whereof, I have herenuto set my hand and the Seal of said County, this 14th day of November, A.D. 1870 George Thompson County Clerk.
I, Henry Kneppen a Minister of the Reformed Church hereby certify, that on the Twenty Seventh day of November 1870, I joined in Marriage Mr. Jacob Sweeley with Miss Mary L. Ault agreeably to the authority given in the above license, and the custom and laws of this State. Given under my hand and seal, this Twenty Seventh 27th day of November A.D. 1870.
• Census, 1880, Illinois, Stephenson County, Winslow Township, Page 17 of 19, District 190. Age 61 yrs., carriage repair shop, father born Scotland, mother born Germany.
• Biography: Tildens History, 1880, Stephenson County, Illinois.
Mrs. Mary Louisa Sweeley, widow of Jacob Sweeley, and daughter of Henry and Mary M. (Kepthart) Ault, has been a resident of Winslow since the spring of 1871 where she owns and occupies a neat and well appointed residence, and surrounded by all the comforts of life, anticipates spending here the remainder of her days. The main points in the history of Mrs. S. are briefly given as follows: She was born in Centre County, Pa., on the 25th of August, 1837, and came with her parents to Illinois in 1841. Her father's family then included four children, and the journey was made overland by teams to Pittsburgh, after which they partially availed themselves of steamboats on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, by which means they reached Savanna, Ill., and thence came by team to a point near Freeport in this county. The now flourishing city of Freeport was then unpretentious hamlet of a few houses and two or three stores. Mr. Ault made a claim in what is now Oneco Township, and the family moved into a vacant log cabin to which the father afterward added a small slab shanty. He soon erected a frame house of native lumber, into which the family removed, and as soon as the land came into market he secured his title from the Government.
• Obituary, 10 May 1887, The Daily Journal. SWEELEY
At six o'clock Monday night, Jacob Sweeley died at Winslow, after an illness of two months with dropsy. The deceased was one of the oldest residents of the place, and was a gentleman whose loss is very much regretted. He was an energetic, wide-awake citizen, who worked hard for the best interests of the community. He was one of the charter members of the Masonic lodge of Winslow, and was identified with everything that was likely to promote good. He was married twice. His first wife, long since deceased, was a sister of Mrs. Aaron Wolf, of this city. His second wife and several children survive.
Jacob married Mary Louise Ault, daughter of Henry (Johann Heinrich) Ault and Mary Magdalena Kepthart, on 14 Nov 1870 in Stephenson County, Illinois. (Mary Louise Ault was born on 25 Aug 1837 in Millheim, Centre County, Pennsylvania, christened in Penns Creek Lutheran Church, Gregg Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, died on 18 Mar 1930 in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois and was buried on 21 Mar 1930 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• License Number:. 279
Jacob next married Elizabeth Sankey on 26 Sep 1843 in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. (Elizabeth Sankey was born on 16 Dec 1821 in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, died on 1 Apr 1869 in Winslow, Stephenson County, Illinois and was buried in Rock Lilly Cemetery, Winslow, Stephenson County, Illinois.)