Jacob Haymaker 1
- Born: Abt 1734, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
- Marriage (1): Eva Margaretha Meyers on 1 Mar 1768 in York County, Pennsylvania, USA
- Marriage (2): Eva Strobel about 1811
- Died: 1819, Franklin Twp, Portage Co, OH about age 85
Notes for JACOB HAYMAKER, SR.:
Jacob was a carpenter and millwright by trade. In 1772, a Jacob Haymaker was paid from the account of an estate of Balzer Spengler (of York, PA) for making a coffin. He was listed as being present at a meeting of the company on Thursday, 8 Oct 1772 at the house of Balzer Spengler, Innkeeper, in York concerning the working of the Water Engine for Fire prevention. It is clear from the record that citizens were required to attend these meetings and were fined if they were absent. It was proposed at this meeting that Jacob Haymaker be a member of the fire company. Others were ordered that in case a fire should occur, "use their best Indeavours to make People stand regularly in a Row to carry Water, and make all Idle Persons stand in a Row or imploy themselves otherwise to have the Fire extinguished."
At some time between 1776 and 1781, Jacob served in the Justice Courts as a "gentleman justice" in Pittsburgh. Jacob was among 11 justices who did not "swear in" but most did "swear into" their commissions (source: Justice Courts: www.rootsweb.com/~indian.courth.htm). He is listed as a subscriber from Westmoreland Co. at one point, along with Rev. Wm. Swan, who subscribed to 20 copies. Jacob was a wealthy man for the times and family tradition is that he loaned the State of Virginia 80,000 pounds and helped the government in fitting vessels, a regiment of soldiers, and building forts to assist in the Revolutionary War. The government never repaid him. Jacob Haymaker wrote to Mr. John Heckedorn on 7 Sep 1781 from Pittsburgh about some Indians who attacked Fort Wheeler. According to his letter there were 400 Indians ready to attack the Moravian town. He ended the letter with compliments to Mr. Grube and "let him know that I and my family are all in good health at present." Jacob fought in the Revolutionary War in 1778 as a Private to Capt Duncan's Company of the Pennsylvania Volunteers under Brigadier General Hand. He may have worked his way up to Captain. In an application for a pension in 1833, Alexander McClean testified that he served as commissary in 1778, and he delivered supplies and munitions to Captain Jacob Haymaker, among others. McClean had recorded the dates of his deliveries in a book he kept, which had been partially preserved. McClean was granted his pension (source: Military: Rev War: Pensions: Alexander McLean - Uniontown, Fayette County, PA). Was there another Jacob Haymaker? My mother says yes.
In Pittsburgh he worked as a boatbuilder, and in 1794, he was engaged by John Adlum, a surveyor, to carry his stores and provisions by boat to Ft. Franklin at the mouth of the French Creek (source: Don Vatne). According to Portrait and Biographical Record of Portage and Summit Counties, Jacob Sr. had prospected through an area of Ohio, now Franklin Co, in the spring of 1805. He purchased of Olmstead's agent a tract of land consisting of present site of Kent Mills. Jacob built a house on the west side of the river, where the Kent Mills now stand. During 1807, the Haymakers built the first grist-mill in the township, and it was used by the early settlers for several years. Portage County was formed in 1808 from Trumbull Co, Ohio.
More About JACOB HAYMAKER, SR.:
Burial: Plum Creek, Westmoreland Co, PA
Executor: 1781, Will of Philip Whitsal in Westmoreland Co, PA
Occupation: Abt. 1770, Innkeeper in York Co, PA
Purchased land 1: Abt. 1783, 300 acres in Pitt Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA
Purchased land 2: 1786, On Coal Hill in Pittsburgh from John Penn.
Relocated 1: 1805, From PA to Franklin Twp, Portage Co, Ohio
Relocated 2: 1783, Pitt Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA
Sworn In: May 26, 1778, Justice of the Peace & Justices of Oyer and Terminer4
Tax List: Bet. 1785 - 1789, Dickinson Twp, Washington Co (now Allegheny), PA
Jacob married Eva Margaretha Meyers on 1 Mar 1768 in York County, Pennsylvania, USA. (Eva Margaretha Meyers was born about 1754 and died on 11 Oct 1810 in Franklin, Portage Co, Ohio.)
Jacob next married Eva Strobel about 1811. (Eva Strobel was born about 1734.)