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for a time to preaching to those that came with
him. He was admitted a freeman May 6,
1635. In February, 1636, he removed to Ips-
wich where he was granted fifty acres of land.
He was one of the founders of Sandwich.
Massachusetts, and though seventy-six years
old at that time, walked from Ipswich to Sand-
wich. But he soon moved again, this time to
Newbury, where he had a tract of land July
6, 1638. Finally he, and his company who
petitioned therefor, were granted liberty to
begin a plantation at Winnicunnett, later called
Hampton, New Hampshire. The settlement
was begun October 16, 1638. The town was
incorporated June 7, 1639, and soon afterward
named Hampton. In 1639 Ipswich voted
to give Mr. Batchelder sixty acres of
upland and twenty of meadow if he would
reside in that town as preacher three years,
but he preferred Hampton, where he received
three hundred acres for a farm, besides his
house lot. He gave the town a church bell
which was used until it cracked in 1703 and
was then sent to England to help pay for a
new bell. Soon trouble arose in the church
and raged for several years. Even the personal
character of the octogenarian was assailed.
He had a call to Exeter, New Hampshire, and
Casco, Maine, but finally accepted neither. He
left Hampton and resided in Portsmouth in
1647. He gave all his property to his grand-
children in that year and returned to England
sometime between 1650 and 1658, and settled
in Hackney, part of London, where he died in
1660. He married (first) in England, Helen

, born 1583, died 1642; (second) also

in England, — — . His third marriage about
— was unfortunate. Grave



1648 to Mary —
charges were made against her and he sued
for divorce. When he went to England he
left her behind. He may have erred, but in
the main his life was clean and honorable. He
was learned and had a very long and eventful,
if not entirely successful life. A description
of his coat-of-arms is given in "Morgan's
Sphere of the Gentry," printed in 1661 : Vert
a plough in fesse and in base the sun rising or.
Motto: Sol justiter evoritur. Children: 1.
Theodate, born 1596, married Captain Christo-
pher Hussey. 2. Nathaniel, 1590, mentioned
below. 3. Deborah, 1592, married John Wing.
A. Stephen, 1594. 5. Ann, 1601.



(II) Nathaniel, son of Rev. Stephen Batch-
elder, was born in England in 1590 and resided
there. He married Hester Mercer, of South-
ampton, a niece of Rev. John Priaulx, arch-
deacon of Sarum. Children: 1. Stephen,
merchant of London. 2. Anna, married Daniel
DuCornet. 3. Francis, resided in England. 4.
Nathaniel, born 1630, mentioned below. 5.
Benjamin, resided in England.

(III) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (1)
Batchelder, was born in 1630 in England and
was the immigrant ancestor. He resided in
Hampton, New Hampshire, where he held
many offices of trust. He was some time con-
stable, and nine years selectman. It is said
that after the death of his first wife, when he
had determined to marry again, he resolved
to be governed in his choice by the direction
in which his staff, held perpendicularly over
the floor, should fall, when dropped from his
hand. The experiment being tried, the staff
fell towards the southwest, and in that direc-
tion he bent his steps. Having travelled as
far as Woburn, he called on the Widow
Wyman, and offered her his hand, stating that
he was going to Roston and would call for her
answer on his return. It was favorable, and
they were married at once. His will was dated
February 14. 1706-07. He died suddenly,
January 2, 1 7 10. He married (first) Decem-
10, 1656, Deborah Smith, daughter of John
Smith, of Martha's Vineyard, sister of John
and niece of Ruth Dalton. She died March 8,
1675, and he married (second) October 31,
1677, Mrs. Mary (Carter) Wyman, daughter
of Rev. Thomas Carter and widow of John
Wyman, of Woburn. She was born July 24,
1648, died 1688, and was probably cousin of
his first wife. He married (third) October
3, 1689, Elizabeth R. Knill, widow of John
Knill; she survived her husband; she was
admitted to the church at Charlestown, Sep-
tember x, 16/j. Children: 1. Deborah, born
October 12, 1657, married, January 25, 1677,
Joseph Palmer. 2. Nathaniel, December 24,
1659, mentioned below. 3. Ruth, May 9, 1662,
married, July 8, 1684, Deacon James Rlake ;
died January 11, 1752. 4. Esther, December
22, 1664, married Deacon Samuel Shaw ; died
January 24, 171 5. 5. Abigail, December 28,
1667, married, November 4, 1689. Deacon
John Dearborn; died November 14, 1736. 6.
Jane, January 8, 1669, married, November 10,
1687, Benjamin Lamprey. 7. Stephen, July
31, 1672, died December 7, 1762. 8. Benjamin,
September 19, 1673, married Susanna Page.
9. Stephen, March 8, 1675. married Mary



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Dearborn. 10. Mercy, December u, 1677,
married, July 12, 1694, Samuel Dearborn. II.
.Mary, September 18, 1679, died young. 12.
Samuel. January 10, 1681. 13. Jonathan, 1683,
married Sarah Blake. 14. Thomas, 1685,
married (first) Mary Moulton ; (second)
Sarah Tuck. 15. Joseph, August 9, 1687, mar-
ried Mehitable Marston. 16. Mary, October
17, 1688, died young. 17. Theodate, married,
November 18, 1703, Maurice Hobbs.

( IV) Deacon Nathaniel (3), son of Nathaniel
( 2 ) Batchelder, was born at Hampton, New
Hampshire, December 24, 1659, died in 1745-
He resided at Hampton Falls, was one of the
assessors in 1719-20, and selectman in 1722.
He was one of the original proprietors of
Chester. New Hampshire. He married Eliza-
beth Foss, of Portsmouth, born 1666, died
1746. Children: 1. Deborah, born April 9,
1686, married, January 8, 1708, David Tilton ;
( second) June 14. 1733, Deacon Jonathan Fel-
lows. 2. Nathaniel, February 19, 1690, men-
tioned below. 3. John, July 28, 1692, married
Abigail Cram. 4. Elizabeth, 1694, married,
January 21, 1713, Richard Sanborn; died Jan-
uary 21. 1753. 5. Josiah. July 1, 1695, mar-
ried Sarah Page. 6. Jethro, January 2, 1698,
married Dorothy Sanborn. 7. Nathan, July 2,
1700. married Mary Tilton. 8. Phinehas, No-
vember 1, 1 70 1. married Elizabeth Oilman. 9.
Ebenezer, December 10, 1710, married Doro-
thy .

( V) Nathaniel ( 4 ) . son of Deacon Nathaniel
( 3 ) Batchelder. was born at Hampton, Febru-
ary iq, 1690, died about October, 1723. He
resided in Hampton Falls and Kensington,
New Hampshire. He was a soldier in 1710
in Captain Shadrach Walton's company in the
expedition against Port Royal. He married,
at Hampton Falls, February 24, 1717, Sarah
Robie, born March 28, 1689, daughter of
Samuel Robie. His will was dated October
1, 1723. Children: I. Nathaniel, born July
6, 1 7 19, mentioned below. 2. Samuel, Janu-
ary 25, 1720, married Mercy Tuck. 3. Joshua,
September 2. 1722, at Chester. 4. Thomas,
February 21, 1724 (posthumous); married
Joanna .

(VI) Nathaniel (5), son of Nathaniel (4)
Batchelder, was born in Hampton Falls, July
6, 1 719, died June 18, 1764. He resided at
Kensington, New Hampshire, and married
there February 10. 1742, Margaret Tilton.
Children: 1. Joseph, born October 29. 1743,
married Rachel Prescott. 2. Nathaniel, March
6, 1745, married Rachel Prescott. 3. John,
March 24, 1747. 4. Ephraim, mentioned below.



5. Joanna, August 11, 1751 , died December 4,
I 754- 6. Josiah, October 31, 1753, married
and Deborah Allen. 7. Thomas, bap-
tized November 21, 1756. 8. Elizabeth, bap-
tized September 17, 1758. 9. Samuel, born
April 21, 1760. 10. Timothy, born October 30,
1762, married Nancy Morrill.

(VII) Ephraim, son of Nathaniel (5)
Batchelder, was born May 15, 1749, died June
15, 1815. He and his son Ephraim were early
settlers in Baldwin, Maine, removing there
from New Hampshire. He was in the revo-
lution in Captain Daniel Gordon's company,
Colonel David Gilman's regiment, in 1776-77.
At the first town meeting of Baldwin he was
elected constable, in 1802. He married (first)
Apphia Lowell, born April 14, 1742, died No-
vember 2. 1807; (second) at Baldwin, May 13,
1808, Lydia ( Hall ) Richardson, widow, of
Standish, born 1743, died November 12, 1823.
Children: 1. Samuel, born April 21, 1765,
married Anna Richardson. 2. Timothy, re-
moved to LeRoy, New York. 3. Josiah. 4.
John, February 27, 1774. 5- Ephraim, Octo-
ber 5, 1775. 6. Sylvanus, mentioned below.

7. Sarah, June 4, 1779, married, September 11,
1803, Samuel Hardy; died October 31, 1804.

8. Margaret, May 26, 1781. 9. Thomas, May
27, 1784. 10. Edward, died July 20, 1787.

(VIII) Captain Sylvanus, son of Ephraim
Batchelder, was born in New Hampshire,
October 20. 1777. He removed to Baldwin,
Maine, with his parents, where he died Febru-
ary- 3. 1868. He was a carpenter, stone mason
and farmer. He was commissioned March 29,
1810, ensign of a military company by Gov-
ernor Elbridge Gerry, and later was promoted
to captain. He married (first) March 3, 1803,
at Baldwin, Abigail Richardson, of Standish,
born June 21, 1782, died May 11, 1849, daugh-
ter of Moses and Lydia Richardson. He mar-
ried (second) November 31, (sic), 1853, Mrs.
Nancy Bishop, who died May 2, 1864. Chil-
dren, all by first wife : 1. Edward Richardson,
born September 26, 1804, mentioned below.
2. Lydia, October 19, 1806, married, April 2,
1826, Josiah F. Sanborn; died October 24,
1842. " 3. Sally, August 31, 1808, married,
October 10, 1830. John Burnell ; died Decem-
ber 12, 1832. 4. Ephraim, May 26, 181 1. mar-
ried Hannah McKinney. 5. Abigail, April 2,
1815, married, November 21, 1833, Eleazer
Burnell. 6. Sylvanus, August 18, 1817, mar-
ried, April 5, 1839, Deborah Small. 7. Eliza-
beth, May 3, 1820, died May 6, 1820. 8. Eliz-
abeth Ann, October 3, 1821, died August 9,
1828. 9. Rosanna, July 21, 1826, died Febru-



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ary 21, 1843. I0 - Ann Briggs, March 16, 1832,
died May 2, 1843.

(IX) Captain Edward Richardson, son of
Captain Sylvanus Batchelder, was born in
Baldwin, Maine, September 26, 1804. He had
a farm, and was a stone mason and cooper by
trade, residing in Baldwin. At one time he
was captain of militia. He died March 31,
1 85 1. He married, in Baldwin. December 25,
1827. Clarinda Cram, born September 22,
1805. died May 27. 1870. Children: 1. John
l'.riggs, born September 19, 1829, married
Sarah W. Harden. 2. Joseph S., May 15,
1831, married (first) Sarah Rounds; (second)
Mary Kezar ; ( third ) Lucy Williamson. 3.
Edward Franklin. December 8, 1833, died in
the war. 4. George W. P., August 31, 1836,
mentioned below. 5. Charles Augustus, Janu-
ary 1, 1839. 6. William Henry, February 20,
1843. 7. Leander R., May 21, 1845, married
(first) Susan Orcutt ; (second) Elizabeth
Pugsley.

( X ) George Washington Pierce, son of
Captain Edward R. Batchelder, was born at
Baldwin, Maine. August 31, 1836, died De-
cember 31, 1893. at North Weymouth, Massa-
chusetts, where he resided. He married, No-
vember 19, 1858, Harriet Maria Marr, born at
Baldwin, Maine, July 8, 1842, died at North
Weymouth, January 21, 1891. He was edu-
cated in the public schools of Baldwin, and
assisted his father on the farm. He learned
the trade of shoe maker, at which he worked
a number of years, after which he was in the
hotel business in the town of Cornish and
Baldwin, Maine. Then became a general con-
tractor, doing much construction work on rail-
roads. He then removed to North Weymouth,
Massachusetts, where he became the proprietor
of what is known as the Bradley Fertilizing
Companies boarding house which accommo-
dates some three hundred people ; there he
remained until his death. Children: 1. Jean-
nette Augusta, born November 15, i860, at
Cornish, Maine, married Charles M. Cushing
( see Cushing family ) and resides at North
Weymouth ; one child, Harriet M. Cushing,
born December 8, 18S3, died February 19,
1887. 2. Georgie Etta, born March 4, 1862, at
Baldwin, Maine, married, August 31, 1879,
John Henry Tower. (See Tower family).

The surname Jacobs is derived
JACOBS from the baptismal name and is
common in many countries. We
find it in use in England as early as the fif-
teenth century. William Jacobs was among



the gentry of Berkshire in 1433; Nicholas
Jacobs was living in Suffolk and Humphrey
Jacobs in Warwickshire at the same time. The
coats-of-arms of the various families in Eng-
land vary but little from the following ancient
arms of the family : A chevron gules between
three wolves heads erased proper. Crest: A
wolf passant proper.

(I) Nicholas Jacobs, immigrant ancestor,
was one of the very few early planters who
came to Bare Cove, now Hingham, Massachu-
setts, prior to the arrival of Rev.fcPeter Hobart
and his company in 1636. According to the
"Cushing manuscript," Nicholas Jacob with
his wife and two children and their cosen
Thomas Lincoln, weaver, came from Old
Hingham ( England ) and settled in this Hing-
ham, 1633." In September, 1635, he had a
grant of a house lot at Hingham. He lived
at Watertown for a short time before that,
however, and owned a homestead which he
sold before 1636. In June, 1636, he had
granted to him six acres of planting ground
upon Weariall Hill, and June 4, 1636, the first
of the great lots next to the Weymouth river
and a lot of six acres "at the head of the
plain next to Edeard Gilman, his brother-in-
law." He had also a house lot on Bachelor
street, which he sold later to Gilman. He was
admitted a freeman in 1635-36; was selectman
in 1636 ; one of the committee of nine to divide
Conuhasset in 1640; deputy to the general
court in 1648-49; one of the three commis-
sioners to be presented to the general court in
1656. He was honored with various other
trusts by his townsmen. He kept an ordinary
in Hingham in 1640. He died June 5, 1657,
and his widow Mary married (second) March
10, 1658-59, John Beal. His will was dated
May 18, 1657, and proved July 25 following,
bequeathing an estate appraised at three hun-
dred and ninety-three pounds to wife Mary
and children, each of whom had to pay a
stipulated sum annually to their mother. Chil-
dren : 1. John, born in England about 1630.
2. Elizabeth, 1632, married (first) December
4, 1648, John fhaxter; (second) March 23,
1690-91, Daniel Cushing. 3. Mary, married
John Otis Jr. 4. Sarah, married, February 25,
1652-53, Matthew Cushing Jr. 5. Hannah,
baptized in Hingham, February 23, 1639-40,
married, December 16, 1657, Thomas Loring.
6. Josiah, baptized in Hingham, November 6,

1642, buried November 4 following. 7. Deb-
orah, baptized in Hingham, November 26,

1643. married, February 11, 1663-64, Nathaniel
Thomas. 8. Joseph, mentioned below.



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(II) Joseph, son of Nicholas Jacobs, was
born in Hingham, May i, and baptized May
10, 1646. He was a carpenter by trade, and
was admitted a freeman at Hingham and had
a lot of land near Great Hill, and four shares
in the division of lands in 1670. He was con-
stable in Hingham in 1685. He was mentioned
in the will of his brother John, who died in
1693 and soon afterwards removed to Bristol,
Rhode Island, where he died February 9,

1708. He married Hannah , born at

Hull, April jfe, 1650. Children, born at Hing-
ham and recorded at Bristol: 1. Joseph, Feb-
ruary 20, 1672-73, died young. 2. Joseph,
April 10, 1075. died at Bristol, November 1,
1703. 3. Benjamin, June 27, 1677, died young.
4. Benjamin, April 10, 1680, died at Bristol,
August 17, 1703. 5. Nathaniel, June 26,
(Bristol records). June 29 (Hingham rec-
ords), 1683, mentioned below. 6. Mary, Sep-
tember 16, 1686, died at Bristol, March 22,
1695-96 ( .March 22, 1694-95 according to
gravestone).

(III) Nathaniel, son of Joseph Jacobs, was
born in Hingham, June 26 or 29, 1683. He
was a child when his father removed to Bristol,
and there he spent his youth and early man-
hood. He removed to Woodstock, Connecti-
cut, and after a short time to Thompson, buy-
ing of John Wiley for nine hundred pounds,
old tenor, a tract of land of the Saltonstall
tract, and Wiley returned to Woodstock.
Jacobs and his five sons took possession and
cleared the forest and settled. Afterwards the
farm was and is still known as the Jacobs
District of Thompson. His house was on the
frontier at the time, on the route from Hart-
ford to Boston, and was a welcome stopping
place for travellers between those towns. Jt
came to be known as the "Half-Way House.''
He was active in the town and church and
served with Deacon Johnson on a committee
to make provision for the entertainment and
reception of the ordaining council in 1737
when Mr. Abel Stiles was ordained and install-
ed July 27, 1737. So he must have been in
Thompson a few years before he bought the
Saltonstall farm. He married Mercy Whit-
man ( Wightman or Weightman, as the name
was originally spelled), daughter of Zachariah
Wightman. born 1644, died 1726, and Sarah
(Alcock) Wightman, daughter of Dr. John
Alcock, born in England, 1627, and Sarah
('Palsyore) Alcock. Children: 1. Mary, born
August 28, 1715. 2. Joseph, July 12, 1717.
3. Benjamin. April 26, 1 719. 4. Nathaniel,
April 26, 1719. died young. 5. Nathaniel.



April 2(>, 1 72 1. lived in Royalston, Massachu-
setts; soldier in the revolution. 6. Hannah,
February 20, 1723. 7. John, May 29, 1725. 8.
Whitman. May 3. 1727, mentioned below. 9.
Mercy, April 20, 1729. 10. Elnathan, January
5, 1 73 1 , died August 1, 1745.

(IV) Rev. Whitman, son of Nathaniel
Jacobs, was born at Bristol, Rhode Island,
May 3, 1727, died at Royalston, Massachusetts,
March 28, 1801. His age is given as seventy-
nine, an error of several years, in the Royal-
ston records. He became a preacher of the
"Six-Principle" Baptists and was installed as
pastor of the church at Thompson, Connecti-
cut, in 1750. After a successful pastorate there
lasting twenty years, he accepted a call to the
Baptist church at Royalston, Worcester county,
Massachusetts, where he was installed Decem-
ber 13, 1770. Like most churches of this
denomination at that time, his was poor and
weak, and his salary was but fifty dollars a
year. But he was a zealous preacher and
popular pastor. In 1786 he resigned and went
to Guilford, Vermont, where he preached for
a time. He was also at Oneida county, New
York. About 1795 he returned to Royalston
and was living there with his son Joseph at
the time of his death. He bought land at
Royalston, June 1, 1770. when his residence
was given as Killingly (Thompson) of Isaac
Est}-, of Royalston on Chestnut Hill, later
called after Elder Jacobs and still known as
Jacobs Hill. He deeded land to his son,
Simeon Jacobs, one hundred acres in Royal-
ston, September 22, 1785, and shortly before
his death land to his daughter Rebecca. He
married (first) October 7, 1749, Rebecca

. who died December 15, 1771, aged

thirty-nine. He married (second) June 3,
1773, Rebecca Grow, of Thompson. Children
of first wife: 1. Elnathan, born September 9,
1750, prominent citizen of Royalston; erected
buildings now or lately standing on the road
that leads eastward south of the Thurston
place. 2. John, died in infancy. 3. Infant,
not named. 4. John, May 7. 1755, married

Beulah > and lived at Athol where he

had eleven children. 5. Simeon, May 9, 1757,
mentioned below. 6. Whitman, May 1, 1759,

married Walker and moved to Croy-

den, New Hampshire, and at his death was
the richest man in that town. 7. Rebecca,
April 7. 1761. 8. Eli, April 8, 1763, married
Jerusha Whipple, daughter of Deacon Moses ;
settled in Vermont. 9. Mary, February 23,
1765, died August 2, 1777. 10. Martha, March
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of Royalston, 1804-05-06. Children of second
wife: 12. Sabrina, April 18, 1776, married
Enos Metcalf. 13. Martha, July 30, 1778, died
June 15, 1792. 14. Deacon Thomas, Septem-
ber 12, 1780, died November 24, 1849; mar "
ried, January I, 1805, Elizabeth Bennett and
had eight children.

( V ) Simeon, son of Rev. Whitman Jacobs,
was born May 9, 1757, at Thompson, Con-
necticut. He came to Royalston with his father.
He was a soldier in the revolution in Captain
Daniel Haws's company, Colonel Simeon
Holden's regiment in 1775-76; was also in
Captain John Oliver's company, Colonel
Nathan Sparhawk's regiment ; also a corporal
in Captain William Marean's company, Col-
onel Jonathan Reed's regiment in 1778; also
in the same company under Colonel Stearns
from March 27 to July 2, 1778; also in Cap-
tain Jotham Houghton's company, Colonel
Samuel Denny's regiment, of General Fellows's
brigade. October-December, 1779. at Clav-
erack. New York. He bought land first at
Royalston, October 24, 1782, of Nathan Green,
adjoining land of his brother, Elnathan Jacobs.
He also had land from his father by deed
dated 1785. He married (first) Abigail

, who died at Royalston, March 20,

1790; (second) December 8, 1791, at Royal-
Eton, Sarah Davis. Children of first wife,
born at Royalston: 1. Simeon, February 5,
1783, mentioned below. 2. Isaac, June 19,
1785. 3. Abigail, September 19, 1786, married
Harris. 4. Mary, May 24, 1788, mar-
ried Clark. Children of second wife,

also born in Royalston : 5. Davis, October 30,
1792, died March 8, 1795. 6. Sarah, February
25, 1794. 7. Davis (or David), February 15,
1796. 8. Zilia, November 26, 1797. 9. Annie.
10. Amanda, married Chester Clark. 10.
Lavinia, married - - Eggleston. 11. Soph-



ronia, married —

(VI) Simeon

Jacobs, was



Draper.

(2), son of Simeon (1)
born at Royalston, February 5,
1783, died there September 4, 1824. He set-
tled in. his native town and was a farmer and
prominent citizen there. He married, April
10, 1805, Molly Kenney, daughter of Rev.
Enoch Kenney. Her father was also a Baptist
minister at Royalston and died there. Chil-
dren, born at Royalston: 1. Ira, December 17,
1805, died February 8, 1844; married, 1829,
Emeline Cohn ; (second) December 28, 1844,
Mary Ann May. 2. Isaac, December 22, 1807,
died May 12, 1838. 3. Moses. November 25,
1809, died April 21. 1841 ; married, May 17,
1836, Lydia Clark. 4. Sumner, January 12,



1812, died March 11, 1846; married (first)
February 16, 1835, Susan Clapp ; (second)
Mary Higgins. 5. Simeon, April 18, 1814,
lived at Columbia, Connecticut ; married, May
17, 1835, Mary Ann Yoamans. 6. Horace,
April 5, 1818, mentioned below. 7. Enoch,
February 5. 1819, removed to Sacramento,
California; married, March 1, 1856, Abbie
Rich; (second) December 8, 1871, Elizabeth

. 8. Alonzo, 1 82 1. 9. Philander, July

3, 1823, adopted by Jonas Forristal ; died
March 28, 1878: married Sally Ann Putnam.
Guardians were appointed for Enoch and
Sumner in 1826 in Worcester county.

(VII) Dr. Horace, son of Simeon (2)
Jacobs, was born in Royalston, April 5, 1818.
He was but six years old when his father died
and a short time later he went to live with his
uncle, Dr. Isaac Jacobs, of Exeter, Maine. He
attended the public schools in Exeter and
learned of his uncle the rudiments of the
medical art. He worked at farming in the
summer and when a young man he taught
school for a number of years in the winter
terms. He began the study of medicine in
earnest after he came of age in the office of
his brother, Dr. Sumner Jacobs, of South
Hadley, Massachusetts, and two years later
began to practice in partnership with his
brother. Later he removed to Chicopee Falls
and soon afterward the brothers dissolved
partnership and Dr. Horace removed to Chico-
pee, where he practiced as an eclectic physi-
cian until 1855. He then spent two years in
rest and study at Westfield. Massachusetts,
and in 1857 came to Springfield, Massachu-
setts, where he resumed the practice of his
profession, being one of the first eclectic physi-
cians of that city. Dr. Jacobs was the first of
the eclectic school to practice in the Connecti-
cut Valley in Massachusetts. The innovation
met with opposition from the other schools of
medicine, but from a very modest practice at
the beginning, Dr. Jacobs was soon in posses-
sion of all he could attend. His success
attracted patients from a distance and won
for him the respect of his fellow-practitioners
as well as of the public. For many years he
was the acknowledged leader of his school in
this section of the state. He was often called
in consultation, and his judgment was sought
even by physicians of other schools. His
kindly nature endeared him to his patients and
made him a welcome visitor in the sick-room.
"He was a man (said the Springfield Republi-
can at the time of his death) whose worth was
best known, and almost entirely known, to his



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family, his patients and those who from what-
ever cause became well acquainted with him.
He was eminently genial in his home and



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