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John Jeremiah Jacob Papers,1806-1851

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John Jeremiah Jacob Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

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Open to researchers.

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[Identification of item], John Jeremiah Jacob Papers, 1806-1851, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


3.33 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Merchant, banker, real estate investor, councilman, and railroad president of Louisville, Ky. Included are papers of Jacob, his children, grandchildren, and business partner Thomas Prather. Jacobs papers consist of correspondence, 1806-1851, including letters from business associates and his partner, Thomas Prather, discussing business, crops, lands in Ky., and Mo., the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, and the Louisville Library; accounts, 1806-1850, including statements of accounts with merchants, doctors, teachers, schools, colleges, publishers, and others for support and education of his family; accounts with contractors and others for the upkeep and improvement of his real property; bills of lading; promissory notes; cancelled checks, 1817-1849, including ones drawn by Jacob as treasurer of the Louisville and Portland Canal Co. Jacob's papers also include receipts, including a receipt of Charles Wolford for painting a portrait of a lady in 1843; contracts with an overseer of a farm, 1844; contracts for brickwork, carpenter work, plastering, and digging a well; land papers, 1808-1849, concerning land in Bullitt and Jefferson counties, Ky., Louisville, Ky., Ind., and Mo.; legal papers; fee bills, 1833 -1845; and slavery documents, 1813-1846, including bills of sale, deed of trust, and receipts. The papers of Louisville merchant Thomas Prather (d. 1823) include letters, 1810 -1812, discussing business, including counterfeit notes and ships built at Marietta, Ohio, in 1807; receipts, 1818 -1822, for dividends from the Shelbyville and Louisville Turnpike Co., the Beargrass Toll Bridge Co., and the Louisville and Portland Turnpike; land papers; and miscellaneous papers. The papers of Thomas Prather Jacob, son of John J. Jacob, consist of correspondence, 1843-1886, with sister Susan Clay, James B. Clay, John W. Tyler, H. Slaughter, John B. Smith, Brown Brothers and Co., J. M. Womack, James P. Helm, Charles D. Jacob, and son John Jacob during a trip to Europe, 1879 -1880; accounts, 1857-1886, including receipts of John Kitts and Co. for flat silver purchased in 1857 and 1859; subscription to Henry Clay statue in 1863; receipt of Benoni Irwin, 2 Jan. 1870, for $150 for portrait of Thomas P. Jacob; statement of expenses of erection of house at Fourth and Breckinridge streets in 1866; "Taxes and Insurance Book," 1854-1886, containing record of payments made on property owned by him, his brothers, sisters, and his wife; and miscellaneous papers. Small groups of papers of Mrs. Thomas Jacob (Henrietta Pope Jacob), Charles D. Jacob, and Richard Taylor Jacob are also included. These concern household affairs, the death of Isabel Keats, and a propose visit of John Quincy Adams to Louisville in 1843


  • Ashhurst, Richard, 1784-1861.
  • Beargrass Toll Bridge Co. (Ky.)
  • Clay, James B. (James Brown), 1817-1864.
  • Clay, Susan Maria, 1823-1905.
  • Duncan, Garnett, 1800-1875.
  • Education-- Kentucky-- Louisville-- History-- Sources.
  • Europe-- Description and travel.
  • Helm, James Pendleton, 1850-1910.
  • Jacob, Charles Donald, 1838-1898.
  • Jacob, John Jeremiah, 1861-1943.
  • Louisville and Frankfort Railroad Company.
  • Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company-- History-- Sources.
  • Louisville and Portland Canal Company-- History-- Sources.
  • Louisville Free Public Library-- History-- Sources.
  • Prather, Thomas, d. 1823.
  • Shelbyville and Louisville Turnpike Road Company.
  • Shipbuilding-- Ohio-- Marietta-- History-- Sources.
  • Slavery-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Throckmorton, Aris, 1789-1868.

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