Allen Danforth Jacobs: Birth: 13 JUN 1898. Death: 20 JUN 1988
Note: 1870 U.S. Federal Census Putnam County, West Virginia Buffalo William J. D. Duncan 26 Mary E. Duncan 31 Virginia Jacobs 11 William Jacobs 7 (247A in file)
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1900 U.S. Federal Census Mason County, West Virginia Clendenin District (South Side) Jacobs, John W. Mar 1863 37 married 16 yrs WV WV WV Jacobs, Eliza C. May 1862 38 married 16 yrs mother of 11, 8 living WV WV WV Jacobs, John F. June 1887 12 single WV WV WV Jacobs, Ota W. Feb 1889 11 single WV WV WV Jacobs, Robert H. June 1896 3 single WV WV WV Jacobs, Allen D. June 1898 1 single WV WV WV Jacobs, Bertha M. May 1900 0/12 single WV WV WV (51-8A+8B in file)
1910 U.S. Federal Census Putnam County, West Virginia Bills Jacobs, John W. head 46 married(1) 26 yrs Jacobs, Eliza wife 47 married(1) 26 yrs mother of 11, 8 living Jacobs, Robert son 14 Jacobs, Allen son 13 Jacobs, Bertha daughter 10 Jacobs, John F. son 23 Jacobs, Edna daughter-in-law 17 (165-16A in file)
1920 U.S. Federal Census Putnam County, West Virginia Teays Valley Jacobs, Jacob W. 55 Jacobs, Bertha M. Jacobs 40 Gillispie, John R. stepson 15 Gillispie, Nellie F. stepdaughter 13 Gillispie, Jessie B. stepson 10 Gillispie, Nora B. stepdaughter 4 11/12 Gillispie, Ora D. stepdaughter 4 11/12 (112-8B in file)
1930 U.S. Federal Census Putnam County, West Virginia Teays Valley Jacob, John W. 57 Jacob, Bertha M. 55 Gillispie, Ora B. 16 Gillispie, Nora B. 16 Jacob, Charles L. 10 Jacob, Mary E. 7 (14-5B in file)
Certificate of Death Name: J. W. Jacobs Sex: Male Death Date: 5 Feb 1931 Death Place: Putnam County, West Virginia Cause of death: skull crushed by club Age at Death: 68y Burial Place: Burial Date: Cemetery: Funeral Home: Birth Date: Birth Place: Marital Status: Spouse: Occupation: Address: Residence: Mother: Mother's Birth Place: Father: W. R. Jacobs Father's Birth Place: Informant: (in file)
Publication: Charleston Daily Mail Published: February 7, 1931 Headline: Putnam Man Held On Murder Charge Melvin Duncan Held Without Bond After Man Dies and Woman is Injured Melvin Duncan, 20 years old, of the Poplar fork section cf Putnam county, was in the Putnam county jail at Winfieid Saturday charged with slaying William Jacobs, 67 years old, and severely injuring Jacobs' wife. Sheriff A. M. Harmon, said the trouble between Duncan and the Jacobs occurred Thursday on the banks of a creek dividing farms owned by the Jacobs and the alleged slayer. Duncan first struck Mrs. Jacobs with a club, following a quarrel and when Jacobs later appeared, he, too, was attacked by Duncan and fatally injured, according to the sheriff. Duncan waived a preliminary examination before Magistrate B. B. Holley, of Teays Valley district, and was held for the grand jury without bond.
Publication: The Charleston Gazette Published: February 7, 1931 Headline: Hold Youth On Murder Charge Putnam County Farmer Slain in Attempt to Aid Wife Charged with slaying his neighbor with a club and critically wounding his neighbor's wife, Melvin Duncan, 20, of Popular Pork, Putnam county, yesterday waived to the Putnam county grand lury. He was placed in Jail at Winfield. The slain man is William Jacobs, 67, who lived on a farm adjoining Duncan. Jacobs' wife was severely wounded, but physicians think she will recover. The slaying took place on the bank of a creek dividing the two farms, it was said. Sheriff A. M. Harmon of Putnam county, who is investigating the case, said the murder was the culmination of a neighbor's quarrel. Duncan and Mrs. Jacobs were quarreling across a small creek from each other when the youth dared her to come (in his side of the stream, authorities said. The woman crossed the creek and allegedly struck Duncan. Sheriff Harmon stated that Duncan then ???? the woman with a club. Jacobs, who had been working at a saw mill, returned home in time to see his wife lying unconscious on the creek bank. Duncan was standing nearby, it was said. The farmer crossed the stream to rescue his wife and Duncan struck him across the head with a club. The sheriff said. The man died about three o'clock, an hour after he was hit. Sheriff Harman captured Duncan at the home of an uncle at the bend of Popular creek about 10:30 o'clock on the night of the slaying.
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