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Re: Burrell / Burwell JACOBS

denniswsimpson (View posts)
Posted: 20 Jan 2009 12:53AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 20 Jan 2009 9:48AM GMT
Hi Claude, here is some additional information I have regarding the Jacobs family. They are recorded int he 1850 US Census living in the 36th District, Family No. 271. George W. Jacobs, age 25, malatto, $250 born in Alabama
John Jacobs, 28, malatto, Ala.
Unaty Jacobs, 33 female, malatto, SC.
Fanny Jacobs, 72, malatto, SC.
Mary Jacobs, 8, malatto, Ala.
Fanny Jacobs, 6, malatto, Ala.
Betsey Jacobs, 3, malatto, Ala.
George Jacobs, 1, malatto, Ala.
David Jacobs, 43, malatto, Ala.

George Jacobs lived two doors down from my ancestor John Simpson, and neighbors of John M. Lynch and Francis C. Prichard. Next to the Prichard's was Burrel Jacobs family.

Family no. 273: Burrel Jacobs, 49, malatto, SC.
Elizabeth Jacobs, 32, malatto, NC
John Jacobs, 13, malatto, Ala.
David Jacobs, 11, malatto, Ala.
Isaac Jacobs, 7, malatto, Ala.
Amanda Jacobs, 11, malatto, Ala.
Mary Jacobs, 8, malatto, Ala.
Ruthy Jacobs, 8, malatto, Ala.
Visey Jacobs, 3, malatto, Ala.
Tilda Jacobs, 1, malatto, Ala.

Family No. 274: Thomas Jacobs, 49, malatto, Farmer, SC.
Elizabeth Williams, 23, malatto, Tenn.
Thomas J. Jacobs 8, malatto, Ala.
George W. Jacobs 6, malatto, Ala.

Family No. 278: Isaac Jacobs, 47, malatto, $300, SC.
Caroline Jacobs, 20, black, Tenn.
Noah Jacobs, 7/12, malatto, Ala.

Family No. 279: Becka Jacobs, 43, female, malatto, SC.
William H. Jacobs, 15, malatto, Ala.
Martha Jacobs, 10, malatto, Ala.
Isaac Jacobs, 7, malatto, Ala.
Stanhope Jacobs, 1, malatto, Ala.

In the 35th District, Family No. 246: was living:
William K. Jacobs, 28, malatto, Farmer, $140 born Ala.
Mary A. Jacobs, 24, malatto, Ala.

Family No. 193: Oliver Jacobs, 42, malatto, Farmer, SC.

In researching the 1850 census, the census recorded free people in one census and slaves in another. There were 14 total free black families and 13 malatto families living in Madison County at that time. The predominate families were: The Jacobs and Sampson families. The 36th District, was originally Township 5, Range 1 West, later became Southwestern Division, then Green Grove, then Pond Beat. Since it was close enough to Triana, it was also considered Triana.

Frank Jacobs was recorded in the 1880 Census as follows:
Frank Jacobs, Malatto, age 25, born in Alabama. His wife.
Liza Jacobs, age 25, born Tenn.
Madora Daughter, age 3, born Ala.
Francis, Daughter, age 1, born Ala.

Isaac Jacobs, Malatto, 36, Ala.
Betsie Jacobs, 20, Ala.
Betsie Jacobs, 1, Ala.

John Jacobs, 40.

According to Earley Pensacola Lacy, his paternal grandfather, James Lacy and Frank Jacobs were related. Frank Jacobs was related to all the black families living in Pond Beat and Mullins Flat in some way or another.

Frank Jacobs family was as follows: Levi Jacobs an older brother went away. Frank Jacobs lived on the old Dickson Family Plantation, then when the army came, he moved near Oakwood College, then near Monrovia near Pulaski Pike. The Dickson's were my paternal ancestors. James Dickson arrived with his wife and children from Rutherford County, Tennessee about 1818, and were living on Indian land, now Redstone Arsenal. The Dickson Cemetery is surrounded by a fence, with several large tombstones still standing. James and his wife Keziah (Wood) Dickson (natives of Amherst County, Virginia) are unmarked they have rather large (I mean hugh thick stones) covering their graves.

Stanhope Shield Dickson "Stanny" and Liza Dickson were the Dickson's slaves. My cousin allotted an annual salary to Stanny Dickson of $10 per year after her death.

Frank Jacobs brought the Simpson land in 1918, after the death of Henry Simpson. Frank Jacobs died about 1981 and was buried at Hwy 53, Jordan Lane, in the Holmes Church Cemetery. He and Liza did not have any children. After Frank, came James, Dock, Tyree, Beulah and Charity Jacobs.

I also spoke to Ovoy Horton, Aaron Burns, but the one person who knew more about the different families living in Pond Beat was Earley P. Lacy.

I don't know if you heart of William Hooper Councill, founder of A&M College. He was a former slave of my cousin, Judge, David Campbell Humphreys. Dr. Councill was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina of slave parents in 1848, he came to Alabama through the famous Richmond Slave Pen in 1857. He and his mother an brothers were sold as slaves, from the auction block, at Green Bottom Inn to Judge Humphreys. They were putto work in the corn and cotton fields near Stevenson, Alabama. At this auction he saw two of his brothers sold in 1857, and never heard from again.
William H. Councill was self-taught. He became an attorney, and helped establish the Alabama Agricultrual and Mechanical University. In 1874, Dr. Councill, was an official represtative for the Republican party. That same year he helped attorney Nicholas Davis, in establishing the Madison County branch of the Labor Union, in the State of Alabama. Also that year he supported George S. Houston, a Democrate, for Governor thus helping bring back regular and intelligent government to Alabama. In 1875, President Grant appointed him "Receiver for the Land Office for the Northern District of Alabama." This offer he promptly turned down, and instead accepted the Principalship of the Huntsville State Normal School for Negroes. He was bright-minded and an omnivorous reader, and he read until he was rated as a scholar, an educator, an author, an orator, a preacher, a statesman and lawyer. Professor Councill, was so well known not only in the south, but throughout the nation. The Cleveland Ohio Gazette wrote,"...Professor Councill is one of the ablest educators the race has in the South. His splendid work in the interest of education in Huntsville and the entire state of Alabama is generally known." In 1895, Dr. Councill crossed the Atlantic and studied the school systems in Englan, France and Belgium. Before leaving Europe, he met with British Prime Minister Gladstone an King Leopold of Belgium. He came back to Huntsville, and set up the most unique college in the world. He died on the morning of April 9, 1909, well respected by both races, throughout the United States and Europe.

Dr. Councill was among the first civil rights leaders. In the spring of 1887, Mr. Councill boarded a train in Georgia and sat in the first class coach after he had bought a first class ticket. Mr. Councill was asked to leave the coach, he refused and even fought. The train crew then overpowered him. Mr. Councill entered a suit for damages done to him. The Court did not allow damages but laid down rules that accommodations for Blacks must be equal to those of the Whites. Mr. Councill was both praised and criticized but he pioneered in Civil Rights. He contended for in the 1880's the same accommodation that the Blacks of today seek.

He also started the first Black newspaper in the History of Madison County, the "Herald."

In an article written by the Huntsville Times, dated November 8, 1959, entitled, "Many Cemeteries Remain In The Shadow Of Missiles," is the following: "On one stone is listed the names of John Simpson, Margaret A. Simpson; Marion E. Simpson, and Arthur M. Simpson. John's wife was born Aug. 9, 1816, died Aug. 31, 1874. Did she dream that some of the world's smartest men would someday walk in their backyard--in the years ahead after her country had fought three big wars?

Amanda Jacobs Horton was purchased as a slave and came tothis county sold to a white slave owner, Jack Horton. Even though slavery had been abolished by the time Amanda completed the journey from North Africa, around Portugal and along the coast of Nroth Carolina, Jack Horton took her anyway. He sat her aside in a little house on 40 acres of land which was intended for her in the very beginning. This settlement was in the Pond Beat community, which presently houses the Army Missile Command andNASA at Redstone Arsenal. While living on the land sat aside by Jack, she gave birth to four of his children. They were: Everett Horton, Yancy Horton, Celia Horton and Virginia Horton. Following Jack Horton's death, she later married Rev. Sheffield. Two children were born to this union. Ida Sheffield and Homer Sheffield. Later she gave birth to another son, Parris Bradford. Amanda was described as a little woman of medium brown complexion with keen West Indian features. She was a very kind person with a very quiet disposition. She was also a very strict disciplinarian in her own way. She kept very quiet about her roots and past life.

Regarding the book, by Ms. Curry, if you send me your regular email address, I'll give you her email address. Also if you like, I could also send you an invitation to view my material in

More on the Jacobs Family:

Zera Jacobs born 1895 married Dock Jacobs 1892-1988. Zera was the daughter of William Jacobs and Emily Walls. Dock and Zera Jacobs had children: Alva Jacobs born 1923, Nathaniel, Juanita, Zena Mae Jacobs Love, and Mildren.

According to researcher, John Rankin, the Jacobs were a group of families from South Carolina that came with matriarch Fanny Jacobs (b. 1778 in SC). Other Jacobs families were headed by her children who were: Burrell (1801), Unity (1817), Thomas (1801), Isaac 1803), Oliver (1808) and Rebecca (1807). They were all born in South Carolina. All of the above people were recorded as "Mulatto," that they were free people in order to be named on the census records in 1850.

Dock Jacobs, born June 12, 1892 was the son Isaac Jacobs born Jan 1847 and Elizabeth born 1859.

The 1900 census records the Isaac Jacobs family as follows:
Jacobs, Isaac, born Jan 1847, age 53, born in Ala.
Wife: Bettie, born June 1859, age 40, Ala.
Son: Frank, Nov. 1879, 20, Ala.
Son: James, Dec. 1881, 18, Ala.
Son: Ellie, Mar. 1884, 16, Ala.
Son: George, May 1889, 11, Ala.
Son: Joseph, May 1891, 9, Ala.
Son: Dock, Aug 1892, 7 Ala.
Son: Tyra, May 1895, 5, Ala.
Daughter: Charity Ann, Oct. 1897, 2, Ala.

Curry's interview with Lizzie Ward: Pearlie Jacobs married Alex Joiner, who was the son of William Timmons (White) and Luisa, Timmons' childhood playmate and slave.

William Timmons was the ward of John Simpson, (John and Margaret (Dickson) Simpson second son was named William Timmons Simpson), William Timmons was married to two different women at the same time and fathered several children by both women. His first wife was White and his second wife Luisa was black. He loved both women very much. Both marriage certificates are available at the County Archives in Huntsville, Alabama. I have seen both of them. After William Timmons death, Luisa married a Mr. Joiner, and gave her son Alex the name of Joiner. Lizzie or Bessie Ward was born in 1900, daughter of Alex Joiner and Pearlie Jacobs, Lizzie said Pearlie (Jacobs) Joiner wasn't White, but was "set aside as a free nation." Lizzie was a "Black" woman whose ocmplexion was so light that she more accurately could be described as White.

Everett Horton signed a sworn statement that his grandfather Burwell {Burrell} Jacobs Sr., died about the year 1890 while occupying his homestead. After Burrell's death, Everett testified that his uncle, George Jacobs, became owner of the estate and lived upon it until his death about 1907. George never married, and upon his death, his heirs at law conveyed this land to Lucien Jacobs. Lucien mortgage the land to Steel and Cartwright, who foreclosed on the mortgage, and then sold the tract to his (Everett's) uncle, Burwell Jacobs, Jr. in 1915.

An excerpt from the 1790 Richland County, South Carolina census, (pl 145) shows the name Burrell Jacobs, and a Zachariah Jacobs.

Dock and Alva Jacobs were married in 1922. Zera was 85 years old and Dock was 88 years old in 1980 when Vaughn conducted an interview. Dock Jacobs was reared in Mullins Flat, which was separated by a creek from Pond Beat where his wife grew up. Dock said, "I was raised there in Mullins Flat, what you call 'the high place.'" Zera recalled the land that was to become Redstone Arsenal. She said, "It was a big population that lived there" and "both whites and coloreds" owned prperty." Zera said they "got along mighty well.Wasn't no integration, but they all understood each other."

I think if we dig a little more by working together we can accomplish much more in our research. Hopefully we can find more descendants to join us and discover our heritage.

Dennis Simpson
1752 E Avenue J, #167
Lancaster CA 93535-4474
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