Captain A. Jacobs, a well-known planter of Coffee County, Tennessee, was born August 3, 1818, near his present home. His grandfather came from England as early as 1750, and was a soldier of the Revolution, living successively in Maryland, North Carolina and Bedford County, Tennessee, where he died at the unusual age of one hundred and six years. Our subject is the son of Jeremiah and Rebecca (Rudd) Jacobs, natives of Tennessee and North Carolina, and born about 1793 and 1802 respectively. The father died about 1858, and the mother about 1871, in Coffee County. Both were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, while politically the father was a democrat. He was engaged in agriculture, the oldest of twelve children.
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Our subject has been a self-educated man and Bible student; engaged in mercantile business as Beech Grove about twenty years before and ten years after the war; in addition to his farming interests, he also dealt in live stock before the war. Losing much through the war and in securities, he has 300 acres of fine Coffee County land. He is a democrat in political faith, while religiously the entire family is prominent workers in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. December 1,1842, he married Catherine, born October 27, 1822, in Coffee County, the daughter of James Dillard. Eight children were born to them.