A distant cousin contacted me recently to see if I had any idea what happened to Price Jacobs. I looked through my records and I don’t have much on him. Now, I’m one of those people that can’t stand an unsolved mystery, so it’s been bugging me. I haven’t been very concerned with Price, as he’s a collateral for me, but now I would like to know what happened to him. Of course, this means researching more than just his death.
My grandparents’ pedigree chart lists Price as having married Mary Catherine Wiseheart, so I started there. It turns out, their marriage is a little bit confusing. I first looked on Ancestry to see what I could turn up. I found a record for Price Jacobs and Mary E. Wiseheart, married on December 29, 1825 in Jefferson County, Kentucky.1 Then, I found a record for Price Jacobs and Christena Wisehart, married on August 13, 1827 in Shelby County, Kentucky.2 According to my grandparents’ information, Mary Catherine had a sister named America Christina.
I considered the possibility that Mary Catherine died and Price remarried to her sister, but based on their children’s ages, that just isn’t possible. I managed to find an image of the written consent given by John Wiseheart. He does indeed give permission for Christena to marry.
I decided to look for America’s marriage, thinking that might shed some light on things. I found that she married Peter Shrote, Jr. on December 20, 1834 in Jefferson County, Kentucky.3 I then looked up the record for Price in the same book series. It showed that he and Mary Catherine applied for a license, with John’s consent, on December 29, 1825, but there is not marriage date.4 Possibly, Price and Mary Catherine married two years later in Shelby County, but I still have no idea why the consent says Christena. Perhaps John was confused.
I’m hoping to come across something that will clear this all up as I continue to research Price Jacobs and family.
- Dodd, Jordan. Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.
- “Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKJ9-21QC : accessed 13 January 2016), Price Jacobs and Christena Wisehart, 1827.
- The Filson Club, Incorporated. Jefferson County, Virginia-Kentucky, Early Marriages. Vol. 2. Owensboro, KY: McDowell Publications, 1980. Print.p. 113.
- The Filson Club, Incorporated. Jefferson County, Virginia-Kentucky, Early Marriages. Vol. 1. Owensboro, KY: McDowell Publications, 1980. Print.p. 189.