Jacob was born on 10 October 1853 at Chadderton, Lancashire, to parents John, a herbalist, and Sarah. He was baptised on 20 October 1858 at St Paul, Royton, Lancashire with two older siblings.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Jacob.
- 1871 tailor’s apprentice
- 1881 minister
- 1891 insurance agent
- 1901 Insurance agent
- 1911 PM minister
- 1939 retired Methodist Minister
He married Alice Smith (abt1856-1920) in the summer of 1882 at Chadderton, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.
- Sandy Smith (1883-1977) – assistant secretary at cotton spinning mill (1911); a cotton yarn salesman & secretary (1939); a yarn agent (1942)
- Alice Forster (1890-1980) – a science student (1911); a technical assistant electrical engineering (1939)
Jacob died on 22 April 1942 at Oldham, Lancashire.
- 1878 Downham
- 1879 Bury St Edmunds
- 1880 Chatham
- 1882 Walthamstow
- 1883 Wishaw
- 1885 Grassington
- 1887 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Note: No obituary was published in the Minutes of Conference.