Hon. Jacob HELD was born in Betzenger, County of Rentlingen, District of Black Forest, Kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany, and was educated at the common schools of that country. On 01 Sep 1834, he sailed for America, and arrived at New York on the 4th day of November, of the same year. From New York he removed to Philadelphia, and served an apprenticeship as baker, up to April 1838, when he removed to Evansville, Indiana, where he remained until April 1839, at which time he removed to Henderson.
On 20 May 1839, he married, in Evansville, Miss Louise LOHMEYER, and as a result of that union, twelve children have been born, seven sons and five daughters. Of that number two sons and two daughters have died.
After coming to Henderson, Mr. HELD carried on a bakery store and was the first to establish a daily delivery of breads, etc. to families in town. In 1852 he built the three-story brick storehouse, corner of Water and Second Streets, and for a number of years carried on a large business therein.
He was mostly instrumental in building the Henderson & Evansville Telegraph Line, and was its first President. He served as Councilman of his ward, and, in 1874, was elected Mayor and served one term with credit to him self and city. He is one of the oldest Odd Fellows living in the city, and served his lodge as Noble Grand in 1844 and 1857. In religion he is a Lutheran; in politics a Republican. He is the owner of HELD's Park, including six and a half acres, a beautiful spot and favorite resort. His residence is at the park, and there, too, he carries on a nice grocery trade.
When Mr. HELD came to Henderson, it was only a village with one dilapidated church - the old Union Church - that stood on the Square and in which Rev. Thomas EVANS preached; one dray and one delivery wagon - James ROUSE was the owner of the dray, Nathaniel TERRY owned the wagon and furnished the village with its winter's supply of wood. Mr. HELD, all of his life, has been extremely liberal with his friends and patrons, and has contributed largely to the building up and improvement of the city. His wife has been a hard working, self-denying, faithful helpmate, and, in their old age, the two enjoy life with a loving confidence that has never been demitted.
Starling's History of Henderson County, Kentucky, 1887.
HON. JACOB HELD REFERENCES
MARRIAGES OF HENDERSON COUNTY 1858 - 1900
Edward Held - Ida E. Carlisle, 19 Oct 1898, Book 028, Page 154
1850 CENSUS OF HENDERSON COUNTY
Jacob Held, age 35, Page 9 - 10, House No. 74; Louisa age 28; Jacob age 8; Frederick age 6; Louisa age 5; Mary A. age 3; Francis age 1 and Louis Baker age 37
1860 CENSUS OF HENDERSON COUNTY
Jacob Held age 45, Page 30 - 31, House No. 277; Laura age
39, Jacob age 19; Frederick age 17; Louise age 15;
Mary 13; Frances age 11; Hellen age 6; George
age 4; William age 3; ALSO LISTED WITH FAMILY: Louis Baker
age 52; Jacob Clein age 49; William Snider age 40; Samuel
Mattie age 62
1870 CENSUS OF HENDERSON COUNTY
Jacob Held Sr., age 55, Page 178 - 179, House No. 72; Louisa age 49; Mary age 23; Frank age 21; Julia age 15; George age 13; William age 11; Lizzie age 9; John age 6. ALSO LISTED WITH FAMILY: Arton Marraweek age 38; Lizzy Janni age 20
Fred Held age 27, Page 232, House No. 218; Sarah age 25;
Lizzie age 4; Caroline age 2
1880 CENSUS OF HENDERSON COUNTY
George Held age 23, Page 49, House No. 26; Nellie age 20
Jacob Held [Sr] age 64, Page 96, House No. 310; Louisa age 58; Julia H. age 20; Lizzie age 18; John age 16; Willie age 14; Edward age 8; Louisa age 7
Jacob HEILD [Jr] age 38, Pg 60, House No. 31; Clara J. age 15; Willie age 13; Louisa age 12; Katie age 11; Fred age 9; Eddie age 8; Lizzie age 5; Mary K. age 3
Georgie Held (inf), 12 Mar 1845, Fernwood, age unknown, 106, 7
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