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Re: JACO IN W.VA. 1810
Posted by: Sandra Moats Date: August 23, 2000 at 16:31:39
In Reply to: JACO IN W.VA. 1810 by VEL of 279

I'm not related to the Jaco family myself, but I've done some research on them anyway. Rev. Luke Jaco, born about 1807, is buried in Ritchie County, WV, in the same cemetery as a woman named Sarah Jaco who may have been his mother.
I saw you mentioned a Joseph and Sarah Jaco as relatives. I have been in touch with Valerie Jane Coucher who is also researching Joseph and Sarah Jaco.
Joseph Jaco lived in Lewis County when the 1840 census was taken. His age at that time indicates he was born between 1780-1790. The Sarah Jaco I mentioned died, I think, in 1851 or 52, age 62. So she was born 1789-1790.
That makes her the right age to be the Sarah Jaco who was married to Joseph Jaco. Rev. Luke Jaco first appears on the 1840 census of Harrison County.
In 1850 and 1860, Luke Jaco lived in Doddridge County where he operated an inn. He also helped slaves escape to freedom. There was a cave on Jaco Hill, near West Union, where Jaco hid the slaves.
There is much more to the story. I write for a newspaper in Ritchie County called The Pennsboro News.
I suspect you are related to Luke Jaco. Please contact me with any other information you may have.
Thank you.
Sandra Moats


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