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Katherine "Kate" Jacobs

Katherine "Kate" Jacobs

Female 1887 - 1964  (77 years)

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  • Name Katherine "Kate" Jacobs  [1
    Alternate birth 11 Mar 1886  Milan, Gibson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Born 11 Mar 1887  Milan, Gibson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Alternate birth 1888  Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 4 Jul 1964  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried 7 Jul 1964  Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I8583  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2021 

    Father Monroe Marshall Jacobs,   b. 19 Dec 1845, Milan, Gibson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1892, Lavinia, Carroll, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Mary Frances "Fannie" Butler,   b. 8 Aug 1851, Coffee County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1926, Gibson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1867  Gibson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F3225  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Richmond Workman,   b. 4 Oct 1875, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1945, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 12 Nov 1903  Gibson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    SEPA Bef 1930 
    Children 
     1. Neville Workman,   b. 12 Dec 1904, Fulton County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1986, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +2. Mildred Workman,   b. 9 Mar 1911, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1990, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Photos
    Jacobs-Workman marriage license
    Jacobs-Workman marriage license
    Workman-Jacobs marriage bond
    Workman-Jacobs marriage bond
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F752  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Kate Jacobs
    Kate Jacobs

  • Notes 
    • Social Security records give her birthdate as 11 Mar 1886. But a Tennessee "Delayed Certificate of Birth" for Katherine Jacobs (citation details below), dated 13 Mar 1952, signed by her (as "Katherine Workman") on 4 Feb 1952, says she was born 11 Mar 1887. This document is notable to us as the only evidence confirming that her birth name was Katherine, rather than Catherine (as shown on her daughter Mildred's marriage license) or Kate (as shown on most other records). The document cites as evidence an "Orig. Family Bible" described as "Very Old"; a "Cert. Copy Record of Birth" for her daughter Neville Workman, that copy having been made 15 Mar 1943; and affadavits dated 4 Feb 1952 from "Martha B. Workman, Cousin" and "Leona Palmer, Non-Relative", the latter described on the reverse of the document as "Next Door Neighbor When Catherine [sic] Was Born."

      "FULTON, Ky., July 7 — Mrs. Kate Workman, former resident of Fulton and an aunt of Mrs. Mary Owens of Fulton, died Saturday morning in Detroit. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Hayden and Miss Neville Workman of Detroit, two grandchildren and several great-greandchildren. Funeral services and burial were held in Detroit today." [Paducah (Kentucky) Sun, 7 Jul 1964, p. 17]

      Her father Monroe Marshall Jacobs died when she was about five years old. Then when she was nearly eight, her mother married Uriah Jasper Hammonds.

      When she was sixteen, she herself married William Richard Workman, her stepfather's nephew, twelve years older than her. (William's mother Narcissa was Uriah Hammonds's sister.)

      Sometime in the late 1920s, when she was about forty and her younger daughter Mildred was still in her teens, she bundled up both daughters and left for Michigan (legend says, in the middle of the night), never to see her husband again.

      According to PNH's father, Neville stayed in occasional touch with her father, but Kate and Mildred had nothing further to do with him.

      We've always wondered if she was pressured into marrying her stepfather's nephew while she was still in her teens, and if the marriage ultimately worked out as well as such an arrangement might have been expected to. The abruptness of her departure does suggest some kind of sudden and unpleasant discovery or event. (Alternately, her mother's death in 1926 might have been what finally set events in motion.)

      One of the witnesses to the record of William Workman posting marriage bond was a "J. T. Hammonds". Possibly William Workman's cousin James Thomas Hammonds (1863-1914), son of Younger Hammonds -- or possibly William's cousin Thomas James Hammonds (b. 1865), son of Kate's stepfather Uriah Jasper Hammonds by his previous wife Mary Elizabeth Bobbitt. At any rate, it does seem like Kate Jacobs spent a lot of her early life overwhelmingly surrounded by Hammondses.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4021] 1910 United States Federal census, on ancestry.com.

    2. [S22] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, on ancestry.com.

    3. [S6001] Tennessee, U.S., Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909, on ancestry.com.

    4. [S4021] 1910 United States Federal census, on ancestry.com., year only.

    5. [S4023] 1920 United States Federal census, on ancestry.com.

    6. [S4446] Paducah (Kentucky) Sun, 7 Jul 1964, p. 17.

    7. [S3827] Tennessee Marriages, 1780-2002, on familysearch.org.

    8. [S27] Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-2002, on ancestry.com.