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John Jacob I (1560 - bef. 1627)

John Jacob I
Born in Dover, Kent, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 22 Jan 1588 in St. Mary's Church, Dover, Kent County, Englandmap
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Died before in Dover, Kent County, Englandmap
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John Jacob 1560


He was born Mar 12 1560 Dover, Kent, England[1]

John Jacob was born 1560 in Dover, Kent, England,[2]

The approximate date of his birth is supplied by the pedigree registered with the College of Arms.[3]

He was the son of Robert Jacobs 1544 - 1628 Alice Goodman Jacobs born 1540[1]

He had a brother George Jacobs 1561 - ?[1]

Titles- Occupation

Pilot and Mariner[3] Chamberlain of Dover, Jurat[3] Freeman of the Cinque Ports[3] His social status was Gentleman[1]

1585 Marriage to Elizabeth Challice

The parish register of St Mary's church, Dover, show a marriage between a John Jacob and Elizabeth Challice in November 1585 at St Mary's church, Dover. Property called Challice's was in the Jacob family in the early and later 17th century.[3]

1587/88 Marriage to Joan Lucas

John married Joan , the daughter of William Lucas. as his second marriage. A marriage licence was granted to John Jacob of St Mary's parish in over and Joan Lucas on 22nd January 1587/88.[3] Another source gives the date as 22 Jan 1585/6 (Old Style/new Style).[2]

He married Joan Lucas (1570 - 1653)[1]

A concern was expressed that Joan Lucas lived only five years between her marriage and her own death, posing difficulties regarding being the mother of eight children. However, John's will refers to a wife Joan, suggesting that she was alive over a long span.

1596 Master of a Barque

He undoubtedly sailed to London and we find as early as 1596-7 a John Jacob, master of a barque of London, dwelling in Dover, making claim to a certain cable which is in the Scotsman's ship and was taken from him together with certain other goods by a man of war of Dunkirke. Confident this family had London connections, owned property in London, and that some of them may have settled there permanently[4].

1601 Fine

In 1601 he was fined 12d for his disobedience, not appearing before the court of Lodemanage, having been warned to do so[5]. This was not an infrequent occurrence and he was fined on a number of occasions for various misdemeanors.[3]

1605 Ordered to Pay Debt

In 1605 he was ordered to pay a debt of 7s to Batholemew Smith, which he had refused to do[5]

1606 Examination at Serjeant's Inn

An examination of a John Jacob, mariner took place. He who brought A H from Calais, would have brought another Englishman described, but the man would not come with him, because he talked with Captain Turner, who was known in Calais to be a spy of the English Government. Dated at the Serjeant's Inn Dover, 24th March 1606. This must surely relate to this John and shows him being in the service, if unofficially, of the English Government.[3]

1609 Jury

He was a member of a jury appointed by the Master and Fellowship of Trinity house in 1609[5] In the same year a complaint was made against him for refusing a tourne (turn). He was fined 10s which he paid. He is described as a pilot, like his grandfather before him.[3]

1614 Pardon for Piracy

On 20th May 1614, Michael Smith, merchant, and John Jacob, mariner, were granted a special pardon for piracy. This could relate to this John or his son. Mariners of the Cinque Ports from early days inclined to what was tantamount to piracy in the English channel (Patent Roll).[3]

In 1614 he is named as chamberlain of Dover [6].

1615 General Brotherhood of Cinque Ports

On 25th July 1615 he was a commoner attending the General Brotherhood of the Cinque Ports at New Romney on behalf of the Cinque Port of Dover (Black and White Books of the Cinque Ports)[3]

In 1617 in a Muster Book of Dover,[7] described as John Jacob the elder, sailor, of Southpiece ward. He is named again in these musters in 1618 and 1619. In 1619 we find an Elizabeth Jacob, widow in St Mary's ward mentioned.[3]

1617 License to Travel

In 1617 a John Jacob was given a pass to travel for three years.[8] This may well relate to this John, his son John or to John Jacob, the son of Abraham Jacob of Bromley-By-Bow.[3]

Either he or his son John were paid 2s 6d in 1618 for bringing bedsteads etc from London to Dover, for wharfage and bringing them to the almshouse of Dover[9]

Either he or his son John was assessed as a freeman of the Cinque Port of Dover, together with three others, on 19th February 22 James I (1625) in a Lay Subsidy for land he held in Minster in Isle of Sheppey; this at 43s 6d (National Archives, E 179, 233/363). It would have been useful for him to own land in Sheppey, as it is a half-way staging post sailing between Dover and London. There were a great many Jacobs in Minster and elsewhere in Sheppey from the early 16th century onwards. Possibly they are of the same family. Yet this land was not disposed of in his will. Perhaps he no longer owned it by then.[3]

1628 Death and Will

He died Mar 12 1627 Dover, Kent, England, and Douay, France[1]

He was buried on 12th March 1628, the burial register of St. Mary's Church, Dover, describing him as a mariner.[10] Another source gives the date as 12 March 1626/7 (Old Style/New Style)

His will was dated 4th March 1627, probate granted on 21st August 1628.[11]

He had accumulated much property in Dover, as his will demonstrates. The will, of which [Kenneth Jacob] has a photocopy, as indeed of most of the other wills, is the original will. The writing is rather poor and a little difficult to read. He dispenses with the usual religious preamble.[3]

  • He wills to his son John the house at the town (?) with the kitchen belonging to it and garden also.
  • He wills that his son shall give Rowland Ingram the sum of £10, and also that he gives his wife £10.
  • He gives his wife the house that Godman (?) lives in for the term of her life and after her decease this is to go to his son Thomas.
  • Also to his son Thomas the house that adjoins (?)….
  • To his son Richard the house that Thomas Parnall lives in and the (?) belonging to it.
  • He wills him to give Mary Ingram £10 if she comes of age.
  • To his daughter Joan he gives the house that she lives in and the house that Ralph Peann (?) lives in with the little house belonging to it and to give Elizabeth Ingram £10 if she comes to the age of 20 and to be loving to her.
  • To his daughter Elizabeth he wills the house that Hugh the shoemaker lives in.
  • He wills to the poor of St Mary's 30s and the poor of St James's 30s.
  • Also to his wife the house that is under the cliff.
  • Also his wife and son John to be his executors.
  • The will was signed by his son Richard, John probably being too infirm to sign it.
  • In a codicil he wills that his son Thomas shall give John Ingram £20 at the age of 20 years.
  • Also that each of his sons and daughters give to his wife £3 rent yearly during her live.
  • Also to his son John the new house that is yet unfinished.
  • The witnesses were Joan Jacob and Elizabeth Jacob.
  • Probate was granted to his wife Joan.[3]


  1. John, baptized 17th November 1588 at St Mary's church, Dover[3]
  2. Susan, baptized 11th October 1590 at St Mary's church, Dover[3]
  3. Ferdinandos, baptized 28th March 1591 at St Mary's church, Dover.Ferdinandos was probably named such due to the business he did with Spain, either as a carrier or merchant.[3]
  4. Susan, baptized 9th December 1593 at St Mary's church, Dover. Marriage allegation was made on 9th February 1613 between John Ingram of Folkestone, sailor, and Susan.[3]
  5. Thomas, baptized 13th January 1600 at St Mary's church, Dover; died 1615.[3]
  6. Richard, baptized 30th November 1602 at St Mary's church, Dover.[3] He had a son Richard Jacob 1602 - 1653[1]
  7. Mary, baptized 30th March 1606, buried 29th August 1611 at St Mary's church, Dover[3]
  8. Elizabeth, baptized 18th December 1612 at St Mary's church, Dover[3]
  9. Joan. There is reference in his will to a daughter Joan, but her name is not in the Dover parish registers. Perhaps London registers need to be checked.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
  2. 2.0 2.1 Source: #S1772
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 Kenneth Jacob, Pedigree of Descendants of Hugh Jacob of Dover (died in 1558). John Jacob (1588-1645) Accessed August 12, 2015
  4. Acts of the Privy Councils, cited by Kenneth Jacob
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 British Library, Egerton Manuscript 2118, cited by Kenneth Jacob
  6. British Library, Manuscript Book of John Philpott of Dover, Egerton Manuscript 2120, cited by Kenneth Jacob
  7. British Library, Egerton Manuscript 2110 cited by Kenneth Jacob
  8. Acts of the Privy Council cited by Kenneth Jacob
  9. British Library, Register of Dover Almshouse, cited by Kenneth Jacob.
  10. Register of St Mary's church, Dover, cited by Kenneth Jacob
  11. Centre for Kentish Studies, PRC 31/92, cited by Kenneth Jacob.

  • England, Boyd's marriage indexes, 1538-1850 Transcription; First name(s) John; Last name Jacob; Marriage year 1587; Spouse's first name(s) Joan; Spouse's last name Lucas; Place Canterbury Diocese Marriage Licences; County Kent; Country England; Source Boyd's 1st miscellaneous marriage index, 1415-1808; Record set England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850; Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers); Subcategory Parish Marriages; Collections from England, United Kingdom; Repository: Society of Genealogists.
  • Kent, East Kent marriage index 1538-1754 Transcription; First name(s) John; Last name Jacob; Residence Dover St.My.; Marriage year 1588; Marriage date 22 Jan 1588; Marriage place Canterbury St Margaret; Spouse's first name(s) Joan; Spouse's last name Lucas; Spouse's residence Dover St.My.; County Kent; Country England; Record set Kent, East Kent Marriage Index 1538-1754; Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers); Subcategory Parish Marriages; Collections from England, United Kingdom; Repository: Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. (Note they are probably using new style Gregorian dates.)
  • England Marriages 1538-1973 Transcription; First name(s) John; Last name Jacob; Name note -; Marriage year 1587; Marriage date 22 Jan 1587; Marriage place Canterbury; Spouse's first name(s) Jone; Spouse's last name Lucas; Residence Canterbury, Kent, England; County Kent; Country England; Record set England Marriages 1538-1973; Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers); Subcategory Parish Marriages; Collections from England, United Kingdom; Repository: FamilySearch Intl.
  • Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Burials Transcription; First name(s) John; Last name Jacob; Birth year -; Age -; Death year 1627; Burial year 1627; Burial date 12 Mar 1627; Burial place Dover, St Mary the Virgin; County Kent; Country England; Register year range 1623-1680; Archive reference U3/30/1/2; Archive Canterbury Cathedral Archives; Record set Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Burials; Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers); Subcategory Parish Burials; Collections from England, United Kingdom; Repository:
  • Source: S1772 Author: Gowens, Craig K. (Email: Title: The Gowens & Reed Families (Ancestry member trees,
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Jacob-1210 and Jacob-42 do not represent the same person because: Little in common other than name. Birth years are very different.
posted by Michael Sullivan

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