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Jacob Lewis Mansker (1832 - 1903)

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Jacob Lewis Mansker
Born in Chester, Randolph, Illinois, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Union County, Illinoismap
Descendants descendants
Died in Thebes, Alexander, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Dec 2016
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Categories: Thebes, Illinois.


Jacob married Margaret 17 Apr 1870, Union County, Illinois.

In the 1880[1] census, Jacob was a painter living with his wife and two young sons. In the 1900[2] census, his address is given as Second Street in Thebes, Illinois.

"Jacob L. Mansker to Emanuel Lionberger, w. d., lots 13, 14, 15 and 16, block 2, Thebes; $225." From The Cairo Bulletin, Volume 16, Number 271, 21 October 1884.

Family stories say that Jacob lit lamps along the Mississippi River for steamboats to find their way in the dark.

Jacob is buried in Thebes Cemetery near Courthouse.[3]

Note: According to Illinois Civil War records, Jacob Mansker joined Company H, 22 IL US INF, in 1861 and deserted in 1862 while in Alabama. According to the Civil War Pension Index, Jacob Lewis joined the Navy and was a Seaman under General Lyon, Potomac Ohio Great Western Kickapoo Chocura(sp?).[4][5]

Obituary Jacob L. Mansker, an old resident of Thebes, died on July 26th, at the age of 72 years. He had been a resident of Thebes for 40 years. When the railroad entered Thebes, they bought from him the land where the hotel now stands. He laid out his other property in town lots and sold them at good prices. The last of this property he disposed of last winter, when he moved upon the hill. He left a wife and two sons. (Jacob L. Mansker married Margaret E. Bond on 17 Apr 1870, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Old Thebes Cemetery reads: Jacob L. Mansker Born Aug. 6, 1832 Died July 26, 1903 Aged 70 Yrs., 11 Mos., & 20 Days.—Darrel Dexter)

Obituary Jacob L. Mansker died 26 Jul 1903, at Thebes, Alexander County, aged 72 years. He was a painter and formerly lived in Jonesboro. He had lived in Thebes 40 years. He left a wife and two sons.


  1. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 August 2017), Jacob Mansker, Thebes, Alexander, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 5, sheet 126B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0175; FHL microfilm 1,254,175.
  2. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 May 2018), Jacob L Mansker, Thebes & Santa Fe Precincts Thebes vill., Alexander, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 13, sheet 8A, family 129, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,237.
  3. Find A Grave - Jacob L. Mansker
  4. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Record Group Title: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007; Record Group Number: 15; Series Title: U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934; Se
  5. Local Record (Newspaper), Volume 11, Number 1, 28 January 1888

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