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Jacob Lewis Mansker (1832 - 1903)

Jacob Lewis Mansker
Born in Stoddard, Missouri, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 17 Apr 1870 in Union County, Illinoismap
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Died in Thebes, Alexander, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Dec 2016
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Jacob was born 6 Aug 1832[1]. Tradition states that Jacob was born at Chester, Illinois, but the location of his family and birth of his sisters suggests he was born in Missouri. In fact, his military records specifically state that he was born in Stoddard County, Missouri.[2]


  • Jacob was living with the Blick family at Northern District, Jackson, Illinois during the 1850 census.[3]; his birthplace is given as Missouri.
  • In the 1880[4] census, Jacob was a painter living with his wife and two young sons.
  • "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.
  • In the 1900[5] census, his address is given as Second Street in Thebes, Illinois.


Jacob married Margaret 17 Apr 1870, Union County, Illinois.[6]


  • A Family story told by Hattie Island (Pearson) Mansker Burger conveys that Jacob lit lamps along the Mississippi River for steamboats to find their way in the dark.
  • Painter


Private Jacob Mansker served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: 25 Jun 1861
Side: Union
Regiment(s): 22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry
  • According to Illinois Civil War records, Jacob Mansker joined Captain Swanwick's Company H, 22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry on 25 Jun 1861, and deserted 2 Sep 1862 (with James Conlinn) while at Florence, Alabama.[7][8]
The 22nd infantry was organized at Belleville, May 11, 1861, and was mustered into the U. S. service at Caseyville on June 25, for three years.
Actions engaged by the 22nd Regiment up until 2 Sep 1862:
  1. On 11 Jul 1861 it moved to Bird's Point, Missouri.
  2. On 19 Aug 1861, Colonel Dougherty, with Companies A, B, C, D, and E, attacked Colonel Hunter at Charleston, Missouri in the night, and drove him from his camp to the town in a hand-to-hand fight, capturing many prisoners and horses. In this engagement the regiment lost 1 killed, and 11 wounded, and after the affair it returned to Bird's Point.
  3. Engagement at Belmont 7 Nov 1861 - Led by young Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant, seven companies were engaged in the battle of Belmont — three being left to guard transports. The companies engaged lost 144 in killed, wounded and missing. The regiment was on detached duty a great deal of the time and not infrequently had single-handed engagements with the enemy.
  4. New Madrid and Island No. 10 28 Feb - 8 Apr 1862; Early in the spring of 1862 the regiment left camp with one day's cooked rations to engage General Jeff Thompson, who was known to be in the neighborhood in force. Coming up with him at Sikeston, a running fight ensued and he was driven to his fortifications at New Madrid. In this engagement the regiment captured 2 guns and a few prisoners and returned to camp the third day without the loss of a man. On April 8 it joined an expedition to Tiptonville to intercept the retreating enemy from Island No. 10. Several thousand prisoners, including 2 generals, a large quantity of stores, ammunition, arms, etc., were captured.
  5. Early in May the regiment skirmished before Farmington, and also participated in the battle of that name.
  6. Siege of Corinth 29 Apr - 30 May 1862; It was engaged in the siege of Corinth and in pursuit of the enemy two weeks in June.
NH 53866 USS General Lyon (1862-1865)
  • According to the Civil War Pension Index, Jacob Lewis joined the Navy 23 Jun 1864[9] and was a Seaman on several ships[10][11];
    1. USS General Lyon, originally the De Soto, was recaptured from the Confederate States of America and renamed USS De Soto, and then USS General Lyon, after Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon.
    2. USS Potomac, the second ship with this name, was an old whaler the United States Navy purchased on 1 November 1861. She was a part of the "Stone Fleet," a group of ships used to block the entrances to Confederate harbors during the American Civil War, and was sunk for this purpose on 9 January 1862.
    3. USS Ohio, the second ship with this name, was a ship of the line of the United States Navy. She was designed by Henry Eckford, laid down at Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1817, and launched on 30 May 1820.
    4. USS Great Western was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy as an ammunition ship in support of the Union Navy.
    5. USS Kickapoo was a double-turreted Milwaukee-class river monitor, the lead ship of her class, built for the Union Navy during the American Civil War. The ship supported Union forces during the Mobile Campaign as they attacked Confederate fortifications defending the city of Mobile, Alabama in early 1865. She was placed in reserve after the end of the war and sold in 1874.
    6. USS Chocura was launched 5 October 1861 by Curtis and Tilden, Boston, Massachusetts, and commissioned 15 February 1862, Commander T. H. Patterson in command.


Jacob died 26 Jul 1903 at Thebes, Illinois.[12]


Thebes Cemetery [13]
Alexander County
Illinois USA


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)
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. Find A Grave (see below)
  2. United States, Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Ancestry Record 60368 #102474
  3. 1850; Census Place: Northern District, Jackson, Illinois; Roll: M432_110; Page: 225B; Image: 175 Ancestry Record 8054 #16295221
  4. "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.
  5. "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.
  6. Illinois Statewide Marriage Index: 1870-04-17, Union County, Illinois
  7. Databases of Illinois Veterans. Illinois State Archive. accessed 5 August 2014. Ancestry Record 9759 #241854
  8. Company H, 22nd Illinois Infantry
  9. United States, Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Ancestry Record 60368 #102474
  10. 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; Series Number: T288 Ancestry Record 4654 #3239491
  11. Local Record (Newspaper), Volume 11, Number 1, 28 January 1888
  12. Find A Grave (see below)
  13. Find A Grave (see below)

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