According to the 1895 History, Jacob “attended the pioneer schools of his neighborhood during the winter months, and while living with his uncle went to the Doyle school, in Buffalo township, and spent one winter at the Dugan school, in Slippery Rock township.”
Buffalo Township - Doyle School
Slippery Rock township - Dugan School
Why are Jacob's various schooling experiences enumerated (in contrast to brothers); what is the significance?
1860: Oakland Tp, Butler, Pennsylvania, United States
Jacob Whitmire M 27 Pennsylvania
Isabell Whitmire F 28 Pennsylvania
Robert Whitmire M 1 Pennsylvania
There is no evidence that Jacob participated in the Civil War. This is somewhat curious given his two brothers, as well as a cousin, participated. Given there is no evidence that Jacob held different political views than his family, and the immense social pressure that he would experience, it is theorized that a perhaps a physical trait which impacted his ability to participate.
1870: Pennsylvania, United States
Jacob Whitmire M 37 Pennsylvania
Isabella Whitmire F 38 Pennsylvania
Robert J Whitmire M 12 Pennsylvania
Amanda Whitmire F 10 Pennsylvania
Anna M Whitmire F 8 Pennsylvania
Olive Whitmire F 5 Pennsylvania
Laura Whitmire F 0 Pennsylvania
In the late 1870's, he and his brothers were charter members of the Rider Lutheran Church.
1880: Oakland, Butler, Pennsylvania, United States
Jacob Whitmire Self M 48 Pennsylvania, United States
Amanda C Whitmire Daughter F 19 Pennsylvania, United States
Maggie Whitmire Daughter F 17 Pennsylvania, United States
Isabella Whitmire Daughter F 15 Pennsylvania, United States
Loretta Whitmire Daughter F 10 Pennsylvania, United States
Ida May Whitmire Daughter F 8 Pennsylvania, United States
Robert J Whitmire Son M 21 Pennsylvania, United States
Margeretha Whitmire Daughter F 6 Pennsylvania, United States
Isabella Whitmire Wife F 48 Pennsylvania, United States
Like many Butler residents, Jacob found oil on his lands and drilled. He was successful, and at one point apparently Jacob considered developing some civil infrastructure around his oil production. A Butler Citizen article (July 13, 1888 pg 2) "At the new Whitmire field, in old Greece City neighborhood, the wells down are holding out good, and new ones are going down. A town, or "city," is being laid out by the farmowner, Mr. Jacob Whitmire to be known as Whitmire City. The territory is promising and the wells are said to average about 50 barrels a day."
Jacob was also involved in a number of land transactions:
In Apr 1891, Jacob engaged in a property transaction with his daughter Anna Gould and her second husband, Perry. Anna was sold 69 acres in Concord for $2000, while Perry sold Jacob a lot in Butler for $1600.
In Feb 1892, Jacob engaged in a property transaction with John Rimer in which Rimer sold Jacob 115 acres in Rimmer for $625 dollars, and Jacob sold Rimer a lot in Butler for $1.
In Oct 1893, J C Bell sold property to Jacob Whitmire for $1300.
In Apr 1896, Jacob sold Matilda Coyle a lot in Butler for $1000.
In April of 1899, the Butler Citizen reports that Jacob moved to 224 Mifflin Street.
According to his OBIT, 17 April 1902, Jacob was "One of the best known men of the community. He was honest, upright and charitable. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and was always an active worker for its cause."
His will was executed by his son and son-in-law. As part of the execution, they sold a lot on Mercer street in Butler to Geo. E Robinson for $4025.
"United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXPH-H7M : accessed 25 Jul 2014), Jacob Whitmire, Oakland Tp, Butler, Pennsylvania, United States; citing "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," Fold3.com; p. 10, household ID 67, NARA microfilm publication M653; FHL microfilm 805087.
"United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZLB-RPW : accessed 25 Jul 2014), Jacob Whitmire, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 16, family 105, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000552815.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Jacob by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Jacob: