Jacob Winchell, son of Peter Winchell & Sarah Hollister, was born on 28 Nov 1797 in Marbletown (now Olive), Ulster County, New York.
August 30, 1816 "Jacob Winchel Jun came forward and gave in his experience of the work of the Lord by his **** upon his heart - and was received and was bid welcome to the ordinance of Baptism"
He married Sarah Ann Van Velsen, daughter of Jonathan Van Velsen & Elizabeth Lockwood on 24 Jul 1819 in Marbletown, Ulster County, New York. The marriage was performed by the father of the bride, Elder Van Velsen.
"Tradition has it that these two young men [Lemuel P. & Jacob], whose father, Peter Winchell, owned a mill and large tract of land near Browns Station, used to journey up the mountain every day, returning home at night after a day of Herculean labor at felling trees and building stone walls." 
Appointed Church Clerk (1825)
July 31, 1825
"The Church does agree that Brother Jacob Winchel Jun shall be their Clerk to serve them in that office"
Appointed Deacon (1839)
"Read the records of the last meeting at the fourth section and the Chh took up the matter and made choice of Brethern - namely Canrod J. Elmendorph and Jacob Winchel Jun to serve them in the office of Deacons"
Ordination Announcement (1853)
"January 15, 1853
Ordination.- On Wednesday the 12th instant, Brother Jacob Winchel, was set apart to the work of the gospel ministry, by ordination, according to the usual practice of the churches of our order. The sermon was preached by Elder Gilbert Beebe, from 1 Tim. iv. 6, 7. Ordaining prayer by Elder Isaac Hewitt, charge by Elder Daniel Morrison, and the assembly dismissed by the candidate.
We have not been furnished with a copy of the proceedings of the presbytery by the Clerk, we cannot therefore give all the particulars of the examination &c. We are however prepared to say that the church and the council were unanimous in their conviction that God had called our brother to, and qualified him for the important work, unto which he was set apart.
Brother Winchel, takes the pastoral care of the Olive and Hurley Church, in Ulster County, of this State, of which church he has been a member for about thirty years. He is about 53 years old, and we hope the Lord will make him a blessing to his dear people among whom he is called to labor.
It is truly encouraging to the few time worn laborers who remain upon the wails of Zion, to witness the goodness of God in making good to us the promise that he will not leave himself witnesses. We doubt not his ability to call into the work just as many as he pleases, and to qualify them for the work."
July 19,1857 Phebe Satterly (sister of Sarah M. Lockwood)
May 31, 1863 Barnett Bishop at the Tongore M.E. Church
Meeting House Opening (1856)
Brother Beebe:- Please give notice that there will be a two day's meeting held with the Baptist Church of Olive and Hurley, at the new Meeting House, (which will then be opened for public worship,) on Wednesday and Thursday,
the 19th and 20th days of November, 1856. We invite our brethren and sisters generally,
and our ministering brethren particularly, to attend with us.
JACOB WINCHEL, Jun., Pastor.
Olive, Ulster Co., N.Y. October 6, 1856.
Letter of Church Activities (1857)
"Olive, N.Y. May 5, 1857.
Brother Beebe:—We have, in the midst of our troubles, had some seasons of joy and gladness. At our last church meeting, two came forward and gave the church a relation of the work of grace on their hearts, and were received as candidates for baptism, and on the Sunday following, another, also, came forward and was received, and I preached and baptized the three in the presence of a large assembly of people. There seemed to be a great degree of solemnity manifested by the people, as if the Lord was truly there. What God is about to do know not, but I do believe the Lord will gather in all his chosen family without the aid of the modern effort systems, or what are called benevolent institutions of the working class of the professing world. The Lord knoweth them that are his, and them he has predestinated to be conformed to the image of his Son. He will accomplish what he has predestinated in due time.
The family of God is a tried and afflicted people, and the child of God often feels as though he had no friend or helper near, all is gone, and darkness seems to becloud his mind, so dark that he can truly say that he can feel it. He cries, " Wo is me that I sojourn in Mesech,” or in darkness,
and he bisgins to fear that he will
never, see the light again. And still to increase
his distress, Satan tempts him to
doubt that he has been bom again; for,
says the cruel tempter, if you had, you
would not have such dark seasons, nor
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blow, the waves roll, and the billowa rise
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(WORK IN PROGRESS)
Letter of Church Activities (1859)
"Brother Jacob Winchell, of Olive, N.Y., writes under date of January 6:
"I have just returned from the yearly meeting in Roxbury. We had a good meeting, and could say truly the Lord was there, and we were made to drink of the streams, of the river which makes glad the city of God. And we have had some good meetings here, and a good attendance, and some indications of being revived again. One came forward at out last church meeting, and gave us a relation of the work of grace which God had wrought in his heart, to the full satisfaction of the church. And I think we have good reason to believe that there are a number more who are like kids, around the shepherds' tents. Please drop Deacon Asa Elston a line, to appoint a meeting for me at Mt. Salem, Sussex Co., N.J., on the second and third Sundays in Febraury next.
We have sent the word, and the meetings are appointed.-Ed."
Letter about Church Meetings and Trip to Michigan (1862)
Olive, N.Y., Oct. 2, 1862.
"Brother Beebe: - I can say, The Lord is good, and his mercy endureth
forever! O! that men would praise the Lord, for his wonderful works to the
children of men! We, as a church, have been in much trouble and great
perplexity for the last six months, for which I have covered my head with
sack-cloth, and great mourning, for the ways of Zion seemed to mourn, and
but a few came to our solemn feasts. But on about the 20th of August last,
the Lord seemed to return, and, on August 24th, I baptized one. Then our
Association was held with us, on the 3rd and 4th of September, which was
attended with a blessing from heaven; and the heavens dropped down rain,
and the plants, which God had planted, were revived. Our last church
meeting was one of the best meetings I ever attended. Five willing souls
came forward and related their experience, and on Sunday another one
meeting was one of the best meetings I ever attended. Five willing souls
came forward and related their experience, and on Sunday another one
came forward, and, after preaching two discourses, I baptized the six, in the
waters near brother Everys. Dear Brother Beebe, I would like to write more,
but my time will not permit, as I am called on to preach a discourse on the
death of Mr. William Lockwood. I expect to visit Michigan next week, if the
Lord will, after which, you may here from me again.
Explanation of Thomas Swartout Ordination (1862)
"Olive, N.Y. Oct. 29, 1862.
Brother Beebe:- Please publish the ordination of brother Thos. Swartout. As some fears have been expressed that the proceedings were not consistent with the order of the gospel of Christ, I will give a statement of the proceedings in the case:
First—Brother Freman Swartout came to our Olive and Hurley church, stating that
it was the wish of the church of Columbia, Michigan, that we should send our pastor,
Eld. J . Winchel, to assist them in ordaining to the gospel ministry, brother Thos.
Swartout. The church responded to the request, by sending me, to them for that purpose.
On my arrival at the place, I found I was alone, and no preparation had been made for the work. I told the brethren that a special meeting should be held to consider the matter. This suggestion was agreed to, and a meeting was held on Saturday, the 18th day of October, at one o’clock, p.m., when, after considerable deliberation, it was agreed by the church to proceed with the Ordination, if it could be done in order.
Then chose a committee to sit with me in council on the 19th day of October, at ten o’clock, a.m., namely: William Carpenter, Joseph Brooks, William I. DeBoice, and William Swartout.
The council met according to appointment.
Received and read the following letter from the Olive and Hurley church, namely:
“Dear brethren—This is to inform you that brother Thomas Swartout, from your church, was with us sometime during last fall land winter, and we had several opportunities of hearing him speak of things
pertaining, or belonging to the Zion of God, and of the way and plan of salvation as taught or revealed to every heaven born subject in Zion by the will of God, being one with Christ, according to the
covenant of grace, and the of the Father to the Son, our blessed Lord and Savior, before the world began that they should be holy, and without blame before him in love, which love Is everlasting,
without beginning or end, just like its Author, the Father of all mercies, who will not leave himself without witnesses, as saith the Lord. Dear brethren, the opportunities we had of hearing brother
Swartout speak in public, and likewise in conversation, we have good reason to believe that he is one of the excellent ones of the earth, and that the root of the matter is in him, and that the Lord has
a work for him to do, to feed his sheep and lambs. Our meetings with him were edifying, and we believe the gift the Lord has bestowed on him ought to be encouraged by every every lawful means, so that he
may be useful to the Zion of God: for we think he has a gift that can not be smothered, or hidden: but the Lord will accomplish his designs with all his people: and may we all be reconciled to his will with us, and all will be well. Farewell.
Done by order of the Church.
Levi Terwilliger, Clerk"
After which, we proceeded to hear a relation of his christian experience, his call to the work of the ministry, which was fully satisfactory. Then the candidate was questioned as to his views of gospel doctrine, order, &c., all of which he answered satisfactorily. Whereupon we agreed to proceed with the Ordination. After a shortt recess, a discourse was preached by Eld. J . Winchel from I Tim. iv. 16: "Take heed to thyself," &c.
Prayer was then made with the laying on of hands: also a charge given to preach the word: and the right hand of fellowship was then given to him, that he
should go into all the world and preach the gospel to all. After which, the church came to communion, then sung a hymn, and went out.
[Attest:] Jacob Winchell
With the brethern of the Council."
Last Published Letter/Sermon (1867)
"Olive, Ulster County, N.Y., March 19, 1867.
Brother Beebe: - For nine weeks I have been confined to the house; but, through the mercy of our Covenant God, I hope soon to be around again. My health has improved a good deal, and is still improving. While I have been confined to the house my mind has been dwelling on many things, some of which I will write for the "Signs, " if you approve of them. I have been contemplating the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who ever liveth to make Intercession for us. To intercede is to plead for another, or others. This is an important part of the work of Christ for his people; as saith the prophet, "And he bear the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. The being to whom intercession is made, is none other than God the Father. As it is written, "Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." Christ has said to his Father , "Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory." The persons for whom his intercession is made, do not include all the human family, for says our glorious Intercessor, "I pray not for the world." If his intercession be not limited to them that the Father has given him, then it cannot be in all cases effectual according to his saying, "Thou always hearest me." But it is limited to that people for whom he ever liveth to make intercession. By reference to the priest-hood under the law, that their intercession was founded in the satisfaction made by the sacrifice which had been offered for the sins of the people. The sacrifice must be without blemish, and so in itself considered, not deserving death. A transfer was made of the sins of the people for whom the sacrifice was offered to the victim which was then to be considered as the transgressor, and as such, deserving the punishment, and so put to death; then for the persons for whom the offering was made, the blood was carried within the vail by the high priest and there presented with his intercession as having a righteous claim for the acquittal of the offender.
Thus Christ as a sacrifice was holy, compared to a lamb without spot, and the sins of all his people, were laid on him; as it is written, "He hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin." He then suffered as the offender, for, "It pleased the Lord to bruise him." Again, the Father said, "Awake, O sword, against my Shepherd." Now when we consider the infinite value of the sacrifice, not only on the ground of its purity, but also on account of its union with the divine nature, which in the great transaction stood as the altar on which the offering was made, and so sanctifying the gift. Hence the apostle says that he, through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God. Here then we have a sacrifice which not only shows the heinous nature of sin, and tremendous curse of the law against sin; but also an atonement equivalent to the full demands of divine justice. "In due time Christ died for the ungodly." "Now, being freely justified by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." He having now obtained for us eternal redemption, and thereby became the Author of Eternal Salvation: which opened the way for him to rise from the dead. Sin being now put away by the sacrifice of himself; death could no longer hold him. And rising from the dead, he ascended into heaven itself, to appear in the presence of God for us. The apostle says, "This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, forever sat down on the right hand of God. We now see him a priest upon his throne having an unchangeable priesthood; wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost who come unto God by him, seeing that he ever lives to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who needeth not daily, as those high priests under the law to offer up sacrifice; for this he did once when he offered himself. Now we see the way opened from earth to heaven; and here is a people saved by the Lord; not by any means or efforts of their own; for it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. This atonement is definite and personed, embracing those to whom the promise was made. These were all by nature children of wrath even as others. Yet they had the promise of Eternal life, and this in Christ, and the promise that Christ should be manifested the fullness of time. So at the appointed time God sends forth the spirit of his Son into their hearts, and by that spirit they are quickened, and delivers them from death; and from the power of Satan unto God. When convinced of our lost and ruined condition as transgressors of the holy law of God; he manifests himself to us according to his promise. "I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins I will remember no more." Here we receive the evidence of pardon through him, in whom we have redemption though his blood, the forgiveness of sins, and here we are made to joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. All this comes to us in consequence of his intercession. "The Lords portion is his people, Jacob is the lot of his inheritance." To them the assurance is given. "O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me." "I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgressions, and as a cloud thy sins." "Return unto me, for I have redeemed thee." "Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it." Here is a people who have the promises in the covenant which was made in Christ, and came to us in a way of grace, without money and without price. Our great intercessor says: "I will give unto him that is athirst, of the fountain of the water of life freely." His Intercession before the throne shall not cease until all the vessels of his mercy are brought in; for it is written, he ever liveth to make intercession for them, and his intercession is always effectual; although the child of God sometimes greatly fears the Lord has forsaken him, or that he is deceived, and his doubts prevail because of the darkness of his mind; and the world and Satan together with his own corrupt nature beset him on every side, and he begins to sink under the weight of sorrow, and grief, and he concludes, as the disciples one did, that he must perish. But the Savior is always near at hand in every time of their distress; as when he said to them, "Why are ye fearful! O ye of little faith!" Here he shows the power of his intercession, for he rebuked the winds, and there was a great calm. Just before they were so much cast down; but not destroyed, because their Savior still lives to make intercession for them. Sometimes we look on things according to their outward appearance, and want to find Christ in our flesh, and because we find so much of the workings of Satan there, we say, Surely we cannot be what we have professed to be, forgetting that it is said, "No temptation has taken you but such as are common to man; but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able." Here again his intercession prevails: as in the case of Peter, when the Savior said, Satan has desired to have thee." But the kind Intercessor says, "I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail thee not."
Now, dear brethren, in conclusion, "Seeing therefore we have such a great High Priest, who is touched with the feelings of our infirmities;" he having been tempted in all points as we are, and yet without sin: let us at all times come boldly to the throne of grace to help in time of need. And may we realize that our all-prevailing Intercessor, gives assurance not only that all of his covenant people shall be with him; but also that whatsoever they shall ask in his name, even while here in this world, shall be granted them. Having the witness within us that we are his children, may we consider it our greatest privilege to trust in him, and wait patiently, live holy; for he says, "Be ye holy; for I am holy." Fight the good fight, valiantly, Rejoice constantly, and repose eventually in the bosom of eternal love, where the rage of earth and hell shall be felt no more. He will intercede until he has presented the entire family to himself without spot or blemish, in immortal glory, dressed in white robes, clean and white, which is the righteousness of Christ, and with palms of victory in our hands, join with all the glorified church in crying, "Salvation to our God, and to the Lamb forever, Amen."
Your friend and brother,
Death & Burial
Last Will and Testament
(February 12, 1867)
"I, Jacob Winchell Jun. of the town of Olive in County of Ulster and State of New York of the age of sixty-nine years, and being of sound mind and memory (Almighty-God be blessed for the same) do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say:
First, I give and bequeath to my son Azarias Winchell the sum of five hundred dollars: my son William M. Winchell the sum of five dollars: to my daughter Mary Ann Cudney the sum of one hundred dollars: to my daughter Sarah Brown the sum of one hundred dollars: to my daughter Rebecca Elizabeth Perry the sum of one hundred dollars: to my daughter Charlotte Markle the sum of one hundred dollars: to my daughter Delilah Bush the sum of 100 dollars: and to my daughter Phebe Everitt the sum of one hundred dollars: which several legacies or sums of money I direct and order to be paid to the said respective legatees within five years after my decease.
Second, I give and devise to my son Jonathan Van Winchell, his heirs and assigns, all that part of a certain field or parcel of land situate in the town of Olive aforesaid immediately in front of his dwelling house, and adjoining the road that leads to the same, being that part of said field that would lie northwest of a line drawn the course of a stone wall that butts against said field on the northeast-side the said northwest part of said field or parcel of land hereby intended to be devised contains about two acres and a half of land.
Third, I give and devise unto Sarah Ann Winchell my wife during her lifetime or during the time she remains unmarried and after her death or marriage unto my son Isaac H. Winchell his heirs and assigns forever all that certain farm of parcel of land situate in the town of Olive aforesaid (being the same on which I now reside) and is bounded on the southeast by the lands of Lemuel P. Winchell, on the southwest by lands of John Cudney, Jr. on the northwest by lands of the said John Cudney, Jr. and Jonathan Van Winchell and on the northeast by lands of the said Jonathan V. Winchell containing about one hundred and five acres (reserving about two and a half acres heretofore devised to my son Jonathan Van Winchell in the second item of this will) together with all the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining. To have and to hold the premises above described to the said Sarah Ann Winchell, my wife, during her natural life or while she remains my widow and after her death or marriage to my said son Isaac H. Winchell, his heirs and assigns, forever.
Forth, I give and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my goods, personal estate, and goods and chattels of what nature or kind soever to my said wife and after her death to my said son Isaac H. Winchell.
And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons Jonathan Van Winchell and Isaac H. Winchell to be the executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twelfth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven.
Jacob Winchell Jun.
The above instrument consisting of one sheet, was at the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared, by the said Jacob Winchell Jr. as and for his last will and testament, in presence of us, who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Levi H. Terwilliger residing at the Town of Hurley in Ulster County.
Alvah Bogart residing at Olive in Ulster County."
Obituary from the Signs of the Times (1867)
"Elder Jacob Winchel, of Olive, Ulster County, N.Y., has finished his mortal pilgrimage, and gone from his labors and suffering to his immortal inheritance above. We were informed by telegraph of his death, which occurred about the 10th, ult. Of the particulars of his sickness and state of his mind in his last hours, we hope to be able to publish more definitely in our next number."
"In our last issue we announced the death of our dear brother and fellow laborer in the gospel ministry, and gave encouragement that we would give a more full account of his departure in the present number. We have received a letter from our bereaved sister Sallie Ann Winchel, his widow, informing us that his disease was dropsy in his chest, of which he had been afflicted more or less for the past two years, but he has been able to attend his regular appointments with the church, and some appointments away from home, until last winter. He attended the Yearly Meeting in Roxbury, in January last, since which he has been able to preach but twice. In his last days his mind was as strong in the doctrine of salvation by grace alone as it had ever been. Immediately preceding his death, from Sunday until the Wednesday on which he fell asleep, he preached almost incessantly to friends, brethren and sisters that called to see him. About two hours before his last breath, he said to those standing around him, "Contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. - Live in peace and union. - Farewell, brethren.
While life and breath remains,
I'll pray for Zion still."
He had professed to have a hope in Christ fifty-one years, on the fourth day of August, 1867, and united with the church in October following. He served as clerk of the church a number of years, and afterwards as deacon. Sixteen years ago he was ordained of the church, which station he filled until called away by death.
His funeral was attended by a large assembly, and an appropriate discourse was preached on the occasion by Eld. Isaac Hewitt, from 2 Tim. iv. 7,8, "I have fought a good fight," &c. His age was 69 years and seven months.
We became personally acquainted with brother Winchel almost fifty years ago; we were both in our youth; he was a son of Deacon Peter Winchel, and his wife who survives him, was the eldest daughter of Elder Jonathan Van Velsen, who died in the city of New York, (where he was pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church) about forty years ago.
In a long and familiar acquaintance of nearly half a century; nothing has ever occurred to mar the fellowship and christian love which was enjoyed by us mutually from our earliest acquaintance. Brother Winchel was sound in the faith and an uncompromising advocate of truth and good order. His walk and deportment were exemplary. He was remarkable for his humility and unpretended meekness. He was our senior only by about three years. May God support the bereaved widow and numerous children, grand-children, brothers, sisters, and the church, all of whom mingle their tears and sorrow in this bereavement."
Winchell, Jacob. Signs of the Times (Vol. XXX. No.20.) 1 nov 1856
Beebe, Gilbert. Signs of the Times January 15, 1853
Winchell, Jacob. Signs of the Times (Vol. XXX. No.20.) 15 Oct 1862
Winchell, Jacob. Signs of the Times (Vol. XXXV. No.8.) 19 March 1867.
Beebe, Gilbert. "Obituary of Jacob Winchell." Signs of the Times (Vol. XXXV. No.15.) 1 Aug. 1867.
Beebe, Gilbert. "Obituary of Jacob Winchell." Signs of the Times (Vol. XXXV. No.16.) 15 Aug. 1867.
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: