Obituary Report(s) & Will Excerpt for Jacob Conrad Edelman


Jacob Conrad Edelman
Member of the House of Delegates of West Virginia, 19th and 27th Legislature. Listed Journal of the House of Delegates, 19th Legislature, 1889 and 27th Legislature 1905.

Photo of Jacob - Courtesy West Virginia State Archives
enlarged from House of Delegates Composite Photo
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*** Jacob's Will - 8/18/1918 ***





Boone County Court House,
Will Book 'D'
Pages 23-24


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*** Newspaper Obituary for Jacob Edelman ***

JACOB EDELMAN DIED AT THE AGE OF 84 YEARS. WAS ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN MEN IN BOONE COUNTY AND HAD RENOUNCED ALLEGIANCE TO GERMANY.

    J.C. EDELMAN, one of the best known men in Boone county died at his home in Peytona last week at the age of 84 years. He was well known among the elder inhabitants of Charleston and was a frequent visitor to the city up to about a year ago since which time his health failed gradually until his death. He suffered from complications incident to advanced age.
    Although a native of Germany, Mr. Edelman renounced his allegiance to the Government of the Fatherland early in life and his loyalty to the United States has never since she declared war on the country of his nativity, been questioned. He often expressed a wish in the days of his declining health, that he might be spared to see American arms triumph over Prussian militarism.
    JACOB CONRAD EDELMAN was born in Bavaria, May 8, 1835 and emigrated to the United States in 1847 when he was twelve years of age. He first settled in Maryland and after living there for two years he moved to North Carolina. Seven years later he came to West Virginia to make his home.
    Mr. Edelman was one of the most influential men in Boone County politics in his earlier life. He served two terms as the representative of that county in the House of Delegates in the nineties. Previous to that time he was Country Commissioner and held other offices of trust. He was a lifelong Democrat.
    Besides his wife, Mr. Edelman is survived by three sons, Jacob C. Edelman, Jr. of Winifrede, J.G. Edelman of Peytona and John Edelman of Cannelton. Three daughters, Mrs. Robert Smith of St. Albans, Mrs. W. J. Bolin of Montgomery and Mrs. Lewis Long of Peytona.

J.C. Edelman, Born May 8, 1835, Died May 17, 1918

From a photocopy in the Edelman Family Records
Source Unknown


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*** Second Newspaper Article about Jacob Edelman's Death ***

*** Although this article is similar to the 1st (above) it has additional detail about Jacob's Childhood ***

"Jacob Conrad Edleman, Born May 8, 1835 Died May 17, 1918

Jacob Edleman died at the Age of 84 Years. He Was One of the Best Known Men in Boone County and Had Renounced Allegiance to Germany

    J.C. Edleman, one of the best known men in Boone county died at his home in Peytona last week at the age of 84 years. He was well known among the elder inhabitants of Charleston and was a frequent visitor to the city up until a year ago since which time his health failed gradually until his death. He suffered from complications incident to advanced age.
    Although a native of Germany, Mr. Edleman renounced his allegiance to the fatherland early in life and his loyalty to the United States has never since she declared war on the country of his nativity, been questioned. He often expressed a wish in the days of his declining health, that he might be spared to see American arms triumph over Prussian militarism.
    Jacob Conrad Edelman was born in Bavaria, May 8, 1835, on the Rhine River in Germany. His family in Germany was of high nobility, which came about from the procurement of the tremendous fortune resulting from the manufacture of nails.
    He immigrated to the United States in 1847 when he was twelve years of age. He first settled in Maryland and after living     there for two years he moved to North Carolina. There he studied Engineering, which was to be of success in life. Seven years later he obtained employment on a steam boat coming to West Virginia. The boat docked at Peytona, West Virginia in approximately 1856. This is when he was to meet and marry Letha Snodgrass, born 1841, died 1923.
    Their first child was born in 1860, Jacob C., Jr. In 1861 while still working on the steamboat the war between the states broke out. This provided an opportunity to make more money by the grinding of grain for the Confederate soldiers. He was arrested by Union Soldiers in 1863 at the old mill chimney and put in jail in the little Red Church on the hill in Brownstown, now called Marmet, for three days. Jacob, not being a naturalized citizen, pleaded for foreign protection. He was quickly released but his body was covered with lice.
    He was happy here and became a United States Citizen. Mr. Edleman was one of the most influential men in Boone County politics in his earlier life. He served two terms as the representative of that county in the House of Delegates in the nineties. Previous to that time he was County Commissioner and held other offices of trust. He was a trustee of schools for several years, postmaster at the Peytona Post Office, and Land Agent. He was a lifelong Democrat.
    Besides his wife, Mr. Edleman was survived by three sons, Jacob C., Jr., Jordan G., John William. Three daughters, Mrs. Bertha Smith, Mrs. Virginia Bolin and Mrs. Carrie Long.
    Mr. Edelman died May 17, 1918 never knowing what happened to his brother or sisters that came to the United States with him or what happened to his parents left at home in Germany."

Source unknown. Provided By Rachal S. Koo, rskoo@aol.com, Charleston, West Virginia

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