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Biography of Eva Jacobs, 1879-1919

By Katie Pettine, student, Rosemont College

Eva Jacobs was born in August 1879 in Mount Pleasant, Westchester, New York to Leander Jacobs and Mary E. Taylor. Leander Jacobs was active in Republican politics and worked as a gardener. Eva Jacobs had four sisters named Cora, Alice, Viola, and Edna. In 1900 Eva lived at home with her parents but worked as a servant. All the sisters, including Eva, worked as dressmakers while living in North Tarrytown from 1904 to 1908. Eva never married, but her sister Cora married David Teagle in 1908. In 1910 Eva lived in Yonkers with Cora's family, but she appears to have spent her adult life largely in Westchester County, New York.

Jacobs served as a delegate to the Empire State Federation of Women's Clubs in 1913 and 1915. She was at the very least an acquaintance of Mrs. Addie Jackson, financial secretary of the Federation, who also resided in her town.

Jacobs died on March 22, 1919 and is buried alongside her mother in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Westchester County, New York.


1910 United States Federal Census, in, 2006.

New York, State Census, 1905, in, 2014.

U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, in, 2011.

New York, City Directory, 1904, in, 2011.

1910 United States Federal Census, in, 2006.

"Empire State Federation," New York Age (New York, New York), Jul. 20, 1916, accessed via

U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current, in, 2012.


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