William James Jacobs Sr.
Mary Ann Hough
John Lawson Beach
Ann Greener
William James Jacobs Jr.
Sarah Elizabeth Beach
Nelda Beach Jacobs


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1. Truman Boyd Harmon

Nelda Beach Jacobs 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 12 Jun 1892, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Truman Boyd Harmon on 12 Mar 1908 in Jim Thorpe, Carbon, PA 1
  • Died: 30 Apr 1960, Wilmington, New Castle, DE at age 67 4
  • Buried: 3 May 1960, Tamaqua Twp.: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 4

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She has conflicting birth information of 12 Jun 1887 and Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 1 2

2. Census in 1900 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 2 Living at 37 W Oak Street in Shenandoah, William Jacobs, tailor, 37, born Jul 1862, was married for 17 years to wife Sarah E., 38, born May 1862. She had birthed 4 children, 3 alive in 1900. With them: Nelda, 12, Jun 1887; Harry B., 4, Feb 1896; and William K., 2, Dec 1897. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

3. Newspaper: Republican and Herald: Miss Nelda B. Jacobs, daughter of W. J. Jacobs, is taking a course in music and elocution at Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport, Pa., under instruction from Mary Trimble Stuart, directress., 16 Sep 1905, Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 6

4. Newspaper: Republican and Herald: Musical Honors for Miss Nelda Jacobs, 15 Jun 1906, Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 7 The Williamsport Sun of last Wednesday had the following to say, the Miss Jacobs referred to being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Jacobs, of West Oak street, Shenandoah:
"The junior piano recital at the seminary last evening proved to be one of the most delightful and interesting entertainments of the season. It was given in Bradley hall, beginning at 8 o'clock. Misses May Donahue and Nelda Jacobs rendered several excellent selections from teh best of the standard authors. They were assisted by Miss Marion Lucas, soprano."

5. Residence: on 12 Mar 1908 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 1

6. Census in 1910 in Williamsport, Lycoming, PA. 8 The 1910 census recorded renting a home at 512 Edwin Street: Bright N. Harman, barber shop, 50, living with wife Uzilla, 50. They had been married 30 years and she had birthed 3 children, 2 alive in 1900. Living with them: son Truman B., salesman grocery store, 24 and daughter-in-law Nelda B., 23. They were married for 2 years and had 1 child by 1900: Horrace, 4 months. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

7. Newspaper: Shamokin News-Dispatch: Nelda N Harmon of Shamokin Seeks Separation from Husband Who Deserted Her, 16 Jul 1929, Shamokin, Northumberland, PA. 9 ANOTHER ACTION IN DIVORCE FIELD
Nelda N Harmon of Shamokin Seeks Separation from Husband Who Deserted Her
Divorce business continues to occupy the attention of the Northumberland county court. Claiming desertion for the past ten years, Nelda N. Harman, of Shamokin brought action abaing Truman B. Harman, whose last address was Mahanoy City. They were married in Mauch Chunk in 1908. There are two children living with the mother.
The case was the third for divorce within a week. A decree in divorce was signed by the court in the case of Reno B. Bingaman versus Mildred H. Bingaman.

8. Newspaper: Mount Carmel Item: Divorce Notice, 6 Nov 1929, Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA. 10 DIVORCE NOTICE
Nelda B. Harmon vs. Truman B. Harmon. In the Court of Common Please of Northumberland County, No. 436 September Term, 1929, Subpoena in Divorce A. V. M. and Alias Subpoena in Divorce, to Truman B. Harmon, respondent to the above subpoena and alias subpoena in divorce.
You are hereby notified and required to be and appear before the Judges of our said Court on or before the 2nd day of December, 1929, to answer the above complaint, otherwise a decree in divorce is liable to be taken against you in your absence.
John W. Timmes, Sheriff.
Sheriff's Office, Sunbury, Pa.
October 21, 1929.

9. Census in 1940 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 11 The 1940 census recorded owning a home at 37 Oak Street: Harry Jacob, book store proprietor, 43, living with brother Larry Jacob, book store clerk, 35; sister Nelda Harman, widowed, 51; and niece Peggy Harmon, 21, single. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania and lived in the same house in 1935.

10. Residence: Living with her brother Lawrence when he died, at 6 B Thomas Drive in Monroe Park, an apartment complex in Wilmington, now called Greenville Place on 24 Jun 1958 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 12 [Editor's note: His residence in Monroe Park was an apartment complex in Wilmington, now called Greenville Place.]

11. Cause of Death: cerebral thrombosis, arteriosclerotic hypertensive carido-vascular disease, 30 Apr 1960, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 4

12. Occupation: retired musician, dance studio on 30 Apr 1960 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 4

13. Residence: Nelda was divorced when she died at Monroe Park Apts., 252-A Thomas Drive, Wilmington, DE on 30 Apr 1960 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 4

Nelda married Truman Boyd Harmon on 12 Mar 1908 in Jim Thorpe, Carbon, PA.1 The marriage ended in divorce. (Truman Boyd Harmon was born on 19 Nov 1885 in Montoursville, Lycoming, PA 1 13 14 15 and died in Aug 1968 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 15.)


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFSG-3VN Truman Boyd Harmon and Nelda Jacobs, 12 Mar 1908; citing Jim Thorpe, Carbon, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 1289275.

2 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Shenandoah Ward 3, Series: T623 Roll: 1484 Page: 202.

3 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), Nelda Beech Harmon, b. 12 Jun 1892, father William J. Jacobs, mother Sarah E. Beecher.

4 FamilySearch.org, Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KX3J-P8V Nelda Harmon , 30 Apr 1960; citing Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware.

5 Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA) (www.republicanherald.com), 5 Jun 1928, page 1. Obituary of W. J. Jacobs.

6 Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA) (www.republicanherald.com), 16 Sep 1905, page 4.

7 Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA) (www.republicanherald.com), 15 Jun 1906, page 1.

8 1910 United States Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Williamsport Ward 4, Lycoming, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1373; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0081; FHL microfilm: 1375386.

9 Shamokin News-Dispatch (Shamokin, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.), 16 Jul 1929, page 1. Divorce of Nedla N. Harman.

10 Mount Carmel Item (Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.), 6 Nov 1929, page 8.

11 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQNN-NYZ Harry Jacob, Ward 3, Shenandoah, Shenandoah Borough, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 54-151, sheet 5B, family 103.

12 The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware), 25 Jun 1958, page 41. Death of Lawrence C. Jacobs.

13 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6KP-XWC Truman Boyd Harman, 1917-1918; citing Schuylkill County no 5, Pennsylvania, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509.

14 FamilySearch.org, United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VQFP-QF4 Truman Boyd Harman, 1942; citing ARC identifier 563728, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C; FHL microfilm 2240376.

15 U.S. Social Security Death Index, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JB1C-3WT Truman Harman, Aug 1968; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

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