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Full Name:

Jacob Spiker
  Known As: Jake  
  Date of Birth: February 8, 1881  
  Date of Death: December 24, 1956  
  Spouse: Lillie Missouri Gay Zinn  
  Father: Isaac Monroe Spiker  
  Mother: Catharine Davis Bradford  




February 8, 1881
Pennsboro, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA
  Marriage: at age 26 to Lillie Missouri Gay Zinn April 14, 1907
Bear Run, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA
  Occupation: Farmer  
  Death: December 24, 1956 at age 75 - cause of death "Carcinoma of Pancreas" 
Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA
  Burial: December 27, 1956
South Fork Cemetery, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA




 When Jake was born:


Top News Headlines

  • Feb 19 - Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
  • ​Feb. 24 - De Lesseps' Company begins work on the Panama Canal.

President - Rutherford B. Hayes
Vice President - William A. Wheeler


One of the Top Songs for 1881 -- "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"
Some of the Hot Toys / Games -- "Parcheesi"    "Snakes & Ladders"    "Cap Guns"


Average Costs throughout the US in 1881

  • Bread averaged $.02 p/loaf
  • Milk would run you about $0.16 p/gallon
  • The median home value was $4700
  • The average income was $485 p/year





The Paths Through our Garden

            Continue exploring our garden:

  The Spiker Family Tree -- See how deep our roots grow.
  Grow Healthy Trees -- The story behind our family's Medical Tree
  Heirloom Gardening - We're showing off some of our favorite family heirlooms.
  Planting the Seeds -- Getting the children involved in our family's history.
  Gardening Tools -- Just a few genealogy related tools and links we use to trace our lineage.