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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
 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


 Fun Facts, Interesting Tidbits & Puzzling Trivia

* Read Jake Spiker and Gay Zinn's Courting Letters






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.