Mary Elizabeth Jacobs

Mary Elizabeth Jacobs
b. 6 January 1845, Dubois County, Indiana, to Elisha Peoples and Arena Carolyn (McCarty) Jacobs
d. 23 November 1923, Creek County, Oklahoma

m. 4 January 1866, Crawford County, Indiana
Anderson Ott
b. 10 September 1837, Washington County, Indiana
d. 26 August 1894, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas

Children with Anderson Ott:
• John W. (b. 1863)
• Willard E. (b. 1871)
• Leora E. (b. 1874)

Anderson Ott served in Company K, 38th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, 1862-63. His first wife was Sara Roberts (married 1857); they had two children, Mary and William. His second wife was Elizabeth Roberts (married 1865); they had no children. Mary Elizabeth Jacobs was his third wife. He took the family to Arkansas after 1874. In 1894 Anderson left Mary Elizabeth and his children, deserting them for nineteenyear- old Lizza Craig. When she had second thoughts about the relationship, Anderson killed Lizza, and then committed suicide. Eventually, Mary Elizabeth went to live with children in Oklahoma. She was able to obtain a widow’s pension for Anderson’s Civil War service.

Submitted by:
Nancy K. Kilbourn
Thousand Oaks CA
E-mail: dushavo@aol.com

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