Hi, Beth, I guess we're cousins, too.My grandfather was Conrad Augustus Jacoby, son of Albert C., and grandson of Henry.My father was James Albert, born in Little Rock in 1912.The following is from my cousin Mary Ann who passed away a few years back.I don't know her sources except that she got most of it verbally from family.As usual, there are some questionable notions (Prussion nobility), but it's informative nonetheless.If you would like to correspond, feel free to email me.I have numerous items of family history, and photos that I can scan and email, too.
Authored by Mary Ann Chandler, grandaughter of Conrad A. Jacoby, and daughter of Edyth Jacoby Chandler.
Henry Jacobi, born ca 1815 in Prussia, came to this county in the 1840's. According to Aunt Lavada his name was Albert Henri Rudolph Nicholas Augustus Jacobi, and of German nobility. He was born in Stettin (probably). This is now Poland. He married Sarah Ann Jewell. The 1880 census says she was born in Pennsylvania about 1828. Her mother and father were born in Maryland.
They moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where Henry owned 40 acres in the area of 10th and High Street. It was called Jacobi Grove, which was a kind of park and beer garden. Later the grove was moved to the land that now holds the St. Vincent Infirmary.
Sarah Ann's father was supposed to have been a maker of fine footwear. Henry was also evidently a worker in leather. He once owned a book binding business.
Sarah Ann and Henry probably married about 1845 or later. She would have been 17 in 1845. They had four daughters and last of all Albert Jacobi. Rose and Lily were twins. Susanne died as a young woman. Clara was the other daughter.
Suzanne (Susanna) b. ca 1850 m. McDowell Clara b. 4 Dec. 1852 m. Bertsch Rosa b. 1855, m. Conrad Duttlinger Lily b. ca. 1855 m. Finne Albert b. 21 Nov 1857, m. 2 Sept 1876 (Alice Jane Jarbo (Logston)) d. 8 Feb. 1919
Clara was Aunt Pump. The twins were Aunt Tanny and Aunt Dolly.
Henry died ca. 1883, when Rudolph was six years old. He and his wife are buried in the Mount Holly Cemetery in downtown Little Rock.
Alice (Logston) Jarbo worked in the Jacobi Grove picking grapes and that's where she met Albert Jacobi. They were married when Grandma was only 15. Rudolph was born when she was sixteen. My Grandma (Elizabeth Garrett Jacoby) says she can remember when there was a Jacoby Grove in Little Rock.
Albert Jacoby died on 8 February 1919 of a ruptured appendix. He was buried in the old Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Little Rock. Alice Logston Jacoby died Nov. 28, 1940. The name was spelled Logsdon in the 1880 census. Alice used her mother's maiden name of Logston, instead of Jarbo.
The name is spelled both Jacobi and Jacoby, in records I've found. Half the family uses one spelling and half the other.