Sunday’s Obituary – Jacob Engle

Engle, Jacob - 1892-05-02Victim of the Grip Cuts His Throat

MILLERSBURG, O., May 2 – Jacob Engle, a farmer near Berlin, aged fifty years, committed suicide Saturday afternoon by going out to his barn and crawling under some hay, and there cutting his throat with a pocket knife. He had been dead some time when found. He had been suffering with the grip for some time, which unbalanced his mind. Deceased was a brother-in-law of Councilman S. N. Schwartz, of this place.

“Victim of the Grip Cuts His Throat,” Hamilton Daily Democrat (Hamilton, Ohio), 2 May 1892, p. 1, col. 2; digital image, Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 11 January 2014).


Not much is known about Jacob prior to his marriage to Savilla Schwartz on 26 March 1883, Holmes county, Ohio. He was born in Germany (or Ohio) in the late 1830s. Sources differ as to his exact age but it was likely close to 1839 or 1840. He appears to be the son of Jacob and Margaret Engle. Jacob Sr. named his children, Jacob and Caroline, in his 1890 will. Both Jacobs were recorded as stone masons on the 1880 census.

Engel, Jacob & Savilla Schwartz - Marriage, 1883

Holmes county marriage record (Image from Family Search)

Jacob and Savilla had four children: Edith, Louisa, Henrietta and Jacob Franklin. The youngest was born 3 weeks after Jacob took his own life.

Jacob is buried at Berlin Cemetery, Berlin, Holmes county, Ohio.

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4 thoughts on “Sunday’s Obituary – Jacob Engle

  1. davidmadison1942

    That is truly a horrendous story. What was going on his mind? To kill himself under hay….where he wouldn’t be found for some time. And am I reading that right…that he killed himself just weeks before his 4th child was born? It was much more than the grip that unbalanced his mind. Very sad.

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Jacob Engle was the first husband of my 2 great grandmother’s sister. The Schwartz family also emigrated from Switzerland about the same time as the Yegerlehners (1851-1852) and they both settled first in Holmes County, Ohio. They came from neighboring villages in Bern. Everyone I post about on the blog is related to either my paternal grandmother or grandfather. I am still debating whether or not to start a second blog dedicated to my maternal lines. 🙂


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