Surname Carmon, Jacobs and Port

of Blair County Pennsylvania Circa 1850


I have been searching the Internet for any living relatives of my maternal great grandparents, Howard Carmon and his wife Ada Jacobs Carmon, both born in Altoona, PA around 1850. They moved to Gainesville, Texas around 1880 and are buried just a few feet from the front gate of Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville.

Sometime after 1940, for reasons unknown to me, my family lost contact with our kinfolks in Altoona. So for several years in my family genealogy research I have been trying to re-establish that connection.  Below is a newspaper clipping my family saved from Altoona:

Stella May Jacobs Smith of Altoona, Pennsylvania

“Stella May Smith of 1126 Sixteenth Avenue, widow of James Lincoln Smith, former well known Altoona jeweler and hotel proprietor celebrated her 94th birthday on June 24th at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P.L. Sharbaugh where she has resided for the past 6 years. The anniversary was made more delightful with visits from nieces, nephews and friends, among them Mr. and Mrs. Horace Ream and Dick Richter of Harrisburg, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Saush and children of Wilmington, DE, and Miss Nellie Miller of Altoona. The Reams are former residents of Altoona. 

Mrs. Smith was born in Huntingdon, a daughter of Abram and Anna (Port) Jacobs, on February 22, 1878, married Mr. Smith who died in 1912. They came to Altoona and Mr. Smith was associated with his father in the firm Samuel Smith and Son, later locating for 14 years in Gainesville, Texas then returning to Altoona to operate the Carlton Hotel at 11th Avenue and Ninth Street. Mrs. Smith’s immediate family are comprised of a daughter, Mrs. Maude Curry of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, four grand children and a great grandson who is serving in the Army in Germany. There is also a brother, James P. Jacobs of St. Petersburg, Florida who is more than 80 years old.”  -publish date about 1972

On the Internet I found the following information on my great great-grandfather Abram A. Jacobs:

The Huntingdon Journal, Huntingdon, Pa., Friday, July 15, 1887 obit:   “Abram A. Jacobs.  After an illness extending over a period of six years our friend, Mr. Abram A. Jacobs, died at his residence, in Altoona, Saturday afternoon, 2nd inst., in the 67th year of his age.  Mr. Jacobs was a native of this county, and for a number of years conducted a boat-yard in this city, on the site now occupied by Henry & Co.'s coal and lumber wharf, doing a lucrative business until the main line was sold and passed out of the control of the State, but soon afterward he closed his yard and engaged in the hotel business, which he successfully conducted for a few years.  Seven years ago he removed with his family to Altoona and secured employment in the P.R.R. shops as a car builder, which he followed until the 1st of October, 1881, when he was stricken with paralysis, from which he never recovered sufficiently to enable him to resume work.  On the 29th ult. he was again stricken, the disease so affecting his throat that he was unable to take nourishment from that time until death relieved him of his suffering.  Mr. Jacobs was married in 1847 to Miss Anna C. Port, of this city, who survives him.  Three daughters and three sons are also living, viz: Mr. Howard L. Carmon, and Mrs. James L. (Stella May) Smith, of Gainesville, Texas; Mrs. Anna C. Richter, of Altoona; Mrs. Harry L. Jacobs, of Huntingdon, and Edw. S. and Jas. P. Jacobs, of Altoona, Pa.  He was a kind and indulgent husband and father, highly esteemed and respected by all who knew him. His remains were brought to this city on the morning of the 5th and laid to rest in the cemetery here.  Peace to his ashes.” 

1870 Huntingdon West Ward, Huntingdon County census

Abram A. Jacobs, 48 

Annie C. Jacobs, 40 

Stella M. Jacobs, 12 

Harry L. Jacobs, 10 

Annie S. Jacobs, 8 

Edward S. Jacobs, 5 

James Jacobs, 2 

My search continues for a contact with my kinfolks of Altoona and Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (Blair county). If you recognize any of the above names, I would love to hear from you.

Stanley "Butch" Bridges   PO Box 11   Ardmore, OK 73402

Phone 580-657-8616

Webpage created 12/27/08