Jacob Rupley Eby

Male 1816 - 1883  (66 years)


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  • Name Jacob Rupley Eby 
    Born 18 Nov 1816  Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Feb 1883  Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8177749706  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2014 

    Father Ephraim C Eby,   b. 1783, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Mar 1838, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Susannah Rupley,   b. 1784,   d. 5 May 1844, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Family ID F6917130180  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Gross,   b. 1823, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1843 
    Children 
     1. Maurice Charles Eby,   b. May 1846, Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Apr 1914, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     2. William Howard Eby,   b. 1848, Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1906  (Age 58 years)
     3. Fanny May Eby,   b. 25 Jun 1856, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1945, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F7465161009  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Nov 1816 - Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Feb 1883 - Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 1850 Census Harrisburg North Ward, Dauphin, Pennsylvania
      1860 Census Harrisburg Ward 2, Dauphin, Pennsylvania
      1880 Census Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania
    • The Eby History News
      April 2003
      Issue 18

      For a half century, the name Fanny May Eby was linked with cultural and charitable pursuit in Harrisburg.

      The only daughter and youngest child of prominent businessman Jacob Rupley Eby and sister of Harrisburg mayor Maurice Charles Eby, Fanny was well known for her individual philanthropic work and her manifold activities in the church, civic and music fields and on behalf of the underprivileged, The Evening News noted.

      While she moved in elite circles with the other daughters and wives of Harrisburg's privileged families, she reserved a special place in her heart for needy children and animals.

      Her brother was of similar disposition and he often dug into his own pocket to pay the fines of the defendants who came before him when he was an alderman.
      Maurice Eby was the first officer in the city for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. During his mayoral term (1893-1896), he rigidly enforced laws protecting animals from cruel treatment.
      One of the charming anecdotes about Fanny concerned a pet dog that was picked up by a dog catcher because it was running loose in the city. The dog was condemned to die, but Fanny joined a contingent of lads who pleaded with Mayor Eby to save the dog's life. Thanks probably to Fanny's intervention, Mayor Eby spared the pooch. ?The boys afterward serenaded Miss Eby and unofficially titled her ?The Sunshine Lady, ?according to The Evening News.

      Maurice, Fanny and their brother, William Howard Eby, were members of an old Pennsylvania Family. Their grandfather, Ephraim C Eby, was born in Lancaster County, in 1783, and their parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Gross Eby, came to Harrisburg in 1847 from Middletown where Jacob acquired a lumber business.

      Jacob acquired the John H Brant general store at 500-02 Market St, Harrisburg, described as one of the best sites in the city by Dr. William Henry Egle in his 1883 ?History of the Counties of Dauphin and Lebanon.

      Jacob was a miller, carpenter, merchant and banker. The family lived in an apartment at the store property. Later the family moved to a 160 acre farm between Peffer and Woodbine Streets and the Susquanna River and the railroad tracks in uptown Harrisburg.

      Fanny attended Miss Woodward's school at the southwest corner of North Second and Locust Streets. She later went to boarding school on Philadelphia where she majored in music and French. After Maurice Eby completed his education at Lafayette College, he spent three years touring Europe and studying at Heidelberg University in Germany. When he returned home, he joined his father in the grocery business. William (1848-1906) attended Princeton University, where he was a varsity baseball pitcher.

      The family farm was converted to residential development, and Maurice built his home, which he shared with Fanny, at North Third and Maclay Streets, then the northern boundary of the city's limits. Cottage Ridge, as he called it, was described as ?a replica of a villa in Versailles, France.

      The mansion at 2030 N. Third Street later came into the possession of the Bowman family, and for a number of years it was the James K Bowman House of Fashion.

      Jacob Eby, born 1817, died in 1883, and in his memory, Fanny and Maurice erected a stone drinking fountain in front of their home. The fountain had basins for horses and dogs and a faucet for pedestrians.

      Many farmers traveling to city markets watered their animals and refreshed themselves at the fountain.

      A Charter member of The Wednesday Club of Harrisburg, Fanny, a mezzo-soprano, performed a duet with Helen Espry at the club's first regular meeting/musical on May 17, 1882, in the home of Mira Lloyd Dock at 1427 N. Front St., according to the 1981 book, ?Hi-Notes: A Century of music with the Wednesday Club of Harrisburg, Pa. written by Marcella Thorp Emerick.

      The Eby family long held a special consideration for the poor. When Jacob operated the store at Fifth and Market Streets, he had Christmas and Easter baskets sent to needy families. Mayor Eby originated the plan of caring for the intoxicated people in the basement of the city police station.

      He was ever willing to give a man a chance and instituted the police quick-charity fund to help family in emergencies, The Patriot said.

      Mayor Eby, born in May 1846, died April 4, 1914. He was 67. Fanny then moved to a house at 1001 N. Front St. She died Feb. 22, 1945. She would have been 89 on June 25, 1945. Neither she nor Mayor Eby had married.

    • EBY, Jacob Rupley, the son of Ephraim C. Eby (1783-1838) and Susanna Rupley (1784-1844), was born November 18, 1816, at Columbia, Lancaster County, Pa. His father, born near Lancaster, was a miller by occupation, and belonged to the Mennonites,"never went to law and never voted." He had seven children. Ephraim C. Eby died at Middletown, owning at the time the mill at Highspire. Jacob R. was brought up to the business of his father until the age of fifteen, in the meantime enjoying the advantages of the education afforded by the pay-schools of that day. He learned the trade of a carpenter. After serving his apprenticeship he took a trip South, working at his trade, returning, however, at the end of ten months, when he entered mercantile life. While thus engaged, Messrs. Cameron, Lauman & Clark, who were building the improvements at Wrightsville, known as the Tide-water canal and Columbia dam, offered him a position which he accepted. This gave him an insight into the building of public works, when his industry, integrity and capacity attracted the favorable notice of a prominent lumber merchant of Middletown, who gave him an interest in his business simply on account of his superior qualifications and without requiring the investment of capital. He retained this valuable position for six years, when he disposed of his interest to advantage, and with his brother E. C. Eby purchased the stock and good-will of the grocery and forwarding business of John H. Brant, on one of the best sites in that city. The business subsequently was conducted by himself and sons. A fixed, indestructible purpose, a determination to excel, were the active agencies which led to his prosperous career. He was eminently the architect of his own fortune?a self-made man. Mr. Eby was largely interested in many of the industrial establishments of the city, being a stockholder and director of the Harrisburg car and machine and foundry works. He was president for several years of the First National Bank and likewise of the State Agricultural Society. He was warmly devoted to the interest of the young, and among them was a particular favorite for his pleasing manners and kindness of heart. For thirty years he had been connected with the First Lutheran Sunday-school, either as teacher or superintendent, at the time of his death being in charge of the third department. During all those years his walk in life was eminently consistent. He was at the time of his death a prison inspector, which position he held for many years. He died February 11, 1883, at Harrisburg, in his sixty-seventh year. Mr. Eby was married in 1843 to Elizabeth Gross, who survived him. They had three children, Maurice, William Howard, and Fannie.



      Historical Review of Dauphin County

      Transcribed by Becky Tuszynski becky@voicenet.com for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project


    • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 about Jacob Rupley Eby
      Name: Jacob Rupley Eby
      SAR Membership: 67625
      Birth Date: 18 Nov 1816
      Death Date: 11 Feb 1883
      Spouse: Elizabeth Gross
      Children: William Howard Eby


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