Jacobs, Sarah (nee Gepp) Mrs

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Sarah Jacobs was born on May 24, 1861 in Willunga. She was the eldest daughter of Henry Gepp, a blacksmith in Willunga, and Emily Welchford. The family lived at 22 High Street Willunga, where Henry had his smithy, house and garden. Sarah and her family had to undergo some difficult times when her father’s assets were placed on assignment on 6 May 1870, to be followed by her father’s death in 1871. It may be that his financial trouble was caused by his lingering illness.

In May 1882, Sarah married Lilini (Linie) Inkerman Jacobs, an assistant storekeeper in Willunga. The wedding was held at the Bible Christian Manse, with Rev. T Piper conducting the service. In 1883, she gave birth to one child, Howard James Jacobs, who lived until 1956. Sarah did not live to see her son grow up. It may have been soon after or even before her marriage that Sarah contracted consumption (tuberculosis). Consumption was the scourge of the colony, although the death rate was thought to be lower than in England. Linie would have had to watch his young wife growing thin and enfeebled as she coughed her life away.

Sarah died on 5 May 1885. The following death notice was placed in the Adelaide newspapers: ”On the 5th May at Willunga, of con-sumption [sic], borne with Christian fortitude, ”Sarah, the beloved wife of Lilini Inkerman Jacobs, and eldest daughter of the ”late H. F. Gepp, of Willunga, aged 24 years, deeply regretted by a large circle ”of friends.” Sarah was buried in St Stephen’s Anglican cemetery. Her headstone is one of the most beautiful to be seen there, carved by John Junior Richards junior.


The Manning Index of South Australian History, State Library of South Australia, http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/manning/sa/health/consumpt.htm#consumption,

Genealogy SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/resources/online-databases.html

FlickrID=34453148741, 34422174612 [Headstone image, courtesy of Paddy O’Toole]

1870 ‘ASSIGNMENTS.’, Evening, 6 May, p. 3., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196730895

1882 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 22 May, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208259352

1885 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and, 8 May, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208347401

1920 ‘Obituaries.’, Observer, 27 March, p. 12., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165674205 [Obituary of Emily Thomas formerly Gepp, nee Welchford]

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