Updated: 29 January 2023

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Jacob Merkel

Eusebius Merkel

My Great Grandfather

Born: 27 July 1848 Iffezheim, Germany Died: 30 Dec.1916 Rochester, NY

Wife: Elizabeth Ruff 21 March 1852 - 3 June 1949 Married: 15 Nov. 1870 Rochester, NY

Here is a link to Jacob Merkel

The Merkel line finally makes it to Rochester.

My Great Grandfather was my ancestor who left Germany and came to America  In 1867, apparently via the Atlantic harbor Le Harve, Jacob emigrated to America and eventually Rochester, NY 

For information on Jacob's wife, visit the The Ruff Page - Information on the Ruf Family including Elizabeth and her father Balthasar


Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, of Rochester, NY. Section 3 South, lot 47. There are 3 small stones in a row with just names and years: Jacob. Eliz. & Lillian. The stones are identical and of a rather unusual design. Directly behind Lillian's in the next row was another of the same design, Marian Lotze 1920 1921. Marian Lotze is the daughter of Anna Mary Merkel & Carl Henry Lotze.


Became a citizen of the US on 17 Sept. 1875 in Rochester, NY.
SOURCE: Petitions film roll: 0982830. Witnesses were John G. Schmidt and Balthasar Ruff.

In 1875 Jacob worked for John G. Schmidt and Sons, manufacturers of faucets. 

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