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NameJoseph Jacob
DenominationDissenter - Congregationalist
Livedb. ca. 1668-03-25 - d. 1722-06-26 (old)
Linked Manuscriptsmanuscript owner? - Sermons and Other Writings by Thomas Cole: MS I.h.27
Linked SermonsMr Jacobs Sermon for the Funeral of Mr Martin -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on 1 John 2:1 -- scribe? (autograph: no)Several Sermons preached by Mr Jacob 7th Oc[to]ber 1678 -- preacher (autograph: no)
Linked Reports
Source of DataJeanne Shami; Hannah Wood
Biographical Sources ConsultedODNB (Article: 14572); CL Catalogue MS I.h.27
Other NoteJoseph Jacob was born c.1667 to Quaker parents and apprenticed to a linen draper in London in his youth. A supporter of religious liberty, Jacob studied for the ministry under Robert Trail and soon gained a following. In 1697 he gave weekly lectures at the meeting-house of Thomas Gouge in Thames Street; however, the political nature of his sermons led to his censure and dismissal. He established a chapel in Parish Street, Southwark in 1698, where he maintained strict sumptuary, social, and marital rules for his congregation. Jacob’s harsh treatment of those who did not conform lessened his popularity, and he was forced to quit the meeting-house in 1702. He moved first to Turners’ Hall in Philpot Lane and later to Curriers’ Hall, Cripplegate from 1710-12, where he again alienated his congregations. He published “Catechism” and “The Covenant to be the Lord’s People under Joseph Jacob’s Pastoral Charge” in 1702, as well as several sermons he had delivered at Turners’ Hall. He died on 26 June 1722 and was buried in Bunhill Fields in the same plot as his wife Sarah and two of his daughters.
GEMMS record createdApril 21, 2016
GEMMS record last editedAugust 26, 2021