Robert S. Jacoby is numbered among the native sons of Xenia township, Greene county, for here his birth occurred on the 22nd of November, 1842. His parents were Mathew Cory and Phoebe A. (Jackson) Jacoby, the latter a daughter of General Robert Jackson, who died in Xenia. The father of our subject was born in Xenia township, and for many years was engaged in distiling and milling. He died when about thirty years of age and our subject is the only surviving member of the family of three children.
Robert S. Jacoby was educated in the township schools and worked upon the home farm until the Civil war began, when with patriotic spirit he offered his services to the government, enlisting in Company D, Seventy-fourth Ohio Vohinteer Infantry, with which he served until the close of the war, when he received an honorable discharge at Camp Dennison, being mustered out with the rank of sergeant. He was a participant in many of the great battles under the command of General Sherman and did not miss a single day's service in four years of warfare, taking part in all of the encounters in which his regiment was engaged. He was always found at his post of duty, whether on the picket line or in the firing line, and with a most creditable military record he returned to his home.
After the close of the war Mr. Jacoby located upon the old homestead farm in Xenia township and there engaged in the tilling of the soil for a number of years. He also purchased the gristmill which was erected by bis grandfather and has since operated it in connection with agricultural pursuits, being successfully engaged in the manufacture of flour and in the work of tilling the soil. He farms two hundred and fifty acres of good land and his place is regarded as one of the best in the locality. For some years after the war he was also engaged in the grocery business in Xenia and in the agricultural implement business.
In 1871 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Jacoby and Miss Mary C. Humphreys, who was born in Xenia township, Greene county, a daughter of Joseph Humphreys, who was also a native of this county and died at the age of eighty-seven years. Mr. and Mrs. Jacoby have a pleasant home on the old paternal homestead in Xenia township. He is a charter member of Yellow Springs Post, G. A. R., and retains pleasant relations with his old army comrades through this connection. In his political views he is a Republican, having firm faith in the principles of the party and strongly upholding its interests, yet never seeking office as a reward for party fealty. He is today as true to his duties of citizenship as when he followed the starry banner of the nation upon southern battlefields.
From History of Greene County, Ohio, by George F. Robinson (S. J. Clarke Publishing Co, 1902)