Finding aid of the Jacob Ezekiel Papers C058844

Finding aid prepared by Michael Lange
Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
(415) 959-1849

Title: Ezekiel, Jacob Papers
Identifier/Call Number: C058844
Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
Language of Material: English
Container: B001392
Container: C058844
Physical Description: 1.0 folder (3 items)
Date (inclusive): 1846-1860
Abstract: Contains 2 undated newspaper clippings concerning Jacob Ezekiel, his part in the Nuttman Libel case and a fire in which 2 children were burned to death, and one commission certificate certifying that he has been elected first lieutenant of Company J of the Andrew Jackson regiment of the Militia of Louisiana in 1846.
creator: Ezekiel, Jacob L., d. 1860

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions on access.

Preferred Citation note

Jacob Ezekiel Papers. The Society of California Pioneers.


Gift of Miss L.R. Ezekiel, March of 1934

Biographical/Historical note

Jacob Ezekiel was a prominent member of the San Francisco Fire Department, and eventually became the Secretary. He was involved in a lawsuit against James E. Nuttman where the latter was accused of libelling the former. In 1846 he served in as Lieutenant of Company J in the Andrew Jackson militia regiment in Louisiana. He was married to Rebecca Ezekiel. He died on 10/17/1860 and was buried on 10/18/1860 in "the jewish cemetery, near the Mission" (Daily Alta california, 10/19/1860).

Existence and Location of Originals note

The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107.

Scope and Contents note

The Jacob Ezekiel papers include his certificate declaring him a First Lieutenant of Company J of the Andrew Jackson Regiment of the Militia of Louisiana, dated 05/13/1846 and signed by the Governor of Louisiana, Isaac Johnson. The certificate also has notations that he received his uniform and is signed by E. Kirby. Also included are 2 undated newspaper clippings, one relating to a fire on Milton Place, between Pine and Bush in San Francisco. Jacob Ezekiel was the Secretary of the Fire Department of San Francisco and responded to the fire along with Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, and was unsuccessful in his attempt to save 2 small children, Sarah Jane Murray and William Henry Murray, from the house fire. The article details the fire and the subsequent coroner's inquest. The second article is regarding a libel case brought against Mr. James E. Nuttman by Jacob Ezekiel. The article outlines the holding of Mr. Nuttman on a charge of libelling Mr. Ezekiel, relating to San Francisco Fire Department business. It is probable that this article dates to around 12/23/1857, when a similar story ran in the Sacramento Daily Union.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Johnson, Isaac, 1803-1853
Nuttman, James E.
San Francisco (Calif.) - Newspapers
San Francisco (Calif.). Fire Department.
Trials (Libel)