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Finding aid of the Jacob Ezekiel Papers C058844
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Donor
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • 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)