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Jacob Comp Jr.


Jacob's grave, Dry Ridge Cemetery

Courtesy Brian J. Ensley

Jacob Comp Jr. was born on Nov. 12, 1838, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Sturtz) Comp Sr.

In 1860, at the age of 21, he was unmarried and resided with his mother and father in the community of Buffalo Mills in Harrison Township, Bedford County.

That year, they were next-door neighbors to Jacob's brother and sister-in-law, Samuel and Lucy Comp.

Jacob grew up on his parents' farm and earned a living as a farm hand.

Although several older and younger brothers, brothers-in-law and nephews left home to join the Union Army during the Civil War, Jacob and his brother Samuel remained behind. With the shortage of manpower available, their parents would have been heavily dependent upon their labor.

Tragically, as the war raged far away, brother Samuel passed away at the age of 25 on May 6, 1862.

The family's grief was compounded the following year when Jacob was cut away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 24 on April 1, 1863.

The cause of his untimely death is not known.

Interment was in Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

This epitaph was incribed on his upright grave marker:


My ... [flesh shall slumber?] in the ground

Till the last trumpet's joyful sound.

Then burst the chains with glad surprise

And in his Savior's image arise.



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