Jacob Macklin was one of the early pioneers of Bear Creek Township in Jay County, Indiana. He was reared on a pioneer farm, and that gave him a taste for pioneer life. When he was twenty-four years old he married Miss Elizabeth Weist, and in 1839, with wife and four children, he went to this Jay County, Indiana, with two horses, two cows, and about $5 in money. He settled on section 1, Bear Creek Township, which was then a dense forest. His first house was a log cabin, 18 x 20, with puncheon floor, clapboard roof, and a chimney built of sticks.
They reared six children -Jacob, Philip, Catherine, Israel, Elizabeth and George W. Four of them were born in Fairfield County, Ohio, and two in Jay County, Indiana. Jacob resided on the homestead until his death, which occurred in 1872. His wife survived until 1878.
Source: Biographical and Historical
Record of Jay and Blackford County, Indiana. The Lewis Publishing
Co., 1887, page 410.