There is a posting at genealogy.com that says: Jacob's death certificate states that his parents were unknown. "Digest of Obituaries Whitley Co. In. 1856-1910" by Nellie M. Raber states that Jacob was born in Greene Co. Pa. in 1819 and that "at the age of 9 he was thrown on his own resources". He learned the shoemaker trade of John Crosby in Waynesburg Pa. In the early part of 1836 he went with a company from Washington Pa. to Texas and fought in a revolution there..."
Jacob SAPINGTON's will abstract: Book 4 Page 170. Jacob Sappington of Riceland (sic)Tp., Whitley County, Indiana. To Elizabeth Sappington, wife; my children: Clara Bowerman, Jessie D. Marrs, Flora Bell Goodrich, Alice Grace TERMAN, John F. Sappington, Phebe Leard, Eliza Jane Evard, William A. Sappington, James S. Sappington, Elizabeth Flickinger, Anna King; Spender (Spencer?) Sappington, son of my first wife has had his share.
There is a story told by a descendant about one of Jacob's ancestors falling off a wagon, and the family didn't go look for him.
Also research by Dr. William Shaklee whose ancestor married Jacob Sappington's half-sister:
John P. SHAKLEE and Eliza J. NORTHCRAFT were married August 20, 1846 by the Rev. William Lepor, a Methodist Episcopal minister. The wedding took place at 2:00 p.m. in the home of Eliza's sister, Mrs. James (Christiana) SHAW in Monroe County, OH, and Eliza's half-brother, Jacob Sappington, bore the expense of the wedding.
Jacob's half-sister, Eliza Jane Northcraft was born Monday 6 Oct 1828 in Greene County, PA. When she was only eight years old, her Uncle George Church, traveled from Monroe County, OH, visited at their home. She accompanied him on his return, riding behind him on horseback a distance of more than 200 miles. She took the name of Church because her Aunt Sally ("Sally" Sarah Runyon b. 1796 NJ) and Uncle George Church raised her. At the age of 14, she spent one year with her mother, but then returned to the home of her mother's sister, Sally Church, until her marriage to John P. Shaklee.
The SHAW family and several CHURCH families can be found listed in Center Twp., Greene Co., PA in 1850 Federal census. In the 1850's thru 1860's some of the CHURCH families from Greene Co., PA went to Monroe (and later Noble) Co., OH, some stayed there and others returned to Greene Co., PA. The Northcraft, Runyon and Sappington surnames can also be found in early census records for the Greene Co.,PA area.
The 1880 census for Whitley Co., IN lists Jacob as born in PA and his parents born in Vermont.
Anyone have more information (names or speculations) as to the parents of half-siblings Jacob Sappington and Eliza Jane Northcraft?