Apr. 15, 1813 Charleston Montgomery County New York, USA
Jan. 11, 1894 Pontiac Oakland County Michigan, USA
Chaplin 5th Michigan Infantry. Enlisted as a Chaplain on 10 September 1861. Enlisted in Company S, 5th Infantry Regiment Michigan on 10 Sep 1861. Resigned Company S, 5th Infantry Regiment Michigan on 7 Jul 1862.
The following is taken from "Portait and Biographical Album of Oakland County, Michigan," pgs. 235-237:
"REV. DANIEL COOK JACOKES, M. A., S. T. D., of Pontiac, Oakland County, was born in Charleston, Montgomery County, N. Y., April 15, 1813. He was the eldest of four children, three sons and one daughter, of Samuel and Catharine (Hood) Jacokes, both of whom were natives of the State of New York. Catherine Jacokes, the mother of the subject of this sketch, was a woman of marked ability and strength of character, and possessed a clear and active mind, with strong convictions as to religion and morals. When her eldest son had arrived at the age of eight years, he was consecrated by her, as were his two brothers, to the ministry; and with the settled purpose to become a clergyman he marked out, by her advice, a course of study to continue the following thirty years, at the expiration of which time he was to buy new books on all subjects, and review his studies, which he has twice done since. It is a little remarkable that these three brothers should have followed the course laid out by their mother. Such is the fact, however, and it is even more remarkable that they are all still living, and active ministers of the Methodist Episcopal Church at this time (1891), the eldest, Daniel, having attained the age of seventy-eight years, and the aggregate of their clerical service covering a period of one hundred and forty-seven years.
The subject of this sketch prepared for college at a select school, and subsequently attended, for about three years, Geneva College (now Hobart College), at Geneva, N. Y. In 1828 he made a flying trip west, spending about one year in Michigan, and returned to Geneva, N. Y., whence he, with his wife, to whom he was married in 1832, again came west, and located in Detroit. There he remained about years, at the expiration of which time he went to the township of Lodi, Washtenaw County, where his father had settled, and there spent two years in continuation of his studies in preparation for the ministry, and in the year 1840 joined the Michigan Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His first assignment was to the Farmington Circuit, Oakland County, a district covering a wide extent of territory, where he remained one year; and at the expiration of this time moved to the Lake Superior region and took charge of the Indian missions there. He continued in this work, which he found very interesting, in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, until 1845. His subsequent appointments, for a period of two years each, were at the following places, in the order named: Grass Lake, Girard, Northville, Mount Clemens, Port Huron, Pontiac, Trenton and Detroit.
On the breaking out of the war, the Rev. Mr. Jacokes was appointed Chaplain of the Fifth Michigan Infantry, and experienced the hardships of the Peninsula campaign. He resigned this position at the expiration of a year, and his next assignment was to the church at Dexter, where he remained three years. Thence he returned to Pontiac, and had charge of the church there for a like period, and in 1868 he was made Presiding Elder of the African District for a term of four years. Afterward he was assigned to the church at Hudson, where he remained until 1876, when his wife's health failed, and he returned to Pontiac, where he has since resided. About the year 1853 the degree of Master of Arts was conferred upon him by Wesleyan University, at Middletown, Conn., and in 1871 he was made Doctor of Sacred Theology by the Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio.
In September, 1875, Dr. Jacokes was requested by Gov. Bagley to accept the position of Commissioner of Education of the State of Michigan for the educational exhibit at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, in 1876, ... To show the estimation in which the exhibit was held, the fact may be mentioned that certain foreign commissioners, desirous of understanding the system, spent whole days in examining and copying from the volumes and diagrams displayed. Much of the credit which Michigan received for this splendid exhibit is due to the energy and wisdom of Dr. Jacokes...
In 1877, Dr. Jacokes was appointed a member of the State Board of Health, and filled that position acceptably for a period of six years. In 1877, also, he was appointed, by the Governor, Agent of the State Board of Corrections and Charities for Oakland County, which appointment he still holds. He became an active member of the American Public Health Association, one of the highest scientific associations in the world, in 1882. Since 1878 he has served as Chaplain of the Eastern Michigan Asylum for the Insane, at Pontiac. He has taken a lively interest in the welfare of the inmates of the asylum, and has bestowed much time and thought upon the discharge of his duties in connection with them. His varied culture and great kindness of heart have eminently fitted him for this work.
The Doctor was married, in 1832, to Miss Mary Ann Slarrow of Geneva, Ontario County, N. Y., who was his active helpmate until 1877, since which time she has been in poor health. They have one son, Judge James A. Jacokes (born November 21, 1834, prominent member of the Oakland County bar, and at present a partner in the law firm of Baldwin, Draper & Jacokes, of Pontiac, composed of himself, Judge Augustus C. Baldwin, and the Hon. Charles Draper), and an adopted daughter, Mrs. William Park, of Trenton, Mich.
The reverend Doctor has spent a long life in the steady pursuit of knowledge, and does not yet consider his education completed. He has, in addition to his theological studies, given considerable attention to the study of astronomy and the sciences, and his researches into almost every branch of learning have been profound. He has a remarkable constitution, enabling him to do the work of three men, even at his present age. He cannot remember the time when he has devoted more than four hours of each twenty-four to slumber, and is to be seen on all except the very coldest days of winter, attending to his out-door duties without overcoat or other additional wraps. Of firm character and decided opinions, and yet of most gentle and lovable disposition, especially towards the young, the helpless, and the unfortunate, his reputation throughout the State is an enviable one. Full of charity and tbought for others, he has hosts of friends wherever his work has led him, while his sound judgment and sterling character have won him a place in the front rank of men of refinement and education throughout the State, and in the esteem and respect of all with whom he has come in contact.
A lithographic portrait of Dr. Jacokes accompanies this sketch."