Jacob was born in 1823. He and wife, Madeline Dietz Sexauer were both natives of Baden, Germany. They started for America in the fall of 1844 and were married on shipboard during the voyage. They first settled in Erie County Pennsylvania. Matthew was born there September 24, 1845. His mother passed away when he was two and half years old.
Jacob remarried and they came to this area and settled north of Ankeny in 1850, he died in 1873.