According to the Shelby County, Ohio Probate Court guardianship records Jacob was sixteen years old on August 24, 1835. His older brother, Abraham Taylor was chosen as his guardian and the guardian of his brother David. His brother, John Taylor and Reuben Staley were securities. On August 4, 1836, William J. Martin was appointed guardian to the Taylor children.
In the 1850 census, he was listed as a cooper and in the 1860 and 1880 censuses he was a farmer. At the time of the 1880 census when he was age 60 and was was suffering from paralysis. It is interesting to note that his triplet, Mary Ann Barr, also suffered from paralysis later in life.
He died at the age of 64 on February 10, 1884 in Warren County, Iowa. He is buried in Carlisle Cemetery, Warren County, Iowa with Richard, Henry, and Mahalia who died young. Carlisle Cemetery is located in the southwest quarter and the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 10 of Allen Township. It is one-half mile south of the town of Carlisle.