facts and information about
the Jacobs and Andouille
- Nelson "Bragger" Jacob is descendent from Christian Jacob of Germany
- Christian Jacob was a tailor from Schillersdorf, Germany. Marriage documents for
Christian Jacob and Marie Meel dated September 25, 1732 were found in Kirrwiller.
- Christian was the son of Hans Micheal Jacob of Kirrwiller. Marie was the daughter of
Hans Meel of Kirrwiller
- Kirrwiller & Schillersdorf is near the French / German boarder which has changed
during the coarse of history. This is why some will argue that the Jacob family is from
France. They are from Germany.
- Christian Jacob and his brother Adam arrived in Southeast Louisiana on September 8, 1753
with their families aboard Le Cameleon. The two families settled in La Cote des
Allemands. The area they settled became known as Jacobtown and is refered to as such by
the older locals to this date. The Jacobs were in the second influx of German immigrants
to Louisiana, the first group came in 1720.
- La Cote des Allemands means The County of the German Coast. This is present day St. John
the Baptist and St. Charles parishes.
- Jacobtown is in present day Reserve, Louisiana. Reserve is made up of several small
settlements, communities, and plantation properties. Some of these include Dutch Bayou,
Terre Haute, Cornland & Belle Point.
- Jean Adam Jacob, one of Braggers ancestors, back in 1846 was proud of his
accomplishments of being able to produce many different tasty sausages. One of which was
the fine pork product andouille.
- Another sausage maker in the Jacob lineage was Joseph Edward "Jake" Jacob. He
was known to understand the fine art of producing good sausage. Jake was employed at the
New Orleans Butcher Co-op in 1875.
- Francious Jacob was married to Celeste Duhe. Damien Jacob, their son, was a rice farmer
in Jacobtown. He was married to Agatha Ellis. Damien was killed in 1906. Agatha was the
daughter of Henry Bailey Ellis who owned a local newspaper. He moved back to Troy,
Missouri where he was from. Agatha is thought to have moved back to Troy with her father
after Damiens death.
- Damien was Nelson "Bragger" Jacobs father. Nelson had three siblings
Ludger "Moon", Mongay, and Verna. Nelson was 10 years old when his father
died. He was then raised by the Madere family of Milesville.
- Milesville is one of several settlements, communities, and plantation properties that
made up present day LaPlace, Louisiana. Others include Montz, Woodland, Laplace, and the
Crevasse. Milesville was named after a black police juror, which was almost unheard of
during that day and age, named Miles (a police juror is like a councilman).
- Nelson "Bragger" Jacob was born in 1896. Camile Charnet was born in 1900.
Camiles mother was a Chalmet. Bragger died in 1949 and Camile passed away in 1978.
- Nelson got his nickname, "Bragger", when hunting one day he killed many
blackbirds of a large drove he came across. When asked how many blackbirds he killed, his
response was he counted 999 birds lying on the ground. When asked why he just didnt
say he killed 1000 birds, he responded that he didnt want to be called a liar for 1
- Camile became know as Mam-Bragger. In those days it was common for women to be refered
to as Madam (MAH-DAHM). Many women were known only as Madam
and their husbands name. Madam was shortened to Mam thus Mam-Bragger. Other
examples are Mam-PaPaul, Madam Mac, Madam Tregre (MAH-DAHM TREGG)
Mam-Pete & Madam Vicknair.
- Bragger and Mam-Bragger had 4 children, Lilly, Lucger, Robert, & Henry
- According to local historians, the Jacobs were selling andouille and smoked sausage from
a smokehouse in their yard in Milesville since 1925.
- The Alexander Building, where the Jacobs opened their store in 1928 is now
abandoned with trees growing inside of it. The outside walls still stand on LA Hwy 44 in
- Braggers brother, Ludger "Moon" Jacob, also opened a store years later
in Milesville where he too sold andouille and smoked sausage. Moons daughter married
into the Vicknair family and she still lives down the street where her fathers store
- Nolan Jacob, a relative of Bragger and former employee, opened his own store in
Milesville with his son.
- The Maurin building where the Jacobs Store was move to in 1947 was on Hwy 44 in
Montz. Montz was named after the Montz family who owned the Ice Factory and packaging
plant. The Ice Factory buildings were destroyed in Hurricane Andrew.
- Henry "Diddy" Jacob, Braggers youngest son, was born in 1922. Diddy
claimed to have learned to make andouille & sausage while he was learning how to walk.
He was married to Francis Cali. They had 3 children, Mary Ann, Martha, & Nelson. Diddy
passed away in 1982.
- Diddy also owned and ran a bar that bore his name.
- Mary Ann was born in 1943. She was married to the late Jude Lions. They had two boys,
Ashley & Aaron. The current location of Jacobs Andouille is the property where
their home was located. Although retired, Mary Ann still prepares some of the items sold
in the store.
- Aaron was born in 1966 and is married to Bridget Charlton. They have two beautiful
daughters, Holly and Heather.
- Andouille is French for "to introduce" as in the seasoned meat was introduced
into the casing. Though a French word, andouille here is a German sausage. In France,
andouille is casings and stomach linings stuffed into more linings, tied off, then boiled.
- The Germans learned to speak French early on as the French were already settled here and
well established. Many German items took a French name. The French changed even
peoples surnames. LaBranch, Vicknair, Fabre (FAHB),
Triche (TRISH), Rome, and Becnel are examples of this. In
most cases they are French spellings or pronunciations of German names. LaBranch was Zwieg
(ZWAAG), German for twig. Vicknair was probably Wicnor.
- Until the mid 1980s andouille was still a very localized product. People as close
as New Orleans and Baton Rouge had still never heard of it. Yet in some parts of other
states and other countries, people were eating andouille shipped from Jacobs Store
back in the 50s.
- The Andouille festival was started by the LaPlace Volunteer Fire Department as a fund
raiser. Once a tax was passed by the voters of St. John Parish to generate financial
income for the Dept., they sold the festival to a private organization. This organization
then sold the festival again and it was moved out of the parish for a couple of years. St.
John the Baptist Parish acquired a failing Andouille Festival, reorganized it, and now
runs the festival successfully again.
- Senator Ron Landry designed the Andouille Festival logo.
- 1st place winners of the cooking contests at the first Andouille Festival
were Mrs. Douglas White in the miscellaneous foods, Mr. Robert Millet in gumbo, and Mrs.
Joseph Hachet in jambalaya. All three used Jacobs Andouille.
- Jacobs Andouille was used in many winning pots over the years including
"Squint" Laiches 1st place gumbo at the Andouille Festival in
1976 and again in 1977.