December 28, 1909
LEBANON, VA., December 27. Captain Jacob C. Gent, a leading lawyer of this place, and for many years prominent in the affairs of this county, died at his residence here to-day, after a brief illness. Captain Gent was born in 1837, being seventy-two years of age at the time of his death. He married Miss Lou Routh, a daughter of Rev. Asa Routh and sister of Henry A. Routh, Commonwealth's Attorney of this county, in September, 1862, who survives him. For sixteen years he was clerk of the County and Circuit Courts of this county, and was twice elected as its representative in the General Assembly, where he was a prominent and influential member. In 1882, after serving efficiently as clerk for many years, he was licensed to practice law, and until his death was a leading and honored member of the bar of this county. He was a public spirited man, took a keen interest in the affairs of his county and State and had a host of friends throughout the State.