Jacob Snicket is the husband of E. Snicket and the father of Lemony, Kit and Jacques Snicket, and the grandfather of Beatrice Baudelaire II.



Jacob and his wife are described as wealthy, living in a mansion and having enough means to buy silver cribs and silk diapers (though Snicket expressly states they would "never have indulged" in such spending).

He and his wife went to Valorous Farms Dairy to buy garlic butter at the wrong time, resulting in their youngest child, Lemony, being born on the farm. He and E. became friends with the cheesemakers who worked there. 

Jacob is described as having worried when Jacques, Kit, and Lemony were abducted by V.F.D. to be initiated as neophytes; he was supposedly chopping wood at the time of their kidnapping.[2]

Lemony remembers the Snicket family unwisely going on a hike on a windy day, resulting in the children almost getting hit by a falling branch, saved last-minute by their mother.[3]

Lemony likens the "mournful melody" of a pipe organ sonata played in the Cathedral of the Alleged Virgin to a soothing tune Jacob used to sing while dishwashing.[4] He also played bridge, and had a long-time partner who was noted as the only person to call him "Jake."[2] 

Everything Jacob gives his youngest son, Lemony, was left at a train station when he was transferred to Stain'd-by-the-Sea.[3]

It is probable that Jacob and E. rarely, if ever, saw their children following their recruitment, as Gifford and Ghede thought that they could pretend to be Lemony's parents in order to capture him.[5]


Olivia Caliban mentions that before seeking to steal the Baudelaire and Quagmire fortunes, Count Olaf sought to steal the Snicket fortune[6]; and in The Hostile Hospital, reference is made to the "Snicket fires". Since both the Baudelaire and Quagmire[7] parents were killed in fires in their respective mansions, Jacob and his wife may have died in a parallel fire to Snicket mansion.

In any case, he died before The End, as Kit mentions her parents as people she has lost and cannot go on without. 


  • He is one of the multiple characters with the initials J.S.


A. Snicket
B. Snicket
Chas. Snicket
D. SnicketE. Snicket
Jacob SnicketF. Snicket
G. SnicketH. SnicketI. SnicketJacques SnicketKit SnicketLemony SnicketM. SnicketN. SnicketO. Snicket
Beatrice Baudelaire II




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