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  • ID: I00327
  • Name: John JESSEE
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Cobbs ABT 1750 in Hyco Creek, Orange Co., NC, or Mecklenburg C
  • Title: (Founding Father)
  • Reference Number: 80
  • Death: BET AUG AND NOV 1815 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
  • Note:
    Source: Tom Rudder[]
    Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004
    John Jessee died between 1 Aug. and 7 Nov. 1815. RC Law Order Book 5,p-234
    indicates that he is alive on Aug. 1. Page 252 indicates that he is deceased on Nov 7. 1815. So he died in the 3rd. quarter of that yesr.

    John Jessee was a soldier living in Caswell County, NC, during theAmerican Revolution. He was listed as musician in Yarborough's 10th Regiment, serving from April 1781-April 22, 1782, and is listed again inPierce's Register as Revolutionary War soldier. Listed on roster of NC soldiers in NC by the NCDAR pg. 12 & 138. Also listed in the DAR PatriotIndex, pg. 368 and referenced in National DAR Record Numbers 360261,395105, 447302, 476641, 438437, 295105.

    John Jessee and his father Henry owned about 600 acres of land on Hico Creek, in Caswell Co., NC. This was ostensibly near "Moravian Land" and supports the idea that the Jessees may have been part of the Moravian settlement of NC. Most of John and Frankey's family became Baptists, and there were several generations of ministers in the Baptist tradition,indicating at least influence of the protestant/baptist movement, ofwhich the Moravians were part.

    This property is near Leasburg, NC, and the land records show that JohnJessee obtained all of this land from the State of NC. He first appears on the Caswell Co. tax records in 1777, implying he did not own land before that date. In 1779 he bought 450 acres in the area of Hico Creek,Caswell County, from the State, in 1785 he bought 526 acres from Isaac Brown, who had obtained it from the State. In all he bought 976 acres but sold a total of 1078 acres, or 102 acres more in 1787. He may have received the additional land from Frankey Lea's family, which may nothave been recorded. Caswell Co., NC records show 13 Oct 1787-John Jessee sold to Barnett Lea both of Caswell Co. NC for 100 pounds, 277 acres.Wit: George Lea and John McFarland.

    THE CASWELL COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA TAX LISTS, 1777, 1780, AND 1784(Copyright 1990 by T.L.C. Genealogy, PO Box 403369, Miami Beach, FL33140-1369) provide , the fact that Henry and John Jessee (spelled variously Jessey in 1777 on pg. 12, or Jesse in 1780 on pg. 35, and the same in 1784 on pg. 67) are found together on the 1777 and 1780 rolls,but Henry is missing in 1784. These tax lists also provide evidence ofseveral Lea families, one of which must be that of our Frankey Lea.Lastly, this publication included a map of Caswell Co., NC in 1777,illustrating the area in which the Jessee and Lea families lived, on Hico and Cobbs Creeks.

    John Jessee relocated his family to Russell County, VA first settling atBush's fort at Castlewood or in Upper District, Burke's Garden area. Hefirst appears on Russell Co. tax list in 1788, and then bought land inReeds Valley in 1790, near what is today the town of Lebanon, VA. John Jessee bought land on Cedar Creek from Thomas Price and Jane, wife, inRussell Co. on 25 Mar 1791.
    He eventually established his large family on several pieces of land inReeds Valley on both sides of the headwaters of Beck's Branch and onCarr's Creek. Going north from Lebanon on Mill Creek (Carr's Creek waslater named Mill Creek because of several mills there) toward Cleveland,this land is about 1/2 mile north of Jessee's Mill near top of hill on right side.

    Source: Russell Co. Deed Book 1, p. 133: This land was first granted toPrice 22 April, 1785. D.B. 1, p. 133. D.B. 8, p. 87, son Archer Jessee bought 118 acres from John Jessee, Sr.. D.B.8, p. 90, son George L.bought 82 acres from John Jessee, Sr.

    Source: RC Deed Book 2, p. 483-485: 26 Mar 1798: Indenture between JohnJessee & Frances Jessee, his wife aned Wilson Vermillion (all of RussellCo.)... L100...100 acres m/l.. on both sides of Cedar Creek the waters ofClinch River.. being a part of a tract of Land granted to Thomas Price ofsaid county.. by patent bearing date 22 Apr 1785 and Bounded: ....nearthe mouth of Millstone branch... Sig. John Jesse, Frankey (X her mark)Jesse Acknowledged/Recorded 27 Mar 1798...Frankey, his wife, beingprivily examined...

    Dean C. Jessee of Salt Lake City provides evidence for John Jessee'sbirth from what appears to be John Jessee's own Family Bible, last knownto be in the possession of Mrs. Ruth Jessee of Abingdon, VA. Deanindicates that his parents obtained copies of pages of the Bible fromRuth, many years ago. One value of the document is that the words, "Born1750 John Jessee his book" written on the first page, and very well inhis own handwriting.

    Source Dee Harding []
    Sent: Friday, November 01, 2002 4:14 PM
    RE: Bible Records
    My information regarding the 'Jessee' bible is from my mother-in-law,Ninna B. Jessee Harding. (She was a sister of Ruth). She told me thatRuth did have the bible. Ruth is deceased but she had a son, Robert.There must be someone in Russell Co. that knows about Robert and whocurrently has the bible.

    William Gilmore and Elizabeth his wife to John Jessee 24 Sept. 1794, 200acres on both sides Carr's Creek, granted to Gilmore from theCommonwealth of Virginia by patent bearing date 16 August 1756.

    According to tax records of Russell County, in 1798 John Jessee ownedtracts of 250 acres and 100 acres along with four slaves. By 1810 heowned eight slaves, and later on, even more. (from Yates/Campbell, Volume2., by Betty Campbell Yates, June 1993).

    The original John Jessee land was sold to Archer Jessee and George LeaJessee, by settlement of the John Jessee estate, and is duly recordedwith the names and signatures of all 15 of John Jessee's children. Allspelled their name with "ee" in this document. Russell Co. Will Book 2,p. 249, Nov. Term 1817. Settlement included "vouchers produced: Note dueAbednego Kiser's estate, $3.28; 17 gls of whiskey fiurnioshed for theSale, $1.50; Paid Andrew Cowan for crying the sale, $2.00, May 18, 1817.This is the single authoritive source identifying his 15 children andtheir spouses.

    The Bransen Family later owned this land and the place was referred to asthe Bransen Place. For many years this land was owned and managed ) bythe family of Katherine Smith, wife of Dr. Roy Smith, a veterinarian,whose wife is a descendant of the Counts family. In 1994/95 it was soldto Mr. Jimmy Herndon of NC, whose parents live in Honaker.

    Tom Rudder reports that a John Jesse is listed in the "VirginiaGenealogist", Vol. 15 under British Mercantile Claims 1775-1803, pg. 287as follows.
    "Debts due Dinwiddie Crawford & Company in their Upper Mecklenburg (this is in VA just 40 miles north of Orange/Caswell Co. NC) [p.37] John Jesse, L29.9.3, 1 Sept. 1772. Removed from this county beforethe peace, insolvent." and again "[p. 54] John Jesse (taylor). L29.9.3.Never was able." This implies that John Jesse came from Mecklenburg Co.,VA to Caswell Co., NC between 1772 and 1777, when he shows up on CaswellCo. NC tax rolls.

    Further evidence for a John Jesse(e) in Mecklenburg Co., VA comes from"Mecklenburg County, Virginia Deeds, 1765-1771" by T.L.C Genealogy, POBox 403369, Miami, FL 33140-1369, Call # 975.5645 R2M at Family HistoryLibrary, Salt Lake City, UT. Page 353. Mar 12, 1770 from Micaja Smithsonof Parish of St. James and M, to Mathew Burt, for 200L, a certain tractof land...on the branches of Blue Stone Cr.... Wit-John Jesse Jr. Page408. Feb 28, 1770 from Joel Parrish of Duplin Co., NC, to RichardRagsdale of M, for 43L, a certain tract of land.... Wit-John Jesse....

    From "Mecklenberg County, Virginia Deeds 1771-1776" Deed Book 3, Page230. Sep 9, 1771 from William Hunt of M, to Bazzle Wagstaff of M, for475L, 900 acres in M on Blue Stone Cr. .... Wit-John Jessee. Page 237.Nov. 11, 1771 from Ruben Eastridge and Delphey, his wife, of CharlotteCounty, to Griffen Smith of Amelia County, for 28L, a certain tract ofland in M on the branches of Bluestone Cr. .... Wit-John Jesse.

    The implied marriage date of John Jessee and Frankey Lea of 1775 is basedon deduction from the Bible records for Archer Jessee, showing him astheir second son, born in 1776. From this we also deduce that JohnJessee Jr. was born about 1775, although we have no definitiveinformation for either assumption.

    John Jessee died before Nov. 17, 1815, as this date is the date of therecorded settlement of his estate, and not his actual death date.Source: Will Book 3, p. 169, Russell Co., VA. Heirs of John Jessee allsigned a deed to Archer Jessee, 7 August 1827. This is the principlesource for recording all 15 of John and Frankey's children, and theirspouses. Source: D.B. 8, p. 87, Russell Co., VA.

    "Because the Jessees were one of the earliest families to settle inRussell County, Virginia, and because the progenitor of this Russellfamily had so many children, the descendants of the Jessees are extremelynumerous, with few people living in the County now who cannot trace theirancestry to the pioneer John Jessee, Sr. The Jessee family played animportant role in the development of Russell County, serving in prominentplaces in the government, military, church, education, and civicaffairs."

    "A common thread that seems to dominate the Jessee family lies in itstalent, its gregarious nature, and its high expectations of self. It wasnot surprising to learn that John Jessee, Sr. was a musician, sincemusical ability has abounded in many descendants of that man. It was notsurprising to learn that John Sr's sons and grandsons had beenpoliticians, since so many later Jessees have held numerous politicalpositions. Most people who are descended from the Jessee clan seem tofeel a sense of pride in their ancestry.
    " Betty Campbell Yates.

    From research from the archives of the Virginia State Library inRichmond, some men of Russell, mostly residents of Moccasin, ReedsValley, Casltelwood, Clinch River, and Copper Creek, along with a fewernumber from Elks Garden, had petitioned to form an educational facilityto be called amity Hall, on Dec.
    9, 1813. On this list were names John Jessee, Charles Bickley, SamuelPorter, Archer and Archy Jessee, and many other names into whose familiesthe Jessees married. Betty Campbell Yates.

    Source: "Yates/Campbell" Vol. 2, by Betty Campbell Yates, June 1993.

    See also "Early Settlers of Lee County, Virginia" Roanoke Public Library,p. 172.

    Source: Dr. Joy Malone []
    Subject: Abstract of Caswell County Records
    Sent: 2/19/01
    It could be that George Lea was an Attorney and that is why he is on thedeeds, note on the deed # 106 George Lea signs for Isaac Brown as (can't make out the word could be fact).

    Caswell County, NC Will Books 1777-1814, (Abstracts by Katharine Kerr
    Kendall, Index by Mary Frances Kerr Donaldson 1979) The 1784 Tax list -St Lawrence District lists John Jesse 631 Hico 1-0 & Moravian land.

    Caswell County, NC., DB "A" p. 496 # 184, Dec 20, 1779 John Jessee
    purchased 450 acres of land for the sum of fifty Shillings for everyHundred acres. Signed by Richard Caswell Esq. our Governor CaptainGeneral and Commander in Chief At Kingston. The twentieth day of Decemberin this fourth year of our Independence and in the Year of Our Lord OneThousand Seven Hundred Seventy Nine.( Certified copy on file)

    Caswell County, NC., DB "B" p. 31 John Jessee sold land for 50lbs of
    proclamation money, 450 acres to John Hodge of Caswell Co. March 4,1783. (copy on file)

    Caswell County NC., DB "B" p. 468, State of NC #721 to Hearndon Harrelson66 acres...adjacent to John Jessee's land. November 10, 1784. (copy onfile)

    Caswell County NC., DB "C" p. 106, Isaac Brown sold 526 acres to JohnJessee for 100 lbs. S. Hico Cr, adj. Richard Lea .... The deed is signedIsaac Brown by George Lea, ____. July 19, 1785. (Certified copyon file)

    Caswell County NC., DB "E" p. 200, John Jessee of Caswell County toBarnett Lea for 100 lbs., 277 acres on S. Hico ......Witness George Lea,John McFarland, October 13, 1787. (Certified copy on file)

    Caswell County NC., DB "E" p. 208, John Jessee of Caswell County toWilliam Warren of Halifax Co., VA for 100 Lbs., 75 acres......WitnessGeorge Lea October 14, 1787. (Certified copy on file)

    Caswell County NC., DB "E" p. 209, John Jessee of Caswell County toWilliam Warren of Halifax Co., VA for 100 Lbs., 276 acres......WitnessGeorge Lea October 15, 1787. (Certified copy on file)

    Source: Pioneer Recollections - Virginia
    Priscilla Harding - August 24, 1942 - Carterton, Virginia (Page 167)

    I am in my 93rd year, having been born in 1849. My parents were AaronGose and his wife, Nancy Powell Dickenson Gose. May father's mother wasElizabeth Jessee.

    I have heard that the first old Jessee to come to this section was JohnJessee. He was my grandmother Gose's father and lived up above here inReeds Valley where Lihu Counts now lives. I have heard that he cut andsplit a hundred rails the day he was 100 years old. I don't know muchabout part of his children. The following were some of them:

    John Jessee, Jr. lived about where his grandson, Ephriam Jessee, laterlived up the valley. He had three sons.

    1. Joseph Jessee -
    Lived at the Eph. Jessee place. He married Cynthia Smith (of Castlewood,not related to Billy Smith of near Cleveland). Their children were:Timothy, Tivis, Ephriam, Mary (married (Dr. __________ Gilmer), Sylvesta(Married John Purcell), Eliza (married John Browning of Clintwood,Dickenson County), and Eunice (married Abel Smith of Billy.

    2. Jefferson Jessee
    Married Nancy Counts and lived at the forks of the road on Meade Branch -where the Caterton road crosses the valley road.

    3. Armstrong Jessee
    Lived here and there amoung his relatives mostly. He was witty byimprovident. I don't think he ever married.

    I don't know whether this John Jessee had any girls.

    Elizabeth Jessee (my grandmother) grew up at the E. K. Counts place andmarried George Gose. The son of Stephen and Barbara Ketron Gose.Stephen was a captain in the Revolutionary War. His wife's people -Catron or Ketron - were from Holland. The Goses lived in LowerCastlewood. My grandfather, George Gose, was married twice. The firsttime to Elizabeth Jessee, and their children were: John, Aaron (myfather), Barbara (married Frank Habern), Annie (married Robert ____Burk), Dicey (married Calab Osborn(e)), Mary married Jim Long), Eliza(married 1. David Gilmer; 2. __________ Stone), Frankie (marriedCharles Gilmer), Temperance (married Axley Gilmer), Elizabeth married(_________ Alexander), and Cynthia (married __________ Clinton). Hissecond wife was Elizabeth Cowan and their children were Cowan, Charles,Maryann (married John Chafin), Martha (Patsy) (married William Leece) andNancy (died about 4 years).

    David Jessee was a Baptist preacher, and his son, John Jessee, was also aBaptist preacher, who married a Candler and lived in Lee County,Virginia.

    One of the Jessee girls (whose name I don't remember) married FlemingBurk and lived in the upper part of the county.

    Lea Jessee lived up near George L. Jessee's (E. K. Counts) but moved westearly.

    Polly Jessee married Ab Kiser, and after his death at the fight at________ Creek, she married Jimmy Chafin. He had no children by her, butlater married and had children.

    I never heard of Phillip Jessee.


    My mother was Nancy Powell Dickenson, a daughter of Henry Dickenson andElizabeth Bickley Dickenson. Grandmother Dickenson was a daughter ofCharles Bickley, whose last wife was a Hatler. She was my mother'sgrandmother and was part french. They settled somewhere between St. Pauland Castlewood.

    Source: Dorothy Simpson []
    Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 8:27 PM
    I was doing some research on the internet and came across your page aboutone of your fore-fathers John Jessee. My mother's family was from RussellCo. Va. and actually Thomas Price who sold John Jessee the 200 acres in1791in Russell Co. Va was one of my long time ago kinfolk. My great,great, great grandfather's named was Elisha Price. My great , greatgrandmother was born in Willow Springs. She was born in 1850. The Pricesgo back pretty far. I have found records dating as far back as 1772. Doyou happen to have any info on any of the Prices or have you seen thePrice's chapel or cemetery? Like the Jessee family there were quite agood number of them. they were mostly from the Willow Springs area,Moccasin Territory. Thanks for any info you could share, I hope to getthere one day, I live in Florida and am thinkin on goin on my vaca.Looking at the Topography map the Jessee and Price families lived veryclose.

    Father: Henry JESSEE b: 1710 in , , , Wales
    Mother: Elizabeth

    Marriage 1 Frances "Frankey" LEA b: 1752/1761 in Hyco Creek, Orange Co., NC, later Caswell Co
    • Married: ABT 1775 in , Orange Co., NC
    1. Has Children Rebecca JESSEE b: 20 JUL 1796 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
    2. Has Children David JESSEE b: 06 MAR 1783 in Cobbs Creek, Caswell Co., NC
    3. Has Children George Lea JESSEE b: 1798 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
    4. Has Children Boedicia "Dicy Jessee Biddy" (Boadicea) b: 22 MAY 1792 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
    5. Has Children William J JESSEE b: 09 DEC 1779 in Cobbs Creek, Caswell Co., NC
    6. Has Children Martin JESSEE b: 27 JAN 1801 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
    7. Has Children Frances JESSEE b: ABT 1787/1789 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
    8. Has Children John JESSEE b: ABT 1775 in Cobbs Creek, Caswell Co., NC
    9. Has Children Lea JESSEE b: 1781 in Cobbs Creek, Caswell Co., NC
    10. Has Children Jane JESSEE b: 19 APR 1796 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
    11. Has Children Elizabeth JESSEE b: 20 DEC 1786/1791 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
    12. Has Children Sarah "Sallie" JESSEE b: ABT AUG 1790/1792 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
    13. Has Children Archer JESSEE b: 08 AUG 1776 in Cobbs Creek, Caswell Co., NC
    14. Has Children James JESSEE b: 1794 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
    15. Has Children Mary "Polly" JESSEE b: ABT 1787 in Cobbs Creek, Caswell Co., NC
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