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This service is dedicated to furthering genealogy research and information sharing regarding the JESSEE surname, including JESSE, JESSIE, JESSEY, JESSY variations, their ancestors, descendants, and related families. Their origins are believed to be in pre-Revolutionary War Virginia and they largely lived in North Carolina, Southwest Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee from 1775-1825. Many descendants migrated virtually all over the South, Midwest, and West, and later the Northwest and Canada. Related families included in this database are: Armstrong, Smyth/ Smith, Porter, Duncan, Bickley, Richmond/Richman, Bartee and Barrick families; and many other Southwest Virginia Families who have intermarried with the Jessees, including: the Banner, Browning, Burk(e), Counts, Fuller, Gose, Kiser, Stone, and Vermillion families, to name a few of the surnames to be found in the Jessee Family Database.

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To search the Jessee Genealogy Service-Family Database to find surnames and individuals of interest to you, please use the Jessee search index below the banner, not the RootsWeb/Ancestral Quest search box at top.

This Family Database has the family information for James Wilson "Jim" Jessee, his wife Nelda Faye (Meline) Jessee, and the pedigree of their children, Earl Wilson Jessee and Emma Elizabeth Jessee. It includes the Meline, Ware, Tuck, andCamper surnames, who were early California pioneering families, and the Peterson/Petersen, Lunde, Skogstad, and Hermundstad surnames, whose family origins are largely from North Dakota and Canada prior to 1950, and Norway and Sweden prior to 1900.

This Database also contains information regarding Jim and his sister Julie Ann Jessee, their mother, Frances Sylvia "Brownie" (Brownfield) Jessee, her Jewish ancestors, and the survivors and descendants of her Brownfield (Bronfeld/Braunfeld), Shlomkowitz (Szlamkowicz), Ajzenbaum, Szklarczyk, and Herszlikowicz families of Russia, Poland, and Israel, most of whom perished in the Holocaust.

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Anna Jessee Counts, 93, a long-time resident of Lebanon, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2016

on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:16

Jack Hockett [] wrote, December 6, 2016 regarding Anna Jessee Counts: 


LEBANON, Va. Anna Jessee Counts, 93, a long-time resident of Lebanon, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2016, in Abingdon, Va. She was born on August 24, 1923, in Russell County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Kaney Burns Jessee and Willie Mae Jessee. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Henry Counts; and her brother, Paul J. Jessee. After graduating from Temple Hill High School, she began her career in retail sales at Jenks and Mast, Lebanon Department Store Keene

My Jessee Clan from Tennessee

on Thu, 08/17/2017 - 05:54


Kenneth E Wagner <> wrote on :


Good morning, Cousin Jim:


I hope that the spring and summer have been kind to you and your family.


I sent to you the result of my research on my Jessee family from Tennessee. I have heard nothing from my plea for information that might connect my Jacob Jessee back to the son of David and Catherine Jessee, b. abt 1813; nor have I found anything to suggest that my Jacob is not the son of David and Catherine.

Lost and Found--Adoptee Finds his Jessee Roots

on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 19:47

Lost and Found--Adoptee Finds his Jessee Roots
By Jeff Guillemette son of Agnes Sugimoto Tomori and Charles Monroe Jessee

Originally, I thought I had not been born, upon finding out that I was adopted. Then of course, I went through the adoption angst stages, why was I put up for adoption, who were my parents, how in fact did I become me from them? I wrestled with these unknown questions that had no answers.

Kent Lee Jessee Obituary

on Sat, 11/26/2016 - 03:35

Jack Hockett [] wrote, October 29, 2016 regarding:

Kent Lee Jessee, 77, of Abingdon, Va., passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. Born in Lebanon, Va, he made his home for over 35 years in Salisbury, Md., before moving to Abingdon. A 1972 graduate of ETSU, he retired from the Federal Government. Kent was of the Episcopal faith and was a kind hearted man who was very talented.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Taulbee and Russell Jessee; and sisters, Bobbie Gent and Nell Bolling. He was loved and he will be missed.

Solid Connection Sought for Jacob Jessee

on Sat, 11/26/2016 - 03:21

Ken Wagner [] wrote, November 20, 2016 regarding Jacob Jessee:

Hello, cousins...

My name is Ken Wagner. My great grandmother is Rebecca Jessee Weddle, daughter of Jacob and Nancy (probably nee CHILDS) Jessee. Nancy and her children can be found in the 1850 US census in Knox County Tennessee with her name spelled Jessey. I have found the family in the 1840 census in Knoxville and have determined that Jacob died between Feb 1848 (youngest child born 26 Oct 1848) and before 02 October 1848 when there was probate action dealing with his estate.

Research Needed on Henry and Elizabeth Jessee, speculative parents of John Jessee and Frankey Lea Jessee

on Wed, 05/25/2016 - 03:06

Jim Jessee [] wrote, May 20, 2016, regarding Research Needed on Henry and Elizabeth Jessee, speculative parents of John Jessee and Frankey Lea Jessee

The Jessee Family Database at, shows Henry and Elizabeth Jessee as the parents of John Jessee, who marries Frances “Frankey” Lea, moves to Russell Co., VA and has 15 children with her. It is easiest to go to the Jessee family Database via the website and search for, Lea, Frances “Frankey.”  

It is a speculation that Henry Jessee is John's father based on his Will, which is on record in Caswell Co., NC. " John and

Linda Holloway Jessee Obituary

on Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:29

Jim Jesse [] wrote, May 12, 2016, regarding Linda Holloway Jessee Obituary 

Friends,  I am sorry to share the obituary below and share my condolences with the Jessee family. Linda Halloway Jessee, was the wife of Roger Jessee. He is the son of Robert E. Lee Jessee, and grandson of Robert “Cat Eye” Jessee, a descendant of Rev. David Jessee, one of the 15 children of John and Frankey Lea Jessee. You can find the pedigree of Robert E. Lee Jessee at

  There were many named Robert E. Lee Jessee in our family since the Civil War, including 3 generations in my branch

Own a Piece of History! Beautiful Jack Jessee historical home for Sale

on Sat, 04/30/2016 - 17:12

Joe Jessee ( wrote, April 28, 2016, regarding Here's an Opportunity!


This is Jack Jessee of Mill Creek who owned Jessees Mill, and built the beautiful home opposite the Jessee Mill.

Source:  This is an excerpt from “Old Mills of Far Southwest Virginia” byEmory L. Hamilton,  Historical Sketches of  Southwest Virginia,Publication 7-1973, Historical Society of Southwest Virginia.  This can be found on the Internet at New River Notes,


The Jessee Mill

The Roller Process Jessee Mill was built between 1889 and 1900, by Andrew

John Jessee Revolutionary War Soldier & Musician DISPUTED

on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 19:35

Tom Rudder [] wrote, May 21, 2015, regarding John Jessee Rev War Musician

Those who think that John Jessee was in the military during the Rev. War as a musician should consider the following.  As a musician in the military he would have been either a fifer or a drummer.  The average age of a fifer was 18 and the average age of a drummer was 19.  So the average age of a musician was 18.  John Jessee was 31 at the time.  As an example, the Virginia Military School for Musicians was restricted to 17 and 18 year olds.  Had John Jessee been in the military in the Rev.

WCV (Washington County, VA) WBs (Will Books) 21, 22 and 23 - Published!

on Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:21

Jack Hockett [] wrote, February 18, 2016 (Will Books) 21, 22  and 23- Published!  

Dear Friends of WCV Research:

Mr. Donald Helton and I are pleased to announce the publication of two WCV Will Books (#21 and #22, covering principally the period 1879 through 1887), as below, by Iberian Publishing Company.  These books each contain an every name index and rather full abstractions of the entries.(See end for intros for WB 21WB 22, WB 23 for more info.) For those interested, ordering info is below. 

 WCV WBs 24, and 25 are ready for publication and WB 26 (through Feb 1901) was