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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.

Jessee Family Reunion-Oct. 1, 2016

on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 17:43

    The 12 Biennial National Jessee Family Reunion was held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, beginning at 10 am. See details at I encouraged a good attendance, but understand it was low.

    It has been my plan to be there this year, with my wife Nelda, and to be at the Russell County Library in Lebanon, VA, on Friday, Sept. 30, from 11 am to 2 pm to meet new reunion visitors, and to help family with their genealogy research. I had planned to be in the Family History Room at the Library.

Brian Kenneth Jessee Sr. Passes Away

on Thu, 06/30/2016 - 18:32


Jack Hockett [] wrote, June 12, 2016 regarding Brian Kenneth Jessee Sr: 

ABINGDON, Va.   Brian Kenneth Jessee Sr. of Abingdon, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.  He was born on March 1, 1972 in Lebanon, Va.  He is survived by his mother, Deborah Lewis and husband, Glen; two sons, Brian Kenneth Jessee II and finace, Jessica Williams and Marcus Jessee; and one daughter, Katelyn Calista Jessee.  He is also survived by three grandchildren, Sabrina, Samantha and Madison; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place from 10 until 11 a.m.


Grady L. Jessee Jr Passes Away

on Mon, 04/18/2016 - 03:27

Jack Hockett [] wrote, April 8, 2016 regarding Jessee "Gawn" BHC:

Grady Jessee Jr., 94, of the Carterton community of Lebanon, Va. passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Born January 18, 1922, he was a son of the late Grady L. Jessee and Bessie Stamper Jessee.

A Veteran of World War II, he served in the 982 Engineering Division, 327 Battalion. He was a former member and adult Sunday school teacher at Freeburn Church of God, Freeburn, Ky.

Denise Summersett Joins the Jessee Newsletter

on Tue, 03/08/2016 - 19:41

I am pleased to introduce Denise Summersett, who goes by the handle of Peggy Sue, who has volunteered to edit the News and other colums for the Jessee Genealogy Service website.  It is particularly interesting that she is a descendant of John and Clia Smith Jesse, via William Morgan Jesse and Mary Ann “Polly” Parker of VA.  We do not know how John and Clia Jesse are related to John and Frankey Lea Jessee, but could share common ancestors in Colonial VA.

An Apology and Request from your Editor-Jim Jessee

on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 21:08

When I stopped publishing a printed Newsletter in 2012, I planned to have an active Jessee Genealogy Service Website, this website, where I would share lots of news and commentary in an on-going basis.  Well, my expectations did not happen.  I have been deeply engaged in retirement, grandfatherhood, cabin time, and other distractions. Nelda and I have grandchild care about 2-3 days a week, with Helen, a threenager, and Clara, going on two, plus we spend lots of time at our cabin in Butte Meadows, with no TV, Internet, or cell service.

Rev. Vernon Cecil Jessee Passes Away

on Tue, 12/24/2013 - 00:13

Dungannon, VA ~ Rev. Vernon Cecil Howard Jessee, 87 passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Holston Manor in Kingsport Tennessee. He  was a retired employee of Uniroyal Plastics. He was a pastor of several Free Will Baptist Churches in his life, the last one was in St. Paul, Virginia.

He was the son of the late Denny Edison Jessee and Zemie Elizabeth (Dellinger) Jessee; his first wife; Elsie Janus Salyers Jessee; four brothers, Charlie (Doris) Jessee, Edison (Bernice) Jessee Jr., Thomas (Ruth) Jessee and Delton 'Bub' Jessee; grandson, Brandon Jessee; son-in-law, Steven Doust; great