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Jessee's Mill Preservation

on Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:46

Paul Davis  [] wrote, March 15, 2016  (he is the son of JHF President Hank Davis) I have attached photos of Jessee’s Mill in Winter 2015. The photos show the original milling equipment, still inside the Mill. 

The “preservation” of Jessee’s Mill remains a major concern for the JHF (Jessee Historical Foundation) and all Jessees in America. As an Historic Russell County Landmark, you would hope that Russell County leaders would share interest,

especially since the owner is willing to cooperate with any public or private entity to preserve it and restore it someday.

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.

Another California cousin-descendant of Archer Catron Jessee

on Sun, 03/06/2016 - 01:42

Anna Laurie  [] wrote, March 1, 2016, regarding Another California cousin-descendant of Archer Catron Jessee

Hi Jim,  I was thrilled to find the Jessee Genealogy Service and your Jessee Newsletters online. I've only recently started my own research and felt like a new world opened up when I stumbled across your site. I'm the great-great granddaughter of Aurelia Jessee Dutcher, daughter of Archer Catron Jessee and Mary Ann Harbin. I live in the Sacramento area and have photographs of Aurelia, her children, and the Dutcher homestead I'd be happy to share with others.  

Frankey (Lea) Jessee Female MtDNA Line

on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 07:45

I posted that if we could find a daughter, of a daughter, of a daughter only descendant, of one of the seven daughters of John and Frankey (Lea) Jessee, we could discover Frankey’s Mitochondrial DNA heritage.   This would determine if Frankey has European, Indian or Melungeon origins. 


Gary Klinedinst, wrote, 7/23/2011, with major news regarding the MtDNA of our Frankey Lea. It was identified thanks to Gary and his mother, Alta Mae Kiser, and their willingness to share their DNA results, and deep Russell County pedigree. Alta Mae Kiser is a direct maternal descendant of John and Frankey

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.