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Descendants of John Jessee (Founding Father)

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14. Archer Jessee

Archer is variously refered to as Archa, Archable, Archibald invariousfamily pedgrees and other sources. It is my opinion that hisname isArcher, and I speculate that Archer was the surname of hisgrandmother,or g-grandmother. Furthermore, his three wives are buriedwith him in theArcher Jessee Cemetery, and there stones indicate eachas the wife ofArcher.

Source: : Tom Rudder [mailto:tomr@infostations.com]
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 6:57 PM
I knew I had seen that name (Archibald) someplace. Looking at thedeeds Isee that on Dec. 27, 1837 Armstrong Jessee sold 150 acres toArchibaldJessee. Stranger yet is that on July 7, 1807 Daniel Kirk sold40 acres toArchelas Jessee. On July 2, 1838 Archibald, et al, Jesseesold 132 acresto Joseph Jessee. In the "Grantee" section the name"Archer" appears 10times. In the "Grantor" section the name Archerappears 14 times. Itappears to me that someone in the clerks
office assumed that "Archer" was an abbreviation for "Archibald" ontwooccasions. That probably where V. Bales picked up the name"Archibald".How the clerk came up with the name "Archelas" is amystery.

Information regarding Archer Jessee and his family is based largelyonhis own Family Bible, whose last known owner is Mary L. PurcellofCleveland, VA. The births, deaths, and marriages were recorded by E.J.Sutherland, amongst others, and provided to family researchers andotherRussell Co. genealogists.

The information on Archer in this data base is provided largely byotherfamily genealogists, including but not limited to, Dean C. Jesseeof SaltLake City, Utah; Wilse Eugene Jessee of Vancouver, BritishColumbia,Canada; James C. Jessee of Auburn, CA; Alma Marsells ofSinger, WI;Faynola Osborne of Wilmington, DE; H. John Plaat of Davis,CA; JaniceRodby of Joliet, IL; Helen Runyun Perkins of Fort Worth, TX.

Source: Russell Co. Deed Book 4, p. 505: 03 Aug 1812: IndenturebetweenWilliam Gilmore and Archar Jessee (both of Russell Co.) ...L 50...40acres m/l, being part of a tract ...granted to William Gilmore bypatentbearing date 15 Jan 1790 ...on the North side of Copper ridge..Beginningat a poplar the first beginning corner of the old line,running with thesaid line and passing the corner on Henry Dickenson'sline ...to theconditional line made between John and Archa Jessee ...Sig: WilliamGilmore.

Source: Russell Co. Deed Book 8, p. 87: son Archer Jessee bought118acres from John Jessee, Sr.

Source: 1850 Russell Co. Census as extracted by Michael Dye and postedonVARussel-L@Rootsweb.com, 4/10/2001. #53, also lists a James Chafin,age55, living with them.
53 Jessee Archer Sr. 70 NC s/John Jessee & Frances "Frankey" Lea
53 Jessee (Nancy) (BROWNING) (Dec'd) 1st w/Archer Jessee,d/FrancisBrowning & Elizabeth Vermillion
53 Jessee (Rachel) (HERNDON) (Dec'd) 2nd w/Archer Jessee,d/LarkinHerndon & Elizabeth Terrell
53 Jessee Polly OWENS 46 TN 3rd w/Archer Jessee
53 Jessee Mary 19 Russ
53 Jessee Rebecca 13 Russ.
53 Jessee Andrew J. 11 Russ.
53 Chafin James 55 Bedford s/James & Milley Chafin
53 Chafin (Sarah) (HAMON) (Dec'd) w/James Chafin, d/JohnHamon/Hammond

Source: 1860 Russell Co. Census pg 53, #338.

Source: "Some Russell County Records-Deaths 1853-1866", p. 18, Ln48,provides a death date of 04 Oct 1862, 85 y; general disability;RussellCo.; s/o John Jessee; b. North Carolina; a farmer; consort MaryJessee;reported by son, John Jessee.

Source: Gray Newman (Dibloc@aol.com) provided, 11/11/1999,descendantsinformation for his ggg-grandmother Nancy Jessee whomarried Nelson Gray.His information includes a middle name for Nancy,"Nancy Lee Jessee," andindicates she had a sister named Margaret (b.5/20/1829, d. 1895), whichwould be a new and 10th child for ArcherJessee He also identifiesArcher as "Archable Lee Jessee." As Margaretwould have been born 3 yearsafter Nancy died, Margaret is moreprobably a grandchild.

Source: Russell Co. Will Book 7-393-Will of Archer Jessee, Sr.
1. Son Andrew J. Jessee all of my plantation that I now live on ifhepay my estate $2500.
2. Wife Polly
3. After everythinbg such as debts are settled- ?? divided equallyamongmy children and lawful heirs.
W. D. Waggoner Exec.
16 Nov 1861
Signed by Archer Jessee
Wit George L. Kizer, Isaac Vermillion
Recorded 19 Aug 1864

Source: Russell Co. Will Book 7-332 Names children in settlemenotfoArcher Jessee, Sr. Estate.
Wm Jessee, James Jessee, Archer L. Jessee, Eliza Jessee, DycaJessee,Nancy Puckett, Mary Jessee, Rebecca Jessee, Ana J. Jessee,Sally Jessee,John Jessee, Vincent Jessee, David Jessee.
Recorded 7 July 1863


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Nancy Browning


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Rachel Herndon (Harrington)

Rachel was a cousin of Frances Lea.


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155. Larkin L Jessee


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Mary Jane "Polly" Wilson Owens


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15. James Jessee

Source: Russell Co., VA, D.B. 11, p. 69. James Jessee and Jane Burksold107 acres and 33 acres of land to Charles Carrell Dickenson June3,1840. D.B. 12, p 103, They sold 150 acres to Jefferson Jessee, June21,1847.

Source: Russell Co., VA Will Book, p. 305. James Jessee constable,1June 1819.

Source: 1850 Census, Russell Co., VA, #100 as extracted by MichaelDyeand posted on VARussel-L@RootsWeb.com, 4/10/2001.
100 Jessee James 56 Russ.s/John Jessee & Frances "Frankey" Lea
100 Jessee (Jane) (BURK) (Dec'd) w/James Jessee, d/o Fleming Burk,Sr.& Nancy ?
100 Jessee Flemming B. 36 Russ. s/James Jessee & Jane Burk
100 Jessee Polly BROWNING 35 Russ. d/Francis Browning Jr. &JeanetteAlexander
100 Jessee Nancy 7 Russ.
100 Jessee Christopher 5 Russ.
100 Jessee James 3 Russ.
100 Jessee Rebecca 1 Russ.


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Jane Burk

Source: Kathryn Burk Greever, Morgantown, WV provides: "FlemingBurk'swill of Mar. 1846 suggests she was alive at the time. Sheappears tohave died between Mar. 20, 1846 and Apr. 5, 1848 whenFlemings Will waspresented in court, or in May when it was proved.Fleming mentioned thechildren (not by name) of his deceased daughterPolly Fuller and SallyBrowning (not by name) but Jane Jessee wasspecifically listed."

Source: Jourdan Burke
Date: 26 Oct 2002 1
Email: jmburke@bellsouth.net
Jane Burke, born c1794-1795 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VAmarriedc1812 James Jessee.
Jane was the 2nd child of Fleming Burk, Sr.. Fleming Sr., bornNov.29,1767 Caroline Co., VA and Rebecca (Bush) Miller, born Dec. 20,1770.
Fleming Burk, Sr. was the 4th child of Thomas Burk, Sr., bornc1731-1732in Caroline Co., VA and Ann George.
Thomas Burk, Sr. was the 6th child of Henry Burk, born c1698 inMiddlesexCo., VA and Judith (Clark) Trigg.


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164. Daughter Jessee


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16. Mary "Polly" Jessee

Source: Russell Co. Law Order Book, 1813-1817, p. 435, Sept. 2,1817:"John Jessee appt. guardian of Frances, Martha, Noah, and Elihu,infantorphans of Abednigo Kizer, deceased."

Source: Materials provided by Iris Lambert Hall, Pueblo, CO(1/21/1998)From "Pioneer Recollections" by E. J. Sutherland:
Pg. 168 "Polly Jessee married Abednego Kiser, and after his death atthefight at ____ Creek, she married Jimmy Chafin. He had no childrenbyher, but later married and had children…" (Priscilla Harding, dau.OfAaron Gose, son of Elizabeth Jessee and John Jessee)

Pg. 389 "…Years later, Abednego's widow married Jim Chafin, butnochildren were born to them. They lived in Reeds Valley amongtheJessees." This was from the interview of Mahala Kiser Sutherlandwhosaid she had married herself in 1851 and that Mary had died beforeshe(Mahala) married, but "I saw her several times before I married."In oneof the stories, it says that Jim Chafin mistreated Polly JesseeKiserChafin so bad that one day her son-in-law went to their home andbroughtPolly back to live with him and her daughter. After Jimsobered up, hecame the daughter's home and said he was taking Pollyhome but they wouldnot let her go with him, which made Jim very angry.According to thestory, Polly died soon after this and Jim marriedagain and had a family.Mahala thought Polly was buried at Little ArchJessee Graveyard in Reed'sValley."


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Abednego Kiser

Source: Materials provided by Lois Sutherland Wark, 12/1/1997."OnAugust 2, 1814, Abednego Kiser enlisted as a private in Capt. JohnHamonscompany of the 6th regiment of Virginia Militia commanded byCol. HenryE. Coleman. He was sent to Norfolk, Va. Abednego Kiser diedin a militaryhospital in Norfolk Oct 4, 1814. He was in the War of1812.

Source: "Some Sandy Basin Characters" by Judge E. J. Sutherland andotherlegal documents relative to the War of 1812.

He was a Baptist Minister and organized the Washington DistrictBaptistAssociation in 1811. This district included nearly all ofWesternVirginia and Eastern Kentucky. He volunteered as a chaplain inthe Warof 1812.

Abednego Kiser's estate was ordered appraised by the Russell Co. Courton15 Oct. 1814. A neighbor, James Sutherland, was one of thethreeappraisers. John Jessee, Abednego's father-in-law wasappointedadministrator.

Source: Posted on Russell VAGenWeb[www.rootsweb.com/~varussel/,3/16/2001.
War of 1812 Pension Application of Polly Kizer, widow ofAbednegoKizer-Russell County Law Order Book 5, Page 354, 08 November1816.
On the application of Polly Kizer widow of Abednego Kizer deceasedinorder to make the necessary proof to entitle her and the children ofthesaid Abednego to the pension allowed by law: John Hamon thisdaypersonally appeared in court and being duly sworn deposeth & saiththathe was in the United States service at Norfolk in this state withadetachment of militia from the county of Russell as a Capt. That thesaidAbednego Kizer was under his command as a private soldier andserved as aprivate soldier at the time of his death in the 6th Regt.commanded byLieut Col Henry E. Coleman, that the said Abednego Kizerdied of sicknesson the 4th of October 1814 and that the said PollyKizer his widowtogether with the said children resides in the saidcounty of Russell &is yet unmarried. The said Polly Kizer being dulysworn deposeth & saiththat the following are the names & age of thechildren of them the saidAbednego & Polly: Frances 12 years old nextFebruary - Martha 10years oldnext Feby, Noah 8 years old next Feby andElihu six years old next Feby.A register of the marriages kept by theclerk of this court pursuant tolaw shows that the said Abednego &Polly were lawfully joined in marriagethe 8th day of Septr 1803.

Source: Vivian Bales wrote, 8/2002, these undocumented notes forAbednegoKiser. Abednego Kiser Estate Appraisal by Jesse Fuller,JamesSutherland, Thomas Francis, 2 May 1815. John Jesseeadministrator.
1 Bay Horse $50.00
1 Black Mare $42.00
1 Black Colt
1 Brindle Cow and Calf
7 Head of Sheep
8 Hogs
8 Geese
Axes, Tools, Utensils
Furniture
12 Dozen Oats
TOTAL $244.00


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James "Jimmy" Chafin


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