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George W. Jesse

George W. Jesse

Male 1832 - 1903  (71 years)

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  • Name George W. Jesse  [1
    Born 26 Feb 1832  Strelitz, Kreis Kolmar, Posen, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 May 1903  Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Sherman Lutheran Church Cemetery, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Also GESSE, GESS

      George and his sister Anna Jesse came to America on the ship "Johannes" from Hamburg arriving in New York on November 27, 1857. He was 25 and she 17. Records show their destination to be Wisconsin, although they stayed in upstate New York for at least two years. Anna did move to Wisconsin, with George instead settling in Michigan. "Germans to America" shows they were coming from Württemberg. A copy of the actual handwritten manifest shows Mecklenburg. Both appear to be in error. The Hamburg Passenger List, FHL #470839, shows that the "Johannes" left Hamburg on 15 October 1857. On board were George Jesse, age 25, and Anna, age 17. They were shown as coming from Strelitz, Preussen. It appears this village was in the Kreis Kolmar, Posen. In 2003, this village is known as Strzelce, Powiet Chodziez, Poland.

      Two years after their arrival in New York, Anna and George were both married, in an apparent double ceremony, by the Reverend Clute, pastor of a church in Byron, New York.

      At the time of the 1860 New York Federal Census, it appears that George Gesse was living in the home of John and Phebe Taylor of Elba, Genesee County, New York. The Taylors real estate was valued at $26,000 and there were numerous servants and laborers living in their home. The date of this census was June 20, 1860. He was listed as George Gefse, age 26, Laborer, Germany. The Klesert family, their eldest daughter Marie already married to George, lived two households away.

      On George's citizenship certificate, it is stated that he arrived in Michigan in January 1860. He must have arrived somewhat later than this as he was still in New York at the time of the census in June.

      George became a citizen of the United States at age 36. On his citzenship certificate, he was listed as George Gesse, and he solemnly swore to his intention to become a Citizen of the United States, and to renounce for ever all allegience and fidelity to each and every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly the King William of Prussia of whom he had been a subject. This was subscribed and sworn on the 16th day of March, 1868 in the Circuit Court of St. Joseph County, Michigan.

      At the time of the 1870 Michigan federal census, he was living nearby his in-laws, the Kleserts. He was enumerated on 8 July 1870 in Sherman Township, Post Office Sturgis.

      On the birth certificates of his two youngest children, he is listed as George Gess, and his wife as Mary Gess. The death certificate for his son lists the last name as Gessee.

      In a plat of Sherman Township ca 1880 supplied by Dorothy Williams, land belonging to G. Jess adjoins a larger parcel belonging to J. Klevsert.

      The above biography was compiled by combining the notes of Dot Williams, Jo Peck, Fern Bengelsdorf, and Melinda Strong.
    • (Research):
      Census Listings:

      1870 Census
      Michigan, St. Joseph County, Sherman Township, P.O. Sturgis
      Enumerated 8 July 1870
      #185-185
      Gesse, George 38 Farmer $1,600 340 Prussia
      Gesse, Mary 32 Keeping House Macklenburg
      Gesse, Andrew 8 Michigan
      Gesse, Anna 6 Michigan
      Gesse, Minnie 4 Michigan
      Gesse, Julia 2 Michigan
      Gesse, Sophia 6/12 Michigan

      On the birth certificates of his two youngest children, he is listed as George Gess, and his wife as Mary Gess. The death certificate for his son lists the last name as Gessee.

      1880 Census
      Census Place:Sherman, St. Joseph, Michigan
      Source:FHL Film 1254603 National Archives Film T9-0603 Page 45 RelationSexMarrRaceAgeBirthplace
      George JESSE Self M M W 48 PRUS Occ:Farmer Fa: PRUS Mo: PRUS
      Mary JESSE Wife F M W 42 MECK Occ:Keeping House Fa: MECK Mo: MECK
      Andrew JESSE Son M S W 18 MI Occ:At Home Fa: PRUS Mo: MECK
      Anna JESSE Dau F S W 17 MI Fa: PRUS Mo: MECK
      Minnie JESSE Dau F S W 14 MI Fa: PRUS Mo: MECK
      Julia JESSE Dau F S W 12 MI Fa: PRUS Mo: MECK
      Augusty JESSE Dau F S W 10 MI Fa: PRUS Mo: MECK

      1900 Census
      Michigan, St. Joseph County, Sherman Township
      #119-120
      Jesse, George Head W M Feb 1832 68 Widowed Germany Immigrated 1858 In US 42 years Naturalized Farmer R&W, Speaks English owns farm, free of mortgage
      Oman, Julia Dtr W F Dec 1863 32 Wd 1 child, still living born MI parents born Germany
      Oman, George Gson W M Oct 1896 Mich
    Person ID I48  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2016 

    Father Andrew Jesse,   b. Bef 1815, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary Bajrovik,   b. Bef 1815, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The names of the children Mary and Andrew JESSE, are based on list prepared by their granddaughter, Augusta Jesse Buchholz. Augusta's granddaughter, Fern Falkenstein Bengelsdorf, has the original list, and gave a copy of it to Dorothy Ball Williams. It APPEARS that George and Anna were the oldest children, and Amelia the youngest. This seems logical since George and Anna appear to have been the first to emigrate. The birthdates of the other children are ESTIMATED based on this assumption. If they were not listed in birth order, this is likely incorrect.
    Family ID F50  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

    Family Maria Johanna Elisabeth Klevsaat,   b. Bef 6 Jan 1838, Rosenow, Demmin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1890, Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1859  Byron, Genesee County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Andrew Charles Jesse,   b. 29 Jul 1861, Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1937, Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Anna Sophia Jesse,   b. 16 Sep 1863, Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1957, Centreville, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     3. Wilhelmina "Minnie" Johanna Friederika Jesse,   b. 27 Sep 1865, Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1961, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     4. Julia Jesse,   b. 22 Dec 1867, Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1958, Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     5. Augusta Henrietta Jesse,   b. 14 Apr 1870, Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1966, Centreville, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     6. Ida Jesse,   b. 7 May 1873, Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1873, Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Charles Jesse,   b. 6 Oct 1875, Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1876, Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Photos
    Jesse Family, UNKNOWNS, ca 1880-1900
    Jesse Family, UNKNOWNS, ca 1880-1900
    Xerox of a family photo from Jo Bossert Peck. It appears that the photo was taken at the studio of Mrs. Chappell in Sturgis, Michigan, as this was embossed on the cardboard frame. Jo indicated that on the back was written "Grandpa (Andrew?) Jesse's sister, daughter and husband." Jo is not sure which of Andrew Jesse's four sisters this refers to. It had originally been assumed that this was a photo of Andrew's parents, George Jesse and his wife, Marie Klesert. However, this does not appear to be the case. PLEASE HELP US POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE PEOPLE IN THIS PHOTO.
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F29  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Nov 1859 - Byron, Genesee County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 May 1903 - Sherman Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Sherman Lutheran Church Cemetery, St. Joseph County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Jesse, George, before 1900
    Jesse, George, before 1900
    B. 1832 Prussia D. 1903 Michigan
    Xerox of photo from Jo Bossert Peck

  • Sources 
    1. [S469] Williams, Dorothy Ball--Family Researcher (dotwfl@comcast.net) 3331 Southwest Villa Place, Palm City, FL 34990 ; based in part on BonnieMargaret Benkelman Jacob's unpublished typescript, THE FAMILY BENKELMAN.

    2. [S308] 1880 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005., (1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880. T9, 1,454 rolls. This database is an index to 50 million individuals enumerated in the 1880 United States Federal Census. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, occupation, relationship to the head of household, race, sex, age at last birthday, marital status, place of birth, parents’ place of birth. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1880 Federal Census.).

    3. [S29] State of Michigan, Department of State, Division of Vital Records, Death Certificate, George W. Jessee May 13, 1903 Vol 2, Page 127, No. 106 (Reliability: 3).