Tabitha G. (Bitha) Jessee

1843–8 March 1929 (Age 86)
Reeds, Cumberland, Virginia, United States

The Life of Tabitha G. (Bitha)

When Tabitha G. (Bitha) Jessee was born in 1843, in Reeds, Cumberland, Virginia, United States, her father, David Counts Jessee, was 23 and her mother, Margaret Peggy Smith, was 26. She married John Wesley Mays on 25 December 1869, in Russell, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Copper Creek, Russell, Virginia, United States in 1870 and Moccasin District, Russell, Virginia, United States for about 40 years. She died on 8 March 1929, in Honaker, Russell, Virginia, United States, at the age of 86.

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John Wesley Mays
Tabitha G. (Bitha) Jessee
Marriage: 25 December 1869
Martha Elizabeth Mays
Lydia Margaret Mays
William Nelson Mays
Henry M Mays
John H Mays
Mary Virginia "Mollie" Mays
Rachel Victoria Mays

Spouse and Children

25 December 1869
Russell, Virginia, United States


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Parents and Siblings





    George L Jessee


    Mary Elizabeth Jessee


    Edward Smith Jessee


+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 1

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Age 3

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 23

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.

Name Meaning

Variant spelling of English or respelling of German Jesse .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Tabitha S Jessee in household of David Jessee, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Tobitha Jessee in household of David Jessee, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Tabitha Mays in household of Mary Mays, "United States Census, 1870"

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