The first record we have of Jesse Jr. is an 1812 Property Tax Digest for Captain Harper's District in Hancock County. He was about 22 at the time and didn't own any property yet. His tax appears to be the minimum amount possible, a poll tax of 31¼¢.*
[Ancestry.com. Georgia, Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Georgia Tax Digests . 140 volumes. Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives.]
Jesse Jr. was still living at home at the time of the 1820 U.S. Census; he's in the column for "# of free white males age 26-45." There are 16 enslaved persons in the household.
[1820 U S Census; Census Place: Capt Maddens District, Hancock, Georgia; Page: 94; NARA Roll: M33_7; Image: 99. Ancestry.com. 1820 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.]
On December 24, 1824, Jesse Jr. and Timney P, Watts were married in Morgan County, Georgia. A little over a year later he would be dead.**
[Courtesy of Georgia Archives]
His only child, my great great grandfather Jesse Thomas Simeon Warren, was only 4-1/2 months old. According to his grandfather Jesse Sr.'s will, written while his father was on his death bed, the baby hadn't been named yet.
Jesse Jr. left no will so the probate court named Thomas Watts*** as administrator after he and two other men posted a $10,500 bond. There are three male slaves included in the inventory of Jesse Jr.'s estate, Hall, Moses and Enoch, each valued at $450.
["Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-30356-797-94?cc=1999178 : accessed 13 April 2016), Morgan > Administration and guardian records, appraisements, citations and sales 1825-1828 vol E > image 321+322 of 400; county probate courthouses, Georgia.]
In 1827 Jesse Jr's widow Timney married John P. Phillips who became the guardian of his son and administered the orphan's estate, filing annual reports with the courts.
*You can learn more about poll taxes here.
**Jesse Jr. died on February 6, 1826.Transcript of his obituary:
On the 6th instant, at his residence in Morgan county, Jesse Warren, Jr in the thirty-sixth year of his age, of a lingering disease, leaving a widow and infant son to lament their irreparable loss, and aged parents and brothers and sisters to lament the loss of a dutiful son, and an affectionate brother, and a number of friends and acquaintances who were conscientious to acknowledge him an honest man, a worthy friend and most (______?) citizen.***A neighbor and almost certainly a connection of Timney's, possibly her father or brother.
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