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Jessie Wiess

Female 1892 - 1970  (78 years)


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  • Name Jessie Wiess 
    Born 24 Sep 1892  Hooks Switch, Hardin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1

    Gender Female 
    Census 18 Jan 1920  Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2

     
    Census 20 Apr 1930  Pear Ridge, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3

     
    Died 30 Nov 1970  Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5

    Buried Bumstead Cemetery, East Walton Road, Lumberton, Hardin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Notes 
    • A strong, Christian woman, she was the family historian, and had many t
      alents and interests, including gardening (she bred various flowers, in
      cluding Amaryllis), canaries (she raised them for a brief time), and se
      wing (she made clothes, quilts and rugs).  She was quite the Bible scho
      lar and was instrumental in all of her children (and grandchildren) bec
      oming Christians.
      She was only 14 months old when her father was killed in a steam boiler a
      ccident at his brother-in-law, George W. Hooks', lumber mill. Of her gr
      andparents, only her grandmother, Jane Cravey Bumstead was still living t
      o help care for her and her brother, her half-sister Amy and two half-b
      rothers.  Her mother had help raising them from her aunt and uncle Magg
      ie and George Hooks and from Dora's brother, Herman Bumstead.  Richard W
      hittington said that her uncle, Edward Sorrelle Wiess, was her father f
      igure.
      Late in her life, she moved back to Kirbyville, the town of her birth a
      nd where her father was killed when she was an infant.  (Kirbyville had b
      een previously called Sharon, then Hooks' Switch when her uncle George W
      ashington Hooks owned the sawmill where her father was killed, and then i
      t was called Ariola and finally Kirbyville.)
      Handwritten notes from my grandmother, Jessie Wiess Whittington  ... so
      me garbled
      "great great    Dr. Charles Siebold  left Germany
      "  great    Dr. Charles Siebold German
      "      daughter Selma Siebold  your grandmother
      "John Siebold  brother; daddy  uncle
      "Ernest Siebold  lives in Jasper now (1965); dad cousin
      "dad was born in Houston somewhere near Washington Street.
      "husbands of great grandmother: Swearingen - Siebold - Herbert
      "probably James Oglethorpe settled Georgia direct from Ireland
          "Henry O'Cravey or Cravey -- came to Georgia in somewhere about 179
      0 or before -- he was serving as a slave overseer for a Georgia planter b
      y the name of Sapp.  I do not know his first name, or the exact locatio
      n of the Sapp plantation.  Could have been near or in what is now Savan
      na, GA or Atlanta, but I somehow feel that Savannah is the more likely p
      lace.  While Henry was so employed as slave overseer, he fell in love w
      ith the boss' daughter, Mary Sapp.  They finally eloped together and li
      ved in the woods out of reach of Mary's father, who had certainly not p
      lanned for his daughter to marry a penniless immigrant Irishman.  Mr. S
      app, who was very angry, hunted his daughter and her husband for two we
      eks -- with his Negro body servant riding with him to carry the muzzle l
      oading rifle.  The body servant, when told to load the rifle always spi
      t in the firing pan, so that the rifle would not fire.  Finally Henry O
      'Cravey and Mary settled in a small home, and she ventured home to get h
      er clothes. Her father does not speak to her at this time.  Later, Papa S
      app decides to go see how Mary is making out.  He found Mary rubbing ou
      t her wash at a tub, which slaves had always done for at her father's h
      ouse, so he goes home and sends eight Negro slaves over to take care of M
      ary. When Henry came home he took an ox whip and ran the slaves off.  B
      ut later he bought slaves of his own.  He made quite a fortune moving a
      cross the South buying and selling abandoned homesteads, and renovating a
      nd reselling these plantations.  He and his Mary had a large family.  M
      y grandmother, Jane O'Cravey was one of Henry O'Cravey's youngest daugh
      ters, born about 1820-26, died 1912 somewhere near that.  There were ab
      out six daughters and six or seven sons -- and then Mary died."
          "After that, Henry O'Cravey immigrated across the Mississippi River a
      cross Louisiana on their way to East Texas.  On crossing the Mississipp
      i on a ferry, my grandmother said there were two mules carrying the gol
      d on the way to Texas.  By now Henry is getting up in years but, in Tex
      as, he remarries a widow with two children and there are two or three m
      ore children born to old Henry and his new wife.  I do not know her nam
      e, but one of the half brothers was named Charlton O'Cravey -- so there m
      ust have been 16 or more children of this Irishman Henry O'Cravey.  He l
      ast settled at a place now called Old Hardin a few miles West of Kountz
      e Texas in Hardin County.  His great reason for remarrying was to get a g
      overness for his young daughters. But this stepmother was not to use an
      y harsh discipline, and he almost sent her away for slapping my grandmo
      ther, Jane O'Cravey."
      ===
      Obituary:
      Mrs. Whittington
      Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Wiess Whittington, 77, of 3410 Seventh a
      venue, have been tentatively set to be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the C
      layton-Thompson Funeral home chapel. The Rev. A.O. Jenkins of Beaumont, a B
      aptist minister, will officiate.
      Burial will be in the Bumstead cemetery at Fletcher, Texas.
      Mrs. Whittington died Monday at 11:37 a.m. in Park Place hospital after a l
      ong illness.  She made her home at the Seventh avenue address with her d
      aughter, Mrs, Rosemary Vincent.
      A native of Hooks Switch in hardin county, Mrs. Whittington had lived i
      n Port Arthur since 1917 and she was a member of First Baptist church o
      f Kirbyville.  Her husband, Dalton Ernest Whittington, died April 7.
      Survivors are one other daughter, Mrs. Gloria Cloud of Austin; three so
      ns, Marcus Wiess Whittington of Nacogdoches, John Edward Whittington of M
      esquite, Texas, and Richard Whittington of Fred; 15 grandchildren and 1
      0 great grandchildren.
      The Port Arthur News, December 1, 1970, Page 12

      ===
      Mrs. Whittington
      Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Wiess Whittington, 77, of 3410 Seventh s
      treet will be held today at 2 p.m. in the Clayton-Thompson Funeral home c
      hapel.
      The Rev. A.O. Jenkins of Beaumont, a Baptist minister, will officiate. B
      urial will be in Bumstead cemetery at Fletcher, Texas.
      Mrs. Whittington, who had lived in Port Arthur since 1917, died Monday a
      t 11:37 a.m. at Park Place hospital.
      Pallbearers will be Joe and Neelis Vincent, Thomas Cloud III, Thomas Cl
      oud, John E. Whittington, Jr. and Dalton William Whittington.
      The Port Arthur News, Wednesday, December 2, 1970, p. 10

    Person ID I1318  mykindred
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2012 

    Father Willie Simon Wiess,   b. 20 Jun 1862, Wiess Bluff, Jasper county, Texas, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1893, Hooks Switch, Hardin county, Texas, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Mother Dora Bumstead,   b. 10 Feb 1871, Hardin county, Texas, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1951, Silsbee, Hardin county, Texas, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 21 Dec 1891  Sharon, Hardin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Notation in their family Bible:  "Married Dec. 23rd 1891 at Sharon Har
      din Co. Tex  Dora Bumstead to Willie S. Wiess of Beaumont Texas"
    Family ID F492  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dalton Earnest Whittington, II
    ,   b. 14 Oct 1895, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1970, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 16 Apr 1917  Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Witnessed by D.E. Whittington, Sr, Victor Williams, Olivette Williams; t
      he Rev. J.M.P. Morrow, officiating minister.
    Notes 
    • -
      1920 census, TX, Jefferson, Port Arthur, ed 107, 28-A, (T625-1822, p.22
      4)
      Jan. 18, 1920, HH 596
      Whiting, Dalton E, head, M, W, 24, TX, LA, TX, canner
      Whiting, Jessie T, wife, F, W, 27, TX, TX, TX
      Whiting, Rosemary, dau, 8/10, TX
      -
      1930 census, TX, Jefferson, JP 2, Pear Ridge, e.d. 123-72, 14-A, (T626-
      2363, p. 88)
      April 20, 1930
      Calanette Ave, HH 266/282
      Whittington, D.E., head, $2000, M, W, 34, m at 31, TX, LA, TX, laborer, o
      il refinery
      Whittington, Jessie, wife, F, W, 37, m at 24, TX, TX, TX
      Whittington, Rosemary, dau, 10
      Whittington, Gloria, dau, 9
      Whittington, Dalton, son, 5
      Whittington, John E, son, 3-2/12
      Whittington, Marcus W, son, 1-4/12

      -
      Second street, HH 269/285
      Thornton, Henry T, head, M, W, 32, m at 18, TX, TN, TX, laborer, oil re
      finery
      Thornton, Bertha A, wife, F, W, 32, m at 19, TX, TN, TX
      Thornton, Marada M, dau, 11
      Thornton, William A, son, 9
      Thornton, Thomas Jr, son, 3-?/12
      Thornton, Francis E, dau, 1-?/12
      -

    Children 
     1. Dorothy Elinor Whittington,   b. 13 Jan 1918, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1918, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +2. Rosemary Whittington,   b. 21 Apr 1919, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 2001, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +3. Living
     4. Dalton William Whittington,   b. 11 Jan 1925, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1942, Point Cruz, Guadalcanal (WW-II) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
    +5. John Edward Whittington,   b. 7 Feb 1927, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1994, Mesquite, Dallas county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +6. Rev. Marcus Wiess Whittington,   b. 14 Nov 1928, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1998, Shenandoah, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +7. Rev. Richard Whitfield Whittington,   b. 2 Jul 1931, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 2004, Fort Worth, Tarrant county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Family ID F465  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Wiess Whittington, Jessie (1892-1970)
    Wiess Whittington, Jessie (1892-1970)
    Mitchell, Bertha Alma (1898-1981)
    Wiess, Jessie (1892-1970)
    Bertha Mitchell Thornton and first cousin Jessie Wiess Whittington.

    Documents
    Whittington, Jessie (Wiess)
    Whittington, Jessie (Wiess)
    Death Certificate

    Histories
    Bumstead, Dora -- Family Bible
    Bumstead, Dora -- Family Bible
    The family Bible of Dora Bumstead Wiess and Willie Simon Wiess
    The Bible of Willie Wiess & Dora Bumstead
    The Bible of Willie Wiess & Dora Bumstead
    PDF version for printing

  • Sources 
    1. [S143] Bible of Dora Bumstead and Willie W. Wiess .

    2. [S3967] 1920 US federal census , 1920 census, TX, Jefferson, Port Arthur, ed 107, 28-A, (T625-1822, p.224)
      .

    3. [S2555] 1930 US federal census , 1930 census, TX, Jefferson, JP 2, Pear Ridge, e.d. 123-72, 14-A, (T626-2363, p. 88)
      .

    4. [S428] Texas Death Records on-line .

    5. [S561] Death Certificate .