This service is dedicated to furthering genealogy research and information sharing regarding the JESSEE surname, including JESSE, JESSIE, JESSEY, JESSY variations, their ancestors, descendants, and related families. Their origins are believed to be in pre-Revolutionary War Virginia and they largely lived in North Carolina, Southwest Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee from 1775-1825. Many descendants migrated virtually all over the South, Midwest, and West, and later the Northwest and Canada. Related families included in this database are: Armstrong, Smyth/ Smith, Porter, Duncan, Bickley, Richmond/Richman, Bartee and Barrick families; and many other Southwest Virginia Families who have intermarried with the Jessees, including: the Banner, Browning, Burk(e), Counts, Fuller, Gose, Kiser, Stone, and Vermillion families, to name a few of the surnames to be found in the Family Database.

To Search for Your Ancestors or Other Kin

Go to the Jessee Genealogy Service-Family Database and use the search index to find surnames and individuals of interest to you.

This Family Database has the family information for James Wilson "Jim" Jessee, his wife Nelda Faye (Meline) Jessee, and the pedigree of their children, Earl Wilson Jessee and Emma Elizabeth Jessee. It includes the Meline, Ware, Tuck, and Camper surnames, who were early California pioneering families, and the Peterson/Petersen, Lunde, Skogstad, and Hermundstad surnames, whose family origins are largely from North Dakota and Canada prior to 1950, and Norway and Sweden prior to 1900.

This Database also contains information regarding Jim and his sister Julie Ann Jessee, their mother, Frances Sylvia "Brownie" (Brownfield) Jessee, her Jewish ancestors, and the survivors and descendants of her Brownfield (Bronfeld/Braunfeld), Shlomkowitz (Szlamkowicz), Ajzenbaum, Szklarczyk, and Herszlikowicz families of Russia, Poland, and Israel, most of whom perished in the Holocaust.

Your comments and inquiries are welcome. Please write, call or e-mail us:
James W. "Jim" Jessee, editor and genealogist
Earl W. Jessee
, Web and publications design

Jessee Family
1272 Hobart Street
Chico, California 95926-3702

Write to me for genealogy inquiries.

The Jessee Family Newsletter

The Jessee Family Newsletter is edited and published by Jim Jessee and is a "printed" publication of The Jessee Genealogy Service available by a $15 annual subscription for two issues. Please make out a check to the Jessee Genealogy Service and mail it to Jim Jessee at the address above. This 24 page plus newsletter is mailed to you in January and July each subscription year. Back issues as PDF files are available on this site.

Join "Jessee-L" the RootsWeb Surname List

The "Jessee List" is an Internet Bulletin Board on RootsWeb which you may join for free. It is a means to post messages to all subscribers, and it will send to you any posting by others. Much Jessee family information is shared here on a weekly basis. The Digest is a periodic collection of the messages posted to the list.

To join the Jessee-L family "E-mail" distribution list, send an email to:
with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body.

To join Jessee-D, a digest form of the list, do the same, but send an email to

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You are Invited!

To the 11th Biannual National Jessee Family Reunion and Picnic

The JHF biannual reunion program for August 3–4, 2012 is as follows:

More Information on the Jessee Family Reunion and Research Day