My gg grandfather was George Washington Allen (b.1843).After many years of searching, I was contacted by someone who said George's parents were Jesse J. Allen & Elba Byrd.
When Jesse died (causes unknown), Elba remarried William Sorsby on 2/18/1845.I also found the 1850 Washington Co. TX Census that lists GW Allen living with William & Elba Sorsby family.Elba and Jesse were married on April 15, 1841 in Washington Co. TX.
So, as I see it: -- Jesse & Elba married in Washington Co. on 4/15/1841 -- Jesse died ??? -- Elba gave birth to George on 5/31/1843 -- Elba remarried to William on 2/18/1845
It seems that my Jesse J. and your Jesse I. might be the same.If you have any more information, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you, Nicole
One more thing - George & his family are listed the 1900 Waller Co. TX Census.George states that his father (Jesse) was born in MO.