Jerry, Your message is very interesting, I think that we may be close to connecting. The key was your finding the 1850 census. I think that this is my ggfather's brother, John Champion Benthall b 1807 in Wilson Co., TN. His parents where; Daniel Benthall b 1773 in Northampton Co., VA and d 1816 in Wilson Co., TN, and Mary ? b 1774 in Northampton Co. and d 1831 in ?. They had 9 children: Rosey, George, Littleton (my gfather), Elizabeth, John Champion, Susannah, Arcadia, Molly, and William Jarvis. The 1st 3 b in Northampton Co., VA and the others b in Wilson Co., TN. I have data for most of the children but had little for J.C.but he may be buried in Fayette Co., TX next to Littleton. It may be a coinsidence that both Littleton and J.C. were blacksmiths. I can't connect to your Jesse but I'll check my files because I have a erie feeling that I've come across a Jesse m to an Anderson in TX.