I have a strong suspicion that this Jess may be the brother of our Lydia Mathias who was sent to live in the Home of the Friendless in NE.Our Lydia received a letter from a woman who worked on the board stating:(Mrs H.A. Babcock who was a board member at the Home for the Friendless in Lincoln, Nebraska.), saying that Lydia has a brother named Jesse Mathias, and a sister named Dora, and that Dora was married to a Mr Nelson. She also states that the Hoffmans never filed the adoption papers, also that her grandfather died and left the three children some money.
This letter was written in 1914 and still in possession of a family member today.