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The Jette/Jett family Ross/PikeCounties in Ohio

Updated September 8, 2001

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The Jett Family of Potts Hill in Ross County

Andrew came to Ross county Ohio in the early 1800's he was born in Stafford Co. Virginia. I believe he came with his Father Fredrick Jett, as he was listed in early Ohio census as Fredrick Jess living in Ross county area prior to 1820 and probably dieing sometime after 1840. Fredrick was born about 1765 in Virginia and working his way to Ohio through possibly Kentucky and showing up in Ohio prior to the 1820 census. Not much is known about Fredrick but he is listed in 1820 census as Fredrick Jess. In 1830 Andrew and Fredrick were listed as heads of separate households under the surname of Jest but same location, and the 1840 census Fredrick no longer was listed and Andrew last name showed up as Jett with no other similar spelled names in these two townships Paint and Paxton in Ross county during all three census. I assume Jett was not and is still not a very common surname in Ohio. On March 16, 1830(marriage license spelled Jett, as Jetz) Andrew married Jane Chalfant in Highland County, Ohio; they took up housekeeping in the same area referred to Potts Hill just outside of Bainbridge, Ohio in Paxton and Paint twps, Ross County along the Pike county border.
In the 1840 census Andrew and Jane were listed with two daughters between 10 and 15 one possibly Rebecca age unknown and the other unaccounted for, and 3 sons 2 under 5yrs, Joseph and unknown, and 1, 5 to 10 yrs which would be Solomon. Between June 15, 1849 and April 16, 1854 Andrew and Jane had three children born and passed before their second birthday, Elizabeth W., Sarah W. and Samuel M. Jett.
By the time of the 1860 census Andrew (52) and Jane (53) had four sons. Andrew and his second son John (24) were working as "forge carpenters" and his third son Joseph (22) (my GGGF) was listed as working as a wood chopper, and William (16) as a farm hand.
His Eldest son Solomon (25) had married Catherine Knisley (25) and was listed as a Farmer living next to his father, and I'm sure Joseph his brother working with him. Solomon and Catherine had 2 children Elizabeth J.(4) and Samuel(2).
In December on the third John married Elizabeth Goff and probably set up house keeping. On Sept 1, 1861 they were blessed with a daughter Mary.
After the outbreak of the Civil War all four sons joined the Ohio Voluntary Infantry. Solomon and Joseph leaving September 5, 1861 to join the 33rd OVI, Solomon leaving his pregnant wife at home with his family. I wonder if they had finished their harvest, and thought they would be back in time for spring planting. On January 20, Catherine gave birth to their third child, a daughter Sarah F. Jett. William who must had just turned 18, enlisted on August 7, 1862, in the 89th OVI, his older brother John followed a week later on August 15, 1862 to join the same unit, probably to watch out for his little brother, leaving his wife Catherine with his mother and father and the two kids.
After the war all four sons except William were in poor health. John was in poor health after June of 1864 in and out of military hospitals. He was furloughed on April 15, 1865,and discharged on May 15, 1865. On July 3, 1865 he died of complications from diseases incurred during his service. His wife Elizabeth and daughter Mary eventually moved to Phelps Co. Missouri with the Goff family. Elizabeth remarried Charles Brenner on December 24th 1874, and Henry Goff (54) being appointed guardian for Mary.
Solomon although by pension records never fully recovered from illness he received during the Civil War, he went on to have five more children after the war, George E. January 4, 1866, Jacob December 8, 1868, Joseph December 9, 1874, Henry C. January 13, 1876, and Rosa M. May 27, 1879. In the 1900 census Solomon is listed as living alone still in the Potts Hill area.
William didn't list any ill affects from the War though it looks like he must of went to Missouri with his sister-in-law Elizabeth as he al

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