John Hesson Jr1

#788, (circa 1813 - 1880)
RelationshipGreat-grandfather of Nelle Belle Bridges
Father*John Hesson2 (1781 - 1861)
Mother*Sarah Simpson2 (1791 - b 1861)

Family 1

Nancy A Ward b. c 1814, d. bt 1860 - 1864
Children 1.Harriet E Hesson+18 (1838 - 1915)
 2.Elizabeth Melissa Hesson+11 (1842 - b 1877)
 3.Sarah Anne Hesson+11 (c 1844 - 1865)
 4.Samuel M. Hesson+11 (c 1847 - )
 5.Nancy Frances Hesson+11 (1850 - 1901)

Family 2

Junetta Black b. 1830, d. 1880
Child 1.George B Hesson+19 (c 1866 - 1945)
John Hesson Jr.'s second marriage: In the 1870 census, Junetta, age 40 and b. IN, appears as Junetta Hesson, apparently the spouse of John Hesson Jr. Also in the family are George Hesson, age 4, and James Black, age 9. The only recorded marriage for John after 1860 is recorded in Spencer County Marriage Record Volume 5 which contains marriage license and return information. On page 43 is the license entry for John Hesson and (difficult to read the script) Burnethy Entrican, issued 9 Mar 1864, with return information that the marriage of John Hesson and (either) Benthy or Beutty Entrican was performed on 26 Mar 1864 by T. T. Williams, Minister of the Gospel. There are several other Entrican marriages recorded in Spencer Co.:
20 Oct 1872: Charles A. Entrican and Eliza Wood.
31 Jan 1875: Elden T. Entrican and Jane Locker.
21 Aug 1879: Eliza Jane Entrican and Martin V. Picket
Other records that may offer clues are:
Charles Albert Entrican, b. New Albany IN 27 Aug 1852, son of Wm. Entrican and Beonetta Black.
11 Apr 1848: William Entrican and Burnette Black, marr. 11 Apr 1848, New Albany, Floyd Co. IN.3 
Birth*circa 1813He was born circa 1813 at KentuckyG; (census records: 1850, age 37; 1860, age 49; 1870, age 56.)4 
7 August 1820He appeared on the census of 7 August 1820 in the household of John Hesson and Sarah Simpson at Covington, Campbell Co., KentuckyG; (nei. Ignatious Simpson.)5 
circa 1827He removed with John Hesson and Sarah Simpson to IndianaG circa 1827 from Kentucky.6 
1830He appeared on the census of 1830 in the household of John Hesson and Sarah Simpson at Grass Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG; (head of hh ordered by first letter of surname.)7 
Marriage*11 August 1837He married Nancy A Ward, daughter of ____ Ward and ____ _____, on 11 August 1837 at Spencer Co., IndianaG.8,9 
1840He and Nancy A Ward appeared on the census of 1840 at Spencer Co., IndianaG; (neis. Benj. Simpson; Benj. Ward; parents John and Sarah Hesson.)10
24 August 1850He and Nancy A Ward appeared on the census of 24 August 1850 at Jackson Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG.11
16 August 1860He and Nancy A Ward appeared on the census of 16 August 1860 at Jackson Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG; (neis. Benj. and Eliza. Hesson; John Tuley; Benj. Bridges and Hannah; Wm. and Susannah Hesson.)12
5 September 1861He was named in the will of John Hesson on 5 September 1861 at Spencer Co., IndianaG.13
Marriage*26 March 1864He married Junetta Black on 26 March 1864 at Spencer Co., IndianaG.14,15 
14 June 1870He and Junetta Black appeared on the census of 14 June 1870 at Jackson Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG.16 
Death*1880He died in 1880 at IndianaG.17,1 
ChartsAncestors of Nelle Belle Bridges


  1. [S76] George's Family of 124183, online
  2. [S54] 1840 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S196] Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths 1916-1947, online Index entry for Chas. Albert Entrican.
  4. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. age 37, b. KY.
  5. [S115] 1820 U.S. Federal Census. John (26-44); F (26-44) [Sarah]; 1 m 10-15 [Benjamin], 2 m <10 [John, poss. Gideon or Samuel]; 1 f 10-15 [Elizabeth], 2 f <10 [Margaret, Nancy]; 8 total.
  6. [S520] VWH, between births of Alfred and William.
  7. [S116] 1830 U.S. Federal Census. John (40-49); F (40-49) [Sarah]; 1 m 20-29 [Benjamin], 2 m 10-14 [John (actually at least 15), ____], 2 m 5-9 [Gideon, Samuel], 2 m <5 [Alfred, William]; 1 f 10-14 [Nancy], 1 f 5-9 [Margaret]; 11 total.
  8. [S198] Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [database], Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research and Works Progress Administration, compilers, online, John Hesson and Nancy Ward, marr. 11 Aug 1837, Spencer Co. IN. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT. OS Page: 1321758 - 1321759.
  9. [S648] Indiana Marriages 1811-1959/2007/2019 (index and images), online, Index entry. John Hessen and Nancy Wards, Spencer Co., lic. 9 Aug 1837, marr. 11 Aug 1837, by Hnery Hart.
  10. [S54] 1840 U.S. Federal Census. John Hesson (20-29); F (20-29) [Nancy], 1 m <5 [?]; 1 f <5 [Harriet].
  11. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. John (37), b. KY; Nancy (36), b. LA.
  12. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. John (49), b. KY, own farm $1600; Nancy (48), b. LA.
  13. [S1631] Indiana Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999, online, Spencer > Will Record, Vol C, 1843-1847; Will Record Vol D, 1846-1854; Will Record, Vol 1, 1853-1880, img. 378/632. Will Record I, 1853-80, p. 103. Last Will of John Hesson of Spencer Co., 5 Sep 1861.
    Bequeaths to son Alfred M Hesson the farm on which he lives, being the W ½ of the SW ¼ of Section 23, Twp. 5 S, Range 6 W.
    Bequeaths to son John Hesson: (1) the SE ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 22, Twp. 5 S, Range 6 W together with the NE ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 22, Twp. 5 S, Range 6 W, altogether eighty acres; (2) the SW ¼ of the SW ¼ of Section 14, Twp. 5 S, Range 6 W, except eight acres off the north side of said tract extending east to west, containing thirty-two acres.
    Bequeaths to son Gideon M Hesson the eight acres excepted from the land bequeathed to John Hesson, and one mare.
    Bequeaths to daughters Margaret Brand, Elizabeth Wood and Nancy Tuley certain livestock and all of the household and kitchen furniture.
    Bequeaths to son Benjamin Hesson $200, to be paid by son Wm. C Hesson.
    Bequeaths to grandsons Franklin and Samuel Hesson, sons of Samuel Hesson, deceased, $200 each, to be paid by Alfred M Hesson.
    Witn. John Bender and (illegible). Proved and filed 19 Oct 1861
    (Note: not named are Thomas and Hannah, prob. deceased).
  14. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. Junetta, wife of John Hesson.
  15. [S239] Tuley Family Tree, racelander64, owner, online, Janetta Black, Spencer Co., no other details.
  16. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. John (56), own $1600 farm, b. KY; Junetta (40), b. IN.
  17. [S520] VWH.
  18. [S1672] Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011/2017, Indiana State Board of Health, Death Certificates, 1900–2011, Death Cert. of Harriet E Hesson, dau. of John Hesson and Nancy Ward, 1915, q.v, online
  19. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. John (56), own $1600 farm, b. KY; Junetta (40), b. IN; George (4); James Black (9).