Kit # 1413. Elizabeth Morton, b. c1780 + Benjamin Bledsoe b. c1776, of Surry Co, NC > Ufins Bledsoe b. 1805 NC + Arter Kissee 1826 Pulaski Co, KY, d. 1878 Christian Co, MO. HVR1 Haplogroup U4  
HVR1 Mutations 16263C
HVR2 Mutations 73G

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Mary Fern Souder

Generation 1: Elizabeth Morton, was born ca. 1780, but not much is known about her heritage. She married Benjamin Bledsoe, Jr., and the marriage allegedly occurred on 23 October 1801 in Madison County, VA. Benjamin JR was mentioned in the will of his father, Benjamin Bledsoe, Sr., which was proved in January Court in 1806 Knox County, KY. Bledsoe researchers believe that this is the same Benjamin Bledsoe, Sr., who married Sarah Chew on 10 December 1777 in Orange County, VA.

Generation 2: Ufins Bledsoe was born 14 October 1805 in North Carolina. She married Arthur (pronounced Arter) Kissee on 28 November 1826 in Pulaski County, KY. The information concerning this generation has a much stronger paper trail because of the biographies for the Kissee family which appear in "A Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region," Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1894, pp. 349-353. Biographies for Arter and Ufins state that her parents were Benjamin Bledsoe and Elizabeth Morton, early settlers of Kentucky, and that Arter's parents were Benjamin Kissee and Elizabeth Waddill.

According to the biographies, Arter and Ufins Bledsoe Kissee emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana to Illinois, then returned to the northwest part of Indiana and took up land, living there until 1846 when they went to what is now Christian County, MO. They settled on Swan Creek and later near Ozark. Then they moved to Sparta in Christian County, and lived there until her death in 1878 and his death in 1887. The biography for Ufins stated that she was "a worthy member of the Christian Church."

Generation 3: Nancy Jane Kissee, daughter of Arter and Ufins Kissee, was born in 1838 in Edgar County, IN. She married four times and had children by each husband. Her first two husbands were George Dummitt and Willis Padgett. Nancy Jane Kissee married her third husband, Jesse Jennings, about 1872. He was a prominent legislator of Taney County, MO, and a widower with eight children who was some 36 years her senior.

After the births of two children, Jesse Jennings died in 1877, and Nancy Jane married her fourth husband, Joseph Glenn, in 1879. After having one son by Joseph Glenn, Nancy Jane died in 1886, leaving minor children, including her ten-year-old daughter, Nancy "Ufie" Jennings, who was sent to live with Nancy Ufie's half-sister, Mrs. Agnes Jennings Wyatt, daughter of Jesse Jennings by his first wife, Hannah Haggy.

Generation 4: Nancy "Ufie" Jennings married William Wallace Rice on 22 April 1901 in Taney County, MO.

I am deeply indebted to H. Banks McLaurin for his definitive work on the Bledsoe family in the United States; to Marguerite Workman for her generous collaboration on the Kissee and Jennings families; and to Betty Uder who is compiling and publishing Kissee family history.


Last Updated on 7/10/2007
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