Thursday, November 24, 2016


THADDEUS S. JETT was born June 24, 1837, in Daviess County, Ky., and is a son of Richard C. Jett, a native of Statford County, Va.  Richard C. was twice married; his first wife, Lucy McCoy, a native of Virginia, bore him five children: William, John, Elizabeth (wife of James L. Estes), Harriet (wife of John P. Miller), and Jane (deceased wife of Richard Vaughan). His second wife was Susan Miller, born in Caroline County, daughter of William Miller, a Virginian also; her parents came to Kentucky, locating in Daviess County, when she was nine years old, where she was reared; there were twelve children by this second marriage, eight of whom lived to be grown and married, as follows: Thomas, married Miss Beavin; John, married Louisa Blincoe (Daviess); Richard, married Margaret C. Carter; Mary A., wife of L. M. Burnett; David W., married Miss M. E. Pate; Sallie, wife of William E. Haynes; Thaddeus S., married Mary E. Willis; and Joe married Rill Mosely. Subject's father first located in Daviess County; then in Hancock County, where he resided and farmed until his death, March 19, 1862. He and second wife were members of the Baptist Church, in which he held the office of deacon and moderator. For eight years he was sheriff of Daviess County, and also served as constable. His father, William Jett, was an officer in the Revolutionary war. He was twice married; subject's father was a son by his second wife, whose maiden name was Cole. Thaddeus was reared until fourteen years, of age in Daviess County, when his father moved to Hancock County where he stayed on the farm until nearly twenty years old, when he began for himself by working at the blacksmith trade twelve months. Then farmed, and continued to farm in Hancock County until 1873, when he moved to Ohio County, and located at Haynesville, and now lives in the house built by his wife's grandfather, John Haynes (better known as "Jack"), the first one in the town. He now owns forty acres where he now lives. February 29, 1872 he married Miss Mary E. Willis, sister of F. G. Willis, whose sketch is given elsewhere. They are the parents of three children: Mary H. (deceased), Emma, and David W.  Mr. Jett is a Baptist and his wife a Cumberland Presbyterian. He has served as constable. In politics he has been a life long Democrat, but lately a Prohibitionist, and works for the advancement of prohibition.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Mr. Jett died in 1918 and is buried in the Haynesville Cemetery, Ohio County.  This cemetry is located near the Ohio County & Daviess County line, a little NW of Fordsville.

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