Name: Jesse Isaac DOOLEN
Birth: 9 DEC 1795 in Georgia
Death: 28 JUL 1865 in Marion Co, IL
Burial: Sandy Branch Cem, Kinmundy, Marion Co, IL
Change Date: 30 AUG 2015
See also: http://mjgen.com/doolen/daniel.html
Jesse was my gggg-grandfather.
Ordained minister, Methodist Church, 1844
JESSE was the third child of Daniel & Mary Doolen. His family was living in McCracken Co., Kentucky when he was 10 years old.
He married about 1820 in Kentucky to RACHAEL BONE (but not in McCracken Co).
Rachael was born in Chadsford, Ky., July 28, 1800. She was the granddaughter of William Whala, a German weaver who came to America several years before the Revolutionary War and served his new country in that war. Rachael's "grandsire Whala and his wife prospered and kept slaves. It was thought they lived near Chadsford, Kentucky, as a great battle was fought near their home, and from the description it was thought to be near Chadsford, Ky., however this is only conjectured." [from a Doolen family history]
His great-grandson Edward J. Doolen wrote an article for Brinkerhoff?s 1909 ?History of Marion County, Illinois?, p.157, about the early days of Foster township. See:
Jesse & Rachael had 9 children.
In 1830 they moved with Jesse's mother, 2 brothers, sister, sister-in-law, and 2 nephews to Fayette Co., Ill. Jesse and Rachael may have been in Fayette County as early as 1825, then possibly went back to Kentucky to get his mother after his father died in 1829. They lived a short distance east of Old Pinhook on Hickory Creek. Here he engaged in milling for a time.
In 1836 Jesse & Daniel, Jr. settled in Foster township near the North Fork creek (Marion Co.) probably right after Daniel married.
?In 1836 Mark Cole, Jonathan Green and the Doolens, Jesse and Daniel, settled near the north fork.?
[from Brinkerhoff?s 1909 ?History of Marion County, Illinois,? p.157]
They were on the 1840 & 1850 census in Marion County.
1840 IL census - Marion Co (twps not listed), p 168 (living next door to his brother, Daniel Jr):
Jesse Doolen - 0011001 - 0110001, which means:
male 40-50 [Jesse, 44]
female 40-50 [Rachael, 40]
boy 15-20 [Daniel James, 17]
boy 10-15 [Alfred Murray, 15]
girl 10-15 [Mary Ann, 13]
girl 5-10 [??? ]
[where is Jesse Jr who should have been 2, b 1838????]
"In his early life and during the first years of his marriage, he lived a reckless and unsettled life. However, he saw the folly of his ways, forsook his reckless course and thoroughly reformed." [from a Doolen family history] In 1844, at the age of 47, he was ordained by the Methodist Church to preach the Gospel, and spent the remainder of his life in labor for the Master. A history of Otego Township, Ill. states that Jesse Doolen preached there. He also preached in Wilberton Township:
"Wilberton Township is named after Esquire Willis Wilbern, who was one of the early settlers of this locality. With him may be mentioned Philip Luster, Jesse Doolan, Jacob Helm, William Davis, John Edwards, Henry Ginger, Francis Brown, William D. Brown, Elijah Reeces, Abel Manion, David K. Hamel, John W. Peyton, Thomas Mahone, Dr. Mahone and William Wilbern...
As early as 1825 the settlers began to awaken to the needs of their souls, and Levi Lowery, a Methodist preacher, when he preached the first sermon in the township, found many eager to listen to him. Jesse Doolan, Henry Turner, Samuel Dickens, Mr. Sherer and Mr. Pullen are numbered among the early preachers of Wilberton..." [from History of Fayette County, "Wilberton Township"]
From a Doolen Family History (by Edward Jesse Doolen)
?Chapter IV - The personage of whom I now write did not live in my day, and for facts concerning him I am indebted to others, both of my family and to outsiders. This man is the jovial tippler of whom we heard in the preceding chapter. He was the third child of Daniel Doolen and Mary Bridges, the daughter of a Revolutionaly soldier. Georgia was the state of his nativity, where he was born, Dec 9, 1796. The father acquired property and prospered, being a planter and owning several slaves. The child of Dec. was christened Jessee, and became a strong hardy youth. Of course we know that educational advantages were scarce at the time, but great things were happening, and to most, the future promised as great events as had been realized in the past. So he learned history by witnessing it, and by associating with those who had actively participated in affairs of the two momentous decades preceding his birth. The men and women of his community were contemporaries of the great founders of the Republic. Amid such surroundings it would indeed be a witless and indifferent clod who would not gain much. He learned arithmetic, reading, writing, and history and was possessed of eloquence. At the beginning of the War of 1812 his father and older brother Wm. entered the American Army, remaining in service until the close of hostilities.
Jessee married in Ky. where his parents had moved some years before. The name of his wife was Rachel Bone, and from what I have learned of her, she was one of the best women who ever bore our name. Before coming to Illinois, Jessee had become settled in his habits, and a worthy citizen. In 1844 he was licensed to preach. I have seen the document years ago, and hope to possess it soon. The authority came from the Methodist Church, and from that time on until his death he labored for the cause of the Master. I was once told by a man who when a boy attended divine service where my great-grandfather ministered. The preacher was the only one present who had on shoes. They were much worn and greased with butter. He lived in the style of the backwoods man and caring but little for the goods of this world he acquired but a small amount. At the residence of his son-in-law, Capt. John Foster, he was stricken with paralysis and died Juy 28, 1865. He was interred at Sandy Branch. Both his wives and his mother lie near him.?
Rachael died after a lingering illness of tuberculosis, in 1851 and was buried in the Sandy Branch Cemetery near Patoka (Marion Co.).
Jesse married a Mrs. Nancy Bullock and they lived on a hill north of the Doolen Cemetery. His second wife died while living there.
Their marriage record in Marion county says:
Jesse Isaac Doolen married Nancy Bullock, March 26, 1853
Then he married 3rd fo widow Mrs. Elizabeth "Bett" (Jones) Holt in 1855, but this was an unpleasant union, so after a time they lived apart. [His grandson, Lewis Wesley Doolen married Mary Margaret Holt in 1875, but I don't know if she was related to "Bett".]
?He died like his father, of paralysis, death taking place very suddenly on July 28, 1865 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Foster, and was buried beside his 1st wife and near his mother in the Sandy Branch Cemetery.? (source ?)
*Find A Grave Memorial# 42236154
Father: Daniel DOOLEN b: ABT 1765 in Ireland
Mother: Mary BRIDGES b: 1769 in NC
Rachael BONE b: 28 JUL 1800 in Chadsford, KY
- William DOOLEN b: 1820 in KY
- Daniel James DOOLEN b: 31 AUG 1823 in Cumberland Valley, Ky
- Alfred Murray DOOLEN b: 9 AUG 1825 in McCracken Co, KY
- Mary Ann DOOLEN b: 25 JUL 1827 in Kentucky
- Jesse DOOLEN b: 1838
Mrs. Nancy BULLOCK
26 MAR 1853
in Marion Co, IL
Elizabeth JONES b: 4 JUN 1811 in Georgia
15 APR 1855
in Marion Co, IL