Person:Jane Wetherell (1)

Jane Wetherell 1749
  • HWeach - bef 1781
  • WJane Wetherell1749 - 1822
  1. Henry Weach - bef 1781
  2. Elizabeth G. Weach1781 - 1822
  • HJohn ReeseAbt 1752 - 1827
  • WJane Wetherell1749 - 1822
m. 13 Jul 1784
  1. Joseph Reese1785 - 1847
  2. Catherine Reese1788 - 1829
  3. Sarah Reese1790 - 1859
  4. Benjamin Reese1792 - 1853
  5. John Reese1797 - 1852
Facts and Events
Name Jane Wetherell
Gender Female
Birth[1][2][11] ca 1749 possibly Pennsylvania or Virginia, United States
Marriage to Weach
Residence[3] 3 Dec 1781 Jefferson, Kentucky, United States
Marriage 13 Jul 1784 Jefferson, Kentucky, United Statesto John Reese
Marriage Bond 13 Jul 1784 Jefferson, Kentucky, United Statesto John Reese
Religion[4] before Jun 1795 Scott, Kentucky, United Statesmember of Great Crossings Baptist Church; admitted by letter
Property[5] 26 Jan 1807 Scott, Kentucky, United Stateswith husband, signed deed of sale
Religion[6] 19 Sept 1807 Clark, Indiana, United Statesmember of Silver Creek Baptist Church, founding member of 14 Mile Creek (New Washington) Baptist Church
Property[7] 3 Feb 1815 Clark, Indiana, United Stateswith husband, signed deed of sale to son Joseph Reese
Property[8] 2 Apr 1817 Clark, Indiana, United Stateswith husband, signed deed of sale
Census[9] 1820 Clark, Indiana, United StatesWashington Township
Religion[10] 19 Jan 1822 Clark, Indiana, United StatesLetter of Dismission, 14 Mile Creek Baptist Church
Death[1] 26 Sep 1822 Clark, Indiana, United States
Education? signed name with mark

Who were Jane’s parents and where was she born?

According to a grandson, Jane’s maiden name was Wetherell;[12] according to a family bible, Jane was born about 1749;[1] according to an early compiled genealogy for a granddaughter, Jane came to Kentucky from Virginia, a widow with two children.[11] One of those children was her daughter, Elizabeth Weach (or Wetch).

The earliest known record for Jane is as Jane Weach in Jefferson County, Kentucky, 3 Dec 1781, where she is a on a long list of persons deserving of land as a result of hardships suffered.[3] No husband or other family members appear with her. Jane next appears in Jefferson County in 13 July 1784 when she married John Reese. The marriage bond was signed by a local Justice of the Peace, and gives no indication of parentage or other family for Jane.[13] She and her second husband later moved to what became Scott County, Kentucky where they were active in the Great Crossings Baptist Church in Georgetown.

The search for Jane’s origins[14] began with a Wetherall genealogy[15] and a search of early census and tax records,[16] and pointed to two potential locations, Maryland, and Virginia. In Virginia, the only Wetherall family in the 1782/7 tax list was that of John Wetherall in Culpeper County. Given her presumed age, Jane could have been a daughter of John Weatherall, father of the John in the 1782 list. However, a search of land, probate, and other relevant records provided no evidence of Jane,[17] nor was she mentioned in John (the elder)’s will.[18] While lack of mention in a will does not preclude parentage, she would have been in her early teens when John Weatherall Sr. died and presumably still due some share of his estate if she were his daughter

Who was Jane’s first husband?

Family Stories

Early records suggest Jane’s first husband’s name was Weach or Wetch.[19] All other information comes from family stories.[20] Some descendants believe that Wetch is a German pronunciation of Veach and/or that Mr. Wetch/Veach may himself have been German.[21] Descendants of Jane’s oldest daughter say that Jane’s first husband and his son Harry were killed by Indians in Kentucky while taking corn to a mill, and that he may have had a brother.[22] A descendant of her youngest son says that Jane was a survivor of Bryan’s Station[23] Jane’s oldest daughter is said to have been born “not far” from Louisville, and at least one of her descendents expressed an interest in the location of the Beargrass Station, near Louisville[24]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Family Bible Record of Benjamin and Sarah Davis Reese of Clark Co., Ind., in Johnson, Bess Sellers; Daughters of the American Revolution. Alexander Hamilton Chapter (Indiana); and Vera Reese Tranter. Family bible records of Johnson County, Indiana: a collection of family records compiled from family bibles and other sources. (Ft. Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library, 1986), p. 146, Secondary quality.

    p. 146, Deaths - Jane Reese (mother of Benjamin Reese) Sept. 26, 1822 - 73 yrs. old [note: relationship to Benjamin Reese added in transcription]

  2. Application for Membership, Indiana Society of Pioneers, Florence Virginia (McBride) Salyards, approved 22 Feb 1987; Indiana Society of Pioneers, Indiana State Library, Secondary quality.

    Ancestor Jane Wetherall Weach Reese, b. “probably PA”, 1749
    Came to IN from KY, to Clark County
    “Mrs. Veach (nee Jane Wetherall sometimes spelled Wetherill) married again, this time to Mr. John Reese, Sr. by whom she had 5 more children, and whose records and Family Bible record are in possession of a descendant, Mrs. Trantor. . . .”

  3. 3.0 3.1 County Court Minute Book A (1781 - 1783), in Cook, Michael L. (Michael Lewis). Jefferson County, Kentucky, records. (Evansville, Indiana: Cook, c1987-), Secondary quality.

    At a Court held for Jefferson County, the 3rd of December, 1781. It appearing to the Court that the following Persons, are entitled by virtue of an Act of Assembly passed May last, to four hundred acres of land, each. Orders that the County Surveyor lay off to them accordingly, viz:
    . . . . Jane Weach . . .

    This suggests that her first husband was deceased by that time.

    An alternate source is: The History Quarterly of the Filson Club, Vol. 3, No. 2, January 1929.
    Jefferson County, Kentucky, County Court Minute Book A (1781 - 1783, pp. 14-16) is also available online.

    The Act was the Poor Persons Act 1781,
    CHAPTER XVIII, An Act for the relief of certain persons now resident on the western frontier. Approved May 1781 by the Virginia General Assembly. Kentucky Land Office, Kentucky Secretary of State, Trey Grayson, 27 June 2009

  4. “The Great Crossings Church Records, 1795-1801”., Leland Winfield Meyer, ed.; FHL #0896513 , in Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort, Kentucky). The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. (Frankfort: Kentucky Historical Society), Vol. 34, January, April 1936, Secondary quality.

    p. 3 – Great Crossings Baptist Church, Great Crossings, Scott county, Kentucky organized May 28 and 29, 1785, either the 2nd or the 3rd Baptist Church north of the Kentucky river. Records from founding to 1795 were lost.
    pp. 4-5 – Charter members (1785) did not include John or Jane Reese; they were present as of June [1795?]
    p. 1785 – A List of Females names in the church – Jane Rease, Rec’d by Letter (name crossed out)

  5. Vols 1, A-C, 1793-1822; FHL #1876550, in Scott County (Kentucky). Clerk of the County Court. Deeds, 1793-1903. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1959, 1975, 1990), Vol. 1, B-18, Secondary quality.

    [Note: These volumes recreated from fire-damaged originals, only partially complete.]
    Indenture 26th . . . sixty two poles to . . . thence thousand . . . onehundred & twenty . . . thence south twenty-five West . . .
    To Have and to hold the . . . all profits and advantages . . . pertaining thence to the only proper . . . K Couckwell and his heirs and . . . his wife for themselves and their Heirs . . . defend the right and title of the aforesaid . . . said John K. Couckwell and his heirs . . . the said John Reese and his heirs Jean his wife . . . against all other persons whatsoever In Witness thereof . . . set their Hands and Seals this day and date above . . .
    Witness . . .
    Scott Kt
    This Indenture from John Reece and [Joan?] . . . Couchwell was this day in the open acknowledged . . . Reece to be his act and Deed the said Joane . . . examined voluntarily relinquishes her right . . . whether mentioned in virtue of which and an act of [assembly] in such case made and provided it is admitted toward . . .
    Teste . . .
    [preceeding deed dated 26 Jan 1807; next deed dated 26 Jan 1807]

  6. Church Book, New Washington Baptist Church, 1807 – 1836. TS, anonymous transcriber MSS 24, Hamilton Library Archives, Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, Secondary quality.

    [Note: New Washington was originally known as the Fourteen Mile Creek Baptist Church]
    p. 1 – Constitution adopted 19 September 1807
    Founding members included William Goodin, Isaac McCoy
    Members of Silver Creek Church, inc.: John Reese, Jean Reese, Gean Coovert, Sarah Huff, Chas. Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Hanna Brenton, Margaret Storm
    Members of New Washington include [NB – nd] as above, plus Joseph Reace
    p. 2 – and John and Nancy Webb, Nancy Reace

    Neither Jane nor her husband John Reese appear in the records of the Silver Creek Baptist Church in Clark County, Indiana. Names and membership of these two churches seem to have been somewhat fluid during the early years.

  7. Deed Records, Vol. 10-16, Dec. 1816-Aug 1818; FHL #1428596, in Clark County (Indiana). Recorder. Deed records 1801-1901, with indexes to grantors and grantees, 1801- 1910. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985), Book 11, p. 335, Primary quality.

    Indenture 3 February 1815 between John Reese Snr and Jane his wife of the one part and Joseph Reese of the other part, all of Indiana Territory and Clark County
    for $600 paid by Joseph Reese
    50 acres of land sold by John Reese Snr
    a part of the SE lot or quarter, Sec 6, Township No. [1] N of Range 9 East of the land directed to be sold at Jeffersonville
    Signed John Reese Snr, Jane her X mark Reese
    Witness Joseph Bowers

  8. Deed Book, Clark County, Indiana, Vols. 10-16, Dec 1816-Aug 1818; FHL #1428596, in Clark County (Indiana). Recorder. Deed records 1801-1901, with indexes to grantors and grantees, 1801- 1910. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985), Vol 14, p. 94, Primary quality.

    Indenture 2 April 1817
    Between John Rease and Jane his wife of Clark County, Indiana
    And Thomas Sanders of same place who paid $150 for the part of the NW1/4, S5, T1N, R9E
    Beginning at the NE corner of S 1/4 Section and running West on the Section line 24 chains and 30 links of a no pole chain
    Then S according to the true Meridians 80 chains or a half mile. Thence E according to the true Meridian 24 chains and 30 links to the 1/2 mile post on the line between Sec 4 and 5 then North up the Sd line to the place of beginning
    Containing 49 acres and 2/5 of an acre
    Signed John Rease, Jane Rease
    Witness Jno K Graham, Benjamin Rease, Joseph Bowers JP

  9. Indiana, Clark County Washington Township, in United States. 1820 U.S. Census Population Schedule.

    John Reas, 1 male 45 and over; 2 females under 10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 25-45, 1 female 45 and over [Jane]

    The younger females in the household are most likely John and Jane's daughter Catherine Reese Gutherie and her daughters Permilia, Eliza Jane and Sarah.

  10. Trantor, Vera Reese, compiler. "Reese Family of John Benjamin William". TS, nd. Indiana State Library #929.2 R329t, Secondary quality.

    p. 2 – The following church letter is a prized possession of a member of the family:
    “The Fourteen mile Church of Jesus Christ, Clark, County, Indiana, January 19, 1822.
    Holding the doctrine of Gods everlasting love to his people, Justification by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. Effectual calling by irresistible Grace final perseverance of the Saints through Grace to Glory, believes baptism by emerstion Reserection of the dead and eternal Judgement. To any Church of the same faith and order we would recommend our bother, John Reese and sister Jane his wife as members in good standing and full fellowship with us, and when received by you no more under our care, done by order of the Church.
    Walter Wheatly, Clk.

  11. 11.0 11.1 Houston, Florence Amelia Wilson; Laura Anna Cowan Blaine; and Ella Dunn Mellette. Maxwell history and genealogy: including the allied families of Alexander, Allen, Bachiler, Batterton, Beveridge, Blaine, Brewster, Brown, Callender, Campbell, Carey, Clark, Cowan, Fox, Dinwiddie, Dunn, Eylar, Garretson, Gentry, Guthrie, Houston, Howard, Howe, Hughes, Hussey, Irvine, Johnson, Kimes, McCullough, Moore, Pemberton, Rosenmüller, Smith, Stapp, Teter, Tilford, Uzzell, Vawter, Ver Planck, Walker, Wiley, Wilson. (Indianapolis, Ind: Press of C.E. Pauley, Indianapolis Engraving Co., 1916).

    page 380 - Permelia Guthrie as "a granddaughter of a widow who came with two children from Virginia to Kentucky at an early day."

  12. Record of the Symington Family
  13. Jefferson County, Kentucky Marriage Registers, Book 1, p. 1 , 1784-1826, Jefferson County, Kentucky Marriage Records, Marriage Licenses and Bonds 1781-1789
  14. Damon, Christine Weatherall. Wetherall - Weatherall of the United States
  15. The 1787 Census of Virginia, List of Inhabitants (Virginia), 1782 – 1785 and Pennsylvania in 1780, among others
  16. Deed Abstracts of Culpeper County, Virginia, Culpeper County, Virginia, Land Tax Books
  17. Will Abstracts of Culpeper County, Virginia
  18. From the marriage record of his daughter, as quoted by Evelyn Mauser in the Application for DAR Membership by Effie Eby Minnich, Nat'l #: 291227, Ancestor #: A094962
  19. The record of these family stories begins with one of Mr. Wetch’s granddaughters in the mid-1800s and was maintained through at least the 1930s by family correspondence, some of which appears in the John Kennedy Graham Papers, M166, Historical Society of Indiana
  20. Letter 11 Aug 1935, New Albany to Cousin Evelyn from Nannie Graham, Genealogy, Graham Family, Box 3, Folder 7, John Kennedy Graham Papers, M166, Historical Society of Indiana. But note that in her original DAR Application, Vera Reece Trantor gave his name as “Wetch”. (DAR (Supplemental) Application, Member #356293, Vera Reese Tranter (Mrs. Ira E.), 27 Dec 1932).
    “Application for Membership, Indiana Society of Pioneers, Florence Virginia (McBride) Salyards,” approved 22 Feb 1987; Indiana Society of Pioneers, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis.
    “Letter to Mary Graham Walker from cousin Florence A. [Very] Blakely, Severance, Kansas, 15 Feb 1911”, Genealogy, Reese Family I, Box 3, Folder 10, in John Kennedy Graham Papers, M166, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis.
  21. “Application for Membership, Indiana Society of Pioneers, Florence Virginia (McBride) Salyards,” approved 22 Feb 1987; Indiana Society of Pioneers, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis.
  22. Minnich, Effie Eugenia E. Descendants of Christian Eby (1777-1859) and His Wife Susannah McDonald Eby (1781-1866). TS, 1951. Family History Library Film #0896580 Item 3
  23. Genealogy, Graham Family, Box 3, Folder 7, in John Kennedy Graham Papers, Secondary quality. Note (nd) written on back of Order Form for The Chestnut Street Florists, The F. Walker Co., Louisville, Kentucky [by Mary Graham Walker ?]