I recently posted HERE about my two James Jolletts who signed the petition to form Greene County, Virginia. For several years I wondered whether my one confirmed James (who married Nancy Walker) was the Junior or the Senior of the duo. Was James the son of another James? Did James have a son named James? Maybe they were uncle and nephew. Census records and tax records gave me no clue, so I was resigned to leaving big question marks in my research.
Then Shirley Ziemer of Indiana came into my life by way of an inquiry at my now-defunct Jollett website at the now-defunct Geocities. She is a Sampson researcher looking for more information on John Sampson who in 1813 married my Clarissa Jollett, daughter of James. During our correspondence, Shirley casually mentioned she had a picture of Clarissa’s brother’s tombstone.
Clarissa’s brother?!?!? What brother?
The story of the younger James Jollett is short and sweet. Without Shirley, I might never have known for sure that he even lived. Her request for more information prompted me to do some research. After all, she handed me an ancestor plus a fuller picture of Clarissa. I needed to give her SOMETHING. I noticed Clarissa and John’s daughter Louisa was married to Andrew Casebolt. Maybe researching him might lead to some good Sampson information. Instead I stumbled upon a land deal dated 1832 in which Andrew partnered with none other than James W. Jollett to buy land in a newly formed town called Rifesville, which today is Dayton, Virginia.
Look at that James Jr. – he helped form a new county AND a new town. Go James Go!