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  • ID: I39795
  • Name: Jesse (Hosea) HOSEY 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1782 in Guilford County, North Carolina
  • Death: BET 1866 AND 1870 in Near Marble Valley, Coosa County, Alabama (after 1866 Alabama State Census)
  • Event: 1807-1808 Residence Greenville District, South Carolina
  • Event: 1809-1815 Residence Franklin County, Georgia
  • Event: 1816-1824 Residence Maury County, Tennessee
  • Event: 1820 Census 1820 Maury County, Tennessee
  • Event: 1825-1830 Census BET 1825 AND 1830 Shelby (now Talladega) County, Alabama
  • Event: 1840-1860 Census BET 1840 AND 29 JUN 1860 Fayetteville, Talladega County, Alabama
  • Event: 1866 Census 1866 Marble Valley, Coosa County, Alabama
  • Burial: Marble Valley, Coosa County, Alabama
  • Event: Kinship to WD Hosey 3rd Great Grandfather
  • Reference Number: 2293
  • Note:


    Jesse was born in either Pasquotank or Periquimans County, North Carolina in about 1782. His family left North Carolina a few years after his birth. There is some speculation that they settled in the Abbeville or Greenville Districts. Jesse was of Scotch-Irish descent.


    When Jesse married Delilah Brasher in about 1805, it is believed that they were living in the Greenville District where Delilah's parents lived for many years.

    Delilah's father was the Rev. James Brasher Sr., b. c1753, MD, Methodist Minister, (also Brazier; Brasure in 1790 in Greenville Dist. SC census; Braysher in 1800 Greenville Dist. census), said to be a Revolutionary War soldier (no record found). Her mother was Cythia Cox.

    In Greenville District, South Carolina, James and his family lived on Reedy Fork, a branch of the Reedy River. According to a deed in 1800, James and Cythia Cox Brasher sold their land. From this, it is believed that Delilah's parents were preparing to leave South Carolina. They migrated to Franklin County, Georgia soon afterwards.

    After the birth of Jesse and Delilah Brasher (Hosea) Hosey's first child, Stephen William Hosey, they migrated to Franklin County, Georgia. Stephen was born in South Carolina in 1807. It is believed that Jesse and Delilah's parents were living in Franklin County at the time.


    Jesse and Delilah arrived in Franklin County about 1808. During their eight year years there, they had three children: John Garrison Hosea (1810), Melissa Brasher Hosea (1813) and James Brasher Hosea (1815).

    Jesse and Delilah very close to Delilah's parents, the Rev. James Brasher and Cythia Cox Brasher, in Franklin County until 1816. Their migration patterns would then take them in different directions. The Jesse Hosey family made their way to Maury County, Tennessee and the James Brasher family headed southeast to into Shelby County, Alabama.


    The Jesse Hosey family left Franklin County, Georgia in about 1816. Apparently, the reason that Jesse and Delilah moved to Tennessee was to be close to Jesse's brother, Stephen. Stephen was in Franklin County, Georgia until about 1812. Both Stephen and Jesse's families were listed in the 1820 Maury County Census. We know that the Jesse's family was there by 1816 according to the following record:

    On 11 March, 1816 Stephen and Jesse Hosey were buyers at an estate sale of Thomas Laramore on Globe Creek in Maury County, Tennessee. (Source: Maury County, Tennessee Wills and Settlements Book C-1, pg 239 as shown in the book "Maury County, Tennessee Will Books A,B,C-1,D and E", by Jill Garrett and Marise P. Lightfoot.)

    The 1820 census the family as follows:

    1 male under 10 (James), 2 males 10-15 (Stephen and John), and 1 male 26-44 (Jesse)
    4 females under 10 (Melissa, Unknown, Unknown, Elizabeth), 1 female 26-44 (Delilah)
    Males: James Brasher Hosey, age 5; John Garrison Hosey, age 10; Stephen William Hosey, age 13, Jesse Hosey, age 35
    Females: Melissa Hosey, age 7; Unknown Hosey, age 5, Unknown Hosey, age 3, Elizabeth Hosey, age 1, Delilah Hosey, age 28

    Jesse and Delilah also had two more children in Tennessee. They were Judy (1825) and Ann (1827).

    After Ann's birth in 1827, the family made an important decision to leave Tennessee. They had been there for eleven years. Delilah probably wanted to live closer to her parents who were in Shelby County, Alabama at this time.


    A family legend states that the Jesse Hosey family came from Russells Valley, Tenneseee. Russells Valley was the Valley of the Halston River many years ago. This legend states that the family was there before migrating to Alabama. If this is the case, the family would have left Maury County, Tennessee sometime after the 1820 census. This would have been a long trip across the state of Tennessee as it in the very eastern part of the state near Russellville, which lies about 30 miles south of the Virginia line and about 40 miles north of the North Carolina line. This valley ceased to exist as of August 1, 1940 when the TVA began it's oldest project to create the Cherokee Lake Reservoir Dam. The project was completed on December 5, 1941. It is hard to believe that Jesse's family lived there and this legend is conjecture.


    Another legend states that the Jesse Hosey family left Tennessee and arrived in Alabama circa 1828. Legend has it that the first community in which they settled was Greensport, outside of Ashville in St. Clair (close to where the old John Looney log cabin is today). However, this legend does not seem probable because the main reason for Jesse and his family to come to Alabama was to be closer to his wife's parents. It could be that the story between the Hosey and Maherg (McHarg) families could gotten mixed up. Archibald McHarg actually did settle in Greensport. The John Garrison Hosey family, from where the most of the family legends derived, was directly related to the Maherg (McHarg) family. Therefore, the stories through the years probably got embellished or changed and the truth only lies in the records of the communties in which the family lived, if they exist at all. Therefore it is more likely that the family arrived in what is now Southern Talladega County (Fayetteville & Talladega Springs) about 1828. This was Shelby County at the time.


    As stated previously, It is believed that the reason Jesse and his family left Tennessee was to be closer to Delilah's parents. When her parents left Franklin County, Georgia, they moved to Shelby (now Talladega) County. It had been eleven years since they had all been together in Georgia. It was probably at Delilah's urging that Jesse moved his family to Alabama about 1828. They settled in what was Shelby County. The following is from the 1830 Shelby County Census.

    1830 Shelby Co., AL Census, p. 251
    Males: (1) under 5; (1) 15-under 20; (2) 20 under 30; (1) 40-under 50 =5 males, 4 children
    Unknown Male b. 1825-1830; James B. b. 1815, 15, GA; John G., b. 1810, 20, GA; Stephen W., b. 1807, 23, SC; Jesse, b. 1785, 45, NC
    An unknown male was born between 1825 and 1830. He shows up in the 1840 and died sometime late in 1840. He is believed to be John Cicero Hosey who died 27 Sep 1849.
    Females: (3) 5 Under 10; (2) 10-Under 15; (1) 15-Under 20; (1) 30-Under 40 = 7 females, 6 children
    Louisa, b. 1825, 5, AL; Ann, b. 1824, 6, AL; Judith, b. 1823, 7, TN; Unknown Female, b. bet. 1815-1818; Elizabeth, b. 1819, 11, TN; Melissa, b. 1813, 17, GA; Delilah, b. 1792, 38, SC
    An unknown female was born between 1815 and 1818. She must have died young because she does not show up in 1840.
    Total in family
    Source: a22. Jesse Hosey, app. letters admr James B. Brasher, Sr, deceased. Notice to Cynthia Brasier, Thos. J. Brasher of Talladega Co. & James Brasher of Shelby Co., the next of kin of James Brasher, Sr. of Talladega Co. 8 Aug 1834.

    Source: Book A. Min Orphans Court, Wills and Administration, p. 41-66
    Bond for Admin estate James Brasher, deceased. John Hosey, Jns C. Hawkins, Green Spurlin. Bond $1,000 to Judge Green T. McAfee. Jesse Hosey, Admr. Dated Sept. 1, 1834. Recorded Sept. 11, 1834.
    Note that Jesse Hosey is the administrator of the estate of his father-in-law, James Brasher. John Cicero Hawkins and John Garrison Hosey are listed as a witnesses

    Back in the 1990's, a researcher by the name of Howard Parker White named John Cicero Hosey as the father of John Garrison Hosey and as being the first Hosey in Alabama. He went as far as to get a certificate showing that he was a pioneer of Coosa County in 1994. The information he had was handed down to him two generations without collaboration. This information was just totally in error.

    Instead, John Cicero Hosey was named after John Cicero Hawkins who married Melissa (Hosea) Hosey, daughter of Jesse and Delilah. John Cicero Hawkins was named in the John Clinton Hosey Bible (in possession of Edna Strength Penny) with only his death date. For years, his position in the family was given prominence as a forebearer. He was never named in any census because he died prior to 1850 when names of all family members were first given. John Cicero Hosey died the very young age of 20 years.

    By 1836, part of Shelby County had now became Talladega County. It is important for the reader to know that the part of Shelby County where Jesse's family was recorded in 1830 is actually Southern Talladega County today. They had not moved, only the county boundaries changed. This part of Southern Talladega County is where Talladega Springs and Fayetteville are today. The following census show the family in Talladega County in 1840.

    1840 Talladega Co., AL Census, Southern Division, p. 280
    Males: (2) 10 under 15; (1) 30 under 40; (1) 50 under 60 =4 Males, 3 Children
    Johnathan, b. 1833, 10, AL; Unknown Male, b. bet. 1825-1830, abt. 15; John G., b. 1810, 35, GA; Jesse, b. 1785, 55, NC
    Females: (1) 10 under 15; (2) 15 under20; (1) 20 under 30; (1) 40 under 50 = 5 Females, 4 Children
    Louisa, b. 1825, 15; Ann, b. 1824, 16, AL; Judith, b. 1823, 17, TN; Elizabeth, b. 1819, 21, Delilah, b. 1792, 48, SC

    Three children are now out of the household. Melissa Brasher Hosey married John Cicero Hawkins in 1831, Stephen William Hosey married Rachel Steadman in 1834 and James Brasher Hosey married Julia Hugison in 1836.

    There was one additional child born in 1833 named Jonathan. His full named is believed to be Jonathan Hawkins Hosey, also named after John Cicero Hawkins. The spelling of his name was Johnathan in later years and this is the spelling that was engraved on his marker in St. Clair County.

    1850 Talladega Co., AL Census, Talladega Dist. (Fayetteville)
    HH 236-241, Ln 38-42, 12 Oct 1850
    Hosey, Jesse, 68, (b. 1782) M, Farmer, NC, [cannot read & write]
    Hosey, Delila, Wife, 58, (b. 1792) F, SC
    Hosey, Judy, Daughter, 24, (b. 1826) F, TN, [cannot read & write]
    Hosey, Louisa, Daughter, 22, (b. 1828) F, AL
    Hosey, Jonathan, Son, 19, (b. 1831) M, Laborer, AL

    Several more children have now left the household. John Garrison Hosey married Cleopatra P. Meharg, 1844; Elizabeth Brasher Hosey married William J. Pearson, 1845 and Ann Hosey married Thomas L. Pearson in 1850.

    It should be noted that Judy is counted twice in the 1850 census. Once as being a member of her parents household and then again as the wife of James Shackleford Meharg. She actually married in September of that year and could have been named a member of Jesse and Delilah's household in error.

    1860 Talladega Co., AL Census, Southern Division, Fayetteville P.O.
    HH 488-506 , 29 Jun 1860
    Hosey, Jessie, 75, (b. 1785) M, Farmer, $300 Personal Estate, born NC; Delila, Wife, 69, (b. 1791) F, born SC; Louisa, Daughter, 30, (b. 1830) F, born AL

    It should noted that the 1860 census Fayetteville as the Post Office where they received their mail delivery for the first time.

    All of their children are out of the household except Louisa. She is believed to have been an special need child and possibly mentally handicapped. Johnathan married Susan Turner Meharg in 1855 and is living beside them along with Thomas and Ann Hosey Pearson.

    1866 Alabama State Census, Coosa Co., AL
    [Jesse and three of his sons are listed together on the same census page.]
    Jesse (1M 70-80 years of age), Louisa (1 F 30-40 years of age), Delilah (1 F 70-80 years of age)

    The 1866 census was a special census and shows Jesse and Delilah for the last time before their deaths. The only dates that are available for them is between 1866-1870. Jesse would have been 81 years of age in 1866 and Delilah would have been 74 years of age.

    They are not in Marble Valley in Coosa County. This is not far from Fayetteville and where their son, John Garrison Hosey, had been living since his marriage in 1844. Their other son, James and their daughter Judy Hosey Meharg was also living there.


    86. James BRASHEAR

    1808...James witnessed a will in Franklin Co. GA.
    1814-1817...James removed to Shelby Co., AL
    1830...James on Shelby Co., AL census records
    1850...James is on the US Census.
    The estate of James Sr. was administered in Talladega Co., AL, which
    mentioned Cethea as adm. The adm recites that Cethea and Thomas J.
    BRAZIER of Shelby Co., are next of Kin. James not mentioned. [it is
    possible this is a Cithea Jr. who married another Brashers - not likely].
    A James Hosey applied for Adm. - relationship not known. It is pointed
    out that it is strange that Cithea and children are in Shelby Co. and
    the James Sr. is residing in Talladega.


    Levi Hosey(Hosea) of Franklin Co.,Ga.
    Posted by: Rebecca R.Sisk Date: March 13, 1998 at 11:36:41

    Would like to know more info. on Levi Hosea b. c. 1808 Sc. m. 31 Dec. 1832 Franklin Co.,Ga. Harriett Dilport. Ch: John b. 1835 m. Narcissa Carroll,Isaac b. 1838 m. Saphronia Carroll.

    Posted by: Gene Hosey Date: August 19, 1998 at 12:01:46
    In Reply to: Levi Hosey(Hosea) of Franklin Co.,Ga. by Rebecca R.Sisk

    I don't recognize Levi Hosey (-a), but Stephen Hosey, his brother Jesse Hosey and probably their father too were in that part of Georgia at that time, having moved there from the Carolinas. They later parted ways. Stephen moved to Tennessee, Kentucky and died in Missouri. They too spelt their name interchangeably both with -y and with -a. Levi might be a son of Jesse.

    Rachel, wife of Jesse, was from a Methodist background. Her father, brother and numerous other cousins were ministers within the Methodist tradition. It is interesting that Jesse and Delila's youngest son, Johnathan and his wife, are buried at the Evergreen United Meth. Ch. in St. Clair County. It is also interesting that John Clinton & Kate Hosey, son of John Garrison were also buried in the cemetery next to the Fayetteville United Meth. Ch. This shows a strong connection with the Methodist Ch.
    Of course, as the years past, and the offspring of those original Brasher & Hosey settlers in AL disappeared, the descendants were attracted more toward Baptist, Presbyterian and other churches.

    Franklin Co., GA Tax Digest, Volume 2, 1808-1818, Compiled by Martha Walters Acker
    Capt. Bushes District
    James Brasher: 150 a., Hollingsworth, vacant land, Nails Ck. and for Jesse Hosey: 52 a., Hollingsworth, vacant land, Nails Ck.
    The next tax entry list Edmund King Sr. who has 14 negros and 760 acres of land. This was probably the same individual who was listed in a Land Deed from King to Daniel Thornton in 1791. John Hosea (father of Jesse) was a witness to this deed.

    Franklin Co., GA Tax Digest, Volume 2, 1808-1818, Compiled by Martha Walters Acker, p. 117
    In 1813, Jesse Hosey was polled.

    Father: John HOSEA , Jr. b: 20 DEC 1736 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina
    Mother: Mary JESSUP b: in Guilford County, North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Delilah BRASHER b: 1792 in Greenville District, South Carolina
    • Married: 1805 in Greenville District, South Carolina
    1. Has Children Stephen William HOSEY b: 16 JUL 1807 in South Carolina
    2. Has Children John Garrison HOSEY b: 30 APR 1810 in Franklin County, Georgia
    3. Has Children Melissa "Millie" Brasher (Hosea) HOSEY b: 5 MAY 1813 in Franklin County, Georgia
    4. Has Children James Brasher HOSEY b: 1815 in Franklin County, Georgia
    5. Has No Children Unknown Female HOSEY b: 1816 in Maury County, Tennessee
    6. Has No Children Unknown Female HOSEY b: 1817 in Maury County, Tennessee
    7. Has Children Elizabeth Brasher HOSEY b: 1819 in Maury County, Tennessee
    8. Has No Children Judith "Julia" HOSEY b: 1825 in Maury County, Tennessee
    9. Has Children Ann HOSEY b: APR 1827 in Maury County, Tennessee
    10. Has No Children Louisa HOSEY b: 1828 in Shelby (now Southern Talladega) County, Alabama
    11. Has No Children John Cicero HOSEY b: 1829 in Shelby (now Southern Talladega County), Alabama
    12. Has Children Jonathan HOSEY b: 1831 in Shelby (now Southern Talladega) County, Alabama

    1. Title: A Brazier/Brasher Saga
      Author: Charles Brashear & Shirley Brasher McCoy
      Media: Book
      Page: Page 349
    2. Title: Joseph Eugene Hosey Research
      Author: Joseph Eugene Hosey
      Note: Research Material
      Media: Other
      Text: Birthdate: 1782, Said to be from Russell Valley, TN
    3. Title: 1850 Coosa Co., AL Federal Census
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