Jesse Monroe HAKES was born 21 Sep 1873 most likely in Covington township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania. He's the only child of James and Rosella HAKES, although Jesse has many 1/2 siblings that will be listed in a later post on his father.
Elizabeth Sophia "Bessie" WELLS was born 31 Mar 1880 in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa county, Wisconsin to Leonard and Artemesia (SNOW) WELLS. Bessie was the 2nd of their 3 children, but also had 3 younger 1/2 siblings. (More on that in Leonard and Artemesia's post.) Bessie and her brother and sister lost their mother young in Iowa (in 1886). Bessie and Sadie ended up split up from each other and their brother and father until he remarried. They again lived with their father along with their stepmother in Iowa until their father's death in 1894.They were both passed around from relative to relative in Wisconsin after that, and not always together. They ended up with their grandmother Hannah SNOW and uncle William. Hannah later moved out and lived with her daughter for a time. While she was away, Bessie got pregnant and married her uncle William J SNOW 16 Dec 1895 in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa, Wisconsin. Irene Roxana was born less then a month later on 28 Dec in Chippewa Falls. She lived for a month and died 29 Dec 1986 in Chippewa county, Wisconsin. From what Bessie wrote, William became unkind to both her and her sister Sadie, who was living with them. A second daughter was born 5 Apr 1898 in Layette, Chippewa, Wisconsin and named Elvira E "Lenora." Shortly after Lenora's birth, Bessie left William and found a place and work. She eventually met Leonard, who suggested she divorce William (I believe this was after 1900) and offered to pay for it (and did pay for it according to Bessie).
|Jesse and Bessie's wedding photo|
|Back row: Bessie, Jesse|
Front row: Wallace, Edmond, Leonard
|Bessie's death certificate|
|Jessie and Bessie are family 24 on the left side|
|Jesse and Bessie are on lines 4 and 5 living with their son Leonard|