Jeanette P. Kessinger1,2,3

ID# 9030, (1877 - )
MotherCatherine Christinna Kessinger4,5,6 (28 Nov 1858 - 1902)

Key Events:

Birth: Mar 1877, Pearl, Illinois7,8,9
Marriage: (---?---) Brown2,10,11
Marriage: Robert Cobb Jr., 7 Sep 1901, Lawton, Comanche Co., Oklahoma Territory12,13
Marriage: William A. Waggoner, 20 Nov 1909, Pittsfield, Pike Co., Illinois14,15
Divorce: William A. Waggoner, 1910, Pike Co.16,17,18
Burial: Hess (Old Pearl) Cemetery, Pike Co., Illinois19

Spouse: (---?---) Brown
     Child:

  • Verna Yuma Brown35 (10 May 1901 - 29 May 1981)

Spouse:Robert Cobb Jr. (6 Jun 1866 - 9 Apr 1913)
     Children:

Robert said in his divorce filing that there was no issue from his marriage to Nettie. But in the 1910 census she reported having had four children, with one living. That would appear to be Verna, who was living with her. Were the others by other fathers, or had she and Robert had children who had not survived?36,37

Spouse:William A. Waggoner (Apr 1861 - 13 Dec 1926)
     No children

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     She seems to have generally used the given name Nettie, even in legal documents.2,20,21 Jeanette P. Kessinger was born in Mar 1877 in Pearl, Illinois.7,8,9 She appeared with her mother on the 1880 Federal Census of Pearl Twp., Pike Co., Illinois, in the household of Ransom A. Kessinger and Sarah J. Peacock, her mother's parents.22 She may have married (---?---) Brown, father of her daughter Verna, before she married Robert Cobb, but the record is conflicting. In her application for her marriage to Cobb she used the surname Brown, but the honorific Miss, while in the application for her marriage to Waggoner she said her maiden surname was Brown, and that this would be her third marriage.2,10,11
     Jeanette moved to Indian Territory by 1901 when her daughter was born, and was married there later that year. How or why ended up there is unknown.
     Jeanette married second Robert Cobb Jr., son of Maj. Robert H. Cobb and Sarah Virginia Walker, on 7 Sep 1901 in Lawton, Comanche Co., Oklahoma Territory, with probate judge Warren H. Brown officiating.12,13
     After their marriage Jeanette and Robert moved over 200 miles northeast to Claremore, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. While living there, "on or about" 27 Oct 1906, Nettie left Robert, according to his divorce filing.23 She returned to Pike Co., Illinois with her young daughter.
     She was named an heir in the will of Ransom A. Kessinger, her grandfather, dated 29 May 1907, in which she was left $100.24 She married next William A. Waggoner, son of Jessie Waggoner and Harriet Foster, on 20 Nov 1909 in Pittsfield, Pike Co., Illinois, with S. P. Rupert, Justice of the Peace, officiating.14,15
     Jeanette and William A. Waggoner appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Pearl Twp., Pike Co., Illinois, enumerated 15 Apr 1910, reporting they rented their farm. His children by his prior marriage, Obird and Ocie, and her daugher by her prior marriage, Verna, were listed as living with them.25 Jeanette and William's marriage was apparently dissolved in 1910, as he remarried in Jan 1911. No record of a divorce is found in Pike Co., so either they divorced elsewhere, or perhaps their marriage was declared invalid since her prior marriage had apparently never been dissolved. She then took back the surname Cobb.16,17,18
     Robert filed for divorce from Jeanette on 27 Mar 1911 before the Wichita Co., Texas, district court, stating that he believed she was living in Pike Co. or Calhoun Co., Illinois, or St. Louis Co., Missouri. Unknown to him, she had already remarried.26,27 The case was called on 5 Dec 1911 but no order was passed.28 The case was again on the court's docket the following December, but was apparently not finalized then either, as the case was dismissed 3 Jun 1913 because of Robert's death.29,30
     Jeanette was listed as living in East St. Louis, Illinois when her grandfather's estate was probated 11 Nov 1912.31 She received the $100 left to her by her grandfather 1 Jun 1914.32 She was buried in Hess (Old Pearl) Cemetery, Pike Co., Illinois.19
     
Research Note, 24 Jan 2011:

The identity of Jeanette's father is unknown. The return for her third marriage shows Franklin Locke, her mother's first husband as her father. But he and her mother were not married until five years after Jeanette's birth. She is shown in the 1880 census with her mother's surname, Kessinger. It appears she was illegitimate, with no record found of actual father.33,34,22

Citations

  1. [S3137] Ransom Kessinger household, 1880 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois, shows name as Jeanette Kessinger.
  2. [S3171] Robert Cobb Jr. and Nettie P. Brown, Marriage Record, shows her name as Miss Nettie Brown.
  3. [S3148] William Waggoner and Jeanette Cobb, Marriage License, shows name as Mrs. Jeanette Cobb, maiden name Jeanette Brown, and father's surname as Locke.
  4. [S3137] Ransom Kessinger household, 1880 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois, shows Christina as his daughter (single) and Jeanette as his granddaughter.
  5. [S3148] William Waggoner and Jeanette Cobb, Marriage License, application.
  6. [S3236] Kessinger, probate papers, 1914, Pike County Clerk/Recorder, will, article Ninth.
  7. [S3171] Robert Cobb Jr. and Nettie P. Brown, Marriage Record, shows age 34, town, and state.
  8. [S3148] William Waggoner and Jeanette Cobb, Marriage License, shows town, state, and that she would be 33 at her next birthday.
  9. [S3140] Ransom Kessinger household, 1900 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois, shows month, year, age 22, and state.
  10. [S3148] William Waggoner and Jeanette Cobb, Marriage License, shows "maiden name, if a widow" as Jeanette Brown (apparently actually her name before her prior marriage), and that this was her third marriage.
  11. [S3120] William A. Waggoner household, 1910 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois, shows Nettie as in her second marriage, and Verna as his stepdaughter, with surname Brown.
  12. [S3171] Robert Cobb Jr. and Nettie P. Brown, Marriage Record, shows date, town, county, territory and officiant.
  13. [S3119] Cobb v. Cobb, Wichita District Court, District Clerk, petition, shows they were married "on or about " 11 Sep 1901, county, and state, as Oklahoma, but Oklahoma did not become state until 1907.
  14. [S3148] William Waggoner and Jeanette Cobb, Marriage License, shows date, town, county, state, officiant, and that this was his second and her third marriage.
  15. [S3120] William A. Waggoner household, 1910 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois, shows married one year, and second marriage for each; she seems to have been ignoring her marriage to Robert Cobb, and acknowledging only her first marriage, to Brown.
  16. [S3130] William E. Wagner and Mary E. Kessinger, marriage license, shows he remarried 18 Jan 1911.
  17. [S3182] Interview, Becky of Pike Co. Illinois Circuit Clerk's office, 10 Mar 2011, stated that she checked the record for 10 years before and after 1910 and found not record for Waggoner.
  18. [S3236] Kessinger, probate papers, 1914, Pike County Clerk/Recorder, Petition for Probate, dated 11 Nov 1912, shows her name as Nattie Cobb.
  19. [S3127] Genealogy Trails, online, Illinois, Pike Co., "Hess (Old Pearl) Cemetery." shows name with no dates. In email "Re: Your submission on Hess Cemetery on Genealogy Trails" 10 Mar 2011, the contributor, Rosemary Reeves states the record is from Pike Co. Historical Society cemetery books printed in 1976, which reads "Cobb, Nettie (d. Kate Kessinger) No Date."
  20. [S3120] William A. Waggoner household, 1910 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois, shows name as Nettie P. Waggoner.
  21. [S3119] Cobb v. Cobb, Wichita District Court, District Clerk, petition, shows name prior to marriage as Nettie P. Brown.
  22. [S3137] Ransom Kessinger household, 1880 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois.
  23. [S3119] Cobb v. Cobb, Wichita District Court, District Clerk, petition, shows they were living there when she left him, and date.
  24. [S3236] Kessinger, probate papers, 1914, Pike County Clerk/Recorder, will dated 29 May 1907.
  25. [S3120] William A. Waggoner household, 1910 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois.
  26. [S3119] Cobb v. Cobb, Wichita District Court, District Clerk, docket record, shows filing date; petition.
  27. [S3120] William A. Waggoner household, 1910 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois, shows her married to Waggoner, a year earlier.
  28. [S3114] "District Court Docket Called," Wichita Weekly Times, 8 Dec 1911, shows Robert Cobb Jr. vs Nettie P. Cobb, divorce, was called on Tuesday [5 Dec 1911] and no order passed.
  29. [S3113] "District Court Docket," Wichita Daily Times, 1 Dec 1912, shows docket no. 4064 Robert Cobb Jr. vs Nettie P. Cobb, divorce to be heard in the session opening the following day.
  30. [S3119] Cobb v. Cobb, Wichita District Court, District Clerk, docket record, shows notation of dismissal.
  31. [S3236] Kessinger, probate papers, 1914, Pike County Clerk/Recorder, Petition for Probate.
  32. [S3236] Kessinger, probate papers, 1914, Pike County Clerk/Recorder, record of final report, filed 13 Jun 1914.
  33. [S3148] William Waggoner and Jeanette Cobb, Marriage License.
  34. [S1195] Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900, online, record for Franklin Lock and Christianna E. Kessinger, citing license no. 1301, shows date as 18 Mar 1882.
  35. [S3120] William A. Waggoner household, 1910 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois, shows Verna as William's stepdaughter, and Nettie as his wife.
  36. [S3119] Cobb v. Cobb, Wichita District Court, District Clerk, petition, shows "there is no issue from said marriage."
  37. [S3129] Addie Waggoner household, 1920 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Illinois, shows Nettie had 4 children, with one living.