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The Heath Family Tree Genealogy

Heath Family Ancestor
Jessie Jewel Heath (1905-1973)
The Donald Scott Lee Heath Family Pedigree
Donald Scott Lee (1945)
Donald’s mother was Marilyn Maxine Miller (1924-1996)
Marilyn’s mother was Jesse Jewel Heath (1905 -1973)
Heath Family Ancestors and Genealogy
Jessie Jewel Heath (1905-1973)
Jessie married Virgil Scott Miller (1888-1956) in Long Beach, California in 1924.  Jessie was born Jessie’s father was John James Heath.
Great Grandfather
John James Heath (1881-1920)
John James Heath married Ella Maude Hopkins (1884-1976) in Montrose, Henry County, Missouri in 1902. John’s father was Theophilus Berrian Heath.
2nd Great Grandfather
Theophilus Berrian Heath (1846-1926)
Theophilus Berrian Heath married Cynthia Arelia Steele (1853-1936) in Missouri in 1873. Theo’s father was Rigdon Hearth Jr.
3 Great Grandfather
Rigdon Heath Jr. (1791-1864)
Rigdon Heath Jr. married Sarah Ann Pierce (1819-1850) in Emanuel County, Georgia about 1836.  Rigdon’s father was Rigdon Heath Sr.
4 Great Grandfather
Rigdon Heath Sr. (1767-1799)
Rigdon Heath Sr. married Elizabeth Hall Jackson (1770-1852) in Craven County, North Carolina about 1788. Rigdon’s father was William Heath.
5 Great Grandfather
William Heath (1726-1782)
William Heath married Elizabeth Brice (1741-1798) in Craven County, North Carolina in 1760.  William’s father was John Heath.
6 Great Grandfather
John Heath (1692-1771)
John Heath married Mary Frances Lambert (1704-1731) in Middlesex, Virginia in 1724.  John’s father was James Edmund Heath.
The Theophilus Berrian Heath Family
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Theophilus and Arelia had one more son, the oldest, William Oliver Heath. At the time this photo was taken William had his own family with his wife, Nellie Dark.
Theophilus Berrian Heath
Aurelia Steele Family
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Left to Right: Top - Laura Lou Heath Hopkins, William Robert Hopkins, Ella Maude Hopkins Heath, John James Heath.
Bottom - Bessie Hopkins, Maudie Hopkins, Floyd Heath, Cynthia Aurelia Steele Heath, Theophilus Berrian Heath.
Theophilus Berrian Heath 1846-1926
Theophilus Berrian Heath was born in Craven County, Georgia, sometime in 1845. He is listed as four years old in the 1850 census, living with his mother, Sarah A. Heath, and siblings: 1) James W., 13 yrs. old, 2) William Oliver, 11 yrs. old, 3) Caroline L. , 9 yrs. old, 4) Crawford B., 2 yrs. old.
Theo’s father died between 1848 and 1850, as he is not listed on the 1850 census1
When Theophilus was 15 years old he was living with the James G. Stone and Eliza Stone family in Burke County, Georgia.2 When Theophilus was at the age of 25 he was working on Robert Ely's farm in Clark, Atchison County, Missouri.3
During the American Civil War, Theophilus fought for the Confederacy, serving in the state of Georgia.4 Theophilus was a private in Georgia's 27th Battalion, Company A, Infantry.5
Theophilus met Cynthia Aurelia Steele while working on Robert Ely's farm, nearby, most likely at church. On December 24, 1873, Theophilus and Cynthia were married. Once they were married they went to work on a farm near the present site of Tarkio. Most likely, Theophilus worked on one of Mr. Rankin's farms, as Mr. Rankin owned most of the land around Tarkio at the time.6
Theophilus and Cynthia had four children while living in Tarkio7, 1) William Oliver, b. 25 October 1874, 2) Laura Lou, b. 31 Aug 1876,
3) John James, b. 13 Jul 1881 (twin), 4) Robert Crawford, b. 13 Jul 1881 (twin).
Theophilus and Aurelia followed their son, John and his wife Aurelia to Stafford, Kansas in 1918. They lived there for 8 years. Theophilus was a devout christian. He loved flowers and after retiring from farming he was in charge of the flower gardens in the Stafford City Park. Document
Theophilus lived to the age of 80 years, dying on Wednesday evening on August 4, 1926. Theophilus is buried in an unmarked grave at the Stafford Cemetery near his son James’ gravestone, in Stafford, Kansas.
1) 1850 U.S. Federal Census
2) 1860 U.S. Federal Census
3) 1870 U.S. Federal Census
4) American Civil War Soldiers
5) U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
6) Genealogy and History of Keyes, North and Cruzen Families; page 257; by M.F. Stipes; published 1914, Missouri
7) Genealogy and History of the related Keyes, North and Cruzen Families; M.F. Stipes; published 1914, Missouri
John James Heath 1881-1920
Great Grandfather
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John James Heath was born to Cynthia Arelia Steele and Theophilus Berrian Heath on July 13, 1881. He was a twin to his brother Robert Crawford Heath. The boys were born in Atchison, Missouri.
John and Robert had two other siblings, one brother and one sister, both older than the twins,1 William Oliver, b. 1875, and Laura Lou, b. 1877.
When John turned 18, he got a job as a 'servant' with the George Cies family in Dale, Atchison County, Missouri.2
At the age of 21, John moved with his family to St. Clair County, Missouri and met Ella Maude Hopkins. John James and Ella Maude married on May 19, 1902, in Montrose, Henry County, Missouri.3
John and Maude had four children while living in Chalk Level, St. Clair County, Missouri. John was renting land and worked a general farm.4 Their children were: Floyd Alva Heath, b. 1902, Jessie Jewell Heath, b. 1904, Rex Theophilus Heath, b. 1907, Audrey N. Heath, b. 1913.
In March of 1913, John moved his family to Stafford, Stafford County, Kansas, and he made his home there, working his farm. Document
John James registered for the draft for World War I in Stafford, Kansas. John had black hair and blue eyes.5.
The sad news of the death of John James Heath came as a great shock to the people of Stafford. Although he had not been feeling good, he had been able to keep up with the chores on his farm. However, he became confined to his bed, and died from a stroke at 4:30 p.m., on October 12, 1920. He was only 39 years old.
John was an industrious young farmer and won the love and esteem of all whom he came in contact with. He was honest and upright in all his dealings, and his sunny disposition won him scores of friends wherever he went. He was a kind and devoted husband and father, splendid neighbor and a good citizen, and will be greatly missed at home and in the community.
(copied by Scott Lee, his great-grandson, at the Stafford Historical Society in July, 2015)
1) 1880 U.S. Federal Census
2) 1900 U.S. Federal Census
3) Missouri Marriage Records
4) 1910 U.S. Federal Census of St. Clair County, Missouri
5) U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card
Family Documents Index
Heath Family Documents
John James Heath - Stafford Newspaper Obituary
Theophilus Berrian Heath - Stafford Newspaper Obituary
William Oliver Heath - Stafford Newspaper Obituary
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The Heath Family
By Betty Wood Thomas
The Will of John Heath (1692-1771), written on June 17, 1769, states that he is a farmer. In the will he mentions his wife, Mary, and his four daughters, Mary, Frances, Jean and Temperance. He also names his five sons, John, Henry, William, Thomas and Frederick. His will was probated in 1771.

Betty Wood Thomas of the Sun Journal, dated February 12, 2011, notes that John Heath did not appear in the 1769 tax records, indicating that he died in that year. Others date John Heath’s death at 1771.
Sources: 1) Betty Wood Thomas, Sun Journal of New Bern, North Carolina 2) Allied Families, Heaths of Craven County, North Carolina, Kathryn Gearhart
Jessie Jewel Heath 1905-1973
Maternal Grandmother
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Jessie Jewel Heath was born in St. Clair County, Missouri. When she came along she had an older brother, Floyd Alva who was just turning two years old. Later on came another brother, Rexie Theophilus in 1908 and a little sister named Audrey N. born in 1913. Jessie’s father, John James Heath was a farmer and farmed rented land in Chalk Level, St. Clair, Missouri. John was born in Trakio, Missouri. Jessie’s mother was Ella Maude Hopkins, who was born in St. Clair County, Missouri. The Heath and Hopkins’ families were neighbor farmers.
Jessie’s parents were married in Montrose, Henry County, Missouri, on May 19, 1902. Montrose is not far from where they both lived in the Chalk Level Township. In 1913 the family moved to Stafford, Kansas. In 1918, Jessie’s grandparents also moved to Stafford, Kansas. So, Jessie grew up on that little farm, in the middle of nowhere just west of Hutchinson, Kansas. She had her whole family there and she was soon to marry her boyfriend, who was the son of a preacher man. However, in 1920, in the afternoon, a Tuesday, about 4:30 pm, Jessie’s father, only 39 years old, had a severe hemorrhage, and died.
John James Heath, great father and husband, loved by all the folks in town suddenly died. A tragedy for the family. But life must go on and go on it did. After high school, Jessie’s marriage plans to her boyfriend in town ended and Jessie left Stafford to start a new life in Hutchinson, Kansas, not too far down the road. Here she got a job in one of the many soda fountain shops along main street in Hutchinson. One of her customers, Virgil Scott Miller, the superintendent at the local Model Steam Cleaners, told her that he was leaving town for a better life in Long Beach, California. Jessie wanted to go and Virgil told her that once he got there, if she still wanted to come, he would send her a ticket.
Virgil Scott Miller, was about 17 years older than Jessie. Once he got set up in Long Beach he sent Jesse a one way ticket to join him. Jessie left for Long Beach on the train and once she arrived she married Virgil and became Jessie Jewel Miller. They were married in January of 1924 and 11 months later they had their first little girl who they named Marilyn Maxine. Virgil got a job as a carpet layer and soon started his own business. Jessie took care of Marilyn and also worked part time at Buffum’s department store. In 1929 they had another baby girl who they named Phyllis Joanne.
In about 1930, Virgil and Jessie moved to Compton and operated a poultry ranch. They raised chickens and turkeys, mainly, and sold their dressed birds in their small store and also wholesale to other businesses. Not long after opening the business an earthquake hit the area and the business was devastated. Having a lot of aftershocks and no business, the family hit the road and joined relatives in Nampa, Idaho, working on a farm. Even Jessie’s mother, Ella Maude aka ‘Muzzy’, went along. Jessie’s younger brother, Rex and his wife Charlotte Hall were there working on the same farm. After a time, things weren’t working out for Jessie and she left Virgil and took the girls back to Long Beach.
Jessie and Virgil’s daughter, Phyllis, recalls that time of her life. She says that her mother woke her and her sister up and got them in the car and drove all the way back to Long Beach. The following summer Jessie sent the girls by train back to Idaho to see their father. Phyllis’ sister, Marilyn, was only nine years old on that trip and she had to keep an eye on her younger sis, as she was only 4 years old! That was quite a responsibility for Marilyn. After their visit their daddy brought them back to Long Beach.
Something had happened to Jessie during the earthquake and she had made a promise to God that if she survived the earthquake she would serve Him the rest of her life.
Well, that is what she did. She enrolled herself in a Theology course at the Foursquare Tabernacle School in Los Angeles, and became a Minister of God. She met Clarence Davis, a devoted christian man, and they were married. Clarence was a mechanic for Texaco and he worked on the oil rigs off the Santa Barbara coast. Jessie and Clarence made their home in Santa Paula, California.
Jessie started a Foursquare church in Wheeler Canyon, an unincorporated area near Santa Paula. The church was in the old grange hall that is no longer there. Here, Jessie brought many souls to Christ. Not long afterwards, Jessie became the pastor of the Montalvo Four Square church near Ventura, California.
Jessie also had a radio program broadcasting every Sunday from the Santa Paula radio station. She spent her time visiting the prisoners in the jail and the sick in the hospital. She definitely had dedicated her life to Christ. There was always a poor recovering soul at her Thanksgiving table. Every year, Jessie would can apricots from her Apricot trees and they were in high demand by her grandchildren when they would visit.
Upon Clarence’s retirement from Texaco, he and Jessie moved to Grants Pass, Oregon. They bought a nice little spread on the Rogue River, just inside town. Here, Jesse attended the Foursquare Church and sometimes gave a sermon or two. I am sure that she was considered as an associate pastor, volunteering for the various duties required by the church leaders.
Jessie Davis died in Grants Pass on September 14, 1973 and was laid to rest at the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Next to her rests her oldest daughter, Marilyn, and Marilyn's husband, John Rolf Boe, M.D. Jessie Jewel Heath Miller Davis, fulfilled her promise to God and is credited for her unbound fidelity to the life of a Christian. She was more happy to give than to receive.
Written by D. Scott Lee, Jessie’s 2nd grandson.
Jessie Jewell Heath and daughter Marilyn 1927
Grandmother Jessie Jewel Heath with my mother, Marilyn Miller in Long Beach, California c1926.
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The Heath Boys with Spouses
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Left to Right: William Oliver Heath with wife Nellie Dark, Robert Crawford Heath with wife Elsa Georgiana Schlueter, John James Heath with wife Ella Maude Hopkins.
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Robert Crawford Heath with Hopkins Family
Great Uncle Robert Crawford Heath pictured here with his last wife, Pearl Hopkins. Robert was John James Heath’s twin brother. The Heath and Hopkins families were quite close. George Washington Hopkins’ (Grandpa in this photo) daughter Maude married John James Heath and William Hopkins, son of George Washington Hopkins married Laura Lou Heath, sister of Robert Crawford and John James Heath. Robert Crawford and Pearl Hopkins were childhood sweethearts and in the end they finally got back together after losing their spouses.
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Image courtesy of D. Scott Lee Family Photos
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