Jesse married Margaret Glenn in Anderson Co., South Carolina. They were the parents of Joshua, Martha, and Sarah. Jesse was enlisted as a private with Capt. William Moseley's Company, in the 7th Virginia Regiment, commanded by Col. Alexander McClenachan during the Revolutionary War. He was in the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of Germantown before spending the winter of 1777-1778 in Valley Forge. Jesse is buried in White Co., Tennessee.