My 5th great grandfather and his wife had eight children. The second oldest, George Pointer, born in 1780 in Virginia married Joannah Tackett in the year 1801 in Wayne County, Kentucky. That same year, they had their first child, Elizabeth Pointer while living in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Elizabeth Pointer married James Monroe Jett, also born in 1801 in Pulaski County, Kentucky.
James Monroe Jett is a descendent of Jost Hite, my 7th great grandfather, born around 1685 in Germany, died 1761 in Frederick County, Virginia. After arriving to America and moving multiple times; Jost, his family and several other families eventually moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. As history recounts, Jost went on to own the largest land holdings in the Colony of Virginia. Jost organized a group of families to settle in the Shenandoah Valley near present day Winchester, Virginia. He is credited in US History books as being the first European to settle west of the Blue Ridge Mountains (German Origins of Jost Hite, Virginia Pioneer by Henry Z Jones, Jr., Ralph Connor and Klaus West, Edingburg, VA 1979). In a past episode of Who Do You Think You Are, country singer Tim McGraw, finds out that he is also a descendent of Jost Hite.
Elizabeth Pointer and James Monroe Jett, along with other family members, eventually moved to Osage County, Missouri. George Washington Jett, one of their younger children, married Elizabeth Baker. A child of that union, William Jasper Jett married Amanda Ellen Johns. Of that marriage was born my grandmother, Loretta Jett who married my grandfather Clarence Albert Lindsey. From that union came my father, Jackie Wayne Lindsey who married Erma Jean Mayfield.
My grandfather, Clarence Lindsey, was born 1902 in Alto Pass, Union County, Illinois. My grandmother, Loretta Jett, was born 1907 in Cooper Hill, Carroll County, Missouri. Loretta and her family lived in Gasconade, Missouri where there was a government boat yard. Clarence and his family lived in the Rockwood, Randolph County, Illinois area. Clarence worked on a boat and found himself in the Gasconade, Missouri area where he met Loretta. Their oldest child, my father Jackie was born in Gasconade, Missouri. The little family eventually moved to Randolph County to make their home in Chester, Illinois.
I take you back in time, to travel with my ancestors, to bring you to present day. As I did my research, to complete my application for membership to the Daughters of the American Revolution, I discovered that my 5th great grandfather had already been in this area, some 241 years ago, as he fought with Brigadier General George Rogers Clark and his men to secure Kaskaskia. Not too many weeks ago I stood with my father and youngest daughter at the Covered Bridge to watch a historical marker be rededicated, marking the area where the troop camped before moving into Kaskaskia.