William Henry "Wild Bill" Bess

William Henry "Wild Bill" Bess

Male 1858 -

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  • Name William Henry "Wild Bill" Bess 
    Born 0___ 1858  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Residence 0___ 1870  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 0___ 1880  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence 0___ 1930  (Cookeville) Putnam County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Also Known As William Henry Bess  [7
    Census Name W. H. Bess  [7, 10
    Person ID I31583  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Henry J(ohn) Bess,   b. 22 Sep 1824, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0Mar 1920, Liberty Cemetery, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Mother Mary Elizabeth "Elizabeth" Crook,   b. 12 Oct 1829, (DeKalb County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1894, (DeKalb County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married (~ 1850)  (DeKalb County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1860  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1870  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F11472  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Delaney Edge,   b. 0___ 1855, (DeKalb County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1880, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Married 2 Mar 1876  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • by A. B. Cheatham, JP
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1880  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1910  Overton County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1920  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Ellen Bess,   b. 0___ 1877, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. James H(enry) Bess,   b. 0___ 1879, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F11473  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Aretta "Eda" George,   b. 0___ 1853, (Wilson County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 9 Jan 1881  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • by P. C. Bluhm, JP
    Children 
     1. Mary E. Bess,   b. 0___ 1881, (DeKalb County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William John "John" Bess,   b. 11 Oct 1883, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1966, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. Mary D. Bess,   b. 0___ 1884, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Delila Bess,   b. 0___ 1886, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Lollie Bess,   b. 0___ 1890, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Aretta B. Bess,   b. 0___ 1890, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Marrey Mannie Bess,   b. 0___ 1892, Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1941, DeRossett, Cumberland County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F11475  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Julia LNU,   b. 0___ 1896, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Y  [7, 15
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F12271  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 0___ 1858 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 0___ 1870 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Mar 1876 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 0___ 1880 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1880 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Jan 1881 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1910 - Overton County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1920 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 0___ 1930 - (Cookeville) Putnam County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    'Wild Bill' Bess (1858-
    "Wild Bill" Bess (1858-
    Photo provided by his grandson, Dan Bess

  • Notes 
    • November 22, 2015, Some clues to Henry's siblings and their issue:

      BESS, William M. - (d. 1935)

      20 September, 2013 <http://tngenweb.org/warren/bess-william-m-d-1935/> by Taneya <http://tngenweb.org/warren/author/taneya/> Leave a comment <http://tngenweb.org/warren/bess-william-m-d-1935/>
      Too 'Frail' for Confederate Ranks, Non-Combatant, Nearly 101, Dies

      William M. Bess, rejected as too frail to serve in the Confederate Army in 1861, died Saturday morning just twenty days short of his 101st birthday. He remained in vigor and health until the last and was ill but six days.

      He had lived for the last thirty-five years at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.M. Lorhum, near Joelton.

      Funeral services were conducted for him this afternoon at the Oakland Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. J.L. Welch. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery.

      Mr. Bess's vigor was as remarkable as his very great age and until his final illness, he was able to walk about - enjoying a daily three-quarter mile constitutional - and could read without glasses. Until three years ago, he "walked down to Nashville" - some twelve miles distant- whenever he "took a notion. Mr. Bess never claimed to have a formula for his health and longevity, but pointed out that he never used tobacco, drank little liquor and had eaten no meat during the latter years of his life.

      When the Civil War broke out, Mr. Bess volunteered, seeking enlistment in the Confederate Army, but he was turned down because whooping cough and measles had settled in his lungs and he was deemed too frail. He was born in Warren County near the McMinnville and Smithville highways. He lived on a farm in that community during his youth and spent most of his life engaged in farming in Warren County.

      Surviving him are: his daughter, Mrs. Lohrum; a son, Luster Bess; and a half brother, Henry Bess of Nashville.

      His grandsons, William, Henry, Edgar, Almar and Edward Bess, and Polk Merryman, served as pallbearers.

      Unknown newspaper dated Monday, 27 May 1935

      (Found in Genealogy Dept. Family files, Magness Memorial Library, McMinnville, TN by Sarah Bess Walker, 266 Perry Rd, Vincent AL 35178, 205-525-4225)

      end of obituary [16]
    • Enumerated as a "widower" in his father's household during the 1880 DeKalb census...DAH

      end of note [17]
    • Enumerated in his household during the 1920 DeKalb Co. census is

      Daniel Crook, b. 1904, grandson. [18]

  • Sources 
    1. [S44606] United States Census, 1880 for Henry Bess.

    2. [S48402] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNP2-BSZ.

    3. [S51085] "United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD85-VX7 : accessed.

    4. [S45906] Mike & Christine Bess Cornett | 30 Sep 2012 | homeinspect@blomand.net.

    5. [S8576] "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD85-VX7 : acc.

    6. [S8577] "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD79-5ZG : acc.

    7. [S8578] "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNP2-BSZ : acc.

    8. [S48403] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD79-5ZG.

    9. [S48405] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SPQ5-JP9.

    10. [S44607] United States Census, 1920 for W H Bess.

    11. [S44606] United States Census, 1880 for Henry Bess, 82.

    12. [S51086] "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD79-5ZG : accessed.

    13. [S11184] "William H Bess", 1910 Overton TN Census,.

    14. [S36386] "Marriages Recorded In DeKalb County Tennessee 1848-1900",by Jorene Washer, 108.

    15. [S45931] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNP2-BSW.

    16. [S11181] "BESS, William M. - (d. 1935)", Obituary,.

    17. [S30] David A. Hennessee, HENNESSEE Researcher & Compiler, 626 Biscayne Drive,West Palm Beach,FL 33401, 561.832.6612, info@c.

    18. [S45908] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNP2-BS7.