Jesse was the odd brother out. He wasn't a farmer or stone mason like his brothers, but a day laborer. The first decipherable census of 1850 has him age 36, married to Mary Bergey, with four boys: Charles, Henry, Jesse, and John, living in Frederick County, Pennsylvania.
In 1860, the family had pulled up stakes and relocated to East Coventry, Chester County. Mary and Jesse, had by then, three boys at home: John, James, and Irwin. Jesse worked as a farm hand.
By 1870, they were still in Chester County, though no census is available for the family. That census would have been Jesse's last. In 1879, while working in a paper mill in Spring Valley, Chester County, Jesse met with a terrible accident.
According to the local paper, The Reading Times, Reading, Pennsylvania:
Jesse Smull, an old employee of the American Wood Paper Company, Spring City, this county, died while working in the alkali house, this morning, because of the tanks suddenly sprung a leak, covering him with liquid and scalding him fatally. He lingered with intense pain until 4 o'clock in the afternoon, when death relieved him of his suffering. Deceased leaves a family.
September 11, 1879
|Mortality Schedule, Chester County, PA ending 31 May 1880 (Click to open)|
I believe Mary died some time in the next decade. I'm taking a new look at his children, but most of them appear to have remained in the Reading area. His children generated at least a couple of PhDs and a dentist. His hard work paid off. I'll update on this soon.