Nancy Hesson1

#1853, (circa 1820 - 30 September 1851)
RelationshipGreat-grandaunt of Nelle Belle Bridges
Father*John Hesson2 (1781 - 1861)
Mother*Sarah Simpson3 (1791 - b 1861)


John M Tuley b. 1816, d. 1899
Children 1.Zerilda Tuley+12 (c 1837 - )
 2.Mary A Tuley+12 (c 1840 - )
 3.George W Tuley12 (c 1843 - b 1899)
 4.William A Tuley+12 (c 1845 - )
 5.Samuel Tuley12 (c 1847 - b 1899)
Her married name was Tuley.4 
Birth*circa 1820She was born circa 1820 at KentuckyG.5 
7 August 1820She appeared on the census of 7 August 1820 in the household of John Hesson and Sarah Simpson at Covington, Campbell Co., KentuckyG; (nei. Ignatious Simpson.)6 
circa 1827She removed with John Hesson and Sarah Simpson to IndianaG circa 1827 from Kentucky.7 
1830She appeared on the census of 1830 in the household of John Hesson and Sarah Simpson at Grass Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG; (head of hh ordered by first letter of surname.)8 
Marriage*13 November 1836She married John M Tuley, son of John Tuley and Rachel Stephens, on 13 November 1836 at Spencer Co., IndianaG.9,1 
30 August 1850She and John M Tuley appeared on the census of 30 August 1850 at Jackson Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG; (neis. James and Jane Tuley, fam. 265; John and Sarah Hesson, fam. 283.)5 
Death*30 September 1851She died on 30 September 1851 at Spencer Co., IndianaG.10 
5 September 1861She was named in the will of John Hesson on 5 September 1861 at Spencer Co., IndianaG.11


  1. [S648] Indiana Marriages 1811-1959/2007/2019 (index and images), online, John Tooly and Nancy Hessen, marr. Spencer Co., 13 Nov 1836, by James Bryant. Citation p. 70, FHL Film 1321758.
  2. [S648] Indiana Marriages 1811-1959/2007/2019, online, inferred from marr. rec. of John Tooly and Nancy Hessen, 1836, q.v.
  3. [S245] Lewisjd38, compiler, "Lewis jd Family Tree"; online
  4. [S393] John Tuley, One of the Pioneers of Spencer County Passes Peacefully Away, The Rockport Democrat, Indiana, Mar. 3, 1899,
    John Tuley, One of the Pioneers of Spencer County Passes Peacefully Away.

    Was Here During the Last Few Years of the Time Abraham Lincoln Lived in the County and Knew Him Well.

    John Tuley departed this life at his home in Jackson township on Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 1899, at the ripe old age of 82 years, 11 months, and 24 days. His death was caused by old age and general debility.
    Deceased was born in Daviess Co., Ky., Feb 27th, 1816, was the third son of John and Rachel Tuley, and came to this county with his parents in 1824. He settled in Jackson township in 1836, and lived there the rest of his life. He was one of Spencer County's most useful and substantial citzens, a pioneer who remembered many interesting events in the early history of the county. He remembered Abraham Lincoln when he lived in this county and could recall and relate many interesting happenings in which Honest Abe formed a part. In 1836 he was united in marriage to Nancy Hesson. Seven children were born to this union, four boys and three girls, only three of whom, Wm A Tuley, Mrs Elijah McCoy, and Mrs. Wm. Pierson , survive. Their mother died Sept. 30th, 1851, and in 1853 he was married to Zippora Agan. To them were born five children, four boys and one girl, three of whom are still living, Robert, James, and Keith.
  5. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. John (34), farmer, b. KY; Nancy (30), b. KY.
  6. [S115] 1820 U.S. Federal Census. John (26-44); F (26-44) [Sarah]; 1 m 10-15 [Benjamin], 2 m <10 [John, poss. Gideon or Samuel]; 1 f 10-15 [Elizabeth], 2 f <10 [Margaret, Nancy]; 8 total.
  7. [S520] VWH, between births of Alfred and William.
  8. [S116] 1830 U.S. Federal Census. John (40-49); F (40-49) [Sarah]; 1 m 20-29 [Benjamin], 2 m 10-14 [John (actually at least 15), ____], 2 m 5-9 [Gideon, Samuel], 2 m <5 [Alfred, William]; 1 f 10-14 [Nancy], 1 f 5-9 [Margaret]; 11 total.
  9. [S198] Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [database], Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research and Works Progress Administration, compilers, online, John Tooly [sic] and Nancy Hessen [sic], Nov 13 1836, Spencer Co.
  10. [S393] The Rockport Democrat, Mar. 3, 1899, Obituary of John M Tuley, q.v.
  11. [S1631] Indiana Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999, online, Spencer > Will Record, Vol C, 1843-1847; Will Record Vol D, 1846-1854; Will Record, Vol 1, 1853-1880, img. 378/632. Will Record I, 1853-80, p. 103. Last Will of John Hesson of Spencer Co., 5 Sep 1861.
    Bequeaths to son Alfred M Hesson the farm on which he lives, being the W ½ of the SW ¼ of Section 23, Twp. 5 S, Range 6 W.
    Bequeaths to son John Hesson: (1) the SE ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 22, Twp. 5 S, Range 6 W together with the NE ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 22, Twp. 5 S, Range 6 W, altogether eighty acres; (2) the SW ¼ of the SW ¼ of Section 14, Twp. 5 S, Range 6 W, except eight acres off the north side of said tract extending east to west, containing thirty-two acres.
    Bequeaths to son Gideon M Hesson the eight acres excepted from the land bequeathed to John Hesson, and one mare.
    Bequeaths to daughters Margaret Brand, Elizabeth Wood and Nancy Tuley certain livestock and all of the household and kitchen furniture.
    Bequeaths to son Benjamin Hesson $200, to be paid by son Wm. C Hesson.
    Bequeaths to grandsons Franklin and Samuel Hesson, sons of Samuel Hesson, deceased, $200 each, to be paid by Alfred M Hesson.
    Witn. John Bender and (illegible). Proved and filed 19 Oct 1861
    (Note: not named are Thomas and Hannah, prob. deceased).
  12. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census.