Jessie Mae Bristol
My great grandfather’s older sister, Jessie Mae Bristol, was born October 8, 1871 in (probably Avon) New York. Her parents were Charles Brown Bristol and Adrianna Mary Miller. Besides my great grandfather, William Augustus Bristol, there was also a youngersister, Mary Norton Bristol. The 1875 New York State Census and the 1880 Federal Census lists her as living with her parents in Lima, New York. In 1882 her father was living in Grafton, Dakota Territory. It is not known if the family was with him at the time but on November 22, 1886 her mother died in Grafton so more than likely the children were living there too. His father continued to live in Grafton until September, 1890 when they moved to Great Falls, Montana. Life for the children was probably not ideal as Grafton would have been the wild west at that time and Charles owned a gambling house. For me it conjures up images of the TV series “Deadwood”. In Great Falls Charles ran a boarding house. Then on February 10, 1892 Charles died. The obituary in the paper reported that William and Jessie were with their father at the time of his death but Mary was in Florida (whether living or visiting it’s not known). After this it appeared that she went to live with her aunt, Sarah Bristol Goodrich. On November 17, 1896 she married William VanZandt Sackett. The marriage took place in Lima, NY with the Episcopal minister, Rev. A.K. Bates officiating. Miss Charlotte M. Howard of Fairport, NY ,was the bridesmaid. Mr. Frank Kellogg of Avon, NY was bestman. HefFlowergirl was Miss Ruby VanZandt of Avon, NY. The bride
given away by her aunt, Mrs. Goodrich. Miss Frances J. Parker, pianist. After the wedding the couple made an extended trip West and then moved to Rochester. (from newspaper clipping of wedding announcement). She lived in Olean, New York for a number of years before moving to Elmira, New York. It was reported that she met her husband at the train depot each day and that they walked home through the park together before the evening meal. The date of her death is not known because records report a number of people named Jessie Sacket with differing dates.