Because Celia is one of my brick wall ancestors I am at the point where I need to start visiting some repositories in Arkansas to find more information. Because of that and because I have not done much African-American research I decided to see if I could find out anything about Jessie.
The indexers with Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org both entered Jessie’s last name as Sample, and looking at the record it does fit the pattern most indexers used to avoid having to write the same name multiple times. I find it doubtful that that was his actual name, but looked into it as if it was. Then I looked into African-American men named Jessie, last name unknown.