In the 1830 census of Russell Co.,VA, John Hess appears for the first time as the head of the household. In the 1850 census (pictured at left) John is listed as 50 yrs. old and wife Lucinda was
45 yrs. old. This would make their birthdates approximately 1800 and 1805 respectively. John gives his place-of-birth as North Carolina. John Hess had died before February 4th, 1851 for on that date Lucy Hess, widow of John Hess, Sr-deceased-came to court and made oath with Henry Hess her security (in the amount of $600.00) to be granted letters of administration on the said decedant's estate. John Hess left no will and this is the sole reference I have found for him in the the Russell County, VA court records. I venture to guess that he and Lucy are both buried in one of the Hess Cemeteries on Little River. *Source: Law Order Book 12, pg 338.