Dorothy Upton


Personal and Family Information

Dorothy was born on 23 Aug 1903 in Massachusetts, the daughter of Roger Wellington Upton and Elizabeth Phoebe Key Lloyd.

She died on 25 Dec 1992 in Solano County, California.

She had two marriages/partners. Her first husband was John Edson Knowles, who she married on 29 SEP 1927 in Nevada. Their two known children were Frederick Grinnell (1924-1995) and John Upton (1926-2002).

Her second husband was Rolla Newcome Jesson, who she married on 20 SEP 1957 in Cascade County, Montana. They had no known children.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Dorothy Upton


Roger Wellington Upton


Elizabeth Phoebe Key Lloyd


Edward VII Lloyd


Edward VI Lloyd


Alicia Thompson McBlair


Mary Lloyd Howard


Charles Howard


Elizabeth Phoebe Key



Birth23 AUG 1903
Place: Massachusetts
Death25 DEC 1992
Place: Solano County, California
Census9 MAY 1910
Place: Essex County, Massachusetts
Age: 6 to 7
Address: Marblehead Town, 122 Atlantic Ave, dwelling 463 family 596 Upton, Roger, head, mw age 37 married 1, 10 yrs, born Mass, f&m Mass, Pres?& Secretary, Glass? Co __ Elizabeth, K L wife, fw age 42 married 1, 10 yrs, mother of 4, 4 living, born Maryland, f&m Maryland __ Lloyd, sib nw age 9 single, born Mass, f Mass m Maryland __ Edward, son mw age 8 single, born Mass, f Mass m Maryland __ Dorothry, daughter fw age 6 single, born Mass, f Mass m Maryland __ John C son mw age 1/12 single, born Mass, f Mass m Maryland and 3 adult servants, all born Ireland
Census16 JAN 1920
Place: Essex County, Massachusetts
Age: 16 to 17
Address: Marblehead town, 122 Atlantic Ave, dwelling 181, family 201 Upton, Roger, head owns home with Mortgage, mw age 46, married, born Mass, f&m Mass, Manufacturer of Glue __ Elizabeth KL, wife fw age 51 married born Maryland, f&m Maryland __ Lloyd, son mw age 19 single born Mass, f Mass, m Maryland __ Edward, son mw age 17 single born Mass, f Mass, m Maryland __ Dorothy, daughter fw age 16 single born Mass, f Mass, m Maryland __ John G, son mw age 9, single born Mass, f Mass, m Maryland Duignan, Margaret A, servant fw age 32, single, immigrated 1907, born Ireland, father and mother Ireland
Census26 APR 1930
Place: Teton County, Montana
Address: Fairview Township, School District 11 Knowles, John E, head, owns home, with radio, mw age 27, married age 25, born Mass, f&m Mass, Stock Ranch on Stock Ranch __ Dorothy U, wife of head fw age 25 married age 20, born Mass, f&m Mass __ Frederick E, son mw age 5 single, born Mass f&m Mass __ John U , son mw age 3 10/12, single, born Mass f&m Mass __ Grinnell Brother mw age 28, divorced, born Mass f&m Mass also 3 lodger and one servant
Census19 APR 1940
Place: Teton County, Montana
Address: Doheny, School Distrct 11 visit 10, owned home, $10,000, on farm, Knowles, John, mw age 37 married 4yr High School, born Mass, same house 1935, rancher, general ranch __ Dorothy, wife fw age 36 married, 4 yr High School, born Mass, same house 1935 __ Fredrick son mw age 15 single 1 yr high school, born Mass, same house 1935 __ John , son mw age 13 single grade 7, born Mass, same house 1935 __ Grinnell, partner mw age 38, divorced, 4 yr college, born Mass, same house 1935 Potter, vernon, hired had mw age 21 single grade 8, born Illinois, South Datoka 1935
BurialDEC 1992
Place: Cascade County, Montana
Age: 89
Address: Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Mausoleum, Great Falls Tower of Sunshine, A4, Niche #44 findagrave 77102667




Note 1

Dorothy Upton Knowles Jesson,89, a former Great Falls, Mt. resident and a great-great-granddaughter of Francis Scott Key, who wrote the U.S. national athem, died on Christmas Day in Vallejo, Calif.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be Thursday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 600 3rd Ave.N.

She was born on Aug. 23, 1903, in Marblehead, Mass. In 1927 she and her husband, John Knowles, and two sons came west. They owned and operated a large ranch 40 miles north of Great Falls on the Teton River. They sold the ranch in 1939.

During World War II, she worked for the U.S. Civil Service a a secretary at the Great Falls Air Base and on special assignment in Alaska.

After the war, the family lived in the Monarach and Neihart area, and bought the Sun Mountain Ranch.

She was divorced in 1949 and worked as a secretary of Montana Deaconess Hospital, where she met her present husband, Rolla N. Jesson, the hospital's purchasing agent. They married in September of 1957.

Upon their retirement they moved to Vallejo, Calif.

She was a member of the Episcopal Church, Olive Chapter 10, Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, and was an honorary life member of the U.S. Power Squadron, founded in 1942 by her father, Roger Upton.

Surviving are her husband, a stepson, Darreld Jesson of Missoula, two sons Fred G Knowles of Napa, Calif., and John U "Spook" knowles of Great Falls, six grandchildren and nine great=grandchildren.

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Note 2

Rolla Newcome "Jess" Jesson, 94, former Missoula Montana resident, passed away in Vallejo, Calif., on Dec. 10, 1998 of natural causes.

He was born in Wahpeton, N.D., on May 1, 1904, the son of Jacob and Catherine (Nurnberger) Jesson. He ranched with his family in the Velva N.D., area, until he graduated from high school in 1923. He taught school for two years in rural schools. In those days you did not need a degree other than high school to teach.

He married Ethel M. Rosenberg on June 25, 1925, in Oberon, N.D. They had two sons, Darreld and Dennis. They divorced in May 1940. He married Hazel Jewett in June 1940, and they divorced in 9 September 1957.

He married Dorothy Upton in 20 September 1957. She passed away on Dec. 25, 1992.

After he arrived in Missoula in 1937, he worked for the Folsom Co., sold farm equipment and ran a radiator shop on West Main Street. He moved to Great Falls in 1951, and worked for various industrial and farm machinery dealers. He went to work for Deaconess Medical Center in Great Falls in 1958 as purchasing agent until his retirement in 1969.

His parents, four brothers, one sister, stepson Fred Knowles and grandson Jess Joseph preceded him death.

He is survived by his son Darreld and wife Jane of Missoula; stepdaughter-in law, Shirley Knowles of Napa Calif.; two grandchildren, J.R. Jesson of Plano, Texas, Leah Hiniker of Missoula Mt.,; and three great-grandchildren, Paul and Susan Hiniker of Missoula, and Sienna Jesson of Plano.

He was amember of the Episcopal Church in Great Falls and the U.S. Power Boat Squadron.

Cremation hasd taken place in Vallejo, Calif., with interment at Hilcrest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Great Falls., Mt

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