Jesse F. (Uncle Jesse) Nutt was born in Bedford County, Tennessee, January 19, 1833. He moved with his parents to Missouri in 1844. On April 10, 1853, he married Miss Elizabeth Landers. Four children were born to this union but two died in infancy. Two daughters lived to adulthood. Mr. Nutt became blind in 1854. He moved to Texas in 1858. With his brother, Jacob, also blind, he opened a business in Stockton Bend in 1867 with $30.00 capital. When the site of Granbury was chosen as the county seat of Hood County, the two blind brothers and Thomas Lambert donated 40 acres as a town site. The Nutt brothers then moved their business to Granbury and opened in a log house. In cooperation with other businessmen they built the first bridge across the Brazos River at Granbury.
The blind brothers with their mother were evidently among the charter members of the First Baptist Church of Granbury. The early records of the church have been lost and this cannot be verified. Uncle Jesse was one of the messengers who organized Paluxy Baptist Association. At the annual session in 1886 he was elected Treasurer and at each annual session for the next 18 years he was selected to that office again. Some time soon after the organization of the Association he was licensed to preach by the Granbury Church, but the date cannot be ascertained. There is no record that he was ever ordained but he preached in many places, and at one time served as associational missionary.
|Jesse F. Nutt died February 4, 1913 and was buried in the Granbury Cemetery in Hood County, Texas.|
Paluxy Baptist Association Centennial Story
1880 – 1980