Jessie was born in 1891. According to the 1911 census she was working as a dressmaker whilst living at her father’s dairy farm.
Jessie joined the Shropshire 40 VAD and on 22/6/1917 began work at Park Hall Military Hospital as a pack store keeper until the end of the war.
In 1920 Jessie married Richard C Bethell (b. 1896). Richard took over the farm and ran it with Jessie. The family also took in boarders who went to a nearby school.