Found this in the 1880, 1870 and 1860 Census:
Could this be your Jesse? If so it appears he was born NC.
Would need dau Sarah's husbands name to check for the 1900.
Will copy this to the NC Census List for the archives.
THOMAS, JESSE E. (1880 U.S. Census)
NORTH CAROLINA , HYDE, FAIRFIELD
Age: 61, Race: WHITE, Born: NC
Series: T9 Roll: 968 Page: 496
Thomas, Jesse E., w, m, 61, head, Married, Farmer, NC NC NC
, Nancy M., w, f, 42, wife, Married, Keeping house, NC NC NC
Daniels, Robert C. L., w, m, 12, grand son, single, farm laborer, NC NC NC
Brinn?, Josiah B., w, m, 38, none, singer, farming
Found this in the 1870:
THOMAS, JESSE (1870 U.S. Census)
NORTH CAROLINA , HYDE, FAIRFIELD TWP
Age: 51, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: NC
Series: M593 Roll: 1143 Page: 472
Daniels, C., 32, m, w, Farmer, NC
, Mary, 21, f, w, Keeping house, NC
, Robert, 2, m, w,
Thomas, Jesse, 51, m, w, Mechanic, NC
,Sarah, 18, f, w, NC
There are Daneils and Brinn? families living next door.
Found this in the 1860:
THOMAS, JESSE E (1860 U.S. Census)
NORTH CAROLINA , HYDE, SWAN QUARTER P O
Age: 40, Male, Race: WHITE,
Series: M653 Roll: 902 Page: 125
Jesse E. Thomas, 40, m, Farmer, NC
Rebeca Thomas, 35, f, NC
Mary F. Thomas, 10, f, NC
Sarah Thomas, 7, f, NC
Hannah Edwards, 50, f, Farmer,