About Uncle Jesse Edit
He is the patriarch of the Duke clan, and the father-figure to all Dukes who stay with him on the somewhat dilapidated "Duke Farm". Jesse was married, but his wife died. He apparently has no children of his own, and happily provides for his nephews and niece in the unexplained absence of all of their parents. Jesse says that he has delivered many babies, including Bo and Luke. Jesse, in his youth, had been a ridge-runner in direct competition with Boss Hogg, whom he always calls "JD". However, while both Boss and Jesse would scowl at the mention of the other's name, the two enjoyed a lifelong "friendship" of sorts, with one helping the other when in desperate need. Jesse educated his nephews against Hogg, and often provides the cousins with inspirational sage advice.
Uncle Jesse drives a white 1973 Ford F-100 pickup truck. In the barn, he also has his old moonshine-running car, called "Sweet Tillie" in its first appearance but referred to as "Black Tillie" subsequently. His CB handle is "Shepherd".