Jesse Vann & Ann Arline

4- great – grandparents of R A Holloman III

Jesse Vann ca 1746 – 1815/17 | his parents
& ca 1765 [Ann] Arline | her parents
of Gates [Chowan] County, NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Jesse Vann was born ca 1746. At this moment I am looking at the Edward Vann who died in Hertford Co/Gates Co in 1762 with Mary wife and Edward son as Executors as being his father.
[Note – One researcher says this Jesse was son of Edward Vann ca 1690 – 4/6 June 1752 and Mary ca 1698/1709 -, son of William Vann ca 1656 – 11 Aug 1740 Chowan Co and Sarah.]

This family originally was in Chowan County in the part that became Hertford Co in 1759 and Gates County in 1779.

Jesse Vann’s wife’s father was James Arline.
John Vann said that his grandfather Arline was a very good and honorable man and whatever of worth he possessed he inherited from his mother.

Mrs. Boone wrote “I have seen the date 1719 as Jesse’s birth date, I think this may be an error as he lived until after 1815.
He was also described as “a drunkard.” but he was not by any means as trifling and shiftless as we have made him.
In the trunk full of papers were his tax receipts for 1768 and 69 and 70.
also for 92 and 93 and 1805.”

“in April 1815 Dr. I Foster visited Jesse Vann and again on May 6th.
Just when Jesse Vann died we do not know but the bill was presented on May 27 1817 to John Vann exec of Jesse Vann and paid in Nov 1817.
And there is also a receipt “Paid in full for Jesse Vann’s coffin $2.00”

Children of Jesse Vann and wife [Miss Arline]:
1. Edward Vann ca 1766 – ca Jan 1818
he was a builder of the 1817 Cool Spring Meeting House in Gates Co
he bought 720 acres on the Ahoskie swamp

2. John Vann 15 Dec 1768 – 11 Nov 1850
moved to Hertford Co ca 1800
married 30 Mar 1806 Nancy Cross 28 May 1785 – 28 July 1846
3. Ann/Nancy Vann
married Francis Saunders lived Hertford Co
4. Mary/Molly Vann
married Richard T Cross

Louise Boone said her grandmother had told her the children were Jesse, who died young, John born 15 Dec 1768, Molly [Mary], Nancy [Ann] married Saunders.

Louise Vann Boone apparently thought that John Vann and Jesse Vann of Gates County are the same person and had the name John Jesse Vann.
She said her father insisted that his father told him he was the fourth John Vann in direct line.

All recorded instances of his name in Gates and Chowan and his signature is always “Jesse Vann.”

1768, 1769, 1770 Jesse Vann paid 3 taxes for each of the years
in 1771 Jesse Vann had an account with Thomas Gilchrist of Suffolk, paid Nov 1771 amounting to 15 pounds.
in 1780 and 1781 there are records of Jesse Vann furnishing cash and supplies for the Militia from the Edenton District.
in 1784 Jesse Vann. bought a girl Nan,
In 1785 Jesse Vann was appointed admr. of the estate of Charles Vann and the receipts exist from Charles’ daughters as they came of age.
1786 Gates County State Census
p. 1 John Vann 1 wm 21-60
Thomas Vann 1 wm 21-60, 4 wm under 21 or over 60, 3 wf, 1 b 12-50, 6 b under 12 or above 50
Edward Vann 1 wm 21-60
—— p.2
Jesse Vann 1 wm 21-60, 3 wm under 21 or over 60, 5 wf, 4 b 12-50, 1 b under 12 or above 50
—– p 6
William Vann 2 wm 21-60, 4 wm under 21 or over 60, 3 wf, 1 b 12-50, 1 b under 12 or over 50
——p 14
Darcase Vann 3wf, 1 b under 12 or above 50
—– p 15
William Vann 1 wm 21- 60, 2 wm under 21 or over 60, 2 wf

in 1787 Benjamin Barnes gave Jesse Vann his power of attorney after he moved South.
in 1788 Jesse Vann was a collector for James Harvey.
May 1st 1788 William Vann made his will as follows: To his wife Rachel Vann all his property, care, schooling, etc of their young children, provided she live single, if she marries, Jesse Vann to take care of the rest and do as he thinks best with it. Dividing property among children when they come of age selling only to one another. Constitute my loving wife Rachel Vann, Jesse Vann and son William Vann exec.
in 1790 Jesse Vann. bought Hager aged 31
1790 Gates County
Dorcas Vann 1m over 16, 1 f, 1slave total 3
Jesse Vann 2 – 1 – 5 – 0 – 6 total 14
John Vann 1 – 5 – 2 – 0 – 2 total 10
Rachel Vann 2 – 3 – 1 – 0 – 4 total 10
Thomas Vann 2 – 3 – 4 – 0 – 8 total 17
in Nov 1793 Jesse Vann received a grant from the state for 200 acres on the road from Winton to Suffolk and near the river in Gates County.
in 1797 There are records of Dr. John Miller being called to Jesse Vann side in Feb. and again in May. The bill was paid in July.
In 1798 he paid his bill in full with Thomas Gilchrist of Suffolk with 1 barrel of Shad and three barrels of Herrings.
and in 1798 Jesse Vann bought Jacob, Gill and Care.
1800 Gates County
James Vann 00020-10010-04
Rachel Vann 01000-00010-01
John Vann Sen 21001-01001-02
Jesse Vann 00201-10201-09
John Vann [of Jesse] 01010-00000-02
1810 Gates Co
Charles Vann 00100-10011-01 son of William and Rachel
Edward Vann 00001-00000-03
John Vann 01201-00100-03
1810 Hertford Co [difficult to read]
Jesse Vann 00001-00011-08 Jesse and his son John
John Vann 20010-11110-05
1810 Northampton Co
James Vann 10010- 40010- 0110 son of William and Rachel
Jesse Vann 10100 – 00100-0100 aged 16-26

1820 Hertford Co
James Vann 0 0 1 1 0 1- 3 2 1 0 1 2 son of William and Rachel
John Vann 2 2 0 0 0 1- 1 0 1 1 0 12 [image 5] son of Jesse and Miss Arline
Frances Saunders 2 0 1 1 1 0- 2 0 0 1 1
Frances Saunders 0 2 0 0 0 1 -0 1 0 1 0
1820 Northampton Co
Jesse Vann 4 0 0 0 1 0- 3 0 0 1 0 04 son of ? aged 26-45
William Vann 1 1 0 0 0 1- 0 2 2 0 1 02 son of William and Rachel
Jesse R Cross 1 2 1 1 1 0- 3 0 0 1 1
1830 Hertford Co

Jesse and Edward sold all their land in Gates County just a year or so before Jesse’s death and presumably moved to Hertford County to live with his son. As his estate is not handled in the Gates County court records. There was a John Vann who died in Gates county about this time.

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