About Jesse Blan (Bland)
Jesse Blan of Greenbrier County
Ruby Blann of Lawrence, Kansas favored me with pension papers and the last will of Jesse Blan, who states he was born in 1756 in Prince William County, Virginia. He died April 16, 1835, making his will in Monroe County, Virginia. Thus Jesse's dates are (1756-1835). Jesse stated in his pension claim that he settled after the revolution in the area that was and became Greenbrier, Monroe and Kanawha counties. He served, he was pretty sure, with Captain Arbuckle, Major Woods, Colonel Neville and General Hand, enlisting in the Virginia Continental Line in 1776-1779. There is little doubt but that this man was Jesse Blan (see information about his apprenticeship in VU, p. 419), son of John Bland (C1688-1762) and his wife Patience. His story causes a wrench of sadness for those of us who have been so interested in unraveling the family's early Virginia history. He makes no mention of his parents, and states "that he was born . . . in the year 1756-that his age is recorded in the bible of his family which was in possession of his brother when he left Prince William." This brother would presumably be John Bland (Jesse spelled his name Blan) (C1742-1807) who migrated to the Washington County, Kentucky area in the early 1780s with his wife Rachel and their children. Jesse also mentions that he suffered sickness and danger by participating in scouting parties while serving in the revolution and that "frequently after this discharge, together with his neighbors joined in scouting parties . . . being impelled to it from motives of safety to himself and his family." Yet when Jesse died, he left all his worldly goods to an associate Henry Hake and there is no mention of a family member.