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John Gunn

Birthplace: Hanover, Virginia
Death: Died in Caswell County, North Carolina
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Gunn of Amelia Co., Virginia and Sarah Gunn
Husband of Mary or Olive Gunn
Father of John Gunn, Jr.; Sarah "Sally" Gunn; James Gunn, U.S. Senator; Daniel Franklin Gunn; Gabriel Gunn and 1 other
Brother of Rebecca Webb; Elizabeth Sharp; Sara Boatwright Yaxley; William Gunn, Sr.; James Gunn, Sr. and 6 others

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About John Gunn

John Gunn was the son of Thomas Gunn and wife Sarah Boatwright. He was born c.1728 in Hanover County, Virginia and died in Caswell County, North Carolina.after August 17, 1790. He was named in his father's will.

The Boatwright Family Association does not name John's wife. The Gunn family states he married Olive (unk) and maybe Mary (unk.) A will has been found for him, dated August 17, 1780, and probated that year in Caswell County, North Carolina. The will, posted below, leaves part of his estate to his wife, but her name is not given in the will. See also:

John Gunn made his will on August 17, 1780 and it was probated in Caswell County, North Carolina the same year. In this will he names five children. John Gunn's namesake John Gunn Jr. was killed in the Revolutionary War at the Battle Of Eutaw Springs in South Carolina, where John and his brother Daniel were fighting the British.

Children of John Gunn and wife Mary (or Olive):

  • Jesse Gunn
  • John Gunn
  • Sally Gunn
  • Gabriel Gunn
  • Daniel Gunn


Caswell Co., North Carolina, WILL BOOK A, Page 110

In the name of God, AMEN. I John Gunn being sick and weak but of perfect sense and memory, do make this my last will and testament and dispose of my estate in the form following; I do give to my son Jesse all my land. I give to my son John one cow and calf, when he has a mind to take them. I give to my daughter Sally one bed and furniture and two cows and calves and also to Gabriel and Daniel one horse each to be delivered to them at the age of eighteen out of my estate. All the rest of my estate I lend to my wife during her life, if she continues a widow, to raise my children. If she does not continue a widow during her life, when she marries for my estate to be equally divided amongst all my children. I do appoint my wife my executorix and my son James my executor.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the seventeenth day of August seventeen hundred and eighty.

(Signed) John Gunn ( X )


Haden Proyor Charles Boslick

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John Gunn's Timeline

Hanover, Virginia
Age 23
March 13, 1753
Age 25
Age 25
March 14, 1763
Age 35
Caswell, North Carolina
February 24, 1767
Age 39
June 10, 1779
Age 51
Caswell, North Carolina, United States
August 17, 1780
Age 52
Caswell County, North Carolina