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John Jefferson Sexton

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Abt 1759/14 May 1762 , Lunenburg, Virginia / i Grayson County
Death: July 4, 1844 (85)
near Jonesborough, Greene, Tennessee
Place of Burial: Paint Creek, , Greene, Tennesse/Cocke, Tennesee.
Immediate Family:

Son of John Sexton (3) and Margaret Sexton
Husband of Mary Ann Gilbert
Father of William D. Sexton; Benjamin Franklin (Franklyn) Sexton (39); Elizabeth Burnett; Gilbert D. Sexton; George Washington Sexton and 10 others
Brother of William Lemuel Sexton; Benjamin Franklin Sexton; Archelaus (Archibald) (1752-5-1778) Sexton (8); Elizabeth Sexton (6); Charles Sexton, Sr. (4) and 1 other

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
Last Updated:

About John Jefferson Sexton


1. Unknown1 Sexton died Unknown.

Children of Unknown Sexton are believed to be: 
  • 2 i. Robert2 Sexton, died Unknown.
  • + 3 ii. John Sexton, born Abt. 1720; died Abt. 1763 in Lunenburg, VA.

3. John2 Sexton (Unknown1) died Abt. 1763 in Lunenburg, VA (Source: VA Lunenburg Co Court Order Bk 9 12 May 1763.). He married <Unnamed>. She died Unknown.

Children of John Sexton and <Unnamed> are:

  • + 4 i. Charles3 Sexton, born Abt. 1745; died Unknown.
  • + 5 ii. William Sexton, born February 11, 1746/47 in Lunenburg Co., VA; died December 31, 1830 in Corbin, Whitley, KY.
  • 6 iii. Elizabeth Sexton, born Abt. 1749; died Unknown.
  • + 7 iv. Benjamin Sexton, born 1752 in VA; died 1831 in Bath Co., KY.
  • 8 v. Archibald Sexton, born Abt. 1755 in VA; died Abt. 1778 in Valley Forge Hospital.
  • + 9 vi. John Sexton, born Abt. 1759 in VA; died July 04, 1844 in Greene Co., TN.
  • + 10 vii. Pryor Sexton, born Bet. 1754 - 1760; died September 18, 1835 in Grayson Co., VA

9. John3 Sexton (John2, Unknown1) was born Abt. 1759 in VA (Source: Tombstone.), and died July 04, 1844 in Greene Co., TN. He married Mary Ann Gilbert March, 1780, daughter of Daniel Gilbert and Mary Sexton. She was born Abt. 1764 in VA, and died Aft. 1850 census in Cocke Co., TN.

Notes for John Sexton: John enlisted in the 14th Va Reg't of the Cont'l Army in Jan of 1777 from Charlotte Co., VA

Notes for Mary Ann Gilbert: pp. 377-378 Greene Co., TN March 1st, 1845 "personally appeared ... John Cornwell, a resident of County and State aforesaid ... that he is 55 years of age past, and is the son-in-law of Mary Ann Sexton, widow of John Sexton ... that he married the daughter of the aforesaid John and Mary Ann Sexton in Grayson County Virginia in the month of 1810. That his wife Judah or Juditha never had any record of her age ... that she had a record made upwards of 20 years ago in the aforesaid County of Grayson, ... and from the recorded age of Elizabeth Terrel who was born and raised in the same neighborhood that his wife the aforesaid Judith was born in, both having been born within a few days of the same date, to wit July 13th 1794. ... That he has heard ... the aforesaid John and Mary Ann Sexton declare that they were married in the County of Bedford State of Virginia ... He knows they have lived together as man & wife up to the 11th July 1844 on which day ... John Sexton died in the County of Green ... widow still resides in said County"

Children of John Sexton and Mary Gilbert are:

  • 35 i. William D. Sexton, born Abt. 1782; died Unknown. He married Elizabeth Cooke; died Unknown.
  • + 39 ii. Benjamin Franklin Sexton, born Abt. 1783; died Abt. 1816 in Grayson Co., VA.
  • 40 iii. Elizabeth Sexton, born Abt. 1783; died Unknown. She married James Cox Bef. September 17, 1800; died Unknown.
  • 41 iv. Gilbert D. Sexton, born December 09, 1786; died Unknown.
  • 42 v. George Sexton, born ca 1794; d bet 1860-1870
  • 43 vi. Judith Sexton, born July 15, 1794; died Unknown. She married John Cornwall; died Unknown.
  • + 44 vii Elijah Sexton, born ca 1798; died bet 1870-1880
  • 45 viii. Hiram Sexton, Sr., born March 08, 1802; died Unknown.
  • 46 ix. Nancy Sexton, born Abt. 1803; died Unknown.
  • 47 x. Lorenzo Dow Sexton, born Abt. 1805; died Unknown. He married Anna Cantrell; died Unknown



JOHN SEXTON (JOHN) was born Abt. 1759 in VA, and died Unknown.

He married MARY ANN GILBERT November 10, 1795, daughter of DANIEL GILBERT and MARY SEXTON. She was born Abt. 1764 in VA, and died Unknown.

Children of JOHN SEXTON and MARY ANN GILBERT are: 
  • BENJAMIN SEXTON died Unknown. He married NANCY TAYLOR.

John Sexton Sex: M

  • Birth: 1759 - Lunenburg Co, VA 159,492
  • Christening:
  • Death: Jul 4, 1844 - Greene Co, TN 390
  • Burial: in Paint Creek, Greene Co, TN
  • Cause of Death:


  • - He served in the military 14 Virginia Regt in 1777. 390 Enlisted in Jan 1777 in Charlotte Co VA in Capt Meshaw's [Michaux] company in the 14 Virginia Regt.
  • - Served 3 years and was discharged at Frederick Town Maryland by Col John Webb. He stated that he was at the battles of Brandywine, Jirmantown, Monmoth in the regular service. After his discharge he was at the battle of Guilford NC in the militia.
  • - He served in the military Militia of Montgomery County, Virginia, in 1780. 389
  • - Militia of Montgomery County, Virginia, 1777-1790 by Mary B Kegley pg 23 - Capt James McDaniell Company [undated list] John Sexton [list also contains names of Charles and Benjamin]
  • - He was discharged from the military in 1780 in Frederick Town in State of Mariland.. 390 John Sexton, age 57, stated he had enlisted in the 14 Virginia Regiment in Charlotte Co, had served faithfully during the term of three years and was honourably discharged at Frederick Town in State of Mariland.


Father: John Sexton 
Mother: Margaret Malone

Spouses 1. *Mary Ann Gilbert Marriage: Mar 4, 1780 - , Bedford Co., VA 390

  • 1. William D. Sexton
  • 2. Benjamin Sexton
  • 3. Elizabeth Sexton
  • 4. Gilbert Sexton
  • 5. George Sexton
  • 6. Judah Sexton
  • 7. Elijah Sexton
  • 8. Nancy Sexton
  • 9. Lorenzo D Sexton
  • 10. Isaac Sexton

Notes General:

Lived in Wythe Co, VA for many years before moving to Greene Co, TN

Applied on 6 Oct 1821 in Buncombe Co NC. Gave wife's age as 56 and stated she had lost use of one hand.

Three children at home, Hiram, Lorenzo and Nancy.

1821 LAND BOUNTY CLAIM: Library of Virginia, Digital Images, Revolutionary War Rejected


State of North Carolina Buncombe County

Court of Pleas and Quarter Session first Monday of October 1821

This 5th day of October 1821 comes John Sexton into open court and deposes and says that he enlisted for and served in the continental line of the state of Virginia the term of three years during the revolutionary war as follows "to wit" He enlisted in the year 1777 at Charlotte in Virginia under Lieutenant Richard Eusham (or Nisham) of the company of Captain Joseph Meshaux (or Misshoe, or Michaux) of the 14th Virginia regiment commanded by Colonel Abraham Davis & Lieutenant Colonel Abraham Blueford for the term of 3 yrs or during the war which term he faithfully served until discharged by Colonel John Webb of some one regiment of the Virginia line who commanded him and others as a corpse sent under his command to guard some prisoners who had been taken at Stony Point and who then were sent out into the country in charge of the event of which he was one. That he cannot now recollect the date of the discharge as it is lost but thinks it was after the term of 3 years from his enlistment being in the year 1781 - that he was in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth and the taking of Stony Point under General Wayne that he is old infirm and does not know of any testimony to establish the above facts but his own oath - that he had a brother named Archibald Sexton who was enlisted of a few days before himself under the same officers and for the same term of service who served with him untill the battle of Brandywine where he was killed whilst fighting for his country that he and his brother were both during the battle of Brandywine in the company of said Captain Meshaux & were in the front of the engagement. and is advised that he is the heir at law of his brother.

John Sexton (his mark)

I John Miller Clerk of said court do hereby certify that John Sexton swore to the above certificate in open court

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and the seal of the said court this 5th day of October 1821 - Jn Miller ClB

1823 [?] rejected evidence insufficient She uses source as - Willis Sexton, John Sexton's Family - From Revolution to Rebellion


1. Patricia O'Connor, Patricia O' Conner Records, OUR SEXTON FAMILY (web site Revised Jun 9, 2001 /, Pat O' Conner,, E-mail: "."

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John Jefferson Sexton's Timeline

May 14, 1759
Abt 1759/14 May 1762 , Lunenburg, Virginia / i Grayson County
Age 20
Grayson County, Virginia
Age 20
Grayson County, Virginia
Age 22
Grayson, Virginia
Age 23
Grayson Co., VA
Age 23
Grayson, Virginia
December 7, 1786
Age 27
Grayson County, VA
Age 30
Age 32
Grayson County, VA