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Thomas B. Vann, I

Birthplace: Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Madison, Madison County, Alabama, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Vann, "Ned", Sr and Charity Vann / Marshall
Husband of Anne Vann
Father of Bryant Vann; Sarah Ann "Sally" Green; Lazarus Vann; Edward Hare Vann; Mary Vann and 2 others
Brother of Clement Vann; Avery Vann, Sr.; Edith Coody and Susanna Vann
Half brother of John Joseph Vann; Edward "Ned" Vann; James Vann; Jennie Vann; William Vann and 1 other

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About Thomas B. Vann, I

THOMAS VANN I (EDWARD, JOHN) was born Abt. 1748 in Chowan Co, NC, and died Abt. 1839 in Madison Co, AL.

He married ANN _____.She was born Abt. 1752.


Children of THOMAS VANN and ANN _____ are:

  • i. BRYAN VANN, b. Abt. 1780, Gates Co, NC; d. 1832.
  • ii. SARAH VANN, b. Abt. 1781, Gates Co, NC; d. Abt. 1845, Madison Co, AL.
  • iii. THOMAS VANN II, b. Abt. 1782, Gates Co, NC.
  • iv. DEMPSEY VANN, b. May 27, 1783, Gates Co, NC; d. Abt. 1832, Madison Co, AL.
  • v. LAZARUS VANN, b. 1784, Gates Co, NC.
  • vi. EDWARD HARE VANN, b. 1793, Gates Co, NC; d. 1857.
  • vii. MARY VANN, b. Abt. 1794, Gates Co, NC. ;

  • | | | | |--7-Charity Barnes b. 1726, North Carolina
  • | | | | +Edward Ned Vann Sr. b. 1720, Bertie Co. North Carolina, m. 1744, Chowan, North Carolina, d. 1733, Hertford, North Carolina, par. John Trader Vann and Anikawi Cherokee woman
  • | | | | | |--8-Thomas Vann I. b. 1748, Chowan, North Carolina, d. Jan 1840, Madison Co. AL
  • | | | | | +Anne Unknown b. 1765, NC, m. Bef 1780, NC, d. 1832


The VANN land was situated in that part of Chowan Precinct, N.C. which became Hertford County in 1759, and in 1779, Gates County was created from the part of Hertford where the VANN land was located. The Hertford County records were lost in fires in 1832 and 1863, but Gates County records are available from 1779. During the period 1759 to 1779, Thomas VANN I and members of the family reached maturity, married, were born, died, bough and sold land, and those records are lost.

The following few early N.C. records of Thomas VANN I were located.

1768: Thomas VANN delivered 4 barrels of turpentine to Samuel DONALDSON for sale to BIGSON & CRANBERRY. (Hertford Co., 1768. (This record is the earliest found of Thomas VANN I and was part of files outside Hertford Co. Thomas was 21 years of age in 1768.)

1778: Thomas VANN is named, among others in A True List of the Draft Made Out of the Regiment of Hertford County, in the State of North Carolina, Capt. (Charles) KINGs Company. NC Nov. 5 1778. (From this note, a descendant managed to get Thomas VANN I listed with the DAR Registry.)

1779: 1st. Monday in November. Thomas VANN recorded his Ear Mark - A Cross & Slit in left ear and a cross in right ear. 1780: Tuesday, Feb 8. Pratt Jurors appointed .... (among others) Thomas VANN 9 Feb. 1780: Thomas BURGESS, Thomas VANN and his wife, and others, against Thomas HARE, who acts as Extr. of a paper purporting to be the last will & Testament of Edward HARE case of this county, then part of Hertford Co., decd. and other who claim under the said purported will, as are interested in establishing or setting it aside. 25 Nov 1780: Motion to John BRICKELL Esq. Atto. at Law in Behalf of Thomas HARE ... a Commission to take deposition of Mary HARE, Soloman KING, and William GATING, June in a suit brought by Thomas BURGESS, Thomas VANN and his wife and others against the said Thomas HARE. (The HARE family is listed as being from Nansemond Co., VA.) The will of Edward HARE of Hertford Co., signed 16 May 1772, proven 22 April 1777, by Isaac PIPKIN, one of the Witnesses before Richard CASWELL, Esq., and Governor of N.C. named, among other beneficiaries, a sister named Mary BURGESS. Edward HARE bequeathed to Mary a negro man named Isaac, and a Negro boy named Tom. Records in Gates, Hertford and Bertie Counties in later years have been researched, but no connection between the HAREs and the VANNs has been found. (This there a connection with the BURGRESS Family and the VANNs, John VANN and a man named BURGRESS were together in the Ninty Sixth District in 1750. They were accused of steeling deer skins form the Cherokees.) Why Thomas Vann and his wife joined in this suit is not known. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1780: David LEWIS gave Security in the sum of 10,000 pds. Thomas VANN and Lewis WALKER, Securties, to keep Blake and _____, base-born children of Fereby GILES from becoming chareable to this county. (Gates CO., N.C.) 1782, Feb. 10 Thomas VANN, among others, summoned as Jurymen. Josiah PARKER came into C. For his begetting a Basterd child on the body of Naomi WILLIAMS. He to give Security in the sum of 100 pds. Moor CARTER and Thomas VANN, Securities. 1783, Oct. 28. Thomas VANN witnessed a deed of Dempsey ODOM to Henry LEE, 7 pds. 4 sh. for 100 acres, begining at the Beaver Dam Swamp on a line which was formerly John DUKES; John DURY, Aaron ODOM, Jacob WALLACE, John WEBB and Jacob WALTER lines mentioned. Dempsey (X) ODOM. Wit: Thomas VANN, John BOYCE, John BETHEY. 1789. Thomas VANN was witness to marriage of Elizabeth KING to John HAMBLETON in Gates Co., N.C. May 18. Bill of Sale, Thomas VANN to Enos ROGERS, proven by oath of John VANN Thomas VANN of Gates Co. bought 100 acres from Willis HUGHES, for 144 pds., land situated on Peters Creek joining said HUGES, James BRADY, and William WARREN. /S/ Willis HUGHES, Sarah (X) HUGES. Wit: John VANN, Kedar (X) ODOM. May 14. Thomas sold to Mills LEWIS for 25 pds., 65 acres.. the same tract where Thomas VANN now lives .... granted by patent to William VANN bearing date one thousand seven hundred and five. This land ajoined land owned by Willis HUGHES, James BRADY, Jos. HOLLAND, William WARREN and William VANN. /S/ Thomas VANN. Wit: John LEWIS and Edward GATLING. 1790: Thomas VANN and his family are enumerated in the 170 census of Gates Co., N.C. Nov. 16. Joseph DELDAY to be appointed Gurdian to Jesse ODOM and Jacob ODOM, Orphans of Elisha Odam. Said DELDAY to give Bond of 500 pds. Thomas VANN and Edward GATLIN, Securities. 1790 Census, Gates Co., N.C. Thomas VANN (was 43) 4 females 2males over 16 8 slave 3males under 16 1791. Thomas VANN, David (X) PILANT, Edward (X) PILANT were witnesses to deed 22 July, from Jos. NORFLEET to Thomas ROBERTSON, for 100 pds., 200 acres wheron ROBERTSON now lives, beg. at marked maple near main Sarum Swamp as appears by deed from Thomas and John NORRIS to William FRYER 23 Mar. 1740 ..... and down main run. 26 July. Joseph NORFLEET to Thomas ROBERTSON .... 5 sh. and maintenance for natural life....platation whereon he lives, horses, cattle, and hogs.... /s/ Joseph NORFLEET. Wit: Edward PILANT, Thomas VANN. Nov. 7 Bryant VANN and Thomas VANN were witnesses to Bill of Sale, Demsey ROOKS and Edith ROOKS to James BRADY, Jr., for 52 pounds, 10 shillings. One Negro Woman named Rosa about 38 years of age and one Negro girl child about 11 months old named Anna. (If Bryant VANN, son of Thomas VANN I, was of age when this instument was executed, he ws born before 1780.) 1792, Mar. 23 Jos. and Elizabeth HOLLAND of Nansemond Co., VA, sold to Mills LEWIS of Gates Co., for 90 pounds, 25 acres beg. at head of Ready branch to Knotty Pine Swamp, and down swamp to William WARRENs line, along his line to Thomas VANNs line, along his line ... Elizabeth HOLLAND. Joseph HOLLAND. Wit: Edward GATLLING, Luten LEWIS, James RAWLS . Mar. 23. Jos. HOLLAND, Jr. and Sr., of Nansemond Co., VA, bound themselves unto Mills LEWIS in sum of 500 pounds .... the condition of above obligation is such that where the above Jos. HOLLAND has this day sold to Mills LEWIS 75 acres, it being land that John ODOM left to his daughter, Elizabeth (will dated Oct. 16, 1770) ... land joining Wm. WARREN, Thomas VANN, and Mills LEWIS own line. Jos. HOLLAND,. Wit: Edward GATLING; Luten LEWIS; Dempsey SUMNER. 3rd Monday in May: Willam and Thomas VANN summoned to seve as jurymen, among others. (It is possible that this William Vann was the son of Thomas VANN I. See note of Anson Co., N.C.) 1794: Thomas VANN to William BAKER .... 50 pounds .... 100 acres formerly owned by Dempsey ROOKS, Sr., begin. at black gum, corner tree between William WARREN, Sr. and said VANN, along line of marked trees to small branch and up branch to corner pine, along line of marked trees to Mills LEWIS line and along his line to corner oak to James BRADYs line to Peters Swamp, along Swamp to Mills Swamp and down run .... /s/ Thomas VANN. Wit: Anthony WILLIAMS, Bryant (X) WISLER. Dec. 17 Solomon ROSS and Elizabeth ROSS, his wife, to Henry Eborn SEARS, for 25 pounds 10 shillings, 60 acres joining Joel GOODMAN, Hardy CROSS, and Bryant WALTERS back to GOODMANs line ... which land the said Solomon ROSS and his wife Elizabeth bought of Henry DILDAY. Solomon (X) ROSS, Elizabeth (X) ROSS. Witness: William VANN, Bryant VANN July 8. Dempsey ROOKS, Sen., to William BAKER for 9 pounds, 2 shillings, 7 pens. ... mylife estate in the house, orchard and all the land reserved to me by Thomas VANN at the time said Thomas VANN bought the land I now live on of Willis HUGHES .... also one Feather Bed and Furniture and Twelve Head of Hogs .... Dempsey ROOKS. Wit: James GATLLING, John VANN. Aug . 15 Estate LAYCOCK of Nansemond Co., VA, appointed her trusted and loving friend, William BROWN, of Gates .... her true and lawful attorney. Wit: Bryant VANN, John BROWN. The Thomas VANN family moved from Gates Co. to Martin Co., N.C. before 1800. The following deed of 1812 give additional information of interest. James BRADY, Sr. to, John .... 50 acres where said John lives, beg. at red oak on side of road, down by line of marked trees by GRAVEYARD to apple orchard and perimmon tree, along ditch to head, PASSING OLD COOPERS SHOP, FORMERLY THOMAS VANNS, on left side, to main swamp and John WARRENs line to Celia LEWIS line, down John VANNs line and binding on his line to main road and down road .... James (X) BRADY. Feb court 1812. Wit: Pa. (Patrick) HEGERTY, James BRADY, Jr. In 1976 William Henry VANN visited this area, spoke with a Mrs. JONES who lived on old VANN land. She stated that she had heard there was a very old cementery on the land. She and her husband had walked many miles covering a large area but had never found any evidence of an old graveyard. Thanks to Mona Armstorng TAYLOR, Harker Heights, TX, for permission to use the foregoing material which is protected by copyright. MARTIN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA Early records of Martin County, N. C. Were destroyed by fire in 1884. The following were found in the State Archives, Releigh, N.C. 1795: Thomas VANN sold slaves boy named Arter to Aaron DUGGAN, Dec.11. 1797: Thomas VANN sold slaves Patience and Tuck to Aaron DUGGAN, July 30. 1800: Thomas and Anne VANN sold to David CARRAWAY, 150 acres in Martin CO., N.C. , on Feb. 28, land between the CARRAWAYs and the VANNs Martin County is approximately 45 miles southwest of Gates County, across the Chowan River. Records indicate that the VANNs lived in Martin County for ten or more years. 1800 Martin Co., N.C. census, alphabetically listed. Thomas VANN, head of house, 1 male over 45 1 femlae over 45 4 males 16-26 3 female 16-26 1 male 10-26 2 females under 10 3 slaves State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina Martin County, North Carolina Records DEED THOMAS VAN AND WIFE, ANN - SALE OF 150 ACRES, 26 FEBRURARY 1800 Know All Men By these presents, that we , Thomas VANN and Anne VANN, my wife, of the one part and David CARRAWAY of the other part for and in consideration of the sum of Three Hundred Pounds to us in hand paid by David CARRAWAY of the County of Martin and State of North Carolina, the receipt wherof we herby acknowledge and ouselves therewith fully satisfied and paid and of every part and parcel therof exonerated acquit and discharge the said David CARRAWAY him his heirs and assigns forever have by these presents for us our heirs and assigns have given granted bargained and sold unto him the said David CARRAWAY him his heirs and assigns forever one certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the County of Martin & State of North Carolina Butted as follows: Beginning at an ash in a swamp that makes out of the Great swamp from thence up a little swamp towards CARRAWAYSs field, a line of marked trees then running a glade of marked trees to a Pond near VANNs field then down the pond and swamp between CARRAWAYs and VANNs plantation to the Herring Swamp then down the Herring Swamp to Dead Water Creek thence down Dead Water Creek to the mouth of the Great Swamp then the meanders of the great swamp Running up the Great Swamp to another Swamp then up that swamp to the first sation. Including all and singular the lands that the said VANN bought of Jonathan CARRAWAY. Containing by estination One Hundred and Fifty acres of land be the same more or less. To have and to hold the aforsaid land together with all improvements of any kind or nature whatever free and clear from any incumbrance whatever and further I, the said Thos. VANN and Anne VANN my wife for us our heirs and assigns forever shall and will from time to time and at all times warrant secure and forever defend a good and lawful right and title of the above land and premises against the claim or demands of any person or persons whatsoever. In Witness wherof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this twenty sixth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred. Signed seal and delivered in the Presence of us. John REDDICK Thos. VANN & Seal William SWAIN X (Note: Thomas Vann had purchased this land from JONATHAN CARRAWAY, date not know.) 1810 CENSUS The earliest records of this VANN family in Anson Co., N.C., and Chesterfield Co., S.C., is dated July 1805, when Thomas Vann, Jr. ( II ) bought land in Anson Co., N.C. from Daniel HINSON. The last record is dated Nov. 1816, when Thomas Vann, Sr. ( I ) sold to John SMITH. 1810 Anson Co., N.C., census: Thomas VANN ( II ), 26-45 1 female 45 and over 1 male 10-16 1 female 16-26 3 males under 10 1 female under 10 4 slaves Lazeras VANN, 16-26 1 female 16-26 3 males under 10 William VANN, 26-45 1 female 16-26 1 male under 10 John Lanier, 26-45 1 female 26-45 Sarah VANN dau.of 2 males under 10 2 females under 10 Thomas I and Anne VANN 1810 Chesterfield Co., South Carolina census: (Adjacent to Anson Co., North Carolina. Both Anson Co. and Mecklenberg Counties, were adjacent to Chesterfield Co., (District) until 1842, when Union Co., N.C. was formed from Anson and Mecklenberg Counties Briant Vann, 26-45 1 female 16-26 1 male under 10 2 females under 10 (A special thanks to Neta Clark of Dallas, Texas, who located the VANNs in 1810) From the records of the VANNs in Anson Co., N.C. and Madison Co., Ala., it is indicated that land transactions in Anson Co. continued to be made by some member of this family, after other land transactions were being made in Madison Co., Ala. These VANN brothers and their parents, Thomas VANN I and Anne VANN, lived in the northwest corner of Anson Co. during their residence there, in the area of Richardsons Creek. The foregoing census records do not account for Thomas I and Anne VANN, son Dempsey, and the youngest son, Edward H, a minor in 1810, who was probably living with his parent. It is known that Dempsey VANN married Ruth REED, Cherokee, in Mecklenberg Co., N.C. 1807; however, this couple was not enumerated in that County in 1810. It is possible they had removed to the land east of the Cherokee Line in Madison Co., M.T (Mississippi Territory)., to live with the Cherokees. It is belived that William VANN listed in Anson Co. In 1810, 26-45, was the eldest son of Thomas I and Anne VANN. According to the County Clerk of Mecklenberg Co., there are no VANN deeds on record. And the Deputy Clerk of Chesterfield Co., S.C. wrote: General Sherman of the Union Army came through the South and Chesterfield County in 1862 - burned the Court house and any other records, valid matter. The following deed records were obtained from the County Clerk of Anson Co., N.C. 20 July 1805, Anson Co., N.C. Daniel HINSON to Thomas VANN Junr. For $300, one tract of land containing 100 acres lying on Suscos Branch (description). Witnessess: Jack AUSTIN, Charlotte (X) AUSTIN. Deed recored Jany. Ct. 1813 by Todd ROBINSON. 28 Dec. 1807, Anson Co., N.C. Elijah COBURN & John HARRINGTON to Thos. VANN Indenture between John HARRINGTON & Elijah COBURN and Ebenezer ROSS of Anson Co. to Thomas VANN ... said John HARRINGTON for $200 paid by Thomas VANN ... half of the old tract of Land and fifty acres of Land joining the same tract on the Sd. Creek Lying up the Sd. Creek joining the same land the planatation that Charles HARRINGTON formerly lived on lying on the No. side of Richardsons Creek containing of one hundred and thirty five acres ... and further the Sd. John HARRINGTON and Elijah COBURN & Ebenezer ROSS ... do hereby warrent and forever defend the above Lands and premises to him the Sd. Thomas VANN .... Signed by John HARRINGTON and Elijah COBURN. Witnesses : Richd LEE and Berryman TRAWICK. Recorded by Tod ROBINSON, CLK., Jany. Ct. 1808 8 July 1809, Anson Co. Indentured between William LEHORN of the County of Mecklinberg, and John LANIER of Anson Co.,.... For $100, 200 acres lying and being near Big Creek .... begining at a pine among three post oaks in HARRINGTONs old Line and runs .... it being a tract of land taken up by Rebeccah HARRINGTON Joining the old tract of land where she lived .... Signed William LEHORN. Witnessess: Thos VANN Sen. ( I ) and John (X) TAYLOR. July Sessions 1809. Proved in Open Ct. by the oath of Thos. VANN Sen. a witness thereto. Tod ROBINSON, Clk. The witnessing of this deed in July 1809 by Thomas VANN Sen. ( I ) would verify the fact he was in Anson Co., N.C. in 1809. 14 Dec 1815, Anson Co. William CRITTENDON to Thomas VANN (Sen. or I ) For $80, 56-1/2 acres of land being part of an Undivided tract of land formerly the property of Charles HARRINGTON, Decd on Richardsons Creek now in possession of sd. VANN, which piece of undivided - the sd. CRITTENDON purchased of William HARRINGTON heir of said decd .... Signed W. CRITTENDON. Witnessess: Benjamin (X) ONEALS and Thos. VANN, Junr. Reg. Jany Ct. 1816, Tod ROBINSON, Clk.. 9 Jan. 1813, Anson Co. Joshua HINSON to Thomas VANN ( II ) Joshua HINSON of Anson Co. To Thomas VANN, $100 for one tract of land lying and being in the Co. of Anson lying on both sides Siscoes branch (description mentions Charles HINSONs corner and COBOURNs corner), 150 acres of land, together with all woods ways water & water courses ... Signed by Joshua HINSON. Witnesses: Thomas VANN Senr., Jesse BARNETT, and Charles (X) HINSON. Proven in open Court by the oath of Thomas VANN Sen. And ordered registered. Court of pleas and quarter Sessions April Term 1814. Same date 9 Jan. 1813, Anson Co. Joshua HINSON to Thomas VANN, for $100, 100 acres (description mentions Charles HINSONs cornor - no creek named). Signed by Joshue HINSON. Witnesses same as above deed, and proven same as above. 9 Apr. 1816. #140 209 Edward VANNs Grant. No. 2479 For and in consideration of the sum of fifty Shillings for every hundred acres here by Granted paid unto our Treasury by Edward VANN, have given and granted ..... a tract of land containing Seventy five acres lying and being in the County of Anson on the waters of Richards Creek. (Description mentions Benjamin THOMAS line, William MORRISes corner, Solomon STEAGALLs corner.) Entered 9th April 1816. At Raleigh the 19th day of December in the 41st year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord 1817. By Command, Wm HILL, Sec. Jno. BRANCH. (The remainder of this deed was cut off at bottom of page.) 23 Sept. 1816, Anson Co. Thomas VAN_ to Jacob AUSTIN. Thomas VAN_ of North Carolina and County of Anson planter of the one part and Jacob AUSTIN of the State and County aforesaid planter of the other part .... for $300 4 tracts on both sides of Luscos branch. 1st tract on NW of Luscoes branch .... 2nd tract described by poles, stakes and tree. 3rd tract, begining at Charles HINSONS cornor .... COBURNS corner pine ... 4th tract mentions Charles HINSONS cornor, trees, poles, etc..... containing by estimation four hundred acres of land. Signed by Thomas VANN Junior. ( II ) Witnesses: Solomon (X) MILLS and John (X) SMITH. 1 Nov. 1816, Anson Co. Thomas VANN Sen. To John SMITH For $550 4 tract of land lying on Richardsons Creek wheron sd. VANN now lives. The four tracts were composed of one hundred acres, seventy acres, two hundred acres and sixty-five acres ... including all houses, orchards, ways, water profits and appurtenances. Total of 435 acres. Signed Thomas VANN S. Witnesses: D. CUTHBERTSON and John HELMS. 7 Jan 1809, Anson Co. Ezekiel THOMAS to Lazarus VANN (planters) For $300, 243 acres on the northwest side of Richards Creek (Thomases line is mentioned and STEGALLs line). Signed by Ezakiel ( X ) THOMAS. Wit: BRYAN VANN and JOHN LANIER. Proven in open court by BRYAN VANN, Jany. Sess. 1809. Tod ROBINSON. Clk. 8 March ______ (There is no year on this deed.) Lazaras VANN, planter, to Edward VANN, planter, for $250, 243 acres lying on the North side of Richardsons Creek (land as above). Signed by Lazarus VANN. Witnesses: Thos. VANN, Sen., Thomas VANN, Junr. Dorothy Scott JOHNSON, professioal Researcher, Huntsville, AL, found the following note among some loose papers in a COBB probate. Unfortunately no geographical location is given. Promissory note dated 24 Feb. 1806 and signed by Jesse ( X ) COBB and witnessed by Thomas VANN Jr. ( II ). Two days after date I promise to pay or cause to be paid to David COBB on his order the full & just sum of $52.12-1/2, it being for value received. Jesse COBB was living in martin Co., N.C. in the 1800 census. Dorothys comment: The VANNs and COBBs were friends in North Carolina. David COBB, Sr., lived in Pitt Co., N.C. in 1800 census, and Pitt Co. is next to Martin Co. where your Thomas VANN lived. It has been speculated that the following three VANNs were closely associated with Thomas VANN I in Anson Co., N.C. It is possible that William VANN was a son of Thomas and Anne VANN. He appears in one record in Madison Co., AL. However, he is not mentioed in either will of Thomas VANN I nor are any heirs listed. Anson County, N.C. census, 1810: Willikam VANN 26-45 1female 16-26 1 male under 10 There are no deeds in Madison County, AL, but William VANN does appear as a buyer at the estate of Joel LEDBETTER 23 Feb. 1821. He bough a jug for $2. Bryant, son of Thomas I, bough a rifle gun for $20.25 at the same sale. William VANN is not listed in the 1830 Madison Co. Census. Elizabeth VANN married about 1806 in Anson Co., N.C., Thomas STEGALL, son of Moses STEGALL. The name STEGALL appears in some of the VANN deeds in Anson Co. Thomas STEGALL was born in 1783, VA, died in 1845, probably in Anson Co. A descendant who was 93 years of age in 1984, stated that Elizabeth VANN was of VANNs Valley. Five children were born to Thomas and Elizabeth. Her death date is not known, but on 3-6-1818, Thomas STEGALL m. Sally KAZINE and they had 13 children. In 1810 census, Thomas STEGALL was 26-45; 2 males 10; 1 female 26-25; 1 female 10-16. This last child could be of a previous marriage as Thomas STEGALL in 1800 census had a wife his age, but no children. The third VANN is Annie VANN , b 1778, married in Anson Co., N.C., 1802, Thomas GRIFFIN. This information from a Bible record. This couple appears in the 1810 Anson Co. Census, living near the other VANNs. Annie Vann GRIFFIN had only one child, Thomas Culpeper GRIFFIN who later mover to Florida. This information on Annie VANN came by telephone from Thomas ERWIN, Atorney Raleigh, N.C., Oct 1988. He was to send me much information on the HARE family of Gates Co., old tax records. He said he had evidence that a CaptainVANN is listed as head of a militia district, Anson Co., and that Dempsey VANN was in Anson Co., N.C. in 1815. Mr. ERWIN and I talked several times on the phone and each time, he promised to send me pages and pages of material. The last time I talked with him in 1992, the same promise was made after I had written a snippy letter. To date I have received nothing. INTRODUCTION TO THE VANNS IN EARLY ALABAMA The first Vanns of record in Mississippi Territory were William VANN and John VANN, signers, among others, of a petition to the Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1809 (for statehood) and to James MADISON, President of the United States in 1810 (appealing orders of eviction to be from the Chichasaw Lands). At this time all white settlers were considered to be squatters on Indian Land, and altough ordered out of this area, their numbers increased. There are no VANNs listed in Applications for land Grants in Madison County, Mississippi Territory from the Nashville Land Office in Novermber 1811. Elizabeth VANN with 3 males under 21, 1 white female over 21, 4 white females under 21, was living in Jefferson County, Natchez District, Mississippi Territory in 1810. Lazarus VANN (of Anson Co., N.C.) in 1812, is entered in Receivers ledger B, applying for public land located in Section 15 Township 5 Range 1E. In 1818, his name is again entered for same land for which he had paid out the price of $400.50 for 160.20 acres. Lazarus VANN was a son of Thomas VANN I and Anne VANN. John VANN (not identified) signed a marriage bond in Madison Co., Mississippi Territory, for Azariah COBB and Jarusha CABB, licence issued 4 may 1818. Living in Madison Co., Mississippi Territory at the time the VANNs arrived were the following families, who through marriage became associated with the VANNs: GLOVER CRAFT LEDBETTER, GRAYSON, COBB, DRAKE, LEMLEY, ALLISON, LANIER, WOOD and others. Edward H. And Thomas VANN II later bought land in Madison Co. Both first owned land situated west of the Flint River and the Cherokee Boundary. A brief but pertinent history of the section of Madison Co. where the VANNs lived is included here. In the year 1817, Mississippi became a state, and Alabama was designated as Mobile Territory. This Mobile Territory included the counties of Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, Clark, Limestone, Lauderdale and Madison. The new capitol was set up at St. Stephens, Alabama, and the first territorial legislature met there in January 1818. The capitol was to be moved several times during the ensuing years. Huntsville was the only official city in Madison County in 1818. It is reported that in 1817, there were approximately 260 houses, a bank, the courthouse, a market house, 12 stores, a Presbyterian College and Bacomb Institute, in Huntsville. Early records mention no churches, but two acres of land had been designated for a cemetery. Five Indian reservations of 1 section each were listed in Madison Co. in 1817, including a twelve-mile square area near what is now New Hope, designated as Cherokee School Lands. Alabama became the 22nd state of theUnion in December 1819, and the town of Triana in thhe southwest corner of Madison Co. became incorporated. That same year the signing of a Cherokee Treaty in Februery made more public land available, expanding the county on the east to include all land between the present line and the Flint River. In 1819, bacon sold for 10 cents a pond, butter for .25, and cotton was 17 cents. Coffee was a little high at 62-1/2 cents per pound. The first Methodist Church in Huntsville was built in 1821. New immigrants continued to arrive, and the total population of the county soon reached 19,501, which included 6,362 whitemales, 4,740 white females, 9,255 slaves, and 54 free colored persons. Land under cultivation in 1821 in the county totalled 69,938 acres with a total of 6,402 farm hands. General Andrew JACKSON was a frequent visitor to the area and was held in high esteem. It is said that he stayed at the Old Green Bottom Inn, racing his horse and fighting his cocks. That he was greatly admired by the people of Madison County is evidenced by the fact that practically every family named at least one male child for Andrew Jackson. The Federal Census of 1820 of Madison Co. was lost, but it is know that in 1820, there were 1,364 people in Huntsville and 17,481 in Madison Co. A census of Indians in 1825 revealed that 15,000 Cherokees were living in Alabama. Clouds Town (later to be known as Vienna and New Hope) was founded by William CLOUD in 1829. In 1830, lots were laid out, and the town was names Vienna. There were still 20,000 Creek Indians in Alabama. The Chickasaw Treaty was signed in 1832, and the Creeks agreed to leave the state. Stars fell on Alabama in the form of a meteor shower Nov. 13, 1832, throwing the people into panic. The average of 10,000 meteors fell an hour, the maximum shower from 2:30 to 4 a.m. As early as 1835, there was unrest among slaves in Madison Co., and local vigilante committees formed to subdue this unrest. That same year, Vienna (New Hope) became a polling place. Among the men from Madison Co. who chose to take active part in thr Texas War against Mexico was John GRAYSON, friend and neighbor of the VANN family This Madison Co. contingent arrived too late to take an active part in the war and was used to clean up local pockets of resistance. GRAYSON either bough or was awarded 2 land certificates entitling him to 2 leagues and labors of land in Texas. The Creek Indians began giving trouble and were removed from Alabama in the winter of 1836. A small number remained, but they were scattered. The town of Vienna was incorporated in 1836. This town was to be known alternately as Vienna and New Hope for nearly 70 years. Finally the name Vienna was dropped because of another town of the same name. New Hope seems to have been named by the Methodists of the town, expressing their feeling for the towns future. At the first election held in may 1838, Edward VANN and William WADDY were authorized to conduct the election, but no records of its results have been found. In 1840, a census showed there were 25,703 people living in Madison County, and that same year, mention is made of a barbecue that was held at Liberty Mills by John GRAYSON. Balls were frequently held at these affairs. Divorces no longer required legislative act in 1848. This law was

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