By Jonathan K. T. Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 1996


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            VALENTINE S. VANN (1788-1855) of Sampson Co., North Carolina, was an early settler of Madison County, Tennessee. On July 30, 1830 he entered and had surveyed 50 acres in this county in Surveyor's District 210, Range 2, Section 9 (Hardeman Co., Tenn. Entrybook 2, Series I, S. D. 10, Entry 2494; Survey Book 2, number 2150) as well as another nearby 24 acres at the same time. (IBID. Entry 2495; Survey Book 2, number 2181) He acquired a large land-holding. His plantation was located in Civil District 10; his residence and family graveyard were located about one mile west of the present intersection of Old Bells Road and Bells Highway, on the south side of the latter highway. According to the U.S. Census, Oct. 10, 1850, Madison County, Civil District 10, page 326, V. S. Vann was aged 62 and his wife, Mary G., aged 49; he was a native of North Carolina and she of Virginia. In the WEST TENNESSEE WHIG, Jackson, March 9, 1854:

Died. In this county, on the 2nd inst., Mrs. Mary G. Vann, consort of V. S. Vann, Esq. in the 52d year of her age.

            Valentine Vann married, secondly, January 4, 1855, to Susan A. Robinson. On January 26, 1855 he executed his will in which he provided that Susan A. was to have all the property she brought to their marriage, also five slaves, a horse named Charley, a buggy, a wardrobe and a large traveling trunk. A grandson, W. H. Edwards, was to have a red sorrel saddle horse from his estate. His property otherwise was to be sold and the proceeds were to be distributed among "all my children." In a codicil dated January 30, he further provided that the portion of his estate for his daughter, Balsora Wade was at her death to go to her children. It was evident that he did not want her second husband to have the benefit from his estate, determined rather that it go to his McClellan grandchildren. He wanted his property kept together until the present crop had been gathered and "Mr. Walker" was to be continued as overseer for this period. His executors were Radford Withers and James R. Vann. The will was probated April 2, 1855. (Madison County Will Book 6, pages 44-45)

            On November 14, 1855 Susan A. Vann sold "all my interest in and to the estate of my late husband" except the slave woman, Ann and her four children, a horse and buggy, for $3000 to Elbert W. Massey. (Madison County Deed Book 18, page 747; deed registered June 16, 1856) Then, June 22, 1858, she remarried, to Horace H. Hutchings. In the August 3, 1860 U.S. Census, Madison County, Civil District 9, page 141, H. H. Hutchins is given as age 35, born in Virginia; Susan Hutchins given as age 25, born in North Carolina; Rosa Hutchins, given as age 1, was born in Tennessee.

            In the 1840 U.S. Census, V. S. Vann was listed with fourteen slaves; in the 1850 U.S. Census he was listed with eleven slaves.

            In a document dated July 1, 1855 some of the heirs of Valentine S. Vann, who were James R. Vann, Benjamin Hicks and wife, Mary; George Hicks and wife, Jane; James W. Tomlin and wife, Martha; Radford Withers, guardian of Isabella McClellan, all of Madison County; George Wade and wife, Balsora of Gibson Co., Tenn., in order to avoid ill-will and controversy in the family, agreed that William Edwards, the decedent's grandson, would receive his deceased mother, Mary's, equal portion of the estate. (Madison County Deed Book B, pages 480-482) Three other persons, James B. Dawson of Houston Co., Texas, James P. Collins, Luther Shivers, relinquished their interests as "lawful heirs" of V. S. Vann (perhaps through their mothers), to William H. Edwards, each for $166, on December 22, 1855. (Madison County Deed Book 18, page 488; deed registered January 1, 1856)


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            Among Madison County marriages:

Balsora Vann married Samuel C. McClellan, January 14, 1829
Mary Vann married Justin L. Edwards, March 14, 1832
George B. Hicks married Eliza J. McClellan, October 10, 1849
Benjamin Hicks married Mary C. McClellan, October 28, 1847
James W. Tomlin married Martha A. McClellan, February 17, 1852
George Wade married (Mrs.) Balsora McClellan, November 18, 1854 (She was the second of Wade's three wives.)

            Samuel McClellan's will, executed September 3, 1844 and probated October 8, 1844, gave his property for life to his wife, Balsora. Executors were his father-in-law, V. S. Vann and a brother, James D. McClellan. (Madison County Will Book 4, pages 251-293)

            The grandson, William Henry Edwards, born about 1833, was married in Madison County, March 3, 1854, to Mary Ann Epperson. On November 14, 1854, Edwards sold for $250 his interest in his grandfather's estate to Thomas W. Greer. (Madison County Deed Book 19, page 774)

            In the U.S. Census, October 15, 1850, Madison County, page 310, James R. Vann, son of Valentine S. Vann, is given as age 39, born in North Carolina; Helen Vann, age 28, born North Carolina; Balsora Vann, age 11, born in Tenn., Ruthy Ann Vann, age 10, born Tenn.; John P. Vann, age 2, born in Tenn.; James Vann, age 6 months, born in Tenn. In the 1860 U.S. Census, James R. Vann is given as age 45; Helen Vann, age 38; John Vann, age 12; James Vann, age 10; George Vann, age 2. (There was also a younger child, Amelia, born in 1862.) In the U.S. Census, 1860, Madison County, page 148, James Vann's real estate was reported to have been valued at $13,400 and his personal estate, mostly slaves, was valued at $36,400. An overseer was employed to supervise the farming operation for him.

            On October 14, 1869, James R. Vann "for love and affection" for his son, James V. Vann, advanced him $6000 in the form of his plantation south and west of the road from Jackson to Dyersburg with the provision that when Amelia Vann, his daughter, reached age 21 years, this son would partition for her 1/3 of the land deeded to him or pay her $3000. Also, James R. Vann and wife were to have a dwelling for life and 50 acres to cultivate each year on this tract. (Madison County Deed Book 27, pages 235-236)

            On October 14, 1869, James R. Vann "for love and affection" for his son, John P. Vann, advanced him $6000 in the form of his plantation north and east of the road from Jackson to Dyersburg with the provision that when his daughter, Amelia, reached the age of 21 this son would partition 1/3 of the land he was being deeded to her or give her $3000. (IBID., pages 236-237) In December 1877, J. R. Vann conveyed 117 acres to his sister, Amelia and she received an additional 135 acres from their father's estate in 1893 The deed of 1877 was unrecorded and burned when the Batchelor residence burned about 1895. Legal title to this land and the 135 acres were confirmed to her children in the Madison County Chancery Court in 1910. (#5145, James Vann v O. H. Wade and others; #5065, James Vann v Elna Bachelor)

            In the federal direct tax of 1865, imposed on local residents, James R. Vann was listed with 666 acres, valued at $6990, located in Civil District 10. He paid the taxes on this land, February 26, 1866.

            On October 23, 1888, James R. Vann executed his will in which he provided for his daughter, Amelia C. Batchelor and her daughters, Helen E. Midyett and Mira Midyett, who received 200 of the 300 acres he owned, including the residence in which he lived. His wife, Elizabeth, was to have his house in Jackson, located on Sycamore Street and personalty. Grandchildren William V. Vann was to have $100; Susan Thomas Smith, $100; James Randall Vann, $200. His son, James V. Vann and son-in-law, Charles Batchelor were executors. (Madison County Will Book A, pages 398-399)


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            In his will, James R. Vann expressed a wish to be buried in the Vann family graveyard on Henry Yarbrough's place and this burial ground was to be properly fenced-in. On October 18, 1855, Radford Withers and James R. Vann, executors of Valentine S. Vann's will, deeded to Henry Yarbrough his lands for $18,782.56; he had paid $9391.28 and the rest to have been paid in two years. (Madison County Deed Book 20, page 174) On October 31, 1859, the full amount having been paid for this 712 acres, was confirmed by these executors to Yarbrough with the provision that "The graveyard of about one fourth of an acre is not conveyed thereby." (Madison County Deed Book 21, page 638; deed registered January 25, 1860) The Yarbroughs called their plantation "Locust Hill." The Vann graveyard fell into ruin eventually and at the present time only one tombstone is intact, that which reads: Mary A. Vann, died Nov. 9, 1845, aged 27 years. Also a footstone inscribed, A. W. H.

            A later will, executed shortly before his death was presented by several of the Wade heirs and Martha and A. P. Rowe, to the court, so that the 1888 will was set aside by the Madison County Circuit Court and the decedent's land was divided among his heirs. (See Madison County Circuit Court Minute Book 12, page 243) This being the land not bestowed on his children in 1869.

            James R. Vann died June 26, 1890 and his will was probated August 11, 1890. (Madison County Court Minute Book 18, pages 318, 340)

            The Jackson WHIG-TRIBUNE, August 30, 1873 noted that on August 20th the "fine country residence of Jas. R. Vann, eight miles north west of the city, was burned to the ground." Willis Small then occupied the house. It was valued at $6000 and was insured for $4000. "It was one of the finest country homes in the county." In the WEST TENNESSEE DIRECTORY, 1872, page 195: J. R. Vann listed as living on Sycamore St. in Jackson; J. V. Vann listed as a planter, with a residence near the Jackson depot. James R. Vann had been a member and lay official of Bascom Methodist Episcopal Church, South, near his homeplace. (See Madison County Deed Book 51, page 21.)

            James Randall Vann was married four times; he had children with the first two wives. His fourth and last wife, Elizabeth, died October 25, 1889 and is buried in Lot 135 in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Tennessee. He was first married to Mary A. Batchelor who died November 7, 1845, aged 27 years; they had two surviving children: (1) Balsora Vann who married Osias (Pete) Wade (born October 1825), July 30, 1855 (and had children: Emma Wade, wife of Mose Wafford, no children; Osias (Ozzie) H. Wade, married Annie Mathews, June 30, 1885; Vann B. Wade, born October 10, 1869, married Birdie Montague, March 1, 1893 and in December 1910 had children surviving him, Lucile Wade, age 16; Mosa Wade, age 14; Nellie Ruth Wade, age 12; Vann Wade, age 10; they lived in Crockett Co., Tenn.) (From testimony of J. V. Vann inthe case, J. V. Vann v O. H. Wade and others, Madison County Chancery #5145, original deposition) (2) Ruth Ann Vann (August 25, 1840-1932), who married, as his second wife, John Mathew Smith (Aug. 27, 1837-Nov. 3, 1917), October 20, 1858. He served in Co. K, 6th Tenn. Inf. Reg., CSA; afterwards a cotton-corn farmer in Madison County; in later years he and wife lived in Nashville, Tenn. Their children were Mary Smith (1859-Dec. 26, 1875), James Smith (died Dec. 26, 1875), Susan Thomas Smith, born about 1864.

            James R. Vann and his second wife, Helen Cromedy Vann had a daughter, Amelia Vann (July 1862-about one o'clock a.m., May 13, 1903), first married James A. Midyett (1851-1881), December 13, 1876 and had children: Myra Midyett, married Thomas Hudgins, later of Tampa, Florida; Helen Midyett, born April 1879, married Thomas Blalock, later of Jacksonville, Ark.; James A. Midyett (1881-1961) who became a Madison County merchant and cotton-ginner; served as representative in the General Assembly of Tenn., 1933-35; 1939-41; 1943-45 married Ruth Batchelor (died July 29, 1968, aged 84 years). Their son, Thomas Earle Midyett was married and had sons, T. E., Jr. and Jimmy Midyett.


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            Amelia Vann Midyett married, April 28, 1885, to Charles S. Batchelor (July 1842-Mar. 4, 1923). They had children: Eula Nell, b. July 1886, md. Dr. B. H. Brown, Jan. 27, 1916; Elna Batchelor, July 8, 1888-Feb. 8, 1974, unmd.; ThOmas Vann, June 22, 1893-Apr. 24, 1971, d. 5. P.; Mary Sue Batchelor, b. Oct. 1895, md. E. C. McPeake, June 8, 1916; Rachel Amelia, b. Dec. 1896, md. E. Roy Milam, Jan. 11, 1917; Charles Batchelor, b. 1902, later lived in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1906, Amelia's husband, Charles Batchelor and his children moved to Luray, Henderson County, Tennessee. His step-son, James A. Midyett, bought from the other heirs the 117 acres his mother had received in 1877, in March 1911, (Madison County Deed Book 78, page 312) on which he had been living for some time, having built a dwelling there in 1909 after a tornado had destroyed the buildings on this place. He also acquired the other old Vann 135 acre tract from the heirs in 1918-1919 (Madison County Deed Books 91, page 592; 92, page 136) and lived out his life in Madison County.

            John Patrick Vann died May 30, 1874 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. (WHIG-TRIBUNE, Jackson, June 6, 1874). He married Calista Kate Irwin (May 8, 1845- February 10, 1928), October 10, 1871. (Gibson County marriage book B, page 5) On October 18, 1876, James R. Vann conveyed 175 acres to James V. Vann and wife, C. K. Vann, his life interest in same. (Madison County Deed Book 34, page 224) On February 23, 1893, Ruth A. Smith and husband, John M. Smith; Amelia Batchelor and husband, C. S., conveyed their interest in J. R. Vann's estate to J. V. Vann, Nora Vann and V. B. and O. H. Wade, Jr., some 260 acres in Civil District 15 of Madison County. (Madison County Deed Book 51, page 23) This, in exchange for other James Vann lands.

            John P. Vann and wife, Calista Kate Vann had one child, Lenora (Nora) Vann (August 26, 1873-April 25, 1965), who married Albert Daniel Muse (1868-1943), October 3, 1893. They lived in Jackson, Tenn. Children William Collier Muse (November 17, 1895, a twin-Jan. 15, 1897); John Thomas Muse (November 17, 1895, a twin-April 13, 1984), a World War I. veteran, who married Leola Malone (1900-1991), December 31, 1918 (and had children: 1. Miriam Irwin Muse, born September 23, 1919, died February 25, 1987, married Walter H. Willard and had a son, Thomas Vann Willard, born November 14, 1945; Mildred Muse, born October 25, 1922, died May 21, 1924; John Thomas Muse, born Jan. 31, 1924, died June 24, 1994, married Betty Wells and had children, Patricia Ann Muse, born March 25, 1954, wife of Don McClendon, and John T. Muse, III, born November 15, 1957, no children; William Henry Muse, born November 9, 1927, died March 4, 1994, unmarried. Albert D. Muse, Jr. (November 18, 1897-January 16, 1975), married late in life and had no children.

            John P. Vann's widow, Calista Kate Vann, married his younger brother, James Valentine Vann (February 14, 1850-November 29, 1917), January 6, 1876. (Gibson County marriage book B, page 311) He lived on a farm, part of the old Vann lands in Civil District 10. In a deposition dated April 30, 1910, J. V. Vann stated that he was "born and raised where I now live." (Madison County Chancery Court #5065, J. V. Vann v Elna Batchelor and others) James V. and C. K. Vann had children: John Henry Vann (Feb. 8, 1877-May 5, 1955), married but had no children. Helen Ruth Vann (October 8, 1880-1962), who married George Frederick Goosmann (1877-1917), January 5, 1901; jeweler, Bells, Tenn. and had children (Katherine Franklin Goosman, Jan. 20-Nov. 10, 1903), Willie Maie Goosman, born April 14, 1905, married R. M. Chaney, March 31, 1924; George F. Goosman, Jr., August 6, 1908-Sept. 1, 1945, married Mary Louise Nearn, May 11, 1930; Helen Ruth Goosman, born June 29, 1910, married Herbert F. Howell and later Mark Stovall; Martha Louise Goosman, born August 30, 1912, married Eugene R. Moore, April 14, 1934). William Valentine Vann (born July 4, 1884), married Elizabeth Sykes, January 28, 1908 and had a son, James Valentine Vann, born in 1909, who later lived in California; a daughter, Dorothy Jean Vann, born June 14, 1915, died April 26, 1916. James Randall Vann (January 12, 1888-December 29, 1974), who married (1) Delia Booth, June 12, 1918, divorced, no children; (2) Medora Caruthers (June 27, 1890-June 21, 1961), February 26, 1933 and had two adopted sons, James Caruthers Vann (Feb. 8, 1934-May 23, 1986), who had an


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adopted son, Jeffery Lynne Haines Vann; William Irwin Vann (Feb. 8, 1934-Oct. 2, 1994), who married Mary Sevier and had children: Susan Ann Vann, born 1971; Mary Elizabeth Vann, born 1973; William Irwin Vann, Jr., born 1975.

            From THE JACKSON SUN, December 30, 1974:

James Randall Vann, Civic Leader

        James Randall Vann, 86, land-owner and civic and church leader, died at 2 p.m. Sunday at General Hospital where he had been a patient for two weeks. He had been in failing health for several years.
        Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin Funeral Home with Father Paul Shields Walker, Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery.
        Mr. Vann was born in Madison County, son of pioneer residents Calista Irwin and James Valentine Vann. He attended public schools in the city and county.
      He was married to the former Medora Carruthers who preceded him in death in 1961.
        Before his retirement, he was associated for more than 50 years with the G. H. Robertson Co. After retirement he spent more than 40 years developing the Vann Gardens, located at the family residence Ruthermeade, 680 Country club Lane. The flower gardens have annually attracted visitors from most of the 50 states and some foreign countries.
        Mr. Vann was a communicant of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce and had served on many committees of the Intown Jackson Council.
        He was a 50-year member of the Jackson Lodge No. 45, Free and Accepted Masons, and Jackson Lodge No. 102. B. P. O. Elks.
            Mr. Vann was a charter member of the Jackson Golf and Country and was past president of the Jackson Men's Garden Club. He held membership in the Al Chymia Shrine Temple, Jackson Shrine Club, Scottish Rite, Jackson Scottish Rite Club, Huguenot Society. Men's Garden Clubs of America, American Rose Society, Jackson Rose Society, and the American Orchid Society.
        Surviving are two sons. James Caruthers Vans and William Irwin Vann, both of Jackson; two granddaughters, Suasa Randall Vann and Mary Elizabeth Vann, both of Jackson: and several nieces and nephews.


            In January 1918, J. H. Vann and wife, Florence; J. R. Vann; Helen Vann Goosman sold to Will V. Vann, for $7501.65 some 245 acres on the Jackson-Dyersburg highway in Civil District 10, part of the land conveyed to J. V. Vann by J. R. Vann, October 14, 1869. (Madison County Deed Book 90, page 438) These four Vanns were children of James V. Vann (1850-1917). James V. Vann had left his estate to his wife, C. K. Vann, stating the belief in his will that she and their four children would divide his estate among themselves agreeably. His will (no execution date given) was probated December 5, 1917. (Madison County Will Book C, page 141)

            Buried in the J. V. Vann lot in Hollywood Cemetery, Jackson, are J. V. Vann (died 1917), Calista Kate Vann (died 1928), John Henry Vann (died 1955), Dorothy Jean Vann (1915-1916) and Katharine Franklin Goosman (1903).



            The inventory and sale record furnished the Madison County court, July 23, 1855 reflects, in a tangible form, something of the life of a mid-nineteenth century planter. Sold were: 1 log chain, 2 spades, 1 lot of hoes, 1 lot of hoes, 1 lot of hoes and axes; 1 lot harness and singletrees; 1 lot sundires; 1 lot grubbing hoes; 1 lot sundries; 1 lot sundries; 1 lot of box and barrel, running gear of wagon and hoop iron, 2 iron squares, 1 whip and 1 cross cut saw, 1 lot cart plows, 1 lot of sythe, blades and harrow; 1 lot plows; 1 lot plows; 1 lot old iron, 2 pair trace chains, 2 pair trace chains, 2 pair of trace chains, 1 lot breeching (gear), 1 side saddle, 1 side saddle, 1 leather collar, 1 man's saddle, 1 man's saddle, 1 riding bridle, 1 pair leather lines, 1 bridle, 1 shot gun and aparatus (sold for $5), 1 old trunk and table, 1 shot pouch, 1 shot bag, 1 flask and shot, 1 bag and contents, 1 washstand, 1 reel, 1 chest and trunk, 1 dining table (sold for $6.80), 1 dining table, 1 candlestand, 1 gun barrel, 1 churn, 1 basket, 1 jug linseed oil, 1 jug linseed oil, 2 jugs and contents, 37 lbs. soap, bag and contents, bag and shot, flask powder, 1 lb-powder, 1 canister and powder, 1 lb. powder, 2 boxes caps and rosin, 1 tin trunk, 2 boxes caps, 1 bureau, 1 bureau, 1 brush and whetstone, 1 sugar chest, 1 cribbed bed, 1 crib,


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1 poplar table (sold for ten cents), 1 line and thread, winding blades, 1 box glass, 1 infant chair (sold for seventy-five cents), box and jug, 1 oil cloth, 1 rocking chair (sold for $1.65), umbrella (sold for $1), sundries, 1 buggy whip, 1 valise, 1 lantern, 1 glass stand, 1 white pitcher, 1 set china (sold for $7), 1 set small teaspoons (sold to James R. Vann for $3), 2 salt sellers, dozen tumblers (sold for $1), 4 wine glasses, molasses can, 1 castor, peafowl feathers (sold for fifty cents), 1 bunch feathers, 1 hand bell, dozen china plates, 1 white bowl, 2 small white pitchers, 2 dishes, dozen small plates, dozen plates, 3 plates, 2 bowls, 1 sugar dish, 1 castor, 1 wash bowl and pitcher, bowl and teapot, waiter and contents, 2 pairs hinges, 2 dishes, 2 decanters, dozen tablespoons (sold for $1), 2 white dishes, 1 bag cabbage seed, strainer and 2 candlestands, 2 steak dishes, 1 set knives and forks, 1 set tea knives and forks, 1 set knives and forks, bottle of salts (sold for ten cents), 1 lot of bottles, teapot and candlestick, 1 lot of bottles, 1 lot of bottles,, 1 iron mortar, 2 bells, 1 churn, gridiron and potrack, lot of stone ware, side leather, steelyards, cedar churn, 18 lbs. tallow, lot boxes and barrels, saddle bags (sold for $2), 1 pair andirons (sold for $1.15), 1 set of andirons, 1 set of andirons, 184 lbs. flour, 152 lbs. flour, 142 lbs. flour, bag of dried apples, pair linen table cloths (sold for eighty-five cents), 3 towels, 3 bed blankets, sheets, slips, etc., 1 quilt, 1 quilt, 1 quilt, quilt and counterpain, 1 quilt, 1 quilt, 1 quilt, 3 yards sheeting, 1 coverlid, 1 coverlid, 1 quilt, 1 quilt, 1 quilt, 2 linen towels, window curtains, 1 counterpain, 1 bedspread, 1 bedspread, 1 apri blankets, 1 small table, dozen cane bottom chairs, 1 fine rocking chair (sold for $10. 25), 2 large looking glasses /mirrors/, sofa (sold for $29), parlor window curtains, 1 fine dressing glass, 1 dressing table, 1 dressing table, 1 carpet, 1 map, 5 pictures, 1 side table, 1 lot of books, 1 lot of books, 1 lot of books, 1 Benedict's History, 1 lot of books, 1 book case, 1 bed 56 lbs. (sold for $22.40), dressing for bed (sold for $5), 1 bed stead, underbed, 1 bed 66 lbs., dressing for bed, curtain bedstead and underbed, 1 cupboard (sold for $7), 1 looking glass, 1 clock (sold for $7), 1 wardrobe, 1 carpet (sold to James R. Vann for eighty cents), 1 bed 52 lbs., dressing for bed, bed stead and underbed, dressing for bed, bed stead and underbed, curtain and blankt, bed stead and underbed, dozen common chairs, 1 tack cotton mattress, 1 tack cotton mattress, buggy harness, 1 riding bridle, 1 young red cow and calf, old red cow and calf, white cow and calf, old pony, gray colt, brown filly (two years old, sold for $70.50), black filly, sorrel horse mule (three years old), 1 pair of match mules, 1 claybank horse, 1 gold watch (sold for $99.80), 10 lbs. corn, 1 stack fodder, 1 stack fodder, 5 bushels corn, 5 bushels corn, 50 bushels cotton seed, 50 bushels cotton seed, 50 bushels cotton seed, 20 head of sheep, 1 mule bull, 1 little white bull, 1 dun cow, 1 lot chains, 1 chair, dozen chairs, curtain "nobs", trundle bedstead (sold for $1.50), dining table, lot old hooks, chicken coop, 1 bee stand, bee gums, 1 brass kettle, 2 ovens and lid, 1 oven and frying pan, 1 small chamber, 1 large pot, 1 small oven pan and lid, 1 bedpan, 1 bake and waffle irons, 1 chamber pot (sold for fifty cents), 2 kegs and shovel, shovel and tongs, 3 papers cabbage seed, 2 papers cabbage seed, 1 paper cabbage seed, 1 press (sold to James R. Vann for $2), 1 bench, 1 bench, 1 lounge, 1 bench, 1 wash pan, 5 lbs. wool rolls, 5 lbs. wool rolls, remnant wool 1 lb., 2 old towels, 1 windsor chair (sold for twenty- five cents), old carpet, cotton grabs, lot scantling, interest in hogs at Mrs. Wade's place, 1 small wagon, 1 light 2 horse wagon, 1 spotted steer, 1 lot shucks, 1 pen shucks, 4 heifers, 2 gums, 2 gums, 2 gums, 1 gum and box, 2 gums, 2 gums, 3 gums, 1 stack fodder 742 lbs., 5 bushels corn, 50 bushels cotton seed, 162 lbs. brown sugar, 1 lot books, 9 yards calico, 3 lbs. loaf sugar, 50 bushels cotton seed, poultry, potatoes, etc., 2 small beeves, hauling 1 beef to Jackson, 8 head sheep, poultry, potatoes, etc., 15 bales cotton sold by E. M. Apperson & Co., Memphis, Tenn. per account of Sales, net proceeds ($455. 60), rent of land $45, cotton seed, 2 bushels corn, 10 bushels corn, 5 bushels corn, 4 bushels corn, 400 lbs. fodder, 167 lbs. fodder, 5 barrels corn, 5 barrels corn, 500 lbs. fodder, 18 barrels corn.

            This sale brought $2360.29 and account was made of worthless or "doubtful" debts due estate, $93.80.


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            Second Sale of Property, October 18, 1855:
1 pair steelyards, 1 lot plows and scraper, 1 lot plows, 1 lot plows, 1 stove and pipe, 1 lot singletrees /used to steady oxen; yokes/, 3 ovens, 1 lot boxes and kegs, 1 spinning wheel, 1 spinning wheel, 1 spinning wheel, 1 spinning wheel, 1 horse cart, 1 oil can, 1 lot sundries, 1 lot harness, 1 lot harness, 1 sythe and cradle (sold for $2.40), 2 sythes and cradles, 1 set of blacksmith tools (sold for $22), 1 lot irons and plows, 1 lot old irons, 1 cross cut saw, 1 lot carpenter's tools, 1 brown filly, 1 red cow and yearling (sold for $15.75), 1 white cow and calf, 1 black cow, 1 old red cow and yearling, 1 wheat fan, 5 first choice hogs, 5 second choice hogs, 5 third choice hogs, 5 fourth choice hogs, 6 last hogs, 2 sows first choice, 2 sows second choice, 2 sows third choice, 2 acres land (sold at $20.15 an acre), 1 tract, mansion, 712 acres (sold to Henry Yarbrough for $9391.28), 1 pile lumber, 7 barrels corn, 30 barrels corn, 40 barrels corn, 3 stacks fodder, 3 stacks fodder, 1 stack fodder, 1 stack fodder, 1 stack fodder, 7 all fodder, 1 wagon, 1 bed 82 lbs., 272 bushels wheat (sold for $136. 25), 20 bushels wheat, 4 bushels peas, 3 small yearlings, 210 lbs. lard (sold for $21).

            This sale brought $10,081.68.


            Third Sale of Property, December 26, 1855:
Boxes in smokehouse, remnant salt, 1 water cart, 1 chopping axe, 1 chopping axe, 1 chopping axe, 1 chopping axe, 1 chopping axe, 1 chopping axe, 1 lot boxes, 1 set gear, 9 weeding hoes (sold for $3.20), 1 churn, 1 desk and contents, 1 box and contents, 1 lot sundries, 1 jar, gridiron, 2 ovens and lids, lot of sundries, 1 bucket, 1 grindstone (sold for ninety cents), 1 pair stretchers and steelyards, 1 pair cotton grabs, 1 pair balances (large size), 6 baskets, 1 foot adze and saw, 1 pair stretchers, 1 pair stretchers, 1 work bench, 1 tub and barrel, 1 pot, 1 pot and lid, 1 oven and lid, 1 lot barrels, 1 bag peas, 1 table, 1 barrel wheat, large kettle, 1 stay and harness, 1 lot boxes, 1 lot meal bags, 1 wagon (sold for $10), 1 log chain, 1 wagon, 1 pen shucks, 1 lot cotton seed, 1 cow and yearling, 100 barrels corn (sold for $131), 1 yoke oxen first choice (sold for $65.50), 1 yoke oxen second choice (sold for $42.50), 10 hogs first choice, 1 hogs second choice, 16 hogs third choice, 10 hogs fourth choice, 10 hogs fifth choice, 20 hogs sixth choice, 8 remnant, 25 bales cotton (sold to G. H. Kyle for $1020.45), 1 black boy Isaac (sold to George Hicks for $1200), 1 black boy Peter (sold to B. M. Hicks for $1205), 1 black boy Burton (sold to George Wade for $1200), 1 black girl Sally (sold to B. M. Hicks for $1250), Kisey and child (sold to William H. Edwards for $1200), Benjamin Harrison (sold to Luther Shivers for $1250), 1 black girl Milly (sold to Luther Shivers for $900), 1 black girl Catharine (sold to W. H. Massey for $735), 1 black boy Daniel (sold to J. B. Dawson for $806), 1 black girl Fanny (sold to B. M. Hicks for $600), old Mariah (sold to Y. A. McLemore for ten cents), 1 black boy Mike (sold to A. G. McClellan for $2000), 1 mule, 1 mule, 1 mule, 1 mule, 1 pair mill stones, 1 tea kettle, 7 bales cotton (sold by R. A. Parker Co., net proceeds $225.32), 9000 shingles (sold for $36), account of sundry oats, account of sundry oats, 26 barrels corn, 25 bushels rye, negro hire ($21.50), 1 pair bagging, 1 coil rope, rent of land ($6) account on Glenn and Snider ($25), 1 bale cotton ($36.90).

            This sale brought $15,641.71. (Madison County Will Book 6, pp 87-94; 234-237)

            Signatures of various Vann kindred on 1910 Chancery document:



(originally appearing as footnote on p. 52)

            Having served on the county court for some time, Valentine S. Vann resigned therefrom, May 7, 1835.