Records indicate Edward was an early arrival in South Carolina as he petitioned for land on 4 April 1758. He asked for 200 acres on Tyger Spring near the Savannah River. This was the land which was next to John VANN's plantation.On 18 September 1758, Edward VANN had two hundred acres surveyed for him next to the plantation of John VANN on the Savannah River. The survey was based on a "precept" (i.e. a command given by a person in authority) from Egerton LEIGH, Esquire.This "precept" may be the key to why no land grants are recorded for John or Edward VANN. Egerton LEIGH was not the governor of South Carolina in this time period, it is not known of what authority in which he could grant land.) This land wasthat mentioned in the laying out of Fort Charlotte in 1765, bounding on the east side. On 10 April 1765 Pat Calhoun D.S. was order by William Bull Esq. to measure and lay out a plantation formerly known as Vanns or Gowdys. " A tract of land containing 430 acres to be use by his Majesties." Thomas Skottowe The laying out of Fort Charlotte 30th August 17651780It is interesting to note that an Edward VANN was a Lieutenant in the Loyalist militia during the Revolution, if this was Edward Sr. then he had different sympathies than his son, who served on the Patriot side. The obituary of Edward Jr.stated he visiting the camps of his father during the Revolutionary War and that his father served five years.Pay Abstracts Nr 4, Colonel John COTTON's Regiment, Stevenson's Creek Militia, Ninety Six Brigade, Captain John COTTON's Company, those who came to Orangeburgh, SC, with Lieut. Colonel John H. CRUGER, 183-days pay, 14 Jun-13 Dec1780Nr Rank Name Remarks12 Lieutenant VANN Edward90 Private Vann Isaac 94 Private VANN JessePay Abstracts Nr 61, Colonel John COTTON's Regiment, Stevenson's Creek Militia, Ninety Six Brigade, Captain Thomas BUCKUM's Company, Soldiers Certification, for those who came to Orangeburgh, SC, with Lieut. Colonel John H.CRUGER, at the evacuation of Ninety Six, six-months pay, 13 Jun-14 Dec 1780 (Abs Nr4 in books of Captain John CUNNINGHAM, late Pay Master, and wasin part paid by him)Nr Rank Name Remarks4 Lieutenant VANN Edward55 Private VANN Isaac 94 Private VANN JesseEdward Sr. moved to Edgefield District after the Revolutionary War. Deed records show as he buys and sells land in Edgefield District South Carolina. Edward Vann lived until at least 1810, when he was enumerated inthe census taken that year.References:Edward Vann 200 acres on waters of Tyger Springs, Savannah River (PROVINCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNCIL JOURNAL 1759-1761, p145 South Carolina State Archives and History); (Lineages Research Report (#7851 Vann) 23 January Doc.6, SLC); [RV file#126LP01] Survey for Edward Vann, 200 acres, Granvill County, on Savannah River (PROVINCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COLONIAL PLOTS Vol.8 p.278, South Carolina State Archives & History), (Lineages Research Report (#7851- VANN) 23 January 1989 Doc. 2), (RV file#126LS02).Nov. 1, 1818 an old man named Ned Vann visited Spring Place. He was a "blood brother of the father of James Vann and the mother of Joseph Crutchfield".
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