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Jesse Owens Webb (b. 1766, d. March 25, 1849)Jesse Owens Webb (son of Thomas Webb) was born 1766 in Virginia, North or South Carolina, and died March 25, 1849 in Chestnut Hill, Jefferson Co,. TN.He married Anna McMurtry on Abt. 1785 in Green County, (now Tennessee) North Carolina, daughter of Joseph McMurtry,Jr. and Susannah Patton.
Notes for Jesse Owens Webb:
Jesse WEBB (S3501) was born Abt 1766.He and his brother John WEBB (R11245) were in
Wilkes County, Colony of Georgia when in 1778 the British landed troops and captured
Savannah.Jesse, with his brother John, moved to the western slopes of the Appalachian
Mountains, (At the time Washington County, North Carolina) a sparsely settled wilderness
area.They were among the first settlers in this part of the country.It was a land of few farms,
few inhabitants, and fewer towns amid a sea of forests and wilderness clearings.
(S3501) Testimony places him and John (R11249) in a fort at Nail's Ford on the broad River,
Another family of Webb's were at (Capt. Joseph Nail) Nail's Fort (Claiborn, Austin (W3902) and
John (S32055) - 1st. Cousin's?This set of Webb's have connections with Albemarle County,
Virginia. In the Georgia's Archives in Atlanta, in the book "Forts of Wilkes County", Neal's
(or Nails) Fort - This fort was built on the broad river (Ref: Pension applications of William
Black, (Ga. W-9730 and William Neal, (Ga. S-14004) and was destroyed by Indians.
After Colonel Elijah Clarke's, unsuccessful in his attack on Augusta, Georgia on 14, 15 and 16
September 1780, he was forced to retreat.He then gathered his men with their families ( four
hundred half starved old men, women and children) and took them over the mountains to
safety on the banks of the Nolachucky River.They were driven by British, Tories and Indians
across the Savanna River into South Carolina, then across the Blue Ridge and Iron Mountains
to the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains.(It is my considered opinion that John and
Jesse Webb were among these four hundred.If this is true, was this their first time to be in
Western North Carolina, or had they lived here before and already knew the McMurtry's).
Jesse Webb entered the service of the United States (before Feb 1, 1781) in what is now
Greene County, Tennessee, but was then Washington County, North Carolina, in a company of
North Carolina Militia commanded by Captain Lusk, later he was transferred to Captain Mater's
company in the regiment commanded by Colonel Middleton.Even though Jesse described the
unit as aNorth Carolina Company, the officers he named were officers in the South Carolina
Militia.Governor Abner Nash of North Carolina, through the influence of Governor Rutledge of
South Carolina had given them permission to recruit in North Carolina.
In 1781 the war came to them, when on March 15, 1781 General Greene fought the Battle of
Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina.Cornwallis retreated to Wilmington, North Carolina.
General Greene then marched into South Carolina and engaged the British at Hobkirk's Mill and
During the term of service; Jesse Webb was marched across the Santee River to a place called
Brown's Old Fields in South Carolina.From Browns Old Fields, he was marched to Eutaw
Springs where he was engaged, under Major General Nathaniel Greene in the brigade
commanded by Colonel Thomas (the Gamecock" Sumter, in the battle fought there on 8
September 1781.Jesse Webb had enlisted in a unit of mounted militia, recruited under
"Sumter's law".This plan was originated by Thomas Sumter and provided for 10 months
service.Colonel Sumter usedthe title of Colonel, but held no commission.These men were
not receiving any government pay or backing. The individuals were to furnish their own horses
and furnishings; theywere to be paid from the proceeds of property taken from Loyalists.
When his term of service expired, Jesse stayed in South Carolina/Georgia until after August 14,
1783. He then returned to John and Elizabeth's home in Washington County (now Tennessee)
North Carolina.Here he met Anna McMurtry, younger sister of Elizabeth and they got married.
Jesse and Anna would have been married between August 14, 1783 and December 1785.
Jesse was in Georgia in January 1784 and registered for a land grant.On 2 February 1784, a
Georgiacertificate was issued that certified that Jesse Webb was an inhabitant of Georgia prior
to the war,and was a Refugee from British arms which entitled him to a land grant.The
certificate was issued by Col. Elijah Clarke, warrant number 1548. On 17 May 1784, John
Habersham, President, Executive Council wrote out an order to John Gorman,Surveyor for the
County of Franklin, to survey the 287-1/2 acres for the Jesse Webb land grant.On 1 June
1784John Gorman, surveyor, sent to John Habersham a certificate, certifying the survey had
beenmade and was accompanied by a plat map.The State of Georgia land grant issued to
Jesse Webb for 287-1/2 acres land on Big Shole Creek, Franklin County, Georgia, bounded by
Moses Miller north westward and vacant land all other sides was issued on 4 January 1785
andregistered 14 January 1785.Jesse Webb's 287-1/2 acres bounty was registered in book
A, folio 12 and recorded Libeer B, folio 133, no. 398.
In Franklin County, Georgia, A deed dated 11 November 1790, recorded 10 January 1791,
Jesse Webb (X) of Green County, North Carolina to William Strong of Wilkes County, Georgia for
consideration of 100 (LB's), conveys 287-1/2 acres in Franklin County on Big Shole Creek, the
waters of the Oconee River, surveyed 1 June 1784, granted 4 January 1785 (grantee not stated).
Witnesses: John Crosby, Stephen Garner.Sworn to by John Crosby before Thomas B. Scott, J.
P.on 13 November 1790.
After Jesse sold his land in Georgia, he then returned to what is now Tennessee.The area at
that time was a territory of the U. S. Government, called "territory south of the River Ohio".
Sinceno land grants were being issued, and there was lots of vacant land south of the Holston
River, Jesse went to the headwaters of Muddy Creek (now Chestnut Hill, Jefferson County,
Tennessee) and staked out a claim.He built a house and he and Anna commenced farming
and raising their family.In 1796, the State of Tennessee was formed.The state government
realized there were many homesteaders on the vacant land's, and in 1807 commences
surveying the various claims.Jesse' land was surveyed 23 February 1807.There was an Act
of the GeneralAssembly passed on the 23rd day of November 1809 establishing land grant
legislation.On 3 May 1810 the state of Tennessee awarded Jesse his parcel of land, 119 acres
more or less, (Tenn.land grant #936) inJefferson county. Here on this land Jesse and Anna
raised ten children.Jesse was a Minister in the Methodist Church. In the McClung Historical
Collection is a copy of the Jefferson County, TennesseeMarriages, with the following entry:
"Webb, James to Lucentin Gregory, B: July 22, 1847: M: by Rev.Jesse Webb, July 23, 1847".
Jesse was a circuit rider in his service to the church, traveling far and wide attending camp
meetings and church services.
THE STATE OF TENNESSEE
LAND GRANT NO 936
TO JESSE WEBB
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME
Know ye, that in pursuance of an act of the General Assembly passed on the 23rd day of
November, 1809, then there is granted by the said state of TENNESSEE unto JESSE WEBB
a certain tract of parcel of land containing 119 acres and 3 rods lying in the COUNTY of
JEFFERSON in the District South of the French Broad and Holston on the head of Muddy
Creek.There being due and chargeable on said land the sum of $191.75 with interest due
thereon.Beginning at a white oak corner of John Thorton and running with his line South
61, West 70. Chains to a stake, then South 84 West 24 chains to a white oak, then South 29
East 7 chains to a white oak, then from Webb's Mill South 25 West with James Tonor 33
chains to a post oak, then with vacant south 54 East 58 chains to a dogwood, then North 44
East 19 chains to a hickory, then South 36 East 19 chains to a stake and chestnut, then
South 60 East 27 chains to a poplar, then North 58 East 16 chains to a dogwood, then North
32 West 62 chains to a sourwood, then North 66 East 58 chains to a hickory, then North 32
West 34 chains to a poplar, then North 60 West 17 chains to the beginning.Surveyed
February 25, 1807 with its appurtenances to have and to hold all the said tract or parcel of
land with its appurtenances and the said JESSE WEBB and his heirs assigns forever.
In Witness Whereof, WILLIE BLOUNT, Governor of the State of Tennessee, has hereunto set
his hand and caused the GREAT SEAL of the said state to be applied at KNOXVILLE the 3rd
of May in the year of our Lord 1810.As American Independence the 4th.
In 1832 the Federal Government passed a law, establishing a pension for Revolutionary war
soldiers who could offer proof of their service.As soon as he hears of the law, Jesse
commenced his application.A part of this application was his sworn statement alluding to his
service during the war.
STATE OF TENNESSEE
On this 11th day of September 1832 personally appeared Jesse Webb a resident of Jefferson
County in Said State age about Sixty Six years, before the court of pleas & quarter Sessions
for said County, being a court of record, who being first duly sworn, according to law doth on
his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by
the act of congress passed June 7th 1832.That he enlisted in the army of the United States in
the year 1781 with Captain Lusk and served in the Regiment of the North Carolina line, under
the following named officers.Declarant States that he enlisted under Captain Lusk as above
stated in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Middleton, for the term of ten months, and left
the Service a short time after Said term expired.He states that he resided when he enlisted in
what is now called Greene County in the State of Tennessee, but was then in the State of North
Carolina.He further states, that after he enlisted he was marched by Captain Lusk under
Colonel Middleton across the Santee River, to a place called Beouns?, old fields in South
Carolina, from which place they were marched to the Eutau Springs and was engaged under
General Greene in the Brigade commanded by General Sumpter in the battle that was fought
there.After said battle he was marched back to old fields, and from thence to Orangeburg,
South Carolina, where he was engaged in fighting the Tories until his term of service expired,
when he wasdischarged.He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or
annuity, except the present, and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any
other agency in the state.
JESSE (X) WEBB
Sworn to & subscribed
The day & year aforesaid
Joseph Hamilton, Clerk
As part of his application, on October 29, 1833 in Jefferson County, Tennessee, John Cowan Sr.,
age sixty-five years, William Hill age sixty-seven years and James Hill, age sixty-seven years
made an affidavit as to the revolutionary war service of Jesse Webb.They testified that they had
personal knowledge of the enlistment of Jesse Webb when very young and the length of his
service as well as his return home.
James McMurtry, a brother of Anna McMurtry, Jesse's wife also made a statement in Jesse's
behalf, which was included in Jesse's application.
State Of Tennessee
Personally appeared before me the subscriber a Justice of the Peace of Greene County and
state aforesaid, James McMurtry, witness and of lawful age, age sixty-three years, and made
oath in due form of law - that he is personally acquainted with Jesse Webb whose name is
subscribed to the foregoing declaration -- and that he is the identical person therein named.
That he was acquainted with said Jesse Webb in the year 1781 ( and previous to that time and
ever since ) andin that year he enlisted in Greene County Tennessee for ten months and
entered the service as a revolutionary soldier and served as he states in his declaration to wit
the term of ten months and he is informed and believes honorably discharged - and this d nant
further states that from his long and personal acquaintance with the said Jesse Webb his
statements is entitled to full credit.
Sworn to and subscribed His
Before me the day James X McMurtry
Of 26th September 1833 Mark
Test William Crawford
Justice Of The Peace
Jesse's application was finally approved (pension No. S3501) and he was granted a pension of
$33.33 per year.
There are three different pension statements made by Jesse Webb.The first statement made
September 11, 1832 was in support of his obtaining a Revolutionary War veteran's pension.
This statement was made 51 years after the events took place.The second statement by Jesse
Webb was made August 1, 1844 (63 years after the events took place) and was in support of
Elizabeth Webb's efforts in obtaining a pension as the widow of John Webb, Jesse's brother who
was a Revolutionary War Soldier.(John Webb died August 14, 1798).The third statement by
Jesse Webb was made 5 months later on January 8, 1845 for the purpose of having himself
restored to the pension rolls.The pension office had compared Jesse's statement of 1832 and
his statement of 1844 and decided that the two statements did not agree, resulting in their
removing him from the pension roll.Jesse Webb was reinstated on the pension roll in 1851;
however Jesse had died in 1848, and the money due him was put into his estate.
State Of Tennessee, Sevier County
Be it known that on the 1st day of August 1844 personally appeared before me John Bird a
Justice Of The Peace in and for the County and State aforesaid, Jesse Webb of said County, age
78 years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on.His oath makes the following
statement: That he is a clergyman in Tennessee and that John Webb was his brother.That John
Webb enlisted for eighteen months under Captain John Stuard in the State of Georgia, and
served out his time faithfully.That he then returned home.I also certify that I served ten
months with him in the Revolutionary War, and for my said service I now draw a pension.That
he was called into service a second time, and served not less than twelve months, a part of the
time he acted as a spy.He was commanded by Captain Joseph Nail?I also certify that I was
in the State of South Carolina atthe time of the marriage of John Webb and Elizabeth McMurtry
and when I came to what is now called Greene County and at that time they were married and
Elizabeth Webb his wife had two children and they lived together as man and wife and the
legality of their marriagewas never disputed or called into question or doubt by any persons.
Given under my hand August 1st, 1844.
Jesse (X) Webb
Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before me and I further certify that
Jesse Webb is a Clergyman as above mentioned, and his statement is entitled to implicit credit.
/S/ John Bird
For said County
Statement Number 3
The following is Jesse Webb's account to clarify his earlier pension statements and to have
himself reinstated on the pension rolls.
State Of Tennessee)
I have a few lines from the pension office, under date of the 14th November 1844.And it
appears from the letter I have from the pension office that some mistake or misstatement has
been sent you about my service in the Revolutionary War.I will now state the facts and try
and correct the error.The facts are as follows, First, I will speak of the case of Elizabeth
Webb - the Widow of John Webb.John Webb enlisted under a Captain Stuard for the term of
eighteen months at a Fort called Fort Stuard in the State of Georgia and served eighteen
months in the service of the United States under said Captain Stuard in the time of the
Revolutionary War one part of his time at Fort Stuard during which time I was, in Fort Stuard
with him.When in my boyhood, and the balance of his time of eighteen months he served
about Savannah Georgia - and further John Webb served with me at a Fort called Nails Fort in
the State of Georgia but the length of time I can not now recollect.But my own time of service
at Nails Fort was, six months.And he served longer than I did but how much longer I cannot
now recollect.And that John Webb after removing from the State of Georgia to North Carolina
then, now Tennessee, Green County, he served some length of time as a spy but how long I do
not recollect.And that after my time of service in the Army had expired I returned to
Green County then North Carolina but now Tennessee and found John Webb the husband of
Elizabeth Webb and his wife Elizabeth Webb living together in Green County with two children.
And that the legality of their marriage never has been disputed to my knowledge.
And that in order to correct the error heretofore spoken in this statement - I will say first that I
served six months in time of the Revolutionary War at Nails Fort in the Sate of Georgia - And
after I served this six months at Nails Fort I was, twice taken a prisoner and a prisoner about
one month. And after that I came to North Carolina then, now Tennessee, Green County where
I enlisted under Captain Lusk from there I went and joined headquarters in South Carolina below
the high hills of Santee and Waters Company in Colonel Middletons Regiment - for which service
of ten months I have been drawing a pension for some years past I will further state to the
Department that when I first applied through my friend Napoleon Bradford who attended to my
business that I requested him to apply as well for the time I had served at Nails Fort in the State
of Georgia and the time I had been a prisoner as, the time of service in the regular army which
he failed to do.But for which service I think yet I am justly entitled to receive pay.Given under
my hand this 8th day January 1845.
Jesse (X) Webb
Sworn to and subscribed before)
Me this 8th day of January 1845)
J.P. John Bird
An acting Justice of the Peace for Sevier County, Tennessee
I do hereby certify that I have been well acquainted with Jesse Webb for a great many years and
that he has been a clergyman for something like the last twenty years given under my hand this
8th day of January 1845.
John Bird JP
In 1847 Jesse Webb decides that since he was growing old, he had better make his Will.His Will
is recorded in the courthouse, Will book 4, page 21, Dandridge, Jefferson County, Tennessee.
Last Will and Testament of Jesse Webb
In the name of God Amen.I Jesse Webb of the County of Jefferson and the State of Tennessee
being of sound mind and memory and in reasonable health, for which I bless God, I do make and
ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others.First, I give and bequeath to
my beloved wife Anna Webb the plantation on which I now live during her natural life under the
directions of my executor so that she will get a comfortable living it is also my will that my wife
should choose two of the best cows in my flock at my decease for her own use.I also bequeath
unto my wife all my household furniture.It is also my will that my wife should have choice of a
horse beast out of my stock at my decease and six head of sheep and as many hogs as she
may think proper to choose out of my stock of hogs.It is desire that my farming tools remain on
the farm for the use and benefit of my wife.It is my will and desire that the residue of my
personal estate should be sold and the proceeds thereof equally divided among my children.I
have heretofore given to Henry Webb my oldest son a horse worth one hundred dollars which is
to be counted so much in his Share.I have given my daughter Elizabeth Large one cow and calf
worth twelve dollars which is to be counted so much in her (sic).I have also given my son
Thomas Webb one colt worth fifty dollars, which with other advantages I think he has had his full
share. My daughter Susannah Proffitt has heretofore received of me one hundred and twenty
five (sic) in land and nineteen dollars in other property, which is to be counted so much in her
part.I have given my daughter Sarah Proffitt fifty dollars in land and eighteen dollars in other
property which is to (sic) counted so much in her part.I have heretofore given my son James
Webb a mare worth sixty dollars, which is to be so much in his part.I have given my son John
Webb a mare worth seventy-five dollars and a cow worth ten dollars, which is to be, counted so
much in his part.I have given to my son William Webb a horse worth fifty dollars, which with
other advantages I think he has had his full share.I have heretofore given my daughter Mary
Shrader one cow worth nine dollars, which is to so much in her part.I have (sic) heretofore
given to my son Joseph Webb a mare worth seventy-five dollars, which is to so much his part.
It is my desire that after the death of my wife that my children should equally divide my land
between them or purchase one anothers shares or in case they could not agree it is my will that
my executor sell the land and divide the proceeds equally between my children.It is also my
will that all my property not dividedin this will be sold at my decease and the proceeds divided
between my children.It is my desire to do justice between my children and for that reason I
authorize my executors out of the proceeds of the first sale of my estate to pay first to those of
my children that has heretofore received the least of me until amounts heretofore shall be equal
and named to each child and then the balance to be equally divided share and share about.I
hereby constitute and ordain my worthy sons Joseph Webb and James Webb my executors of
this my last will and testament and having full confidence and faith in their integrity I require no
security of them in the execution of this will in testimony whereof I JESSE WEBB hereunto set my
hand and seal this 14th day of February 1847.
JESSE (X-his mark)WEBB SEAL
John W. McAndrew
Jesse died here at Chestnut Hill, March 25, 1848, and was buried atop a little hill there on the
farm. Anna died on February 8, 1849, and was buried beside Jesse.
There are two child's graves between them.It is assumed these were children that died young.
Will of JESSE WEBB: probate 12 Mar 1859 Jefferson Co., TN Will Book #6, p.236; Probate
Minute Book #13, p. 633.
Before Anna died, she also made a will.Although we don't have a copy of it, we do know that
she named her grandson, James W. Proffitt as her administrator.
The Pension office decided to reinstate Jesse's pension, but by the time they reached this
decision both Jesse and Anna had died.They were trying to decide to whom the money should
be paid.That is why we have the following testimony.
AFFIDAVIT November 03, 1851
STATE OF TENNESSEE
COUNTY OF JEFFERSON
On this 3rd day of November 1851 personally appeared before the court of pleas and monthly
sessions in and for said County and State.A.J. Lewis and N.P. Hill credible and disinterested
witnesses who being by said court first duly sworn according to Law declares on their oaths
that they were well acquainted with Jesse Webb who was a Pensioner of the United States and
that he died on the 25th day of March 1848 and that his widow Anna Webb died on the 8th day
of February 1849 and that the following are the only children they left and who are nowliving,
viz.; James WEBB, Joseph WEBB, John WEBB, William WEBB, Sarah PROFFITT, wife of
Samuel PROFFITT, Elizabeth LARGE, wife of John LARGE and Mary SHRADER, wife of
Christopher SHRADER, and they are their legal heirs. Sworn and subscribed in open court the
day and year written.
A. J.Lewis (Seal)
N. P. Hill (Seal)
And the Court hereby certifies that A.J. Lewis and N.P. Hill are credible and disinterested
witnesses, and from such evidence we are satisfied that Jesse Webb above named died
on the 25th day of March, 1848 and that Anna Webb his widow died on the 8th day of
February AD,1849, and that they left the following named children and who are now living,
viz; James WEBB, Joseph WEBB, John WEBB, William WEBB, Sarah PROFFITT, wife of
Samuel PROFFITT, Elizabeth LARGE, wife of John LARGE and Mary SHRADER, wife of
Christopher SHRADER. In testimony of which I have set my hand and Seal on the day and
year above written.
William M. Bradford (Seal)
Chairman & Presiding Justice of Said County
James W. Proffitt is the legal Administrator of the estate of ANNA WEBB deceased.
Jesse, Anna and two children are buried about 1 mile from the present Chestnut Hill Cemetery
with field stones marking their graves.Since Jesse was a Revolutionary War soldier, through
the efforts of some of his descendants and the William Cocke Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution, Newport, Tennessee, a white marble marker was provided by the federal
government for him.In recognition of his service to the Methodist Church this marker was
placed in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery, adjoining the Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, about
1 mile from Jesse's actual grave site.On October 22, 1978 members of the William Cocke
Chapter of the DAR, including Ms. Hatcher (Evelyn) Graham (DAR Regent) Newport, Tennessee,
conducted a ceremony installing the marker.Beth Ogle Freeman, Holmes Webb and Clinton
Webb, Descendants of Jesse Webb, accepted and unveiled the white marble marker
memorializing their ancestor.
Family sources place Jesse and John at a fort at Niles Ford on the Broad River, Georgia, when
it was being attacked.Jesse, age twelve, was captured there in 1782.Another family of Webbs
were also at Niles ( Nails ) Ford-Claiborn, Austin and John.( Were they 1 st cousins?).
From the pension application of Elizabeth McMurtry Webb we know that Jesse Webb was a
brother of John Webb and that he married Anna McMurtry, the sister of Elizabeth.Jesse was
born about 1766 and he served in the American Revolution.He applied for and was granted a
pension for] his service.Jesse stated that his brother John served with him in his enlistment.
Pension file S3501-Jesse stated that he enlisted in 1781 in Greene County, North Carolina under
Captain Lusk who commanded a company in the North Carolina Regiment commanded by
Colonel Middleton.The regiment was marched across the Santee River in South Carolina and
later to Eutaw Springs where they joined in the battle there under General Nathaniel Greene, in
the brigade under General Sumter, later Jesse's company marched to Orangeburgh, South
Carolina where they fought Tories until his term expired.Sometime after that, Jesse was in
Franklin County, Georgia.There is a Record that he made a deed there in 1790 for 297.5 acres
of a 1788 land grant.He received a land grant in Jefferson County, Tennessee in 1807, one of
those first ones which indicated occupancy long before 1807.The Jesse Webb home was
located at Chestnut Hill, the site now owned by Ruth and Hollis Thornton.The original log house
More About Jesse Owens Webb:
Burial: Unknown, Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
More About Jesse Owens Webb and Anna McMurtry:
Single: Abt. 1785, Green County, (now Tennessee) North Carolina.
Children of Jesse Owens Webb and Anna McMurtry are:
- +Mary Webb, b. October 08, 1789, Western Lands, State of North Carolina, d. August 18, 1871, SevierCo,. Tennessee.