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John Sarver (abt. 1740 - abt. 1845)

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John Sarver
Born about in Botetourt County, Virginia, USAmap
Brother of and
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died about in Sumner County, Tennessee, USAmap
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Categories: Sumner County, Tennessee | Botetourt County, Virginia.


John Sarver was the son of Casper Sarver a Swiss emigrant. Casper left a will in Botetourt Co., VA in 1782 naming three sons: John, Henry and Casper. John and Henry Sarver moved to Sumner Co., TN[1] . John and his wife Peggy Trollinger, daughter of Jacob Henrich Trollinger, came to Sumner Co., TN in the spring of 1808 with six of their seven children. According to a family tradition, John Sarver died at 105 years after drinking dye he mistook for whiskey. He is thought to be buried in a family cemetery located on his son Jeremiah Sarver's Belvidere Plantation in upper Sumner Co., TN.

John was probably born between 1740 and 1750 in Botetourt County, Virginia.

Residence in 1820: Capt. Rider's District. Jeremiah also listed.

Residence in 1826. Place: Sumner County, Tennessee, USA. Residence: John Sener" age 100+ Date: 1840. Place: Sumner County, Kansas, USA

Buried at Belvidere Plantation in about 1845 in Sumner County, Tennessee, USA. Note on says that family tradition says he died at age 106. The Margaret Sarver who died in 1806 at age 90 is probably his mother.

" My fourth great grandfather, John SARVER, son of Casper SARVER, was born ca. 1744/45. He lived in Botetourt Co., VA before moving to Sumner County, TN where he bought land in March 1808. His wife's name is unknown but she was living in 1830 when census shows : 1 male 80 - 90, 1 female 70 - 80, 8 slaves. In 1840 he is shown as 1 male "100 and upwards" with 17 slaves. (Possible Grandfather of Andrew Sarver)

Public records show that John was still living in Feb. 1842 but is not found in 1850. His great grandson, "Mr. Alf" SARVER (1852 - 1948) told me that John was German and never learned to speak English well. He said John died at age 105 from drinking dye which he thought was whisky. Another source says he died at age 106."


  1. Title: 1820 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: The Generations Network, Inc. United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Fourth Census of the United States, 1820, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1820; 1830 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: The Generations Network, Inc. United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Fifth Census of the United States, 1830, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1830.

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On 11 Jan 2016 at 09:21 GMT Leigh (Hoolihan) Murrin wrote:

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