Person:John Jouett (2)

Capt. John Jouett
m. Bef 1730
  1. Capt. John JouettAbt 1729/30 - 1802
  2. Frances Jouette1732 - 1822
  3. Matthew Jouett, Jr.1735 - Aft 1779
  4. Charlotte Jouett1742 - 1808
  • HCapt. John JouettAbt 1729/30 - 1802
  • WMourning Harris1732 - Abt 1805
m. 1751
Facts and Events
Name Capt. John Jouett
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 1729/30 Hanover County, Virginia
Marriage 1751 Albemarle County, Virginiato Mourning Harris
Death[1] 1802 Albemarle County, Virginia
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    The records that were saved from Tarleton show that John Jouett, Senior, owned much land in and around Charlottesville. There he erected the Old Swan Tavern, on the site where the Red Land Club now stands. It was an old wooden building, two storyed, with double porches, dormer windows and large sign before the door, which bore the picture of a swan — John Jouett, Senior, mar- ried Mourning Harris, a member of a prominent family of Brown's Cove, Albe- marle County. The Revolution soon began and John Jouett was among the first to advocate the doctrine of the Declaration of Independence, written by his neighbor and friend, Mr. Jefferson."

    "He was a Captain in the Virginia State Militia. Four of his gallant sons were Captains in that war, an unusual record for a single family — five captians for the same army. He was also a signer of the Albemarle Declaration of In- dependence. John Jouett, Junior, the subject of this sketch, was a Captain in the same Militia and a signer too of the Albemarle Declaration of Independence .[1]

    Capt. John (Jean) JOUETT Sr. was born in 1720 [likely closer to 1730] in Hanover County, Virginia. He lived Charlottesville, Virginia in 1773. He died in 1802 in Charlottesville, Virginia. [2]

    In 1773, John Jouett bought 100 acres from John Moore adjoining the town of Charlottesville....In 1776, he bought 300 additional acres from Moore. He erected the Swan Tavern, and 1790, he laid out High Street in Charlottesville.

    Buried somewhere in the backyard of the premises upon which the Swan Tavern stood; Lot No. 58, Charlottesville. "As late as 1824 the grave could be pointed out; and in the Central Gazette, a paper published in the town, there appeared on October the 18, 1824, an earnest appeal to the citizens of Charlottesville to erect a stone over the grave; but the appeal was unheeded, and the exact spot where he was buried is not now known and never will be. At the time of his death (1802) there was no public place of burial in Charlottesville , or the immediate vicinity and according to the custom of that day he was buried in the yard in the rear of the house.".[3]


    Mourning Glenn HARRIS. Capt. John (Jack) JOUETT Sr. and Mourning Glenn HARRIS were married in 1753 in Albemarle County, Virginia.[4]

    Children were:
    Capt. Matthew JOUETT, fell at Brandywine.
    Capt. John (Jack) JOUETT,
    William JOUETT,
    Capt. Robert JOUETT, lawyer, Colonel 7th artillery, 2nd division. Died1796
    Mary Ann JOUETT, married Thomas Allin
    Alexander JOUETT,
    Capt. (Rev.) Charles JOUETT, 47th regiment, 2nd division. In Detroit in 1803
    Frances JOUETT, married Menan Mills
    Elizabeth JOUETT, married Clifton Redes
    Susannah JOUETT, married Thomas C, Fletcher
    Margaret "Peggy" JOUETT. married Nathan Crawford[5]

    He and his son were captains in the Virginia Militia and a signer of the Albemarle Declaration of Independence. [6]

  2. - Message Boards.

    Henry Gambill, Jr., lived adjacent to his brother-in-law John Jouett, the principal heir to the Matthew Jouett estate (Matthew died in 1743). He was a millwright by profession and like John Jouett kept a tavern. Jouett kept the famed Cuckoo Tavern in Lower Louisa. Henry, Jr.'s tavern was nearby, but his principal occupation, other than as a planter, was that of a builder, i.e., a millwright. In 1768 he was the master of his cousins Jack Smith Davenport, son of John Davenport, brother of Mary, and Jouett Davenport, a double cousin, son of James Davenport and Charlotte Jouett. Jack Smith and Jouett were his apprentices. Henry, Jr., and David Davenport, a brother of Henry, Jr.'s mother who lived in Cumberland County and a carpentry contractor, were in Cumberland Court litigation, 1767-1772, in suit and countersuit apparently over a joint building venture that had gone sour. (Henry, Jr., ultimately won.)

    In the middle of the Revolution, John Jouett moved to Charlottesville in Albemarle County, roughly 40 miles west of Cuckoo Tavern. Henry, Jr., followed him. John opened a tavern.