- John DE VANE Sr., Major. Born 25 Dec 1730 in Bladen Co., NC. Died 14 Sep 1806 in New Hanover Co., NC. Buried in Wilmington, New Hanover, NC. Both of the brothers, Thomas and John, had large plantations and numbers of slaves who were employed in the manufacture of naval stores and in cotton production and grain products. The plantations were along the Black River and the Cape Fear River in present-day Bladen, Duplin, and Sampson Counties. John De Vane was among the first to declare for freedom in America. He was a member of the Provincial Congress which met at Halifax, 4 April 1776, and on 15 Oct 1774, was elected a member of The Provincial Congress, in its meeting of 4 April 1776, elected John Ashe Brigadier General of the first NC Militia, and John De Vane as 2nd Major. He participated in the Batt John De Vane and Richard Herring built a gun factory on Black Creek which manufactured guns and gun powder. They hired the best gunsmiths and other workers to (See notebook DE VANE for photo of marker) He was elected to the 2nd assembly of the House of Commons in 1778, along with Timothy Bloodworth who later became the first US His will written and seal affixed 24 Sept 1783. Wife (not named). Sons: Thomas, John, James, William, George. Daughters: Tobitha, Ann, Marga He appointed as Executors Thomas De Vane, Sr., Timothy Bloodworth, and James Blo Witnessed by John Portervine (Poitevent), John Herring, and Sam This will was probated in June of 1806. Note: the old De Vane Cemetery Photos of graves Sources: Birth and Death: From the 'DAR Patriot Index - Centenniel Edition', Pt. 1, p. 798. Death: Will probated in June 1806. See notes. Burial place information: AF at FHC [suspect!!!!!!] He married Ann LARKINS, About 1752 in New Hanover Co., NC.