An American Family History


Teeter Nave

  orginally Näf, also spelled Knafe, Naff, Nave, Neave, and Neff  
East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

During the Civil war many citizens of East Tennessee opposed secession, but the area was under Confederate control from 1861 to 1863. Some citizens engaged in guerrilla warfare against state authorities and joined the Union army, while others were loyal to the confederacy. It was a heartbreaking case of neighbor against neighbor and brother against brother.

Teeter Nave was born about 1745 in Augusta County, Virginia. He was the son of Conrad Nave.

In 1766 in Rowan County, North Carolina, Deadreck Neff was charged with murder in the Superior Court . The charge was reduced to chance-medley.

He married Ann Vanderpool about 1768 in Rowan County, North Carolina.

Their children included:

Abraham Nave (1769, married Mary Williams),
Rebecca Nave (1769),
John Nave (1771, married Elizabeth Carriger),
Mary Ann Nave (1776),
Henry Nave (1778, married Mary Crow),
Mary Nave (1780), and
William Stover Nave (1782).

Teeter was a long hunter.

Teter appeared in the 1767-68, 1770 and 1771 tax lists of Rowan County.

The family moved to the Watauga Settlement about 1771 where he claimed a large tract of land. It included Siam Valley on the south side of Watauga River (now Carter County) adjoining the land of John Carter, John Sevier, and Isaac Lincoln. He lost most of his land when North Carolina annexed the Watauga Settlement in 1777 and refused to recognize the land titles of the Watauga Association.

From 1778 to 1796 he appeared on the first tax list of Washington County (North Carolina/Tennessee).

In 1778 he recovered 300 acres.

In 1779 the Washington County Court named Teter as the administrator of Abraham Vanderpool's estate and executor of Rebecca Vanderpool's will.

The last will and Testament of Rebecca Vandepool was proven by Thos. Houghton, and James Grissome, and the same recorded.
Teter Nave have leave to administrative on the estate of Abraham Vanderpool, give bond and security for the same.

Ord. that the depo of George Kilham in county of Burke be taken in behalf of John Nave in suit with James Greelee.

Ord. that the depo. of John Colter of Washington county, Virginia be taken in behalf of John Nave in suit againt John Clark.

In 1779 John Nave vs. John Clark the jury finds no damages.

In 1780 he was a soldier in the Battle of Kings Mountain under Captain Isaac Shelby.

In 1794 Teeter was on the Washington County, Virginia tax list. He had 350 acres and one white poll.

He purchased another 50 acres adjoining his grant from Landon Carter in 1800. He also entered a 100 acre tract adjacent to his grant that he transferred to his son, John Nave.

When he died in 1805, he owned 350 acres.


Teter Nave

North Carolina was one of the thirteen original Colonies. It was first settled by small farmers and grew quickly in the mid 18th century.

A tithable was a person for whom a head tax was to be paid. The definition varies over time and place, but generally included members of the potentially productive labor force.
A poll tax is a tax levied on every poll. The definition of a poll also varied, but was generally a man of legal age.



The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive battle of the American Revoluton. It took place on October 7, 1780, nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson.

from Neff News

Among these first Indian traders and long hunters [ in the Watauga Settlement] was Teter Nave who was to be the first white settler in the Siam Valley of present day Carter County. Teter Nave, also called Dieter Naff, was born in 1735 in Pennsylvania and was married to Ann Vanderpool of Augusta County, Virginia in 1757.

In 1776 Teter signed the Watauga Petition to North Carolina and marched to King's Mountain in 1780 with the overmountain men and fought in Captain Shelby's Company.

Teter died in 1805 and was buried in Siam.

Ann Vanderpool was the daughter of Abraham Vanderpool, born 1719 and died before 1779, and Rebecca Vanderpool, born 1723 and died 1799. The Vanderpools were from Virginia where they had lived on the south branch of the Potomac River on a grant from Lord Fairfax. They evidently followed Teter and family to the Watauga as the estate of Abraham Vanderpool is listed on the 1779 tax list for Washington County, May 12,1779 Abraham's widow Rebbecca filed her last will and testament which was the first such document filed in Washington County.

Abraham Nave, son of Teter Nave, Sr. and Ann Vanderpool Nave, was born in 1769 and married Mary Williams daughter of Thomas Williams. Abraham served in the War of 1812 in Col. John Brown's Regiment, East Tennessee Volunteer Mounted infantry. Abraham died in 1850.

Teter Nave, Jr. married Jamima Stover, (born 1798 died 1852) in 1819. Jamima was the daughter of Daniel Stover, born 1775, also a soldier in the War of 1812. Daniel Stover was a brother-in-law of Isaac Lincoln, great uncle of Abraham Lincoln....

Levisa Nave, born 1826, married Henry Colbaugh, born 1824, in 1845. Levisa was the daughter of Teter, Jr.and Jamima Stover Nave.

Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693 – 1781) inherited a vast area granted by Charles II in colonial Virginia. This Northern Neck Proprietary was bounded by the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.



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