Biography

 


Jethro Exum Sumner was born in Virginia in 1733 .

Jethro Sumner was:


Sumner was active after the war in the creation of North Carolina's chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati, serving as its first president. He died 18 March 1785, in Warren County, North Carolina. Sumner County, Tennessee (originally part of North Carolina) was named for him.

 

The following inscription appears on his grave at Guilford Battle Ground, Guilford County, NC.

 

One of the heroes of 1776

Grandson of William Sumner, Freeholder, Nansemond County, VA, 1691.  Son of Jethro and Margaret Sullivan Sumner, Nansemond County, VA.  Married Mary, daughter of William and Christian McKinne Hurst, Granville County, NC.  Three children, but no grandchildren.  Fought variously at Lower Cape Fear, Charlestowne, Brandywine, and Germantown.  Wintered over at Valley Forge, fought again at Stone Ferry, Eutaw Springs, and in defense of southern North Carolina.  Commanded NC military forces for the remainder of the year.