A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, Kniffin 1st ed., 1885 
Reprinted 1972 by Kentucky Reprint Co., Murray, KY. Graves Co. 

H. A. VANN was born in Graves County, Ky., October 19, 1846, and is the eldest of the two boys and one girl born to David and Sarah (Jackson) Vann, natives of Missouri and Kentucky respectively, and of Irish descent. His paternal grandfather was Gabriel Vann, and his maternal grandfather, John Jackson. David Vann died in 1852, and subject lived on the home farm with his mother until October 26, 1865, when he married Nancy T. Morris, daughter of John and Maria (INNMAN) Morris, natives of North Carolina, and among the early settlers of Graves County. His only child is named Lavina E. After his marriage, Mr. Vann resided in the Wingo District for two years and then a year at Arlington. In 1879 he purchased forty-one acres of his present farm, where he has since resided. In October, 1863, he enlisted in the Twelfth Kentucky Mounted Infantry, Capt. John Lynn, W.W. Faulkner colonel commanding, and was at the battle of Talahatchee; was taken prisoner, and on his release came home in the spring of 1865 and engaged in farming. Mr. Vann is an Odd Fellow, was formerly a Granger, and has been school trustee, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.