Jesse is the son of Capt. Charles McAnally and his wife Ruhamer, early settlers of that part of Surry County, NC that became Stokes. He was probably born in Virginia. Jesse left record of Revolutionary War service and served as Justice of the Peace for Stokes County in 1790. He died suddenly leaving no will, but his wife Elizabeth Morgan and his children are well documented in family records.
Charles McAnally's Revolutionary War services are recorded in narratives kept by the Moravians in the town of Salem, and are found in Adelaide Fries book, "The Road to Salem." In 1776, he joined the Cherokee Expedition. In the NC Department of Archives and History, under "Revolutionary Army Accounts", Vol E-G, p 79, "D.r The United States of America In Accot. current with The State of North Carolina, The Cherokee Expedition Under General Rutherford, #10: Cash paid to Charles McAnaly, 48 pounds, 4 shillings." Also in Vol VI, p 104, folio 1, there is a listing for a certificate, #1822, issued to Charles for the year 1786 in the amount of 16 pounds, 4 shillings; 4 pounds, 17 shillings, 1 pence.
Jesse McAnally served in the Revolutionary War, possibly under Capt Richard Goode. Goode signed as Entry Taker on the back of Voucher #2576 which was allowed by Charles Bruce and Traugott Bagge, two of the Auditors of the Upper Salisbury District. The Voucher was dated 4 Sep 1782. [Treasurer and Comptroller Records, Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol XII, p 37, folio 2. Voucher located at NC Archives].