WILLIAM B. (WILL) BLEVINS
Born 1690 in Fromby, Wales, Died after 1735.
Various Dates for Birth: (1) abt 1690 in Maryland, (2) 1735, (3) abt 1684 in Prince Georges, MD, (4) WFT Est. 1659 - 1688
Various dates for Death: (1) abt 1700, (2) 1825, Sullivan Co., TN, (3) Between 1732 - 1776 and (4) WFT Est. 1713 - 1773
AKA: Jack / Old Bill
Taken from "Blevin's Ancestry" by Bill Dwayne Blevins, August 1972. Bill D. Blevins, Publisher, 716 East 6th St., Mountain Home, AR.
ORIGIN OF THE NAME
Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification. The four primary sources for second names were: occupation, location, father's name, or personal characteristics. The surname Blevins appears to be both patronymical and characteristic in origin, and is believed to be associated with a Welsh word, "Bleddyn" meaning "little wolf."
Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations of Blevins to be Bledgint, Blethyn, Blevin, Pleaden, Pleven, Pleavin, Plevin, Plevins, and Bledyn.
COAT OF ARMS
The Blevins Coat of Arms is officially recorded in the ancient heraldic archive Documentation for the Blevins Coat of Arms design can be found in "Rietstap Armorial General." Heraldic Artists of old developed an unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms. In their language, the Arms (shield) is as follows: "D'azur au trois croiss, d'or." Family mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries in medieval time. A motto for the Blevins Coat of Arms was never recorded.
A Glimpse of the Early Day Blevins
Meredith Blethyn was Prince of North Wales in the 11th century. At the surve we see that King William was lord of this manor (Milcham), but soon after Alan, son of Fleed, obtained it by the gift of William the Conqueror; also, the Castle of Oswaldstray in Shropshire . . . which belonged to Meredith Blethyn, a Welchman of Briton.
The Blevins family came from Fromby just south of Southport on the west coast of England and Wales. It was originally spelled Bleddyn (Welch spelling).
It is believed that the patriarch of our Blevins line was a William Blevins who came to America in the late 1600's, and temporarily settled in what is now the state of Maryland. Appearing at this time is a William Blevins born abt 1690 who is presumed to be the son of the William Blevins. Also found was a Richard Blevins appearing as a witness to power of attorney paper in Richmond Co., VA Nov. 7, 1721. It is possible that this Richard is a brother of William.
William Blevins born c.a. 1690. His tentative family:
4. Mary, b. abt. 1710, m. Elisha Walden
Info from Karen Blevins Veal: The Blevins who settled in the area near Ashe Co., NC came from Fromby Wales, near Southport. Edward and James Blevins lived in Westerly, RI in 1627. William Blevins and Elisha Wallen explored Virginia between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains in 1734. They were members of a group known as â€œLong Huntersâ€ because they went on long hunting trips in the mountains. They named the mountains and rivers and other landmarks in what is now Virginia, west Virginia and Kentucky
William Blevins was a witness to the Wataugah Purchase on March 19, 1775. He also is listed in a book entitled Ancient Cherokee Families, and was married to two different Cherokee women who were sisters.
Nathan Blevins settled in Ashe Co., NC and a place is named for him â€œNathanâ€™s Creek.â€ Information on the descendants of William and James Blevins may be found in Eastern Cherokee applications taken in the early 20th century. A series of books entitled â€œCherokee By Bloodâ€ tells about their applications under the Sizemore group.
1777 Henry Co., BA (Martinsville, VA) Oct 7, 1777
"I do swear or affirm, I do renounce and refuse all allegiance to George III, King of Great Britain, his heirs and successors, and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the commonwealth of Virginia as a free and independent state and that I will not at any time, do or cause to be done, any matter or thing that will be prejudicial or injurious to the freedom and independence thereof. As declared by congress, and also that I will discover and make known to some one justice of the peace for said state all treasons or traitorous and conspiracies which I know shall hereafter know to be found against this or any of the United States of America, so help me God. Signed by James Blevins Jr., William Blevins Jr., William Blevins Sr., Samuel Blevins, Williby Blevins, John Blevins, and Dillon Blevins.
It is believed the entire Blevins family left Maryland sometime in the mid 1740's for the southwestern section of Virginia.
The 1st record of BLEVINS in southern Virginia is found in the OLD SURVEYS of Pittsylvania County- March 13, 1748.
From these surveys one may assume there were three brothers:
John Blevins - March 13, 1748
James Blevins - March 13, 1749
William Blevins - March 13, 1748.
In order to secure a patent for land as described above one would have to be of a legal age.
William Blevins, born 1735, died in Sullivan County, TN 1825. He was married to Agnes Walden (Walling). From DAR Record #146827 William Blevins (b. 1735) had a son William Jr. born 1760 in PIttsvlvania County, VA, died in Emmett, TN; married Mary Thompson, born 1777.
Pittsylvania Co., VA marriage bonds 1767-1864: Dillon Blevins and Ann Armstrong were married Nov 12, 1770, John Rowland, Bondsman. Dillon Blevins moved to east Tennessee, and eventually to Alabama where he died in 1836.
The Blevins family was a large one with many connections owning land in almost every county of the State of Alabama. Interestingly enough, in the tiny cemetery on an old plantation in Dallas County there sleeps one Patriot of the American Revolution; one soldier of the War of 1812 who served with Andrew Jackson and whose wife was the daughter of the man who owned the horse that beat Andrew Jackson's horse " Truxton"; a member of the Alabama Legislature; the daughter of a Supreme Court Judge who was also present when the Constitution of the State of Alabama was drawn up and at the proceedings when the Alabama Territory became a State; a Doctor of some note; one of the incorporators of the Valley Creek Seminary. May this Blevins family cemetery always be a landmark to each of those who are of Blevins descent.
Found in Washington Co., TN is a petition dated Nov. 6, 1777 for the alteration of County Line. Listed on this petition are: William Blevins, James Blevins, Abraham Blevins, Henry Blevins, and John Blevins Jr.
The partial Census of Tennessee 1787-1791 shows the following land to be granted to soldiers of the Continental Line.
William Blevins, 312 acres, N. side of Holston River: Granted in 1787. William Blevins, 120 acres, N. side of Holston River: Granted in 1787.
The Sullivan County, TN Tax List for 1796 gives the following: William Blevins, 312 Acres, 10 Slaves; James Blevins; William Blevins Jr., 1 Slave; Dillion Blevins, 3 Slaves and Armstead Blevins, 1 Slave.
More info: Williams Blevins Jr. was possibly the son of Williams Blevins Sr. and ? and was born about 1690. He was probably born near Fromby, just south of Southport on the west coast of England and Wales. The Welch spelling of the name Blevins is â€œBleddyneâ€ which means â€œlittle wolfâ€. Nothing is known at this time concerning the mother of William Jr. It is believed that the family came to American sometime before 17800 and settled in new England (Possibly the Westerly, RI area as shown below) before moving to what is now Maryland, probably in the Prince Georges Co. area.
From â€œWashington Co., RI Recordsâ€ the following is taken: â€œPower of Attorney - July 1, 1771 - We Daniel Blevins Sr. of Pittsylvania County in Virginia and Daniel Blevins, son of said Daniel Blevins Jr. in Botetourt County in Virginia, do appoint our Trusty friend James Rentfrow Sr. of Pittsylvania Co., VA as our true and lawful attorney for us in our name and to our use to ask Demand Recover or Receive of and from Joseph Stantone in westerly formerly narragency in New England, one piece of land containing 100 acres more or less in Westerly, New England . . . our sole and full power and authority to follow such legal Courses . . . as we our Self might or could do were we Personally present . . . all things which may be necessary Concerning the Premises. s/Daniel his x mark Blevins Sr; Sarah her T mark Blevins; Daniel x Blevins Jr.; Wit: Thomas Flowers, George Lumkin, Robert Lumkin, Robert Pewsey; Rec: Sep 27, 1771â€.
The above suggests that Daniel Blevins Sr. (son of William Blevins) was attempting to recover land belonging to the family in Westerly, RI. It is unclear exactly who the land belonged to, but it would be a good assumption that it was originally owned by William Blevins, father of Daniel Blevins Sr. and that William had died prior to 1771.
William Blevins II was married in New England or Maryland, probably about 1709. It is possible that children were born in several places as the family traveled from New England to Maryland. It is believed that the Blevins family left Maryland sometime in the mid 1740â€™s for the southwestern part of Virginia.
The 1st record of Blevins families in Virginia is found in the Old Surveys of Pittsylvania County on March 13, 1748 in which are listed the names of John, James and William Blevins. The family was probably living in the Martinsville, VA area in the 1750â€™s and 1760â€™s and took part in the expedition of the â€œLong Huntersâ€ into the then unexplored regions of Kentucky and Tennessee. It is not know at present exactly when or where William Blevins II died.
ANN BUNCH, Born 1692 in Orince George's Co., MD.Date of death is not known. Married William Blevins about 1709 in Prince George's Co., MD.
Birth: WFT Est. 1668 - 1691
Death: WFT Est. 1713 - 1779
Marriage: WFT Est. 1685 - 1728
This is the only parents that would be possible to link Ann Bunch with. It is not for sure, but here you go. I just hope it is the correct parents. You decide!
According to Del Hiestad Ann Bunch might also be a Jennifer Bunch.
Another thought! Perhaps Jennifer was Ann's sister and was one of the two Indian sisters that William Blevins as reported above married.
WELL WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE THINK ABOUT THIS?
The name "Bunch" is associated with a South Carolina Indian tribe known as the Brass Ankles. Bunches can also be found in Ashe, Bertie, Chowan and Wilks Counties, NC. There is a definite tie to Grayson Co., VA and possible ties to Henry, Botetourt and Orange, VA. Hancock Co., TN is considered the "home" of the Melungeons as that is where the most famous ones lived. We have ties there through Benjamin and Rachel Bunch. Hancock was split off of Hawkins County where Paul, Lambert, Joseph and John Bunch lived.
Who are the Melungeons?
The Melungeons are a multi-ethnic people who were first documented in the Appalachian Mountains at the end of the 18th century. Since that time, they have become a part of Appalachian folklore - "sons and daughters of the legend."
Recent research has suggested a possible Mediterranean or Middle Eastern link in the Melungeons' ancestry in addition to their Indian and / or black ancestry. They often faced discrimination, both legal and social, and tended to settle in isolated communities such as Newman's Ridge in Hancock Co., TN. The Vardy Community is at the foot of Newman's Ridge. The community was named after Vardemon Collins, one of the first recorded Melungeon inhabitants, and was first settled around 1780.
We are related to Vardy Collins, through his son, Simeon, who married Frankie Bunch, daughter of Benjamin. Although dark skinned for the most part, Melungeons have also been fair skinned with red or blonde hair. This difference in coloration could appear in one family with some siblings dark and others light. This caused all sorts of problems when the census takers came around. Many did not know how to record the race of the Melungeons. In one census, a person could be listed as "mulatto" and in the next as "white."
Where are they from?
Depending on the family surname, their roots can be in South or North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Since this site deals with the Bunch line, I will only list the places associated with the Bunch surname. The name "Bunch" is associated with a South Carolina Indian tribe known as the Brass Ankles. Bunches can also be found in Ashe, Bertie, Chowan and Wilks Counties, NC. There is a definite tie to Grayson Co., VA and possible ties to Henry, Botetourt and Orange, VA. Hancock Co., TN is considered the "home" of the Melungeons as that is where the most famous ones lived. We have ties there through Benjamin and Rachel Bunch. Hancock was split off of Hawkins County where Paul, Lambert, Joseph and John Bunch lived.
Documentation / Sources
There are some extremely interesting references to our Bunches in the writings of early Tennesseans. In a Plecker letter, an extract from the writings of Capt. Jarvis states that he personally knew both Paul and Benjamin Bunch and refers to them as early Melungeon settlers in Hawkins County. He adds that the Bunches came with early white settlers from Virginia which is what I find through the early tax records for Grayson Co., VA. They are listed there with several other Bunch families until about 1825. Then they are listed in the 1830 census for Hawkins County which suggests they all moved together. Jarvis expanded on this information in an article he wrote in 1903.
Micager Bunch, a mulatto, shows up on the 1771 tax record for Botecourt Co., VA from which Grayson County was later formed. A later note indicates that he went on to Indian lands (probably Kentucky). He was also listed on the 1790 voter's list for Hawkins Co., TN. It is very likely that he is the same Micager Bunch, mulatto, who was on the 1755 tax lists in Orange Co., NC. This shows a definite western migration matching that of the other Melungeon families of Hancock Co., TN.
Taken from the Hancock County Times, Sneedville, TN, 4/17/1903
"Much has been said and written about the inhabitants of Newman's Ridge and Blackwater in Hancock Co., TN. They have been derisively dubbed with the name "Melungeon" by the local white people who have lived here with them. It is not a traditional name or tribe of Indians. Some have said these people were here when this country was first explored by the white people, and others that they are a lost tribe of the Indians and have no date of their existence here, traditionally or otherwise. All this however, is erroneous and cannot be sustained.
These people, not any of them were here at the time the first white hunting party came from Virginia and North Carolina in the year 1761 the noted Daniel Boone was at the head of one of these hunting parties and went through Cumberland Gap. Wallen was at the head of another party from Cumberland Co., VA, and named Cumberland Mountain for his home county and called the river beyond North Cumberland Wallen's Ridge and Wallen's Creek for himself. In fact, these hunting parties gave all the historic names to the mountain ridges and valleys and streams, and these names are now historical names. Wallen pitched his first camp on Wallen's Creek near Hunter's Gap in Powell's Mountain, now Lee Co., VA.
Here they found the name of Ambrose Powell carved in the bark of a beech tree, from this name they named the mountain, river and valley for Powell; Newman's Ridge was named for a man of the party called Newman; Clinch River and Clinch Valley these names came at the expense of an Irishman of the party n crossing the Clinch River, he fell off the raft they were crossing on, and cried aloud for his companions to "clinch me," "clinch me," and from this incident the name has become a historic name.
About the time the first white settlement west of the Blue Ridge was made at Watauga River in Carter Co., TN, another white party was then working the lead mines in part of Virginia west of the Blue Ridge. In the year 1762 these hunters returned, coming through Elk Garden, now Russell Co., VA. They then headed down a valley north of Clinch River and named it Hunter's Valley, and it goes by this name today. These hunters pitched their tent near Hunter's Gap in Powell's Mountain, 19 miles from Rogersville, TN on the Jonesville, VA road. Some of the party of hunters went on down the country to where Sneedville, Hancock County, now stands and hunted there during that season. Bears were plentiful here and they killed many, their clothing became greasy, and near the camp a projecting rock on which they would lie down and drink, and the rock became very greasy, and they called it greasy rock, and named the creek Greasy Rock Creek, a name by which it has been ever since, and here is the very place where these Melungeons settled, long after this, on Newman's Ridge and Blackwater. Vardy Collins, Shepherd Gipson, Benjamin Collins, Solomon Collins, Paul Bunch and the Goodmans, chiefs and the rest of them settled here about the year 1804, possibly about the year 1795, but all these men above named, who were called Melungeons, obtained land grants and muniments of title to the land they settled on, and they were the very first and came here simultaneous with the white people not earlier than 1795. They then had lost their language and spoke the English very well. They originally were the friendly Indians who came with the whites as they moved west. They came from the Cumberland County and New River, VA stopping at various points west of the Blue Ridge. Some of them stopped on Stony Creek, Scott County, VA where Stony Creek runs into Clinch River.
The white emigrants with the friendly Indians erected a fort on the bank of the river and called it "Fort Blackmore," and here yet many of these friendly "Indians" lived in the mountains of Stony Creek, but they have married among the whites until the race has almost become extinct. A few of the half-bloods may be found one darker but they still retain the name of Collins, and Gibson, etc. From here they came on to Newman's Ridge and Blackwater, and many of them are here yet; but the amalgamations of the whites and the Indians has about washed the red tawny from their appearance, the white faces predominating, so now you scarcely find one of the original Indians; a few half-bloods and quarter-bloods balance white or past the third generation. The old pure-bloods were finer featured straight and erect in form, more so than the whites, and when mixed with whites, make beautiful women, and the men very fair looking men. These Indians came to Newman's Ridge and Blackwater. Some of them went into the war of 1812-14 whose names are here given: James Collins, John Bolin and Mike Bolin, and some others not remembered; those who quite full blooded. These were like the white people; there were good and bad among them, but the great majority were upright, good citizens, and accumulated good property, and many of them are among our best property owners and as good citizens as Hancock Co., TN affords. Their word is their bond and most of them are as true to their promise as the magnetic needle to the North pole. The first ones of them that ever came to Hancock Co., TN, then to Hawkins County and Claiborne, are well remembered by some of the present generation here now, and they have left records to show these facts. They all came here simultaneously with the whites from the State of Virginia between the years 1795 and 1812, and about this there is no mistake, except in the dates these Indians came here from Stony Creek. - - M. Jarvis
WHO ARE THE MELUNGEONS?
The Melungeons are most likely the descendants of the late 16th century Portuguese and Turks stranded on the Carolina shores when the settlement of Santa Elena, SC was abandoned by the Spanish. They later intermarried with the Powhatan, Pamunkey, Chickahominy and Catawba Indians.
After being abandoned in the outlying Spanish forts, they settled in the Appalachians and further intermarried with the Chreokees and much later with the northern European settlers; primarily the Scotch-Irish, becoming part of the American Melting Pot. The word Melungeon is both Portuguese, meaning "white person" and Turkish, meaning "cursed soul."
The following surnames are considered to be of Melungeon descent
Adams, Adkins, Allen, Allmond, Ashworth, Barker, Barnes, Bass, Beckler, Bedgood, Bell, Bennett, Berry, Beverly, Biggs, Bolen / Bowlen / Bolling / Bowling, Boone, Bowman, Badby, Branham, Braveboy, Briger / Bridger, Brogan, Brooks, Brown, Bunch, Butler, Butters, Bullion, Burton, Buxton, Byrd, Campell, Carrico, Carter, Casteel, Caudill, Chapman, Chavis, Clark, Cloud, Coal / Cole / Coles, Coffey, Coleman, Colley, Collier / Colyer, Collins, Collinsworth, Cook(e), Cooper, Cotman, Counts, Cox / Coxe, Criel, Croston, Crow, Cumba / Cumbo / Cumbow, Curry, Custalow, Dalton, Dare, Davis, Denham, Dennis, Dial, Dorton, Doyle, Driggers, Dye, Dyess, Ely, Epps, Evans, Fields, Freeman, French, Gann, Garland, Gibbs, Gibson / Gipson, Goins / Goings, Gorvens, Gowan / Gowen, Graham, Green(e), Gwinn, Hall, Hammon, Harmon, Harris, Harvie / Harvey, Hawkes, Hendricks / Hendrix, Hill, Hillman, Hogge, Holmes, Hopkins, Howe, Hyatt, Jackson, James, Johnson, Jones, Keith, Kennedy, Kiser, Langston, Lasie, Lawson, Locklear, Lopes, Lowry, Lucas, Maddox, Maggard, Major, Male / Mayle, Maloney, Marsh, Martin, Miles, Minard, Miner / Minor, Mizer, Moore, Morley, Mullins, Mursh, Nash, Nelson, Newman, Niccans, Nichols, Noel, Norris, Orr, Osborn / Osborne, Oxendine, Page, Paine, Patterson, Perkins, Perry, Phelps, Phipps, Pinder, Polly, Powell, Powers, Pritchard, Pruitt, Ramey, Rasnick, Reaves / Reeves, Revels, Richardson, Roberson / Robertson / Robinson, Russell, Sammons, Sampson, Sawyer, Scott, Sexton, Shavis, Shepherd / Shephard, Short, Sizemore, Smiling, Smith, Stallard, Stanley, Steel, Stevens, Stewart, Strother, Sweat / Swett, Swindall, Tally, Taylor, Thompson, Tolliver, Tuppance, Turner, Vanover, Vicars / Viccars / Vickers, Ware, Watts, Weaver, White, Whited, Wilkins, Williams, Williamson, Willis, Wisby, Wise, Wood, Wright, Wyatt, Wynn
A good candidate for parents of Ann Bunch are:
Father: John Bunch II, born 1665 in New Kent Co., VA, died 1729 in Henrico Co., VA.
Mother: Temperance ?? Born 1670 in Henrico co., VA.
Other children of John Bunch and Temperance were John Bunch III and Paul.