Armstrong's "BLOUNT FAMILY" from "Notable Southern Families"
Posted: 10 Apr 1999 12:00PM GMT
Edited: 29 Dec 2005 7:54PM GMT
Surnames: ADAMS, ARCHDALE, BAKER, BEASLEY, BLACKLEDGE, BLOUND, BLOUNT, BONNER, BROWN, BRYAN, CHESHIRE, COLLINS, CONNOR, COX, DABNEY, DORTCH, DURANT, EPPS, GAINES, GRAINGER, GRAY, HADLEY, HALL, HARVEY, HERITAGE, HILL, JOHNSTON, LAWRENCE, LITTLE, LITTLEJOHN, MANN, MIDGET, MILLER, MUSE, MUTTER, NORFLEET, PENDLETON, PETTIGREW, READING, SALTER, SCARBOROUGH, SHEPERD, STANDIN, STEPHENS, SUMNER, TELFAIR, TOOLE, VAIL, WIATT, WORLEY, WYATT
From "Notable Southern Families," Vol. I, by Zella Armstrong (1918. Lookout Publ. Co., Chatanooga, TN; 1974 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; 1998 as Broderbund CD-191), pp. 32-38. Surnames changed to ALL-CAPS.
Caveat: I'm told by Kyle VanLandingham, a current BLOUNT researcher, that Armstrong and Wheeler are dead wrong in their assertion that Capt. James BLOUNT descended from the Sodington BLOUNTs and that Capt. James BLOUNT and Capt. Thomas BLOUNT were brothers. Evidence is that Capt. Thomas is the son of Capt. James, not his brother, and that Capt. James descended from the Astley BLOUNTs, not the Sodington BLOUNTs. Please see the family group sheet of Capt. James, which can be reached from the link below.
Between pages 32 and 33 is a plate with a portrait of William Blount, Governor of the Southwest Territory. The CD image I'm working from is too poor to post, but it is the same portrait reproduced in Taylor (1909), which can be reached via the bio by Taylor posted on this board or from the Blount Home Page.
The BLOUNT family has been pronounced the oldest in North Carolina and this means of course in Tennessee also. No family, according to Governor Henry T. Clark, genealogist and historian, came to the Province earlier than James BLOUNT, who settled in Chowan, North Carolina in 1664. He was a younger son of Sir Walter BLOUNT, of Sodington, Worcestershire, England, and was a Captain in Life Guards of Charles II.
In England the family can be carried back for many generations, to and through the conquest into Normandy and then for many years. So the BLOUNTs can truly boast of being an "old family." With William the Conquerer three young BLOUNDs, sons of Blound the Lord of Guisnes went to England. From two of them the English family sprang and in the succeeding years changed the family name less than most of the conquering Normans, for it now appears almost as written then.
JAMES BLOUNT THE EMIGRANT
When James BLOUNT, younger son of Sir Walter BLOUNT, of Sodington, came to the Province of North Carolina, he is said to have been accompanied or followed by a brother who settled on Taw or Pamlico River. Their adherence to the royal cause probably accounted for their emigration.
James BLOUNT the emigrant, son of Sir Walter BLOUNT, is said to have emigrated to America in 1664, though the settlement of Chowan is given as in 1669. He settled on a tract of land there which remained in the possession of his family until the death of his descendant, Clement Hall BLOUNT in 1842. James BLOUNT was a member of the Governor's Council and was one of the Burgesses of Chowan. He married and left one son, John BLOUNT.
John BLOUNT, son of the Emigrant, was born in 1669. He died in 1725. He marred and left ten children, six daughters and four sons. Three of the six daughters married and left children, the WORLEYs, MIDGETs, MANNs, and other North Carolina families come through these daughters. The sons were: John BLOUNT, Second, Thomas BLOUNT, James BLOUNT, and Joseph BLOUNT.
John BLOUNT, Second, married and left three sons and two daughters, namely James BLOUNT, Wilson BLOUNT, Frederick BLOUNT, Elizabeth BLOUNT, and Mary BLOUNT. Of these: James BLOUNT married Ann HALL and left three children, namely: Clement Hall BLOUNT [p. 33] who died in 1842 unmarried, Sarah BLOUNT left no issue and Frederick BLOUNT, who married Rachel BRYAN, a widow, born HERITAGE, and left children: Frederick S. BLOUNT (who moved to Alabama and became the ancestor of a large family), Alexander Clement BLOUNT and Heritage Wistar BLOUNT of Lenoir County. Wilson BLOUNT, son of John BLOUNT, Second, seems not to have married. Frederick BLOUNT, son of John BLOUNT, Second, married and had a daughter. Mary BLOUNT, who married William SHEPERD of Newberne, North Carolina, and left children: Anne SHEPERD (who married her cousin, Ebenezer PETTIGREW), William B. SHEPERD, Charles B. SHEPERD, James B. SHEPERD and a daughter _____ SHEPERD (who married John H. BRYAN). The recurring B in the names of Mary BLOUNT SHEPERD'S sons tempts one to think that she gave each of them BLOUNT for a middle name. Elizabeth BLOUNT, daughter of John BLOUNT, Second, married J.B. BEASLEY. Mary BLOUNT, daughter of John BLOUNT, Second, married Charles PETTIGREW, first Bishop of North Carolina, and left children: Ebenezer PETTIGREW (Member of Congress, who married his cousin Anne SHEPERD and left children: William S. PETTIGREW, General James Johnston PETTIGREW, Charles I. PETTIGREW and two daughters).
Thomas BLOUNT, the son of John BLOUNT, First, was born in 1709. He marred and left one daughter, Winnifred BLOUNT, who married Whitmed HILL, of Martin, North Carlina. They left numerous descendants.
James BLOUNT, the son of John BLOUNT, First, (and grandson of James BLOUNT, the Emigrant) was born in 1710. He married and left two daughtes, Nancy BLOUNT and Betsy BLOUNT. Nancy BLOUNT married Dempsey CONNOR (son of Dempsey CONNOR and Mary PENDLETON CONNOR, great grand daugher of Governor ARCHDALE) and left one daughter. Frances Clark Pollock CONNOR, who married firstly, her cousin Joseph BLOUNT, Third, and married secondly William HILL. Betsey BLOUNT married Jeremiah VAIL.
Joseph BLOUNT, son of John BLOUNT, First, was born in 1715 and died in 1777. He married firstly Sarah DURANT, a descendant of George DURANT, the first known English settler in North Carolina. They had one child, a daughter, Sarah BLOUNT, who married William LITTLEJOHN. Joseph BLOUNT married, secondly, Elizabeth SCARBOROUGH, by whom he had two sons: Lemuel Edwards BLOUNT, who was drowned, and Joseph BLOUNT, Second, who married first Lydia BONNER and had two children, John Bonner BLOUNT (who married Mary MUTTER and had Thomas BLOUNT and others), Mary BLOUNT (who married William T. MUSE and left children, one of them, William T. MUSE, an officer in the United States and Conderate States Navies). Joseph BLOUNT, Second, married for his second wife, Ann GRAY, [p. 34] daughter of William GRAY of Bertie County, and left children: Joseph BLOUNT, Third, born 1785 (who married his cousin, Frances Clark Pollock CONNOR and left one son, Joseph BLOUNT, Fourth, who died unmarried); Frances Lee BLOUNT (who married Henderson STANDIN, left one son, William H. STANDIN); Sarah Elizabeth BLOUNT (who married but left no children). Elizabeth Ann BLOUNT married John CHESHIRE and left children); Eleanor Gray BLOUNT (married John COX and left one daughter, Ann B.P. COX, who married William J. EPPS, of Halifax, North Carolina).
THOMAS BLOUNT THE EMIGRANT
Thomas BLOUNT, said to have been a third son of Sir Walter BLOUNT, of Sodington, Worcestshire (sic), England, also crossed to America in 1664. He settled in North Carolina on the Taw or Pamlico River in 1673, no record being given of the intervening years. He married, though we do not know whom, and had six sons, namely: Thomas BLOUNT, Second, John, James, Benjamin, Jacob and Esau, the latter being twins. It is said that the great Tuscarora Chief King BLOUNT, who was devoted to the white people in the Indian wars, had his name in honor of one of these six BLOUNTs, having formed a deep attachment for him. Five of these six sons have left no record obtainable.
The eldest, Thomas BLOUNT, Second, married Ann READING (given sometimes as Elizabeth READING), and left four sons, Reading, James, John, and Jacob BLOUNT. All left descendants, but the last named, Jacob BLOUNT, through his sons, gave the name its prestige in the Southern States for two of his six sons became Governor of Tennessee, and by the similarity of their names have probably caused more confusion in the minds of amateur students of the State's history than any other two citizens. William, the first son of Jacob, became Territorial Governor of Tennessee in 1790, and Willie, the sixth son, was elected Governor in 1809.
Jacob BLOUNT, born 1726, died 1729, fourth son of Thomas BLOUNT and Ann READING, was in the battle of Alamance in 1771, was a member of the provincial Congress and an officer in the Revolutionary War. He married, first (1748) Barbara GRAY, and second a widow, Mrs. Hannah BAKER, nee SALTER, and third, Mrs. Mary ADAMS, by whom he had no children. He was the father of twelve children: William, Ann, John Gray BLOUNT, Louisa, who married Richard BLACKLEDGE; Reading, who married Lucy HARVEY; Thomas, who married, but died without issue: Jacob married _____ COLLINS; Barbara; Willie, who will be mentioned later, Sharpe, who married Penelope LITTLE and two others probably died young.
TENNESSEE'S ONLY TERRITORIAL GOVERNOR
William BLOUNT, first child of Jacob BLOUNT by his wife, Barbara, was born in Craven County, North Carolina, in 1749. He married Miss Mary GRAINGER, of Wilmington. He was elected a member of in (sic) legislature in 1783 and was elected to the Continential (sic) Congress in 1782-83-86-87. He sat in the convention that formed the constitution of the United States in 1787. Immediately upon the cession of what is now Tennessee by North Carolina to the Federal Government, President Washington appointed William BLOUNT Territorial Governor. This was, by the way, a somewhat important position for he was appointed "Governor of the Territories of the United States South of the Ohio."
He was elected Senator from the State of Tennessee when the territory became a state, and he was expelled from the Senate for alleged treasonable practices in endeavoring to incite the Indians to hostilities against Spain.
Despite this action of the Federal Senate, he was admired and loved in Tennessee; and immediately after his expulsion, the member from Knox resigned his seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives that William BLOUNT might be elected to it and become its speaker. This vindication by his own friends must have been a pleasant thing for William BLOUNT. Governor Willie BLOUNT in 1835 wrote a full vindication of Senator William BLOUNT and placed the papers in the hands of Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey. These, together with other valuable papers, were burned when the home was burned during the war. Mr. Lyman C. Draper made an exact copy of this paper, which copy is now in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin.
The house in which Governor BLOUNT lived while in Knoxville is still standing, just as it was when it was the Governor's mansion. His grave in the yard of the First Presbyterian church, of which he was a member, is marked with a large marble slab, and a similar stone covers the remains of his wife.
No man, except John Sevier, was ever so much beloved by the people of Tennessee as was Governor William BLOUNT. In bearing, he was of Chesterfieldian grace. His personal magnetism was wonderful.
He was a member of the Convention which adopted the Constitution of the United States, over which Washington presided. He was honored with the personal friendship and confidence of Washington, who appointed him Governor of the Territory South of the Ohio River. He and his wife, who was Mary GRAINGER, daughter of Colonel Caleb GRAINGER, lie in the old church year in Knoxville, which [p. 36] city they helped to found and where, while he was Governor, they dispensed, for that age, a regal hospitality. The Governor's mansion was the rendezvous for society, wit and politics; and the Governor himself, with his charming, courtly manners, with his beautiful wife, made the center upon which all social life of the place and period turned. The University of Tennessee was founded then and was first known as Blount College, afterwards, east Tennessee University, and now the University of Tennessee. In his honor a county and a town were named Blount County and Blountville; while Grainger County and Maryville were named for his wife, who was Mary GRAINGER.
William BLOUNT died in 1800 in Knoxville. It is believed that only his death prevented his election to the office of Governor of the State (he had been Governor of the Territory) as a vindication, so great were the love and admiration for him throughout the State of Tennessee.
William and Mary BLOUNT left children, namely: Ann BLOUNT, Mary Louisa BLOUNT, William Grainger BLOUNT, Richard Blackledge BLOUNT, Barbara BLOUNT and Eliza BLOUNT. Of these, Ann BLOUNT married firstly, Henry Irwin TOOLE, Second, of Edgecomb, North Carolina, and had children, Henry Irwin TOOLE, Third (born 1810, died 1850, married Margaret TELFAIR) and Mary Eliza TOOLE (born 1812, who married Dr. Joseph LAWRENCE) and married secondly, Weeks HADLEY, of Edgecomb by whom she had several children. Mary Louisa BLOUNT married Pleasant M. MILLER, and left sevral children, one of whom, Barbara MILLER, married William H. STEPHENS. William Grainger BLOUNT, son of Governor William BLOUNT and Mary GRAINGER BLOUNT, was a member of Congress from Tennessee. He never married. Richard Blackledge BLOUNT married and left children. Barbara BLOUNT, daughter of Governor William BLOUNT and Mary GRAINGER BLOUNT, married General Edmund Pendleton GAINES as his second wife and left one son, Edmund Pendleton GAINES, Second, who never married. Eliza BLOUNT, daughter of Governor William BLOUNT and Mary GRAINGER BLOUNT married Dr. Edwin WIATT and left children.
John Gray BLOUNT, second son of Jacob BLOUNT and his wife, Ann READING BLOUNT, was a companion of Daniel Boone, but settled in Washington, North Carolina. He married Mary HARVEY, daughter of Colonel Miles HARVEY and left children namely: Thomas Harvey BLOUNT, John Gray BLOUNT, Second, Polly Ann BLOUNT, William Augustus BLOUNT, Lucy Olivia BLOUNT and Baker BLOUNT.
Reading BLOUNT, third son of Jacob BLOUNT and Ann R. BLOUNT, was born 1757. He was a Major in the War of the Revolution. He died in 1807. He married Lucy HARVEY, a daughter of Colonel Miles HARVEY and a sister of his brother, John Gray's wife (who was Mary HAR- [p. 37] VEY). They left five children, namely: Polly, Louisa, Willie, Caroline Jones BLOUNT and one son, Reading BLOUNT, Second, who marred and left a son, Reading BLOUNT, Third.
Thomas BLOUNT, fourth son of Jacob BLOUNT and Ann READING BLOUNT was born in 1759 and died in 1812. He was an officer in the War of the Revolution, a Major in Colonel Buncombe's Regiment. He married first Patsy BAKER and second, Mary SUMNER, daughter of General Jethro SUMNER. He left no issue.
Jacob BLOUNT, second son of Jacob BLOUNT and Ann READING BLOUNT, was born in 1760. He married firstly his cousin, Ann COLLINS, daughter of Josiah COLLINS, and had children. He married secondly Mrs. Augustus HARVEY, a widow, but had no children by this marriage.
GOVERNOR WILLIE BLOUNT
Willie BLOUNT, the ninth child of Jacob BLOUNT, was the first child by his second wife, Mrs. Hannah SALTER BAKER. He was born in 1768 and was twenty years younger than his distinguished brother, the Colonial Governor. The similarity of his name with that of his elder brother causes confusion to the casual student of Tennessee history. Though it was spelled Willie, it was pronounced Wylie and was probably a family name in his mother's line.
His first political position was Secretary to his brother, then Governor, William BLOUNT; and he evidently made the most of his opportunities for at twenty eight he was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and at forty was elected Governor. He served as Governor six years (1809 to 1815) in an exciting period of history. During the War of 1812, he tendered to the United States two thousand five hundred volunteers, and it is from them that the State gained its name, the Volunteer [State]. He pledged his personal credit to equip three regiments which went to General Andrew Jackson at New Orleans. He was active in the Creek War also, raising almost as many volunteers and three hundred thousand dollars, which for that perior was a tremendous sum of money. He died at the residence of Wylie JOHNSTON, near Nashville, in 1839 and is buried at Clarksville.
He married Lucinda BAKER, daughter of John BAKER and his wife Anne NORFLEET BAKER. They had two daughters, one of whom married Dr. J.T. DABNEY and the other a _____ DORTCH. A son of the latter, Willie BLOUNT DORTCH, married a daughter of Governor Aaron V. BROWN.
The monument in Clarksville erected by the State to the memory of Governor Willie BLOUNT gives his birth place and his brother's as [p. 38] Bertie County, North carolina, but the Historian, John H. Wheeler, credits Blount Hill in Pitt County as their birthplace.
Sharp (sic) BLOUNT was the tenth child of Jacob BLOUNT and the second by the second wife, Mrs. Hannah (SALTER) BAKER BLOUNT. He was born in 1771 and died in 1810. He married Penlope (sic) LITTLE, daughter of Colonel George LITTLE and had children: William Little BLOUNT, Jacob BLOUNT, and George Little BLOUNT. Of these, only the last left children.
Few family names are more identified with North Carolina and Tennessee. Heitman's Historical register gives six BLOUNTs as officers in the Revolution, and every one is given as a resident of North Carolina, showing that the BLOUNT family in America is practically all from this one North Carolina-Tennessee line, or at least, that during the period of the Revolution there were no other BLOUNTs in America.
The following names are in the Register:
Jacob BLOUNT, Paymaster, North Carolina Militia.
Jesse BLOUNT, Commissary, Eighth North Carolina Regiment.
James BLOUNT, Captain, Second North Carolina Regiment.
Reading BLOUNT, Captain, Third North Carolina Regiment.
William BLOUNT, Paymaster, Third North Carolina Regiment.
Thomas BLOUNT, Lieutenant, Fifth North Carolina Regiment.