An American Family History


The Blevins Family of Sullivan County, Tennessee

  William, James Abraham, John, Jr. Blevins signed the 1777 petition of men living on the north Holston River complaining about the division of Fincastle County. They felt the line was not equitable and the court house was too far away.  

Dillon Blevins was born about 1750 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

He married Ann Armstrong in 1770. They moved to Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Nancy Blevins (1772, married William Bean),
Dillon Blevins, Jr. (1773, married NancyWilliams),
Armstead Blevins (1775),
Amarilla Blevins (1778, married Thomas Moore),
Catherine Blevins (1780, married John Carter and Cullen Arp),
Keturah Blevins (1785, married John Edward Taylor),
William Blevins (1792, married Matilda Phillips),
John Blevins (1795, married Margaret Oldham Connally).


David Blevins was born about 1776 in Sullivan County. His parents were James Blevins and Margaret Hardin.

He married Sarah Torbett. Their children probably included:

James Blevins (1802),
Hugh Blevins (1804),
Mary (Polly) Blevins (1807),
Susan Blevins (1809),
John Blevins (1810),
Lucretia Blevins (1813).

The family was in Washington County, Virginia in 1810.

In 1830 they were in Rhea, County, Tennessee.

David died in 1830 at about the age of 54 in Rhea County Tennessee.


Armstead Blevins was born 1775 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia and was the son of Dillon Blevin

Hugh Armstrong Blevins (abt 1796)

Carter Blevins (abt 1798)
Dillon Blevins (abt 1800)
John Blevins (abt 1803),
Keturah Blevins (abt 1804)

Armstead was a War of 1812 veteran.

In about 1814 Armstead deserted his family. His wife, Keturah,filed for divorce in
1814, but it took 7 years for the divorce to become final in 1821.

1812 Armistead Blevins v. John Armstrong Smith Injunction Blevins sought to enjoin defendant from proceeding on a judgment rendered against him. From the Circuit Court of Law and Equity.

Abraham Blevins was born about 1755.

During the American Revolution, he served under Captain James Robertson.

In 1799, he made a bet for $500 with Moses Humphreys that Henry Massengill's horse, The Collector, could beat any other horse. Humphreys claimed his brother, Richard Humphreys', horse, Paul Jones, could beat The Collector.

Abraham had to buy Massengill's horse for $500, but Humphreys failed to appear on the appointed day of the race because Paul Jones had become lame in an earlier race. Abraham sued Moses and won for the amount of the bet.

Abraham moved to Kentucky.


William Blevins was the son of William 1735-1825) was born about 1760 in Virginia. He served in the Revolutionary War under Captains Swift and Osborne.

In the 1778 Washington County Court:

Ord that Thomas Price and William Blevins be sumd. to appear at next term of court to prove the convey of the Watauga Purchase to Charles Robertson on behalf of the people living thereon.

In 1786 William Blevins signed the Petition for Division of Sullivan County.


John Blevins was born on February 2, 1778, Virginia. He was the son of William Blevins.

He married Ruth Jane Morrell (1780), the daughter of Catherine Odell and Jonathan Morrell.


Moses Blevins was born about 1789. He married Christina Mottern.



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Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Javan M DeLoach

State of Tennessee
This Indenture made this seventh day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen [1813] between
William Morrell, Jonathan Morrell, Nathan Morrell, Caleb Morrell, Martha Morrell, descendants from and heirs
and John Blevins son of William Blevins commonly called Colonel another heir by marriage
and Samuel Millard another heir by marriage
of Jonathan Morrell, deceased of Sullivan County and State of Tennessee on the one part and William Odell of the other part.

Witnesseth - that the said William, Jonathan, Nathan , Caleb and Martha Morrell descendants and heirs and John Blevins & Samuel Millard heirs by marriage as aforesaid do for and in consideration of the sum of twenty two dollars to each in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby individually acknowledged, bargained, sold and relinquished to the said William Odell as aforesaid his heirs and assigns forever all and each of their individual shares or annuitys of a certain tract or part of a tract of land containing 59 Acres conveyed to Jonathan Morrell deceased by John Shelby the third including the place where William Odell now liveth, lying on the South side of Holston River in the County of Sullivan and State of Tennessee -

Beginning at a White Oak, Whence North 82W 126 Poles to a White Oak on Stephen Wallins line, thence N 84 Poles to a Sugar Tree & Beach on the River bank

thence NNE 44 Poles to Thomas Morrell's Corner Maple and White Oak,

thence South 45 E 68 Poles to said Morrell's Corner Poplar and Hickry then with his

line S62E 80 Poles to a Stake, thence a straight line to the Beginning.

Containing 59 Acres of land, be the same more or less, with all and singularly the Appurtances whatsoever to the said Tract of land belonging or appertaining and the uvention and uventions rents and issues thereof and all the Estate right Title interest property Claim and demand of them

William Morrell, Jonathan Morrell, Nathan , Caleb and Martha Morrell, John Blevins and Samuel Millard heirs by marriage and thus heirs of and to the same and every part and

parcel thereof within law or equity to have and to hold this part of the fifty nine acres of land with the appurtances unto the said William Odel his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful title claim and demand, and will warrant and defend by their presents to him the said William Odell as

aforesaid in witness whereof we the said Jonathan Morrell's heirs hath hereunto set our hands and Seals, the day and year first above written, Signed, sealed and delivered in the presents of us.

Wm Morrell Seal
Jonathan Morrell Seal
Nathan Morrell Seal
Caleb Morrell Seal
Martha Morrell Seal
John Blevins Seal
Samuel Millard Seal

Stephen Walling
Michael Deloch
Edmond Morrell

The Holston River in northeast Tennessee has given its name to Holston Mountain and the Holston Valley.
European and indiginous American fought fierce battles as the Europeans expanded their territory.

North Carolina was one of the thirteen original Colonies. It was first settled by small farmers and grew quickly in the mid 18th century.

Pension application of Abraham Blevins R941 fn6NC
Transcribed by Will Graves September 15, 2010

State of Kentucky Knox Circuit: SS
On this 14th day of October 1825 personally appeared in open Court, it being a Court of record made so by act of Assembly and proceeding according to the course of common law being the 15th Judicial district Abraham Blevins aged seventy years the 23rd day of August last and a resident citizen of the County of Knox aforesaid who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the act of Congress of the 18th March 1818 and the 1st of May 1820.

That he the said Abraham Blevins enlisted for the term of eighteen months on the ? day of ? (not recollected) in the year as he believes 1775, in the County of Sullivan in the State of North Carolina in the Company commanded by Captain James Robertson in the line of the State of North Carolina on Continental establishment. That he continued to serve in said company until the full expiration of his term of enlistment when he was discharged by his Captain aforesaid, from said service in the County and State aforesaid. That he has long since lost the discharge aforesaid. He states that he does not know that the Company commanded by Captain James Robertson was attached to any Regiment. That from the time of his Enlistment until his discharge the said Company was stationed on the frontiers of the said State to protect the Inhabitants from the Savages except a short explanation made shortly after his enlistment by said Company to the Cherokee Nation under the command of Colonel Christie [William Christian], whether a regular or militia officer he does not recollect

And in pursuance of the act of the first of May 1820, I do solemnly swear that I was a resident Citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner whatever disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provision of an act of Congress entitled ―an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war‖ passed on the 18th day of March 1818, and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property, or securities, contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed, viz. Memorandum of property owned by Abraham Bivins on the 1st day of May 1820, to wit,

1 Horse of the value of $20.00 since dead
at present his property consist of
1 Cow & yearling of the value of $14.00
4 Hogs of the value of 6.00
[total] $20.00

S/ Abraham Blevins
He lives alone, having no family. He is by profession a farmer, but owing to old age and infirmity he can do but little in his occupation. The reason why he has not applied sooner to avail himself of the provisions of the Acts of Congress aforesaid is, that he had hoped until lately to be able to support himself having an aversion to being supported by Government, but he is admonished by old age and infirmity that he should no longer abstain from availing himself of the provisions made for him by his Government.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Washington County Marriages

Blevins, Daniel married Postlethwait, Agnes on 10-SEP-1788


1803 Sullivan County Tennessee Deed Book 9, p. 169 - John Carter to John Blevins

1805 Sullivan County Tennessee Deed Book, p. 650 - Armisted Blevins 200A on Holston River to David Martin

1805 Sullivan County Tennessee Deed Book 4, p. 664 - William Blevins dec'd...by heirs to John Blevins

1806 - Sullivan County Tennessee Deed Book 9, p.124 - John Blevins granted 500A ....John Carter assignment

1808 - Sullivan County Tennessee Deed Book 4, p. 792 - John Blevins deed grant from William Blevins





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