An American Family History


Abraham Blevins


Abraham Blevins was born about 1755. He was the son of William Blevins and Agnes Wallen.

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

In 1777, William, John, James and Abraham Blevins signed the Petition of Holston Men.

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.




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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.
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