An American Family History


Armstead Blevins


Pittsylvania County, Virginia was formed in 1767 from Halifax County. In 1777 the western part became Henry County.

Armstead Blevins was born about 1775 in Pittsylvania County (became Henry County), Virginia and was the son of Dillon Blevins and Ann Armstrong.

He married Keturah Armstrong Carter.

Keturah and Armstead's children probably included:

Hugh Armstrong Blevins (abt 1796),
Carter Blevins (1798),
Dillon Blevins (1800),
John B. Blevins (1803, married Lydia Duggar), and
Keturah Blevins (1804).

In 1796, Armstead was in Sullivan County, Tennessee. He had one black poll and one white poll.

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

Armstead was a War of 1812 veteran.

In 1812 Armstead Blevins sought to prohibit John Armstrong from proceeding on a judgment rendered against him from the Circuit Court of Law and Equity.

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

Kittura Blevins, wife of Armstead Blevins, was allowed all the rights of a single woman except one in an act passed by the Tenn legislature 1st Oct 1821. Kittura was enabled to sue, contract , or plead, but could not intermarry with another man. (from The Tennessee Genealogical Magazine)

At the time of the 1820 census Keturah Blevins was the head of household in Carther County, Tennessee. The household consisted of

a woman over 45
2 boys and a girl between 16 & 25
a boy between 16 & 18
a girl under 10
an enslaved girl under 10
an enslaved woman between 14 & 25

Sullivan County is in far northeast corner of Tennessee between North Carolina and Virginia and was originally part of those states. It was formed in 1779 when it was divided from Washington County.

A tithable was a person for whom a head tax was to be paid. The definition varies over time and place, but generally included members of the potentially productive labor force.
A poll tax is a tax levied on every poll. The definition of a poll also varied, but was generally a man of legal age.






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