An American Family History


William Blevins


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

Fincastle County, Virginia was created in 1772 from Botetourt County and abolished in 1776. It was divided into Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky Counties.

William Blevins was born about 1718. He son of William Blevins. He was referred to as Captain or Colonel William.

He married Agnes Wallen.

Agnes and William's children may have included:

William Blevins (1740),
Mary Blevins (1742),
Samuel Blevins (1745),
Willoughby Blevins (1748),
Elisha Blevins (1750),
James Blevins,
Abraham Blevins (1755),
Sarah Blevins (1757),
Joseph Blevins (1758), and
John Blevins (1760).

Before 1740, he went on long hunting expeditions to Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky with his father and brothers.

In 1756, William was granted land in what would become Henry County, Virginia.

11 June 1776 - The Fincastle Committee of Public Safety ordered that William Blevins, James Blevins and John Blevins be summoned to appear at Captain Evan Shelby's on Saturday 22nd of this month to answer the following Complaint: That they have refused to bear arms or muster in Capt. Shelby's Company of Militia agreeable to the Ordinance of Convention by reason of their attachment to the Enemies of American Liberty and Correspondence with Tories and the Cherokee Nation.

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

In February, 1777, Agnes and William sold the 125 acres he was granted. In March, William bought 120 acres on Beaver Creek and he sold it in October of that year.

Halifax County, Virginia was established in May, 1752 from Lunenburg County. The counties of Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania and part of Franklin were formed out of Halifax.




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1765 Halifax, Virginia Deed
Grantor 125 acres, William and Agathy Blevins
to Thomas Wallen


10 May 1771
Between George Lumkin and Mary his wife of the Colony of Virginia and the County of Pittsylvania
and William Blevins - the youngest Son of William Blevins the Elder of said Colony
For £160 - Current Money of Virginia
the Receipt whereof is acknowledged
Land lying and being in the County aforesaid
on the north side of Marrowbone Creek


from Abstracts of Henry County, Virginia Deed Book 1 by Lela C. Adams

17 February 1777.
William Blevins, Sr. of the county of Henry
to Phillip Thomas of said county
for the sum of one hundred and ten pounds
sells to Thomas 125 acres by estimate,
it being patent granted William Blevins bearing date March 10, 1756 in twenty nineth of the Reign.
Beginning at a corner of Randolph & Companys on the river thence to John Blevins corner.
Signed: William (X) Blevins,
Agnes (X) Blevins.
Agnes Blevins wife of William Blevins relinquishes her right of dower to the land.



from Abstracts of Henry County, Virginia Deed Book 1 by Lela C. Adams

27 March 1777.
Peter Copland of the said county of Henry
to William Blevins of said county for the sum of sixty pounds,
land it being on the waters of Beaver Creek
containing 120 acres beginning at a hickory of Patrick Couths line crossing Little Beaver Creek, Great Beaver Creek.
Signed: Peter Copland.
Wit: William Blevins, Jr., Grymes Hak, John Blevins.


from Abstracts of Henry County, Virginia Deed Book 1 by Lela C. Adams

20 October 1777.
William Blevins of Henry County
to John Cooper of same county
for the sum of eighty pounds
conveys land on the waters of Beaver Creek containing 120 acres,
lines: Patrick Coulls (?), Little Beaver Creek.
Signed: William (X) Blevins.


from Historical Sites of Sullivan County, Tennessee by Mrs. Muriel Spaden

The Blevins home is located on the south side of the Holston River on a slight rise above Cawood's Ford ...

William Blevins maintained a home on this land as early as 1774-1775, and the present structure is known to have been occupied around 1820. The clapboard covered log house, log smoke house, and the large double crib log barn are in excellent condition. The original log structure was one room with the door facing the river and a ladder leading to the loft. Steps later replaced the ladder and a lean-to kitchen was added...

The first record we have of the Blevins being in this section was when William and his son John were on long hunts with Elisha Walden [Wallen] and Daniel Boone in the early 1760's. John M. Blevins, whom we know lived in this house, always said his grandfather, along with John Sevier homesteaded this land from the Indians.

William Blelvins is recorded as having 312 acres in Sullivan County in the 1796 tax list, this same amount recorded in 1805 in the first deed book of the county, on the river Holston between Morrell's Creek and the Little River...

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