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     Dear #ousins,

 

     Welcome to the second year of "Among Cousins." New subscriptions, for # Vision o# ##### and Newsletter have plateaued during the past six months, but I am not discour##ed.  A review of A Vision of Unity in the September-October !983 issue of "The Genealogica:  H#!per," has showed cause both to the book and newsletter to attract interest for some time to come.

 

                      NEWS ABOUT OUR COUSINS

 

     Since the last issue, I have had the genuine pleasure of meeting # number of yo:  personally, and bring news of some honors, pleasant times, some unhappy events and s#"# d.ep and sorrowful tragedy.

 

     First, I regret to inform you that one of our family was killed '" the B#,rut mas­s"-re of October 23, 1983.  He is PFC Stephen Bland of Midway Park, Nor:h Carolina.  :hi# i'format:on appeared in a Newspaper list of casualties on October 31, !983.  1 have s:,ken to Stephen's !4 year old step-daughter and have written to his wife, Ruth An' pressing my own and our sympathy.  The timing of Stephen's death makes |t inappropr.-.# t #sk for more #r this time, but after the New Year, I plan to write to Mrs. B!and ,#:,., asking for more information about Stephen.  I do not know where Stephen was born or .,.

 

 

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he might be related to the rest of us.  Midway Park may be a military address, near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in which case Stephen could have been born anywhere.  If any of you know about Stephen or are related to him, I'd like to know more.

 

     On a more pleasant note, it was the pleasure of Mary Jane and I to host Max and Dee Kessinger of Witchita, Kansas on June 23, for several hours.  It was a pleasant social visit, not entirely devoted to genealogy.  During a business trip to St. Louis, Missouri, on October 22-26 I met with Charles C. Bland, a subscriber and ardent supporter of our work, his wife Ginny, his daughter Betty and her husband Tom Limmer.  They treated me to a long and very pleasant lunch and showed me around St. Louis, and we did talk lots about genealogy.  On October 25, following a lead provided by Charles C. Bland, I had lunch with Charles H. Bland, who is the grand nephew of Richard Parks "Silver Dick" Bland (!835-1899) and the grandson of Charles C. Bland*, whose picture appears in VU, p. 468A.  So many Charles Blands:              Charles is the President of Bland Insurance Company of St. Louis, which he inherited from his father, Clark C. Bland (1889-1966), nicknamed "Pitts" from his football days.  Pitts Bland was an only son and child by the second marriage of Charles C. Bland, but he had eight half-brothers and a half-sister.  Charles H. Bland did not know of the whereabouts of any descendants of these siblings, but thinks his daughter may be able to identify some.  Certainly, our luncheon ignited my own dormant interest in Silver Dick.  A while back I received a letter from Jane Midtby (pronounced Midbee) of Denver, Colorado, who has located some descendants of George Vest bland, Silver Dick's son.  I have asked for further information.  Also, I have ordered a book by Harold Alanson Haswell, The Public Life of Congressman Richard Parks Bland (!95!).  Hopefully by next issue there will be a lot more new information about that line.  There is some dramatic new information about this family in this issue (see page ).  At any rate, my lunch with Charles H. Bland was most enjoyable and the two Charles made my trip to St.  Louis a lot of fun.  Closer to home, soon after my return from St. Louis, I spent an evening of genealogical discussion with my neighbor and our cousin Bruce F. Bland, who descends from a Canadian line that originated in !8th century Yorkshire, England and the fruits of that discussion were some superb photos and family group information which is part of this issue (see pages |#-{#and the photo pages).

 

     Mary Jane, Christina, Tommy and I spent August !6-!7 with Al and Mildred Hunter in State College, Pennsylvania, enroute to Washington, D.C.  Al has been one of our most tireless correspondents and a prolific contributor to our project.  He has, in fact, had a major responsibility for developing new information about the Greene County, Indiana family that was first delineated in VU, pp. 320-342, and has since been discussed in the newsletter, with fairly specific information that links it to James Bland (C!749/1754­!799) of Duplin County, N.C., son of William Bland (C!726-!775) and grandson of James Bland (C!707-!774), the New Hanover/Duplin County, N.C. settler.  Al's discussion of Thomas A. Bland (!830- ), son of Thomas and grandson of the above younger James is included in this issue (pages #-# ).  Those of you who have the opportunity of meeting Al and Mildred will find them an endlessly fascinating couple of boundless energy and insight, whom it seems God made for each other.  I was troubled, then, to receive a letter from Mildred indicating that on October !7, Al had a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg, which was followed by a deficient blood supply that retarded the wound's healing.  Al may be hospitalized for some time yet but his recovery is progressing.  Mildred did not feel that Al would object to a forthright description of the surgery, since he felt it was part of reality.  For those of you who would like to write, Al Hunter's address is The Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033.  I'm sure that all of us wish him the speediest possible recovery.

 

 

     *Not the man I met in St. Louis.  This Charles C. Bland was the brother of Richard Parks

     Bland.

     #Just before going to press, I received from Lenore Bland Brown the News Clipping from

     the Fort Worth Star Telegram, October 27, 1983, which is included as attachment 14.

 

                                                                        

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     Jessamine James Bland has recovered from her fall last February to the point where she can use a walker, but is not yet strong enough for a cane, or to live alone.  She resides with friends in Tucson.  In September, I received word from Urilla Bland of Weston, West Virginia that her younger brother Theodorick (!901- ) had suffered a slight stroke and was disabled, compounding the difficulty she has experienced by her own failing eyesight.

 

     More pleasant news:  on October !1, !983, Leota Bland Ruder took the oath of office as a Kansas "Silver Haired Legislator." Kansas is one of !7 states that followed the pioneering effort of Missouri in creating such political programs.  Silver Haired Legis­lators run for office and are elected by citizens who are 60 and over.  They act as a lobbying body for the interests of the elderly.  According to a news article provided by Mrs. ruder, the Silver Haired Legislature at its first meeting, October !1-13, !983, considered 23 bills that affect the elderly in Kansas, including such items as health care and utility costs.  Let us all congratulate Leota Bland Ruder for this honor which her fellow Kansans have bestowed upon her.  Incidentally, I should say that "Silver Haired" does not accurately describe Leota's youthful appearance in a recent photograph she sent me.

 

                          A NEW MASTHEAD

 

     Right off the bat you will notice a new masthead that is a monumental improvement over my doodling.  My thanks to Timothy Tutt, the !5 year old nephew of Marybelle Tutt of Longview, T#xas for this welcome contribution.  My thanks also to Diana Gunther, daughte:  of Lenore Bland Brown of Fort Worth, Texas who also submitted an excellent masthead pro­posal.  Both efforts were spontaneous, inspired no doubt by the fecling that our newsletter deserves better than my inept art work.  Many thanks.

 

     Beatrice Bayley "Book"

 

     I, and you too if your name is Bland, received on October 5, !983 a card from Beatrice Bayley, asking $27.85 for THE BLAND FAMILY HERITAGE BOOK, which is described as a "guide to the discovery and documentation of your personal and family heritage." My advice is standard, Caveat Emptor.  Those of you who are interested in the question may write me.

 

     Next Printing of A Vision of Unity

 

     I have received several orders for the next printing already, which will be in March !984.  Orders must reach me by March 1, 1984 and the book will be mailed out by March 3!, !984.  My thanks to all who now have outstanding orders for your patience in the face of a labor strike in the book bindery.  Price is $64.95; $54.95 to libraries.

 

     Also, I want to thank those of you who pledged financial support to my now aborted project to finance !00 copies of the book.  About $!!00. was pledged, reassuring but far short of the $4,500 needed.  I received several letters from individuals who indicated their inability to pledge support, in spite of their interest, and I fully understand such circumstances.  I have about decided that such a big project, in addition to a com­puter tape index, should await the rewriting of the book several years from now.  Again, however, my deepest thanks for the interest and support implied by the pledges that were made.

 

     Library Placements

 

     Since a review of A Vision of Unity appeared in the September-October !983 issue

 

                                                                         

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of The Genealogical Helper, I have received a number of inquiries requesting free place­ment of copies, some worthy, some perhaps not so worthy.  Several of the cousins have written to me about disposition of their copy.  Library placements are a way to increase awareness of the book, and for the donor is an allowable tax deduction.  If you are in­terested in the question, I would be glad to discuss it with you further.  Among the re­quests for placement I have had are The Allen County, Indiana Public Library; The Heart of America Genealogical Society and Library, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri; The Tennessee Genealogical Society, Memphis, Tennessee; and the Museum and Library of Maryland History.  Of Course, any library would graciously accept your gift.  For my part, I will provide regular copies of "Among Cousins" to those libraries which either purchase a copy or have a copy donated.

 

     The Reunion Idea

 

     In response to my August letter, a lot of interest in a nationwide Bland reunion was shown but there was considerable disagreement about where it should be.  Northern Virginia, "where it all started" was the most popular spot noted.  I sense, however, that there are many cousins on retirement incomes living from Texas westward who could never come to Virginia, so feasibility remains a quandry.  I shall have to think further about the matter.  Perhaps I can have some more specific information in the next Newsletter.

 

                         Enough Business!

 

                         EARLY BEGINNINGS

 

     The First Blands

 

     Those of you who have wondered where the name Bland originated may be interested in noting the following.  Someone, I confess I don't know who, sent me page 937 of the Oxford Classical Dictionary (second edition), which included references to two Romans, Rubellius Blandus and his son Rubellius Plautus.  Since the source referred the reader to Tacitus'Annals. I decided to read a little about them.  The following derives from the Oxford Dictionary and The Annals.  About !8 AD, Rubellius Blandus, a Roman Consul, married Julia, granddaughter of Tiberius, daughter of one Drusus and ex-wife of the em­peror Nero.  Inasmuch as Julia had been married to Nero, Rome was saddened to see her lower herself to marry "into the humbler family of Rubellius Blandus." Their son Plautus was an adherent of stoicism and was perceived by Nero as a threat.  Nero took it as an omen when lightning struck his dinner table, singeing the roast pig and popping the apple right out of his mouth, that something had to be done about Plautus.  Nero had already murdered Julia and made it clear to the young man that he ought to repair to Asia, there to "enjoy his youth safely and quietly," in other words get out of Rome.  Plautus did so, resisting entreaties to return to Rome whereby he might bravely, and briefly as it were, practice his stoic beliefs.  Rather he chose to "lead a precarious and anxious life," rather like us all, whereby Nero sent an assassin who surprised our hero one day whilst he was stripped down for exercise, and "slew him." Thus ended the adventures of Rubellius Plautus, who for all we know might have been our ancestral grandfather.  My wife, Mary Jane Migliore, always told me that if I dug deep enough I'd find an Italian among my ancestors.

 

     Early Northern Virginia

 

     Attachments 1 and 2 of this newsletter represent a very intuitive cartographic recreation of the early purchases in Stafford/Prince William County by James Bland (C!655-!708) and his sons.  These purchases are noted in VU, pp. 203, 267-275 and 40!-403, inter alia, but without geographic focus.  This fine cartographic reconstruc­tion was done by Bob Bland of Boston, Massachusetts who, with his father, visited the Northern Virginia area during April !983.  Bob found that the original 600 acres pur­chased near Powells Creek in 170! rose about !50 feet above the Potomac River and was

 

                                                                        

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deeply cut by streams as noted in the original sale.  Bob compares the land favorably with Mount Vernon, which, however, has had a better press, being owned by a somewhatbetter known person.  The original 600 acres, Bob notes, had the singular liability that it was unsuitable for farming.  This may speak to certain characteristics of James Bland, in­cluding my theory that he lived with his suitcases packed and wasn't what you'd call the settling down kind.  The purchase by William Bland and James Bland (oldest son of the elder James) of 257 acres at Cock Pitt point in 171!, Bob opines, "I am guessing" was adjacent to the !70! land and located on top of a ridge where better farming was possible.  The other tracts are less definite, and Bob enters the caveat that these are educated guesses, based on information provided in the book and his own survery of the area.  These factors seem to point to a geographically consistent pattern of land purchases within the family.  Bob indicates he would appreciate receiving copies of the indicated deeds from anyone who has them, to help him confirm his theories.  My discussion of the land transactions upon which Bob based his work, was derived from works by Urilla Bland and source information provided by Leslie Dawson.  Anyone who could be of assis­tance to Bob in providing these deeds should write to Bob Bland, 43 Upton Street, Boston Massachusetts 02!!8.

 

               THE NEW HANOVER-DUPLIN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA BLANDS James Thomas Bland (18!0-!886)

     In Among Cousins, Volume !, No. 2, page 4, new subscriber Bob Bland of Boston supplied photos and lineage information for his ancestor, James Thomas Bland, (1810­1886) seventh child of James Bland and Esther Newton (twelfth generation).  More par­ticularly, Bob enlarged upon the life and subsequent family of John Thomas Bland (!853-!928), only son of James Thomas', by his second wife, Margaret Hendry.  John Thomas was barely mentioned in the book (VU, pp. 316-3!7).  Recently, I was pleased to welcome Wedigan Powell Bland of Goldsboro, N.C. to the circle of cousins.  His father, David Hendry Bland (1883-1953), who married Lizzinia Moore, was the son of John Thomas Bland and Lorena Davis Williams.

 

     The Family of James Bland and Esther Newton

 

     The above noted James Thomas Bland (!8!0-!886) was the son of James Bland (C!770­18!8) and Esther Newton (1779-1854).  James and Esther had another son, Amariah Bland (!809-!869), who married Mary Page and had a family of eleven children including William Rufus King Bland (!852-!903), who was cited in VU, pp. 315-3!6, as having married once to Mary Catherine Young (1848-!893), by whom he had a family of twelve children, including six who were born between !895-1904, an impossibly heroic feat for any woman that escaped my notice while I was writing the book.  Among those twelve children was Shuler Divine Bland (!901- ) one of those rare souls who is a subject in the book yet still living.  Shuler, who lives in Honolulu, called this gaffe to my attention and noted that his mother was William Rufus King Bland's second wife.  Thismakes sense, of course, since William Rufus married his first wife in !873 and had by her a string of six children bet##en !874-!886, whereupon a break in birthdates occurs until !895.  William Graham Bland, who is part of this extended family, interested himself in the matter after Shuler wrote indicating that he didn't know who his mother was.  This circumstance came about because at age 2, Shuler was adopted by his uncle Gaston Amariah Wilder Bland (1857-!932) and his wife Annie Mason (VU, p. 3!6), as a result of William Rufus King Bland's death in 1903.  Graham wrote to me on October 8, indicating that though he had no firm marriage date, about !894, William Rufus King Bland married his second wife, Lizzie Savage (C!872- ) of Pender County, N.C.  Thus, the children of William Rufus King Bland noted in VU, p. 3!6 as born between !895-!904 are by Lizzie Savage.  I am glad to make note of these corrections, and especially happy that Graham Bland was able to identify Shuler Bland's mother.

 

                                                                        

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     The Sons of William Bland (Tenth Generation, C!726-!775)

 

     William (VU, pp. 282-284) had six sons, William (VU, pp. 293-320); James (AC, !-!, pp. 4-6 and !-2, pp. 5-6); Thomas, no information; Charles, no information; John, (VU, pp. 284-293) and Joseph, no information.  (But for Charles & Joseph, see below.)

 

     John's birth was estimated by his principal researcher, Castelloe Bland Denton at !760, because he was assumed to have been a minor when his father died in !775.  Bob Bland of Massachusetts wrote me on October 2!, reporting discoveries he made while re­searching the Pender-New Hanover, North Carolina county records "concentrating on the apparently underutilized areas of court minutes and land transactions." One small note apparently pushes John's birth date further back in time.  His complaint in !779 about a neighbor's mistreatment of an orphan apparently sets his birthdate as at least !758, probably earlier.  Bob further opens up a line of inquiry about Charles Bland.  Milton Wilson, without any evidence offered, indicated that Charles married Rachel Alderman.  In his researches, Bob found a proceeding of April !9, !79! showing Mary Bland, widow of Charles Bland, deceased, named as administratrix, and on the same date, William Bland (probably Charles' brother William !748-!816) named with two other men to divy up Charles' estate between his widow and orphans.  There is no way to reconcile the con­flicting information between Wilson and Bob Bland about the two women Charles "married" but it seems unlikely that a man who was married with several children in that area about !79! would be anyone other than the son of William Bland (C1726-!775).  Bob Bland found that a Mary Bland was living in Sampson County in !800, a widow, with a daughter aged !6-26.

 

     A further question is whether the Mary Bland listed as a head of household in a !786 census for New Hanover County, with 4 males under 2! and four females of various ages, (AC, !-2, p. 4), is the same person who was married to Charles Bland.  I tend to doubt it since even the imprecise census information noted for the 1786 entry indicates children that could not have been the progeny of someone born after !754, (Charles was a minor in 1775).  It still seems more probable to me that the !786 Mary was the widow of James Bland (!707-!774), the New Hanover-Duplin County Founder.

 

     In AC, !-!, p. 3, I responded to Al Hunter's correction of William Bland's 1775 will to include a son Joseph.  Heretofore, there has been nothing to place Joseph except two service vouchers in !783, filed for the Wilmington, N.C. district.  Information dis­covered by Bob Bland finds Joseph witnessing a suit on July 8, 1775, indicating that he was born at least by !754 so had attained his majority by the time his father died in !775, creating the question why his brothers William and James were named as executors but he was not.  He almost certainly was the third son of William Bland (!726-1775).  According to Bob, Joseph served frequently as grand juror for the county between !784­!793.  He also engaged in land transactions, purchasing several lots in downtown Wil­mington, which, Bob surmises, creates the image of a respected and successful citizen.  The most germane transaction, however, is an April !0, !788 deed of property to children Mary and Joseph Henry Bland.  On March 20, 1800, William Nutt is named guardian for "Henry and Polly Bland" indicating that the two children were still minors in !800.  Some association with Fayetteville, N.C., Cumberland county, is established by two land purchases from citizens of Cumberland County.  In !790, Joseph (or # Joseph), is found in Fayetteville as head of a household consisting of one adult male, one young male, two females.  This information portrays a rough sketch of Joseph as a man who married in his late twenties, probably after !780, had two children by his unknown wife, who died soon after 1790 and may have been physically or mentally incapacitated by !788.  Joseph's dates would be C!754-!799/!800.  Bob's information in opening up this new rudi­mentary line of inquiry is quite helpful.

 

     A brief note of clarification.  In VU, p. 294, I note that William Bland (!748-1816) eldest son of William Bland (!726-!775) had a daughter Elizabeth Bland who married Isaac Newton, according to Milton Wilson, but no date was available.  Among the items sent to

 

                                                                        

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me, either by Bob Bland or Juanita Max was Duplin County Marriage Bonds, page 63, which shows Isaac Newton marrying Elizabeth Bland on January 19, 1808.

 

     Thomas A. Bland

 

     In the last issue (AC !-2, pp. 5-6) Al Hunter made a persuasive case that William Bland (!726-1775) had an older son, James Bland (C!749-!799), who was father of Jacob Bland (C!779-!839, Al's ancestor), William (!787- ? ), Henry, Francis, and Thomas.  Further information turned up by Al Hunter shows that the son Thomas (1789-1862) married Sarah Thornton, had one son, Thomas A. Bland (!830- ? ) and probably Jacob (1816- ? ).

 

     When I visited Al in August we went together to the Pennsylvania State Library and checked out a book written by Thomas A. Bland, Pioneers of Progress, (1906), which in­cluded an introduction by H.W. Thomas, DD, which states in part:

 

     The parents of our author were Thomas and Sarah Thornton Bland, members of a colony of North Carolina Quakers who settled in Orange County, Indiana in !817.  In !829, they bought a tract of land in Greene County near Bloomfield, the county seat, and built a log cabin in the thick forest.

 

     Earlier information provided by Al indicated that the elder Thomas Bland sold his farm in 1850 and moved to Central Illinois where he died in 1862.  The introduction by Dr. Thomas also indicates that in 1850, Sarah Thornton Bland died and Thomas,

 

     Wishing to provide homes for the three sons, and hoping all would be farmers, sold the old home and moved to Illinois.  Only the oldest son remained a farmer.

 

     This last note casts a new light on one of the unconnected Greene County families (VU, pp. 340-34!).  Al Hunter believes Jacob Bland (!8!6- ) is the eldest son who remained in Indiana, a farmer.  The !850 census showed the following family in house 648, Greene County, Indiana, Richland Township:

 

     Jacob Bland, age 34, born in North Carolina, married to Elvira, aged 3!, born in Indiana, and six children, all born in Indiana:  thornton, 12; Mary 10; Sarah Ann, 8; Samuel, 6; Bersheba, 4; Rebecca, !; William, 8 months.

 

     The elder Thomas moved to Indiana from North Carolina in 18!7, and Jacob (probably named for his uncle Jacob) was born in 18!6, just before his parents left North Carolina.  Also, children Thornton and Sarah Ann are obviously named for their mother, and the child Bersheba rivets this family securely back to the Bathsheba Bland who was the god-child of Esther Rowan in Chatham County, N.C. back in the !790's, (VU, 323-324).

 

     One son remains unknown.  Jacob's younger brother was Thomas Augustus Bland, who was born May 2!, !830.  His middle name suggests at least some upward striving in his parents.  If the elder Thomas was content to pass farming on as a life to his sons, that leaves Sarah Thornton.  Al has offered some evidence of unquakerish behavior during the Civil War for the Blands, which suggests to me that Sarah Thornton might have been the Quaker.

 

     In !852, T.A. Bland married Mary Cornelia Davis, a native of Virginia, of Hitesville, Illinois.  Thomas, through an Alger like regimen of self-improvement, had lifted himself intellectually above the simple demands laid down by his father and was on the rise in the medical profession.  Soon after their marriage Thomas and Mary moved back to Indiana, and by the !860's he was practicing medicine, probably as a lay physician.  In !864 he

 

 

                                                                        

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served a brief stint as an Army surgeon in the Union Army.  Afterward, he and his wife became editors of a journal called The Home Visitor, published in Indianapolis.  In 1868, Mary established her own magazine The Ladies Own, and T.A. from !865-!871, owned and edited with Mary The Northwestern Farmer.  During the 1870's, Thomas and Mary moved fre­quently, first to #hicago, (1872) to New York (!874) and to Washington, D.C. (!879).  Both were intellectually active; Mary completed a degree in medicine, a singular achieve­ment for a woman at that time, was active in health reform and was twice elected to the Woman's National Health Association.  Thomas was a self-made man and intellect, editing and founding a number of journals, and authoring !4 books.  During my research at the Library of Congress last August !8-!9, I perused all of these books.  Some were no more than pamphlets, some were about spiritualism, apparently a late interest in Thomas' life, some were traditional laudatory Victorian biographies, none extensively written, others, such as How to Grow Rich (188!) were self-help books, and I believe one Esau, or the Banker's Victim (!892) was a disguised biography of his father or one of his brothers.  Politically, Thomas Bland was a Republican, with active work in the party during its birth years from 1856-!860.  He would have been mortally at odds with his Democrat-Populist cousin Richard Park "Silver Dick" Bland.  In religion, Thomas and Mary were liberal uni­tarians, a practice of faith not too far distant from Hicksite Quakerism.  None of the biographical treatments say when Thomas A. Bland died, and there is no mention of chil­dren.  One must agree with Al Hunter's comment that Thomas Augustus Bland is to be ad­mired for lifting himself out of "the rather meager intellectual surroundings" of Richland, Greene County, Indiana to a creditable position among the literati of the midwestern American scene during the last half of the !9th century.  And as usual we are all indebted to Al Hunter for rescuing this remarkable man from historical oblivion.

 

     Enoch Bland

 

     In AC !-!, p. 5, I identified Enoch Bland, born 1833, as a son of William Bland and Elizabeth McBain, William being one of the sons of James Bland (C!749-!799) of Duplin-Chatham County, N.C.  Enoch was proved the brother of James O.D. Bland, thus the son of William and Elizabeth, by James' military pension certificate attached as Exhibit 8 of AC 1-#. Enoch served in Company A, !!5th Indiana, during the Civil War.  He was still living in Lulu, Mitchell County, Kansas in !880 where he was shown to be married to M.E. aged 39, and was living with 5 sons and one daughter, aged 6 to 22, and living beside his eldest son Henry Bland, (May 18, 1856 to December 10, 1935), who had married on May 3, !878, Emma Isabelle Owen (October 16, !860 to November 1!, !924).  Both Henry and Emma died at Pattonsburg, Missouri and Henry was born at Worthington, Greene County, Indiana.

 

     This new information comes from cousin Harvey Cooley, who connects in a cousinly way with Enoch and his family through his great grandfather William, brother of Enoch and James O.D. Bland.  Harvey came into some photographs of Enoch and his sons, who are enumerated, Ed, Henry, Winnie (J.W.),Jim and John, in Attachment 3.  Attachment 4 is a photo of Henry Bland (!856-!935) and a woman whose exact identity is unknown but who may be Enoch's wife or mother.  Her maiden name was Scott of Keys.

 

     It has not heretofore been noted that James O.D. Bland's military pension identi­fies a brother Joseph Bland, who served in the 23rd Iowa and who, with his son, was killed at the battle of Big Black River in Mississippi, May 17, 1863.  I believe he is the unidentified Joseph Bland born !8#9 in Greene county, who was noted in VU, p. 340, with a family of six children including William T. Bland who was shown in the !880 and !900 censuses.  Further, I believe this William T. Bland is the same person whose photo is shown in attachment 5.  Harvey Cooley refers to him as "Judge Bland" and says the photo is from a large picture that hangs in the Atchison, Kansas courthouse.  The correct dates, if I am right, are 1847-1902.

     

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                 The Randolph County N.C. Blands

 

     Pennsylvania Connection Again

 

     In VU, pp. 36!-367, I discussed literary notes that showed several Blands located in Pennsylvania during the !8th century, and suggested that Moses Bland, !8!9-1873, who married Martha Needham of Randolph County, N.C. in !837-!838, might have been from Penn­sylvania, perhaps being cousins who were reunited in Indiana.  Robert Wheeler made a convincing argument that was elaborated on in AC !-1, pp.  7.# that the Pennsylvania notation for Moses' place of birth was a typo and that in all likelihood he came from Indiana.  Lo, Helen Daniels of Moulton, Iowa last spring submitted information to me concerning Joseph Bland of Appanoose County, Iowa (!824-!906) who was specifically born in Pennsylvania, which may reopen the issue of whether some of our early Virginia ancestors filtered west via the Keystone state.

 

     As reported in The Biographical and Genealogical History of Appanoose and Monroe Counties, Iowa (!903), and other materials submitted by Helen Daniels, Joseph Bland was the son of a carpenter, Thomas Bland (C!790-!874) and Elizabeth Bland ( -1854).  Thomas and Elizabeth must have been married about !8!2-!8!4.  both were born in Virginia and soon after their marriage moved to Pennsylvania where they lived their lives.  They had !3 children, including Mary, Susan, Delilah, Amelia, Martha, Joseph (see below), John, Kate, Elizabeth (she was born in Pennsylvania, September 22, 1827 and married John Hixenbaugh, of West Virginia, October 5, !85!, and had eight children), Thomas, Sarah, Cynthia and Ellen.  After Elizabeth's death in !854, Thomas married Sarah Sharpneck and had three children by her, Frank and William and an infant who died young.

 

     Joseph Bland was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, the sixth child of Thomas and Elizabeth, October !9, !824 and died October 7, 1906 in Plano, a small town west of Centerville, Iowa in Appanoose County.  He lived in Pennsylvania until !844, when he moved to Ohio, thence to Missouri and back to Pennsylvania, where he married Elsie Church, probably about 1848.  Elsie may be the "Allcey'' Bland (August 29, !825 to June 26, !909), who is buried at Concord Cemetery in Appanoose County.  After their marriage, Joseph and Elsie moved to Appanoose County and remained there for the rest of their lives.  Joseph retired from work about 1883.  He was a farmer, and also possibly owned a hardware store, which was sold in !89!. The children of Joseph and Elsie were

     #####y,.born December 15, 185!, who married Martin Davison September 1, 186#####y,)who

d#ed young; H#"rv B#land (February 1856-1iving in !900) married to Maria (June !861­with a family that inclu###-###'de, (!884-   #. John (1886- ), Nancy (!89!- ), and Clara (1899-                                                     ), who married Robert Morlan, October !, !882###e:,a.#who died you##;##h#..#orn January !866, married to Lucy A. (186!- ) and living in Appanoose County in !900 with Eda (!89!- ), Betina (!892- ), Paul (!896- ) and John (1899- ), Ada, and Charles, who died in infancy.  This information opens up a new line of inquiry not only about a possible relation of Moses Bland (!8!9-!873) and through his wife a connection to the Randolph County, N.C. family, but the other descendants of Thomas and Elizabeth Bland, which numbered !6, including 4 sons besides Joseph (!824-!906).

 

     Benjamin Bland

 

     Cousin Jane Midtby sent me a death certificate for Ruth E. Waggoner, (March 27, !8!7 to April 5, !9!2), who was born in Indiana and died in Moultrie County, Illinois, where she had lived for about forty years.  Ruth, born in Indiana, was identified as the daughter of Benjamin Bland and Ruth Bland, born in Maryland.  Jane Midtby believes this Benjamin is the same person identified in VU, p. 345 as a son of the original Moses Bland, (C!7!8-!799) of Prince William, Virginia and Randolph, North Carolina.

 

                                                                         

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Jane believes that the information on the death certificate reconciles with the !820 Census of Jackson County, Indiana, reasoning that the elder Ruth died before then, and that an elder sister was caring for "Baby Ruth" so she was not counted in the census.  Jane indicates also that Robert Wheeler's ancester Moses Bland "the younger" (C!775- ) had a brother-in-law Bailey Needham who married a Nancy Bland, daughter of Benjamin and Ruth Bland.

 

     Margaret and Catherine Bland

 

     Louella Bland of Brownstown, Indiana forwarded a letter to Bob Wheeler citing in­formation filed in the Archives of Randolph County, N.C. and Raleigh, N.C. that indi­cates a Margaret Bland, probably a daughter of Moses Bland and Jane Wiggonton, married William Needham on October 25, !786.  further, in another letter, Bob cites Roscoe O'Byrne, Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana (DAR:  !938), as showing that William Lawrence, born in North Carolina, 1766, who died near New WAshington, Clark County, Indiana, July !2, !822, married Catherine Bland, who is believed to be the daughter of the elder Moses Bland.

 

     Samantha Bland Powell

 

     Cousin Bob Wheeler asked me to display the group photograph (Attachment 6) in hopes that someone will recognize the people.  One clue:  the elderly woman seated in the front row is Samantha Bland Powell, (1843-!904), daughter of Moses Bland (18!9-!873) and Martha Needham (!808-!895), and wife of Ambrose Powell, presumably the gentleman seated by her, (VU, p. 363).  Any help to Cousin Bob Wheeler would be appreciated.

 

     Minor Bland

 

     In AC !-2, p. !9, and in VU, p. 349, I cited Minor Bland's year of birth variously as !828 and 18!8.  Jane Midtby reminds me that Minor's fourth child, Mariah, was born in !84!. Thus, Minor had to be born in !8#8, else he would have been 13 when his fourth child was born, and "Even a Bland couldn't be that precocious," (sez Jane).

 

     William A. Bland and Moses J. Bland

 

     Max Kessinger sent to me certification of military service for Moses Bland (!848­1925) and William A. Bland (!845-!883) both sons of William Bland and Mary Pennock, (VU, pp. 349-50).  Moses enlisted in Company F, 57th Indiana Volunteers and served from November 1, 1864 to October !0, !865, and was discharged at Victoria, Texas.  He served as a substitute.  He was described as 18 (a slight variant on his recorded age), 5'6#", blue eyes and dark hair.  Brother William A. Bland, who was described as 5'!0" with blonde hair, fair complexion and grey eyes, enlisted in Company D, 3!st Indiana Volun­teers on April 20, !863 and deserted on June !6, !865.  For this, according to his brother Moses to a nephew, he was imprisoned, a development his brother spoke of with considerable bitterness.  In a letter to Levi Edward Bland, October !9, 1902, Moses described an heroic action during the battle of Atlanta, when William A. Bland was sud­denly confronted with three rebel soldiers.  All three raised their guns to fire but one man's gun jammed and William hit the ground just as bullets from the other two whizzed over his head.  William recovered and in the confusion took one of the men prisoner, but according to Moses, the action "shortened his days." It appears also that there was a woman centered between the brothers, because as Moses puts it, he had courted Leannah Burnett (1850-1870) before he went off to war in 1864.  While he was gone, from Texas to Kansas, William reappeared on the scene, about the fall or winter of !865 we may judge, a war hero, also fresh from a brief prison stint, a very mature 20, and took Leannah away from Moses.  According to Moses, "your father came home and

 

                                                                         

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was much better looking (Bill was tall, fair, grey eyes, mystique of a war hero and prisoner.  CB) and....he too was struck by her beauty and made suit and gained her in my absence." The bitterness in Moses' loss is evidenced by his recounting his nephew's genealogy, "William Bland of Indiana married a woman by the name of Burnett.'' A woman!  Well, lest we feel too sorry for Moses, let it be noted that he lived twice as long as William and married three times.

 

     Much more useful than these anecdotes is genealogical information that enlarges upon information listed in VU, pp. 347-352.  Moses, as I did, traced his lineage back to North Carolina, pegging it as follows:  He and William #. Bland were the sons of William Bland (!8!3-1852) and Mary Pennock, whom he said was of French ancestry.  Their grandfather was Moses Bland (C!775- ) who was born in North Carolina, and was the son of William Bland of North Carolina, who was married to a woman named Ward (new in­formation).  Here we diverge, for this William Bland of North Carolina matches my William Bland (VU, p. 345), the son of Moses Bland of Virginia (!7!8-!799).  This is conventional wisdom, since William Bland had many business interactions with the Needham family, similar to many others in this family.  Yet, in his letter, Moses Bland (1848­!925) says that this elder William Bland was from Scotland!  He makes no reference to a Virginia connection, except tellingly, that William married a Virginia woman.  One must remember that out in Indiana in 1902, Moses Bland was reconstructing over 150 years of history without the kind of documentary research we in later generations have done and he might have been overwhelmed by the proliferation of Williams.  One thought:  my grandfather, Thomas Bunyan Bland, used to tell the story that we were descended from four Scottish horse thieves.  Colorful and imaginative perpaps, but Moses might have latched onto some such legend that actually goes back to William Bland (eighth genera­tion, C!686-1744), in which case he would have only omitted one Moses and he might have been forgiven for being muddled with all of the Williams' and Moses'.

 

     Nancy Bland and Leonard Coles

 

     Attachment !4 of AC !-!, was a family group photo of Leonard coles and Nancy Bland, (1843-1907), daughter of Meredith Bland and Priscilla Burge, (VU, p. 358).  I am pleased to feature a picture of Nancy and Leonard at about the time of their wedding in !865, (Attachment 7) showing you all what could happen if we could turn the clock back.  As Jane Midtby tells the story, Mary Bland, Nancy's sister, had worked on the wedding dress for months, but then she died December 26, 1864.  Her grieving sisters were slow to finish the gown, so that when Leonard Coles came home in March !865, looking like a dashing rake in his Ben Butler beard and military dress uniform, there was a rush job to finish the gown.  Nancy was pinned into the dress because the buttonholes weren't finished.  Neither picture of Leonard Coles shows any sign that all this phased him at all.

 

                The Nelson County, Kentucky Blands

 

     Will John Bland's Daddy Please Come Forward?

 

     In AC 1-2, p. 7, I cited an entry from Prince William County, Virginia Bond Book, 1753-1782 page 3, which named John Bland as administrator with William Carr of the estate of John Bland.  Since then I have ordered the original document from Virginia.  Readers interested in this argument may recur to VU, pp. 420-25.  I also ordered from Virginia a deed from John Bland to Osborne, August 5, 1776, of 100 acres in an original 3!2 acre tract, the only known tract similar to one purchased on November 30, 1742 by William Bland (C!686-!744), which has convinced many that William and John Bland (C!725­1795) are father and son (see VU, p. 27!, N.2 and 422, N.!).  Neither document that I have examined contains a "smoking gun" statement about John Bland's parentage.  What

 

                                                                        

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we now know is that the June 7, 1762 estate of John Bland (C!688-!762), lists his wife Patience as executor and nephews Edward Gwatkins and Benjamin Bland as bondsmen.  We also know that by July 10, 1762, and in other entries, there were references to John Bland Sr. and John Bland Junior, (VU, p. 420).  Finally, on November 7, !763, John Bland with William Carr, is named administrator of John Bland's estate.  Further, the !763 will administration bonds John Bland to Cuthbert Harrison, a Justice of the Prince William Court, making it apparent because of the previous Bland-Harrison-Osborne, that the younger John Bland in the November 7, 1763 document, was the man who married Mar­garet Osborne, (see VU, p. 426, n.3).  Thi# should all be viewed with an eye toward new and powerful evidence that Rachel Bland of Washington County, Kentucky had a heretofore unknown husband named John.  My own conclusion, based upon all of this, remains that John Bland of Nelson County, Kentucky (C!725-1795) was the son of John Bland and Patience, his wife, or the son of a wife who was antecedent to Patience.  The above does not prove the facts conclusively, but the juxtaposition of Patience as executrix and John as administrator of John Bland's will, in addition to naming prac­tices by the descendants of John Bland (!725-!795) and Margaret Osborne, convince me of the intuitive rightness of the position I have held all along.

 

     Children of Osborne Bland, Jr. and Patsy Donahoo

 

     After some intricate comparison of handwriting, Cousin Virginia Cowden has decided to accept her ancestral grandmother, wife of James Bland, (!813-still living in !880) as Lydia Burch (see arguments in VU, p. 448, and AC, !-!, p. 8).

 

     Children of John Bland and Elizabeth Shewmate

 

     There was a breakthrough in this line in the last issue, (AC !-2, p. !2; VU, pp.  457-458) in which John Bland's will of December !2, !836 was provided by Anne Hall of Roswell, New Mexico, and further information about John and Elizabeth's sons Bryant and Isaac were provided by Helen Bland Daniels.  Recently, a new subscriber, Mary Virginia Manby of Louisville, Kentucky wrote to me that she descends through John and Elizabeth through their daughter Martha Ann Bland, who married Samuel P. Overstreet in Oldham County, Kentucky in !838.  Elizabeth Shewmate Bland, following the death of John Bland in 1836, also moved to Oldham County.  We welcome Virginia Manby to this society of cousins.

 

     Children of Samuel Bland

 

     Also in AC !-2, p. 13, while discussing the family of John Bland and Elizabeth Shewmate, I speculated that Anne Hall's James Bland (!793-!849) who married Mary Watt, was not the son of John and Elizabeth but probably the son of Samuel Bland (VU, pp.  455-456).  Mrs. Hall then wrote to me that in going through some family papers, she had located information that Samuel Bland, Sr. (!753-!835) was the father of her James Bland (!793-1849), thus linking this line (cf VU, 262-263) to John Bland (!725-1795) and Margaret Osborne.

 

     Descendants of Prudence Bland and Fleming Smith

 

     I am pleased to welcome Jeanna Zahm of Hallowell, Kansas to our society of cousins.  She enclosed me a family group sheet that traced her ancestry back to Fleming Smith (!745-!847) and Prudence Bland (!750-!8!5).  Jeanna Zahm descends from Fleming and Pru­dence through their son James Smith (!777-!864) and Nancy Hughes (!786-!852).

 

     Mrs. Zahm acknowledged that much ofher information came from Merritt Page, the acknowledged authority on this line, who, in response to my section on the descendants of Fleming Smith and Prudence Bland (AC 1-2, pp. 11-12) expressed appreciation and asked

 

                                                                       

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me to note several corrections.  First, Fleming Smith did not receive a Kentucky land grant.  He purchased land in South Carolina.  Mr. Page also rejects the assertion that one child of Fleming and Prudence was Elizabeth who married Martin Castleberry.  He traces this fallacy to some naming similarities that have led to the above false parent­child assumption.

 

     Third, my comment that a revised note about Prudence came from the "Smith" family bible, should read the "Page" family bible.  Also, on page 13, AC !-2, I erroneously referred to Fleming smith as Thomas Fleming.  I am happy to correct these errors as reported by cousin Merritt Page.

 

     Fleming Smith was mis-named in a paragraph about Prudence's sister, Mary Bland and her husband Thomas Randolph (AC, #-2, p.. !3).  Pearl King of Denver, Colorado who descends through this line, reminds me that Mary Randolph (!8!9-!9!8) married James (not William James) Braddy on September 24, !848, not 1850.  Glad to correct these errors also.

 

     The Descendants of Freedman Jacob Bland

 

     In VU, p. 430, I made extended comments about Jacob Bland, one of nine freed slaves who was originally the property of John Bland of Nelson County, but who in 1805 was set free by John Hughes.

 

     Juanita Max sent me a Nelson County court record of 1834, indicating that Jacob died in 1833 intestate, possessor of a small tract of land, claimed by his survivors.  It appears that Jacob survived a wife, Polly.  He was survived by children Benjamin and Matilda Bland, who were over 2!, Fanny and Ary Bland who had married Edmund Duncan and David Cousins respectively; a child between !4 and 2! named Austin Bland and two minor children George and John.

 

              THE WASHINGTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY BLANDS

 

     The Husband of Rachel Bland

 

     Heretofore, this family of Blands has stopped with Rachel Bland, a widow who signed permission for thr#e daughters to marry during the !780's and to whom a series of land transactions and marriage ties seemed to establish five sons, Thomas Morton, Charles,Roland, John and Samuel.  One of the great mysteries of the Bland family's history, and a major stumbling block in tracing this family's history further back in time has been:  who was Rachel's husband?  Well, we still do not know who___ he was, but we now know his name origin# thanks to the research efforts of Pansy Willburn of Modesto, California.  "Eureka!" Pansy wrote to me on June 29, In researching her own family, Pansy found an !852 death certificate for Prudence Watts who married George Watts of Lincoln County, Kentucky, March 20, !786.  The full entry of the Grayson County, Kentucky record is:

 

"Prudence Watts, age 85, widow, born in Virginia, parents, John and Rachel

          Bland, died March 30, 1852 of Old Age and C."

 

     What this establishes is that the second of three daughters of Rachel Bland to marry was born in 1767, or thereabouts, and that her father and Rachel's husband was named John.  What this tells us is that there were two John's probably about the same age and, given intermarriages between the Nelson and Washington County, Kentucky Bland's cousins back in Virginia.  John of Nelson County made the trip to Kentucky but Rachel's husband must have died in Virginia before the trip to Kentucky or shortly after arrival.

 

                                                                        

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So having moved this one step forward, the next step is to ascertain just who this John w#s.  He must be, as it were, recreated.  Simple extrapolations would place the birth of John and Rachel Bland in the !730's or a range probable between !725 !740.  Marian Daniels has suggested that we split the difference and acknowledge that the John Bland who in 1776 passed on 100 acres of a 3!2 acre plot that once belonged to William Bland (C;686-!744), be declared the son of William.  By this logic John, husband of Rachel, would be the son of John Bland (C!688-!762) and Patience.  Marian reasons thus:  John, husband of Rachel, was born about 1742, and was still a minor at the time of his father's death in 1762, but then became administrator in 1763.  Within a narrow range of time, (!763-1764) John and Rachel could have married and begun a family, starting with the son Roland, "Rolly", who evidently served during the revolution, being born about 1764, making him old enough to enlist about 1779-!780.  I think this does justice to Marian's theory and I am happy to print it, although I do not agree, because I think the weight of evidence leans toward John of Nelson county being the son of John and Patience.  In my view, John, husband of Rachel, is someone new whom none of us have contemplated before.  But Marian's ideas deserving a hearing, because she has given this question many years of thought and research.

 

     Now that there are at least two John Blands of age for Revolutionary service, my fishing for a bite about the question of John's military service deserves at least a direct citation.  It will not be news to some of you that in Louis A. Burgess, Virginia Soldiers of 1776, Vol. 2, (!927; reprint !973) p. 538, the following notice appears:

 

Jefferson County, Ohio, Court.  Nov. !839.  Proof made that Virginia Military Land Warrant No. 2937, issued !6 Apl., !784 to John Bland for !00 acres of land-has been lost by time or accident.

 

                                         Recorded Nov. 29, 1839

 

     Is this for John Bland of Nelson county or the husband of Rachel, or is it some other John Bland?  Further information:  Pansy Willburn found in records of claims against Virginians by Loyalist Merchants dated !784-1803, Reel 041, PRO 122 Vol VI, No.  79, British Ms Projects Library of Congress, quoted in Kentucky Genealogist.

 

  "Page 40, John Bland of Fairfax.Debt with interest from 1767.

L (Pounds) 0.!3.3 N.B.  Went to Kentucky about twenty years ago, then solvent."

 

     Although this claim was undated, some were dated June 7, 1800, suggesting that the John in question moved to Kentucky 1780-!783, which fits the pattern of other in­formation for both John of Nelson, and John, husband of Rachel.

 

     I have, finally, received three letters from Juanita Max, now residing in Plan­tation, Florida, now in nursing training, sorting out the mysteries of Organic Chemistry, who descends from John Bland and Nancy Edmonston (AC !-2, p. !5).

 

     Juanita has presented an argument about the relationships at issue that I will summarize here and send copies of her letter to a few cousins whom I know are interested in this line.  (!) Juanita does not believe Charles, Rolly, Thomas and John Bland, heretofore noted as sons of Rachel (and John) Bland, are brothers.  Rather she thinks Rolly and Charles are brothers, but that Thomas and John are also brothers in a different family.  Also, Juanita notes that there is more than one John B. Bland, one in Nelson County, the son of Samuel Lawrence Bland and Harriet Phillips (VU, p. 476), and the other, John Blandford Bland, son of her John Bland and Nancy Edmonston, and brother of Elizabeth, her ancestor, who married Daniel Purdy.  Respecting John and Thomas, Juanita

 

                                                                       

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has suggested that since Thomas Morton married Anne Lawrence and the Bland-Lawrence Connection in Randolph County, N.C. has been established, (see above discussion, p.!O and a Thomas Bland witnessed the will of Moses Bland in 1800, (AC !-!, Ex. 13) that Thomas and John may indeed come from Randolph County, North Carolina.  Juanita believes that John and Thomas M. Bland left North Carolina, probably about 1800, or let us say, shortly after old Moses Bland (17|8-!799) died.  In a way that makes sense, for such a move would be consistent with information about Thomas laid out in VU, pp. 473-477 and in AC, !-2, p. !5.  In the section of VU regarding the Washington County Bland's I was never able to identify much except a marriage to Mary Raley or Roley, January 13, 1800.  Notice, however, that VU, pp. 357-361 contains an interesting discussion about Osborne and Meredith Bland, living in close proximity in Jennings County, Indiana from Randolph County, North Carolina.  Osborne Bland and his wife Mary Clarkson were married by this Thomas Bland.  Osborne and Meredith's parents were identified as John and Mary Bland, from North Carolina.  In spite of some inconsistencies, (George Watts and Prudence Bland deed 97 acres to a Thomas Bland in !799, VU p. 465), I think the above information lends merit to Juanita Max's argument.  Juanita, because of her own life in Lebanon, Kentucky, many elderly relatives there, a sense of the geography of the area and access to many court records, is a valuable asset to our group and her ideas merit close attention.

 

                        THE EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA BLANDS*

 

  Edward Bland

 

     I received information regarding the will of Edward bland, File 53-2329, in York County, South Carolina, made 12 October 1797 and proved June 9, !800.  With this infor­mation, I can supplement information on VU, p. 495 as follows:

 

     At the time of his will, Edward mentioned his wife "Frankey" or Frances, a son William Bland and two daughters Doshea and Elizabeth.  The son William witnessed the will, meaning he was born no later than !776, effectively ruling him out as my great.  greatr great grandfather William Bland of Edgefield and Union County, South Carolina, who was certifiably born in |792, which narrows possibilities for and persuades me, without fin#l proof, that William was indeed the son of Wormeley Bland (!771-1800).  Elizabeth Bland, according to my correspondent Olivia McCluney, first married Elisha Going and secondly John Plexico.  Doshea Bland, also married a John Plexico (whether the same man married Elizabeth and Doshea, is uncertain).  John and Doshea had a daughter Elvira who married Thompson McCluney, great grandparent of my correspondent, Olivia McCluney

 

     Granberry Bland

 

     Or is it Greenberry?  The south Carolina Census Index for 1800 shows this character residing in Edgefield County, p. !45, !000!0-20#000-00.  Does anyone know anything about him?  Don't tell me he was a fruit!

 

     Talton Bland

 

     In reviewing a list of Land Grants for Edgefield, South Carolina, supplied in letter form to a Mrs. William N. Gressette, June 14, !97!, I find two deeds of land passed from Talton Bland to William W. Eddins, in !827 and !832, nothing further.  Earlier, Talton's marriage to Mary Carter on January 23, !823 was established, although Talton had a son Calvin Bland (1820-1891), who was the shared ancestor of Terese Bland Bueker of woodlands, Texas and McXie W. Martin of San Augustine, Tesas.  I did not also note Talton's children by Mary Carter including Sarah (C!826- ) who married Jacob Waddell; Eliza Bland, (!830-!882) who married Reuben Bailey July 30, !845 in Muscogee, Georgia; and Enoch (!832-!863) who married Lucy A. and served in Company B, 3!st Georgia

 

* I apologise for my failure to note in the body of the newsletter, photos of Peyton Bland (1858-1938) and family and of Joseph Bland (1832-1915)

contributed by Charles C. Bland of St. Louis Missouri, Attachments 8&9.

 

                                                                       

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Infantry, Between May !8, !862 and May 20, !863, dying at Richmond that day, of wounds suffered in battle.

 

     Elijah Bland of Dallas County, Alabama

 

     Carrie Scales Evans of Shuqualak, Mississippi sent me information about the fol­lowing family that could be a stem of the Edgefield County family:

 

     The 1850 Census, Dallas County, Alabama, includes a family headed by Elijah Bland born in South Carolina in !798, who was married to Damaris Barnes, born 1806 in South Carolina on June 5, !842 in Dallas County, Alabama.  Living with them was a son Francis M. Bland, age 8, born in South Carolina, and Elizabeth W. Bland, age 20, born in South Carolina.  No further information is known about Elijah and his family.  The children must have been from a prior marriage.

 

     Leonard C. Bland and Alice Scoggins Photos

 

     I am especially pleased to include as attachment !0, courtesy of my cousin, Lamar Robert Bland of Elon College, North Carolina, photographs of his grandparents, Leonard C. Bland (!858-1902) and Alice Scoggins (!865- ) whose family is described in VU, pp. 54!-542.  Leonard was the brother of my great-grandfather Berry Elsey Bland (1856­19!7) and son of Thomas R. Bland (!829-!904) and Patsy Rollins (!828-!9!3).  (VU, Table XXXII, p. 538B).

 

              THE BLANNS* OF DALLAS COUNTY, ALABAMA

 

     I first assumed this family originated in Edgefield County, South Carolina but now I am not so sure.

 

     Rather, this family appears to have its roots in North Carolina about !780.  The Dallas County, Alabama Census for !820 and 1850 reflects two distinct families who probably were closely related:  In 1820 there is a record of Silas Blann,** and Stephen Blann, both married, Silas with one male and one female less than 21, and Stephen with three males and two females under 2!. The !850 census shows the following probable cluster of siblings:

 

          Stephen Blann, B. !782 in North Carolina

Telitha Blann Averytt, B. !790 in Georgia (wife of Henry Averytt) Silas Blann, B. 1792 in Georgia (died in !858)

          Thomas Blann, B. #801 in Georgia

 

     It appears that their parents left North Carolina in the !780's and settled in Georgia, and that the children moved on to Dallas County, Alabama after reaching their majority.

 

 

     * Spelling is consistent throughout in this group.

 

     ** I was originally drawn to the idea that this family came from Edgefield, South Carolina

because that group frequently used the name Silas.  Oren Morton, A History of Pendleton County, Virginia (!9!6) indicated that there was a Silas Bland in Muskingum, Ohio Territory, in the 1790's.  I have written for that book but have not yet received it.  Contributors of information about the Dallas County, Alabama family include Mollie Grant of Hampton, Arkansas and Carrie Scales Evans of Shuqualak, Mississippi.

 

                                                                        

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     One group of these Blann's, probably children of Stephen Blann, is defined briefly by the 1850 census, which lists James M. Blann, B. 18!2 in Georgia.  James was a brother of Sanford Blann who married Louisa High, September !4, 1843 and died without issue about May !846.  Probate court records indicate that Sanford had siblings:  James M.  Blann; John Patrick Blann, who married (!) Elizabeth McElroy on april 7, 1824 and (2) Lucinda Lovejoy, March 30, !847; Isaac N. Blann; and Julia 0. Blann, who married Joseph Bassett, all of whom were residing in Dallas County.  A sister, Mary Ann Blann, who married William Fancher, was living in Wilcox County, Alabama.

 

     It should be noted that John P. Bland had issue  by his two wives as follows:

 

By Elizabeth McElroy:  Henry, Louisiana, John Randolph, Asenath, Sarah, Francis, Stephen and Catherine.

 

          By Lucinda Lovejoy:  Antonette, Beatrice.

 

     Thomas Blann married Polly Hardin in Jasper County, Georgia, February !6, 1819, and survived Silas Blann, his brother, who is the best known of the Blann's and ancestor of both Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Grant.  Silas died April 2, !858 and was buried with his wife Elizabeth (!800-!853) in the Bill Cemetery in Dallas County.  Mrs. Evans indicates that a genealogist once surmised that Elizabeth was a DeCose from South Carolina, but no one has ever been able to prove her maiden name.  Mrs. Grant furnished me a family group sheet for Silas and Elizabeth, which included !1 children:

 

       (!) Laura Bland (     -December 1855) married Benjamin Graves, November 30, 1838

  and had children,

 

     (2) William Young Henry Bland, (C.!8!9-September 30, 1854), married Lucinda Roark (C.!820-May 14, 19!2).  Both William and Lucinda were born in Dallas County and are buried in Calhoun County, Arkansas at Moore's Chapel Cemetery.  They had eight children including:

 

          A.William Henry Blann (February !4, !840-July 31, 19!2) who married Miriam Cosa (!846-!928).  Children:

 

               !.William Cartwright Blann (1862-!948), married Mary Ophelia Williams (1869-1944).

 

               2.  James Blann, died young.

 

               3.  Steven Blann, died young.

 

4.John Thomas Blann (1869-!9!9) married Emma Porter, (1871-19!3).

 

5.Gideon J. Blann (1873-!948) married Sallie Porter, (!880-1934).

 

               6.  Nettie Blann, (1875-!968) married John Hanna.

 

               7.Charles Elbert Blann, (!88!-!953) married Eva Lena Williams, (!888-!940).

 

     8.  Garland H. Blann (!888-!940) married Addie charlotte Sloan (!890-1973).  B.  Mary Elizabeth Blann (!842-!854)

 

                                                                       

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          C.  Sena Arrissa Blann, (February 4, !844-March !8, !905) married Thomas Franklin Weisinger (1837-!906).  They had five children including Onslow Morris Weisinger (1875-!952) who married Maggie Williams (!876-!921) parents of Mollie Weisinger Grant.

 

          D.  Richard Thomas Blann, (May 31, !846-March !4, !9!2) who married Amanda Stanford (1848-!923).  They had thirteen children including two sets of twins:

 

               1.  Allie Blann (!868-!960) married LeGrand Parker.

 

                2.  William Clesby Blann (!869-!93!) married Mary Ella James (     -1942).

 

               3.  Emily Aileen Blann, twin of Tolliver, (!872-!933) married W.H. Murph.

 

               4.  Tolliver Blann, twin of Emily, (!872-C!877).

 

               5.Wiley Thomas Blann (!875-!937) married (!) Maggie Bennett and (2) Ella Stringfellow Inzer (!874-!963).

 

       6.Alonzo L. Blann (!876-!942) married Sallie Talbot.

 

7.James Keller Blan# (!878-!927) married Minnie James (1886-1948).

 

       8.Fluta Blan#(!88!-!937) married William J. Parker.

 

               9.Luther Leonard Blann, twin to Bertha, (1883-1963) married Mary Eliza­beth Talbott, (!887-!967).

 

               !0.  Bertha Blann, twin to Luther, (!883-     ) married Robert Bird.

 

               !!.  Bob Blann, died at six months.

 

               !2.  Unnamed daughter fied in infancy.

 

               !3.  Emma Blann, (!886-!951) married Frank Ivy.

 

          E.  Louisa Bernice Blann, (September !6, !848-May !3, !912) married John Riley Stringfellow (1847-!924) on October !1, 1865.  They had eight children.

 

            F.  Camara Smith Blann, (1850-!927) married Robert N. Hunt, (!84!-      ) on

  January 23, !868.

 

          G.  James Silas Blann (!853-!867).

 

          H.  Emma Saphronia Bland (March !6, !855-December !3, !929) married on December 20, !877, George Elbert Fisher, (!855-!906).

 

     This concludes the family of William Young Henry Bland of Dallas County, Alabama and Calhoun County, Arkansas and his wife Lucinda Roark.

 

     (children of Silas and Elizabeth Blann, continued)

 

     (3) Telitha Blann, who married Thomas H. Booth in 1841.  Marriage license issued by Sanford Blann, noted above.

 

                                                                       

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     (4) Frances Blann, married William F. Jones, December !0, !844.

 

     (5) Asenath Blann, twin of Alfred Blann, born March 20, 1828, died February !6, 1871.  she married T.J. Parnell.

 

     (6) Alfred Blann, twin of Asenath Blann, born March 20, 1828, died November 14, !910.  He married Jane Elizabeth Kelly (#840-!920) on January 27, !86!. Their children were:

 

          A.  Mary Bonner Blann (1862-1866)

 

          B.  Annie Frances Blann (!863-1886)

 

          C.  Tommie allie Blann (1866-1898)

 

            D.  James Alexander Blann (!870-     )

 

          E.Silas McEachern Blann, (January 14, !873-0ctober 24, !949) married Irma Abney (!878-1966) at Mapleville Alabama, April 22, !903.  They had five daughters, including Estelle Jane Blann, (!908-still living), mother of Mrs. Evans.

 

          F.  Clarence Davidson Blann (!875-1875)

 

            G.  Maggie Day Blann (!876-     )

 

            H.  Bessie Hill Blann (1879-    )

 

     (7) Thomas Blann, October !!, !830 to July 24, !875, married Alabama Kelly.  When he died, he had two children, Florida and Maggie, both under 7.

 

     (8) Mary Blann (!833-    ) married Charles Johnson in !859.

 

       (9) Susan Blann (1835-     ) married L.M. Booth.

 

      (]0) Silas L. Blann (!838-    ) married Elizabeth Jones.

 

     (!!) Steven Raynor Blann (September 8, 184! - !899) married Susan Almira Caldwell.

 

                       OTHER BLAND FAMILIES

 

     The Blands of King and Queen County, Virginia

 

     With the exception of two direct lines that were previously noted (VU, pp. 392-396; AC !-!, p. !4 and AC 1-2, pp. 26-27) I have made little headway in this line.  Now, thanks to contributions made by Rosa Beatrice Bland of Farmville, Virginia and Mrs. R.V.  MacGillivray of Williamsburg, Virginia, my cup runneth over.  First, I think it would be useful to note that the King and Queen County list of Taxable land for !782, as cited partially in Hart, (553) and Fleet, (Vol. 4) shows the following:

 

            William Bland Sr.   !20 acres (not in Hart)

          William Bland Jr.  250 acres

            Henry Bland         66 acres (Hart says !66 acres)

            John Bland          30 acres

            Richard Bland   125 acres

            Thomas Bland        200 acres

 

                                                                       

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     There is a tax list dated !783 which the same names appear and which was provided by Mrs. MacGillivary, that will be discussed in particulars below.  The names appearing on these lists along with William Sr. are the basis for my observations about his chil­dren, (VU p. 393).  Concerning Henry, I have been able to find no other contemporary Henry Bland but a son of Thomas Bland (C!7!9-1788) in Prince William County in #777, (VU, 370, 372), the basis of my suggestion of an unproven but possible connection between William Bland Sr. and William Bland of Stafford/Prince William County (C1686-!744).

 

     Fleet, Vol. 5, p. 1!, shows revolutionary service for Henry, John, Thomas and William.  In addition, among the materials sent by Beatrice Bland was an excerpt from Landon C. Bell, The Old Free State (1927) indicating that John Bland was on the roll of Lunenburg County, May 1779, as a private.

 

     Who were the children of William Bland, Senior?  Among the six names that appeared on the !782 list, very little is known about Henry, John and Richard.* Christopher Bland (VU, p. 393), a brother of Thomas Bland, one of the sons of William, Sr. was cer­tified in a service claim of !813, to have died before !785 (he does not appear on the !782 or 1783 list).  Several certificates in |8!3, provided by Mrs. MacGillivray, show that Christopher served as a drummer for three years.  Gaus Marcus Brumbaugh, Revolu­tionary War Records, I, (!936) p. 405, states that Christopher had two sisters, Elizabeth and Ann Bland.  This is the source of my assertion (VU, p. 392) that William, Sr. had daughters.

 

     The plot thickens!  William, Sr. may have been a randy old bird who kept cranking out kids right up to the time he died.  The !783 tax lists shows a confusing picture of his household, including a garbled markover for the number of white souls, one white titheable and one black soul.  Those listed are William, Sr., Luckey, John, Ralph, Luckey (again), Warner, Nan, Jack and Charles.  Nine names there, which is the total that appeared on the list, but how to sort them out is another thing.  Perhaps the first name was a wife Lucy instead of Luckey.  The second "Luckey" must have been the "black soul" or perhaps one of the two horses that were enumerated (I have a hunch the recorder was half-looped when he made his rounds.  One thing is for sure, he couldn't count worth a damn.) Noteable in all this, however, are the names Ralph and Warner.  Ralph**married Frances Carr in 1787 (VU, 394), and Warner is a witness to Thomas Bland's will of !807 (see below) making it likely that these two were minor sons of William, Sr.  John, Jack and Charles are unidentified.  "Nan" may have been the daughter Ann or another daughter or granddaughter.  We simply have no way of ascertaining any hunches.

 

     That leaves William Bland, Jr. and Thomas.  According to a piece of research done for Beatrice Bland by Mrs. Herbert Elliott in !979, William's death is placed at !788, rather than !794 as I had it (VU, p. 394).  In !788, he is charged with 250 acres of land for taxation, but by !789, the land is listed as part of his estate, suggesting that he kicked the bucket about that time.  Various sources show that the wife I cited (VU, p. 394) was Mary or Mary Ann Drummond.  The 1783 list shows William, Mary (his wife), Robert, William, Molly (Mary Ann) and a Mary Aaron, or perhaps the recorder skipped a comma and we have a Mary and an Aaron.  Subsequent to !783, William, Jr. and Mary had another child, Lucy, perhaps the last one before William died.  If one follows my theory about William's mother, it may be this Lucy, a name that recurs in the family, was named for her grandmother.

 

     *Virginia Genealogical Society, Some Marriages in the Burned Record Counties of Virginia,

     (!972), p. !!, shows Richard Bland married to Mary Bowden, March !4, !789.  **In a letter to Mrs. Herbert Elliott, !978, Louise Bland Goodwin calls Ralph the son of

     William Bland, Jr., whom she calls John William.

 

                                                                       

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     The best known child of William Bland, Jr. and Mary Drummond was Robert Bland, called Captain because of his service in the War of !8!2.  He was born C.!770/1773 and died !844/!845.* As noted in VU, p. 395, he married Mary Catherine Waller.  Robert Bland and Mary Waller had a son Robert Bland, born May 3, !800 and died January 31, !87!, who became quite wealthy, was a justice of the peace and served in the Virginia Militia, hence becoming known as Colonel Bland.  Colonel Bland married Mary Ann Boyd (May 16, !8!0-February 6, !863), on November 23, !826.  they had a family of !2 chil­dren, including 7 whose names have been preserved.  The oldest child, according to his letter to Bagby was William Foster Bland, who was born C.!827 and was living in 1902.  He graduated from medical school, where is uncertain, in !849.  William Foster Bland married              Roy or Ray.  The second known child was John Robert Bland (!829-1854) more of whom later.  The third child was James E. Bland, who, according to William Foster Bland's letter to Bagby, died at age 67 and graduated from medical school in 1856, suggesting he was (C!834-1901); 4) Lucy M. Bland lived from February 27, !837 to April 27, 1914) and never married.  A long break in dates of births en­sues, representing perhaps the five who died young; 5) Virginia Bland, born about !850, married a Dr. Grubbs; 6) Benjamin Franklin Bland, born |852, died about !936, never married; 7) Mary Catherine Waller Bland, born about !853, married M.T. Savage.

 

     The second son, John Robert Bland, was born at Shanghai, Virginia, July !1, !829 and died July 24, 1854.  He graduated from William and Mary College in !849, but was never able to enjoy his law skills because of his poor health.  He married Mary Catherine Kerchival on October 4, 1849.  She was born September 20, !830 and died before !860.  John Robert and Mary Catherine had two children, Charles Tazewell Bland (!85!-!922) and Mary Orell Bland (!854-!925).  Mary Orell Bland married Thomas M. Garrett and Charles Tazewell Bland married Rosa V. Garrett (1852-!920).  Charles made his will May 2!, !9!4 and in it mentioned five sons, J.R., C.M., T.H., J. Carlisle and Virginius Bland, and daughters Mamie R. Spencer and Eva M. Bland.  One of the sons, Charles Marvin Bland, (!878-1924) married Matilda Alberta Guthrie (!879-1970) and had by her a child, Rosa Beatrice Bland, my correspondent.  Beatrice writes that when she went to work for a small college in Virginia in !965, she quickly caught on that them who had the right stuff were in the DAR and she quickly set about mustering her qualification.  Her contribution is appreciated.

 

     The certification of revolutionary service for Christopher Bland stated that his eldest brother was Thomas Bland!  However, Mrs. MacGillivray, and I agree with her, puts Thomas' date of birth at C.!750 and he died between March 20 and June 8, !807.  He served in the Revolution as a provisioner of supplies for use by the Army.  A tax list in 1783 shows Thomas, Amy, Thomas, Ann, Elizabeth, Sally (not Polly as I had it in VU, 395), and John Graves, or as suggested by Mrs. MacGillivray, John and Graves.  In his will, there is some variance between the identification of a wife Amy in 1783 and Sarah in 1807, which may suggest (A) that Amy (perhaps Amy Graves) died and Thomas remarried to a Sarah; or (B) Amy could have been a nickname.  Whatever, by 1807, Thomas identified in his will, sons Thomas and John Bland, a daughter Ann Chapman (C!770­!825, AC 1-!, p. !4) who married Henry Van Buren Chapman, Elizabeth Bowden and Sally Didlake.  Also mentioned in the will of Thomas Bland were slaves Molly, Peggy and her

 

     *Capt. Robert Bland's grandson William Foster Bland wrote to Alfred Bagby, July 4,

!902:  "Col. Robert Bland B.May !800 - he was twelve when his father died, Capt.  Robert Bland, who served in the war of !8!2." Alfred Bagby, King and Queen County, Virginia (!908), pp. 298-299 (courtesy Beatrice Bland).  Other evidence invalidates William Foster Bland's assertion.

 

                                                                         

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five children, Frank, Amy, Rachel, Moses and Joe; James and Becky; Lavinia and Peter; Nancy; Sarah and Major.  Among these children, perhaps the oldest son was Thomas, (C.!77!-dead by !8!4), who married Sarah Waller February !9, !791.  The son of most in­terest to Mrs. MacGillivray was "Gentleman John" Bland (C!778-!827), (a cousin, not a brother of Capt. Robert Bland, C!770-!845, VU, 394).  John had a daughter Julia Ann Bland (!8!0-!885) who married William Carr December 27, 1832.  John's son Cary Todd Bland (October !!, 18!7-September !!, !854) was father of William Cary Bland (October 8, !849-0ctober 17, !891) who was father of Maria Maude Bland, (1874-!948) mother of my correspondent, E. Bland Hall MacGillivray.

 

     The Blands of Pitt County, North Carolina/Shelby County, Tennessee

 

     Just before publication of the last number I received a 33 page pamphlet prepared in 1940 by Catherine Gottschalk, The Bland Family of Pitt County, North Carolina.  Al­though it is an old document, I'm not certain whether subscribers who have lines tracing back to this family are fully aware of its structure; therefore, I offer the following:

 

     The progenitor of the family, whose origins are unknown, was George Bland, who was an adult in Beaufort County (later Pitt) by 1758 and whose dates are reckoned by me, because of nuances in Gottschalk's information, to be C.1736-!797.  George probably married twice, for one of his probable sons is reckoned as George Bland, (C!758-1845) who married a Sarah             (C.1769-1848).  Their graves are in Sampson County, and nothing further is known about them (Gottschalk, p. 15).  The older George married a woman named Prudence, probably !762-!763 and had by her at least two sons, John (C.!763­!823) and Theophilus, (C.!770-!830/1840).  Of these two sons the following is known:

 

     John bland married twice.  By his first wife, he had two sons, George Bland (C.1795- ) who was 21 by 18!6, and Barnes #land (C1805-1887).  By a second marriage, John had a son Theophilus Bland (!822- ).  The son George is interesting because of striking similarities in information known about him, and the George Bland who was an ancestor of the husband of Doris E. Bland of Fairfield, Illinois (AC 1-!, p. !5).

 

     Doris Bland's information is that her George Bland was born, either in Kentucky or Virginia or North Carolina about 1795.  He married Sarah Givins in !817 in Hopkins County, Kentucky.  it is important to note here (Gottschalk, pp. 13A-!4), that on February 16, !8!6, John Bland, son of the elder George Bland, deeded 200 acres to his son George, but on December 29, 18!7, George sold the land back to John for $1050.  This transaction could well have presaged a move to Kentucky by George Bland.  If the connection fits, George's dates would be (C1795-1868) and he remarried February !2, 1822 to Margaret Ramsey (!801-!887) who had been in Hopkins County, Kentucky since about 1813.  Their children were Susan and Robert, born in Kentucky.  About !826-1830, they moved to Obion County, Tennessee where a son James (!828-#9!5) was born.  Later, George and Margaret moved near Fairfield, Illinois where George, Elizabeth and William Bland were born.  If Margaret's obituary is accurate, the thought of Cousin Thomas Jones that his Joshua Bland (C1826- ) born somewhere in Tennessee, was George and Margaret's son, is invalid.  (But see below, p.##).

 

     The second son of John Bland by his first wife was Barnes Bland (1805-!887, AC 1-1, p. !5) who married Rhoda            and had two sons, Christopher Columbus Bland and John Joseph Bland, who were Civil War veterans and a daughter Susan who married Benjamin Smith.  Graham Bland thoughtfully sent to me a copy of a letter from Colonel William Lamb, CSA to Governor Z.B. Vance, January 7, 1865, which commends Christopher C. Bland, Company K, 36th North Carolina Regiment, who climbed a flagpole not once but twice under heavy fire to raise the Confederate Flag during a Northern Naval assault on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, December 24, 1865.  The confederates actually turned back the Christmas

 

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attack on Fort Fisher but the Northern Fleet returned on January !2 and in the ensuing battle Christopher C. Bland was wounded in battle and, after Fort Fisher was captured on January !5, taken prisoner and held until June 3, !865 at Lookout Point, Maryland.

 

     The third known son of John Bland (1763-!823) was by Sarah            , his second wife, and was named Theophilus Bland, who was born !822.  The !850 Census for Pitt County, shows Theophilus married to Mary Smith (!830- ), and they have children John C. Bland (!848- ) and Theophilus (!849/50- ).

 

     The third son of George Bland and his wife Prudence was Theophilus Bland (C.!770­1830/!840), who about !792-!793 married Sarah Joiner.  Theophilus and Sarah probably died in Pitt County.

 

     By !840, five sons of Theophilus and Sarah had moved to Shelby County, Tennessee and were married to women from Pitt County, North Carolina:

 

     !.Levin Bland, was born C.!794/!796 and died after !840.  He married Betty Ann Moore.

 

     2.John Bland, was born !796/!798.  He married Jane Moore (both Jane and Betty Ann were daughters of Obediah Moore.

 

     3.Hyland Bland, born 1805, living in !850, with the following family in Shelby County, Tennessee:  Wife Sarah, (18!2- ); son Wyatt (!835- ); daughter Sarah (1846- ); and son Levin (1848- ).  The disparity in age between Wyatt and the other two children would indicate Sarah was Hyland's second wife and that perhaps he was first married to a daughter of Wyatt Moye, with whom his family had many land transactions.

 

     4.Theophilus Bland, born !806, living in #850 with the following family in Shelby County, Tennessee:  Adeline Adams (!8!8-whom he married in Shelby County, April 27, 1834 and children, Selina, (!835- ); Robert, (1838- ); Ormond, (184!- ); Sarah, (#845- ); Catherine, (!847- ); and Alice (1850- ).  The Centenial History of #########. Vol. 2, p. 79, states that William H. Bland, a son of Theophilus and Adeline, was born in Bartlett, Tennessee, March 14, !861, moved to Biscoe, Prarie County, Arkansas in !884.

 

     5.William Bland, born about !807, living in Shelby County, Tennessee in !850.  Nothing more is known about him, but the following Shelby County marriages listed by Gottschalk (p. 33) based on DAR records, may offer some clues to William's families and other siblings of the above five sons of Theophilus Bland and Sarah Joiner:

 

          Thulina Bland to John Kennedy, March !7, 1832.

Isaac Bland to Tibitha Ellis, November !2, 1834.  (William H. Bland, security).  John Bland to Nancy #,eeler, July 5, !836 (William H. Bland, security).  William H. Bland to Sakira Gibson, June 30, 1842.

          B.F. Bland to Lucy L. Lurry, 1843.

Elizabeth Bland to J. Jonas, November !8, !847 (Jane Bland, security).  Mary Jane Bland to Nathan Gregory, !843.

Elizabeth Bland to William Rogers, !84! (Isaac Bland, security) George L. Bland to Margaret Johnston, 1848.

          John Bland to Elizabeth Massey, !848.

 

                                                                       

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     The Blands of Pulaski County, Kentucky

 

     Pansy Lea Willburn who helped us make an exciting breakthrough in information about the Washington County, Kentucky family has made progress in her own line (VU, pp. 479-83).  Further research has invalidated some of the information Pansy provided for the bdok.  Briefly, that line has been traced back to Reuben Bland and his wife Dicey West.  In addition to sons William, Joshua and now, Thomas Walker Bland, Pansy indicates that Reuben had a son "amed Robert and that Thomas Walker Bland had a son Roderick Walker Bland.  Although nothing is proven, the reader will recall that in the last number (AC 1-2, p. 23) a line submitted by Thomas Jones of Edwardville, Illinois began with a Joshua bland, born in !826 "somewhere in Tennessee" who married Mary Ann Scott in Caldwell County, Kentucky in !847.  Also, ruling out for the moment that the Pulaski family is related to the #dgefield County, South Carolina or Mecklenburg County, Virginia family, there remains a family from Pendleton County, Virginia which was (A) prone to Old Testament names for its men and included a mixture of Joshuas and Roberts, (VU, p. 399, note 2).  I have been recently reading through material on the Pendleton County family sent to me some time ago and have order#d some relevant material, but further discussion here would be premature.  Pansy notes also that Joshua Bell Bland (1854-!931, VU, p. 481) was one of the families enumerated in the 1900 Census for Benton County, Arkansas which seemed to include an unusual number of seemingly dis­parate Bland families.

 

     Pansy has taken a special interest in Jeremiah Bland* who was in Washington County as early as !787 as an adult, and whom she says, in distinction from other entries I have seen, married a Gussa Tincher in Clark County, January 1794 (versus !820 as noted in Stancliffe.  If anyone has the original marriage papers for Jeremiah and Gussa, I would appreciate them.) In !799, Jeremiah appears in the Madison County, Kentucky census with one white male 16-21 in his household and in !803-1807, several tax lists show Jeremiah exempted from taxes, suggesting he is aged or disabled.  These entries, particularly if the !794 marriage date holds up, would make Jeremiah a viable mature adult candidate for fatherhood to her Reuben.  Finally, Pansy has been following leads from research that shows children of her Reuben Bland moving from Pulaski and Casey County to Grayson and Breckenridge County, Kentucky.

 

     The Mecklenburg County, Virginia Blands

 

     Jewell Hegwood Dye submitted to me a group portrait of the sons of Samuel Merritt Bland and his wife Amanda Tucker (AC !-2, p. 23) which I am pleased to include as attachment 11.

 

     Kathy Bland of Rosenberg, TExas wrote me a letter enclosing a photograph of her ancestor Marion Marcus de Lafayette "Fayte" Bland (!829-!9!0, VU, p. 589), who served in Company F, 7th Regiment, Tennessee, CSA.  Kathy has developed a crush on her grand­pappy and in her letter she wrote "Did I exaggerate his handsomeness?  Reply only if the answer is 'no, you didn't.' Ha!" Well, Kathy, no you didn't.  Old Fayte sort of reminds me of the physical description of Osborne Bland Jr.'s boys (VU, pp. 451-452).  All you other cousins turn to attachment !2 and get a load of that hunk!

 

     The Canadian Blands

 

     Bruce Fra#is Bland, who lives near me in Williamsville, New York is interested in genealogy and descends from a line of #lands who migrated from York County, England to Toronto Gore, Ontario, about !833 (AC !-2, p. 26).  Bruce Bland supplies the following

 

     *Charles Bland (1765-!842) of Garrard County, Kentucky had a grandson Jeremiah, born

     in !846 (VU, p. 413).

 

                                                                        

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     information:

 

     John Bland (C!79!-1878) of Yorkshire, married Ann Walker (C!789-!8#3) about !820 (attachment !3).  Their children were:

 

     A.  Elizabeth Bland (!823-1907) who married Thomas Cole (18!5-!89!).

 

     B.John Bland (April 3, !826 to September 8, !884) born in Yorkshire, married Jane Webster (July 25, 1831 to October !4, !863).  John and Jane had four daughters who died young.

 

     C.Georgc Bland (October !6, !829 to July 25, !889) (attachment 13) married Jane Elizabeth Dobson (!837-1920) about 1857.  They had nine children:

 

               John William Bland (1858-!925)

          C2.  Ann Elizabeth Bland (!860-188!); did not marry.

          C3.Sarah Bland (18##-!946) married William Ward and had children, Cecil and Norman.

          C4.  Alice J. Bland (!864-!885 or !895); did not marry.

C5.George Bland (!866-!93!), married        Robinson late in life.

          C6.  Elizabeth Bland (!868-1944); never married.

          C7.William Bland (!870-!936), married May Kezia Jackson, (!873-1900), January |2, !898.  One child, George Francis Bland (1899-!972) married Lillia# Mary Dunn of Oxford, england (!893-still living).  They are the parents of Bruce F.  Bland of Williamsville.  After the death of May Jackson, William#land married Jane Baldock and had by her, eight chil­dren born between 1902 and !922.

C8.Henry Francis Bland, (187!-!967), married and had five children.

C9.Mary Isabelle (Aunty Belle) Bland, (!872-!959); did not marry.

 

     D.Anne Isabelle Bland (November 21, 1831 to June 23, 1920) born in Yorkshire, married William Wiley (!830-!890).

 

     E.Thomas Walker Bland (1835-!881) married (!) Sarah Fletcher Bland, (!839-1859) and had by her, Sarah "Katie" Catherine bland, (1858-!962) who married Fred Ford and outlived him.

 

Thomas Walker Bland married (2) Ellen Davis (!843-!898) and had by her:

 

          El.  Ann Mary Bland (1862-!862)

          E2.  Thomas Walker Bland (1863-!930)

          E3.  John M. Bland (1864-!938), married Mary Clarke and had three children.

          E4.  Fred William Bland (!866-#867)

          E5.  Thomas Walker Bland (!867-!930); did not marry.

          E6.  Willi#m Frederick Bland (!87!-!900)

           E7.  George Edward Bland (!874-      ), married Julia Cotter.

           E8.  Franklyn Davis Bland (!875-      ), married Myra Abel.

 

     Obviously, Bruce F. Bland would welcome correspondence with anyone who has infor­mation to offer.

 

                                                                       

     Among Cousins           Vol. 2, No. !, November 1983-April 1984                 Page 26

 

     Lettice Bland of Prince William County, Virginia

 

     This item was mentioned briefly in the last number (AC !-2, p. 8) and I have re­ceived a letter from Louise Bill, Route 1, Box 34!, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, who is seeking the parents of Lettice Bland, who by December 1768 was married to William King (!745-died after 180!).  Lettice (C!752/!753-May !9, !814) had a large family of chil­dren whose birthdates ranged from |769-!801, and the King family was shown on a Baptist Church roll at Cox's Creek, Nelson County, Kentucky in !782.  According to Mrs. Bill, they sold their home at Dumfries, Stafford County, Virginia in 1780.  According to Mrs.  Bill, one writer hypothesized that Lettice was a daughter of thomas Bland (C!7!9-!788, VU, 367-372).  Certainly Urilla Bland never mentioned a Lettice as a possible daughter to Thomas, and she had a very thorough understanding of Thomas and his descendants.  Mrs. Bill would like to hear from anyone who has further information about Lettice.

 

     A Final Promise and Request

 

     Since the migratory bridge between Virginia and North Carolina to other states between 1780-;825 is so difficult, I will, by next publication, barring unavoidable delays, prepare a mini-index of the known males whose lives bridged the !8th and !9th century with a brief synoptical statement for each.  Listed alphabetically, this may offer some relief for those trying to keep up with the proliferation of names we are faced with as each issue progresses.

 

     I am in very bad need of workable maps of any states or territories, with county delineation, from 1780-to about 1850.  Also, if anyone has developed micro-maps of par­ticular counties, e.g. VU, pp. 342B, 426B and attachment !, this issue, I would appre­ciate receiving copies.

 

     A Final Note

 

     Just before going to press, I received word from Castelloe Bland Denton that her husband Graham W. Denton died October !3, 1983.  I know all of you will join me in exten­ding sympathy to Mrs. Denton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Mary Jane Migliore Bland, Christina Louise Bland, Thomas Eliot Bland, and I wish you the very happiest of holiday seasons and a good New Year.