The Tidewater Virginia Blantons
Descendants of Thomas Blanton
1. Thomas Blanton was born on an unknown date and died in 1697 in Essex County, Virginia 1.
Thomas married Jane Maguffey, daughter of John Maguffey and Jane Unknown, after 1678 in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia 1 2.
Children from this marriage were:
2 M i. Richard Blanton 1 was born in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia and died in 1734
in Spotsylvania County, Virginia 3.
Richard married Elizabeth 3.
3 M ii. John Blanton was born in 1679-1693 in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia 1
John's birth date is between 1679 and 1693. The fact that he witnessed a deed in 1707 means that he was at least 14 years of age in 1707. Therefore, he was born at least by 1693.
In Spotsylvania County Virginia Records by William Crozier, the following Will is listed. It is uncertain whether this is really John Blanton, the son of Thomas Blanton. More research needs to be done to see if we can determine if there was a John Banton in Spotsylvania at the same time as our John Blanton.
JOHN BANTON, St. George's Parish, d. July 27, 1735, proved February 3, 1735. Witnesses: William Hansford, Henry Sharkes, William Hollot. Executrix wife Mary Banton. Leg. Son William choice of my whip saws and all my shoemaker's tools; son John; daughter Elizabeth Elson; daughter Alice Banton; wife Mary Banton. (Will Book A, pg. 5.)
4 M iii. William Blanton was born in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia 1.
5 M iv. Thomas Blanton 1 was born in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia.
6 F v. Jane Blanton 1 was born in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia.
7 F vi. Elizabeth Blanton 1 was born in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia.
Thomas Blanton is shown
on the following deeds in Old Rappahannock County which is now in Essex County:
1682 - 20 April - Land Grant
of 200 acres Rappahannock County, Virginia . . . dividing the land of Major
Robert Beverly . . . to the land of Francis Graves. The said land being
due to the said THOMAS BLANTON for the importation of four persons into the
colony whose names are under this patent. Imported: Ann Edwards,
Grace Davies, John Elam, Richard Leather. (Book 7, p. 175)
1682 - 20 April - Land Grant
of 200 acres in Rappahannock County, Virginia . . . on the main Poquoson and
branches of Gilsons Creek adjoining Maj. Robert Beverley's land and the land
of Francis Graves . . . due THOMAS BLANTON for the importation of four persons: Chas. Morgan,
Wm. Lake, Edwd. Donsel (?), Tho: Mackall. (Book
7, p. 175)
1687 - 21 April - Land Grant
of 266 acres in Rappahannock County, Virginia . . .adjoining Francis Graves
. . . the line of Henry Tandy, thence to Major Robert Beverly's corner. . . due THOMAS BLANTON for the
importation of six persons: Darby an Irish boy, John Grove, Susan Kinsman, Anne
?, Eliza. Richardson, Xalian Holdbook. (Book 7, p. 613)
1689 - 3 July - THOMAS BLANTON
of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia released John Moore from service.
1697 - 7 February - Will
signed by THOMAS BLANTON in Essex Co., VA. Lists Wife, Jene (Jane). Sons:
Thomas, John, William, and Richard. Daughters: Jene and Elizabeth.
(Copy of Will)
1697 - 16 March - THOMAS
BLANTON'S Will proved in Essex Co., VA by John Doughty and John Butcher.
(Copy of Will)
Will of Thomas Blanton
IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD
The last Will & Testament
of Thomas Blanton being very sick & weak yet in perfect sense & memory
first I bequeath my Soul to the Lord that gave it me & my body to the earth
from whenth it came it.
I give to my daughter Jene
Blanton two heifers one marked allreddy and the other a whit pide heifer about
three years ole. I give to my other daughter Elizabeth Blanton one heifer
marked allreddy and another which is about three years ole being a brindle heifer
and I give one Town Gray Mare being about two years ole branded with my Brand
and the said Mare to run & her increase for the benefit of these two Daughters.
& I give to my four sons Thomas and John and William and Richard Blanton
all my Land it to be equally divided unto them and if either of them shall die
before he shall come of age then his part shall come to the others and so in
case to them all & my son Richard Blanton shall hafe my plantation in his
part & I give to my daughters before mentioned each of them a young sow
and I give to my loving wife Jene Blanton all the remaining part of my Estate
so long as she shall remain a widdo and when she shall marry then the said Estate
shall equally be divided unto the remaining part of my Children and my Wife
shall hafe a Childes part with them and shall hafe the plantation for her life.
Sealed in the as Witness
my hand this Seventh day of February 1697.
John D. Doughty,
Peter H. Himan, his mark
Proved by the oathes of
Jno Doughty and Jno Butcher in Essex County Court ye 16th day of March Ano Dom
Meriwether Cl Cur
Deed Book 9, page 160)
The following information
was listed by Louise McDonald in her book, Blanton Family Records, for Thomas
Blanton in Charles City County and Henrico County, VA.
1672 - November 2 - Charles
City Co., VA. A Power of Attorney was given to THOMAS BLANTON
of Martins Brandon in Virginia, by John Sadlier and Thomas Quiney "so
that he might sell our plantation in the James River and also Merchants Hope
in Virginia, in parts beyond the seas." (Virginia Colonial Records,
Vol. 13, pg. 522 by Fleet)
1673 - THOMAS BLANTON petitioned
the Charles City Court about a guardianship.
1677 - THOMAS BLANTON and
others accuse Edward W. Hill of trying to ingratiate himself with the Crown.
(Vol. 3, pg. 132)
1680 - In a deposition,
THOMAS BLANTON stated that he was 34 that year. (Colonial Records of Henrico
County, Virginia. Book I, pg. 153)
It is questionable that
the information above pertains to our Thomas Blanton. Robert Stafford,
another Blanton researcher, found the Charles City County records in Colonial
Records by Clearfield. He found 16 entries which used various spellings
of the name Blayton, and only 1 which used the name Blanton. He also found the
following entry in Henrico County:
Power of Attorney from Thomas
Blayton, attorney for Roseland Place, to John Stith, in debt case vs Thomas
Batte, for L 6. 21 Nov 1683. (Weisiger, Henrico County Deeds 1677-1705,
Robert goes on to state,
"It seems unlikely that he would use the name Blanton to apply for patents
in Rappahannock in 1682 and then use Blayton in Henrico in 1683."
1. Will of Thomas Blanton, (Essex County, Virginia, Deed Book 9, page 160.)
2. Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol. II, (Hiden, Mrs. P. W., The Graves Family of Essex Co., pp. 743-744).
3. Will of Richard Blanton, (Spotsylvania County Virginia, 1734.)
4. William A. Crozier, Spotsylvania County Virginia Records.
Researched by Blanton Family
Compiled by Deborah Blanton
2002 Blanton Family Historians