Does anyone know who the Blanton woman and Daniel man mentioned in the
letter of Harrison Blanton at the bottom of this post were? Seems like
they would have been born around 1750 and married around 1770. This is
from a post on the Blanton genforum list and has some good information
about the Daniel/Sneed/Blanton families of Caroline County, VA.
Also some interesting information on the Redds. Maybe 25 or 30 years
ago, I was in contact with an elderly gentleman named ? Daniel in
California who was alone and dying and he had the family Bible of
William and Patsy Redd Daniel. He was frantically looking for someone to
inherit it and I did not think to offer to take it as we were not
related as far as I knew at the time.
From: Anne <abaker(a)searnet.com>
Subject: Re: Sneed/Munday/Blanton/Redd & other folks
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2000 00:24:33 -0400
The letter following I copied from the files of the Kentucky Historical
Society. Written 28 Aug 1875 by Mr. Harrison Blanton, then aged 85, of
Frankfort, Ky. To his grandson, Harvey Blanton, of Indianapolis, Ind.
The grandparents of Harrison Blanton were Richard Blanton &
Joanna/Ann/Nancy Sneed Blanton, her name found all three ways on deeds.
She was a sister of Catherine (Sneed)Redd (after death of husband John
moved to Person Co., NC with various Sneed cousins & some of her
children) married John Redd bc 1733 K&Q& d 1789 King William Co., Va.
-parents of: Susanna Redd bc 1768 d aft 1815 NC m John Sneed; John Redd
1771-1844K&Q m Rachel Bagby; Elizabeth d aft 1815 NC m Lemuel Sneed;
Catherine Redd; Nancy Redd d 1856 K&Q m cousin James Redd; and as
mentioned below Samuel Redd (1779-1859 Fayette Co., Ky m Dorothy Bullock
& Sarah Rhodes) & Thomas Redd m Sarah as mentioned in this letter. Data
on this Redd family from a deposition in 1815 in the Kentucky Court of
Appeals re: as heirs to land grant to their father John Redd.
Another brother was Israel Sneed who died in Essex Co & wife Mary
Crutcher were the parents of: William, Fielding (m Elizabeth Crutcher),
Sally (m Thomas Sneed & Edmund Bartlett), Landon b 1770 (m Nancy Edison
& Elizabeth Gibson), Achilles b 1772 (m Sally Stewart), John [m 1st
cousin, Elizabeth Crutcher d/o of Thomas Crutcher & Martha Foster of
Caroline] & Elizabeth Sneed (?m Thomas Lewis).- names of the children of
Israel Sneed from lawsuit in the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Bk D, pg.
205 and differ somewhat from the list in the book "Forks of Elkhorn".
The children of Mary (Crutcher) Sneed were entitled to 1/8 of the estate
of her dec'd brother Leonard Crutcher of Caroline Co.
Another brother was Benjamin Sneed d 1781 in Caroline leaving a widow
Mary who m 2nd Thomas Ayres - Sep 1801 & Apr 1803 (Ky Court of Appeals)
- Carter Blanton & Susanna h/w of Franklin Co., Ky; John Scott & Jane
h/w of Woodford Co., Ky; Samuel Coleman Sneed & Thomas Daniel & Mary h/w
of Gallatin Co., Ky, Samuel Sale & Elizabeth h/w of Mercer Co., Ky &
Thomas Ellison (another part lists him as John Ellison) & Nancy h/w of
Mercer Co., Ky. heirs of Benjamin Sneed dec'd..Susannah, Jane, Mary,
Elizabeth, Nancy & Samuel Coleman Sneed were children of Benjmain Sneed
dec'd of Caroline Co...sell 72 acres in Caroline Co., Va. adj the lands
of Henry Motley, Richard Sale & Christopher Blackburn (as per the will
of Benjamin Sneed).
William Sneed, the son of Israel Sneed, deposed on 15 Aug 1801 in
Franklin Co., Ky. that about the last of March 1783, Mr. Thomas Ayres of
Essex Co widower, married Mary Sneed of Caroline late wife of Benjmin
Sneed dec'd in 1781 & came to live on the plantation of Benjamin Sneed
in Caroline. Benjamin Sneed was the brother of the father of William
Sneed this deponent.
Caroline Co., Va. Order Books = Mar 1744 - John Sneed ack his deed to
HIS SON Benjamin Sneed. Aug 1756 - John Sneed ack his deed to Ann
Blanton. 1762..Benjamin Sneed constable in the district of Daniel's
Mill. 1773 - John Sneed dec'd - Benjamin Sneed, John Sneed, Richard
Blanton his exors. 1781 - Benjamin Sneed dec'd - Mary Sneed exor.
All of the above would be some of the children of John Sneed who died in
1773 & owned Sneed's Ordinary -
LETTER OF HARRISON BLANTON
28 Aug. 1875
For L. H. Blanton:
You have requested me to make a short history of our family.
My grandfather Richard Blanton was born in Virginia, his
ancestors were from England. My Grandmother was a Sneed. Their
children were John Blanton, Charles Blanton, Richard Blanton (my
father), Carter Blanton, William Blanton, James Blanton, Mrs.
Vaughn, Mrs. Daniel and Mrs. Isaac Crutcher the mother of
Richard Crutcher and Louis Crutcher & Mrs. Bailey of Woodford
County. All the children except my uncle Charles Blanton and
Mrs. Vaughn moved to Kentucky and raised large families.
My grandmother was the aunt of Achilles Sneed, Landon Sneed and
William Sneed who died in this county, and of Thomas Redd of
this county and Samuel Redd of Lexington. The sons of my
grandmother, the three Sneeds and the two Redds were remarkable
for their similarity of mind, habits and dispositions. They were
unsurpassed as men of integrity and uprightness. There were no
great men and few office holders among them, all discharged
their duties as good citizens. The second class have done very
much like their ancestors, no great men, and few wanted public
Dr. James F. Blanton, the son of my uncle John Blanton, settled
in Owen County, and for many years was the leading politician of
that county and for several sessions in which he was a member of
our Legislature. In one of the sessions in which he was a
member, I recollect a conversation I had with the clerk of the
House in which he observed that he was more uniform in voting
wrong than any member of the House. He was then a true Owen
County Democrat. Such voter now would be considered the true
loyal voter of the State.
Among the incidents in the life of my grandfather may be the one
connected with the Rev. Jos. Craig, whose name has been
mentioned at a meeting of the Baptists in this State in the
present month. Before the Revolution it was not lawful in
Virginia for other denominations except what was called the
Church of England to be public preachers of the Gospel. An
excitement however was created by the old Baptist denomination
of whom Reverend Craig was among the leaders of the party. His
zeal was so great that he was apprehended, convicted and sent to
the Frederick jail, and through the gates of that jail he
continued to preach until it was necessary to release him as he
was "doing more mischief in than out of jail". Now the
connection of my grandfather Richard Blanton, with this Craig
imprisonment was that he was the sheriff of the county and he
always told us that
the first of his official acts was the apprehend and to confine
the jail the Rev. Jno. Craig.
Our grandfather lived to a great age, between 90 and 100 years
and died near Grassy Springs Meeting house, between Frankfort &
My mother was the daughter of John Combs and Setha Combs of
Stafford County,Virginia, who had six sons and two daughters
that lived to old age. No recollection that either of them ever
held a public office. Of the grandchildren, Gen. Leslie Combs,
now of Lexington has bee the only politician and office holder.
Another of the grandsons who was prominent in society was Dr.
Ennis Combs, late of Montgomery County. He had a good reputation
as a physician and good man and probably did more good than any
one of the connection.
My grandmother Combs was the daughter of one of the Bullitts of
lived at The Forest, Virginia, and was the aunt of Alex Scott
Bullitt of Jefferson County, formerly Lieut. Governor of
Kentucky. She was in her 50th year when my mother was born and
lost her husband when my mother was about 11 years old. She
ontinued for many years afterwards to manage her farm, always
making more than supported her, which she divided liberally with
There was nothing more remarkable in the life of my grandmother
than the large fortune she left at her death which was divided
among her children. After the birth of her first three children,
two sons and one daughter, her father deeded to her one negro
boy and two girls to be held by her during her life and at her
death to equally divided between these three children and their
heirs, but made no provision for subsequent issue.
My father and mother were married in 1790 and lived in Frederick
County, Virginia, near a small town called Milwood until the
spring of 1799 when they moved to Kentucky and settled in
Fayette County where the family was raised.
They had eight children, myself the oldest and only boy. Five of
us were born in Virginia and three in Kentucky. The two last
that were born in Virginia died when infants, the others lived
to be married women. My father died in 1809.
I was born on the 13th of August 1791 and my sister Nancy Clay
now living, was born on the 13th of August 1806. My mother was
born on the 6th of June 1774 and died the 3rd of April 1840.
[signed] H. Blanton
Reverend Jo Craig came to Kentucky, settled in Woodford County
and was among the leading Baptist preachers of his day in
establishing churches and organizing societies. He was a
grandfather of our Newton Craig.
My father was in the Revolution, he went as a substitute of his
brother John Blanton, was very young, not old enough to be
drafted, was at Gate's defeat, and I frequently heard him tell
what a great race he made at that time, ran sixty miles to his
home without stopping.