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Into Our Past, A Genealogy of the Parsons, Smith and Associated Families, Vol. 1
�1996, Judy Parsons Smith
The Bledsoes are a confusing bunch.
They are related to the Lawson and Willis families. The exact
relationships are sometimes hard to decipher.
There is a George W. Bledsoe is listed as a
principal farmer in the Blackwater area of Lee Co., Virginia
Abraham Bledsoe m1st - Emilia (unknown); m2nd - Rachel
(Unknown); m3rd - Margaret McDonald.
Abraham & Emilia (Unknown) Bledsoe had
Abraham & Rachel (Unknown) Bledsoe had
Abraham & Margaret (McDonald) Bledsoe
had a son:
Sampson Bledsoe, son of Abraham & Emilia Bledsoe, d. 3 Nov 1862, casualty Civil War, Kentucky;
m. Narcissy (unknown). Sampson Bledsoe served during the
Civil War. They had a son:
Bledsoe, son of Abraham
& Rachel (Unknown) Bledsoe, had
1-2-1 Loving, b. 1800, VA; m. Rachel Bledsoe,
daughter of Thomas
Thomas Bledsoe, son of Abraham & Rachel (Unknown) Bledsoe. Thomas Bledsoe was a
Revolutionary War Veteran. He was a member of the Blackwater
Baptist Church, Kyles Ford, Hawkins
County, Tennessee between 1816 and 1834. Thomas Bledsoe had a
1-3-1 Rachel, b. 17 Feb 1795, VA; m. Loving Bledsoe, son of Isaac
Elias Bledsoe, son of Sampson & Narcissy Bledsoe; m. Lucinda Roberts. Elias & Lucinda (Roberts)
Bledsoe had children:
A. Evan, b. 29 May 1860;
d. 6 Apr 1901; m1st to Mary Polly Lawson, buried in
Bledsoe, son of Elias
& Lucinda (Roberts) Bledsoe, b.
29 May 1860, Lee Co., VA; d. 6 Apr 1901, shot; m. abt. 1880,
Lee Co., VA to Mary Polly Lawson, grand-daughter of Joe
Willis, b. 1864??; d. 1900, buried in Willis Cemetery.
According to tradition, Evan Bledsoe had illegitimate
children all over the county.
Death of Evan Bledsoe
The circumstances of Evan Bledsoes
death, also according to family tradition, are as follows:
He planned to meet a young girl
at a certain spot, certain time. Her brother heard him
talking to her. The brother went before his sister got
there. Evan was sitting proper
against a tree with his pants dropped. Ready for her. The
brother shot him dead and
stopped his studding any more young
This account has been disputed by one of his
descendants. To read further click here.
Evan & Mary Polly (Lawson) Bledsoe had
five (5) children:
1. Francis, daughter of Evan Bledsoe
& Polly Lawson b. 24 July 1881; d. Nov 1972; m.
2. Thomas Jackson Bledsoe, son of Evan & Polly
(Lawson) Bledsoe, b. 5 Mar 1883; d. 19 Nov 1903.
3. Lucinda, b. 29 May 1885; d. 16 Aug 1953.
4. Elias, b. 19 Sept 1887; d. 30 Sept 1887.
5. Pansy, b. 17 Oct 1888. She was living in 1967
Other Children of Evan Bledsoe:
6. Howard Willis?, son of
Evan Bledsoe & Jane Willis (daughter of Joe Willis),
b. 18 Mar 1889, illegitimate
7. Virgie Lawson, daughter of Evan Bledsoe & Winnie Lawson,
b. 1893, illegitimate.
8. Harmon Lawson, son of Evan Bledsoe & Winnie
Lawson, b. 1896, illegitimate.
9. Lucinda Lawson, daughter of Evan Bledsoe & Winnie
Lawson, b. 1901, illegitimate.
Bledsoe, son of Evan
Bledsoe & Jane Willis (daughter
of Joe Willis), b. 18 Mar 1889, illegitimate?; d. 12 Aug
1946, buried Johnson Cemetery, Lee Co., VA.; m. 13 Oct 1913
to Bertha Stidham, b. 26 Dec 1897, Letcher Co., KY. Howard
Bledsoe was separated from his wife and lived and died at the
home of his 1/2 sister Virgie Lawson Johnson.
Howard Bledsoe and Louise (Adams) Robinette
had one child:
Howard Dewey Bledsoe.
Howard & Bertha (Stidham) Bledsoe had
nine (9) children:
a. Sallie, b. 15 Sept 1914, Letcher
b. Evan, b. 5 Jan 1917, Wise Co., VA; d. 21 Aug 1938,
Letcher Co., Kentucky.
c. Hazel, b. 16 Mar 1919, Wise Co., VA; d. 18 Jan 1941;
Letcher Co., Kentucky.
d. Emmett, b. 16 Nov 1921, Wise Co., VA.
e. Glenn, b. 18 Aug 1924, Wise Co., VA.
f. Lloyd, b. 12 Dec 1926, Letcher Co., KY; d. 20 Dec
1926, Letcher Co., Kentucky.
g. Marie, b. 21 Nov 1927, Eolia, Letcher Co., KY.
h. James, 23 Sept 1930, Wise Co., VA.
i. John, b. 23 Jan 1934, Wise Co., VA.
Lawson, daughter of Evan
Bledsoe & Winnie Lawson, b.
1893, illegitimate; m. 1910, Lee Co., VA to Emmitt Johnson.
Emmitt & Virgie (Lawson) Johnson had one (1) child:
7a. Bertha Rhoton