John, Richard & Edward Blount Family
From History of Perquimans County by Ellen Goode Rawlings Winslow.
Among adventurers to America 1620; John, Richard, & Edward Blount. (Burke.)
Richard Blount settled in Surry Co Va, where his wife Mary, was his
“Relict” Sept 19, 1656, Capt Geo Jordan Ex. (Surry Co Rec.)
Thomas Blount, “only son of Richard dec’d” sold land in Surry Co, which
was grt unto Robert Warren dec’d, Aug 1, 1649, & was conveyed to sd
Richard Blount, Apl 2, 1650, said Thomas Blount “came of age Nov last;”
land on Lawnes Creek Surry Co, adj Capt Lawrence Baker. Mar 1, 1677.
Charles Ford “some time of Surry Co, who in his life time was seized of a
Divident of land, 250a, which was pat’ May 19, 1638 (then in the Co of
James City) in Surry Co, adj Sunken Marsh, over against Dancing Point,
upon James River, he being the first proprietor” dying intestate, sd land
became Escheat, and was reissued to Thomas Blount, & Richard Washington
jointly, then orphans, sons-in-laws unto sd Ford, sold sd land unto Jno
Goring, Mar 1 1678.
Thomas Blount was presented by the Gr-jury May 3, 1681, “for not attending
Church.” He was a Tithable in Sunken Marsh Par, Surry Co, June 1681,
James Blount was living in Isle of Wight Co Va, 1660, moved to Chowan Co
N. C. 1664-69. He was the younger son of Sir Walter Blount of Sodington,
Worcester, England, who was Capt in the Life Guards of Charles II. In
England the family can be carried back for many generations, to and
through the Conquest to Normandy, and then for many years. Without doubt
they can boast of being “an old family” with perfect right.
With the Conqueror, three young Blounds, sons of Blound of Guisnes, went
to England in his train. (See Burke’s Heraldry, for descent.)
James Blount who settled in Chowan, is said to have had a brother Thomas,
who followed him to N. C. and settled on the Taw, or Pamlico River. This
brother Thomas, (3 son of Sir Walter Blount) came to America in 1664, &
moved to N. C. 1673, m 1st Ann Wilson, m 2d Mary Scott widow of Joseph of
Perq Co. They first took up their residence on Kendricks Creek (now called
Mackeys Creek) in Washington Co N. C. issue: Thomas, James, Benjamin,
Thomas Blount (2) m Ann Reading, issue: James, John, & Jacob. William son
of Jacob Blount became Gov of Tenn 1790. Jacob Blount, b 1726, fourth son
of Thomas & Ann Reading, participated in the battle of Alamance, 1771, &
was an Officer in the Rev War. He m Barbara Gray, and 2d Hannah Baker, née
Salter. He had issue: William, (Gov of Tenn) Ann, John Gray, Louisa,
Reading, m Mary Harvey; Thomas, Jacob, m — Collins. Barbara, Willie,
Sharpe, m Penelope Little.
James Blount (brother of Thomas) lived at Mulberry Hill Chowan Co. Capt of
Militia, member of the Council, and one of the Lords Pro’ Dept; m Anne (d
of Balthazer Willis of Ipswich Mass, widow of Robert Roscoe of Roanoke)
issue: James, Thomas, John, Ann, & Elizabeth. James Blount died 1686. His
widow m 2d Seth Sothel Gov of the Province of N. C. After his death she m
for her 3d husband John Leah of Nansemond Co Va. (See Blount Gen, in N. C.
Hist Reg Vol 1-4)
Edmund Blount (s of Charles Worth Blount, & Mary Clayton) moved to Perq
Co, and acquired large tract of land by purchase, & became a man of great
influence and wealth, taking part in the official affairs of the county.
He m Mary Hoskins d of William, & Sarah née Whedbee) (See Hoskins family
N. C. Hist Reg Vol 3.) A detailed account of this family can be found in
N. C. Hist Reg Vol 1-4-pp 522-2324, also from Deeds of Perq Co in this book.
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