Another tidbit to add to the William Blevins Long Hunter legend, from the Historical Melungeons Blog:Tennessee History: When Virginia was partitioned in 1663, Tennessee became a western part of Carolina; thirty years later a further division left Tennessee within the jurisdiction of North Carolina. Ideas about the region remained vague well into the middle … Continue reading More Long Hunter Trivia
I was listening to the local talk radio station on my lunch break today and heard a well known radio personality mention that Ancestry.com has apparently done some research and found that President Obama descended from a man purported to be the first black slave in the American Colonies: John Punch. Here is Ancestry.com's page … Continue reading The Pres and I
One of the legendary ancestors of the Blevins family in early colonial America was William Blevins, the Long Hunter. Since I started researching my family's genealogy, I have read scattered bits and pieces about him. My ultimate goal is to determine whether or not my line descended from this man. There are lots of stories … Continue reading William Blevins, Long Hunter
This is a pretty interesting genealogy story:Woman traces ancestral heritage:The great-great granddaughter of a woman banished to Tasmania on a prison ship has made an emotional return to her ancestral home.
As far as things go, Blevins, is a recent (a few hundred years old) variation on ancient Welsh word, Bleiddwn, which can be translated as Wolf-man, from the Welsh word for Wolf, "Bleidd". Other variations on the name include Bleddyn, Blethyn, Blethin, Blethen, and Blevin. I've also heard that the -yn at the end of … Continue reading Origin legend of the name "Blevins"
In the history of the Blevins/Blevin/Blethyn/Bleddyn name, one of the more famous characters in the past thousand years would have to be William Blethyn, Bishop of Llandaff, who lived in the 16th century. There is a fair amount of information on him in out of print books, many of which can be found on Google … Continue reading William Blethyn Pedigree Roll