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William McKendree Blanton

William McKendree Blanton

Male 1818 - 1906  (87 years)

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  • Name William McKendree Blanton 
    William Blanton Biography
    William Blanton Biography
    Memoirs of Georgia, (Atlanta, Georgia: The Southern Historical Association, 1895)
    Blanton, William McKendree
    Blanton, William McKendree
    Born 13 May 1818  Oglethorpe County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1850  District 68, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Farmer with 20 slaves 
    Blanton Home
    Blanton Home
    Residence 1860  Mt. Zion, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Farmer with 54 slaves. 
    Residence 1870  Line Creek, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Farmer. Valuation of property: $10000 real; $4000 personal. 
    Residence 1880  District 1067, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Retired Farmer. 
    Georgia, Spalding, Mt. Zion District (1883)
    Georgia, Spalding, Mt. Zion District (1883)
    Residence 1900  Haralson, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Farmer 
    Died 12 Mar 1906  Haralson, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Blanton Family Cemetery, Blanton Mill, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Findagrave memorial for William McKendree Blanton
    Findagrave memorial for William McKendree Blanton
    Created by Judy Brantley-Wilson on 17 Sep 2006
    Notes 
    • VVILLIAM M. BLANTON, one of the pioneers of Coweta county, was born in Oglethorpe county, Ga., May 13, I818. His father, Rev. Benjamin Blanton, was born and reared in North Carolina. He was a minister of the M E church, preaching in Charleston, S. C.. in 1796, coming thence soon after to Georgia, where he located on a farm, combining farming and merchandising. His wife Susannah, was born in Dublin, Ireland, her father, John Davis, a Welshman by birth, and an oflicer in the British army. Mrs. Blanton died February 19, I844 and her husband Sep. 5 of the next year. The son, Wlilliam, spent his early years on the farm, obtaining as much of an education as the opportunities of those days afforded. In May, 1836, he enlisted with Capt. Hills for the Creek war, under the command of Col. Porter; two years later he joined the company of Capt. Cook and served through the Cherokee war. He draws a pension for his service in these wars. After his return from the latter war he attended school for three years in Athens, Ga. Shortly after he served as justice of the peace for two years. Durlng the late war he served in what is familiarly known as "Joe Brown's pets." In 1873 and 1874 he represented Spalding county in the state legislature. Although he started in life with but little pecuniary means, by persevering effort he acquired a competency and, moreover, has given his children a good education and a fair start in life. He has had eleven children. five of whom are now living: William P., L. P., Anna, Julia and Mary. His Wife was Miss Julia Thompson whom he married Nov. 10, 1840. She was born in Greene county, Ga., April 9, 1821, and is the daughter of Thomas and Lucy Hester Thompson, North Carolians, who were among the early settlers of Georgia. Mr. and Mrs. Blanton are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and they and their family have the respect and good will of all who know them.
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    • OBITUARIES

      On the roll of our illustrious dead, no name is more worthy than that of William M.Blanton. He began life surrounded by the helpful and holy influence of a christian home, in Oglethorpe County Ga. May 13 1818. His long and useful life closed peacefully at the old home in Spalding County Ga March 12 1906.

      Not often a man unique or attractive in character, more generoursly endowed and loved,hath lived and died among us.He stood by the church liberal giving and loving service for nearly three quarters of a century. He was sincere and true as a christian and honorable and just as a citizen. He was never in disguise. He was the soul of honor. He had a contempt for everything low, mean or sordid. Being richly
      endowed by nature and by his own training,and possesing so many estimable traits of characture,his influence over men was great.His friends of early days were his staunch friends of his declining years. The period of his last suffering was wreathed in his admiration and love. He was warm hearted and genial and social in his nature and enjoyed the companionship of friends,and made it both pleasant and agreeable for them to be with him. He treated everyone, both high and low,in fashion becoming a christian gentleman.He was in every respect a most lovable and remarkable man,and all who came in close acquaintance or contact with him became his friend and admirer. He was happily married to Miss Julia Thompson Nov. 10 1840.

      His wife, a most excellent and devoted woman of sterling christian characture,who several years age went to her rest and reward above.

      Bro. Blanton professed religion in early life,and became at once an active member of the M.E.Church South. His conversion was through his experiance of real and glorious change unquestionable. His faith in Jesus never faltered because he was perfectly conscious that he had saved him from his sins and had constantly become his companion. The great reason of his constant communion with his lord is found in the fact that he habitually used the means of God's appointment to that and he loved the church and attended all of her services. He was a man of faith and prayer. He believed God's word and was a mighty man in the scripture. He could quote whole chapters without effort. His large and liberal gifts added much to the material prosperity of the church. He gave $500.00 one time for missions. No man more truly won through faithful labor and obedience and devotion his place of greatness in the church of God.

      His efficent services on the official boards of his church, MT.Zion through many long years,will not be forgotten, not while this generation of people and their children live. Many of them will come up in that great day to bless him for his prayers and his beautiful blameless life.

      He was one of the largest and succesfull farmers in Spalding Co. By appointment he administered on some very large estates, and his public record covers a period when great ability and absolute integrity were required to meet grave and important exigencies.It is a proud satisfaction to know that all of the business transactions with which he was connected,were wholly honorable to himself and conspicously sevicable to these whom he served. He never would receive any compensation for these services.

      He was one of the original trustees of the Mt. Zion camp ground. This camp, in some respects is one of the greatest of its kind in the state. They have there available resources by which they hope to perpetuate this good work for years to come. His wise management made this great work possible.Our church never had a more loyal and consecrated member or one who was more thoroughly in love and sympathy with every department of church work than Mr.Blanton. His splendid life work will shine forth in increasing brightness as time goes on.

      The writer was with him the last Sabbath in January, and saw him again for awhile that evening. He talked freely of his approaching death. He believed it was near at hand and would soon come. He was confident and ever joyous. There were no clouds of doubt to dim the sunset hours of his pure saintly life, and like a tired pilgrim he simply fell on asleep, and with the spirits of just men made perfect he was entered in the fullness of his reward.

      If words of comfort were needed by his children in these long hours of affliction they would be offered by thousands of friendly tongues, but this comfort is not needed. The heritage of a loving fathers life is wealth enough for his offspring. By the memory of his wise words they will direct their ways. We therefore commit this stricken household to the God of all grace and comfort who guided their father
      and to the memories of his noble saintly life. Blessed are the dead who die in the lord from henceforth, yea saith the spirit that they may rest from their labors.

      G.W.Farr

      William McKendree Blanton, one of the pioneers of Spalding Co.was born in Oglethorpe Co. Ga. 13 May 1818 His father was Rev. Benjamin Blanton born and reared in North Carolina. He was a Methodist preacher and preached in Charleston S.C. coming thence to Georgia where he located on a farm, combining farming and merchandising. His wife Susannah was born in Dublin Ireland. Her father was John Davis a Welshman by birth and an officer in the British Army. Mrs.Blanton died 19 Feb.1844 and her husband 5 Sept of the next year. Their son William spent his early years on the farm obtaining as much education as opportunities of those days afforded.

      In May of 1836 he enlisted with Capt Hills for the Creek War,under command of Col.Porter, two years later he joined the company of Capt. Cook and served through the Cherokee War. He draws a pension for his services in these wars.

      After this from the later war he attended school at the State University in Athens three years and graduated there. Shortly after he served as Justice of the Peace for two years. During the late war he served in what is familiarly known as "Joe Browns Pets."

      In 1873 and 1874 he represented Spalding Co. in the State Legislature. Although he started life with but little pecuniary means, by persevering effort he has acquired a competency and moreover has given his children a good education and fair start in life.

      Miss Julia Thompson whom he married Nov.1840 was born in Green Co. Georgia 9 Apr.1821. She is the daughter of Thomas and Lucy Hester Thompson of North Carolina.They were among early settlers of Georgia. Mr.and Mrs. Blanton are members of the M. E. Church and have the respect of all who know them.


    • WILL OF WILLIAM M. BLANTON

      GEORGIA, SPALDING COUNTY

      In the name of God, Amen. I William M. Blanton of the County of Coweta, State of Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and declare this my Last Will and Testament.

      ITEM 1st. I give and bequeath to my son W. P. Blanton of Spalding County, Georgia, sixty acres of land in Coweta County, Georgia, the same being the land on which I now reside, being the land purchased by me from David Gable on the eighth of December 1885, and recorded in the Superior Court of Coweta County, Georgia, January 16th, 1886, provided said W. P. Blanton shall pay into my estate the sum of Seven Hundred Dollars the purchase price paid by me for said land which sum of Seven Hundred Dollars, when so paid into the hands of my executors to be hereinafter named shall be and become a part of my estate to be divided and administered as hereinafter provided in this my Last Will and Testament, as part of my estate. The title to said sixty acres, on the payment by said W. P. Blanton of said Seven Hundred Dollars into my estate to vest, absolutely in fee simple in him the said W. P. Blanton.

      ITEM 2nd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ellis, wife of James R. Ellis and her two daughters Bessie Hall and Mary Louise Ellis for their sole and separate use free from any debts, liabilities, use or control of James R. Ellis the sum of Two Hundred Dollars said sum to be divided among them equally, share and share alike.

      ITEM 3rd. It is my will and I so declare that the balance of my estate after paying the special bequests mentioned in ITEM 2nd of this will that is the Two Hundred dollars given to Mary Ellis and her two daughters, which balance includes the Seven Hundred Dollars to be paid into my estate by W. P. Blanton for the sixty acres of land mentioned in ITEM 1st of this my will shall be divided equally, share and share alike among the following children and grandchildren to wit: W. P. Blanton of Spalding County, L. P. Blanton of Spalding County, Julia Maddox of Spalding County, Mary Ellis of Spalding County, and to the children of Daniel Redding who married my daughter Clara Blanton, to the children of C. P. Daniel who married my daughter Annie Blanton and to the children of C. A. Dickerson who married Lucy Blanton, that is the children of the issue of that marriage between C. A. Dickerson and Lucy Blanton.

      ITEM 4th. I hereby constitute and appoint as my executors of this my Last Will and Testament my sons W. P. & L. P. Blanton of Spalding County, Georgia and request that they do not be required to give any bond or make any returns of their acts and doings in the execution of this my Last Will and Testament and in the administration of my estate trusting to their honor and integrity and my confidence in them to do their duty.

      Given under my hand and seal this June 13th, 1905.

      William M. Blanton (L.S.)

      Signed, sealed, published and declared at Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia, this the thirteenth day of June in the year of our Lord Nineteen hundred and five (1905) as the Last Will and Testament of William M. Blanton, who signed the same in our presence, as his Last Will; we signing the same at his request as witnesses, he signing in our presence and we each and all signing in the presence of each other and in his presence, this 13th day of June 1905 signed & sealed in our presence.

      B. R. Blakely

      J. P. Nichols

      Walter C. Beeks

    • Blanton Cemetery Inscriptions Spalding County, GA

      Blanton Cemetery is located on Blanton Mill road behind the Blanton House.

      Harper Nicholson Cherry b.Aug.1,1893 d.Aug.4,1967
      Helen Blanton Cherry b.Mar.21,1902 d.Mar.7,1972
      Charlie Blanton b.Mar.11,1898 d.Feb.7,1985
      Dallie Manley Blanton b.1863 d.1936
      Homer C.Blanton b.1894 d.1963
      Martha Blanton b.Dec.23,1895 d.Mar.12,1990
      Robert Blanton b.Feb.15,1887 d.Feb.20,1887
      Clara Pope Blanton b.Nov.20,1879 d.July 16,1880
      Mary Lou Blanton b.Oct,24,1874 d.Nov.9,1875
      Mattie Nelms Blanton b.Jan.17,1849 d.Sept.22,1888
      William Parks Blanton b.Mar.25,1849 d.Jan.24,1919
      Samuel Blanton b.Jun.18,1861 d.Jun.29,1861
      George T.Blanton b.July 26,1863 d.Oct.7,1873
      Sara A.Blanton b.Apr.11,1900 d.Apr.10,1997
      James Blanton b.May 8,1858 d.May 10,1874
      Julia Thompson Blanton b.Apr.9,1821 d.Sept 27,1902
      William McKendree Blanton b.May 13,1813 d.Mar.12,1906
      Lovic Blanton b.Dec.18,1889 d.Nov.29,1891

      ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ga/spalding/cemeteries/b4530001.txt
    Person ID I0240  Dickinson
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2018 

    Father Benjamin Blanton,   b. 06 Dec 1765, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1845, Oglethorpe County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Susannah Davis,   b. 29 Apr 1774, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1844, Oglethorpe County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 8 Jul 1811  Spalding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0230  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Julia E Thompson,   b. 9 Apr 1821, Greene County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1902, Spalding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 10 Nov 1840 
    Children 
     1. Clara Pope Blanton,   b. 8 Aug 1841, Blanton Mill, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1886, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)  [Birth]
     2. Ann Eliza Blanton,   b. 1 Aug 1843
    +3. Lucy Permelia Blanton,   b. 24 May 1846, Pike County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1879, Spalding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     4. William Parks Blanton,   b. 25 Mar 1849, Blanton Mill, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1919, Spalding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Julia Susannah Blanton,   b. 18 Jul 1851, Pike County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1921, Spalding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     6. Mary Louisa Blanton,   b. 18 Jun 1853,   d. 23 Feb 1914  (Age 60 years)
     7. James Blanton,   b. 8 May 1856, Blanton Mill, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1874, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)  [Birth]
    +8. Lovic Pierce Blanton,   b. 12 Jun 1859,   d. 4 Nov 1928  (Age 69 years)
     9. Samuel Blanton,   b. 18 Jun 1861, Blanton Mill, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1861, Blanton Mill, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
     10. George Taylor Blanton,   b. 26 Jul 1863, Blanton Mill, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1873  (Age 10 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F0037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 May 1818 - Oglethorpe County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Farmer with 54 slaves. - 1860 - Mt. Zion, Spalding, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Farmer. Valuation of property: $10000 real; $4000 personal. - 1870 - Line Creek, Spalding, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blanton Family Cemetery, Blanton Mill, Spalding, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Blanton Bible Marriages
    Blanton Bible Marriages

    Headstones
    Blanton, William McKendree
    Blanton, William McKendree

  • Sources 
    1. [S007856] 1850 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850), Census Place: District 68, Pike, Georgia; Roll: M432_80; Page: 189; Image: 385.

    2. [S014374] 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).

    3. [S014287] 1860 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860), Census Place: Mount Zion, Spalding, Georgia; Roll: M653_136; Page: 279; Image: 281.

    4. [S014528] 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).

    5. [S013899] 1870 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1870), Census Place: Line Creek, Spalding, Georgia; Roll: M593_173; Page: 505; Image: 626.

    6. [S014080] 1880 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880), Census Place: District 1067, Spalding, Georgia; Roll: T9_165; Family History Film: 1254165; Page: 346.2000; Enumeration District: 117; Image: 0074.

    7. [S009920] Memoirs of Georgia, (Atlanta, Georgia: The Southern Historical Association, 1895), 1: 524.