Langhorne Blevins Settlement

(The front page of the original manuscript is torn).

Location: _____ side of the Highway leading from Wise to Hurricane, between _________ road and adjoining the Wise County Fairground.

Date: ________ the late eighteen thirties or early eighteen forties.

Owners: ________ Blevins before the formation of the county and Blevins _________ of the tract to George Wesley Blevins (his son), December ________, 225 acres. Langhorne Blevins became indebted to C. F. __________ Merchant and this place was sold for debts.

History: __________ Kilgore, Deputy Sheriff, sold to Charles W. Kilgore, June ____________, and Kilgore did not pay for place and it was resold to __________ November 27, 1876 and he ordered the Deputy Sheriff to ________ Deed to Creed F. Flanary. Deed was made to C. F. Flanary ________ 15, 1878. __________ sold to the whole of this tract of 390 acres to T. G. Wells _____________ 30, 1888, for
$10,000. ______ sold this place out in various tracts, 13 acres to ________ Habern, July 1, 1909 for $500, 35 acres to Sophronia Collier _________ 26, 1901 for $300. She sold 35 acres to Annie Habern, wife _____________ Habern. Annie Habern sold the old Blevins home site to _________ Lipps, April 30, 1936,
17.315 acres for $3,700.

Description: __________ first house that was built here was a one story one room ________ing, with clapboard roof and a stone chimney about four __________ Langhorne Blevins built a two story, two room, log _________allel to this first house but not attached to same. The __________ space between the two houses
was boxed up with puncheon ________ one room building served as a kitchen and dining room. _______ story addition was built of hewn logs, floored with poplar _____ inch thick, had two windows to each room and hand _______________ (from this point the manuscript is intact) paneled doors with iron lift latch and strap hinges. The rooms in this house were about eighteen by twenty feet, were called hand-dressed lumber. The flooring of the second floor was laid down on dressed joists and served as ceiling for the overhead of the first floor room. The overhead ceiling of the second story was made of yellow poplar wood also. The stairway led up from the outside of the house. Shingle roof and stone chimney on the front of the house. Fireplace on the first floor. The
original one room of this house was about sixteen by eighteen feet and the cooking was done on the fireplace. This place had a very pretty lawn, fronting about fifty feet. Near the old room (part used as kitchen), stood a
log smoke house, typical of the early one with a long covered shed that almost reached the kitchen. These smokehouses were usually used to store the winter's supply of meat and grains. All sales of this property are sold with a fourth of an acre reservation, it being the Blevins Graveyard. It is said that when Langhorne Blevins settled here, the Glades were so rough that when he moved in
he had to unhook his ox team and carry the harness and yoke on his back to the home site. He and his sons cleared the land around the old place and when it was plowed, Indian arrows were found in abundance and also an Indian Pestle (an instrument the Indians used to beat their grain into meal), and that Mrs. Blevins used it until her death to beat up her coffee in a mortise. This Pestler was six or seven inches long and the beating was about the size of an egg.
     Tradition says that when Blevins settled here he bought this tract of land for a Rifle gun and a bale of cotton.

     Langhorne Blevins was born in 1799 and died about 1896. He was married to Sarah Belcher and to this union were born children: Six sons and five daughters. Robert, who settled in Scott Co., VA; Alexander married Peggy Ramey and lived in Bath Co., KY; Nathaniel married Mary Green and second Matilda Steele;
Andrew Jackson, never married; George Wesley, married Martha Ann Wells and lived in the Hurricane; Lindsey P., married Mary Miller and lived at Glamorgan; Helen married John Ramey; Sarah married Levi Belcher; Melvina was never married; Elizabeth Jane married Matthew Moore and lived in Kentucky; Matilda
married Elliott Vanover and 2nd Lewis Medley.

     When the Civil War broke out, Langhorne Blevins was then too old to go into the service, but he had Southern blood flowing through his veins and helped throw up the breastworks at the Pound Gap and was also in skirmishes in and around the Court House, mainly in the skirmish when the Courthouse was burned. Dr. Hill of Wise has the gun that he used during the Civil War.
     His sons, George Wesley and Andrew Jackson, were both Confederate soldiers and both fought in the Battle of Gettysburg.

     Just prior to the surrender, Andrew J. developed pleurisy and due to lack of medical treatment it ate a hole in his side and he was given a furlough until his health improved. He returned to his home in the Glades of Wise County and the treatment of loved hands and rest from the worries of war worked wonders and he was soon able to go around again. At that time Wise County had a bunch of Home Guards and many of the members of the Guard were hiding out to keep from entering the service and some had deserted and were also using the name of Guard to cover their stealing and many other crimes. A fellow by the name of Mack Jessee was a member of this Guard and he approached Blevins one day and told him that he would have to return to the War. "No, not in the condition I am in now", Blevins answered. "Well, then why don't you join the Home
Guard with us, then?" he asked. Blevins replied that if he joined anything it would not be a bunch of horse thieves and robbers. However, Blevins became alarmed or afraid of the Home Guard and hid out around the Glades, only coming home at night or when a safe chance presented itself. At this time among the Home Guards were two men by the name of John Bickley and _______ Minnifee. It was agreed that they would kill Blevins and in return they were to get a chicken pie for dinner from the Home Guards. Early one Sunday morning after Lee had surrendered and peace had been made, Blevins left his hiding place and went home. Eli Bond, a friend of Blevins', went to the home of Blevins and asked him to go home with him and write a letter for him to a
friend in the Confederacy. Bond lived at the site where the Yellow Creek Bridge is East of Wise and when the two friends got to the home and shortly after their letter was begun, the womenfolk called that the Guard was coming. Bond and Blevins hurried out the back and started to run up the old Hurricane Road. In the race, Blevins was shot down and the Guard passed him up trying to catch Bond, who eventually escaped through the Glades and made his get away. When returning back down the road, Minifee tried to make his horse trample
Blevins who was still yet alive, though mortally wounded. The horse, each time, would jump over the man and Minifee dismounted and shot the wounded man through the head. Minifee and Bickley knew they would be apprehended for this crime so they started riding toward Guest Station to make their getaway and while passing this place they killed John Newberry who was attending
the funeral of his mother. Sometime later Bickley was passing back through this section and sent a woman ahead to warn him of danger. The authorities got word of this, captured the woman and forced her to tell what time he would be through. He was to pass that night and Lieutenant Cyphers rounded up a bunch of citizens and captured him.
     He was taken then on Sunday morning to the spot near Yellow Creek Bridge where Blevins was killed and again the stillness of the Sabbath morning was punctuated by the crack of a rifle and another life passed over. He was buried in the old cemetery opposite the Wise Primitive Baptist Church on the Highway leading south from Wise. Minifee was not captured by the authorities of this county.
 
Source of Information: This story was told to George Blevins of Wise by an old woman who remembered it distinctly and the foregoing was 
related by Geoge Blevins.


 
 
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