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Some, without source, have claimed that a man named William Blevins, born in about 1690, was the patriarch of the Blevins family that appears in the Monocacy Hundred, Prince George's County, Maryland in 1733, and migrated to the Virginia frontier in the late 1730s. Others have disputed the existence of this William Blevins. One researcher calls it "[a] pervasive, but provably incorrect Blevins story."
The earliest researcher known to claimed that a William was the patriarch of the Monocacy Hundred Blevins is Bill Dwayne Blevins in his 1972 book Blevins Ancestry. The primary focus of the book is on Richard Blevins (abt.1800-abt.1872) and his descendants, but in a brief and speculative introductory section he states: "It is believed that the patriarch of our Blevins line was a William Blevins who came to America in the late 1600's, and temporarily settled in what is now the state of Maryland. Appearing at this time is a William Blevins born c.a. 1690, who is presumed to be the son of the William Blevins." He cites no source for this claim.
Others have republished the same claim since, but none appear to have found any source to support it. At least one has asserted that a William Blevins appears on the taxables list in the Monocacy Hundred in 1733, along with James and Daniel, but that is false. James and Daniel do appear, but there is no William Blevins on the taxables list in the Monocacy Hundred in 1733, nor does any William appear on the 1734 list of men in the Monocacy Hundred who failed to burn their substandard tobacco as required by local law. There is no known record at all of any William Blevins appearing in Maryland at that time.
In fact, according to one Blevins researcher, there is no "extant documentary mention of a man named William Blevins anywhere on the continent" before the 1740s. The earliest known reference is the reported mention of a William Blevins in early surveyor's records in what was then Brunswick County on the remote southwestern Virginia frontier in 1741. These references beginning in the early 1740s to a William Blevins on the Virginia frontier refer to William Blevins (abt.1719-aft.1778). Although some claim that that William was the son of this one, that claim has been proven false. That William's father was James Blevin, as discussed in the Research Notes below.
Therefore, the existence of this alleged William Blevins is at best uncertain and arguably disproven.
Some researchers, without source, have identified William Blevins as the father of the following children:
This claim has been disproven. These children most likely were all siblings living in the Monocacy Hundred in 1733; but their parents were almost certainly James Blevin and Margery Tosh (1689-bef.1743). For a detailed explanation of the evidence for that claim, see "The Unique Signature Marks of Two James Blevins: A Key Clue to the Origin of the Southern Blevins Family." and the profile for James Blevin.
Although not mentioned either in Blevins Ancestry or The Longhunters, Sarah Blevins has also been attached to this profile as another child, again without source.
Some, without source, claim that this William Blevins was the son of William Blethyn and/or Anna Bunch. There is no known documentation of any such relationship. Please do not reattach those parents without first explaining the source for the claim in the comments below and in this G2G discussion.
Some, without source, have claimed that his wife was Mary Bean; and others, also without source, have claimed it was Anna (or Ann) Bunch. There is no known documentation for either claim. Please do not reattach either spouse without first explaining the source for the claim in the comments below.
Some researchers, and an earlier version of this profile, have given an exact birth date of 27 Nov 1691, and claim he was born in Lancashire, England. This appears to be based upon the baptismal record of a "Will s. of John Blevin" who was baptized on 27 Nov 1691 at St. Nicholas Church in the Parish of Liverpool in Lancashire, England. There is no reason to believe that the William Blevin, son of John Blevin, who was baptized at St. Nicholas Church in November 1691, ever emigrated to America. However, some researchers have speculated that this baptismal record may be the original source for the disputed claim that this William Blevins existed.
Other researchers have claimed that this William Blevins was born in New England, possibly in Westerly, Rhode Island. As explained in "Unique Signature Marks of Two James Blevins" and the profile forJames Blevin, the Blevin family which was present in the Monocacy Hundred in 1733 did originate in Westerly, Rhode Island, but there is no record of any William Blevins having ever lived there.
The Find a Grave memorial which purportedly relates to this person, referred to in the memorial as "William 'Old Bill' Blevins II" gives a death date of 17 February 1771, but cites no source and includes no gravestone image.
A prior version of this profile identified him as the "William Blethyn" who was indentured as a carpenter to William Byrd, a wealthy planter and the owner of Westover plantation in Charles City County, Virginia. This indentured carpenter, identified as a "Welchman," absconded from his indenture on 21 March 1752, along with another indentured servant named James Morris. According to a notice published in the Virginia Gazette offering a reward for their capture and return, the two runaways were believed to have fled to Carolina, wearing "blue Kerfey Pea-Jackets, dark-grey Wastecoats, blue Breeches, and coarse Yarn Stockings," posing as "Seafaring men." In his book, Leslie Blevins speculates from this clipping that the elderly William Blevins -- whose sons had all settled on the remote southwestern Virginia frontier by the early 1740s -- sold himself into indentured servitude as a carpenter on a tidewater plantation along the James River when he was in his late fifties or early sixties, "to earn money for investing in land." This is improbable.
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