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James Blount (1634 - bef. 1686)

Captain James Blount
Born in Of Astley Worcestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1660 in , Isle Of Wright, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died before at about age 52 in Chowan, Albemarle, Province of Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Jan 2011
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Captain James Blount was born about 1620 in England.

In 1684, James Blount was granted 660 acres on the north side of the Abermarle River (known as Mulberry Hill).

James was born about 1620. He passed away in 1686.

Disputed Parents

James Blount was falsely identified as the son of Walter Blount, Bt. in a 1872 genealogy.[1] "The problem is that Sir Walter Blount, Baronet, did not have a son named James Blount. See Alexander Croke, The Genealogical History of the Croke Family, Originally Named Le Blount, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1823), II, 145-146.... The key to establishing Capt. James's parentage and background is the will of Charles Blount, uncle of Capt. James. Charles Blount's will, dated Dec. 19, 1655, includes the following bequest: "I give and bequeathe unto my cozen James Blount one of the Sonnes of my late brother James Blount Esquire deceased the summe of fiftie pounds in case he be liveinge or such returned from beyond the seas where now he is to demand the same." This will was filed in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Folio 172, and is indexed in Vol. 54, Wills 1653-56, PCC, Public Record Office, London. [2]


Will of James Blount, Chowan Precinct, Albemarle, Carolina, 10 Mar 1685/6.[3]

In the Name of God Amen I James Blount of Chowan Precinct In the County of Albemarle In the Province of Carolina Esq. & well knowing the uncertainty of this Life doe make Ordain & Appoint this to bee my Last will and Testament hereby Revoeking & adnulling all former Wills by me Made & this Only to be taken & reputed as my Last will.
Imp. I Bequeath my Soule to God who gave it & my body to the Earth to be Decently Enterred & as for that Worldly Estate which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me in this life my Just debts funeral Expenses & Legatyes being first paid I give and bequeath as followeth---
Item. I give unto my Sonn James Blount one Shilling in Country Comodities to be paid him by my Executrix hereafter named within one year after my Decease.
Item. I give unto my Sonn Thomas Blount & to my two Daughters Ann Slocumb & Elizabeth Hawkins Each of them twelve pence apiece in Country Comodities to be paid them within one year after my Decease.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my Grand Children James Sarah Blount the children of my Sonn Thomas Blount & to Ann Slocomb the child of my Daughter Ann Slocomb & to John Hawkins ye Son of my Daughter Elizabeth Hawkins Each of them a Cow & a Calfe to be paid to their severall parents within three years after my Decease in some sort of Stock to runn for ye use and behoofe of the Said children till they Severally Come of age, or Marriage Capacitated to receive the Same.
Item. I give & bequeath all ye remainder part of my Estate Reall & personall whether it Consist in Lands, houses, Negroes, Servants, Stock, household goods, or any other kind of specie whatsoever, unto my Loving wife Ann Blount for her to have hold occupy & Enjoy During her naturall Liffe without Loss or Controule & at her death to dispose of the Same to ye Value of Sixty pounds in Country Comodities to Whoever she Shall think fitt, And after her my said Wifes Decease, I give ye whole remainder of my Estate to my Son John Blount & his heirs forever; & I do hereby appointe & ordaine yt my said Sonn John Shall be Decently maintained out of the Estate during his minority. and in Case my said Wife Ann should Live till after my Said Sonn John Should come of Age then if he should happen to marry or to goe to Live in some other place from said Wife; then She to pay him thirty or forty pounds (which She pleaseth) in Country Comoditites.
Lastly I appoint my Loving Wife, Ann Blounte my whole & Sole Executrix of this my last will & testament desiring her to be careful in every article & Clause thereof & for Confirmation of ye Same I have hereunto set my hand & Seale this Ninth day of July in the year of our Lord God One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty and five. March ye 10th 1685[/6].
Before signing sealing or Publication I doe hereby Appoint that in Case my Son John Shuld Dy without heirs male then I give & bequeath all my lands & houses to ye heirs Male of my sonn Thomas Blount & so successively doe Entaile the same on their heirs male of my said Thomas forEver: but in case the heirs male of my Said son John & Thomas should both faile then I Entaile the Same on the heirs Generall of my Sonn John first then of my Son Thomas. and if both should faile then of the heirs of my Daughter Ann Slocumb and Elizabeth Hawkins.
James Blount (Seal)
Signed, Sealed & Published as his last will and testament
in presence of
Jane Miller
John Hall
William Dobson
John Wettinhall
This will proved by John Hall and Jane Miller on the seventh day of July 1686 and by William Dobson on the 11th day of July 1686 who uppon their oaths (before me) duely administered did attest that they see the testator above named James Blount signe & seale & heard him declare the above written to be his last will and testament.
Seth Sothell
Recorded J? N. Chevin, Clk --- Chow."
Grimes' North Carolina Wills, 54, states that the will was recorded in Will Book 1, p. 120, Office of Secretary of State.


  1. Blount Family Papers, 1685; 1896. Collection Number: 00072-z. Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina. Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. Digital image available at
  2. Descendants of James Blount
  3. Will of James Blount, Chowan Precinct, Albemarle, Carolina, 10 Mar 1685/6. probate 7 Jul 1686. Blount Family Papers, 1685; 1896. Collection Number: 00072-z. Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina. Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. The original document is laminated and contained in the collection. Digital image available at Also recorded in Will Book 1, p. 120, Office of Secretary of State. (NC)

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I don't think that James Blount's wife was Anne Clare, because the coat of arms bookplate which is said to have been taken from his tomb engraved as a copper plate showed her to be of the Lewknor family. See
posted by Terry Baker
Blount-73 and Blount-1832 appear to represent the same person because: Same
posted by J.t. Ussery Jr
The wills prove these are the correct parents. There are some duplicates to be merged. Thanks!
posted by Paula J
About James Blount: there are wills that link all the ancestors from James back to Walter Blount, son of Sir Thomas Blount and Anne Croft. (Beyond that I think it is pretty well documented.) James Blount who came to Va. and NC is mentioned by name in his uncle's will. In it he is described as "one of the sons of my late brother James Blount" and is said to be living beyond the sea. There are wills for everyone except Jame's father, but his uncle's will names both of them. All of the wills can be viewed via links on this website:
posted by S. Small
Blount-213 and Blount-73 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by [Living Schmeeckle]
James Blount-274 has the correct parents. I've added a "disputed parents" section to show where the mix-up -- which is still very much alive on the internet -- first started.
posted by [Living Schmeeckle]
Blount-274 and Blount-73 appear to represent the same person because: These two profiles are clear duplicates, although there is some question of the validity of the parents. I propose we complete the merge and sort out the question of parentage (and siblings) once the merger is complete. Thanks.

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