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Colonel Anthony Bledsoe

Birthplace: Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: July 20, 1788 (54-55)
Sumner County, Tennessee, United States (Shot and mortally wounded by Indians)
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Bledsoe and Sarah Bledsoe
Husband of Mary Parker
Father of Thomas Bledsoe; Sarah Bledsoe Shelby; Elizabeth Clendening; Susannah Penney; Rachel Bledsoe and 5 others
Brother of Lt. Jacob Bledsoe, Sr.; Sarah Rush; Moses Bledsoe; Loving Bledsoe; Aaron Bledsoe and 3 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Ann Hooten; Col. Isaac Bledsoe, I; Thomas Ball Bledsoe; Abraham Bledsoe; Catherine Thorton and 4 others

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About Colonel Anthony Bledsoe

A Patriot of the American Revolution for Virginia & North Carolina with the rank of COLONEL. DAR Ancestor #: A011213

Anthony Bledsoe, pioneer, surveyor, and early settler of the Cumberland region, was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and became a product of the rolling frontier of his day. He was a justice of the peace for Augusta County in 1769, Botetourt in 1770 and 1771, and Fincastle in 1773 and 1774. He served on the Fincastle Committee of Safety in 1775-76, and in 1777 Bledsoe was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and reelected in 1778.

In 1779 Bledsoe became a surveyor with the commissioners of Virginia and North Carolina to establish the line between the western lands of those states. In 1780 he served as justice of the peace for the new county of Sullivan, North Carolina, and in 1781 and 1782 was its state senator. In 1783 he was one of the commissioners selected to survey the North Carolina military land grant reservation. He became a justice of the peace for new Davidson County in 1783, and in 1785-86 he represented the county in the state Senate. When Sumner County was created in 1786, Bledsoe assumed the same duties there, becoming chairman of the county court in 1787.

He shouldered military responsibilities wherever he was. He volunteered for Lord Dunmore's colonial army in 1764 in the French and Indian War and was captain of militia in Botetourt in 1770. After taking up the cause of independence, he commanded the patriots at Fort Patrick Henry on the Long Island of the Holston in 1776. He served as lieutenant colonel commandant of Sullivan County in 1781, Davidson County in 1783, and Sumner County in 1787.

A recognized leader of the Cumberland settlements, Bledsoe brought his wife, Mary Ramsey Bledsoe, and their ten children to settle near Bledsoe's Lick in 1785. He and his family paid dearly for their relocation, however. Anthony Bledsoe died at the hands of Indians in 1788, as did his brother Isaac five years later. The same fate befell Bledsoe's sons, Anthony Jr. and Thomas, his nephew Anthony, and his brothers-in-law, Henry and William Ramsey.



Anthony Bledsoe was born in 1733 in Culpeper County, Virginia (or Spotsylvania County, Virginia).[1][2][3] His father was Abraham Bledsoe.

Member of the County Court of Botetourt Fiu castle and Washington counties Officer in the militia of Fincastle and Washington counties Built Bledsoe's Fort

Represented Washington county in the General Assembly 1777 1778 Commanded Christian's army at Long Island from December 1776 to April 1777 Removed to Bledsoe's Lick near Nashville Tennessee where he was killed by the Indians


From page 103 of Historic Sumner County, Tennessee: With Genealogies of the Bledsoe, Gage and ... By Jay Guy Cisco

Col. Anthony Bledsoe, son of Abraham Bledsoe, was born in what is now Culpeper county, Virginia, then Orange county, in 1733. About 1760 he married Mary Ramsey, of Augusta county. He was killed by Indians at Bledsoe's Lick, Summer county, Tennessee, on July 20, 1788.

Mary Ramsey was born in Augusta county, Virginia in 1734, and died in Sumner county, Tennessee, in 1808.

They had eleven children, five sons and six daughters, one of which was born four months after the death of Colonel Bledsoe.

Their children were

  1. Abraham Bledsoe, born in Virginia about 1762.
  2. Thomas Bledsoe.
  3. Sarah Bledsoe, born in Virginia in 1763.
  4. Anthony Bledsoe, Jr.
  5. Isaac Bledsoe.
  6. Henry Ramsey Bledsoe.
  7. Rachael Bledsoe.
  8. Polly Bledsoe, born in Virginia in 1780.
  9. Betsy Bledsoe.
  10. Prudence Bledsoe.
  11. Susan Bledsoe.

Who's Nancy's father?

From link to the Will of Nathaniel Parker

" ....Sixth, I give and bequeath to my second wife's daughter Nancy Parker, one dollar and no more of my estate, real or personal. ..."


Ohio Supreme Court Justice Thomas Scott in his 1851 letter confirms that the Nathaniel Parker who married is aunt Elizabeth Scott and the Nathaniel Parker who married Mary (Ramsey) Bledsoe were one and the same by stating:

After the decease of my aunt, Mr. Parker with the residue of his sons and daughters, their families removed to the state of Tennessee, where he intermarried with the widow of Col. Bledsoe deceased, but report says they did not live happily together.

The 'did not live happily together' is reinforced by the publishing In the Knox Gazette dated 29 November 1794 where Nathaniel Parker stated that his wife Mary had left his bed and board and warned all persons that he would not be responsible for her debts or contracts. On November 21, 1800 Mary Parker sued for divorce from Nathaniel Parker. On November 12, 1802 a trial was held. The jury found that Mary Ramsey Bledsoe had not been mistreated by Nathaniel Parker any worse than she treated him and that Nathaniel had forced the defendant from his house. Twelve days later, on November 24 1802, the court entered it's final decree. The court awarded her separate bed and board and awarded her separate maintenance in the amount of $200 per annum to be paid quarterly.

See: Legal Papers of Andrew Jackson by Andrew Jackson - Univ of Tenn Press 1987 link and More Tales of Tennessee by Louise Littleton Davis 1998 link

Nathaniel Parker's cabin is a typical pioneer log cabin, built in the 1780s. The cabin was originally located a few miles north of Bledsoe's Lick and later dismantled and moved to the park. Parker married Mary Ramsey Bledsoe ” the widow of Anthony Bledsoe in the 1790s and commanded the fort at Greenfield. [1]

A photograph of the cabin in which they lived may be seen here:


By West Virginia. Dept. of Archives and History 1908, [ link]
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Colonel Anthony Bledsoe's Timeline

Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Colonial America
Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA
December 1768
Augusta, Virginia, USA
Augusta, Virginia, USA
Botetourt County, Virginia
Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA
Washington, Virginia, USA