06 November 2010

James Clendening - Col. Anthony Bledsoe's Son-In-Law & The Bledsoe Will

From Bledsoe of Spotsylvania, VA, in the Historical Southern Families, Volume III:


There is a will of record in Orange Co., N.C., dated June 17, 1790, for William Clendening li sting as beneficiaries, Mary, William, JOHN, Joseph, Polly, Rebecca, Ann, Fanny, Jenny, JAMES , and Fisher. The executors of this will were John Thompson and Andrew Murdock. From this i t can be clearly seen that JAMES CLENDENING, who married BETSEY BLEDSOE, was a younger brother of Lt. John Clendening of Orange Co., North Carolina.

[Note: How this proves that the John listed in William Clendening's will is Lt. John Clendening, of Orange Co., NC., I'm not sure unless John was the only John Clendening / Clendenin / Clendenan in Orange County. Lt. John Clendening was the first husband of Fannie/Mary who married 2nd Alexander Trousdale. The Trousdales were my ancestors.]


James Clendening, who married Betsey Bledsoe June 10, 1789, in Sumner Co., Tenn., wrote the will of Colonel Anthony Bledsoe, as he lay mortally wounded by the Indians, and is mentioned many times in the lawsuit brought in 1846 by Polly Bledsoe Weatherhead, a posthumus daughter of Col. Anthony Bledsoe. The division previously made by the executors of the will was upheld . The children of Betsey (Bledsoe) and James Clendening were Thomas, killed by the Indians ; Anthony; Richard; Patsy, married James Patterson, Rachel, married William Patterson, and Elizabeth Clendening.


The United States Supreme Court reports, Volumes 50-53, has details about Col. Anthony Bledsoe's contested will here.


Col. Anthony Bledsoe was granted 6,280 acres of land from the State of North Carolina. He built a fort at Greenfield, about 2 1/2 miles north of Bledsoe's Lick (now Castalian Springs, TN). Archaeology at Bledsoe's Lick (with pictures) can be found here.

He (Col. Anthony Bledsoe) also had land in Kentucky (one land grant found here) that he wanted sold to use for his children's education (per his will).

Bledsoe County, Tennessee, was named after Colonel Anthony Bledsoe.

See his gravestone at Find-A-Grave.

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