28 December 2013

William Blevins, Long Hunter

Another link from Jeremy Blevins' blog:
William Blevins, Long Hunter

John L. Knighten

While John L. Knighten was not a Blevins, his granddaughter Katie Caroline Knighten married Huston Abraham Blevins. Family tradition states that John L. Knighten was a Cherokee. I have commented on him a couple times on my personal blog:

19 December 2013

Blazon of William Blethyn's Armorial Achievements

A couple years ago I posted the William Blethyn pedigree roll with the promise of transcribing it. I'm a little behind schedule in following through with that, but I would like to make an attempt to blazon the arms attributed to him.

Arms: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Gules, three chevrons argent (Corenny hir Lydanwyn), 2nd, Azure, a chevron between three cocks combed, armed, and wattled gules (Meuric ap Tewdric), 3rd, Or, three lions passant guardant gules armed and langued azure?, a crescent dexter chief for difference gules.

Crest: Upon a wreath of gules and argent, a Paschal Lamb proper, holding between its forepaws a long cross argent from which flies a banner of the Cross of St. George."

Motto: Et Mica Mihi (And a grain for me)

21 September 2013

Elisha James Blevins

As is often the case with genealogy, excellent research has already been done on a particular ancestor, if only you can find it. With regards to my 3rd great-grandfather, Elisha James Blevins, the research has already been done by Robin Sterling. For the sake of posterity, I'll provide the link to original and a cached copy from the Way Back Machine.

Way Back Machine:

20 February 2013

William Blethyn Pedigree Roll

Originally posted by Jeremy B. Blevins on his website:

In the history of the Blevins/Blevin/Blethyn/Bleddyn name, one of the more famous characters in the past thousand years would have to be William Blethyn, Bishop of Llandaff, who lived in the 16th century. There is a fair amount of information on him in out of print books, many of which can be found on Google books. At a later date, I'll go back and give a better biography of him.

The one piece of historical information that is by far the most valuable, and in my opinion, of great importance to Welsh national heritage, is the William Blethyn Pedigree Roll kept at the Glamorgan Archives. A zoomable copy of the Pedigree Roll can be viewed here. One of the amazing things to me is that this roll purports to trace the lineage of William Blethyn back through the Welsh kings of antiquity and on to Brutus of Troy, the legendary founder of Britain. And even more astounding, the top left corner of the roll take the genealogy from Brutus all the way back to Adam. I'll leave it to individual opinion how much of the genealogy presented is to be accepted as fact.

At some point in the future I'd like to transcribe the text of the roll and redraw the arms listed and research them one by one until I have a clearer picture of what all is here. Given the magnitude of information listed, this could turn into a life-long project. If there is anyone else out there interested in helping, please let me know.

Image copyright © Glamorgan Archives (Reference CL/PED/1)

[Update 24 February, 2017: It has been brought to my attention that the link to the pedigree roll on the Glamorgan Archives website is no longer functional, and that the Archives present staff does not appear to be aware of the document. We can only hope that it is still in safe keeping.]