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For those of you trying to connect to the original Blanton immigrant, Thomas,
here are a few suggested strategies:
(1) Avoid the various Thomas and Jane Maguffey Blanton genealogies posted on
several websites. They purport to show the 18th Century descendants of Thomas
Blanton (first noted in 1682 in Essex County, VA), but are largely bogus,
especially in the third and fourth generations. They are based on the work of
Noah Bradley, who simply matched people by name with no other documentation.
Many Web "genealogists" (a.k.a. surfing genealogists) pass their time by
copying undocumented genealogies from one site to another, apparently hoping
that quantity, rather than quality, will validate them. However, like rotten
fish, the smell never goes away.
(2) Be especially wary of the LDS site as there is a totally concocted
genealogy which purports to connect Jeremiah Blanton to a John Blanton of
Plymouth, MA through Essex, MD. There is no record to support any of its
assertions. It was used in a Temple ceremony and the creator is not
(3) Use the Blanton Family Historians Site. It links to early Blanton records
for which there is direct evidence of offspring and links to valid
genealogies for later generations of various branches
(4) Consider having a DNA test performed on someone from your line. This may
save a lot of research time. It is possible to classify your line into four
groups, thereby eliminating a lot of wasated research time and effort. The
test must be run on a male with the Blanton surname. He must descend through
the male line from a Blanton. Follow the DNA link on the above site for
(5) The four groups of Blantons are:
(a) Tidewater Blantons-These connect to Thomas and Jane Maguffey Blanton. The
18th Century lines have been proven to varying degrees of certainty by
inference from the direct and circumstantial evidence available.
(b) The Southwest Virginia Blantons-These connect to William of Lee, VA or
John of Knox/Harlan, KY. Many migrated to Missouri. It is possible that we
may be able to connect them to the Tidewater Blantons, but there is little
evidence so far. The bogus genealogies connect them without any evidence for
(c)The Womack-Blantons. These connect to Archee Blanton, who was the child of
Abraham Womack and Ann Blanton of Amelia County, VA. Archee's children were
Jeremiah, Obadiah, Claiborn and William of Rutherford County, NC. Jeremiah
and his wife were well known in Rutherford for their work in the Methodist
Church. Several of Archee's descendants were dedicated frontier preachers.
(d) Unrelated. In this case, it is necessary to isolate the generation of the
false paternity with tests on other branches. If it occurred in modern times,
there may or may not be records available to explain it. In earlier times the
search requires the use of different records than normally used.
In a message dated 2/15/03 2:34:41 PM Central Standard Time,
> If I may I would like to post this in various other
> sites and use it in some of my documentations I am compiling?
Please feel free to use anything I post or send to you with or without
attribution. We send so much back and forth that it is easy to forget who
sent what sometimes.
Thank You Bob.