Grayson County 

Blagg Family



Thomas J. Blagg
Thomas and his family came to the Republic of Texas in September 1840.   Where they came from is not known, he received a conditional certificate for 640 acres of land from the Fannin County Board of Land Commissioners, Republic of Texas on 17 September 1841.


In1842 he served in Captain Jesse Stiff's company of Republic of Texas Minutemen, Fannin County Guards, General Alexander Somervell, commanding.  He was due 3 months pay at $22.50 per month.

On 4 Nov 1844 he received an unconditional certificate for the 640 acres in Grayson County, Texas and promptly sold the land to John H. Glover for $500.

Thomas was deeded 50 acres in Grayson county by Samuel Wychard on 15 March 1845. Patent for the 640 acres of land issued to Thomas J. Blagg on 19 November 1845.

2)Sarah, Thomas? wife, was born 1812 in Tennessee. 

She and Thomas had two sons:  John M. Blagg, born 1834 in Alabama and Joseph, born 1836 in Alabama. In 1846 she was listed on the Grayson county, Texas Tax List taxed on 50 acres of land and also on the Poll List. 

In 1847 she was listed on the Grayson county Tax List taxed on 50 acres of land.

On 20 November 1848 she married Able H. Drake in Grayson county.

The 1850 census of Grayson county Texas:
A.H. Drake, age 34, born TN, farmer
Sarah Drake, age 38, born TN

W. J. Drake, male, age 8, born IL

L. Drake, female, age 7, born IL

John Blagg, age 16, laborer, born AL

Joseph Blagg, age 14, born GA

9 Feb 1854: received Thomas?pay for 1842 service in Minutemen, $62.50

Certificate: State of Texas, Public Debt of the late Republic of Texas:  9 February 1854 Certificate: State of Texas, Public Debt of the late Republic of Texas:

This is certify that Thomas Blagg has, under the provisions of an act of the Legislature of The State of Texas, entitled "An Act to extend the provisions of 'an act to provide for ascertaining the Debt of the late Republic of Texas, ' " approved February 7, 1853, filed with the Auditor and Comptroller, A claim for services in Captain Stiff's Company of Minutemen in 1842 amounting to sixty-seven and 50/100 dollars: which is sufficiently authenticated to authorize the auditing of the same under the laws of the late Republic of Texas. The said Claim, according to the data before us, is worth sixty-seven and 50/100 dollars, in Paz Funds, as having been at that rate so available to the Government.

1854: According to "North Texas & Indian Territory" by Adkins-Rochette, Sarah Blagg Drake was in Lamar Co, TX in 1854.

Children of Thomas and Sarah:

3)John M. Blagg was born 1834 in Alabama.
In the 1850 census of Grayson county Texas he was in the Able H. Drake household with his mother and brother Joseph.
14 Nov 1851: John and his brother Joseph buy land from Samuel Blagg in Grayson county Texas.

20 May 1853: John and Joseph deed 200 acres to Josiah Wynn in Grayson county Texas. 

18 Dec 1855: John sells 200 acres in Grayson county to James S. Clark for 200 dollars.

No additional info found on John M. Blagg.

4)Joseph Blagg was born 13 February 1836 in Alabama or Arkansas.

1850 census of  Grayson county Texas:  Enumerated with the A. H. Drake family:

A. H. Drake, 34, born TN; Sarah, 38, born TN; W. J. (male), 8, born IL; L. (female), age 7, born IL; John Blagg, age 16, born AL; Joseph, age 14, born GA.  (Sarah, widow of Thomas J Blagg, is the mother of John and Joseph Blagg.)

14 Nov 1851:  Samuel Blagg sells land to Joseph and his brother John.

20 May 1853:  Joseph and brother John deed 200 acres to Josiah Wynn.

18 Aug 1856   Joseph sells his half of land on Choctaw Bayou in Grayson county Texas.

22 Sep 1857:Joseph married Susan Bigbee.

1860 census of Grayson county TX:  Household: Joseph, head of household, age 24, born AL, laborer; Susan, wife, age 19, born TN; Thomas, son, age 3, born TX; Sarah, daughter, age 5 months, born TX.

4 Jan 1862:  Joseph served as a private in Company K, 22nd Texas Calvary, Polignac's Brigade, CSA and later as a private in Company D, 5th Regiment, Texas Partisan Rangers.  According to his service records, he was enlisted 4 January 1862 at Farmington, Grayson County, Texas by Enoch M. Jones.  Data on his "Muster In and Descriptive Roll" is as follows:

Roll dated: 31 January 1862 at Fort Washita

Muster in date:  not noted

Height: 5 feet, 11 inches

Age: 26

Occupation: Farmer

Where born: Texas

Where enlisted: Sherman, Texas

When enlisted: 4 January 1862

Where mustered: Fort Washita

When mustered: 31 January 1862

Hair: Lite

Eyes: Blue

Complexion: Fair

Value of horse: $140

Value of rigging: $25

25 Apr 1863:  Transferred from Company K of Stephen's Regiment to Company D of 5th Regiment, Texas Partisan Rangers.

20 Jan 1862:  Joseph sold 50 acres of land in Grayson county to Thomas J. Scott for $220.

17 Feb 1863: Wife Susan on list of "Indigent Families of Northeast Texas".

9 Feb 1865: Joseph sold land in Grayson county TX to R. L. Bullock for $550.

13 Feb 1865:  Joseph and family on list of "Indigent Families of Northeast Texas".

24 Oct 1865:  John Neff buys 130 acres in Grayson county TX  from Joseph for 400 dollars.

Joseph's death and burial:  Unknown

5) Susan Bigbee

Susan was born 22 Sep 1841 in Robertson county TN.  She married Joseph Blagg on 22 Sep 1857.

1875, 1876, 1877, 1878,1880:  Listed on the 

"Assessment Roll of Property" in Grayson County, TX.  Owned no land or town lots but paid tax on property.

1880 census of Grayson County TX: 

Family included Susan, age 38; Thomas J., age 21; Sarah E., age 20; Phebe M., age 15; William F., age 8; and Rosa M., age 6.  Susan born in TN; childrens' father (Joseph) born in AR; all children (except Thomas) shown as being born in TX; Thomas born in AR.

1906 photo of Susan holding two gr-grandchildren.

Susan's death and burial:  Unknown

6) Joseph and Susan's children

Thomas Jefferson Blagg, born 8 Aug 1858 in Fayetteville, Washington county

AR according to info in his obituary.  Named after his grandfather.

Sarah Elizabeth Blagg, born 2 Mar 1860 in Grayson county TX.

Florence Blagg, born 26 Dec 1863 in Grayson county TX.  Died 14 Sep 1864.

Phoebe Maud Blagg, born 25 Nov 1865 in Grayson county TX.

Mary Belle Blagg, born 14 Jul 1868 in Grayson county TX.

William F Blagg, born 12 Dec 1871 in either TX or AR.

Rosa Mae Blagg, born 11 Jul 1873 in Washington county AR.

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