Mrs. Lucy Westbrook Blanton
Mrs. Julia Blanton
OBITUARY: Mrs. Lucy Westbrooks Blanton & Mrs. Julia Blanton Lucy Blanton Blanton was dau of Steven Fletcher Blanton. Lucy Blanton married a Benjamin F. Blanton who was not related to her insofar-as genealogy studies have thus far proven. Now, Lucy Blanton Blanton's father
was Steven F. Blanton. Steven was the brother to Josiah Blanton the father of Rev. Benjamin F. Blanton founder of Blanton's Chapel. Josiah Blanton married Lucy Westbrook and the first article is the obit of Lucy Westbrook Blanton, the mother of Rev. Benjamin F. Blanton of Blanton's Chapel. The
article on Lucy Blanton Blanton (Blanton married a Blanton)is particularily interesting since she described Civil War time conditions in NC and the wagon train trip taking 11 weeks to get from Rutherford Co., NC to Fannin Co., TX. The articles on Lucy Blanton Blanton applies to both Fannin and Grayson Counties.
OBITUARY: from unknown paper (transcribed by Ruth Hasten Walsh; copy
of article for transcription provided by Dorothy Latimer, Trenton, TX)
BLANTON. -- Mrs. Lucy Blanton (nee Westbrook) was born in Spartanburg District, South Carolina, April 21, 1812; married Josiah Blanton in February,1833. She professed religion when but a girl; joined the Church in Texas with her husband under the pastorate of Rev. G. S. Gatewood. Soon after the war she and her husband moved from North Carolina to East Tennessee, near Knoxville, in the year 1852; from three to Missouri in 1855; thence to Texas in 1856, and located in Fannin County. Thus ends the brief life of ninety-one years. About seventy years of her life was spent in service of God and the Church. Sister Blanton was the mother of eleven children; four of these have preceded her to the greet invisible beyond.
She has sixty-four grandchildren, twentyfive of these are dead;great- grandchildren, seventy, and thirteen of these are dead. Two of Sister Blanton's sons are ministers of the gospel. Rev. B. F. Blanton is an honored local preacher in our Church; a strong preacher he is. She has another son who is an acceptable preacher in the C. P. Church out in Western Texas. Sister Blanton was a good and true woman; she loved God and the Church; did all she could for suffering humanity for many long years; the sick-room was her stronghold. She was a kind physician among the female sex for many long years. She spent much time day and night trying to cure the sick and relieve the suffering. Besides all this, she was kind and good to poor people, always reaching out the hand to those who were in need and in want. So I am sure after this long an beautiful Christian life is ended, she is at rest in heaven. As to what estimation was put upon her was attested by the mighty concourse of people that gathered at her funeral service held at Porter Graveyard in Fannin County. May the good Lord bless and keep her children and grandchildren and all her relatives to everlasting life, and one day may they meet her in the sun-bright clime beyond the stars, where goodbyes are never heard and farewells are unknown.
W. B. Bayless, Pastor, Trenton, Texas.
Whitewright Sun, February 27, 1947
FUNERAL HELD FOR WHITEWRIGHT'S OLDEST CITIZEN
Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Blanton, Whitewright's oldest citizen, who died at 9 p.m. Thursday at her home on South Bond street, were held at 2:30 .m. Saturday at the Bethel Baptist Church, four miles south of Whitewright of which she as a charter member. The services ere conducted by Rev. E. P. Wooten, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Whitewright, assisted by Rev. E. M. Atherling, Sherman. Active pallbearers were grandsons, Orbia Blanton, San Antonio; Cecil Blanton, Wichita Falls; ?Clarence Teel, Electra; Truman Teel, Dallas; Howard Badgett, College Station and Roy Blanton, Whitewright.
Burial was at the Bethel Cemetery, directed by Glen Earnheart....Had Mrs. Blanton lived until August 4th she would have been 100 years old. She was active for one of her age up to about a year ago. She was the widow of B. F. Blanton, who died in 1935 at the age of 92. They were married in 1865 and ere one of the few couples that lived to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. It is said that about one couple in a million live to concelebrate their 65th anniversary Julia Ann Blanton, a daughter of Stephen and Sarah Blanton, Mr.. and Mrs. Blanton came to Texas in 1871 and settled near Ely, where they resided six years before moving to the Bethel community. They resided in the Bethel community until they moved to Whitewright in 1930. She had been a member of the Bethel Baptist Church for nearly 70 years. She was born August 4, 1847, in Rutherford County, North Carolina. While her maiden name was the same as her husband they were not related. She was the mother of ten children, five of whom survive. She was 14 when the war between the states disrupted her life. Her father and young Blanton both served in the Confederate Army. After her marriage to Mr. Blanton the couple came to Texas in a nine-wagon train, traveling 11 weeks to reach Fannin County. Mr. Blanton operated a gin and store in the Bethel community for many years. Survivors are three sons, J.F. Blanton, Lubbock;
Jesse Blanton, Houston, Albert Blanton, Oklahoma City; two daughters, Mrs.
W.A. Badgett, Denison, and Mrs. Addie Sweatt of Whitewright, with whom her mother lived; thirty-four grandchildren, fifty-six great grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren. The following out-of-town relatives and friends were among those attending the funeral services: W. A. Blanton, Oklahoma City; Mr. and Mrs. Joe S. Badgett and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hemphill, Austin; Walter H. Badgett, College Station; J. A. Blanton, Mrs. John Arledge Jr., Mrs. J. W. Biggs Jr. and Mrs. Donald V. Henderson, Houston; J. F. Blanton, Lubbock, Mr. and Mrs. Orbia Blanton and son, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Teel and son, Vernon; W. t. teel, W. E. Blanton and Mary Beth Wood, Dallas. Mrs. W. T. Eeay and E. J. Blanton, Beaumont; Mrs. Frank Stauss and son Tahlequar, Okla.; Mrs. T. W. Baines and son, Tulsa, Okla; Mr.
and Mrs. Jasper Jackson and daughter, Oklahoma City; Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Feagan, Tom Bean; Mr. and Mrs. Alton Fultz and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Blanton,Wichita Fallas; Mr. and Mrs. T. K. Sanderson, Amarillo; Mrs. M. L.Sanderson, Electra; Mr. nd Mrs. J. R. Badgett, Mrs. W. A. Badgett and
Miss Lucille Badgett, Denison. Mrs. John Oaks, Amarillo; Mr. and Mrs. Frank White, Clarendon; Mr. and Mrs. Claud Stephens, son and daughter, Jacksonville; Mr.
and Mrs. Taylor Blanton, Tishimingo,Okla; Mrs. Lester Feagans, Pilot Point; Mr. and Mrs. Claud McMillin, Greenville; Mrs. J. B. Hollensed, Tom Bean; Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Truett, Mrs. E. J. Lilley, Mrs. F. R. Lawhorn, Mrs. S. O. Freeman, Mrs. T. W. Williams, Mrs. J. F. Glover, Mrs. J. N. Wilson, Mrs. Tommy Badgett, all of Denison, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Benson, Tom Bean.
ARTICLE from unknown newspaper transcribed by Ruth Hasten Walsh;copy
for transcription provided by Dorothy Latimer,Trenton, TX) - (Photo of Julia accompanied this article) -- blanks indicate torn places in the newspaper clipping from which this story was transcribed.)
MRS. JULIA BLANTON RECALLS FOUR WARS ON 98th BIRTHDAY
Mrs. Julia Blanton of Whitewright, mother of Mrs. Walter Badgett, 1317 South Mirick, quietly celebrated her ninety-eighth birthday Aug. 4, and recalled four
wars in her experiences of almost a century, three-quarters of which have been spent in Grayson and Fannin Counties. Beginning with the War Between the States, her experiences extend through the Spanish-American War and World War I to the present conflict in which she has grandsons, great-grandsons and great-great grandsons in the service. Born Aug. 4, 1847, in Rutherford County, N.C., on a farm near Broad River, Mrs. Blanton was 16 years old when the War Between the States disrupted her way of life. He father had to leave his family and join the Confederate Army, leaving his wife and six children. He served two years in the army, and was taken prisoner just before the end of the war ____ which delayed his return six months. The interrupted Julia's ______nance, too. She was engaged to _____Ben Blanton, who lived ______ Broad River, but their wedding plans were postponed two _____ until the fall of 1865, be____ of his service in the army. A FRIGHTENING INCIDENT: During the war years Julia and her mother and family worked night and day to survive. She remembers working at the spinning wheel and loom, plowing in the field, of chopping and hoeing their crops and of swapping a yard of __eans, made at home for one bushel of corn to be ground into meal for food. One incident Mrs. Blanton particularly remembers was the day two men rode to their house on two fat, sleek horses. She realized they were Yankees or guerrillas . No Confederate owned fat horses. They demanded loudly to know if there were any women there, and Julia slipped out the back door as quickly and quietly as she could and ran down the road to a nearby mill, which was operated by ____ uncle, the only man in the neighborhood exempt from service ____ operate the grist mill, Julia kept ____ even after the horsemen ___________ to her rescue with a gun. The horsemen turned and rode away for, says Julia, "they were afraid of men. IN WAGON TRAIN: After her marriage she lived on a farm in Rutherford until 1871 when they came to Texas in a nine-wagon train, which traveled 11 weeks through Georgia and Louisiana to reach Fannin County and settle near relatives at Ely. Later the couple moved to Pilot Grove to start the farming career in Texas. They became successful land owners, and Mr. Blanton operated a gin at the Bethel community. They moved to Whitewright in 1930, and Mr.. Blanton died there in 1935 at the age of 92.Mrs. Blanton's hobby for many years has been the piecing of quilts. She made all the quilts required for her family. Other hobbies were horseback riding and cooking, an art in which she excelled. Until three years ago, she made pies or all occasions. Last week she was most anxious to make a tie for her birthday. "I've done a heap of cooking in my time, " she says, "and a lot of cooking for hands on the farm, but I always did like to make pies." She never saw a cook-stove or used one _____ she came to Texas.____________learned to cook on a ____ and in a fireplace. "But what's the difference?", she asked, "it's what you cook that matters." The latest in culinary equipment hasn't bothered her. She contends, it's the recipes that count. BELIEVES IN COOPERATION: Mrs. Blanton is the mother of ten children, five of whom have died. Children are Mrs. Badgett, Mrs.. Addie Sweatt, who resides with her mother, Albert Blanton, Oklahoma City; Jim Blanton, Lubbock; and Jesse Blanton, Houston. She has more than 30 grand -children and many great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
A member of the First Baptist Church for many years, she received over 100cards and gifts from her church friends on her birthday. "Wars are hard on women", she said, "but they will always do their share." She always has.
SHERMAN DEMOCRAT, 8-6-1945
(photo of Julia accompanied this article)
98th Birthday - Mrs. F.F. Blanton of Whitewright celebrated her 98th birthday Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Addie Sweatt. Born Aug. 4, 1847 in Rutherford county, N.C. she moved to Texas in 1871 and lived in the Bethel community for over 50 years,
moving to Whitewright in 1930. Her husband died in 1935.
Sherman Democrat, February 21, 1947, p.2
99 YEAR OLD WHITEWRIGHT WOMAN DEAD - Whitewright, Feb. 21 (AP)- A pioneer resident of Grayson county, Mrs. B.F. Blanton, 99, died at her home here Thursday at 9 p.m. // Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Bethel Baptist Church. The Rev. E.P. Wooten, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Whitewright will officiate. Burial is in Bethel Cemetery, under
the direction of Earnheart Funeral Home. Seventy-six years a resident of Grayson county, Mrs. Blanton moved to Ely in 1871, Bethel in 1876, and to Whitewright in 1930 where she has lived since. She was born Aug. 4, 1847 at Rutherford N.C., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Blanton. She married B.F. Blanton Oct. 12, 1865 after a three-year engagement at which time Mr. Blanton was engaged in the Civil War. // Mrs. Blanton was a member of the Baptist Church having joined at an early age. Her husband held a deaconship in the church ever since his early manhood in North Carolina. // Surviving Mrs. Blanton are two daughters, Mrs. W.A. Badgett of Denison and Mrs.
Addie Sweat of Whitewright; three sons, J.F. Blanton of Lubbock, J.A. Blanton of Houston and W.A. Blanton of Oklahoma City; 36 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. // Pallbearers at the funeral will be her grandsons.
(Researcher's note: Julia Ann Blanton was the daughter of Stephen Fletcher Blanton and Sarah McDaniel. Her paternal grandparents were Jeremiah Blanton and Sarah Rebecca Womack of Rutherford Co., NC.)
WHITEWRIGHT SUN, Whitewright, Texas, Thursday, August 9, 1945
Mrs. B.F. Blanton celebrated her 98th birthday anniversary Saturday at her home on South Bond street. During the day a number of friends called to extend congratulations and best wishes. She was born August 4, 1847 in Rutherford County, Tennessee (sic - should read North Carolina). Mr. and Mrs. Blanton came to Texas in 1871 and resided in the Bethel community, south of Whitewright, for
over 50 years. They moved to Whitewright in 1930. Mr. Blanton died in 1935. They were married in 1865. Mrs. Blanton still has good eyesight and good hearing and is still able to be about her home and do minor jobs about the house.
.... in the same paper in the "Locals" column were the following comments:
Mrs. E.S. Blanton of Tishomingo, Okla, was a recent guest in the home of Mrs. B.F. Blanton.... W.A. Blanton of Oklahoma City and Mrs. W.A. Badgett of Denison spent the weekend here visiting their mother, Mrs. B.F. Blanton, who celebrated her 98th birthday Saturday.