Mrs. Lucy Westbrook
From Ruth Walsh
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(undated newspaper clipping, published after April 21,1897)
ENJOYS LIFE AT EIGHTY-FIVE
Mrs. Lucy Blanton (nee) Westbrook, but more generally known as grandma
Blanton celebrated the eighty-fifth anniversary of her birthday
the 21st of
April; at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Lee Robinson.
was born in South Carolina. In early childhood her parents
moved to N.C.
where she grew to womanhood, and married Josiah Blanton who died
Eleven children were born to them, all of whom grew
to manhood and
womanhood, of these, seven are still living, two in Brown county,
five in Fannin county.
Four children, eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren
and a few
other relatives were present to offer their congratulations (article
... will wish for grandma's ... piness and also to partake of the
dinner that had been prepared.
After dinner the time was pleasantly spent in conversation
and singing of
Grandma Blanton has gone through times that try the
courage of women as
well as men.
In the fall of 1851, the family moved to Tennessee
and settled near
Knoxville where they remained four years. When the cholera
parts in 1853 or 54 she helped tend the first one of her neighbors,
stricken with that dread disease, and while many were dying around
shrank not from tendering any assistance she could. In one
stayed alone by the bedside of a friend dying with the cholera;
moman's (sic) husband being down with the fever, and her mother
frightened to enter the room, and when death came to the relief
sufferer, she unassisted dressed the body for burial.
The family came to Texas in 1856 having lived one year
in Missouri, and
stopped near where the Porter church now stands, and only a mile
Robinsons, where grandma makes her home.
May many happy and peaceful years (sic) come to her
and to all old people
who have traveled such a weary pilgrimage. SAG
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