Title: Fannin County Folks & Facts
Page: p. 115
Author: Bonham Public Library: Sponsor
Publication: Name: 1977, Bonham Public Library;
Title: 1850 Census, Fannin Co.Texas, other districts
Page: fam. 183
Title: 1860 Federal Census, Fannin Co., Texas
Page: Beat 4, p. 101, fam. 677
Note: Mary Helen Haines notes
From p. 114-115 Fannin County Folks and Facts, pub.1977, article by Dorothy Nelson Fleming "Asa Blankenship was born in Lunenburg County, Virginia in 1787. Marriage records show he married Elizabeth Houchin, daughter of John Houchin of Logan County, Kentucky in 1815. They made their home in Missouri as several of the older children were born there. In the 1830 and 1840 Sevier County, Arkansas census Asa was located. By 1850 he with his family were located in Fannin County probably arriving in 1842. They were listed in the census: Asa Blankenship, a blacksmith age 63 and born in Virginia, was the head of the household. His wife Elizabeth is shown as 54 years old and a native of Kentucky. Their children listed were A. Jr. age 22; F., a 20 year old male; Levi, age 16, Mary, age 14; and James, age 12. Arkansas is shown as the birthplace of all the children.
The oldest son of Asa, Hezikiah age 34 from Missouri was already married and living in separate hosehold in 1850. He married Rebecca McFarland born in Missouri but her family also lived in Fannin County. They were married September 14, 1843 in Fannin County. Their children were: James H., S.E., Jno.W. and E.G. A daughter Elizabeth born in Missouri, married James Cummins of North Carolina and lived in Fannin County. On October 19, 1848 Eliza Blankenship married Elijah Burris, Sevier County. Nancy Blankenship married in Lamar County April 4, 1844 to Henry Robertson. A son John Blankenship of Texas married Elizabeth Brown January 16, 1847. This is a total of ten children; possibly there were others as all the Blankenships seemed to have liked the same given names. Asa had brothers who came to Texas also and they all followed similar paths before coming to Texas."
In 1840 was living next to Andrew Caldwell, John Jackson in Washington, Sevier Co. ARK, so was already connected with the McFarland in-laws.
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