Sarah BLEDSOE[1, 2, 3]

Female 1768 - 1852  (~ 89 years)


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  • Name Sarah BLEDSOE 
    Born Between 1763 and 1768  Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 11 Mar 1852  [1
    Person ID I2082  BlytheGenealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2019 

    Family David SHELBY,   b. 1763, Washington, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1822, Gallatin, Sumner, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 1784  Sullivan, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Children 
     1. John SHELBY,   b. 24 May 1785, Sumner, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 15 May 1859, Edgeville, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Anthony Bledsoe SHELBY,   b. 15 Jan 1789, Sumner, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1851, Brandon, Rankin, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     3. Philip Davies SHELBY,   b. 7 Mar 1791,   d. 27 May 1799  (Age 8 years)
     4. Priscilla SHELBY,   b. 8 Mar 1793, Sumner, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Lucinda SHELBY,   b. 24 Mar 1795, Sumner, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1886, Fayette, Fayette, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     6. James SHELBY,   b. 13 Jul 1797,   d. 28 Aug 1797  (Age 0 years)
     7. Eleanor (Nellie) SHELBY,   b. 14 Jan 1799, Spencer's Choice, Sumner, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. David Davies SHELBY,   b. 15 Jul 1801,   d. 2 Aug 1805  (Age 4 years)
     9. Orville SHELBY,   b. 21 Jan 1803, Sumner, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1835  (Age 31 years)
     10. Sarah Bledsoe SHELBY,   b. 21 Jan 1806, Sumner, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1842  (Age 36 years)
     11. Albert SHELBY,   b. 25 May 1808, Sumner, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F822  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Sarah Bledsoe Shelby was born in the first year of the first settlemen t of Tennessee.

      Mrs. Shelby has frequently mentioned incidents that occurred on differ ent occasions when she and her husband were compelled to fly from Indi ans, and narrowly escaped destruction. At one time the savages came t o the blockhouse where she lived, and attempted to shoot through a cra ck in the chimney. It happened that Mrs. Shelby, feeling a presentimen t of danger, had stopped the crevice on the inside by a plank, which t he bullets could not penetrate without having their deadly force spent . The savages were around the house during the night, as was discovere d by their tracks about the place, and the finding of several article s belonging to them, such as pipes, moccasins, etc.
      The day after the death of Col. Anthony Bledsoe, Mrs. Shelby went wit h her husband, son and servants to Bledsoe"s Lick, to attend his funer al, although the distance was ten miles, and it was known the Indian s were in the forest. The son, now Dr. Shelby, of Nashville, remember s that his father went in advance, armed with a rifle and holsters, hi s mother next, and that he followed with a negro, who also carried a r ifle.
      In 1788, while living on Station Camp Creek, in Sumner County, Mrs. Sh elby was one day at home with only her little children. As usual in th e early settlements, they lived in a log cabin, in which open places b etween the logs served the place of windoes. Her husband was in the fi elds, some distance from the house. While seated by the fire, she wa s startled by the appearance of an Indian warrior, fully armed, approa ching her cabin. Quick as thought, she took down a loaded rifle that h ung on the wall, and whispered to her sone, then only six years old, t o go out by the back door, and run into the field for his father, whic h he did quietly, but with all speed. Then, placing herself near the d oor, she put the muzzle of the rifle through a crack in the wall, an d stood, with her finger on the trigger, ready to shoot the Indian a s he came near, approaching the door. Just at the moment when Mrs. She lby was about to shoot, with deadly aim, the savage saw the gun, and w ith hasty strides retreated into the woods. Thus, the heroism of the m atron saved not only her own life, but the lives of several small chil dren. Soon after the retreat of the Indian, Mr. Shelby and his son rea ched the house, to embrace the heroic wife and mother, who still stoo d with the rifle in her hands.
      Mrs. Shelby lived through the border troubles and succeeding years o f change, and survived the slaughter of her nearest relatives by the m urderous Cherokees and marauding Creeks and Shawanese, she lived to se e that helpless and bleeding colony of the Watauga, increase and multi ply and grow up in the midst of the receding forest to a goodly Stat e - or nation.
      Mrs. Shelby had been in the habit of visiting her relatives in the ol d county where she formerly resided. The fourth of July, 1851, was kep t by a number of aged pioneers in Sumner, assembled to dine together , and many were the interesting recollections called up on that occasi on.
      It was a pleasure to Mrs. Shelby to receive and converse with all inte rested in the early history of Tennessee, and she presented in her ow n bearing and character a noble example of the heroines of those time s of trial. She was a deeply spiritual Christian, engaged continually , as far as her strength permitted, in the dispensation of charities , and exhibiting to those who knew her, the beauty of a humble and ear nest "walk by faith."

      RESIDENCES: She was very young when her family removed from Fort Chiss el, Virginia, to East Tennessee. Their residence was then on the front ier, near the island flats, in what is now Sullivan County.

      RESIDENCES: Aft 1784: Cumberland Valley.
      1781: Moved to Sumner County, Tennessee.
      1788: Station Camp Creek, Sumner County.
      1790: Nashville, Tennessee.
      Abt. 1793: Gallatin, Sumner County.
      Aft. 1832: With her son, Dr. Shelby, at "Faderland", in the vicinity o f Nashville, which was, in 1852, almost surrounded by the town of Edge field.

      Early education was excellent, considering the circumstances of locati on and the want of the advantages of instruction which could be enjoye d in older communities. She attended the first and only lessons in dan cing, given in 1784, not long before her marriage, at the home of Mr . Harris, twelve miles from Col. Bledsoe"s residence. The teacher wa s Capt. Barrett, an English officer who had served under the royal ban ner in the War of the Rebellion, and then left the service, determine d to cast his lot for the rest of his days with the brave republican s against whose liberties he had foungt. It was among the singular vic issitudes of life, that a loyal captain who in all probability had ser ved under Col. Ferguson at the Battle of King"s Mountain, battling t o the death against the Tennessee mountaineers, should be found afterw ards in the wilderness giving lessons to their daughters in this grace ful accomplishment. The genetleman who furnished this memoir quaintl y observed that, "not being able to make the fathers run, he was conte nt with making the daughters dance."

      Episcopal.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3417] Pioneer Women of the West; Shelby, Sarah Bledsoe; Ellet, E.F.; 1852.
      Pioneer Women of the West
      Pioneer Women of the West


    2. [S3418] Historic Sumner Co., Tenn.; Shelby, John, b. 1724; Genealogies of th e Bledsoe, Cage, and Douglas Fa.

    3. [S3384] Soldiers of the American Revolution from Franklin County Ancestry*co m : accessed ; extracted from.