I apolize for length, but there is not a short version.
I have a big problem. I am a "died in the wool" genealogist with a database of over 8,000 people related to me or to each other. My problem is this.....I have a gggrandfather that is just impossible for me to get information on.
His name is William Thomas Blassingame, and he was born in South Carolina 18 Dec 1829. He only shows up on one census. In 1860 he and his wife Catherine are shown on the Palo Pinto census. They had children before that time, but no children are shown with them, no ages are shown, no birth place, etc. It only has the names of William and Catherine and that they are male and female. Things that a neighbor might have known.
The only Palo Pinto census records that I can find for 1870 are the two pages that Ancestry.com has on their website. I have read in other locations on the web that there is NO census for this county for 1870.
Evidently Mr. Blassigame was NOT a great man. In the book, The Blassingame Families, there are several stories told about his gambling and other activities. The book also mentions that he was killed by a family member, and mentions two possibilities.
I'm sure he isn't the only blacksheep that I have, so that isn't the problem. I really need to know these things about him. Where, when, and how did he die? Where is he buried? One distant relative said that it was 1874 and that he is buried in Parker County, but no one seems to know.
My great aunt (long ago deceased) said that his wife Catherine was born in England. I would love to know her age and verify the birthplace. No one in my family ever talked about this man, so I know nothing first hand except this info from my great aunt, his granddaughter.
Did Catherine marry again? Was there a big scandal? One report says his brother-in-law killed him and one report says it was his son. Are there any newspapers that would have this story? Is there a marriage record for Catherine. Anything might help.
Thanks for reading this short novel. Carol
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