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Re: "The" Longhunter?????
Posted by: Burma L. Wilkins Date: September 24, 2001 at 11:58:30
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I am descended from the Wallens (this is new research for me), the Bledsoe's and the Boone's. All are referred to as "The" Longhunter. I believe we must refer to them as "Longhunters". All hunted in VA, NC, TN, KY and some in IL, IN and MO. My linkage to the Wallens is through Millicent Walling (Wallen) who married Abraham Bledsoe b. 12 May 1792 in VA. His father was Thomas Bledsoe b. ca. 1760, his father was Abraham Bledsoe b. ca. 1737 and his father was Thomas Bledsoe b. ca. 1706. This last Thomas father Abraham as well as his grandson Abraham was also referred to as the "The Longhunter". By the way Thomas b. ca. 1706 fathered, in addition to Capt.Abraham Bledsoe (who served in Dunsmore's War) , Lt. Col. Anthony Bledsoe and Col. Isaac Bledsoe. These folks are who Bledsoe County, TN and Bledsoe's Lick and Fort are named for. Both Anthony and Isaac were killed by Indians as possibly was their father Thomas. My interpretation of "Longhunter" was that these gentlemen, in addition to farming, went on long hunts everywhere, but most of the time in areas inhabited only by Indians. (I am also Indian on my mother's side so those out there that are politically correct please do not become offended by the term Indian.) These "Longhunters" were gone from the homestead several months or even a couple of years at a time. They were primarily hunting for fur to sell or trade. I am very proud of my heritage and thought I would pass this along. I believe there is also a book on Daniel Boone (I am related though his grandfather Edward Morgan and his Uncle John Morgan). This book also uses "The Longhunter" in the title. So you see there are many of these folks who made this country great. This is why I believe we should be careful using the term "The" Longhunter to refer to one person. There are many. By the way, if anyone is needing information on the Bledsoe's, please feel free to contact me and I will share.



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