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William BLOUNT, Governor of the Southwest Territory
Mary Molsey GRAINGER
Husband:  William BLOUNT
Birth:  26 Mar 1749, Rosefield Plantation, near Windsor, Bertie Co., NC
Death:  21 Mar 1800, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
Disposition:  buried First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
Residence:  at one time, Rocky Mount, near Piney Flats, Sullivan Co., TN
Residence:  1792-1800, Blount Mansion [link died], Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
Revolutionary War:  1777, Paymaster to Continental troops, North Carolina line
Office:  1780-84, Member, North Carolina
Office:  1782-83, 1786-87, Member, Continental Congress
Office:  1787, Delegate, U.S. Constitutional Convention
Signer:  1787, U.S. Constitution, on behalf of North Carolina
Office:  1788-89, State Senate, North Carolina
Office:  1790, Governor, Territory of the United States South of the Ohio River
Office:  1790-96, Superintendent of Indian Affairs
Office:  1796, Chairman of Convention to draft Constitution for the State of Tennessee
Office:  2 Aug 1796, began serving a term as U.S. Senator from Tennessee
Event:   8 July 1797, expelled from the Senate
Father:  Capt. Jacob BLOUNT
Mother:  Barbara GRAY
William BLOUNT, Governor of the Southwest Territory.
Marriage:  12 Feb 1778
Wife:  Mary Molsey GRAINGER
Father:  Col. William Caleb GRAINGER of Wilmington, NC
born in NC:
1.  Cornelius BLOUNT, b. ca. 1779
2.  Ann BLOUNT, b. 1780
3.  Mary Louisa BLOUNT, b. 1782
4.  William Grainger BLOUNT, b. 1784, Piney Grove, Pitt Co., NC 
5.  Blount BLOUNT, b. 1787, NC; d. ca. 1791
6.  Richard Blackledge BLOUNT, b. 1789

born in Southwest Territory [now TN]:
7.  Jacob BLOUNT, b. 1791
8.  Barbara BLOUNT, b. 1792
9.  Elizabeth "Eliza" BLOUNT, b. 1794

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Year Location Event
1749 NC: Bertie Co.: Rosefield birth of William BLOUNT
    birth of Mary Molsey GRAINGER
1778   marriage of William BLOUNT & Mary GRAINGER
c1799   birth of son, Cornelius
1780   birth of daughter, Ann
1780-84   William BLOUNT, Member, House of Commons
1782   birth of daughter, Mary
1782-3   William BLOUNT, Member, Continental Congress
1784 NC: Pitt Co.: Piney Grove birth of son, William
1786-7   William BLOUNT, Member, Continental Congress
1787   William BLOUNT, Member, U.S. Constitutional Convention
1788-89 NC William BLOUNT, State Senator
1789   birth of son, Richard
1790 Census NC: Pitt Co. William BLOUNT, head-of-household
1790   William BLOUNT, Governor, Southwest Territory
1790-96   William BLOUNT, Superintendant of Indian Affairs
1796 Tennessee achieves statehood
1796 TN William BLOUNT, Chair, Committee to Draft TN Constitution
1796 TN William BLOUNT, U.S. Senator
1797   William BLOUNT, expelled from the Senate
1800 TN: Knox Co.: Knoxville death of William BLOUNT
1800 Census most of Tennessee census destroyed Mary not found


1.  Portrait of Governor BLOUNT scanned from Historic Sullivan by Oliver Taylor (1909, King Printing Co., Bristol, TN; 1988, Overmountain Press, Johnson City, TN), between pp. 120 and 121.

2.  This same portrait is reproduced between pages 32 and 33 in Zella Armstrong's book, Notable Southern Families (1918.  Lookout Publ. Co., Chatanooga, TN; 1974. Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; 1998. Broderbund CD-191).


1.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1790 (Broderbund CD-311):
1790 Blount, William NC Pitt Co. p. 147 02-03-02-00-00
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 free white males 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = William (b. 1749)
= ?
3 free white males 15 or under 1774-1790 = Cornelius (b. 1779)
= Blount (b. 1787)
= Richard (b. 1789)
2 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Mary

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312):  most of the Tennessee census was lost, except for Grainger and Rutherford counties.  Mary was not found, nor were her sons; presumably they were still in Knoxville. 

3.  Helen M. Blount Prescott.  1902.  Blount and Blunt.  Press of W.F. Roberts, Washington, DC.  [This is not a book, but a one-page pedigree chart.] 

4.  Oliver Taylor.  1909.  Historic Sullivan.  King Printing Co., Bristol, TN (reprinted 1988, Overmountain Press, Johnson City, TN).  Excerpt posted on the BLOUNT Surname Board (online at Ancestry.com) under the title, "Gov. William BLOUNT in 'Historic Sullivan'."

5.  United States Congress.  Online Biographical Directory of the American Congress [link died]:  "Blount, William (1749-1800)."

6.  Stanley J. Folmsbee. 1979.  "Blount, William..." Page 183 in William S. Powell, ed.  Dictionary of North Carolina Biography.  Vol. 1.  University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.  Folmsbee cites the following sources:

a.  Samuel A'Court Ashe, ed.  1905.  Biographical History of North Carolina.  Vol. 1.  C.L. Van Noppen, Greensboro, NC.
b.  United States Congress.  1928.  Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1927.  U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.
c.  Allen Johnson, et al.  1929  Dictionary of American Biography. Vol. 2.  C. Scribner, New York, NY.
d.  W.H. Masterson.  1954.  William Blount.  [portrait]
e.  Marcus Joseph Wright.  1884.  Some Account of the Life and Services of William Blount.  E.J. Gray, Washington, DC.
7.  William Blount Stewart.  1979.  "Blount William Grainger..."  Page 184 in William S. Powell, ed.  Dictionary of North Carolina Biography.  Vol. 1.  University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.
8.  Email from C. Lee Creech, Executive Director, Blount Mansion Association, Inc., P.O. Box 1703, 200 W. Hill Ave., Knoxville, TN 37901-1703. (865) 525-2375; fax: (865) 546-5315; toll-free: (888) 654-0016.
Blount Mansion Assoc. seeks to preserve the Blount Mansion and to inspire an appreciation of national, state, and local history through this National Historic Landmark and the lives of those who lived and worked there.
The Blount Mansion was the Governor's residence at the time of his death.  It is located just three blocks from the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery where he was interred.  It is a National Historic Landmark, open to the public as a museum and administered by the Blount Mansion Association.

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