James Blevins &
Mary "Polly" Wolfe

James Blevins, son of John J. BLEVINS & Pinkey CHEEK, was born abt. 1841 in Ashe Co., NC, and was killed in action on Sept. 30, 1864, in the Battle of Fort Harrison (also known as the Battle of Chaffin's Farm), Richmond, VA, at about the age of 24. He married Mary "Polly" Wolfe, daughter of Frederick L. WOLFE & Elizabeth CROUSE, Sept. 6, 1862. She was born Sept. 24, 1841, in Ashe Co., NC, and died Dec. 20, 1910, in Grayson Co., VA. After James's death, Mary remarried abt. 1867 to Frederick L. Bolt, son of Tyre BOLT & Ally NESTER. He was born June 21, 1845, in Grayson Co., VA, and died May 11, 1922, in Casey Co., KY.  Mary Blevins Bolt is buried at the Bolt Family Cemetery in Troutdale, Grayson Co., VA.

Child of James Blevins & Mary "Polly" Wolfe:

  1. Preston Blevins, b. abt. 1861, Alleghany Co., NC; d. Mar. 21, 1954, Casey Co., KY; m. (1) Margaret Jane MURRAY, daughter of Aaron P. MURRAY & Cynthia GAMBILL, Nov. 26, 1880, Grayson Co., VA; m. (2) Sarah Malinda "Lennie" OSBORNE, abt. 1910 (b. abt. 1881; d. aft 1930, Casey Co., KY). Living in Wyoming Co., WV, in 1910. Living in Casey Co., KY, in 1920 and 1930.

Children of Mary "Polly" Wolfe & Frederick L. Bolt:

  1. William Thomas Bolt, b. July 23, 1867, Alleghany Co., NC; d. Feb. 19, 1950, Casey Co., KY; m. (1) Etta C. BURTON, daughter of John A. & Frances BURTON, Sept. 22, 1888, Alleghany Co., NC (b. Nov. 17, 1870; d. Feb. 14, 1900); m. (2) Ally Candace __ (b. abt. 1872; d. aft. 1930); bur. Cold Springs Primitive Baptist Church, Creston, Casey Co., KY.
  2. Eli Jackson Bolt, b. Sept. 8, 1871, Grayson Co., VA; d. Nov. 12, 1952, Casey Co., KY; m. Suffiah (Sophia?) Emmeline PARKS, daughter of Riley Preston PARKS & Caroline ROBERTS, Mar. 20, 1891, Grayson Co., VA (b. May 17, 1870; d. Dec. 14, 1934).
  3. Pinkey Elizabeth Bolt, b. Feb. 9, 1874, Grayson Co., VA; d. Dec. 15, 1957; m. William CLARY (CLEARY), son of Calvin & Clarissa CLARY, Aug. 8, 1891, Grayson Co., VA (b. Oct. 22, 1867; d. June 29, 1927).
  4. Mary Emily Bolt, b. Mar. 9, 1878, Grayson Co., VA; d. ?; m. William Roby PENNINGTON, son of Samuel & Sarah PENNINGTON, July 16, 1897, Grayson Co., VA (b. abt. 1879; d. ?)
  5. Susan Ettie Bolt, b. Sept. 10, 1880, Grayson Co., VA; d. Apr. 17, 1902, Grayson Co., VA; m. John Luther MILLER.
  6. Unk. daughter, b. Feb. 12, 1884, Grayson Co., VA; died young?
  7. Malinda Victoria Bolt, b. Feb. 7, 1885, Grayson Co., VA; d. Mar. 16, 1955, Casey Co., KY; m. William G. "Willie" TAYLOR, abt. 1903 (b. abt. 1883; d. ?); bur. Cold Springs Primitive Baptist Church, Creston, Casey Co., KY.


James Blevins was the oldest son of John J. BLEVINS & Pinkey CHEEK of Alleghany County, NC.  He died in the Civil War.  His wife Mary WOLFE's birthdate and marriage dates are from the Wolfe family Bible.  (It appears that she and James got married after the birth of their son, Preston.)  After James' death, Mary married Frederick BOLT of Grayson County, VA, who was also a Civil War veteran (he was awarded a Confederate pension in 1900).  Mary's date of death comes from a letter written by Frederick Bolt to Mary's sister Susie (Wolfe) Reeves in Hiwassee, AR.  The letter says, "Well Susie I have sad news to rite.  Pop is dead.  She died Dec. 20 with consumption.  She was down sick for 2 weeks.  We are all left sad."  Mary is buried in the Bolt Family Cemetery in Troutdale, Grayson Co., VA.  (This info kindly provided by Carolyn Spence.)  Note her gravestone indicates that she died on Oct. 21 not Dec. 20.

Civil War: James BLEVINS enlisted on May 3, 1862, in Alleghany Co., NC, as a Private in Co. I, 61st NC Inf. Reg't, at the age of 22. Promoted to full Sergeant on May 15, 1864.  He was killed in action at the Battle of Fort Harrison on Sept. 30, 1864. (Source: "Ashe and Alleghany County in the Civil War" by Jeff Weaver; "American Civil War Soldiers," Ancestry.com.)

1870 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Wilson Dist. (HH#5):
FREDERICK BOLT, 24, farm laborer, $232 VA
-- Mary, 27 House Keeper, NC
-- Wm., F., 2, NC
BLEVINS, Preston, 9, NC
Grayson Co., VA, Birth Records:
• Martha E. BOLT, Mar. 9, 1878, daughter of Frederick & Mary BOLT
• Not named, Feb. 12, 1884, daughter of Friedrich & Mary BOLT
• M. Victoria BOLT, Feb. 9, 1885, daughter of Frederick & Mary BOLT
1880 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Wilson Creek Dist., p.402:
-- Mary, wife, 38, NC NC NC
BLEVINS, Preston, step-son, 18, NC NC NC
BOLT, Stephen T., son, 12, NC VA NC
-- Eli J., son, 8, VA VA NC
-- Pinkie E., dau, 6, " " "
-- Martha E., dau, 2, " " "
1900 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Wilson Dist., p.104 (HH#48):
FREDERICK BOLT, June 1845, age 54, m. 34 yrs, VA VA VA
-- Mary, wife, Sept. 1841, age 58, m. 34 yrs, 7 children/7 living, NC NC NC
-- Susan E., dau, Feb. 1880, age 19, VA VA NC
-- Malinda V., dau, Feb. 1885, age 15, " " "
-- Robert T., nephew, Apr. 1884, age 16, " " "
1910 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Wilson Dist. (HH#152):
FREDERICK BOLT, 65, m(1) 44 yrs, VA VA VA, occupation: silver ware agent
-- Mary, wife, m(1) 44 yrs, 7 children/6 living, NC NC NC