Mabel <I>Melton</I> Bledsoe

Mabel Melton Bledsoe

Death 14 May 1892
Burial Whitewright, Grayson County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 107241026 · View Source
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Mabel Melton Bledsoe (married to Wm. Bledsoe; Quantrill's Raiders) died in Grayson Co., TX May 14, 1892 and is buried in Worden Cemetery. She is listed in the 1870 Prairie City, Bates Co., MO, p. 143, dwelling #108, family #110 census. She is listed with A. J. Shaw, Mary A. (Bledsoe, daughter of Mabel and Wm.), Ida age 2, Nancy J. age 1, James C. (Carroll) and Wm. Henesly age 4,(Hindsley)and most likely the stepson of Joel Bledsoe and son of Susan Huff Hindsley. A. J. Shaw is a witness in Mabel's probate and is also listed in the body of the probate dated June 3, 1892.

Worden Cemetery is listed in the Collin County Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. I, p. 611. The cemetery is located just across the county line in Grayson County on Hwy. 2729 between Whitewright and Pilotgrove

The William was probably the one married to Mabel Melton. He was the son of Isaac Bledsoe,the son of Loving. His death is described in detail in McCorkle's book.

There is strong circumstantial evidence that this is the William who was with Quantrill's Raiders when they raided Lawrence, KS in 1863. On the retreat from Lawrence in an engagement with federal troops at Baxter Springs, KS, William Bledsoe* was killed and buried there. Quantrill was on his way to winter in north Texas. The family later said he went to Texas after the War and married in Texas but there is no evidence to back this up. He was never found in the census after 1860. The truth is probably that the family never knew what happened. His widow went to Texas after the war and died in Grayson Co. in 1892.

Mrs. Charlotte Taylor Bledsoe says Mabel Melton Bledsoe and family came to Texas in the fall of 1880, settling near the Grayson-Collin Co. line near Van Alstyne. She says that it was thought that William had northern sympathies but his probable association with Quantrill and Quantrill's differences with the CSA may have been misinterpeted by the family as opposition to the southern cause since Quantrill was always at odds with the Confederate command.. The family probably thought he had deserted them but in actuality he was killed as described above.

* ("Three Years with Quantrill", James McCorkle") and ("Quantrill and His Civil War Guerrillas" by Carl W. Breihan, Promontory Press).

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