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Isaac Bledsoe

  • Birth 1735 Culpeper County, USA
  • Death 9 Apr 1793 Castalian Springs, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Castalian Springs, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 6508539

Revolutionary War Militia Officer, Frontiersman. The younger brother to Colonel Anthony Bledsoe, he was born in Culpeper County, Virginia. He was one of the adventures referred to as the “Long-hunters”, believed to be the first explorer of the Cumberland Valley. He discovered salt and sulfur springs in 1772 and named it Bledsoe's Lick. He was reported to have said, "There were so many buffalo I was afraid to get off my horse for fear of being trampled". He was appointed Major of the militia in Davidson County, when it was formed. He also served as a member of the judiciary in that county. He accompanied his brother in all his military endeavors. In 1778 he accomplished the dangerous mission of re-supplying a number of towns and settlements along the Ohio River. Alone with his trusted Negro slave were gone several months a noticed a large number of Indian movements. He moved to Sumner County in 1780. Became its first Justice of the Peace in Sumner and Davidson counties. On the 9th of July 1793 Colonel Isaac Bledsoe and several others were clearing a field for planting when a war party attacked. He was shot and mortally wounded, with the Indians scalping him while he was still alive near Fort Bledsoe.

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  • Originally Created by: grave hunter
  • Added: 14 Jun 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6508539
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Isaac Bledsoe (1735–9 Apr 1793), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6508539, citing Pioneer Cemetery, Castalian Springs, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .