The Blades were early settlers in NC, but had transferred to SC by middle 1780's, and here met up with the Stuckeys, earlier settlers in SC. The Blades family was led by Luke and Catherine (?) Blades, and the Stuckeys by Thomas Sr and Sarah (?) Stuckey. For various reasons, they, and some of their neighbors, such as the Hackelmans, Sailors, Gants, Tyners, Wakefields, etc, decided to look for greener pastures in 1806/7, and struck out for Indiana Territory, first settling in Whitewater/Franklin Co Indiana Territory/State. Some of them would stay, some would go awhile into Rush Co, and some to Bartholomew Co.
By 1833/4 John Blades Sr and wife Elenor Blades, who had moved from Franklin to Rush in 1821, now moved into Bartholomew Co. Some of her kin were already here, having came straight from Franklin. Here also, was Johns brother, Issac Blades Sr; and later on, Isaac Sr's son John C. Blades would make the move. As per the usual "formation" of a area, and the "distribution" of a family, parts of a family would be "left all over", in the original homeplace, and then at the first move, and then at the second, plus those that struck out on their own, and those governed by their intermarriage, etc, etc. So we had these fine people in Franklin, Rush, Bartholomew, Marion, Shelby, Johnson, Wabash, LaPorte, etc, etc. That one in Shelby Co was important to me, because John Sr and Elenor (Stuckey) Blades son Thomas left Rush Co, and got himself hitched to Dianna Hunt over in next door Shelby Co in 1827.
Other intermarriages were recorded, with the Parkers, Hackelman, Farren, Winship, Harcourt, Barrett, Wilson, Anderson, Campbell, Joiner, Duke, Winton, Peters, Wakefields, Gant, Ockerman, Maryman, Neusome, Bench, Repp, Kirk, Childers, Hamners, etc, etc; far too many names to list here, and be specific.
The Blades, and the Stuckey, family did make their mark on Bartholomew County Indiana history.