I knew the Olive Bladen that you are referring to.As a young lad, we always called her Aunt Ollie.My grandmother Bertha Jones (maiden name Dimsey - her mother was an Elliott from Ashburn, VA) lived next door to Aunt Ollie at Pinecrest (near Sunset Hills, now Reston, VA).My grandmother always referred to Aunt Janie Bladen.Aunt Janie owned the land and sold an acre to my grandmother.My grandmother always said that we were related to the Gants, but I haven't been able to find a connection.Forgive my rambling, but Aunt Ollie was a cousin to my grandmother. I am not sure of the connection.
Anyway, Ollie and Porter had several children.Andrew (we called him Uncle Andy), Irene, Virginia, Jonathan (we called him Uncle Jons, Edward, Robert and Inez.Not sure if there were more.Aunt Ollie named my youngest sister when she was born in the house next to Aunt Ollie's.I grew up with Andrew's and Jonathan's children.Andrew's children were, Andrea, Larry and Donald (Donnie).Jonathan's children were:Patsy, Joan, Ronald and Jerry.Jonathan's wife, I think named Daisy, died at an early age.
Aunt Janie Bladen planted climbing roses on the fence in front of the Anker's house.Sadly to say, there is nothing left of the area.The National Wildlife Federation built it's new headquarters on my grandmother's and parents land.On Aunt Ollie's land there is a new computer computer called Chub.The old fenceline is still there and some of the roses were blooming the last time I was there.
To get to the old house, from Route 7, turn left on Baron Cameron Blvd towards Reston and Herndon.Then go to Wiehle Avenue and turn left.Follow Wiehle Ave to Sunset Hills Road and turn left on Sunset Hills Road.Stay in the left lane, go a short distance and turn left into the Skating/Athletic Complex drive.Follow the drive to the parking lot - head straight toward the fence.Park and over the fence is where the old homestead was.
Hope this helps.Would love to find the connection to the Gant family via the Bladen, Elliott, Jones, Dimsey connection.