Luke Blades was born about 1745. His place of birth, his parents, his siblings, his time of arrival in or birth in America or NC, are all unknown. This leads to wild and fanciful guesses and made up info as to his history. There is no documents, records, accurate histories, or Blades family data, to support any of them. We will admit the one injun story and the "lop ears" was a dandy, even if none of Lukes proved children ever heard of such stuff.
Luke first appears in central NC, Burke Co (which came from Rowan) which became Lincoln Co, in the area now known as Catawba Co, southeastern part. He was already married (about 1769/70) with children. By all records, and the US census of 1790 and 1800, all of his children were born in NC. He had 8 children reach adulthood, but only 4 of them are known today; four of the daughters are "lost" in their married names, and even their first names are unknown.
His wifes maiden name is unknown, unrecorded. Her first name was Catherine.
An allied family has guessed that one of the unnamed Osborne gals might have married Luke, but they didn't even know her name. No record found.
An allied family has guessed the a "Catherine" Sailor might have married Luke. No record found.
Some of these guesses are legitiment because they were all neighbors in NC, the Blades, Tyners, Sailors, Hacklemans, Gants, Osbornes, etc., etc.But, no records prove any claims.
In 1778 Luke received a govt grant here, after proving he was loyal to all of us rebels. This wasn't always easy, here or SC, because some of your neighbors were not. No, this is not the 1860's.
Luke and Catherine, along with many of the neighbors, about 1784, head for Old 96 District SC, Abbeville area.
He will own 100 acres here, but not a govt grant. In 1798, he will also sell that land back in Lincoln Co NC.
Reguardless of what their former religeous ties were, or were in NC, they become red hot old time Baptists. That is all fine, but the Baptists of that time were no help to us late time amateur genealogists, and did not record births, marriages, and those goodies. They did keep numbers, and organizing data, and such. There are enough saved records in SC and in NC, to prove, the info/data here, and further backed up by same in Indiana.
The Blades lived right up in the northeastern corner of Abbeville, nest to Pendleton/Anderson line. Turkey Creek and Hogskin Creek became their part of SC history. Here the Blades also met up with one of the famous names of western SC, Thomas Stuckey and his brood of South Carolinians.
Ole Luke Blades seems to disappear from records after 1803, but the whole bunch moves out in 1805/6, so it is not known whether he died in SC, on the way north, the short stay in KY, or after reaching Indiana Territory. By 1807, Catherine, by name, and her brood are in Old Whitewater/Franklin Co Indiana Territory. Whether Luke Blades is here is not known, recorded. Their sons, John and Isaac, and daughter Jane are here; and daughter Margaret is either here, or still in KY?
And regardless of some allied story, Catherine will not live until a 102, or 109, or whatever, nor will she be buried in Jackson or Jennings Co Ind.
The Blades will live in Franklin Co Ind untill 1821, when they will start to split. Part will stay a while, later going to Bartholomew Co, or to Fayette, then Bartholomew Co.
Part will go to Rush Co untill 1834, then to Bartholomew. Part will go to Shelby Co, and Marion Co.There are hundreds of records in all of these Counties to prove so.
My direct line is Sammantha Jane Blades (my great grandmother), daughter of Thomas Blades and Dianna Hunt, son of John Blades and Elenor (no "e") Stuckey, son of Luke Blades and Catherine (?).
I welcome and questions, comments, or proof of your info.
Thank you.Regards.Dick Russell