You have a 'hidden' email addy on this site so I will have to respond here.
You are correct... VERY confusing - especially if you consider other posts.
I have transcribed records/deeds for Thomas BLAKENEY of Montgomery Co., TN.He died between a court document dated January 25th 1823 where he is appointed the Executor of the Will of Harriet Blakeny and a document dated April 4, 1823 where his daughter Jane BLAKENEY Lucy is sueing his 'Estate' for everything.
Thomas left no Will. [Book D, page 154] Edward A. LUCY & Francis BAKER were appointed "administrators of Thomas BLAKENEY who left no Will" dated April 21, 1823.
None of the Deeds (I have) show that Thomas was the father of Harriet's children.Each Deed simply states, "son of Harriet" and not 'my son'.Of course, that does not prove that they weren't his sons either.
Harriet's Will [dated Dec 18 1822 and proven in Court January of 1823] names Thomas BLAKENEY (Sr.) as Executor and not "my husband" it only states she is "formerly the property of Thomas BLAKENY."
I have transcriptions where Thomas deeds to Alvin BLAKENEY son of Harriet (not "my son")...[Deed Book K, page 127] 200 acres; [Deed Book K, page 318] slaves, negro boy Ephriam, girl Vian, girl Chainy, boy George.
If you "have documents now confirming that he was the son of Thomas"... Please share.Also, give me your email and I will forward the transcriptions I have (sorry, they include my notes.. but they are in a .doc and you can delete them and insert your own research).
Lucy PS: I found Alvin in 1850 in Wabash Co Census. It documents he is 36 (=1814) of TN w/Elizabeth 34 of TN.Thomas 12 ILL, George W 10 TN, James A 8 TN, William A 6 TN, Alvin B 4, TN. They are the only BLAKENEYs in Wabash.