Wendy Caldwell kindly sent this for posting. It clears up some of the questions that remained, even after Irene Blanton Smith's thorough research of this line:
Several years back, I was very involved with Fillingim/Fillingham/Fullingim research.My children desc. from the Fullingim branch. Among the cousins of Henry Fullingim (d. 1856 in Lamar Co., TX) were Samuel and Jonathon Fillingim. Both settled early (1817ish) in St Francis county, Arkansas. Jonathan d. in 1821. Some time around 1828-.1829, I seem to recall that Samuel Fillingim was adm. for the estate of Elijah Blanton, and shortly after, he married the widow, Dovey.
If you will look at the 1830 census, there was a whole slew of kids. Later records support that Samuel's wife had apparently died at about the same time as Elijah.Between 1830-1835, both Samuel and Dovey also died, but they had 3 children together- David, Jenea and Catherine.
Some of this came from David's grandson, who passed down the family tradition concerning David, who ran away at age 14 (that would be about 1848).We also found a guardianship record in Red River county, that the Blanton family had taken these children in. From that guardianship, and other items found later, we pieced together that it was likely Benjamin Blanton and wife Isabella, who actuallly were raising David.
Of course, Benjamin was murdered in 1842, then she remarried in 1847 to Isaac Ward. Everything supports that Isaac Ward was the "stepfather" whom David did not get along with... thus, he left, and was living with the family of Nathanial Villines in 1850.We do not know what happened to his sisters.
It was not until this last week that I was 'chatting' with a Blanton desc, and started to review online records. Thus, I now know that Alice Villines was also a Blanton, which explains that question for us, of why he went to that family.
It is just my personal theory that the children from the first marriage of Samuel were raised by members of that wife's family, while the Blanton orphans would naturally have gone to that side of the family. Since there was obviously no close relatives for David and his sisters, I'd bet money that of the children of Elijah and Dovey, there would have been affection and conern.These children did share the same mother, although since Elijah's death, they in fact had no Blanton blood.
Have seen a couple messages asking who David was... would you be kind enough to post this on my behalf?