George Bland Sublett was my 2nd great-grandfather. He was born to William J. Sublett and Sarah Hammersley on 14 October 1847 in Nottoway, Virginia. If you are reading this, you are probably wondering where is Nottoway. I was too, so I had to look it up. It is located about an hour southwest of Richmond, Virginia. It turns out that it was initially inhabited by the Nadawa Indian tribe. The name was later changed to Nottoway (source: http://www.nottoway.org/history.shtml).
According to the 1850 Census, George lived with his parents and siblings, Matthew, James and Melinda in Dinwiddie, Virginia. This is about 35 miles due east of Nottoway. By the 1860 Census, the family moved again. They are now living in Campbell County. This is about 103 miles northwest. George’s father is listed as owning property valued at $975 dollars. George’s sister is still living at home, but the older boys Matthew and James are not. George is 13 years old.
In 1861, the War between the States begins. In 1864, George enlists in Company E, of the 11th Infantry Regiment of Virginia. George later becomes a Prisoner of War having been captured at Five Forks on 2 April 1865. George was subsequently released on 20 June 1865. I am unsure how long he remained enlisted. I haven’t been able to find any documents.
After the war, he marries Timeotheous Jane Bailey about 1867.
By 1870 the US Census comes around again. He is 22 years old, living back home with his parents, his wife and two daughters, Ida and Emma. There is also a young black boy named William Jones, age 10 living at the residence listed as a nurse. I am unclear what that means.
George and Timotheus go on to have 5 more children, William Yancey Sublett, Leila Mitt Sublett, Mattie D. Sublett, John Thomas Sublett (my great-grandfather) and Mary E. Sublett.
There is a lot more to share about George, but we will both have to wait for a later time.
I will have to remember to tell you about this headstone.
Until later, I will be exploring backwards!