While John L. Knighten was not a Blevins, his granddaughter Katie Caroline Knighten married Huston Abraham Blevins. Family tradition states that John L. Knighten was a Cherokee. I have commented on him a couple times on my personal blog:
A couple years ago I posted the William Blethyn pedigree roll with the promise of transcribing it. I'm a little behind schedule in following through with that, but I would like to make an attempt to blazon the arms attributed to him.
Arms: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Gules, three chevrons argent (Corenny hir Lydanwyn), 2nd, Azure, a chevron between three cocks combed, armed, and wattled gules (Meuric ap Tewdric), 3rd, Or, three lions passant guardant gules armed and langued azure?, a crescent dexter chief for difference gules.
Crest: Upon a wreath of gules and argent, a Paschal Lamb proper, holding between its forepaws a long cross argent from which flies a banner of the Cross of St. George."
As is often the case with genealogy, excellent research has already been done on a particular ancestor, if only you can find it. With regards to my 3rd great-grandfather, Elisha James Blevins, the research has already been done by Robin Sterling. For the sake of posterity, I'll provide the link to original and a cached copy from the Way Back Machine.
In the history of the Blevins/Blevin/Blethyn/Bleddyn name, one of the more famous characters in the past thousand years would have to be William Blethyn, Bishop of Llandaff, who lived in the 16th century. There is a fair amount of information on him in out of print books, many of which can be found on Google books. At a later date, I'll go back and give a better biography of him.
The one piece of historical information that is by far the most valuable, and in my opinion, of great importance to Welsh national heritage, is the William Blethyn Pedigree Roll kept at the Glamorgan Archives. A zoomable copy of the Pedigree Roll can be viewed here. One of the amazing things to me is that this roll purports to trace the lineage of William Blethyn back through the Welsh kings of antiquity and on to Brutus of Troy, the legendary founder of Britain. And even more astounding, the top left corner of the roll take the genealogy from Brutus all the way back to Adam. I'll leave it to individual opinion how much of the genealogy presented is to be accepted as fact.
Copyright Glamorgan Archives (Reference CL/PED/1)
At some point in the future I'd like to transcribe the text of the roll and redraw the arms listed and research them one by one until I have a clearer picture of what all is here. Given the magnitude of information listed, this could turn into a life-long project. If there is anyone else out there interested in helping, please let me know.
Henry Blethyn is a bit of an enigma to many Blevins researchers. Little is known of his life, but his emigration to the American colonies is well documented. He was an apprentice on William Penn's ship the Submission, which departed from Liverpool on 5 July 1682.
The Sailing of the Ship "Submission" in the Year 1682, with a True Copy of the Vessel's Log.
L. Taylor Dickson
The log of the ship “ Submission,” of which the following is a copy, commences the fourth day of the week, sixth day of the seventh month (September) and ends on the seventh day of the week, the twenty-ﬁrst day of the eighth month, 1682. The vessel at this day being near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, which appears by the entry made on the nineteenth day of October, at which time the odor from the pines was noticed, “supposing ourselves not to be within 80 leagues.” Phineas Pemberton in his record states that they arrived in the Choptank, Maryland, on the second day of ninth month, 1682, thus making the voyage in ﬁfty-eight days from port to port, the last days of the passage not being recorded in the log.
As Captain Settle was bound for another port, and the weather being overcast, it is highly probable that upon the twenty-ﬁrst day of the seventh month he did not know where he was, and therefore did not complete the log.
Many of the passengers remained in Maryland for a considerable time (some of them married there), and then walked to Appoquinimink, the lowest section of New Castle County, about forty miles from the place of landing, and twenty miles south of the established town of New Castle.
The most important colonists on the “Submission,” judging from their respective positions in after-life, were: Phineas Pemberton and Randle (or Randolph) Blackshaw. Pemberton states in his record that the Blackshaws arrived in Appoquinimink on the ﬁfteenth day of eleventh month, 1683. And as James Harrison, Phineas Pemberton, James Clayton, Randle Blackshaw and Ellis Jones with their families were residents of Bucks County in 1684, it is evident that they did not remain in the lower county long. The voyage across the Atlantic had been a most trying one to the passengers, due principally to the severe exactions of the Master, James Settle, but partly from the fact that many of them had over-invested in that commodity of the time known as “servants,”  so much so that their funds became exhausted and Randle Blackshaw was compelled to sell in Maryland Eleonore, the wife of Roger Bradbury, together with her three sons, so as to liquidate his indebtedness to the Captain and enable him to reach the Quaker province on the Delaware. Much information can be obtained of these people and of their lives and form of transportation from the Choptank to Bucks County. Of the passengers other than those settled in Bucks County possibly the most interesting to the genealogist are the daughter and step-daughters of Dr. Thomas Wynne, Rebecca Winn and Marjory and Jane Mede. Hannah Logan Smith commits an error when she states that Elizabeth, the second wife of Thomas Wynne, came in this ship with their children, for as her name does not appear in the list of passengers, it is fair to presume she came with her husband in the “Welcome.” This mistake could be easily made when we consider that the vessels made the voyage at the same time. Rebecca, daughter of Thomas Wynne, married ﬁrst Solomon Thomas, and secondly John Dickinson. Marjory Mede, his step daughter, married Thomas Fisher (whose descendants are numerous), and Jane Mede married and died probably without surviving children. From the Bucks County Friends Record it would appear that Robert Bond died seventh month, sixteenth, 1684; that Jane Lyon married Richard Lundy fourth month, twenty-fourth, 1691, and that Phoebe Blackshaw became the wife of Joseph Kirkbride on the thirteenth day of ﬁrst month, 1688. Neither of the company’s servants appear on the records, and the name of Jane clif Hodges in Pen1berton’s list looks more like F arclif Hodges, although it may be Francis, but not Harriet as printed in the Pennsylvania Magazine, Vol. IX. There are a number of books and manuscripts in the library of the Pennsylvania Historical Society that throw much light on the lives of these early emigrants, from which much genealogical information could be obtained.
The Log or THE “ Submission.”
Voyage of the Submission from Liverpool to Pennsylvania 1682.
An acct of our passage towards Pennsylvania the passengers Subscribers, went Abord the vessel Submission from the port of Liverpoole on the [5th day of the 7th month] (NOTE: Tuesday, 5 September 1682/Julian, 9/15/1682/Gregorian) 1862. The master’s name James Settle, the mate Samuel Rigg—Brian Fleetwood the Carpenter, Anthony Busshell the cooper, Ellijah Cobham, Thomas Bullock, Peter Travis, John Royle, Thomas Hateley, servants. Henry Blivin, Michael Colon, apprentices.
Free passengers of Lancashire:
James Harrison 54 years
Anna Harrison 58 years
Agnes Harrison 80
Richard Radclif 21
Robert Bond 14
Joseph Steward 14½
Phineas Pembcrton 32½
Phebe Pembcrton 22½
Abigail Pemberton 2
Ralph Pemberton 70
Joseph Mather 18
Joseph Pemberton 16 weeks
Elizabeth Bradbury 16
Jane Lyon 16½
Free passengers of Cheshire:
James Clayton 50
Jane Clayton 48
James Clayton 16
Sarah Clayton 14
John Clayton 11
Mary Clayton 8
Joseph Clayton 5
Lydia Cleaton 5
Randulph Blackshaw 60
Allis Blackshaw 43
Phebe Blackshaw 16
Sarah Blackshaw 14
Abraham Blackshaw 10
Jacob Blackshaw 8
Mary Blackshaw 6
Nehemiah Blackshaw 3
Martha Blackshaw 1
Roger Bradbury 49
Ellenor Bradbury 46
Jacob Bradbury 18
Martha Bradbury 14
Joseph Bradbury 10
Sarah Bradbury 8
Roger Bradbury 2
Ellis Jones 45
Jane Jones 40
Barbary Jones 13
Mary Jones 12½
Isaac Jones (4 months)
Rebeckah Winn 20
Jane Made 15
Marjory Mede 11½
whole passengers 37, heads 49, hed the owners servants for sale Janeclif Hodges & Ellen Holland.
4-6 (Wednesday, 6 September/Julian - 16 September/Gregorian)1682 about 4 afternoon set sails & came to an anker black Rock about 6 from whence & sent 3 letters by boat one Roger Longworth one for Henry Haydock one for Thomas Jonjois about one in the morning I sail & came that night to an anker about 7 betwixt Hollyhead and Beaumorris
5-7 (Thursday, 7 September/Julian, 17 September/Gregorian)about 12 in the morning set sails & the wind came south & put us a little to the north till about 10 in the morning then it came no-west & we came about Hollyhead & left sight of it yt night
6-8 (Friday, 8 September/Julian, 18 September/Gregorian)that night over agt Waterford fair wether
7-9 (Saturday, 9 September/Julian, 19 September/Gregorian)A misty day Becalmed
1-10 (Sunday, 10 September/Julian, 20 September/Gregorian) A clear day the wind easterly in the morning on east Waterford
2-11 (Monday, 11 September/Julian, 21 September/Gregorian) A fair day wind easterly at 10 in ye morning on east Kingssale
3-12 (Tuesday, 12 September/Julian, 22 September/Gregorian) in the forenoon left sight of Cape Clear
4-13 (Wednesday, 13 September/Julian, 23 September/Gregorian) the wind south-westerly
5-14 (Thursday, 14 September/Julian, 24 September/Gregorian) Wind S W that day we spoke with A ship from East India bound for London, that we went about 75 leagues from the Capes
7-16 (Saturday, 16 September/Julian, 26 September Gregorian) A high wind much westerly that day we saw at A distance A whale
1-17 (Sunday, 17 September/Julian, 27 September/Gregorian) A high wind westerly in the afternoon A whale came neare us & appeared fair to us & followed us some time
2-18 (Monday, 18 September/Julian, 28 September/Gregorian) The wind much westerly about 12 in the night there arose A great storm that day were forced to take of the main top & to lay the ship by for about 10 hours the sea was exceedingly high ye waves ran as high as the main yards but we received little damage
3-19 (Tuesday, 19 September/Julian, 29 September/Gregorian) in the afternoon the wind S west
4-20 (Wednesday 20 September/Julian, 30 September/Gregorian) about four in the morning the wind n west the day fair
5-21(Thursday, 21 September/Julian, 1 October/Gregorian) Wind N W day cold
6-22 (Friday, 22 September/Julian, 2 October/Gregorian) Wind N W very cold & stormy
7-23 (Saturday, 23 September/Julian, 3 October/Gregorian) Wind N W very cold & stormy
1-24 (Sunday, 24 September/Julian, 4 October/Gregorian) Wind N W a calm day & cleare
2-25 (Monday, 25 September/Julian, 5 October/Gregorian) A calm day & cleare
3-26 (Tuesday, 26 September/Julian, 6 October/Gregorian) becalmed most of the day in the afternoon wind S W in 48 degrees 31 minutes no latitude
4-27 (Wednesday, 27 September/Julian, 7 October/Gregorian) The wind westerly at night wind high in 48 degrees & 20 minutes about 15 degrees in longitude from the Cape
5-28 (Thursday, 28 September/Julian, 8 October/Gregorian) The wind westerly till evening no-east
6-29 (Friday, 29 September/Julian, 9 October/Gregorian) Westerly and cold
7-30 (Saturday, 30 September/Julian, 10 October/Gregorian) about 11 in the forenoon we saw a ship about 12 we saw 14 ? one company about 3 in the afternoon we saw a ship all supposed to be a French ship
1-1,8mos (Sunday, 1 October/Julian, 11 October/Gregorian) the wind N W at night was high & the sea very [---?]
2-2 (Monday, 2 October/Julian, 12 October/Gregorian) the sea] very rough the wind high about 4 in the [---?] dyed Abraham the son of Randulph Blackshaw about 6 in the morning A great head sea broke over the ship & staved the boat & took the most part of it away, broke up the main hatches that were both nailed & corked & took them away that they were not seen where they went, broke the boat's mast & hyst that were lashed in the mid ship, broke of the gunnell head in the midship & broke the forre shet & took severall things of the decks & severall things that were in the boat it cast betwix decks. At 9 in the morning the boy was put overboard, about 4 in the afternoon A great sea fell on our Rudder & broke it about 1 yard or Something more from the head, was again pieced as well as it cold that nigl1t—not being discovered until about 10 at night & was made pretty ﬁrm the next day
3-3 (Tuesday, 3 October/Julian, 13 October/Gregorian) The Sea rough
4-4 (Wednesday, 4 October/Julian, 14 October/Gregorian) The Sea indeferent high the wind calme
5-5 (Thursday, 5 October/Julian, 15 October/Gregorian) The wind No-E.
6-6 (Friday, 6 October/Julian, 16 October/Gregorian) The day faire wind easterly
7-7 (Saturday, 7 October/Julian, 17 October/Gregorian) day faire wind N E. .
1-8 (Sunday, 8 October/Julian, 18 October/Gregorian) A fresh gale N, we Saw a whale. .
2-9 (Monday, 9 October/Julian, 19 October/Gregorian) faire wether and wind, hundreds of porpoises about the ship some leaped high out of the water and fol lowed the ship about an hour
3-10 (Tuesday, 10 October/Julian, 20 October/Gregorian) faire wether and Wind, this morning we saw another great school of porpoises in 30 degrees 57 minutes no latitude
4-11 (Wednesday, 11 October/Julian, 21 October /Gregorian)The day faire, the wind East this day we spoke with a New England ship bound for Lisbourne
5-12 (Thursday, 12 October/Julian, 22 October/Gregorian) The wind Southerly extraordinary hot
6-13 (Friday, 13 October/Julian, 23 October/Gregorian) in the morning the wind S. E. with raine from 8 in morning to 4 in the afternoon that day was scene in the great raine at the ship’s side blood half compas of the ship
7-14 (Saturday, 14 October/Julian, 24 October/Gregorian) at twelve in the morning it began to raine and continued showering all day, the sea rough, the wind northerly and N.N.E.
1-15 (Sunday, 15 October/Julian, 25 October/Gregorian) the wind easterly the day faire. winds and wether good in 37 : 46 minutes latitude and 31 de 48 minutes Longitude
2-16 (Monday, 16 October/Julian, 26 October/Gregorian) day and wind faire. At evening it began to lighten & continued
3-17 (Tuesday, 17 October/Julian, 27 October/Gregorian) lightened all day & night but little raine to us
4-18 (Wednesday, 18 October/Julian, 28 October/Gregorian) faire this morning the wind being west we smelled the pines, supposing ourselves not to be within 80 leagues
5-19 (Thursday, 19 October/Julian, 29 October/Gregorian) this day faire till evening it begun to blow wind S W
6-20 (Friday, 20 October/Julian, 30 October/Gregorian) raine some pte of the day.
Many of those registered as servants appear to be closely related to and quite the equal of their masters, and had been inﬂuenced to emigrate on account of the liberal inducements offered by the Proprietor; for even before this time we ﬁnd in the Upland court records the sale of William Still, tailor, for four years to Captain Edmund Cantwell. And a short time after this the clergyman at New Castle in a letter states that they have lost their schoolmaster, but that he can be replaced, as he learns that a vessel is shortly to arrive, when he will go to the dock and buy one. And it is also stated that no less a person than a distinguished signer of the Declaration of Independence was sold in his youth as a servant and after the expiration of his time taught school.
As the name of Bradbury does not appear among the residents of Bucks County it is to be presumed that the entire family remained in Maryland.
The most interesting are the records of Phineas Pernberton, printed in Volume IX of the Pennsylvania Magazine, and his book of ear-marks of the cattle and horses made in 1684.