William Blount's great-grandfather, Thomas Blount, came to the Americas
from England in 1660. He first resided in Virginia, then moved to North Carolina,
and started his family. William was the eldest in his family, and was born in 1749
while his mother was visiting her father-in-law's Rosefield estate. This was near
Palmico Sound, present day Windsor.
William was said to have received a good education although little is
known. He also apparently had intrest for government since he was little.
When the war started in 1776, Blount was appointed paymaster, who was in
charge of wages, in the army of North Carolina. Then in 1778 he married Mary
Grainier. They had six children, and one became active in Tennessee's govern-
He spent the rest of his life in public office. Blount represented North
Carolina in Congress. He sat in the lower house of the legislature for 4 years,