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Here you can find articles relating to the Blansit family. I have found a lot of information about our family history on the internet. I gather information from many sources and often have to piece bits of information together to get to a logical conclusion. Most of my information was found in 2003 over a 2 month period and I feel confident in my capability to resource factual information. I want to point out that there are people whom have dedicated their free time to making these records available online for us to find and for that, I sincerely thank them. There are some typographical errors in censuses and official records. I have seen the hand writing on some of the original documents and its not an easy task to comprehend the writing. The level of education 200 years ago was not as high as it is now. I know for a fact that we have different spellings of our last name on official documents which is wild but, what did that piece of paper mean to them at the time? I believe the vast majority of the Blansit's living in the united states are related to each other and the million dollar question is how? I also know for a fact that DNA samples have concluded that some BLANCETT, BLANSETT, BLANSIT AND BLANCHET are an exact match. They have extended the markers for further information. 


My great grandfather John Chambers Blansit 

Blansit, John Chambers

 12 Nov 1857-Mar 1951 CCR 1 Mar 1951. Contributed by Randall Phillips.

          John Chambers Blansit was born on November 12, 1857 in the state of Alabama and passed away last week at his home near Chestnut Ridge, MO. He moved to this State when a very small boy and lived his lifetime in the Chestnut Ridge community. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Maggie Blansit of the home; a son, Chester Lee Blansit of Muncie, KS; three daughters, Mrs. Eula Stewart of Merriam, KS, Mrs. Edith Capehart of Walnut Shade and Mrs. Pansy Harp of Florin, CA; also four other children by a former marriage, Johnie Blansit of Chestnut Ridge, Jeff Blansit of Walnut Shade, Mrs. Ader Gill of Ozark and Mrs. Bonnie Nash of Shawnee, KS; one step-daughter, Mrs. Mabel Cummings of Ozark; one sister Mrs. Eliza Jane Florence of Springfield; 34 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon in the Oak Ridge church by Rev. Forbes. Burial was in the Selmore cemetery under direction of the Chaffin Funeral Home.


My grandfather John Franklin Blansit

Johnnie F. Blansit

Johnnie F. Blansit, 92, Chestnut Ridge, died at 12:20 p.m. Saturday in Maranatha Village, Springfield, after a long illness. He had been a resident of Taney and Christian counties most of his life. He was a retired farmer and stockman, and a member of the Oak Ridge Full Gospel Church. Survivors include his wife, Martha Jane; five sons, Lester of Springfield, the Rev. Earl Blansit, of Ozark, Manford, of Modesto, Calif., the Rev. Wilbur Blansit, of Nixa, and Robert, of the home; a sister, Mrs. Bonnie Nash, Kansas City; one half-brother, Chester, of Chestnut Ridge; one step-sister, Mrs. Mabel Cummings, Ozark; three half sisters, Mrs. Edith Capehart, Walnut Shade, Mrs. Pansy Harp, Sacramento, Calif., and Mrs. Eula Armitage, Kansas City; and 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Arrangements will be announced by Harris of Ozark.

Springfield, Mo. News & Leader Sunday November 5 1978. Contributed by Woody Franklin.

Services for Johnnie F. Blansit, 92, Chestnutridge, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Oakridge Full Gospel Church with the Revs. Joe Bill Stewart and Jerry Haynes officiating. Burial will be in Spokane Cemetery under the direction of Harris. Mr. Blansit died at 12:20 p.m. Saturday in Maranatha Village, Springfield, after a long illness. The family will be in the funeral home from 6-7 tonight.


My Uncle Earl Blansit

Blansit, Earl Wesley Chambers 

Earl Wesley Chambers Blansit, age 90, of Ozark, went home to be with the Lord, December 24, 2005. Earl was born May 18, 1915, to Johnny and Martha Blansit near Rockaway Beach, Mo. He was known by many throughout the Ozarks as "Brother Earl." With no more than an eighth grade education; Earl achieved many successes in business. He was a farmer, auctioneer, and co-founder of the former Blansit Dairy Cattle Company Sale Barn, south of Ozark. Before founding the sale barn, Earl and his brother Wilbur Blansit worked for many years in the farm auction business. They held hundreds of sales around the Midwest and developed a reputation for integrity. His most significant achievements were in the spiritual arena. For many years he taught Sunday School and led singings throughout the Ozarks. Then in his early fifties, he accepted the call to preach and went on to hold many revivals and camp meetings throughout the Midwest. His charismatic personality opened doors to preach in churches of various denominations. During this period of his life and ministry, he also pastored the Oak Ridge Full Gospel Church near Walnut Shade, for 14 years. Oak Ridge experienced phenomenal growth during his pastorate. Brother Earl was known for his simple, straightforward preaching of the Bible. One of his greatest assets was his ability to love people and to express how much God loves them. He had a special anointing to roam through the audience while preaching and speak directly to individuals. People of all walks of life were captivated by his warmth and humor. His greatest desire was to see lost souls come to Christ. Earl was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and two sons, Harley Dean Blansit and Gary Earl Blansit. Earl is survived by his wife of 68 years, Melba (Huff) Blansit; a brother, Wilbur Blansit and wife, Margie, of Nixa; a son, Nolan Blansit and wife, Lucinda, of Cottage Grove, Oregon; a daughter, Viva Reasoner and husband, Gene, of Ozark; two daughters-in-law, Sharon Blansit, Ash Grove, and Jean Ann Woody and husband, Mike, Ozark; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of dear friends. Funeral arrangements are through Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, Missouri. Visitation is Wednesday, December 28, 5 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. The celebration service is Thursday, December 29, at 10 a.m. at Nixa First Assembly of God. Memorial contributions may be made to Nixa First Assembly of God Benevolence Fund. Springfield News-Leader, December 27, 2005.

Uncle Lester Blansit

Lester Blansit

Lester Blansit, 92, Springfield, Mo., passed away November 30, 2001, in Greene Haven. Lester was born July 9, 1909, the son of Johnnie Franklin and Martha Jane (Gideon) Blansit in Walnut Shade, Mo. On February 16, 1935, Lester was united in marriage to Merle J. Stewart. Lester was a retired grounds foreman with the Springfield Public School system. He was a member of Faith Assembly of God, Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Robert and Sanford Blansit; a sister, Lucy Blansit; and a granddaughter, Gayla Sue Phipps. Survivors include his children, Faith Phipps and husband, Gary of Nixa, Mo., Pat Thompson and husband, Loyd of Rogersville, Mo., and Martha Perkins and husband, E.J. of Galena, Mo.; three brothers, Earl Blansit and wife Melba of Ozark, Mo., Wilbur Blansit and wife, Margie of Nixa, Mo., and Manford Blansit and wife, Norita of Modesto, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, December 3, 2001, in Highlandville First Assembly of God Church, Highlandville, under direction of Thieme Funeral Home, Spring- field. Burial will follow in Spokane Cemetery. Thieme Funeral Home. Springfield News-Leader, December 3, 2001.

Aunt Merle Jessie Blansit

Merle Jessie (Stewart) Blansit

Merle Jessie Blansit, 82, Springfield, died at 2:15 p.m., Monday, January 26, 1998 in St. John's Regional Health Center. Merle was born December 12, 1915 in Taney County, the daugh­ter of Thomas and Cora Ellen (Stinson) Stewart. She was mar­ried to Lester Blansit February 16, 1935 in Chestnut Ridge. She was employed as a sales person for Turners Dept. Store. She was a member of the Faith Assembly of God, Springfield. Her greatest love was for her Lord and her family and she will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her Parents, a sister; Sadie Friend, three brothers, A.C., Arlie, and Clifford Stewart, and a grandchild, Gayla Sue Phipps. Survivors include, her hus­band, Lester, Springfield, three daughters and their husbands Lora Faith and Gary Phipps, Springfield, Pat and Loyd Thompson, Rogersville, Martha and E.J. Perkins, Galena, a sister, Mary Lee Snapp, Springfield, and a brother, Frank "Jack" Stewart, and his wife Edith, Forsyth, nine grandchildren, and ten great-­grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 29, 1998 in Harris a Heritage Funeral Home, Ozark with the Rev's Don Blansit and Jerry Snavely officiating. Burial will follow in the Spokane Cemetery.


Uncle Wilbur Blansit

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Blansit Livestock Co.

(Earl & Wilbur Blansit) Blansit Auction Co. Est. 1945 in Southwest Missouri was well known for selling dairy cattle, Farms & Real Estate. Respected and highly sought after because of their uncanning ability to obtain the highest dollar for the customer. In the late 1970's, Blansit Dairy & Livestock Auction barn was opened in Ozark, MO.

This family tradition was handed down in 1993 to their nephew Kevin Thompson.
Kevin's mother is Patsy (Blansit) Thompson thus the beginning Thompson Auction Company. Thompson Auction Company has received the same results over the past 13 years, the ability to obtain the highest dollar. This is something not taught in any school, it is something obtained through hard work and skill.

Kevin travels from coast to coast selling purebred cattle, setting numerous records for the most money paid at auction. Kevin also sells several automobile auctions through the week as well as Real Estate, Farm Auctions, Estates, and Business Liquidation.

In 2001, Kevin won the Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association annual bid calling contest at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, MO Colonel Kevin Thompson beat out 40 contestants for this honor. The competion was viewed as one of the stiffest of all times.

One thing you'll find with Thompson Auction Company, is that we will always tell you the truth. Our reputation is one thing we cannot replace.



Article from Norman Blansett Web Archibald D. and Nancy BLANSIT

I have in hand a copy of a letter dated 9 October 1936, to Lillian B. Nolen 731 Mississippi Ave., Chattanooga, Tn, from War Department.
The records show that A.D. BLANSIT, not found as Archibald D. BLANSIT, 2nd Lieutenant and 1st Lieutenant, Company F, 9th [ also called 7th ] (Malone's ) Regiment Alabama Cavalry, Confederate States Army, enlisted September 21, 1862, at Head Springs. He was paroled at Charlotte, North Carolina May 3, 1865 , in accordance with the terms of a Military Convention. His residence at that time was stated as Dekalb County, Alabama.

The records of this office show that one Archibald BLANSIT, surname also borne as BLANCIT and BLANCET, served in the Mexican War as a 1st sergeant in Captain THOMASON's Company, 1st Regiment Alabama Militia Infantry [ Coffey's ] , which subsequently became Company B, Coffey's (1) Alabama Militia Infantry. He was enrolled June 11, 1846, at Mobile;
was mustered into service with the company June 12, 1846, at Mobile, for the period of 12 months, and was mustered out with the company and honorably discharged the service May 28, 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana.

Also, I have a copy, several years old, from an unknown contributor.
Children of Archibald D. and Nancy BLANSIT.

1. William Anderson BLANSETT married Lena I. BLANCETT, daughter of George H.W. BLANSIT. they were cousins and had several children; Will, Sarah, Clay, Mattie, Lydia, Ben [ and maybe others, Vernon could probably help you with them ].

2. Margret Ellen married Ferninand GIBSON, they had 2 children; a girl who died in infancy and Russell now deceased, no heirs.

3. A.D. BLANSIT Jr. The dates of the three small children are on monuments in Sulphur Springs Cemetery.

4. Robert Lee BLANSIT married Lorena HATFIELD.

5. Elizabeth, called Bettie, married Samuel DURHAM they had 6 children; Seppie, Archibald D., Sallie, Alexander, Denson, Earnest.

6. John H. C. BLANSIT married Ida BLEVINS, children; Eula,Clyde,and Mildred.

The generation preceding William and Elizabeth HAMMAN was lost when our house burned. Daddy had the family Bible brought with them from Germany. All I can remember is the beautiful legible penmanship and they spelled it BLANCET.

This is the story of the early ancestors as told to Mildred who recorded it as told by Daddy a few weeks before his death.

Archibald D. BLANSIT Sr., was born Dec 25 1822 in NC or VA. His parents were both born in Germany; William was born in the vicinity of Berlin and came from a line of horse traders. The HAMMAN family were Hugenot Protestants and lived in the upper Rhineland Palatinate in what is now part of Germany. Both the BLANSIT and HAMMAN families came to America and some of them came to Alabama after Alabama became a state in 1819.

Archibald Sr., was about 9 years of age when he and his parents came. They settled along Crow Creek near the Tennessee River in Jackson County between what is now known as Scottsboro and Stevenson. Later they crossed Sand Mountain and bought a farm in Lookout Valley between what is known as Head Springs and Lookout Chapel. They lived in a two story log house and on this place they had a race track as the whole family were lovers of fine horses. When Archibald Sr. was 24 years old he enlisted in the Mexican War where he served twelve months as a Private Orderly Sergeant. He enlisted at Head Springs but was sent to New Orleans with Company B, First Alabama Regiment. At the end of the war he received an honorable discharge and a pension.

In 1861 he entered the Civil War on the side of the Confederacy. He was 1st Lieutenant on Co., F, Davenport Company, 7th Alabama Regiment, Morgans Brigade, Hortons Div., Wheelers Cavalry. This particular division took part in the Battle of Chicamauga, where they were defeated; They surrendered somewhere in NC in April 1865. J.C. NESBITT [ Lt. Col. from GA ] wrote " Four Years on the Firing Line " and referred to A.D. BLANSIT. Nancy Ellen Cooper, his wife, was born in KY on June 28 1832; her father was William COOPER, at the present I have no further information on the COOPERS.

When the HAMMAN and BLANSIT families fled Germany on account of religious persecutions, they went to Holland before embarking for America. It was in Holland that William BLANSIT and Elizabeth HAMMAN, and as I remember the account given me, they married before coming to America.

End of story as written.


My uncle Earls son Gary was born in Modesto while they were visiting us. My uncle Earl and Wilbur visited my father Manford here in Modesto every occasionally. We also went to Missouri occasionally to visit them and my grandparents. (Ken Blansit) 

See article

Gary Earl Blansit, 62, went home to be with the Lord on May 
14, 2003, at his home in Ash Grove. He was born in Modesto, 
Calif., on Sept. 2, 1940, to Earl and Melba Blansit. He was 
united in marriage to Sharon Bilyeu on Dec. 14, 1967.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Blansit; three daughters, 
Deborah Graf and husband Doug, Crane, Tamara Adams and husband 
Jack, Goldsboro, N.C., and Trinity Kanan and husband Cody, 
Everton; son Gary Gregg; five grandchildren, Adam Atchison, 
Thomas Atchison, Joshua Adams, Gary Adams and Wyatt Kanan; his 
parents, Earl and Melba Blansit, Ozark; sister Viva Resoner 
and husband Gene, Ozark; brother Nolan Blansit and wife Cindy, 
Eugene, Ore.; sister-in-law Jean Ann Woody and husband Mike, 
Ozark; and a host of extended family and friends. He was 
preceded in death by a brother, Harley Blansit, and both 
maternal and paternal grandparents.
Blansit enjoyed a 30-year career in the automobile business, 
all in the Springfield area. He was known for his integrity 
and developed many life-long friendships and loyal customers.
In recent years he re-dedicated his life to the Lord and 
became an avid Bible reader. At the time of his death he had 
read through the Bible seven times. During this time, Blansit 
was healed of cancer and was quick to give God the glory. His 
favorite time of the day was in the mornings when he would 
read the Bible, spend time in prayer and give God thanks for 
His many blessings. He enjoyed nature and being with his 
grandchildren. He was a kind, caring, compassionate man who 
was truly interested in all those who crossed his path. He was 
a talented singer who loved to sing to the Lord no matter 
where he was. 
Above all else, Blansit loved three things: His Savior, his 
family and life itself. He was and always will be husband, 
father, son, brother, uncle, friend and "Papa." We were all 
blessed to have him here and look forward to being reunited 
with him in our eternal home.
Services were at 2 pm. May 20 in Nixa Assembly of God Church 
with Pastors Don Blansit, Tommy Bilyeu and David Abshire 
officiating. Burial was in Selmore Cemetery south of Ozark. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, 
©Ozarks Newsstand 2003 



Blansit had been in on the hanging of Shad Howard, so one night one 
of the Howard boys and another fellow rode up and set fire to 
Blansit’s barn, figuring that when he came out they would ambush 
him. We lived just a little way from Blansit’s house and the light 
woke father up. He saw Blansit start to the door and hollered at 
him not to come out. I was just a kid of a boy and I ran out to the 
fire. There was a stake and rider fence that was on fire, too, and 
Blansit had a big hog in the pen that could not get out and the fire 
was so hot that it was singeing the hog, I let the hog out and it 
makes me laugh yet … … … … 
Old man Pierson had just died but Johnnie brought the blood hounds 
up the next morning and tried to put them on the trail but it had 
come up a norther and a slight rain and the dogs never did pick up 
the trail. I am confident that we had the dogs there that night we 
could have caught whoever it was. We knew in reason, however, that 
it was one of the Howard boys and another fellow retaliating for the hanging of Shaderick Howard. 

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My husband is a Blansit descendant--James Newton was an 
older brother of Greg's 2xg grandfather, John Chambers Blansit. His line ended up in Taney Co. MO (well, some of us are still here.) 
Newt's mother Eliza Jane Lee Blansit married Leander 
Dean in 1864 in Jackson Co. AL, and they were in Taney Co. by 1870, along with her sister Lucy Lee Holloway. There's some other names involved, but I'm going to try to keep this from being too confusing. Eliza Jane's 2 oldest sons, Wm. Allen and 
Newt, stayed in AL, according to family legend (which 
has been proved inaccurate in other instances). 
Leander died in 1874, and by 1880, Eliza Jane was "married" to her 3rd husband, Henry Howard, and living in Springfield, Greene Co. MO. The children who came to MO with her are also in Greene Co. 1880. However, in Taney Co. 1880, Newt is apparently living on the family farm with wife Nancy A. b ca 1863 AL and daughter America b ca 1877 AL. I've not seen the microfilm, but Taney Co. census takers were notoriously careless in spelling and getting names "not exactly right". I'm also sending a copy of this to a Newt and Laura Ann Painter Blansit descendant (Darlene Partin), as well as to Connie Wisecup Irby, who is a C.C. "Pete" Blansit descendant (another bro of Newt). re: your Hardy Painter's illegitimate son, Andrew Jackson Craze. For some reason, the name "Craze" hits me somewhere in prior Blansit/Lee research--I don't have it in my database, but maybe something Connie's sent me in the past--anyway, one of Greg's ancestors is an "Andrew Jackson CRAIG" b 22 Sep 1851 AL. Andrew just kinda shows up in 1870 Taney Co. MO, married to Nancy Ann Kearns Sep 1869, with no real reason or known connections to other families, and there is nothing I've found anywhere to indicate his parentage. I've not ordered his death cert yet (I'm notoriously slow to do that sort of thing, for some reason), but I don't rely on those (due to bad ones in my own family research) for totally accurate information. This is the only Craig family in Taney Co. MO, even now--any Craig here is a descendant of Andrew. Could this be your Andrew Jackson 
Craze? Do you have any information at all on your Andrew's dob?
There are repeated family stories in Greg's line about Cherokee lineage, but 
I've never found any in his directs. And for some reason, I had supposed 
that Daniel Painter's wife, America Catherine Lee, was the adopted daughter 
of Allen Lee (Eliza Jane's father) and his second wife, Elizabeth Owens, and 
had her dob as 1884. That, obviously, is wrong. I would like to discuss these things with you, Darlene, and Connie, and anyone else y'all want to bring in. 

Source: Vonda Wilson Sheets,