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Tate Blondell

Tate Blondell was the son of James S. Blondell and the grandson of Theodore Alexander Blondel.  The following article appeared in a local newspaper that circulated in Wise County Virginia.  We believe this occurred about ten to fifteen years after the time period that Tate's uncle, Freeman White Blondell was the mayor of Appalachia, Virginia.  The article describes how Tate was enlisted to help the local sheriff in the sheriff's defense of the jail and an African American who was imprisoned there.  A lynch mob had formed and was attempting to dynamite the jail to gain access to the prisoner. Tate Blondell lost his life that night but was successful
in protecting the prisoner's life.
The mob was stopped.


Tate Blondel's Tombstone