Naomi Leona Dawson Blankenship Stebbins was born on 27 Nov 1872, in Holly Grove, Tennessee. Her father was William Bradley Dawson, Jr. born 1849 in Tipton County, Tennessee. His parents were William Bradley Dawson, Sr. born 1817 in Kentucky and Eliza Jane Wilson born 1821 in Virginia. Naomi’s mother was Rosanna Jane Mills Dawson born 1851 in South Carolina to Hugh McClellen Mills, born 1818 South Carolina and Esther Caskey born in 1814 in South Carolina. Esther’s parents were Thomas Caskey (1775-1840) and Julianna Graham (1783-1848).
Naomi grew up in District 2 of Tipton County with her siblings and half siblings. They were Liza Emma (1880-1967), Eicy (b. 1884), Pearl Dawson (b. 1887), William Lafayette (1878-1960), Saphrona Ann (1883-1952), Trottie Mae (1892-1954) and Robert Clifton Dawson (1893-1971). She also had a sibling who died as an infant in 1870.
At the age of 17, Naomi Leona Dawson married Thomas Leven Blankenship in Tipton County, Tennessee, on 14 Sep 1890. Thomas and Naomi settled in the 6th District of Tipton County. It was there they began their family. They had four children during their marriage. They were Vergie Olar (1896-1964), Ruba Garner (1902-1967), Thomas C (1907-1978) and Robert Parrish (1909-1973).
When Thomas Leven was killed, Naomi was a left with four children to raise. There is little information know about their life after this event.
Vergie Olar went on to marry Walter Bennett Glenn (1893-1963). According to the 1920 Census, Vergie and Walter had one daughter, Margaret Geraldine. The Census also listed Thomas C as living with his sister and brother-in-law.
On 21 Aug 1920, Ruba married Myrtle Belle Rose (1893-1991). Myrtle was the daughter of Samuel Sparks Rose (1860-1928) and Lula Wiseman (1871-1947). Ruba and Myrtle had three children, Chester Lee (1922-1976), Malford Allen (1924-2013) and Vergia Nell (1928-2016). Parrish married Ruby F Coulson on 31 Aug 1935 in Arkansas, and Thomas C. married Josie Barbara Graves.
On 22 Dec 1920 Jefferson County, Arkansas, Naomi married for a second time to Richard H “Rand” Stebbins. Mr. Stebbins was the widower of Henrietta Josephine “Nettie” Pattison. Rand died on 3 Jun 1922 and is buried with his first wife in Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Naomi moved back to Tennessee after Rand’s death as she died in Memphis on 11 Feb 1947 and is buried in Indian Creek Cemetery.