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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Theodore Scott Blevins : Sodomy

Theodore Scott Blevins was born to Thomas Clarke Blevins (1868-1941), and Martha M McConell (1874-1943) on 30 Nov 1904 in Volant, PA. He was an inmate at the Western State Penitentiary, sentenced on 3 Feb 1956 for sodomy (2ct), at age 51 for a term of 2-4 years.














He died 13 May 1965







Obituary: Theodore S. Blevins, 60, of 456 Neshannock Ave. died in Jameson Memorial Hospital at 9 a.m. today following an illness. He was born in Volant Nov. 30, 1904, to Thomas Clark and Martha McConnell Blevins. He was a member of First Christian Church. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Hollis (Esther) Johnston of Volant RD 1 and a brother, Ivan C., of Baltimore, Md. He was preceded in death by a brother, Earl E., four years ago and a sister, Anna E. Blevins, 13 years ago. Friends will be received in the Richard S. Cunningham Funeral Home, 454 Chestnut St., from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. A service will be conducted in the funeral home at 3 p.m. Thursday by Rev. j. Stanley Carpenter. Burial will be in Plain Grove UP Cemetery.

New Castle, PA., News, Tuesday, 11 May 1965 on Page 2 Column 7



I did not find any newspaper clipping on the story. There was a huge Vice ring with a underground prostitution ring and they were all charged with sodomy, so his arrest probably wasn't noted at the time, unless he was apart of that ring.


He is buried in the Plain Grove United Presbyterian Church Cemetery. FAG #116101162

As far as I can tell he was never married.



2 comments:

  1. It may very well be that he was gay. He might have even been in a relationship with another man, but arrested and imprisoned for what might have been a consensual act but was illegal under the sodomy laws. Several states still have anti-gay sodomy laws on their books. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/21/12-states-ban-sodomy-a-decade-after-court-ruling/7981025/

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  2. I agree with you, I believe he was arrested for that reason, As far as I could tell he was never married, not that would matter some did get married. Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate it.

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