b. July 27, 1892, Ashe County. Granddaughter of Tempy "Tatum" Houck; oldest of 14 children of Martin and Minnie Ray Houck. Blanche moved from Ashe County in 1904 to West Virginia where she raised 8 children. The trip took 8 days by wagon, which held all their belongings. Blanche walked the entire way and cared for her siblings.