I've got a John Bonner born in Virginia about 1786, though some census records reflect 1800 as the birth year. He was blind. I was able to track his life with census records from Tennessee to Louisiana to Texas, but no connection to Virginia. The 1850 Federal Census shows, as listed below:
John Bonner (Head) - Blind - 64 years of age - born in VA.
All the other members of this household were born in Louisiana.
Easter Bonner - 34 years
John Bonner - 1840
Andrew Bonner - 1843
Timothy Bonner - 1845
Henry Bonner - 1848
More children follow after the 1850 census (not sure who's children they are):
Tisne Bonner - 1859 possibly married Franklin Lomax
Samuel Bonner - 1861
William Bonner - 1866
John Bonner - the Blind man - is living in Tennessee before 1850 with a John Bonner, possibly his father, b. abt. 1760's and a James Bonner, possibly brother. Then John - the blind man - moves on to Louisiana. By this time the civil war was in full motion. John, the blind man, is a wounded war soldier that records have indicated. John's family kept him close and obviously care for him throughout his life time of blindness. An estimated guess puts his age of death near 95 years old.
Upon finding himself in Louisiana, he is now living with his son, John and family. John, the elder from Tennessee and James are no longer to be found in records. John, the blind man - his grandson's were all confederate soldiers.
Once the war subsides John, the blind man, and his son, John's family all move on to Shelby County Texas.
I don't have any family accounts of these family members other than what has been accumulated through records and research. I'm hoping someone has knowledge of a Blind ancestor or traces of the family in Virginia.