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John Blackburn

Birthplace: Derry Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: before January 19, 1826
Butler Township, Columbiana, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Blackburn and Elizabeth Blackburn
Husband of Jane Blackburn
Father of Mary Santee and Nancy Blackburn

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About Lt. John Blackburn

A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA with the rank of LIEUTENANT. DAR Ancestor # A010680

(Part of Blackburn manuscript from Grace Torrance Clark, Member National S

ociety D.A.R., No. 148190 signed November 30th, 1919.)

John Blackburn was born in 1751 and died in 1826. Moses was born about 17

53. These two brothers enlisted in the Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, m

ilitia during the Revolutionary War. Our family tradition says they serv

ed "seven years under George Washingtion." The official records show thr

ee periods of service as a private for Moses Blackburn, all in the 8th Com

pany of the lst Batallion of Cumberland County militia, commanded by Colon

el James Johnston. In l834 Moses was placed on the pension list for su

ch services under the pension law of l831. John, having died in 1826, w

as never a pensioner.

Our ancester, the older brother John Blackburn, is officially given cred

it for two tours of service as a private of Cumberland County militia; a

nd beginning April 23rd, 1779, was a Lieutenant in the company of Capta

in James Floyd, commanded by Colonel William Chambers, and designated as "

In the service of the United States" The record, as printed, follows. S

ee Pennsylvania Archives, 5th Series:

Vol. 6, page 160."County of Cumberland Associators and Militia. Second B

atallion. In service Oct. 1777 (c) Third Class. Captain William Donaldso

n, Private John Blackburn.

Vol. 6, page (161 or 167) "Second Batallion, third class, in services Jul

y, 1778, (c) John Blackburn, private.

Vol. 6, page 604."A muster roll of Captain James Floyd's Company of t

he 3d class of Cumberland County Militia for Pennsylvania. In the servi

ce of the Unites States, commanded by Coll'n. William Chambers, Commenci

ng April 23th, A.D. 1779. (a) Captain James Floyd. Lieutenant John Black


On December 6th, 1784, John Blackburn was married to Jane Armstrong. Th

ey were the parents of nine children, viz: (all nine children are list

ed along with birthdates.)

......Family tradition says the first two children (of John Blackburn a

nd Jane Armstrong) were born in Maryland; and if so, they must have resid

ed for a short time just across the line from that part of Cumberland Coun

ty, Pennsylvania, which was in September, 1784 erected into the coun

ty of Franklin, namely Frederick County, Maryland. For in 1787, we find J

ohn and Moses Blackburn both members of the Rocky Spring Presbyterian Chur

ch in Letterkenny Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, near Chambersbu


From there, the two brothers moved to Columbiana County, Ohio. John settl

ed on Section 2 in the township of Perry, near Salem, during the period 18

02-1806. Moses settled on Section 3 in the township of Unity in 1802.


Some data from the Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revoluti

on application of Walter Thirlmore Emmons, National number 033639, Michig

an State Number 1015, accepted February 23, 1920. (On his application: "T

he family tradition states that he was in service at Yorktown at the ti

me of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis, but I have no record of this.")

Some data taken from the family tree Evans Family Tree Linda Evans Chic

DAR application 638156 A791 for Mrs. Dianne Lynn Slater Gross (for Patri

ot John Blackburn)

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Lt. John Blackburn's Timeline

June 21, 1751
Derry Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
August 3, 1791
Age 40
Pennsylvania, United States
January 19, 1826
Age 74
Butler Township, Columbiana, Ohio, United States