- H. Benjamin Blackburn1738 - 1834
- W. Ann Unknownabt 1739 -
m. 1 February 1756
- H. Benjamin Blackburn1738 - 1834
- W. Elizabeth Nesbit (add)
Facts and Events
Benjamin Blackburn was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- American Revolutionary War Veteran
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 1, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
- Blackburn, Benjamin - granted Pension 1821 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, 1821; formerly resided in Virginia & Tennessee; query letter in file states soldier resided in Augusta County, Virginia, & near Jonesboro, Tennessee; query letter in file 1925 from descendant Mrs. Hal Burrage Armstrong, Austin, Texas, states soldier wounded at Battle of Point Pleasant. R253.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT. - 1783-- page 1, Pensioners, (April), James Cunningham, John McKinney; (May), Margaret Wilson, John Yeager; Wm. Francis, John Dickinson; Jos. Maze, Benj. Blackburn; (October), James Cunningham.
At the Battle of Point Pleasant
- Watauga Association of Genealogists (Upper East TN) WAGS Bulletin, Vol 38, #2, Fall 2009, pp. 153-156.
- "Benjamin Blackburn-Father of Patriots"
- Although he was not a Revolutionary War soldier, a few comments about Benjamin Blackburn's eldest son, Benjamin (1738-September 24, 1834), are pertinent. Augusta County, Virginia Court Records on May 20, 1783 document the following: "Benj. Blackburn proved he was disabled in the service at the Battle of Point Pleasant by losing the use of two of the fingers of his left hand." The pension that he received for his service in General Andrew Lewis's regiment during this conflict was begun in 1810 and transferred from Tennessee to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in September, 1819. This may also be the Benjamin Blackburn who on Nov 20, 1806 performed the rites of marriage for John Rankin to Jane Weir in Washington County, TN. Benjamin Blackburn, the son, moved to Alabama, where he is found in the 1830 US Federal Census in Tuscaloosa County, male between 80 and 90 years of age.
- From "The Benjamin Blackburn Family" By W.A. Challacombe
- Benjamin Blackburn, the eldest son of Benjamin and Mary Blackburn was one of the 150 men from Augusta County, Virginia who served under Colonel Charles Lewis in Dunmore’s Indian War. He served as sergeant in Col. Charles Lewis’ company in the Battle of Point Pleasant, Oct 10, 1774 when the Indians led by the famous Shawnee Chief, Cornstalk, sought to wipe out the Virginian Volunteers before their jucture with Lord Dunmore’s forces. In an all-day battle, one of the greatest battles ever fought between the Indians and their white opponents, the Indians were finally driven back and forced to yeild the field.
- In the Annuals of Augusta County (Vol. I, pg 230) we find that
- "Benjamin Blackburn proved that he was disabled by losing the use of two fingers on his left hand".
- In a pamphlet called "Revolutionary Soldiers in Alabama", Ms Augusta Bradford of Chattanooga, TN found this item
- "Benjamin Blackburn, a resident of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, Private in Lewis’ Regiment; date of enrollment not given, payment to date from April 1, 1810, annual allowance $60.00; sums received $363.90; transferred from Tennessee Sep 14, 1819. Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. 14, Senate Document 514; 23rd Congress, 1st Session, 1833-34
- Hening’s Statutes, Volume 13, pg. 616
- "Benj. Blackbourne, a sergeant in the regiment of riflemen commanded by Capt. Chas. Lewis and disabled by several wounds received at the Battle of Point Pleasant in the year 1774, the sum of 15 pounds."
- During the Revolution, Benjamin Blackburn served as private in Captain Lockridge’s Co. under Colonel Andrew Lewis. He participated in Battle of Point Pleasant, Virginia.
Greene Co., & Washington Co., TN
- Benjamin Blackburn, William Lowry, Joseph Vance; bond with Samuel Bogle; November 11, 1790.
- Benjamin Blackburn filed suit for trespass against Samuel Bogle in Green Co., TN - 15 August 1791.
- Samuel Bogle of Greene County; writ of capias ad respondendum issued; case of Benjamin Blackburn vs. Isaac Brazelton; issued August 17, 1791.
- Samuel Bogle, Samuel Newell of Greene County; bond held unto James Richardson, sheriff; case of Benjamin Blackburn, wife vs. Samual Bogle; December 12, 1791.
- Further, filed in the February Term of Court, 1792, in the District of Washington in the Territory of the United States of America south of the River Ohio by his attorney complain of Samuel Bogle of the said Territory
- "That whereas the said Elizabeth from the time of her nativity hath always been of good name, fame and reputation and never been guilty of the vandalous crime of stealing. Nevertheless, the said Samuel Bogle not being ignorant of the premises but malitiously consorting and intending to deprive the said Elizabeth of her good name fame and reputation and greatly injure her among all her neighbours and acquaintances - did in Washington aforesaid on the ___day of May in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety one in the ___willfully and malitously ___ and declare the following false scandalous slanderous and malitious word following to witt "his wife (meaning her the said Elizabeth wife of the aforsaid Benjamin Blackburn) steal" or words to that effect and "I (meaning himself the said Samuel Bogle) can prove it"
- The complaint asks for damages in the amount of one thousand pounds.
- Benjamin Blackburn, wife vs. Samuel Bogle; Washington District, February Term 1792; plea entered by defendant (Bogle) by his attorney, Archibald Roane; 1792.
- Benjamin Blackburn, wife vs. Samuel Bogle; court narrative and judgement; District of Washington, February Term 1792.
- Lewis, Virgil A. History of the Battle of Point Pleasant: fought between white men and Indians at the mouth of the Great Kanawha River (now Point Pleasant, West Virginia), Monday, October 10th, 1774 : the chief event of the Lord Dunmore's War. (Charleston, W. Va: The Tribune Printing Company, 1909), Page 51.