Person:James Blackburn (15)

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James Blackburn
m. 12 April 1765
  1. Alexander Blackburn1766 - 1786
  2. Benjamin Blackburn1767 - 1785
  3. Mary Blackburn1768 - 1846
  4. Andrew Blackburn1770 - 1847
  5. William Blackburn1772 - 1856
  6. Grizelle Blackburn1774 - 1862
  7. George Blackburn1776 - 1860
  8. John Blackburn1778 - 1868
  9. Jane Blackburn1780 - 1834
  10. Edward Blackburn1780 - 1853
  11. James Blackburn1782 - 1860
  12. Nancy Glorian Blackburn1785 - 1851
m. 10 Jan 1805
  1. John Blackburn1806 - 1883
  2. Nancy Blackburn1808 - 1809
  3. Elvira Blackburn1810 - 1901
  4. Alexander A. Blackburn1820 - 1893
Facts and Events
Name James Blackburn
Gender Male
Birth? 2 October 1782 Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia
Marriage 10 Jan 1805 Dandridge, Jefferson, Tennessee, United Statesto Catherine Jamison
Death? 13 November 1860 Dandridge, Jefferson County, Tennessee

Lifelong Friend of Davy Crockett

  • We know that David Crockett visited James Blackburn in Jefferson County, East Tennessee, on his trip to Washington in October 1827 by reading page 3 in Crockett’s letter from Washington City of February 5, 1828 to James Blackburn. It reads in part:
“My Dear old friend…….. I have enjoyed the worst health since I arrived here (ie. Washington, D.C.) that I ever did in my life I was taken the next day after I left your house with the billes feaver tho I traveled until I arived at my father in laws (ie. Robert Patton in Swannanoa, North Carolina) thare I was taken down and lay four weeks then I got abel to travel I started on and My wife and Sone Returned home (ie. His wife Elizabeth Patton and son John Wesley returned home to Gibson County, TN) I have recd two letters from my Sone Sence he got home he wrote me that they found all well at home my wifes father gave her three young negros they wrote to me that they got home with out much trouble with them I have (missing) down three times Sence I arrived here the last attack was the pluricy the doctor took two quarts of Blood from me at one time I am much Reduced in flesh and have lost all my Red Rosy Cheeks that I have carried so many years ….. I Remain with high esteem your friend and well wisher. David Crockett

(to) James Blackburn.

Moses Samples at Finley's Gap, Jefferson Co., TN

  • Old deeds often give clues to the route of the War Trail. On the seventh of June 1784, a 400 acre survey was done for John Blackburn: “Long Creek at the second crossing of the War Path beginning fifty poles above the improvement …” This brief statement tells us that the War Trail crossed Long Creek at least two times and that John Blackburn had begun farming on this property prior to 1784 – a very early date. Matthew Samples Name Appears in John Blackburn's Will.
  • We know that David Crockett visited James Blackburn in Jefferson County, East Tennessee, on his trip to Washington in October 1827 by reading page 3 in Crockett’s letter from Washington City of February 5, 1828 to James Blackburn son of John Blackburn mentioned above.
  • The Finley’s Gap and headwaters of Long Creek neighborhoods were bristling with pioneer families at a very early date. So many Jefferson County natives and descendents can trace their roots back to these earliest pioneer settlers. The heavy settlement activity here may have resulted from the proximity of this area to the War Trail which was the route taken by the first pioneers entering the area. Some of the earliest settlers and families in this neighborhood were James McCuistion, Sr. and Jr., David, Joseph, Andrew, Robert and Thomas McCuistion, John and Rebecca Jacobs, William and Jean Finley, Richard Grace, Richard Grisham, Thomas Dinnel, David Davies, John, James, Edward, and Andrew Blackburn, Samuel Lyle, James Corbett, Thomas Snoddy, James and Reuben Churchman, Bradley, Eli & William Bettis, George W. Jones, James Sherrod, John Sterling, William, Christopher, James and Thomas Bradshaw, Henry Brown, Samuel Gass, John Lang, William Hughes, James MvGuire. James and Levina Scott, Jerimiah and Catherine Nicholson, Ninian Chamberlain, William Givens, John Carson, Andrew and Agnes McAdow, Richard Collins, Rebacca and Elizabeth Grisham, Robert Mansfield, Jacob Crider, William Walker, Samuel McGreary, Patrick and James McGuire, Henry Bradford, Richard Grace, James Gibbons, Robert Miller, Daniel Prigmore, Moses Samples, John Potter, George McGirt, Henry Hagard, John Lacey, William Rankin, McGarahs, Kerrs, Bethens, Yells, Kimbroughs, and others.
Davy Crockett's in-laws, the Finleys, must have moved onto their home in the gap of Bays Mountain at a fairly early date. The name of the gap, Finley’s Gap, is still in use today. The one hundred acre Finley homestead and David Crockett's first home were located in Finley’s Gap not far from Collier’s Corner.
Source: The Old Path, Route of the Great Indian War Trail vanishing quickly in East Tennessee, BY JOE SWANN
Former President of the Jefferson County, Tennessee, Historical Society.
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  • David Crockett and Polly Finley lived next to the Finely’s at Finley’s Gap from their wedding in 1806 until 1812 when they moved to Middle Tennessee. David developed many friends in this area which covered the Mt. Horeb, Collier’s Crossroads, and the Headwaters of Long Creek neighborhoods. The Blackburns, Samples, Rankins, Nicholsons, McCuistions, Mansfields, Bettis, Loves, Bradshaws, Corbetts, and others were neighbors and friends of David and Polly Crockett.

Dr. William Edward Butler vs David Crockett in Politics

  • Dr. William Edward Butler's mother was Sarah Jane Semple surname also spelled Semples / Samples.
  1.   Historical Records Project (Tennessee). Bible records of Jefferson County, Tennessee. (Microfilm of typescript at the Tennessee State Library in Nashville, Tennessee.: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1939).
  2.   Tennessee Genealogical Society. Ansearchin' News. (Memphis, Tennessee: Tennessee Genealogical Society), Vol. 46, No. 2, Page 10, 12, Summer 1999.

    Jefferson County Court Minutes, April 1838, W.P.A. Transcription by Ellen W. Wilson, 16 Oct 1939, Microfilm Ref. 2007, V. 16. Available at Memphis / Shelby County Public Library, Peabody & McLean.