- H. Gen. Samuel Blackburn1759 - 1835
- W. Anne Matthewsabt 1767 - 1840
m. 18 August 1785
Facts and Events
Samuel Blackburn was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1785--August 17, Saml. Blackburn and Anna Mathews, daughter George Mathews.
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Record - 1785, -- By Rev. Archibald Scott: August 18th, Samuel Blackburn and Ann Mathews.
- Vol. 2 - Margaret Jones, Executrix of Gabriel Jones, vs. Mathews' Heirs--O. S. 170; N. S. 60--Sampson Mathews (now deceased) mortgaged to Gabriel Jones land in Bath County, 2,080 acres, 18th August 1791. It is charged that after the mortgage, Sampson conveyed a part of the land to John Fowler and Samuel Blackburn, and the remainder to Jacob Kenny and Samuel Clark, in trust to pay Sampson's debts. Sampson died testate (will in Augusta) leaving widow, Catherine, daughter, Jane, wife of Saml. Clarke, daughter, Ann, wife of Alexander Nelson, and son, Sampson Mathews. Gabriel Jones died in 1806 testate (will in Rockingham).
- Page 252.--14th June, 1796. Samuel Blackburn makes oath that his removal into State of Virginia was not made with purpose of evading the law for preventing importation of slaves, nor has he brought any slaves with intention of selling them, nor has any of the slaves been imported from Africa since 1st November, 1778. (Follow) names of slaves.
- Page 248.--2d January, 1802. Peter Hanger's will, Sr.--To son, Peter; to Peter Rush, who married daughter Barbara; to son, John; son, George; son, Frederick; to Frederick Fultz, who married daughter Hannah; to daughter, Catharine; son, David (infant); tract whereon King, the Schoolmaster, formerly lived, to be sold. Nine children. Executors, sons Peter and Jacob and Peter Rush. Teste: Jacob Swoope, S. Blackburn. Addendum says: Have sold the King plantation to Peter Rush and he has conveyed to me the plantation on the Winchester Road occupied now by John Fleiger, which is to be sold. To Caty Dillenger, who now lives with testator, under 18. Proved, 27th December, 1802. Peter Rush refuses to execute. Others qualify.
- Vol. 2 - 27th July, 1802--Saml. Blackburn, administrator of Alex. Humphreys.
Information on Samuel Blackburn
- From "Annals of Bath County, Virginia", by Oren F. Morton, pg. 166:
- General (Samuel) Blackburn , who married Anne, a daughter of George Mathews, in 1785, was born about 1758 and was admitted to the bar in 1796. He was a graduate of Liberty Hall Academy—now Washington and Lee University—and a soldier of the Revolution. He went first to Kentucky and then to Georgia, to practice law, but the clamor against his father-in-law caused him to leave the latter state in disgust. He returned to Virginia and built the old brick mansion on what is now called the "Wilderness" property. In 1824 he had 1,000 acres under cultivation. Blackburn was an orator and a criminal lawyer of repute. While sitting in the General Assembly he secured the passage of an anti-duelling law. In politics he was a Federalist. He died in 1835, freeing his 40 slaves by will and giving $500 to the Staunton Bible Society. There were no children and the estate fell into neglect.
- General Samuel Blackburn served in the Georgia legislature, but left there after controversy arose over his actions against his father-in-law George Mathews surrounding passage of the Yazoo Act aka, "Yazoo Land Scandal" "Yazoo Land Fraud". He left Georgia and moved to Staunton, Virginia, where he practiced law and was active in politics, running for congress several times, but was never elected.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Gen Samuel Blackburn, in Find A Grave.
General Samuel Blackburn was the youngest son of Benjamin and Mary Blackburn. He attended Washington College in Washington County, Tennessee, where he obtained the AB degree. Later he taught at Washington Academy in Wilkes County, Georgia. He then entered the legal profession. On August 18, 1785, he married Anne Mathews, daughter of the governor of Georgia, in Augusta County. He was a member of the Georgia state legislature until 1795, when he returned to Virginia where he entered the practice of law. He served at the rank of general in the American War for Independence and was at the battle of Guilford Courthouse. He represented Bath County in the Virginia legislature for a number of terms, where he was reputed to have been instrumental in passing legislation against dueling. He unsuccessfully ran for the US congress. He was known as an outstanding orator and criminal lawyer of his time. He and Anne Mathews had no children. His plantation was known as The Wilderness, located in Bath County. He left a will in Bath County that is useful in detailing the genealogy of his family (brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews). In his will he liberated 44 slaves on the condition that they emigrate to Liberia, and subsequent references note that all but two did so. (bio by: Jim L Wilson)
- 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.
- Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).