Person:James Blackburn (15)

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.
  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.

  3.   Swann, Joe. The Old Path, Route of the Great Indian War Trail vanishing quickly in East Tennessee. (Jefferson County, Tennessee, Historical Society).