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Ralph Blankenship

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Born about in England
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Henrico County, Virginia [uncertain]
Died in Roxdale, Henrico, Virginia
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Ralph Blankenship was born about 1662[1] in England.


Arrived in 1686 or 1687. His name is listed with 90 white persons and 70 negros as a headright of Richard Kennon in a petition for an 8000 acre land grant.[2]


Married by 1690 to Martha Clay. Her maiden name is somewhat speculative as no marriage records have been found. However, two of the Clay brothers who also were children of Charles Clay (1636-1686) and Hannah Wilson (1642-1706) appeared on the death inventory and will of Ralph Blankenship and that of Martha's second husband, Edward Stanley[3] indicating a probable familial connection.


  1. Richard Blankenship b. Abt. 1691, d. Aft. 1768, Goochland County, Virginia.
  2. William Blankenship b. Abt. 1693, d. April 1745, Henrico County, Virginia.
  3. John Blankenship, b. Abt. 1695, d. April 09, 1754, Chesterfield County, Virginia.
  4. James Blankenship, b. Abt. 1698, d. May 23, 1749, Chesterfield County, Virginia.
  5. Ralph Blankenship, Jr. b. Abt. 1700, d. November 1754, Chesterfield County, Virginia.



  1. Deposition in Henrico on April 2, 1695 that he was about 33 years of age; Henrico W&D 1688-97:577
  2. Henrico Order Book 1678-1793:362
  3. W&D 1725-37:115




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On October 20, 2014 at 17:01GMT David Wilson wrote:

"Now if I were placing bets on the maiden name for Martha, wife of Ralph Blankinship, I would put more money on the Hudson surname than Clay. We know that the Clays were close to the Blankenships.

The signatures of Henry and Charles clay on the death instrutments of Ralph Blankenship and Edward Stanley may have been nothing more than the fact that they were good neighbors. When we see the Clay names on Ralph Blankinship's death inventory and on the will of Edward Stanley, Martha's second husband, it suggests to me Martha had no kinfolk living in Virginia and therefore she relied exclusively on good neighbors to witness her husbands' wills. "

see pg. 928

On September 28, 2014 at 04:52GMT David Wilson wrote:

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On September 26, 2014 at 22:08GMT David Wilson wrote: