who were the parents of Sarah (Dalton) Blackburn 1770-1850)?

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One record says John Dalton (1763-1836) which would have made him a 7 year old father  or James Dalton (1738-1817) which works for dates but I can find no verification. One of these is my  5th great-grandfather. Can you please help?

RL Fleegle
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     James Dalton is also my 5th great-grandfather.  James Dalton was listed in the 1800 Bedford Co. PA census as being 45 years of age or older.  In 1771 a board of viewers that included James Dalton laid out a road from the town of Bedford, Bedford Co., PA.  The list of Bedford Twp, Bedford Co., PA taxables for the year 1772 includes:  James Dalton, rented 100 acres, horses 3, cows 1 [St. Clair Twp. was not formed until 1794].  The book Bedford County in the American Revolution by James B. Whisker, page 73, reads: "Dalton, James, Private, Capt. William McCall's Bedford Co. Militia Co. 2 Pa. Arch 14 at 667; 5 Pa. Arch 5 at 120".  On May 19, 1786, James Dalton had a survey made of his 265 1/4 acres in Bedford Township.  In Jan.1791 James and Margaret Dalton sold this land to Mary Miller.  James and Margaret both made their marks on the deed of sale.  James' mark was rather distinctive.  He made the same mark on his July 9, 1812 will.  It was an I with a horizontal line halfway through the capital I; and a capital D.  The 1800 Bedford County census lists James Dalton as the head of household, age 45 or older; one male aged 26 and under 45; 3 females aged 16 and under 26.  James Dalton's wife Margaret had apparently died between 1791 and 1800.  In his will dated July 9, 1812, James Dalton bequeathed 5 pounds to his daughter Sarah Blackburn, 5 pounds to his daughter Catherine Dobson, 15 pounds to his daughter Mary Rose, and all the rest of his estate real and personal to his daughters Rachel Dalton and Margaret Dalton.  This will was probated on May 27, 1817. The obit. of Anna (Border) Cuppett (1835--1901) [gr.daughter of John & Sarah (Dalton) Blackburn] reads:  "Mrs. John Blackburn, whose maiden name was Sarah Dalton, and grandmother of the deceased, was one of the first white twin sisters born in Bedford County in year 1770."  The 1921 obituary of John A. Cuppett, son of William W. & Anna (Border) Cuppett, reads:  "Interested In Tracing Ancestry.  Mr. Cuppett took a special interest in tracing his ancestors. ...Lydia Blackburn's parents were John Blackburn, born 1769, and Sara Dalton.  Miss Dalton's father was James Dalton, who married Miss Townsend, both of them having emigrated from England to Bedford County.  The foregoing Miss Dalton and her twin sister were the first white twins born in Bedford County.  The above John Blackburn's father emigrated to America in 1745 with his two brothers."  

     Sarah Dalton, twin sister of Catherine, (1770--1850), married John Blackburn (7/5/1869--12/28/1844), son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Griffith) Blackburn.  They lived in Napier Twp., Bedford Co., PA.& had 10 children:  Elizabeth; William; John Dalton; Margaret, wife of Jacob Otto; Joseph ; Lydia, wife of William Border; Samuel ; Jacob Dalton; and Sarah, wife of Duncan McGregor.

     Catherine Dalton, twin sister of Sarah (Dalton) Blackburn, died sometime after 1817.  I don't know the first name of Catherine's husband, but I think it may be James or George, because there was a James Dobson in the Revolutionary War Muster Rolls 1775-1783, box 30, roll rec. 246, and there is a George Dobson listed in the War of 1812 Muster Rolls, 138 Reg't (Miller's) Pennsylvania Mil., inducted & discharged as a Private, roll box 59, roll exct. 602, roll rec. 281.  On April 22, 1833 Rachel and Margaret Dalton (spinster daughters of James and Margaret Dalton), sold 175 acres in St. Clair Twp. that they had inherited from their father, to George Dobson.  After George Dobson's death in 1844, Rachel and Margaret Dalton took in two of George's children, James and Mary Ann Dobson.

     Rachel Dalton, daughter of James and Margaret Dalton, is listed in the 1850 census as 71.  Rachel never married and she is listed as head of the household in the 1820, 1830, & 1840 St. Clair Twp. censuses and in the 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, & 1849 tax records.  Living with Rachel were her sister Margaret, Mary Ann Dobson & James Dobson.  In the U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedule of St. Clair Twp., Bedford Co., PA is listed:  Rachel Dalton, 86, died in November, 1859 of palsy, from which she had suffered for 4 months.

     Margaret Dalton, dau. of James & Margaret Dalton, is listed in the 1850 St. Clair Twp. census as head of the household, aged 65.  Living with her was her 71 year-old sister Rachel Dalton, Mary Ann Dobson, 19, and James Dobson, 18.  In the 1860 census, Mary Ann Dobson, 29, is listed as the head of the household and residing with her are Margaret Dalton, 75, and Mary Ann's illegitimate daughter Sarah E. Blackburn, 8.  In a deed dated Sept. 29, 1858, Rachel and Margaret Dalton sold 238 acres of land that they had inherited from their father, to Mary Ann Dobson for "the sum of $200 and the further consideration of natural love and affection, care and services rendered..."  Margaret and Rachel Dalton made their marks on the deed, but Mary Ann Dobson signed her name.  In a codicil to this deed dated April 1, 1859, Mary Ann promised to care for Rachel and Margaret Dalton as long as they lived and to provide a decent burial for them.  Margaret Dalton died sometime after the 1860 census was taken and sometime before April 7, 1862, which is the date on a deed in which Mary Ann Dobson, spinster, sold 100 acres of land to William A. Fluck.

     Mary Dalton, daughter of James and Margaret Dalton, according to the book History of Morrow County, Ohio, published in 1880, was born March 21, 1785 and died Feb. 26, 1868 in Zanesville, Ohio.  Mary Dalton married John Rose (6/16/1787--1846), son of Edward and Drusilla (Pierpoint) Rose.  In 1814 John and Mary (Dalton) Rose moved from Bedford Co., PA to Harrison Twp., Perry Co., Ohio.  In 1834 they moved to a farm near Zanesville, Ohio. John Rose & his wife, but no children are living in Colerain Twp., Bedford Co., PA in the 1810 census. In the 1820 census of Perry Co., Ohio they are listed with 6 children.  John and Mary (Dalton) Rose's children are:  James Rose; Samuel Rose; Edward Rose; Margaret Rose, wife of Anthony Mauk; John Rose, Jr.; and Joseph Rose.

     I am descended from James and Margaret (Townsend) Dalton through their daughter Catherine (Dalton) Dobson.  Catherine's son was George Dobson (c. 1800--April, 1844).  George Dobson married (1) Hatty Richert by whom he had 3 children, Mary Ann; James R., and Elizabeth , wife of John Gephart.  After Hatty's death George married (2) Maria Carmack by whom he had 3 more children:  John Wesley; Margaret F., wife of Joseph C. May; and Anna Rebecca "Beckie", wife of John N. Burket.  

     John Wesley Dobson (9/7/1837--2/1/1912) married Christiana Berkey and they had 10 children:  Elizabeth, wife of George E. Hoover; George Lewis; Mallie Elmira, wife of Frank W. Cuppett; William Sylvester ; Josiah Berkey; James Irvin; Delila Bell, wife of John J. Clark; Charles Berkey; and Lemon Jethro.  

     Delila Bell Dobson (6/23/1876--8/4/1954) married John J. Clark (1/9/1872--9/3/1901) and they had two children:  Orbie Clark and Ruey Clark, wife of Austin Rummel.  

     My grandfather Orbie Clark (5/21/1896--3/4/1969) married Helen Glenn Zimmerman and they had 5 children among whom was my father Orbie Clark, Jr. (10/11/1922-2/13/1983).

     What is your line of descent from James and Margaret (Townsend) Dalton?

by Carolyn Clark G2G Crew (530 points)
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I found this notation on a photograph, not exactly a verification but something maybe you could work with?

Sara Dalton Blackburn



Birth: 1770 Bedford County Pennsylvania, USA Death: 1850 Napier Bedford County Pennsylvania, USA She was a daughter of John Dalton and Mary (Townsend) Dalton. She is said to be the first set of twin girls born in Bedford County. Her twin sister being named Catherine. Catherine married a Dobson. Sarah and John had at least ten children: Elizabeth, William, John Dalton, Margaret, Joseph, Rachel, Lydia, Samuel, Jacob Dalton, and Sarah. Family links: Spouse: John Blackburn (1769 - 1844) Children: William Blackburn (1793 - 1873)* *Calculated relationship Burial: Friends Cemetery Spring Meadow Bedford County Pennsylvania, USA Created by: Amanda Smith Record added: Oct 16, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 99028287

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