Thomas Blackstone born 1747? home in 1776 Maryland wife was a Hall, I'm looking for any information. Thanks

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A grandson John Hiram Blackstone born 1812 died before 1850
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in Genealogy Help by Donnie Blackstone G2G6 Pilot (236k points)
edited by Donnie Blackstone
During the American Revolution, the Continental Army was pretty keen on adding Maine to its list of territories so they sent many men to Maine to fight against the British.  A lot of those men stayed at least for one generation.  It's entirely possible that Thomas Blackstone moved from Maryland to Maine.

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You may be confusing a Maine person with a Maryland person.  You should assume that someone moved from one state to another only if there is good documentation, otherwise people, especially those who farmed, pretty much stayed in one place.  It looks to me like Thomas Blackstone was pretty much a Maryland person in Harford County.  his wife was born in Kent County, a little bit to the south.
by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (390k points)
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Thanks for catching that Jack Day I went back and changed it to Maryland
Do you have any other information on Thomas and Elizabeth Hall Blackstone of Maryland?
No, I found the Geni reference and added material from it, and organized it so that you can see exactly what you have.  Notice that I also estimated a marriage date based on the birth of the children.  Every little bit helps.  This really is a detective game -- Geni itself is a fairly weak resource when it does not contain sourcing of its own, but to start out with, every bit helps, because then you can keep doing searches with more and more specific information.  The next thing I'd suggest is you try to find Thomas Blackstone in the 1800 census.  it won't gave the names of family members -- but it will tell you how many of them were at home, and also tell you whether he was still in Harford county or whether he moved.  There was also a 1783 Tax Assessment in Maryland, and that may give you more information on the family.

You had asked if daughter Elizabeth married a Riley -- you really need more information on Elizabeth's family growing up before you can answer that -- at this moment if you found a marriage record for Elizabeth and a Riley, you wouldn't know if you had the right Elizabeth.
OK I'm going to look everything over the thing about this set of Blackstone's and my set is that they both have the Hiram name in John Hiram Blackstone a William Hiram Blackstone my John Hiram Blackstone est 1812-1849 SC that married a lady named Mary about 1831? and Mary's parents on her 1880 census says her parents are from NC. the Hiram Blackstone name is the only thing I have connecting my set to this set but can't see the move to SC

Thanks I'm going to keep working on this
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I found a Census Record taken in Maryland, during Colonial Time of 1776. They are located in the Maryland State Archives.

Thomas Blackstone

 Lived in: Lower Parish         


State: Maryland

est. Birth Year: 1770    

 Age @ time of Census: 6

Source: Kinard, June, ed. Maryland, Colonial Census,1776 [database on line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestory

Did he pass way in Maryland or did he come to South Carolina? Can you tell?

Peggy did you ever find any other information on Thomas born 1770
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I descend from the Hall family of Maryland.  I have found good information at this website for Maryland and Virginia ancestors.  Elizabeth Hall ( was born in Calvert County in 1672.  I hope this helps you.
by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (194k points)
Thank you I'm looking over it now.
Ok I’m back looking for the father of Thomas Blackstone b. 1747. If anyone has any information on the parents, Thanks.

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