Blackston/Blacksten family in Morgan Co, Ohio c. 1830+

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Trying to determine the origin of the Blackston(e)/Blacksten family who appear in Morgan County, OH in the 1830s.

Henry Blackston (1818-?) m Margaret Jane Appleman

James H Blacksten (1820-1892) m Mary S Shell

George H Blacksten (1823-1880) m Mary Jane Laughlin

Martha Blackstone (1824-1878) m Samuel Pettit

Mary Ann Blackston (1825 - ?) m David Vannatta

Nancy P Blackston (1827-1860) m Johnathan Pettit

I believe the above to be siblings - their marriages all occur within a similar timeframe and I have DNA matches to most of them with what's available in the databases I use. Henry is my direct.

Most trees I find place them in the family of William Blackstone and Betsy Bundick with ZERO sources and I do NOT think this is credible or correct. There could be a family connection, but I do not believe these individuals to be their parents.

Some of these siblings list VA as a birth place and others MD. I'm starting to wonder if perhaps their father died and their mother had remarried, thus not finding them on the earlier censuses where the household individuals were grouped into the age ranges rather than enumerated.

Any ideas/assistance would be helpful. I've spoken with many family researchers who agree this is their brick wall with the Blackston/Blacksten line. Thanks!
in Genealogy Help by does not have the Blacksten surname but it does have Blackston which they have as the 30,307 most popularity rank of close to 50,000 surnames. The name may have originated from Blaxton, a township in West Riding of Yorkshire or Blackstone edge in Lancashire.

Blackstone surname popularity ranking is 3,838th and it has the same two towns for it's origin as Blackston. These two surnames go back as early as the year 1273 in England.
That's great, and I have all the information listed below but it doesn't really answer my question. Thank you!

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James Blacksten married Mary S. Shell 10 Mar 1840 at Morgan, Ohio.

"Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958," database, FamilySearch
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
selected by Betty Fox
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Henry Blackston married Margaret Jane Appleman 11 Apr 1839 Morgan OH

George H. Blackston married Mary Jane Laughlin Apr 1845 Morgan, OH
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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Last name Blackston

Sex Male

Father's first name(s) -

Father's last name -

Mother's first name(s) -

Mother's last name -

Event Marriage

Year 1845

Event date 17 Apr 1845

Location -

Place Morgan, Ohio, United States

County Morgan

State Ohio

Country United States

Spouse's first name(s) Mary Jane

Spouse's last name Laughlin

Spouse's sex Female

Spouse's father's first name(s) -

Spouse's father's last name -

Spouse's mother's first name(s) -

Spouse's mother's last name -

FamilySearch film number 000910657

Record set United States Marriages

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Civil Marriage & Divorce

Collections from Americas, United States

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)


:Henry Blackston Male 42 1818 Maryland

:Margaret J Blackston Female 25 1835 Pennsylvania

:Catharine Blackston Female 20 1840 Ohio

:Mary J Blackston Female 18 1842 Ohio

:Margaret Blackston Female 14 1846 Ohio

:Levi C Blackston Male 10 1850 Ohio

:Harriet Blackston Female 9 1851 Ohio

:Sarah Blackston Female 5 1855 Ohio

:Martha Blackston Female 2 1858 Ohio


Last name Blackston

Gender Male

Age 42

Birth year 1818

Birth place Maryland

Race -

Residence , Vinton, Ohio

Location Vinton, Ohio

City/township Jackson Township

County Vinton

State Ohio

NARA series M653

Record set Us Census 1860

Category Census, land & surveys

Subcategory Census

Collections from Americas, United States

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Sometimes the parents are included in marriage records, but there were no parents names in the marriage records this time.

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