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Ralph Blankenship Sr (1662 - 1714)

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Ralph Blankenship Sr aka Blankinsopp
Born in Cumberland, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Henrico County, Virginiamap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Henrico, Virginia, British Colonial Americamap
Blankenship-17 created 6 Aug 2010 | Last modified | Last edit: 4 Sep 2017
20:52: Dennis Wheeler proposed a merge of Blankenship-905 and Blankenship-17 with a comment. [Thank Dennis for this]
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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, born about 1691, died after 1768, Goochland County, Virginia
  2. William Blankenship, born about 1693, died April 1745, Henrico County, Virginia
  3. John Blankenship, born about 1695, died April 09, 1754, Chesterfield County, Virginia
  4. Ann Blankenship, born about 1695, died about 1763
  5. James Blankenship, born about 1698, died May 23, 1749, Chesterfield County, Virginia
  6. Ralph Blankenship, Jr, born about 1700, died 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


  • WikiTree profile was created on March 4, 2011 through the import of THWEATT43.GED.
  • WikiTree profile was created through the import of Bwiki.ged on April 3, 2011.
  • WikiTree profile Blankenship-539 created through the import of HoulgateExportLegacy2012.ged on June 18, 2012 by Laurence Houlgate.
  • WikiTree profile Blankenship-548 created through the import of JOSEPH~1.GED on July 14, 2012 by Joseph Stalnaker.
  • WikiTree profile Blankenship-646 created through the import of Griffin-Stade Family Tree_2012-11-26.ged on November 27, 2012 by Dan Thompson.

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On 4 Sep 2017 at 00:52 GMT Dennis Wheeler wrote:

Blankenship-905 and Blankenship-17 appear to represent the same person because: 905 is a duplicate of 17 with poor sources. (see research notes on son 893)

The one source listed for 905 is for the son John (misnamed in 893), with only a mention of John's father Ralph.

On 29 Apr 2017 at 06:39 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

Ralph was the 1st Blankenship in Am., arriving in Va. ca 1686 (Henrico Co., Va

Record Book 2 page 326). He appears 1 Apr 1690 Henrico Order Book 1678-93 page 326). Apr 1695 Henrico Co., Va. Will & Deed Book (1688-97) p 577 states he was about 33 yrs of age. May 1714 Henrico Co., Va. Will & Deed Book (1710- 14) p 258, Martha Blankinship, widow of Ralph presented estate's inventory. 1715 Henrico Co., Orphans Court, Martha, widow of Ralph reports on children Ralph, John & James. 15 Apr 1714 inventory of Ralph Blankinship's possessions.

On 9 Jan 2017 at 21:10 GMT Cindy (Williams) Lesure wrote:

Blankenship-1690 and Blankenship-17 appear to represent the same person because: These profiles appear to be the same with same children & spouse. Dates are different, but one has more information than the other. Review & merge as appropriate. Please notate reasons in public comments if merge is rejected.

Thanks, Cindy Williams Lesure

On 4 Nov 2016 at 16:25 GMT Laurence Houlgate wrote:

Blankenship-1690 and Blankenship-17 are not ready to be merged because: Both of these (1690 and 17) are in need of source information. It would not do any good to merge them until we know more.

On 1 Nov 2016 at 03:57 GMT Cindy (Williams) Lesure wrote:

Blankenship-1690 and Blankenship-17 appear to represent the same person because: These profiles seem to be the same with relatives, places & dates in common. Please merge as appropriate.

Thanks, Cindy Williams Lesure

On 30 Jul 2016 at 13:19 GMT Dan Thompson wrote:

Blankinship-61 and Blankenship-17 appear to represent the same person because: Same details PPP profile preferred spelling.

On 20 Oct 2014 at 17:01 GMT 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 28 Sep 2014 at 04:52 GMT David Wilson wrote:

More in-depth fodder: (this is a very large and sourced file that takes time to load,)

On 26 Sep 2014 at 22:08 GMT David Wilson wrote:

Ralph is 19 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 21 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 10 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 15 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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