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Early Blackstones - England to America

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CAUTIONARY NOTE- there are several "trees" in Ancestry that have the South Carolina Blackstones descended from a Thomas born in Maryland. Extensive research has failed to find any Maryland Blackstone descendants going to South Carolina. The origin of the South Carolina Blackstone line lies with the Virginia immigrant,

Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666

Name: Thomas Blackston

Arrived By: 1642

Sponsors: Cornelius de Hull

Residence Place: Virginia

Reference: Early Virginia Immigrants; 1623–1666 B

Source Information Ancestry.com. Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.

Original data: Greer, George Cabel. Early Virginia Immigrants 1623-1666. Richmond, VA, USA: W. C. Hill Printing Co., 1912.508 rolls.

Of all the Thomas Blackstone/surname variations born in England between 1600 and 1620, this is the only one for whom there is no death record in England

Thomas Blakistone in the England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Name: Thomas Blakistone Gender: Male Baptism Date: 18 Oct 1612 Baptism Place: Sedgefield,Durham,England Father: Peter Blakistone FHL Film Number: 91112 Source Information Ancestry.com. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.


Alice, wife of Argyle Alice Hawkins in the London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

Name: Alice Hawkins Gender: Female Record Type: Baptism Baptism Date: 23 Sep 1629 Baptism Place: St Mary, Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex, England Father: Wm Hawkins Mother: Jone Hawkins Register Type: Parish Register Source Citation London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P93/MRY1/001

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/136287823/alice-blackstone


Will of Argyle Blackston 1626-1688


"Will of Argoll Blackstone of the County and Parish of York in Virginia, being very weeke in body, dates 19 Aug. 1686. My beloved wife Ailes Blackstone should injoye the plantation that I now live on dureing her naturall life and after her decease to my eldest son James Blackstone with the rest of my devident. Alsoe ynto my wife my best feather bed and furniture thereto belonging with all the rest of my moveables, cattell and hoggs that be left on my plantation after my fower sonns parts be given to each of them by this my will.

Alsoe my loveing wife should take into her care the keepeing of my fower sonns to kive and work for her dureing her widdowhood till they come of age of one and twenty yeares, but provided shee should change her condition by marryage then my two eldest sonns James and William to take their two younger brothers Argoll and Thomas Blackston and with what I have given them into their care till they come to be one and twenty yeares of age, then to give itt to them.

My eldest sonn James shall lett his brothers live on my divident of land till they can better provide for themselves, to live loveingly as brothers and not to hinder them according to his promise made to me and if my deare wife shall keepe herselfe a widdow, then my desire is that my sonns shall continue with her and nothing to be removed till they each of them come to bee one and twenty yeares of age. Unto my sonn James Blackston all my divident of land I now possesse in York County and itt is my desire that hee nor his heires nor none of my children that shall or may injoye the land shall not make any sale of any part by sale or mortgage on the forfeture of L500 sterling but to lett his brothers seat and live on the divident and not to want a being unlesse they can better provide fir themselves otherwise. Unto my said sonn three cowes named Daise, Red daves and Black bird. Alsoe my next feather bed with the furniture belonging. Allsoe one long table with two chaires standing in the chamber. Alsoe my black trunk with one halfe of my wearing cloathes, alsoe my best hatt, two pewter dishes, one plate, one beare bowle, one lookin glass and court cubbart standing under itt. Alsoe my gunn and black horse which I generally ride with bridle and saddle, alsoe the second biggest brass kettle, one iron pott, one dozen of milke traies, two breeding sowes, fower barrowes, six yeare old shotes and my eldest mare now runing at Majr. Gooddin's.

Unto my sonn William Blackstone the best flock bed with what furniture can be made to itt with one drawer table, two chares, two pewter dishes and beare boule, one puter plate, one great brasse sckillett and my small gunn, with one court cubbart in the chamber and the biggest red leather chare trunck with the other halfe of all my wearing cloaths both linnen and woollen, and my next best hatt, also the seacond mare with her increase. Alsoe three cowes named Pincorne, and Rose and Mopley, one dozen of milk trayes, two breeding sowes, fower barrows, six yearling shoats.

To my son Argoll Blackstone one flock bed with what furniture can be made to itt, with the new square turnd table, with two chares and my chest in the chamber, two pewter dishes and one plate, one tankard, one iron pott, one leather stoole, one dozen of milke trayes, also the third mare with her increase. Alsoe three cowes named Nutcye, Lydia and Cherry, two breeding sowes, fower barrows, six yearling shoats.

To my son Thomas Blackstone three cowes named Mary Gold, Inlin and Truelove and one yearling heifer Scatterall, and one yeare old horse, also the first three yeare old mare that shall be bred from my mares. Alsoe my chest above staires, two chares and one leather stooll with one dozen of milk trayes, also two breeding sowes, fower barrowes and six year old shoats, when he comes to the age of one and twenty.

My wife and children shall take care to shipp for England one hogshead of good tobacco that shall bee made on my plantation next year's cropp after my decease containing 550-odd pounds and cause the produce thereof to bee laid out for a silver wine boule with my owne name and guift to York Parish with the year of our Lord thereof and then be given to the charge of the Vestry for the use of the Communion table soe longe as itt shall last, takeing a receipt for the same. If the Vestrymen of York Parish please to gett sawyers to saw soe much plancke feather edge as will cover York Church of either oake, pine or poplar, then my loveing wife will make use of such trees as will make soe much plancke as will doe the same for covering thereof, but if they will not saw itt for the same use but cover itt with clap boards, then this clawes of my will to be voyd and not any timber for any other use.

My loveing wife Alice Blackstone executrix. [Signed] Argoll Blackstone Wit: Ralph Flowers, John (H) Hall, John Sommers. 26 March 1688. Proved by Ralph Walker and John Sommers.

A probatt of the last will and testament of Argoll Blackston granted to his relict Alce Blackston being proved in Court by Ralph Flowers and John Summers, and is recorded." [York County, Virginia Deeds, Orders, Will Book 8 (p.107); 1688.


North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890 1790S Record information. Name John Blackstone Residence 1764 No Township Listed, Pitt County, NC North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890 1790S Record information. Name James Blackstone Residence 1764 No Township Listed, Pitt County, NC

John Blackston in the North Carolina, Land Grant Files, 1693-1960


Name: John Blackston Issue Date: 24 May 1773 Residence Place: Pitt, North Carolina, USA Certificate Number Range: 1-436 Description: Pitt 1-436 Source Information Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Land Grant Files, 1693-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

In the 1790-1810 census in Pitt County North Carolina, 3 brothers, living next to each other- John, James, Thomas The first Blackstone in South Carolina was Mary Blackstone, 1820 Pendleton. Mary was 45+ years old and lists 6 children Mary is the widow of Thos Blackstone in the 1810 United States Federal Census

Name: Thos Blackstone Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Pendleton, South Carolina Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1 Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1 Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2 Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1 Number of Household Members Under 16: 3 Number of Household Members: 5 Source Citation Year: 1810; Census Place: Pendleton, South Carolina; Roll: 61; Page: 222; Image: 00269; Family History Library Film: 0181420

The first male Blackstone to be found in South Carolina in his own household is John H., 1830 census, Pickens, age given as 15-19, the son of Thomas and Mary

Thomas Blackstone in the U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815

U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815 Name: Thomas Blackstone Company: NASH'S REGIMENT, SOUTH CAROLINA VOLS. Rank - Induction: PRIVATE Rank - Discharge: PRIVATE Roll Box: 18 Microfilm Publication: M602 Source Information Direct Data Capture, comp. U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.





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I believe that you are being a bit hasty in dismissing the possibility of there being a MD -> SC migration for a Thomas Blackstone. What follows is certainly not conclusive, but I think it is interesting...

We have the following facts.

1) There is a Blackstone family listed in Harford Cty in the 1776 colonial census of Maryland. In this family are two brothers, Thomas (born ~1770) and John (born ~1772).

2) There is a well documented John Blackstone (born 1772) who arrived in Ohio in 1802. He had a son William (1796-1879) who became a very respected doctor in early SE Ohio. He is discussed in a couple of contemporaneous histories of counties in SE Ohio, and is known to have been born in VA. See https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/77559509/william-blackstone.

3) I have been in touch with a Tom Blackstone who is able to trace his lineage through the OH John. More compellingly, he is also genetically related to the MD Blackstones. See http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~blackstoneblakeston/genealogy/Discusion.html where Tom is a member of Group One. This implies to me that it is very likely that the John from OH is the same as the John from MD.

4) John from OH married a woman from VA and his first child was born in VA, implying that at some point between 1776 and 1800 some of the family (perhaps only John) migrated from MD to VA. I don't think it's too unlikely that some of his siblings joined him.

Once you have the possibility of Thomas migrating (with John) from MD to VA, it does not seem too unlikely that when John went west, Thomas decided to strike out south on his own. Another interesting coincidence is that both SC Thomas and OH John had sons named Hiram.

All of this is immediately discarded of course with the demonstration of a link between SC Thomas and Argyle. I merely bring this up as food for thought.

posted by David Blackston
Ok David what do you suggest our next step is have you ran my DNA? Thanks for helping.
posted by Donnie Blackstone
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