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William Blackerby is said to have been born in Wicomico Parish, Northumberland Co., VA in 1755. Except for his marriage to the widow Caty Lukas on Mar. 12, 1792¹, I have found no substantial records of the family in that area. Some researchers report her maiden name as Haydon and tell us his death was in April, 1815. A death location for neither he nor Caty has been found.
I know of one child, a son named Joseph Monroe Blackerby, born Apr. 17, 1806 (unsourced). He married Cassandra Coffey in Pike Co., IL on Jan. 1, 1834.² By 1850 the couple and four children and was in Marion Co., Oregon Territory. Living with them at the time were two Porter children: David A., age 3, born IL and John T., age 4(?) mos., born in the OR Territory. I have not yet discovered who those children belong to. I suspect they might be related to William Porter who married Cassandra's sisters, Sarah in 1840 (died 1848) then Martha in 1849 (died 1903), both daughters of Nebuzaradan and Elizabeth Easley Coffey.
Joseph and Cassandra have not been found in 1860 but were still in Marion Co. in 1870. By then they had become parents of six children: Thomas Richard, 1836 IL-1906 OR; J. William C., c1840 MO -?; Sidney Green, 1844 IL - 1910 OR; Marqis de Lafayette, 1849 OR - 1854 OR; Elza M., c1851 OR - ?; and Dr. Arthur Frank, 1853 OR - 1934 OR.
Joseph died on Jan. 19, 1878 in Silverton, Marion Co., OR and was buried at the Aumsville Cemetery in Marion Co. His Find-A-Grave (FAG) memorial is 29198728. Cassandra was born on Aug. 23, 1811 in Pilot Knob, KY, a place not found on a modern Kentucky map. Prior to her death on Jan. 18, 1855 in Marion Co., she was found residing with her son Alfred in Silverton at the 1880 census. Her FAG memorial is 7086305.
Thomas Richard, born Aug. 20, 1836 in IL, died Feb. 25, 1906 in Silverton. He married Mary E. Allen c1865 in OR. She was born Oct. 10, 1843 in IL and died in Silverton on Oct. 27, 1918. Both are buried at the Silverton Cemetery. His FAG memorial is 6462997 and Mary's is 6463000. The couple lived in Silverton all of their married life and had at least two children there:
Grace "Gracie," born Oct., 1867, died Aug. 6, 1934 in Hoquiam, Grays Harbor, WA. She married the Welchman William Lloyd Jones, born Apr. 22, 1855 in Wales, United Kingdom and died on Jun. 21, 1933. Grace and William are buried at Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor. William's FAG memorial is 106805040. He and Grace had at least three children: Bliss Blackerby Jones., a son, born Jul. 23, 1892; Marie Bristal (?), born Oct. 18, 1895 and Dora Frances, born Nov. 6, 1897.
The second known child was Pearl L., a son, born Feb., 1869 in OR, died Nov. 2, 1949 in Marion Co. He married Stella Bolser³ and they had at least one child, Irele Elise, born Feb. 23, 1911, died Apr. 7, 2004 in CA. She is buried at the San Francisco National Cemetery along with her husband, Col. James Edgar Henry, USAF (Ret'd). Irene appeared in the 1940 Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA census as a boarder in the household of Caroline Harris. Irene was then employed as a public school teacher, age 29 and, divorced!
|Blackerby-Henry Marriage License|
Stella Bolser Blackerby was born c1875 in IN and died on May 19, 1961 in Marion Co., OR. She is buried at the Silverton Cemetery.
The sixth and only other child I know of who grew to become and adult and marry was Dr. Arthur Franklin Blackerby. In 1880 he was recorded as being a Tinsmith; in 1900 his census record reports him as being a dentist. He was married to Jennie Stanton, born Nov. 16, 1860 in Marion Co., died there on Jul. 9, 1883. She is buried at Miller Cemetery in Silverton. According to his FAG memorial, Arthur married Sophia Gustavsen c1895.
¹Stratton Nottingham, Compiler, The Marriage License Bonds of North Umberland County, Virginia, from 1783 to 1850 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1976), Page 10.
²Dodd, Jordan. Illinois Marriages to 1850. Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Illinois.
³Stella Fisher, born 1875 in Indiana was a boarder in the household of Mary E. Allen Blackerby, widow of Thomas Richard Blackerby and mother of Pearl L. Blackerby who later married Stella. If Stella Bolser and Stella Fisher are the same person then she apparently was married prior to union with Pearl but, I have not found a marriage record for Bolser to Fisher. Pearl was also the precinct enumerator at the 1910 census. In 1880 Stella, age 5, and her widowed mother resided in Franklin Twp., Montgomery Co., IN with her maternal grandmother.
US Federal Census Records
Library of Virginia