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Armstrong Irvine "Joel" Blackburn

Male 1801 - 1867  (65 years)


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  • Name Armstrong Irvine "Joel" Blackburn  [1
    Nickname Joel 
    Born 11 Oct 1801  Feliciana Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Sep 1867  Marion County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Mary Frances Smith Fisher provided the following transcription of his obituary from the NEW ORLEANS CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, 9 Nov 1867

      Departed this life, September 19, 1867 in the town of Columbia, Miss., Doctor A.J. Blackburn, a local deacon of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

      Bro. Blackburn was born in East Feliciana Parish, October 11, 1801. He was the son of one of the first settlers in that part of the state; and his father before him was a prominent and useful local preacher in the church.

      The doctor having embraced religion at a very early age, commenced preaching when 19 years old, and the practice of medicine at 23; and thro' life maintained an unspotted reputation as a minister and physician, administering alike to the souls and bodies of men, with such faithfulness, zeal and kindness, as won for him an enviable position and a consecrated remembrance in the hearts and minds of those who knew him.

      In 1866, he took work in the Mississippi Conference and was appointed to Covington, La, where his gentlemanly bearing, polished urbanity and deep piety endeared him to all his flock. Tho' possessed of considerable preaching abilities, he had to mourn to see so little fruit of his toils; and tho' like the prophet, he had to exclaim "Lord who hath believed our report;" yet his record was on high, for he was one of those who "signed and cried for the abominations of the people."

      At the close of the year, his health begining to fail, and feeling his work nearly finished, he returned to Washington Parish, La.; but here he was not idle. By day and by night, as long as he was able, he attended the sick, and filled an appointment monthly, on a circuit left without a preacher, till being called to attend the Columbia Court, he was taken sick on the way, was conveyed to the town where he had long resided. In his brief illness exclaimed, in relation to eternity, "all is bright." Then requesting to be carried to the gallery, took a last look at his old home; gave his parting blessing to his son of many prayers, and calmly and resignedly breather his sould into the bosom of his God. "The righteous are taken from the evil to come." G. T. Vickers.

      Per Mary Frances Smith Fisher, he went to California during the Gold Rush. A son that was with him was killed by Indians per a tale from the Cole line of the family. In 1850 he was not located on the Marion County, MS census, possibly already in California, as a Marion County probate record was filed on 18 Feb 1851 noting that "Said Armstrong J. Blackburn, who is now in the State of California...." His wife, Susan, can be found in Marion County, Mississippi in 1850, page 401, Family #274/278, living alone.


      She also noted that in MARION COUNTY MISSISSIPPI MARRIAGE BOOKD C, PAGES 7-9, the credentials of Armstrong J. Blackburn (as a minister) were recorded and they were accepted by the probate court of Marion County in the July term 1837. He married many early Marion county couples, including his brother Ferdinand B. Blackburn to Miss Sarah Tyner.
    • (Research):
      Census Information:

      1840 Census
      Mississippi, Marion County
      Stamped 115
      A. J. Blackburn

      Free White Males
      Under 5-0
      5 thru 9-1
      10-14-0
      15 thru 19-1
      20 thru 29-0
      30 thru 39-1
      Free White Females
      Under 5-0
      5 thru 9-0
      10-14-0
      15 thru 19-0
      20 thru 29-0
      30 thru 39-1

      Slaves
      Female 36 thru 54-1

      Total All Persons 5
      Person employed in Learned professions/engineers: 1


      1850 Census
      Mississippi, Marion County
      Enumerated 6 Sept 1850
      Stamped 291
      274-278
      S. D. Blackburn 47 F $200 NC


      1860 Census
      Mississippi, Marion County, P. O. Columbia
      Enumerated 4 July 1860
      Page 1
      4-4
      G. F. Blackburn 34 M School Teacher $1200 $3500 Tenn
      Elizabeth Blackburn 24 F Miss
      A. J. Blackburn 58 M M. D. La

      Susan is listed on the 1860 Mortality Schedule, having died in December 1859.
    Person ID I1949  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Gabriel Blackburn,   b. Abt 1769, Sampson County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1848, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Mother Frances Tyner,   b. Abt 1768, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1853, DeWitt County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married Bef 1790  Georgetown District, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F695  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susan B. ???,   b. 27 Mar 1797, Stokes County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1859, Marion County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1823  Dallas County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Gabriel Francis Blackburn,   b. 30 Aug 1824, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1878, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     2. Armstrong Irvine Blackburn, Jr.,   b. Aft 1825, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1843, Marion County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 17 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2010 
    Family ID F694  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Oct 1801 - Feliciana Parish, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Sep 1823 - Dallas County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Sep 1867 - Marion County, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S451] Wagstaff, Bettye Bragg-Family Researcher [bfwag@jas.net], Correspondence and Family Group Sheets dated August 1995 exchanged between Bettye Bragg Wagstaff of Bronson, Texas and Mary Frances Smith Fisher of Jackson, Mississippi, copies in files  of Melinda McLemore Strong of San Antonio, Texas (Reliability: 3).