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Re: BLAKENEY, Capt. John (b. Cir 1732 - d. 8/8/1832)
Posted by: J (ID *****8954) Date: February 08, 2010 at 03:28:06
In Reply to: BLAKENEY, Capt. John (b. Cir 1732 - d. 8/8/1832) by Sherry Thomas of 18096

Bobby Greene Moss's /Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution/ (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1983) lists a John Blakeney listed as serving in Marion's Brigade. Moss cites as his source Wilmot G. DeSaussure's /The Names As far as can be Ascertained of the Officers who Served in the South Carolina Regiment/ (Columbia, SC: by the Author, 1886), p. 227.

You'd have to consult the latter book for whether there was any documentation of the assertion.

Be aware that not everyone of the right age who was buried as "Captain" had that rank during the Revolutionary War. Posibilities include such rank during the French & Indian War, later in the County Militia, a ship's Captaincy unrelated to military rank, and being called that by folks in the neighborhood as a nickname or out of respect for some quality. One of my cousins was called "Captain" in occasional newspaper items even though he never held military rank, was a millwright by trade, and never saw the inside of a ship or boat as far as we know.

A trip to the SC Archives to research Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion could be in your future.

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