There was a Captain Curtis Blakeman who sailed for john Jacob Astor. After retiring, he and several other sea families settled in Marine Illinois aboput 1820. In an 1850 listing, is Curtis Blakeman, 42, farmer. Georgew W Blakeman, 26, Farmer. Munson Hinman Blakeman 22, farmer. This is in a book by Ronald W. Loos, Marine, Illinois "A Walk Through Marine". There may be some connection down the Mississippi to LA.
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