Since this past July, I have found additional information on this family through marriage, death, divorce, social security, cemetery, court, deed, and census records.
Joseph Henry BLANKENSHIP Jr. was born October 05, 1891 in Dexter, Laurens County, Georgia. He died on December 6, 1948 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, from a “probable heart attack”.
Joseph Jr. was married to Odis Parke WARREN on May 30, 1911 in Laurens County, Georgia. They were divorced before his death in 1948.
Odis was born August 18, 1893 in Georgia, possibly Baxley, Appling County. She died June 17, 1980 in Bartow, Polk County, Florida and is buried at Wildwood cemetery there.
Odis WARREN was the daughter of Erasmus (Erastus, Ephram, Rasmess) Pinkney WARREN (1858 in GA) and of Louisa P. GARRETT (1858 in GA).
Joseph Jr. was the son of Joseph Henry BLANKENSHIP Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Eliza) BASS.
He had at least one brother, Lonnie L. BLANKENSHIP, born September 1886 in Georgia and married to Laura JOHNSON (b.1890 GA) on August 24, 1906 in Laurens County, Georgia. They had at least 4 children, Roy, Ni???il L., Orine, and Diwitt BLANKENSHIP
Joseph Sr. was born April 3, 1866 in Glascock County, Georgia and died before 1893.
Eliza BASS was born January 1864 in Georgia. Eliza and Joseph were married on November 24, 1886 in Laurens County, Georgia.
Eliza married 2nd to Wyle STEPHENS (STEVENS, etc) (b.1848 GA) on May 11, 1893 in Laurens County, Georgia. Between February 1894 and 1909, they had at least 7 children together. Wyle brought at least 4 children from a previous marriage.
Joseph Henry BLANKENSHIP Sr. was the son of William H. BLANKENSHIP and of Nancy F. THOMPSON.
William H. BLANKENSHIP was born March 1840 in Warren County, Georgia.
Nancy F. THOMPSON was born in 1846 in Georgia.
William and Nancy were married on March 8, 1864 in Glascock County, Georgia and they had at least 9 children together, from 1866 to 1886.
William was married first to Susan TODD and they are found in the 1860 Glascock County, Georgia census. Susan was born in 1845 in Georgia and they were married on February 9, 1860 in Glascock County, Georgia.
William was married 3rd to Annette ?, in 1899. She was born June 1864 in Georgia. They had at least 3 children together.
William H. BLANKENSHIP was the son of Thomas BLANKENSHIP.
Thomas was born 1810 in Georgia. He had at least 5 children, from 1836 to 1845 before marrying Eliza SUTTON on January 30, 1849 in either Warren or Upson County, Georgia.
Eliza was born in 1832 and died sometime after June 1880.
Thomas and Eliza had at least 10 children, from 1851 until 1872, all born in either Warren or Laurens County, Georgia.
At this time (1/2005), I do not know who Thomas’s parents are. I have a THEORY that they may be David BLANKENSHIP (born c. 1773 in Virginia or Georgia) and Jenny ELLIS.
From other folk’s information and family trees online, I see that David BLANKENSHIP (c. 1773) was married first to Susanna STRINGER in Chesterfield County, Virginia in 1798. They had at least 3 children before Susanna died in 1804 in Hancock County, Georgia.
David and Jenny were married about 1806 in Hancock County, Georgia. I have not found any children listed for them.
In 1814/15, David dies and orphans his 3 children from his first marriage. They are farmed out to relatives. Jenny remarries rapidly, to Hardy STONE (b.1789) on June 19, 1815 in Green County, Georgia.
In the 1820 Hancock County, Georgia census, Hardy STONE is listed with a female, and both are age 26 – 45. They have 2 males under 10 (born 1811 – 1820), and 5 children, 2 males and 3 females age 10 – 16 (born 1804 – 1810), for a total of 7 children. I am assuming that not all of these kids were from their union, and some were brought from previous marriages.
Jenny and David were married for 9 years. David was in his 30’s and Jenny was in her late teens – early 20’s, yet there are no children listed for this couple. I am wondering if some of the "brick wall" BLANKENSHIP’s in the Hancock, Glascock, Warren County areas belong to this couple?
There is a David BLANKENSHIP born about 1814 and married to Nancy Coxwell who would be the perfect candidate. If Jenny’s David was in failing health (died 1814/15), I’d think they’d name that child after the dad (born in 1814). This is just a THEORY though.
I’d love contact from relatives or descendants of any of these folks.
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