|Posted By:||Pamela Pearson|
|Subject:||Re: James Blackshare (Blackshear) and Martin Franck c. 1784|
|Post Date:||May 26, 2009 at 19:23:02|
|Forum:||Blackshear Family Genealogy Forum|
What little I know comes from a 10-page article I found in the Blackshear Vertical File at the NC State Library. It was written by David Blackshear in 1948. It seems to be largely based on two other articles, the first being a history of the Blackshear family (a typescript, not a book) written by Dr. Thomas Hart Raines (1878-1918) and housed at the VA Historical Society in Richmond. The second is "Memoir of General David Blackshear" by Stephen Franck Miller (1805-1867). There are several errors in this document, the most prominent being the assertion that the family came to American c1732 from Germany. No sources are cited.
Here's what is said about the murder of James Blackshear and Martin Franck. I haven't personally looked for the court records to support this story.
"Alexander Blackshear's son, James Blackshear, married about the year 1758 Katharina Franck Bush, widow of Hardy Bush, and daughter of Johan Martin Franck (1682-1744) and of his wife, Civella Miller Franck, who was born in 1695. James Blackshear, who died in 1788, became the father of James Blackshear Jr., who was killed about the year 1781 by the Tories of the Revolution; and father also of Edward Backshear ....(etc). On July 14, 1781 the House of Commons of North Carolina resolved that the said James Blackshear, Jr. and his first cousin, Martin Franck, were to [be?] appointed as lieutenants of troops to be raised in defense of the Province; but shortly thereafter these two young men were captured by the Tories, and each of them was tied to a stake, and shot dead. After the Revolutionary wa was over, in November, 1784, Governor Alexander Martin of North Carolina offered a reward of fifty pounds, each, for the capture of the men who murdered these two young men, alleging that the murderers were Rice Bass, John Bass, Herman Bass, William Roberts, Thomas Dean, Jr., and Daniel Miller. In December, 1785, one Paul Martin claimed the reward for the capture and incarceration in the New Bern jail of two of the alleged murderers, viz: Rice Bass and Herman Bass. The undersigned [David Blackshear, the author of this document] has not yet ascertained as to whether or not those two men were ever punished."