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Beal J. Blackford married in Alegany Co., Maryland on April 16, 1864 Henrietta C. Ely. Henrietta was the daughter of Rev. Dr. Ezra Stiles Ely and his second wife, Caroline Thompson Holmes of Philadelphia. Henrietta, also known as Fanny Lear, (1848-1886) was the acclaimed mistress of Grand Duke Nicholas Constantinovich of Russia.