Joel W. BLANKENSHIP was my GGGF:
Joel W. Blankenship (06 Mar 1826 - 02 Aug 1900) married Martha Emma Lewis (25 Jun 1836 - 02 June 1916). Both Joel and Martha were born in Crab Orchard, Lincoln Co., KY. They were married on 13 June 1852 in Spencer, Owen Co., IN.
The 1850 Census for IN, Owen Co., Taylor Twp indicates that Martha was 14 years old, the oldest of 8 children of Samuel and Kiziah LERBER LEWIS. I have not located Joel in the 1850 Census. I have not located Joel and Martha in the 1860 Census.
As indicated by the birthplace of their children, Joel and Martha moved from IN to IL sometimes between 1862 and 1864. They are listed in the 1870, 1880 and 1900 US Federal Censuses for Garrett Twp., Douglas Co., IL.
According to one of their granchildren (who died in about 1980), they had 16 children, but only 6 survived. Their children were:
1. William R. BLANKENSHIP, born Jan 1859 in Gosport, IN.
2. Mary Frances ("Molly") BLANKENSHIP DARLING, born 31 Dec 1862 in Gosport, IN (my GGM).
3. Margaret Kiziah ("Kizzie") BLANKENSHIP ROMINE, born Feb. 1864 in IL.
4. G. Lewis BLANKENSHIP, born 25 Mar 1867 in IL.
5. Anna Emma BLANKENSHIP SNYDER, born 1871 in Douglas Co., IL.
6. Daniel BLANKENSHIP, born May 1877 in Garrett, Douglas Co., IL.
They also raised 2 sons of Joel's brother, Noah BLANKENSHIP (James and Noah BLANKENSHIP). Noah also had a daughter, Tabitha, the eldest of his three children with wife Luhanna MILLER BLANKENSHIP, but she remained with Noah and his wife. After the Civil War, Noah moved to Kansas but his sons remained with Joel and Martha in IL. I have talked with James' daughter many times, but she knows no explanation of why he and his brother came to live with Joel and Martha; he simply refused to talk about his parents. When I was first reviewing the information available for this family, I was confused by the fact that James listed Joel and Martha as his parents on his marriage certificate (07 May 1890, Douglas Co., IL: wife, Nancy Jane LEWIS). Since James was about the same age as the oldest son of Joel and Martha (William), I was confused since James was not included in their household on the 1870 and 1880 Census records.
Joel was a farm laborer or farmer all of his life. He was wounded in the Civil War and received a pension. Although the State of IL did not require the filing of birth and death certificates until 1916, Douglas Co., IL has many certificates on file prior to 1916. There is not a death certificate, however, on file for Joel so I do not know if he died in Douglas County. I did obtain a death certificate for his wife; she died in Garrett, Douglas Co., IL. When the Census was taken on 21 Jun 1900, Joel and Martha lived in Garrett, Garrett Twp., Douglas Co., IL. Their 2 unmarried sons lived with them: William (age 41) and Daniel (age 23).
I would appreciate any information you have on Joel's siblings, parents, grandparents, etc. since about the only info I have is about Joel's brother Noah.
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