There are four references to Robert Blackburn in the "Annals of Lincoln County North Carolina" by W.L. Sherrill, 1937 [UGA library; F262.L6S553], which are transcribed for you below (one with the humorous spelling of the time intact). No other Blackburn's
I'll check the Deed Abstracts and Wills book also and do a follow-up post.
Chapter II 1759-1774
"1769. At a council held at Newbern, November 10, 1769, it was ordered that the following be added to the Commission of Peace and dedimus for Tyron County: Rohn Robeson, Francis Adams, George Blanton, John Thomas, Robert Ewart, Robert Blackburn, James McIntrye and Timothy Riggs, and that the chairman of the County Court be directed to insert the names of the several gentlemen above mentioned in the Commission of peace and dedimus in open court in the order they now stand. C.R. 8-149." [p. 14]
"1770. At the January term of the County Court Charles McLean, Zachary Bullock, Thomas Beatty and Ephraim McLean were presented with commissions as Captains of Tryon regular troops. At the April term commissions as Captains of Militia were presented to Andrew Hampton, Abram Kurkendall, Henry Clark and Joseph Green and for Lieutenants, to Patrick McDavid and Daniel Simpson; as Ensigns, to Perrygreen Magness and John Branson. Captain Robert Blackburn was assigned to regiment of foot soldiers, commanded by Thomas Neel." [p. 14-15]
"1773. Robert Blackburn, Assemblyman. C.R. 9-491." [p. 16]
Chapter VII 1782-1800
Referred to Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Montford, Mr. Tripp, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Rowan, Mr. Pfifer.
State of North Carolina, Lincon County.
To the Honorable the House of Sinnet and to the worshipful the house of burgesses in assembly:
The petition of George Lamkin, late sheriff of Tryon County, humbly sheweth that your petitioner in the year 1772, ye 27 day of October, entered into the office of sheriff, and Law did not continue over three months in full force, and after Law Dropt your petitioner indeavoured to collect the taxes due for that year, and got a little over 100 pounds as will appear by the settlement with Tryon Court. At that time Law stopt, no trade nor money to be got, so that people could not pay there dues. I made distress on sum persons goods, but could not sell. Soon after there was a committee appointed in the county. Complaint being made to your committee, thought fit to stop your petitioner from collecting or making distress. Soone after, your petitioner moved to examine the Sheriff's list before them, that I might know how many persons was gone out of the county since the settlement with Tryon Court and there was wanten 108 persons that was taxt in your sheriff's list. Soone after this the Indians broke out and did drive all the county as lo as Buffalo Creek 50 miles in. Sum few got into forts, sum went to Virginia, sum went to ye South and sum down in this State to the amount by my list 257 taxable persons and now the Tory party has broke out, being ye upper part of said County. What feu was left after ye Indians is now gone, so that it is impossible for your petitioner to make any collection. Now therefore I humbly pray you will take into your consideration that your petitioner may be discharged, as I have none of the publick money in my hands but what I have accounted for and a ticket I tuck after of Robert Blackburns, one of ye Burgesses, which I have sent down, and your petitioner as in duty bound shall pray.
(Signed) George Lamkin. (Vol. 15: 219) 1782. [p. 53-54, transcribed exactly as written]
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