Thursday, October 4, 1883
Col. Blackburn received a stroke of paralysis on Friday morning. He was getting up in the morning when his wife noticed that he sank to the floor. She went to him and found there was something wrong. She called for help and sent for a doctor. As soon as Dr. Daniels arrived he pronounced it paralysis. On Sunday he had another stroke, and now cannot speak. He will not last but a few days.
Thursday, October 11, 1883
Col. Blackburn, who was quite low when we went to press last week, died about seven o’clock on Friday evening. From the time he was first taken, there seemed to be a constant and gradual failing until death came to his relief at the time above stated. The Colonel had been a resident here for years and was known by nearly every one in this vicinity.
The funeral was held from the family residence on Sunday afternoon, at 2 o’clock. The religious services were conducted by the Episcopal clergyman, Rev. Moore, after which the Masonic order took the remains in charge, and escorted them to the cemetery, where the last rites were conducted in accordance with their custom. Mr. Blackburn was in the British service for a number of years, and had for years, and was at the time of his death, receiving pay as a British officer, he having never taken out his naturalization papers here. He was about 70 years old About sixty carriages followed the remains to the cemetery.
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