I have been researching the Blackburn family for 40 years and think that I
have risen above the greenhorn stage. (Editor note: Sentence taken out here that mentions someone elses name.)
I have never refused anyone help in sharing my information and have always been willing to
correcting my files. If you have any documented data related to the parents
of Lydia Blankenship, please provide me with this information and I will
According to the marriage record of Vicy, d/o Lydia and John Blackburn, it
states that she and father were born in Ky and her mother was born in
Tazwell. The marriage was recorded in 11/12/1868 and was at the home of
John Blackburn. Vicy will appear as Louisa in the 1860 census.
As for the parents of Lydia Blankenship, tradition among the Blackburns of
eastern Pike County as well as my line in central Pike county have passed
the tradition that William Blankenship was the father of Lydia.
Lydia's place of birth has/will be changed to Virginia on the Blackburn 100
year census. Her father will remain as William Blankenship.