SPRING HILL MASONIC LODGE
William Blackburn b. 1802...married Sarah I Fly in Maury
Co Tennessee in 1820, lived in Mississippi until c1840,
and was in Texas prior to 1846. They may have lived
in Rusk & Shelby Counties prior to living in Navarro
Blackburn 1821 \
C Gillespie in MS
Martha Caroline Blackburn 1831
Jones in Limestone Co TX
William Trader Blackburn
James Carpenter Blackburn
Fatima Barlow in Texas
David Murray Blackburn
E in Texas
CSA - Enlisted at Dresden 1862
Corp. 5’10 ˝”
Elizabeth Blackburn 1841 m.
Based on available data, it is probable that William
Blackburn was the grandson of Robert Blackburn,
(1740-1809) and Margaret Richey Blackburn, the great
grandson of William and Mary Blackburn. Robert and
Margaret married in 1766 and had eight sons and four
married Sarah Trader…lived Liepers’s Creek, Maury Co
was born May 1802 in Tennessee…married 1820 Maury Co.
Joseph Fly was born 1800 Maury Co Tenn.
1740 m. Janet Matthews
Alexander & Grizell Matthews
Dau Mary Polly
Blackburn m. William Akers
Blackburn m. Katherine Jamerson
Robert 1742 m. Margaret Richie
Son John Blackburn
Son Edward Blackburn
m. Martha Carney ..
children went to Texas
Elizabeth 1749 m. Thomas Bay
Archibald 1751 m. Rosannah Steels
Nancy 1757 m. John Weir
Samuel 1759 m. Anne Matthews,
dau Gen George Matthews
Blackburn may have been a cousin of William Richey whose
step daughter, Susannah Cannon, married Brit Dawson. He
would, as well, have been related to the McCandless,
Matthews, Cameron, Hardin, and Cates families. Camerons
lived just east of the Spring Hill Cemetery on "The Old
Cowhead Road." Most of these families migrated from
Tennessee to Spring Hill, Texas.
The Blackburn Family left a
Blackburn m. 1765 Janet
Blackburn m. c1766 Margaret
son John Blackburn
son Edward Blackburn m. Martha
Elizabeth Blackburn m. Thomas
Archibald Blackburn m. Rosannah Steele
Ann Blackburn m. John Wier AmRev.
Samuel Blackburn m. Ann Matthews
Ann Matthew was daughter of
Gen. George Matthews who served with George Washington,
was captured at Brandywine, imprisoned on a British ship
in New York harbor, was released, served with Gen.
Nathaniel Green. Settled Augusta, Georgia and served
three terms as Governor of Georgia.
It is highly likely that
the Masonic Lodge had become a tradition in the
Blackburn Family and that William Blackburn was skilled
in Masonic efforts. William Blackburn would have been
between fifty and sixty years of age at the time he
served the Spring Hill Texas Lodge, old enough to have
the respect of younger men.
No listing of William
Blackburn is shown at the Spring Hill Cemetery and it is
assumed that he moved away from Spring Hill with some of
Robert D Blackburn is
listed as having served with the Dresden Texas Cavalry
during the Civil War
Lila Blackburn was the
first teacher at the Angus, Texas school.
Nancy (Birdie) Blackburn
was born in Hill Co. Texas in 1878, married Stephen
Harris Horn, died Quannah TX 1952.
Augustine Blackburn died
late 1790s Jackson Co Georgia.
His older daughter, Jerush,
had married Swan Hardin who became guardian of the minor
children, John Ashley Blackburn,
Mary Hannah Blackburn,
Swan Hardin became the
guardian of the four Blackburn children.
His family was highly
respected in Maury Co Tenn. until 1825 when two of his
sons argued with, shot and killed unarmed Isaac Porter
and William Williamson on the streets of Columbia, Maury
The two boys fled with a
posse after them, settled in Texas, became prominent
Swan was innocent, but was
branded on the hand for aiding his sons to escape.
One of the sons, Alexander
Swan Hardin, married Betty McCandless, a niece of David
McCandless of Liberty Hill. Her brother, Gideon
McCandless, married Sarah Ann Hardin, and settled east
of Corsicana. Alexander H S Hardin..b 1839 was living
in Gregg Co Texas 1880….possible grandson of Swan
The Porters, Hardins, and
Blackburns were related or, at the least, good friends.
There was, also, a
Gideon Blackburn Dysart
narried Mary Polly Bills in Marshall Co Tenn. Robert
Dysart Bills lived at Liberty Hill, Navarro Co TX
Interesting is the fact that Mary Polly Akers married
William Blackburn c???….and a William Akers married
Polly Blackburn c1760. William Akers III of Franklin
Co. Virginia married Susannah Blackburn b1710?? and had
a son Blackburn Akers Sr.