RICHARD WILEY RAY, 1830-1912

Biography

Richard Wiley Ray was my second-great-grandfather on my paternal side. Today would have been the 103rd anniversary of his passing in 1912.  He was born in Hardeman County, Tennessee in July of 1830. I have not found his family listed on any census yet for 1830 or 1840. His occupation was that of most in the area, a farmer of poor means. He married my second-great-grandmother Martha Ledbetter in 1851 in Wayne County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of James P. Ledbetter and Martha Meadows. It was not until 1870 that they showed up in the census for McNairy County, Tennessee where their daughter Lucy Ray would meet and marry Robert Declave Kendrick, my paternal great-grandfather in 1881. She would bear him one child, James Lacy Kendrick in May of 1884. After her death James Lacy Kendrick was raised between the homes of her sisters Caldonia Ray-May and Florence Ray-James.

1860 U.S. Federal Census

August 23rd, 1860 Census in Seventh Civil District in Dyer County, Tennessee lists R W. Ray, age 29, born in Tennessee. Enumerated with him is his wife, M L., age 26. R W’s occupation is listed as farmer. Their personal estate is valued at $70.00. He is also enumerated with his children, E E E, age 5, N H. C., age 2.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: District 7, Dyer, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1248; Page: 360; Image: 126; Family History Library  Film: 805248.

1870 U.S. Federal Census

August 9th, 1870 Census in Tenth Civil District in McNairy County, Tennessee lists Richard W.Ray, age 43, born in Tennessee. Enumerated with him is his wife, Martha L., age 35. Richard’s occupation is listed as farmer and Martha’s occupation is listed as keeping house. Their personal estate is valued at $200.00. Richard, Martha and Nancy are listed as cannot write.He is also enumerated with his children,Nancy H. C., age 12, Martha E., age 9, Lucy F., age 6, and Margarett F., age 3.All of his children are born in Tennessee with the exception of Margaret F.,who was born in Kentucky.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: District 10, McNairy, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1549; Page: 314A; Image: 633; Family History Library Film: 553048.

1880 U.S. Federal Census

June 3rd, 1880 Census in Tenth Civil District in McNairy County, Tennessee lists Wiley Wray,age 52, born in Tennessee with both parents listed as born in Tennessee.Enumerated with him is his wife Martha L, age 46, born in Tennessee. Wiley’s occupation is listed as a farmer and Martha’s occupation is listed as keeping house. He is also enumerated with his children, Nancy H. C., age 21, Martha E.,age 19, Lucy F, age 16, Margaret F., age 12, Zilpha, A, age 9. All of his children are born in Tennessee with the exception of Margaret F., who was born in Kentucky. His children Nancy H.C., Martha E. and Lucy F. was listed as having attended school within the census year.

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: District 10, McNairy, Tennessee; Roll:1268; Family History Film: 1255268; Page: 142C; Enumeration District: 125.

1900 U.S. Federal Census

June 25, 1900 Census in Tenth Civil District in McNairy County, Tennessee lists Richard W.Ray, age 69, born July 1830 in Tennessee with both parents listed as having been born in Tennessee as well. Enumerated with him is his wife, Martha, age 68, born in Jan 1832, in Tennessee. Richard W. and Martha will have been married for 49 years this year. The marriage produced seven children with only four children still living. Richard’s occupation is listed as farmer and he was without work for a period of three months in the census year. He and his wife Martha are listed as being able to read and write. They own the home they are in on their farm. Farm schedule is number 189. They are also enumerated with a boarder named Sarah Tolbert, age 34.

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Civil District 10, McNairy, Tennessee;Roll: 1586; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0083; FHL microfilm: 1241586.

1910 U.S. Federal Census

May 14, 1910 Census in Tenth Civil District in McNairy County, Tennessee lists R. Wiley Ray,age 79, born in Tennessee. Enumerated is his wife Martha, age 76, born in Tennessee. R. Wiley and Martha would be married for 59 years this year. It is their only marriage.There were seven children born to this union and only four children are living as of this point. R. Wiley’s occupation is listed as farmer on a farm. Farm schedule is number 249. R. Wiley and Martha owned their home on their farm. R. Wiley is listed as able to read but not able to write. Martha couldn’t read or write. Also enumerated with them is their daughters. Dona May,age 52, born in Tennessee, and widowed having had no children.  Florence James, age 43, born in Kentucky, also widowed but having two children with none living.

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Civil District 10, McNairy, Tennessee;Roll: T624_1511; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 0143; FHL microfilm: 1375524.

1912 Death Record and Burial Information

On February 16th,1912 R.W. Ray at the age of 80 years and 7 months passed away in Stantonville, McNairy County, Tennessee. He was born in Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tennessee.His cause of death was listed as Dropsy. He was in life a farmer. His last known attending physician was E.G. Sanders. At the time of his death he was still married to his wife.

Source Citation: Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1959; Roll #: 20.

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Pauline Outlaw McConnell, 1921 – 2013

Biography

Six months ago today my wife’s great-grandmother passed. I was chosen to give her eulogy. It was a great honor to have been the one to speak on a life well lived. Below is an excerpt from the eulogy. I think often in genealogy we get obsessed with dates and do not stop to realize that it is the dash between that makes the memories of a lifetime. It is that dash that passes by so fast.

It is the baby girl who was born to Earnest Ellsworth Outlaw and Martha Iola Smith on October 22, 1921 in Heavner, Oklahoma, and it is the woman that passed into eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ on September 22, 2013 from Bryant Arkansas.

When you see her birth and death listed there on your program, you will notice there is a dash between the two dates. It is the dash that means the most to our family. It was in the dash that she spent her life with us; whether you look at the time as the, 92 years, the 33,573 days, the 805,752 hours, or the 48,345,120 minutes of her life she shared with us. It was in that dash that all our memories were made and her values were passed along to us.

It was in that dash she sewed clothing, quilted, prepared meals, canned food, planted and tended to a garden all for family. It was in that dash that she tucked children and grandchildren into bed with the soothing voice of a song, a bedtime story, or a game of who can fall asleep first. It was in the dash when she gave hugs and kisses and exemplified the meaning of Unconditional Love.

It is what is done in that dash between the two dates that defines a life. It has defined her well beyond my words will.
While our flesh weeps for what we have lost, our souls rejoice in knowing she is singing with the angels, and that this is not good bye, but that we will one day meet again at that eastern gate.

1930 U.S. Federal Census

April 9th, 1930 for Bentley Townshiip in Conway County, Arkansas lists Pauline Outlaw, age 8, born in Oklahoma, with her father born in Arkansas and her mother born in North Carolina. She is listed as having attended school since September 1, 1929. She is enumerated with her parents, Earnest, age 50 and Ola, age 40. Also enumerated with her is her siblings Louie, age 17, born in Arkansas; Dulie, age 13, born in Arkansas; Claudie, age 11, born in Arkansas; and her twin brother Paul, age 8, born in Oklahoma. She is living next door to George Seay, age 22 and his wife Alice, age 23.

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Bentley, Conway, Arkansas; Roll: 69; Page: 5A; EnumerationDistrict: 2; Image: 599.0; FHL microfilm: 2339804.

Senator Franklin Witt, 1804-1851

Biography

Franklin Witt was my fourth-great-grandfather on my maternal side. Below is a biography that was written about him. Their words can far better do him justice than mine.

Hon. Franklin Witt – The late Hon. Franklin Witt was a native of West Tennessee, and was born on the 23rd of November,1804; and it was in that delightful and genial clime that the years of his early youth were spent. His early advantages for education were very limited,as at that period there was no public school system existing in that state.Franklin was the eldest child of John and Eleanor Witt. John Witt was a native of East Tennessee; his wife was born in West Tennessee, and in was that portion of the state that they were married. His time was spent in farming. Franklin Witt came to the territory of Illinois in the year 1814, with his parents. They settled in Pope County. At the age of nineteen Mr. Franklin Witt was married to Melinda Perry. Said marriage occurred on the 15th of January, 1824.In the fall of that year he moved, with his bride, to Sangamon County, ILL, and in the spring of 1824 removed to the locality where Beards town is situated, and in January, 1826, became a permanent resident of Greene county, settling on apiece of land south of Macoupin creek, which he improved and continued to carry on until his death. Mr. Witt and wife were blessed with a family of ten children, three sons and seven daughters; there are only four now living; two sons and four daughters are deceased. The father of Franklin Witt (John Witt)came to Greene county in 1836, and move to Texas in 1843, where he spent the residue of this life. In returning to the life of Franklin Witt, we find a man who possessed, to a large degree, the elements of success. Though not a scholar, he was endowed by nature with a mind far reaching, and capable of comprehending the most minute details of business and political life. He was one of those men of large magnetic force, and many of the old settlers claim that no man in the county exercised as great an influence for the time and period that he lived as the subject of this sketch. Many say that he held the county court in the palm of his hand. The citizens honored him with many officials positions. He was representative from Greene for several terms in the lower house of the legislature, and was afterwards elected to the state senate, which positions he filled with signal ability. There was one thing rather remarkable in the character of Mr. Witt and that was, that while others would talk he would act, and it was those qualities which so fully fitted him for the legislative halls of the state, besides being a success as a politician and in public life.His private career was marked by the same energy and judgment that characterized his more public life. Very early in life he became identified with the principles of the Democratic Party, which he so ably and energetically sustained. Mr. Witt and wife, a few years after their marriage became members of the United Baptist Church. He was a ___ who was very popular with the masses, and whenever he was a candidate ran largely ahead of his ticket; and one of the best features of his character was the sterling honor and integrity which were exemplified in every act of his life. AT the time of his death he was a senator from Greene County. His death occurred on the 17th of August, 1851. His widow is yet living on the old homestead in the enjoyment of good health.

Source Citation: A Biographical Sketch from 1873 Atlas of Greene County, Illinois.

Many of the old pioneers remember with warm admiration, FRANKLIN WITT, a leader among men in earlier times, and who afterward became noted in the annals of the state and union. He was a native of Tennessee, where he was born in 1804. His parents gained a livelihood by the products of the farm, and in 1814, to better their finances, perhaps, moved westward and settled in Polk county, in the extreme southern portion of Illinois. Franklin Witt passed his boyhood among pioneer associations, and imbibed there that spirit of self reliance that led to successful results. He was married in his 19th year to Melinda Perry, a native of Indiana, and a daughter of Capt. Franklin Perry. In 1826, he sought broader fields, and packing his household goods upon the two horses he owned, after some days spent in travel, he landed in Greene county with scarcely a dollar. He now began, in an humble way to gain a footing in Illinois, at a time when horse-mills were the fashion, and rough round log cabins the only habitations in the pioneer settlements. His was an energetic nature, and he accumulated property rapidly. In subsequent years he became a justice of the peace, and about 1835 he became the regular nominee of the democratic party, and received the election of legislator, serving through this session. Probably no man in his day swayed the popular heart more than he, and on three subsequent occasions he received the election to represent this county in the legislature, and presided as a member when Springfield became the capital. As a representative he has proved so efficient that he now received the nomination for state senator. Serving through one session and receiving a re-election, he was a member of that body when he died, at his home, in Greene county, in 1851. To the care of his wife he left a family of four children. Mrs. Witt departed this life Feb. 1877, at the house of her son, Geo. W., in Kane township.

The 17th general assembly convened on the 6th of Jan., 1851, for its first session, and adjourned Feb. 17; a second session was held from June 7, 1852, to June 23, following. Hon. Franklin Witt was the senator at first, but dying during his term of office was succeeded by Hon. John M. Palmer, afterward governor of the state, at that time a resident of Macoupin county. Charles D. Hodges and J. C. Winters represented this, the 22d district, in the house.

Source Citation: Biographies: History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois – 1885. Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Co., Page 672

History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois.

Franklin Witt settled in what is now Kane township in 1826,where he made his home until his death, in 1851. He was both a representative and senator in the general assembly of the state, and is noticed at length in that connection.

Source Citation: History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois, published in 1885

1830 U.S. Federal Census

1830 Census for Greene County, Illinois lists Franklin Witt enumerated as follows:

(1) White male under age 5

(1) White male ages 20 – 29

(1) White female under age 5

(1) White female ages 5 – 9

(1) White female ages 20 – 29

(3) White persons under age 20

(2) White persons ages 20 – 49

(5) Total white persons.

Source Citation: 1830 US Census; Census Place:  , Greene, Illinois; Page: 35; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 24; Family History Film: 0007649.

1840 U.S. Federal Census

1840 Census for Kane in Greene County, Illinois lists Franklin Witt enumerated as follows:

(2) White males ages 5 – 9

(1) White male ages 10 – 14

(2) White males ages 15 – 19

(2) White males ages 20  – 29

(2) White males ages 30 – 39

(1) White female under age 5

(1) White female ages 5 – 9

(2) White females ages 10 – 14

(1) White female ages 15 – 19

(1) White female ages 30 – 39

(6) Persons employed in agriculture

(3) Persons employed in Manufacture and Trade

(11) White persons under age 20

(5) White persons ages 20 – 49

(16) Total white persons.

Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: Kane, Greene, Illinois; Roll: 60; Page: 91; Image: 771; Family History Library Film: 0007642.

1849 Schoolhouse

Schedule of a common school kept by teacher William Roberts in the white schoolhouse east of Kane Illinois, T 9 R 11 Greene County State of Illinois west of 3rd Principal Meridian included: Charles ADAMS, George Ann Adams,Hiram Adams, John Adams, Louisa Adams, Phyle Adams, Charles Brooks, James Brooks,John Brooks, William Brooks, William Brydia, Andrew W. Christy, George Christy,Harriet E. Christy, James Christy, Julia Christy, Mary Christy, Samuel Christy,Allen Cockerell, Jesse Cockerell, Charles Davis, William Davis, David Enslow,Frances E. Grandy, Hannah E. Grandy, Luther Grandy, Anderson P. Green, Elias Green,Hampton Green, John Green, Daniel Hendrex, John Jones, Harriet King, Mortimer Kirby,Elizabeth Mason, Jacob Mason, Joshua Mason, William Mason, Benjamin T. Osburn,Marquis L. Osburn, Rubin B. Osburn, Gentry Scoggins, John Scoggins, Robert Scoggins,Charles W. Sperry, Daniel Sperry, Mary Ann Sperry, Sidney Sperry, Elizabeth Stewart,John Stewart, Maria L. Stewart, Moses Stewart, Simeon R. Stewart, Irine Tompkins,Shelton T. Tompkins, George Truscott, James J. Truscott, Martha J. Truscott,Thomas Von, Eliza M. Waddle, James Waddle, Angeline Witt, Calvin Witt, George Witt,John F. Witt.

1849 School Scholars

Schedule of a common school kept by Wm Roberts in the White School House east of Kane, IL, T 9 R 11, Greene Co, IL, West of 3rd Principal Meridian.

Scholars:

Charles Adams

Phyle Adams

Hiram Adams

Wm Brydia

John Brooks

Julia Christy

Mary Christy

Mary Christy

Andrew W Christy

James Christy

Samuel Christy

George Chirsty

Harriet E Christy

Jesse Cockerell

Allen Cockerell

Mary Ann Sperry

Daniel Sperry

Sidney Sperry

Charles W Sperry

Moses Stewart

Maria L Stewart

Simeon R Stewart

Joshua Mason

Elizabeth Mason

Wm Mason

Jacob Mason

Daniel Hendrex

David Enslow

Mortimer Kirby

Anderson P Green

Elias Green

Johnm Green

Hannah E Grandy

Luther Grandy

Frances E Grandy

James J Truscott

Martha J Truscott

Eliza M Waddle

John F Witt

Shelton T Tompkins

Robert Scoggins

Irine Tompkins

James Waddle

John Stewart

Elizabeth Stewart

Calvin Witt

Angeline Witt

Louisa dams

George Witt

Gentry Scoggins

John Scoggins

Charles Brooks

James Brooks

Thomas Von

John Jones

Harriet King

Rubin B Osburn

Benjamin T Osburn

Marquis L Osburn

George Ann Adams

Wm Davis

Charles Davis

John Adams

Wm Brooks

Hampton Green

George Truscott

I certify that the foregoing schedule of scholars attending my school as named and residing as specified in said schedule to the best of my knowledge & belief is correct, that is, was a school for the purpose of teaching various branches of an English education and that the common communication in said school was English.

Wm Roberts, teacher

Subscribed and sworn before me, a justice of the peace, inand for the county of Greene, state of IL. This 12 day of March, A.D. 1849.

J.M. Brydia

Trustees: Franklin Witt & Enoch Irvins

1850 U.S. Federal Census

November 8th, 1850 Census for South of Macoupin Creek in Greene County, Illinois lists Franklin Witt, age 45, born in Tennessee. His real estate is valued at $18,000. He is enumerated with Malinda Witt, age 44, born in Kentucky, John F. Witt, age 20, Angeline Witt, age 16, Adeline Witt, age 11, George W. Witt, age 9, Elizabeth Witt, age 5, born in Illinois. Rebecca Perry, age 73, born in Kentucky. Also enumerated of unknown relationship William Cole, age 40, George Slate, age 25, Lankin McDaniel, age 35, Jerry Sullivan, age 35

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: South of Macoupin Creek, Greene, Illinois; Roll: M432_108; Page: 118A; Image: 244.

Biography of Son, George Washington Witt includes Biographical Sketch on Franklin Witt as well.

George W. Wit is one of the extensive landowners of Greene County and a business man of marked energy and enterprise, successfully controlling his farming and stock-raising interests. He was born in Kane Township, this county, on the 21st of April, 1841, and is descended from one of the old families of Virginia. His great-grandfather Witt, and his grandfather, John Witt, were natives of that state and were planters there. The latter removed from the Old Dominion to Tennessee, where he remained for a number of years.From that state he came to Illinois and first located in Pope County, but in1830 came to Greene County. He lived for a time in Carrolton Township and from there removed to a farm in Rockbridge Township. In 1845 he left Illinois and went to Texas.

Franklin Witt, the father of our subject, was born in Tennessee and accompanied the family on their removal to Pope County, Illinois.In 1826 he settled near Beardstown in Cass County, and a year later became a resident of Carrollton Township, Greene County, He afterward removed to Kane Township, where he lived until his death in 1851. In his farming operations he was very successful and as his financial resources increased he added to his property until he was the owner of about one thousand acres of land at the time of his death. His business affairs were capably conducted, justice, enterprise and keen discrimination characterizing all his dealings. In matters of citizenship he was progressive and public-spirited, his influence ever being on the side of substantial improvement and advancement. His qualities well fitted him for leadership and he aided in molding public thought and action in his locality. For a number of years he served as justice of the peace and he was twice elected to the state legislature as a member of the house, while there tree times he represented his district in the state senate. He did not seek to figure as an orator of pyrotechnic brilliance, but was deeply interested in constructive legislation, and many measures which have proven of benefit in the state were largely fostered by him. He was still serving in the upper house of Illinois assembly at the time of his death. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Melinda Perry, was a native of Kentucky, and they became the parents of ten children.

George W. Witt, the ninth in order of birth began his education at the usual age in a subscription school. When his father died the mill which he had operated for a number of years, was sold in accordance with his request that they should sell that property and remove to the farm upon which our subject now resides. George W. Witt was then only ten years of age. He was reared upon the old home farm and early became familiar with the labors of the field and meadow. After attaining his majority he purchased the interested of the other heirs and continued to operate the farm, comprising one hundred and sixty acres. When he found the opportunity he also added to the place from time to time until his realty holdings became extensive, aggregating eleven hundred acres of valuable farming land situated in Kane Township. On this he has erected and elegant farm residence and other substantial buildings, so that the farm is well equipped for the care of the grain and stock raised. He is extensively engaged in raising hogs, making a specialty of the Poland-China hogs, and he also feeds large numbers of cattle, having usually from two hundred to three hundred head. He annually raises large quantities of corn, which he uses for feeding purposes, and in all of his farm work he is most progressive,so that his labors have been resultant, bringing to him richly merited success.He has labored continuously for the improved of conditions affecting the welfare of the farmer, doing effective work as a member of the county agricultural board, with which he has been connected for forty years. He has been one of its directors the greater part of the time and for three years was its president. He has also frequently been a delegate to the state board of agriculture.

In April, 1866, Mr. Witt was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Jane More, a native of Greene County, who died in 1873. Their daughter, Toinette, is now Mrs. Cory, of Kane Township. In 1874 Mr. Witt was again married,his second union being with Miss Margaret Gardiner, also born in Greene County,a daughter of C.J. Gardiner. Her death occurred in 1879. There was one son by this marriage, Fred T., who is farming about a mile and a half east of the old homestead farm. In 1880 Mr. Witt was marriage to Miss Louisa Ann Williams, of Jersey County, Illinois, a daughter of William P. Williams, of that county.  The children of the third union are: Thomas Kyle, who is living on the old homestead; Alta M.; Rachel J.; Adaline E.; William Paxton; Edna L.; and an infant, deceased. The family is one of prominence in the community, the members of the household occupying an enviable position in social circles.

Mr. Witt has long been recognized leader in public affairs,and his efforts in behalf of his county have been far-reaching and beneficial.For thirty-seven years he has served as school director; was justice of the peace for eight years; sheriff for two years; and in 1900 was elected to the state legislature. He received the endorsement of the district for a second nomination owing to the redistricting of the state his county had no show to secure the representative.For the senator from the district was a Greene county man and other counties in the district felt that the representation should be more equally distributed.Mr. Witt, however, received the endorsement of his county on three separate occasions. He takes an active interest in political matters, has ever been a stanch advocated of the principles of the Democratic Party and has been a delegate to man congressional and state conventions, his opinions carrying weight in the party councils. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias Fraternity and is a Mason, belonging to the blue lodge at Kane and the commandery at Carrolton.

Viewed from any standpoint his life may be said to be a success; and it is the success not merely of the man who prosecutes a prosperous agricultural life, intent only on winning wealth, but that of the man who advances public good in promoting individual prosperity. The study of the character of the representative American never fails to offer much of pleasing interest and valuable instruction, and the life of Mr. Witt certainly furnishes food for deep and profitable thought.

Source Citation: Pastand Present of Greene County, page 308 – 320

Reverend Drury Worsham Blankenship, 1825-1894

Biography

Drury Worsham Blankenship, 1825-1894
Drury Worsham Blankenship, 1825-1894

The Reverend Drury Worsham Blankenship was my great-great-grandfather. A devout Man of God, he was a preacher in the Cumberland Presbyterian Faith. He was at the time of his death the pastor for four different congregations. He was born in Russell County, Kentucky to Drury Blankenship and Mary Johnson on December 3, 1825 and died in Hardin County, Tennessee on October 30, 1894. He married Nancy Louisa J. Ferguson on January 16, 1850. They had ten children together.  Nothing I can say would be adequate enough to highlight his life pass what was stated about him in his obituary.

He preached with greatearnestness and power.  He died at his post and with the armor on.  He had been in the ministry fifty years and had held many revivals, and multitudes have professed religion under his ministry.  He had held several revivals the past summer and fall, and but few men will bemissed more than he in their field of labor.

I am greatful that his teachings to his daughter Betty Elizabeth Blankenship were passed along to my grandmother Versie Gertrude Jones (52 ancestors in 52 weeks #2). Those teachings continue on to this day.

1830 U.S. Federal Census

The 1830 Census for Russell, Kentucky lists Drury Blankenship as follows:

(1) White males under 5

(3) White males ages 5 – 9

(1) White male ages 10  14

(1) White male age 15  19

(1) White male age 40 – 49

(2) White females under 5

(1) White female ages 10  14

(1) White female age 30  39 (Mary Johnson)

(9) White persons under 20

(2) White persons ages 20 – 49

(11) Total members of household.

Source Citation: 1830 US Census; Census Place:  , Russell, Kentucky; Page: 105; NARA Series: M19;Roll Number: 41; Family History Film: 0007820.

1840 U.S. Federal Census

The 1840 Census for Russell, Kentucky lists Mary Blankenship as follows:

(1) White males ages 5 – 9

(1) White male ages 10 – 14

(1) White male age 15 – 19

(1) White female under 5

(2) White female ages 10 – 14

(1) White female age 40 – 49

(6) White persons under 20

(1) White persons ages 20 – 49

(7) Total members of household.

Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: Hardin, Tennessee; Roll: 522; Page: 268;Image: 546; Family History Library Film: 0024544.

1850 U.S. Federal Census

January 10, 1850 Census for 12th Civil District in Hardin County, Tennessee lists D.W., age 24, born in Kentucky. His occupation is listed as __Clergyman and his real estate is valued at $66.00. He is enumerated with his wife Nancy L.J, age 20, born in Tennessee.

1860 U.S. Federal Census

September 17th, 1860 Census for 12th Civil District in Hardin County, Tennessee lists D.W. Blankenship, age 34, born in Kentucky. His real estate was valued at $2,200 and his personal property was valued at $3,900. He is enumerated with his wife, Louisa J, age 30, born in Tennessee. Also enumerated with him is his children; Doogell F, age 8, Mary H., age 6, Wm H C,, age 3 and Elizabeth age 2. All of their children were born in Tennessee. He lives next to his brother Able Blankenship and his wife and children.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: District 12, Hardin, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1254; Page: 373; Image: 189; Family History Library Film: 805254.

Ministry Record for 1860’s

D. W. Blankenship – Saltillo, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1868, page 104

D. W. Blankenship – Saltillo, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1869, page 83

1870 Agriculture Census of Hardin County. Tennessee.

The 1870 Agriculture Census of Hardin County, Tennessee, shows that they have 100 improved acres, 90 acres of unimproved woodland with a cash value of $1500. As of June 1, 1870, they owned 1 horse, 2 mules, 5 milk cows, 5 other cattle, 9 sheep, 14 swine with a total value of all livestock being $750. During the year ending June 1, 1870, they had produced 148 bushels of spring wheat, 375 bushels of Indian corn, 30 bushels of oats, 2 bales (450 lbs each) of cotton, 10 lbs of wool, 50 bushels of Irish potatoes, 30 bushels of sweet potatoes, 100 lbs of butter. The value of animals slaughtered or sold for slaughter was $320 and the estimated value of all farm productions was $990.

1870 U.S. Federal Census

June 20th, 1870 Census for 12th Civil District in Hardin County, Tennessee lists Doura Blankenship, age 44, born in Kentucky. His occupation is listed as a farmer. His real estate is valued at $2,100 and his personal property was valued at $1,000. He is enumerated with his wife Nancy, age 40 who is the homemaker. Also enumerated with him is his children, Douglas, age 18, who works on the farm, Henry, age 13, who also works on the farm; Elizabeth, age 11, Lucinda, age 9, Eliza P, age 8, Drury, age 6 and James R., age 1. All children have been born in Tennessee as well.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: District 12, Hardin, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1534; Page: 469A; Image: 272; Family History Library Film: 553033.

Ministry Record for 1870’s

D. W. Blankenship – Saltillo, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1870, page 78

D. W. Blankenship – Saltillo, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1871, page 78

D. W. Blankenship – Saltillo, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1872, page 119

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1873, page 96

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1874, page 95

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Purdy Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1875, page 84

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1876, page 90

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1877, page 85

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1878, page 93

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1879, page 89

1880 U.S. Federal Census

June 8th, 1880 Census in 12th Civil District in Hardin County, Tennessee lists Drewry W. Blankenship, age 54, born in Kentucky with both parents being listed as born in Virginia. His occupation is listed as a farmer. He is enumerated with his wife Nancey L.J., age 50 born in Tennessee with her father born in Virginia and her mother born in Tennessee. Also enumerated with him is his children, Lousindy A., age 19, Drewry A., age 16, James R., age 12, and Joseph B., age 4. All of their children listed were born in Tennessee.

Ministry Record for 1880’s                

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1880, page 116

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1881, page 88

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1882, page 118

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1883, page 127

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1884, page 116

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1885, page 131

The following is a list of the Congregations,Sunday-schools, and Missionary Societies, by Presbyteries, that have contributed through the Board during the year, showing amount contributed by each for Home and Foreign Missions separately, and the total for both; also giving the name of the pastor of each congregation. — Annual Report of the Board of Missions of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Spring Hill – Rev. D.W. Blankenship – Foreign Missions,$7.50

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1885, page 65

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1886, page 160

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1887, page 157

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of West Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1888, page 169

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of Tennessee

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1889, page 177

Ministry Record for 1890’s

D. W. Blankenship – Sardis, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of Tennessee

Pastor – Liberty Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Pastor – Spring Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1890, pages 124 & 226-228

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of Tennessee

Pastor – Spring Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1891, pages 138 & 244

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of Tennessee

Pastor – Spring Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1892, pages 145 & 254

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of Tennessee

Pastor – Mount Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Pastor – Spring Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Pastor – Union Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1893, pages 147 & 254

D. W. Blankenship – Coffee Landing, Tenn.

Minister – Madison Presbytery – Synod of Tennessee

Pastor – Liberty Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Pastor – Mount Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Pastor – Spring Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Pastor – Union Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1894, pages 162 & 264-266

D. W. Blankenship – Madison Presbytery – 1895

Mortuary List – Ministers

Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1895, pages 19 & 157

Obituary

 Drury Worsham Blankenship

1825 – 1894

According to J.T.White in The Cumberland Presbyterian dated December 27, 1894, Drury W.Blankenship professed religion at thirteen years of age and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Old Union; joined the presbytery soon after, was licensed at eighteen and ordained at twenty-five years of age.   In a book entitled Short Life Sketches of Some Prominent Hardin Countians by Andrew P. Hitt, it states that It is believed that he conducted more funerals and officiated at more marriages than any other minister in the county.  He began to preach at the extremely early age of 14.  The Savannah Courier newspaper records and Hardin County records show that Rev. Blankenship officiated at many funerals and weddings. Cumberland Presbyterian records show that Rev. D.W. Blankenship served from 1868 – 1872 as minister of Madison Presbytery, Synod of West Tennessee at Saltillo. From 1873 – 1889 he served at Coffee Landing. In 1890 and 1891 he was pastor at Liberty Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sardis and Spring Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Coffee Landing.  In 1892, he was still the pastor at Spring Hill. In 1893 he pastored 3 churches – Mount Sharon, Spring Hill and Union Grove.  In 1894, Rev. Blankenship was the pastor for Liberty Cumberland Presbyterian, Mount Sharon, Spring Hill and Union Grove, all of the Madison Presbytery, Synod of West Tennessee.

The Cumberland Presbyterian printed the following obituary for Rev. Blankenship:

Rev. D.W. Blankenship, a faithful and devoted minister of the gospel, member of Madison Presbytery, died of typhoid fever, October 30, 1894, at his home near Cravens Lodge, Hardin County, Tennessee, after about four weeks illness.  He stated in his last suffering that the Savior was nearer than ever before.  The fifth Sunday in September he preached at his home church, Antioch, and was then so nervous and feeble that he could barely stand, after which he went home, took to his bed and was never up again.  He preached to the young converts from text, Building on the Rock, emphasizing the importance of building, growing and working for the Master.  He preached with great earnestness and power.  He died at his post and with the armor on.  He had been in the ministry fifty years and had held many revivals, and multitudes have professed religion under his ministry.  He had held several revivals the past summer and fall, and but few men will be missed more than he in their field of labor.  He was a pioneer man with good natural ability and a good share of piety, but with few educational advantages.  A good man, a good preacher, and presented Bible truths with force.  He professed religion at thirteen, and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Old Union; joined presbytery soon after, was licensed at eighteen, and ordained at twenty-five years of age.  He was born December 3, 1825. His father died when he was a small boy.  He was reared by a widowed mother, who had several other children, and but little to depend on except her Savior and her own firm will.  On January 16, 1850, he married Miss Louisa Jane Ferguson who still survives him.  All the children are now professors of faith.  Brother Blankenship was for many years a mason.  He was buried at Liberty, one of his congregations.  Brother Blankenship got but little compensation for his preaching, but still he preached faithfully, and labored for his own support and to raise his family.  Rev. J.R. Alexander preached the funeral from 2 Timothy IV: 7, 8: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, etc.

 Written by J.T. White – Paulk, Tennessee, Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, December 27, 1894, page 15

Memorial Service by the Church

The committee on deceased ministers made a verbal report stating that since our last meeting Rev. D.W. Blankenship had passed over. They asked permission to make their report at the fall meeting, when the family of Bro. Blankenship could be present and a memorial service could be had.

Source: Minutes of Madison Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, March 8-11, 1895,page 17

The special order of this hour was the memorial service tobe held in honor of our departed Brother, Rev. D.W. Blankenship.

Rev. W.J. Williams preached an appropriate sermon from Job 14:14: “If a man die will he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait until my change come.”

After the sermon appropriate and feeling remarks were made by many members of the presbytery, testifying to the great worth and usefulness of Bro. Blankenship to the church.

Source: Minutes of Madison Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, September 20-23, 1895, page 26

Find A Grave

Memorial #15619427

Drury Worsham Blankenship was born December 3, 1825 in Adair County, Kentucky and died October 30, 1894 in Hardin County, Tennessee. He is the son of Drury and Mary “Polly” Johnson Blankenship. Husband of Nancy Louisa Jane “Janie” Ferguson Blankenship. He died near Craven’s Lodge in Hardin County, Tennessee. He was buried in Liberty Cemetery, Crossroads in Hardin County, Tennessee.

Land Grant of John A. Kendrick, 1845

In 1845 my great-great-great-grandfather, Dr. John A. Kendrick made a purchase of 200 acres of land in McNairy County, Tennessee for a total of $25.00. He passed away in 1850 and the land was sold as per direction of his will.  One day I may find someone that will know precisely were the land was so that I can stand on the land that my ancestor cultivated near the end of his life.

The 1845 Land Grant in McNairy County, Tennessee for John A. Kendrick.
The 1845 Land Grant in McNairy County, Tennessee for John A. Kendrick.

The State of Tennessee:

No. 1050

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME – GREETING.

Know we, that for and in consideration of the sum of twelve and one-half cents per acre, paid into office of entry taker of McNairy county, and entered on the 13th day of November 1844 pursuant to the provisions of an Act of General Assembly of said State, passed on the 11th day of January, 1842, by No. 7113 THERE IS GRANTED by the said State of Tennessee, unto

John A. Kendrick

A certain tract or parcel of land containing two hundred acres by survey bearing date the 3rd day of February 1829 lying in said county, in range 4 & 5 section 3.

Beginning on a state and 2 hickories 48 pols North and 76 pols West of the 2 mile ____ that stands North of the S.E. & S.W. corner of said Section Runs Thence East 252 Pols ___ Hickory and Ber Oak pointer thence South 127 pols to a Hickory & White Oak Point___ thence West 252 pols to a Hickory Be__ ____ & Hickory Pointing thence North 127 pols to the beginning.

With the hereditaments and appurtenances. To have and to hold the said trace or parcel of land, with its appurtenances, to the said John A. Kendrick and his heirs forever.

In witness whereof, James C. Jones Governor of the State of Tennessee, hath hereunto set his hand and cause the Great Seal of the State to be affixed, at Nashville, on the 20th day of May in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty 5 and of the Independence of the United State the Sixty 9th.

By the Governor:

 James C. Jones

Jno. S. Young

Secretary of State