NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
John Blackman, the immigrant ancestor, was a brother of Rev. Adam Blackman of Stratford, Connecticut, and of Rev. Benjamin Blackman, who graduated at Harvard College in 1663. He was born in England and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts, about 1640. He died April 28, 1675, and his inventory is dated May 28, 1675.
He was admitted a freeman in 1665. He married (first) Mary, daughter of Robert Pond; (second) Sarah _____, who survived him.
Children born at Dorchester:
1. John, Aug. 10, 1656; mentioned below.
2. Jonathan, Jan. 1, 1658, removed to Little Compton, Rhode Island.
3. Sarah, baptized July 17, 1659.
4. Joseph, June 27, 1661; removed to Lebanon, Conn.
5. Mary, baptized Oct. 18, 1663.
6. Benjamin, Dec. 31, 1665; lived in Dorchester.
Children of second wife:
7. Adam, born Dec. 9, 1670.
8. Abraham, Feb. 8, 1675.
(II) John (2), son of John (1) Blackman, was born at Dorchester, Aug. 10, 1656. He was a soldier in King Philip's war, in Captain Thomas Brattle's company.
He married, March 26, 1685, Jane Weeks.
Children, born at Dorchester:
1. Thankful, Feb. 12, 1685.
2. John, Aug. 17, 1687.
3. Eliakim, March 26, 1689.
4. Josiah, March 3, 1691.
5. Marah, April 30, 1692.
6. Jane, Feb. 20, 1693-94.
7. Joseph, Nov. 4, 1695.
8-9. Elizabeth and Sarah (twins), Sept. 9, 1697.
10. Hannah, March 7, 1699.
11. Ebenezer, June 3, 1700.
12. Samuel, Jan. 18, 1701-02, who is mentioned below.
13. Renew, Aug. 23, 1704, who died young.
(III) Samuel, son of John (2) Blackman, was born in Dorchester, Jan. 18, 1701-02. He settled in Hampton, Windham county, Conn., near Woodstock.
Jonathan (?), was living at Windham town, Windham county, 1790.
Mary, baptized with Sarah, 1739.
(IV) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1) Blackman, was born Nov. 23, 1736, probably in Windham county, Conn. He is buried in the Sauquoit Valley cemetery. The inscription on his gravstone reads: "Samuel Blackman, born Nov. 23, A.D. 1736, d. A.D. 1820, aged 84 years."
He settled before the revolution at Partridgefield, Mass. He married Phebe Babcock, seventh child of Isaiah Babcock and Elizabeth (Plumb). She was born in Stonington, Oct. 5, 1755, and was probably his second wife. She had previously married ____ Thayer. She died at Sauquoit, Oneida county, N.Y., May 18, 1853. Samuel Babcock was witness to various deeds of land of Isaiah Babcock at Partridgefield. The Babcocks settled there in 1772.
A grandson of Phebe, Mr. George Plumb Bacon, wrote of her: "Grandmother Blackman died at father's house in Sauquiot, Oneida county, New York. I was a small boy at the time, but can remember it well. She died of old age. She would sit down and talk about the battle when Cornwallis was taken. Her father was at the battle."
The Blackmans appear to have been at Northampton for a time. John and Samuel were accredited to that town in the revolution, but Abraham Blackman was credited to Partridgefield, and was presumably son of Samuel also. There were also in the revolution Ephraim of Berkshire county and Elijah Blackman of Southwick, and Angus Blackman of Stockbridge.
(V) Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) Blackman, was born, according to family record, at Woodstock, Mass., now in Windham county, Conn. He enlisted July 14, 1779, in Captain Cook's company, Colonel Chapin's regiment, giving his age as seventeen, stature five feet four inches, complexion dark, and residence as Northampton. He was discharged April 14, 1780.
He went to Oneida county also. In 1790 there was a Samuel Blackman at Kinderhook, Columbia county, with one son under sixteen and two females. It is not known whether this Samuel lived there for a time. He settled at Westmoreland, Oneida county, and finally in Lewis county, New York.
He married Jerusha Babcock, presumably related to his stepmother.
Polly, Sylvester, Hiram, Eliza, Betsey, Almanzo, Almira, Milo, Adelia and William.
(VI) Dr. Hiram Blackman, son of Samuel (3) Blackman, was born Dec. 28, 1797, and died Feb. 8, 1838. He was a regular physician and surgeon, and practiced at Hammond, St. Lawrence county. He was a good citizen and highly respected.
He married, June 18, 1822, Harriet Smith, born April 17, 1803.
Frederick W. A., mentioned below; Anastasia, Gerard, Kate, George Smith.
(VII) Frederick W. A., son of Dr. Hiram Blackman, was born July 22, 1824, at Hammond, N.Y. He married (first) Nov. 8, 1849, Diadama Franklin, a descendant of Benjamin Franklin; (second) Christiana Lambie.
Children of first wife:
Harriet Ann; married D.D. Moyer.
Mary Loesa; married Rev. W.C. Selleck.
Gilbert A., mentioned below.
Children of second wife:
(VIII) Gilbert Atwater, son of Frederick W.A. Blackman, was born Aug. 25, 1855, in Hammond. He was educated in the public schools there, and entered business life as an employee of Kilmer & Jepson at Gouverneur, N.Y., where he remained six years. He came to Lowville in 1877, after which he spent several years as traveling salesman for T.J. Roberts & Company, of New York.
About 1886, he acquired an interest in the Lowville Iron Works, manufacturers of wood pulp, grinders, hydraulic pumps, etc. In 1890 he established a coal and wood yard in Lowville, which he operated until 1903. In the latter year the construction of a railroad between Lowville and Croghan became strongly desired. Mr. Blackman threw his energy and influence in favor of the proposition, had a preliminary survey made, and organized the Lowville & Beaver Railroad Company, with a capital at $150,000. He secured subscriptions for the stock by personal effort, and the road was constructed, with the capital stock increased in the meantime to $200,000. The road is now in successful operation under the capable management of Mr. Blackman as general superintendent and member of the board of directors. This short but important line furnishes an outlet for the large and fertile agricultural region east of the Black river, and for the products of the pulp, paper and other mills of Lowville and Beaver Falls. The wisdom of its construction has been abundantly demonstrated and its value to the section made apparent.
Mr. Blackman was also intimately connected with raising the money necessary to construct and complete the commodious and beautiful clubhouse owned and occupied by the Lowville Club, of which he is vice-president. He is a member of Lowville Lodge, No. 134, F. and A.M.
He married (first) Nov. 8, 1881, Olivia, daughter of Chauncey and Mary (Bosworth) Crouch. He married (second) March 4, 1896, Nellie M., daughter of Charles D. and Margaret (Quackenbush) Boshart.
Children of first wife:
1. Mary Jessie, born March 11, 1883; graduated from Lowville Academy; married F. L. Parker, Jan. 20, 1903; child, Frederick Blackman, Apri; 28, 1907.
2. Franklin, died in infancy.
3. Gilbert Crouch, born March 31, 1891.
4. Helen Margaret, born Jan. 16, 1898.
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