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John Clark Blackman

  • Born: 11 Sep 1807, Danbury CT
  • Marriage: Betsey Bishop
  • Died: 8 Dec 1872, Bridgeport CT

  General notes:

Silversmith and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • Alternate Mark

  • Watch paper, c 1835
    Private Collection
  • He worked before 1837 as a silversmith and watchmaker in Danbury CT

  • He was a partner from circa 1838 to 1856 with John Blackman Sanford in Bridgeport CT
    Sanford, a bookseller, induced his nephew to join him and, with Sanford's son George, establish a jewelry business in connection with his store as J. C. BLACKMAN & Co. While he had other dealings and business connections, this firm continued in business, in name at least, into the late 1850s.

  • Alternate Mark

  • He was a partner from about 1849 to 1858 with Frederick Starr Blackman in Bridgeport CT as J. C. & F. S. BLACKMAN. The partnership is not listed in directories and the brothers maintained their seperate shops. 4
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Bridgeport CT, listed as a watch and jewelry merchant.

  • He was a partner from circa 1856 to 1872 with James P. Warner in Bridgeport CT as BLACKMAN & WARNER. Warner had been the watchmaker for J. C. BLACKMAN & Co. When John Blackman Sanford died, his son George retired and this firm was formed, continuing in the old shop.

  • He worked from about 1859 to 1870 as a silversmith in Bridgeport CT as J. C. BLACKMAN & Co 4
  • Advertised in the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier (Bangor ME), 18 May 1861, as part of a group endorsement of the Waltham Watch Company.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Bridgeport CT, listed as a watchmaker and jeweler.

John married Betsey Bishop. (Betsey Bishop was born on 27 May 1810 in Danbury CT and died on 3 May 1905.)

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