I'm firming up the lineage of some of my connections, and I know there have been numerous people who doubt the veracity or strength of the East Ky. Blackburns who contend they are connected to Thomas Blackburn of Virginia fame.
What I CAN document thusfar, is that my GGG grandfather, Henry Runyon, Jr. married Mary "Polly" Blackburn (born app. 1825)on Sept. 5 1841, and she was the daughter of William and Jane Blackburn.I have a copy of the handwritten agreement signed by William and Jane giving permission for Henry to marry their daughter.Mary would have been approximately 16 at the time of this marriage, and Henry would have been 20.The marriage took place in Pike County, Ky., and the minister was Russell Clevinger (copy on hand of his statement recording the marriage with the clerk).
I strongly believe (still looking for proof) that William and Jane were part of the family that came from Virginia on their way to Missouri and decided to stay here.Does this line connect with anyone here?There are so many messages to sort through, I decided to post my own message and see if anything comes of it.
I'm happy to share information regarding the connection between Runyons and Blackburns that I have.I do know that a cousin of mine spoke with people at Rippon Lodge and when she showed the documentation SHE has to them, they agreed it looked as if the connection was valid.I'm one of those people who likes to have the proof itself, though (not that I'm looing for money or notoriety, just like to document for my kids) which is why I copy every marriage license, etc. that I can find.