| || Notes for Mary [--?--] Blacknall:|
See the notes under her husband. She very well was a widow, Mrs. Mary Blacknall, widow of a Blacknall. At least the Parish register calls her that. It is conceivable that she was the Reverend John Blacknall's widow, but I doubt it. The records say that his widow was Ann, not Mary.He died in 1747, however,and the date at least fits with a Brookes-Blacknall marriage two years later. (See the notes also under Thomas Brookes, b abt 1732.) But of course that would be too rational and easy a choice! Were Ann and Mary the same, though....?
More likely she was the daughter or daughter-in-law of the Reverend John Blacknall, and one might interpret the Mrs. in the Register loosely in that regard, perhaps.
Kay Haden, op. cit., notes that the"Marriage record lists her as Mrs. Mary Blacknall; married by Rev. Richard Locke.... She wasn't the widow of the Rev. John Blacknall who served the Parish from the beginning of the book in 1740 (perhaps earlier) until he died in 1747 because his widow seems to have been the Mrs. Ann Blacknall who received a large payment of tobacco on 20 Oct 1748 from Kingston Parish (approximately half of the payment Rev. John had been receiving per year)
"She wasn't the widow of Charles Blacknall whose wife was a Mary and who had two children baptized in Kingston Parish - Charles, b. 10 Jan, & bap 19 Feb 1758 and Mary, b. 16 Aug, bap. 12 Sep 1755.Charles died between the Nov 1761 vestry meeting and the one in Nov of 1762 when his position is replaced."
I think if she were a widow, she was the widow of a child of Reverend John Blacknall, if not a widow, she was his child. With that caveat, I will show her as his child pending better information!
Other Blacknall Kingston Parish Gloucester (Matthews) County Register entries (from Mike Marshall, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, op. cit.) are:
Charles Blacknall, son of Charles and Mary, born 10 Jan and bap. 19 Feb 1758.
Fanny Blacknall, daughter of Elizabeth Marchant, whose father as she sayeth is Richard Blacknall. Born 17 Oct and bap. 18 Dec 1763.
Mary Blacknall, daughter of Charles and Mary, born 16 Aug and bap. 12 Sep 1755.
Thomas Brookes m. Mrs. Mary Blacknall, 16 Dec 1749.
Ann Blacknall m. Wm. Gibbons, 11 May 1771.
Betty Blacknall m. Mr. Hayes, 29 Mar 1766.
Wm. Lucas m. Mary Blacknall, 12 Dec 1772.
Sarah Blacknall m. John Nuttall 5 Mar 1763.
Mrs. Ann Blacknall, (prob died) 24 Sep 1758
In September 2007, Mike adds two more pieces of info on these Blacknalls: the first:
"Hi Pat, Hope you're doing well. I ran across a couple of items I wanted to pass along. They can both be found in 'Records of colonial Gloucester County, Virginia,' by Polly Cary Mason.The first (p. 130)relates again to the Blacknall-Hardin connection. It is a deed from Charles Blacknal to John Berry: 'Charles Blacknal of the County of Gloucester in Virginia and Mary his wife to John Berry of the County of Middlesex sold 125 acres in Middlesex County being the half part of the land bequeathed to William Needles by John Needles his Father by his last will dated 26th May 168X (can't read last digit) and now descended to Charles Blacknal by the last will of George Hardin late of Middlesex County Father to Mary the wife of said Blacknal. 4th October 1748. Signed Charles Blacknal. Witnesses: Churchill Jones, John Robinson and Robert Elliott. Recorded: Middlesex County 4th October 1748 Test Tho: Price Cl Cur'
"The second(p. 70) comes from miscellaneous papers: Wm. Ransone receipt. June 13th 1771 Receivd of Richd Respass Junr three pounds Ten Shillings in full for the building of a house undertaken by Mr. John Blacknel. Signed Wm. Ransome. Not sure where this John fits in.
"I'll let you know if I find anything else....Mike"
and the second:
"One thing I found, but kind of doubt its veracity. I didn't copy the entire thing, but it's a piece on a Col. Charles Christopher Blacknall who served in the Civil War. I think he died near Winchester. I found it in something called 'Southern Historical Society Papers,' Vol. 27, page 175.It discusses Col. Blacknall of Granville County, NC. In it, the following is stated: Col. Blacknall is 'a descendant of the Blacknalls of Wing, Buckinghamshire who intermarried with the 'noble and exclusive Norman family of Harcourt.'There were Blacknalls in Bucks., but I've seen nothing to connect them with Rev. John.Best regards,Mike"
Thanks again Mike!