Calvin Blankenship is the oldest Blankenship that I have found to date. I first found him on the 1850 Census, living in Texas County, Missouri in Boone Township. He was married to Deliah. Calvin was born between 1820 and 1825 in Tennessee. Delilah was born between 1825 and 1826 in Illinois. Calvin made his living as a farmer, while Deliah took care of the household duties. Calvin and Delilah were the parents of nine children: William was born between 1844 and 1845, Angeline was born in 1847, James R. Polk was born about 1848, Nancy was born about 1851, Franklin was born about 1852, John was born around 1855, David was born in 1857, Martha was born about 1860, and Henry was born December of 1864.
Living next door to Calvin in 1850 was William C. Blankenship, his wife Pamela Jane, and their daughter, Nancy who was a few months old. I estimate that William was born between 1823 and1826 in Tennessee. Pamela was born between 1829 and 1832 in Illinois. I believe that WIlliam is Calvin's slightly younger brother, so I tried to follow him through the Census years. William disappeared in 1860 and 1870, then reappeared in 1880. I found him in Lynch twp, Texas County, Missouri. When I found him in 1880 he had two more children: Joseph L born about 1862 in Missouri and Lewis born about 1866 in Missouri. He also had his grandson's living with him in 1880: W.T. Giddeons born about 1870 and his brother, Samuel C, born about 1872.
On April 12, 1861 war broke out between the Northern states of the Union and the Southern states of the Confederacy. Most contemporary American families have at least one ancestor who was a solider involved in the Civil War. Our family had a few.
I found Calvin Blankenship on a Confederate Muster Roll. He enlisted as a soldier in Missouri's 10th Cavalry, Company K, on December 16, 1861 in Clinton, Missouri. According to the Muster Roll, he was last paid by Col. Loavther on September 1, 1863. He was killed at his home by bushwhackers, who robbed his home and stole his wagon after they shot him. The exact date of his death is unknown, but I estimate that he died after March of 1864 because his youngest son was born in December of 1864.
Calvin is briefly mentioned in the book, Texas County Courthouse Records. This is the information it gives :
BLANKENSHIP, Calvin, Int. Admrx, Delilah BLANKENSHIP, 2 September 1865. Sec, James R. CRADDOCK and Byars MOONEY. (Pgs. 4 & 1)
This information tells us that Calvin did not have a will. Deliah, being his wife, was put in charge of his estate. Mr. Craddock and Mr. Mooney are Surties.They posted security to insure that she distributed the estate according to law. Generally, people who did this were paid a fee, similar to bondsmen of today (a retired attorney off of a rootsweb explained what it meant and those are his words...)
With over 600,000 casualties, the Civil War ended on April 9,1862. Delilah carried on and continued to raise her children without their father. Calvin's children grew up and went on to have families of their own.
Calvin and Deliah's oldest daughter, Angeline R, married Logan D. Harper. Logan was born around 1838 in Tennessee. Logan made a living as a farmer, while Angeline tended to the household duties. Logan and Angeline were the parents of four children : Nancy, Lucy, Laura, and Mary. In 1870, Logan and Angeline were living in Boone Township, Texas County, Missouri. They picked their mail up at the Licking Post Office. Angeline died on January 9, 1874. Logan also died in 1874. Their cause of death is unknown. They are buried next to Deliah in Mitchell Cemetery in Boone County, Texas County, Missouri.
After the loss of both parents, Nancy, Lucy, and Laura, went to live with their grandma Blankenship. They appear on the 1880 Census living with Deliah, Martha, David and Henry. After suffering the devastating loss of both parents, the family would also suffer another loss just a few short y