John Blackman Becton was born April 24, 1777 in the Craven-Lenoir-Jones County area, where his ancestors had been living since as early as 1710. His great- grandfather John Blackman, was one of the first persons to settle in Northampton County arriving in 1717 or earlier. Another great-grandfather, George Metts (Metz) came to New Bern from Germany with Baron Christoph DeGraffenried in 1710. His grandfather, Arthur Blackman Sr., who died in Craven County in 1768, served on a commission that selected the sight of the county seat of Duplin County. Another grandfather, John Becton (see separate article) came to Lenoir County (then part of Craven) @ 1730 and was one of its early leaders. His father, Michael (@ 1745-1799), was one of those who petitioned for the formation of Jones County and was a Revolutionary War soldier. His mother was Mary Blackman, daughter of Arthur Blackman Sr. and Elizabeth Hand. Elizabeth Hand was the daughter of Peter Hand, who married Ann Collier, the daughter of Joseph Collier. John Blackman Becton settled on Vine Swamp in the Woodington Township, in Lenoir County and, in 1805, built the house which is now lived in by his great-grandson William “Jarman” Becton. John had a moderate-sized plantation by standards of the day, possessing 16 slaves at the time of his death in 1838. John Blackman Becton was married three times. On March 3, 1806 he married Clarrissa Wasdsworth (1787-1818), daughter of Ignatius Wadsworth and Sara Morris. They had four children who reached adulthood: (1) Elizabeth Becton (1807—died after 1880) who married John Rouse, (2) Frederick Becton (1811--) (3) Thomas Becton (1812-1867) (see separate article) who married Nancey "Nannie" White; (4) Sarah Becton (1814--) who married Wright Stanly, son of John Stanly and Mary Fordham. John Blackman Becton and his second wife, Hojain Hollon (1792-1822) had one child who survived to adulthood: Bryan B. Becton (1819—died between 1850-60) who married Penelope Ann Stanly (1821-1861), daughter of John Stanly and Mary Fordham. John Blackman Becton was married the third time to Elvia Whaley (1798-1877). They had six surviving children: Ivey Becton (1823—died between 1870-80), a Confederate Army veteran who married Elizabeth “Betsy” Grady, daughter of Whitfield Grady and Elizabeth Kornegay; Nancy Grady ( 1826-died before 1855) who married Edwin Becton Isler (1822-1890), son of Williams Isler and Nancy Becton, Levy Becton (1828—died between 1860-70), who married Mary Susan Cox (1830-), daughter of Owen B. Cox and Rachael Parker; Penelope Becton (1829-1866), who married John Wesley Collins (1834-1910), son of John Collins and Mary Cariton; Jarman Becton 1833-1886), a Confederate veteran who married Eliza J. Denny 1836-1923), and Elcy Susan Becton 1835—died after 1900), who married Richard Lewis Collins (1832-1864), son of John Collins and Mary Cariton. John Blackman and Elvia Whaley Becton are buried in the family cemetery behind the Becton homestead in the Woodington Township, in Lenoir County. This biographical sketch written by Donald E. Collins, great-great-grandson of John Blackman and Elvia Whaley Becton.