The census of 1798 of Prince Edward Island contains the name of William Blackett as head of the household of seven persons in Lot 56, Kings County. The list includes 3 males, one under 16 yrs and two between 16 and 60 years. It also includes 4 females, three of whom are under 16 yrs and one between 16 and 60 years. I assume that William and his wife Martha were the parents of 3 girls and two boys.
A recent find was a copy of a marriage certificate of William Blackett - widower and Martha Applequest-spinster on October 28, 1777 in England.
A Schurman book states that the Blackett’s emigrated from Durham, England in 1789, while other sources read that he was sent out by the British Government in 1785 to purchase lumber for the shipyards in England. Written documentation shows William and his family living in Launching, Lot 56 in 1790. Shortly after that William crossed Grand River to Annandale where he purchased 100 acres from John Carpenter who was an agent for Lord Townshend. Blackett’s land ran parallel with a creek and it was soon named Blackett’s Creek which it is still called today.