Wiiliam Blackburn

Per the Land Office at Richmond VA, in Bk H, pg 594, in 03Jan1755 Lord Fairfax made a Grant of 242 acres to “Arthur, George and William Blackburn of Fairfax County VA”. The land granted them was in Frederick County VA, “on Mulberry Run.” It was surveyed by John Baylis. It was adjacent to William Wilson, Margaret & Wm. Blackburn her son.

William Blackburn lived on the Shenandoah County side of Cedar Creek in old Frederick County. He married Elizabeth Black at Opequon. They were part of the 1772 caravan to Wolf Hill with his brothers Arthur Blackburn and George Blackburn and her sisters Christian Acklin, Martha Cusick, and Jane Vance. William was one of the callers to Rev. Charles Cummings, the fighting parson of Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church.

The Blackburn farm was the current VA Highland Airport site at I-81 and Spring Creek. It, like the Vance and other Spring Creek farms downstream to the south, was purchased from Edmund Pendleton. Her mother, Eliabeth Colville Black Newell’s tract was across the ridge to the north at the Wyndale Depot site. Her Uncle Andrew Colville’s farm was “the Mustering Ground”, “Newell’s improvement”, “Black’s little Blockhouse fort” to her east between her and her brother Joseph Black’s big fort on his farm.

William Blackburn was one of the Blacks Fort area casualties at Kings Mountain. The Sinking Spring congregation and extended family cared for the widows and orphans.

In 1783, the William Blackburn survivors moved to Boyds Creek to homestead a farm across the road from the Harrison Chilhowee Academy site.