Elizabeth Black (December 12, 1747 - December 29, 1827)
William Blackburn was born Abt. 1748 in Middlesex, County, Virginia, and died October 07, 1780 in Kings Mountain, North Carolina during the Battle of Kings Mountain during the Revolutionary War. He married Elizabeth Black Abt. 1767 in Washington County, Virginia, daughter of John Black and Elizabeth Colville. She was born December 12, 1747 in Frederic City, Virginia, and died December 29, 1827 in Edgar, Illinois.
During the Revolutionary War, William Blackburn served as a lieutenant in Colonel William Campbell's Virginia Regiment. Colonel Campbell's regiments became involved in the Battle of Kings Mountain which was fought on October 7, 1780 9 miles south of present-day Kings Mountain, South Carolina which is now rural Cherokee County, South Carolina. The Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia who was commanded by British Commander Patrick Ferguson. The battle has been described as "the war's largest all-American fight" and was the beginning of the end of British rule.
Unfortunately, William was killed in this battle and is buried in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. William is listed as KIA on the Monument that was erected in Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. Williams DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) record is: ASSOCIATED ANCESTOR (REVOLUTIONARY) RECORD BLACKBURN, WILLIAM Ancestor #: A010695 Service: VIRGINIA Rank(s): LIEUTENANT Birth: CIRCA 1748 Death: 10-7-1780 KINGS MOUNTAIN CAMDEN DIST SOUTH CAROLINA Service Source: DRAPER, KING'S MOUNTAIN AND ITS HEROES, PP 304, 405 Service Description: 1) CAPT ROBERT CRAIG 2) COL WILLIAM CAMPBELL'S REGT
Children of William Blackburn and Elizabeth Black are: 1. Mary Blackburn, married Samuel Vance 2. Jean Blackburn, married Joseph Cusick 3. Margaret Blackburn, married David Evans, brother of Charles Evans. 4. Martha Blackburn, married Robert Houston 5. Sarah Blackburn, b. 1779, Virginia; d. 1861, Tennessee; m. Charles Evans. Read more here: Evans
Kings Mountain Monument
Plaque that is on the Monument listing William Blackburn
Map of the Battle of Kings Mountain. William's regiment was located where it says Campbell, VA.
Sources: "Tyler's Historical and Genealogical Magazine", Volume II, July 1920 No. 1, page 263-268 Pilcher, Margaret C., "Historical Sketches of the Campbell, Pilcher and Kindred Families", 1911. Pages 96 - 97 Summers, Lewis Preston; "History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786; Washington County, 1777-1870"; 1903. Draper, Lyman C., "King's Mountain and It's Heroes: History of the Battle of King's Mountain October 7, 1780, and the Events that Led to It", 1881 Challacombe, W.A. (Wesley Adams) (1873-1966), "The Blackburns in America" Chalkley, Lyman, "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia" Volume I, 1912