The Blackledge Family

Second Generation

2. Benjamin Blackledge (William ) was born in 1705. He died about 1783 in , Johnston, Nc.

Benjamin married Sarah Philpott on 26 Dec 1726 in Philadelphia, Bucks, Pa.

They had the following children:

+ 6 M i Richard Sr. Blackledge
  7 F ii Hester Blackledge.

3. Thomas Blackledge (William ) was born in 1707 in Bucks, Pa. He died on 7 Dec 1790 in Lower Milford Twp, Bucks, Bucks, Pa.

BIRTH-MARRIAGE-OCCUPATION-RELIGION-RESIDENCE-DEATH:Monthly Meetings of Friend Records, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore, PA.; "Ten Mile Country" by Leckey, copy in file; "Horn Papers", copy in file; Genealogy Records from Mary Ann Blackledge, copy in file; Upper Bucks Papers, copy in file; Will of Thomas Blackledge from Bucks Co, PA; "The Blackledge Family" by Leckey; Gerry Koeber's Genealogy records, copy in file, PA Archives, Vol 13, R9293, P416, 3rd series; Provincial Papers of Bucks County, PA, and other tax lists.

THOMAS BLACKLEDGE: Thomas was born in 1707 in Bucks County, PA, the s/o William Blackledge and Marry Duffield. On 15 Apr 1730 he married Elizabeth Randall, d/o Lewis Randall and Ann Lord. Thomas settled in Lower Milford Twp, Bucks Co, PA, in 1730, had land patent and later purchased land from Thomas Banks. Thomas was Sheriff of Bucks County and active in politics. In 1756 and 1757 he was elected to the Colonial Assembly (PA Archives Series VI, Vol II, Pg 90-92). During the revolution he was taxed for non-service. He operated a tannery and was also a distiller. In 1779 and 1781 he was taxed for 200 acres, one horse and two cattle. In 1782 he was taxed for 200 acres, 1 horse, 3 cattle and a still.Thomas' will is dated 18 Feb 1790, he died 15 Apr 1790. Thomas was not originally a Quaker but he and his family joined the Richland Monthly Meeting. He outlived most of his children.

WILL OF THOMAS BLACKLEDGE, SR., dated 18 Feb 1790.

To all whom these presents may come or concern, be it known that I, Thomas
Blackledge of Lower Milford Township, Bucks Co, and the state of Pennsylvania, tanner, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory blessed by God for same, do this 18th day of Feb in the year of our Lord 1790, make and put in writing this my last will and testamnet in the manner following:

First: It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be punctually paid by my executor hereinafter named, out of my personal estate.

Second: I give and bequeth unto my grandson Thomas Blackledge, son of Robert
Blackledge, all my stock of creatures of every kind and all my household goods and farming utensils, with all the hay and grain in the said place. Likewise, I give and bequeth unto my said grandson, Thomas Blackledge, Jr., all that tract of land whereas I now live, with all the buildings and improvements thereunto belonging, containing ninety-six acres and forty-four perches and allowance of six_______ which was patented to me by the late proprieter of PA, by virtue of a warrant dated the 6th day of March A.D. 1773, together also with forty acres of land to be taken off of the south side of that tract of one hunred and two two acres of land which was patented to Thomas Banks the 6th day of October 1742; to hold the two above described tracts of _______ land to my said grandson Thomas Blackledge and to his heirs forever.

Third: I give and bequeth unto my Grandson Robert Blackledge (son of Robert
Blackledge) all the remaining part of the said one hundred and two acres,
patented to said Thomas Banks as aforesaid, containing sixty-two acres more or less, it being the same tract whereon my son Robert now lives, to hold to my grandson Robert Blackledge and to his heirs forever.

But I will and order nevertheless that my son Robert Blackledge aforesaid shall have the privelege of living on the tract he now does and occupy the said sixty two acres of land during his natural life, he paying ten shillings rent annually to his son Robert Blackledge during his said life time.

Fourthly: I give and bequeth to my daughter-in-law Ann Blackledge my son in law John Clymer and my daughter Elizabeth Hoge, each five pounds.

Firth: I give and bequeth to my two grand-daughters, towit, Elizabeth Burson
and Rachel Roberts the sum of one-hundred pounds each.

Sixth: I give and bequeth unto my grand-daughter Mary Williams daughter of my
son, Thomas Blackledge the sum of one-hundred pounds.

Seventh: I give and bequeth to my grandson William Blackledge (son of said
Thomas Blackledge) the sum of 60 pounds.

Eighth: I give and bequeth to my grandson Thomas Hoge, son of my daughter
Elizabeth Hoge, the sum of Sixty pounds.

Ninth:" I give and bequeth to my granddaughter Ann Hoge daughter of same, the
sum of forty pounds.

Tenth: I give and bequeth unto my grandson Robert Blackledge the aforesaid the sume of one-hundred pounds.

Eleventh: I give and bequeth all the remainder of my estate to my son Robert

Lastly I constitute and appoint son Robert Blackledge and my grandson Jeremiah Williams to be the executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills and testaments made by me declaring this and this only to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Thomas Blackledge (Seal)

Extracted verbatim from "The Blackledge, Burson and Carter Families" by Edward Leckey, in September, 1990 by Betty Jo Gibson Scott.

NOTE:From Edward L. Davis address:

Listed as Patriot in DAR Patriot Index. Wife listed as Randell and Randall.

Thomas married Elizabeth Randall daughter of Lewis Randall and Ann Lord on 15 Apr 1730. Elizabeth was born in 1709. She died on 11 Jan 1758 in , Bucks, Pa.

NOTE:From Edward L. Davis address:

NOTE:Info from Ray Kenser 29 Apr 1998

Elizabeth listed as Randell and Randall.

Thomas and Elizabeth had the following children:

+ 8 M i William Blackledge
+ 9 M ii Robert Sr. Blackledge
+ 10 F iii Elizabeth Blackledge
+ 11 M iv Thomas Jr. Blackledge
  12 F v Mary Blackledge was born in , Bucks, Pa. She died in 1805.
        Mary married John Clymer on 18 Sep 1765. John died in 1805.
  13 F vi Rachel Blackledge.
        Rachel married John Kelley on 20 Jun 1774.

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