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Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, Volume I, 5th ed., 1887
H. G. BLACK, Ballard County, was born in December, 1812, in Cannonsburg, Penn., where he grew to manhood. His father was a native of Ireland, and during the Revolutionary war, in attempting to come to America, he was captured and imprisoned on board a British man-of-war, where he was retained for five years. He finally escaped on the island of Cuba, where the vessel touched for supplies, and remained concealed until the ship sailed. He then made his way to America, landed in Virginia, where he afterward married and went to Cannonsburg, Penn., and some years later removed to Ohio. H. G. Black (subject) received a good common school education in Pennsylvania, went to Ohio with his father’s family, and in the fall of 1840 came to Kentucky, locating in Ballard County. Here he engaged in teaching and surveying. In 1842 he surveyed the land on which the town of Blandville stands; he held the office of county surveyor for upward of twenty years, and until he would have it no longer. He owns a farm of eighty acres two-and-a-half miles northeast of Bardwell in Blandville Precinct. He was married, in 1843, to Elizabeth Jones, of Kentucky, who died about the year 1867. They had twelve children, five of whom are now living – four sons and one daughter.