Ms. Foy: With the similarities in names there has got to be a connection here somewhere. Our William, or his son William, had so many children and the family is so closely connected dto the Craigs, who named a lot of their children Elinor, that I think yours had to be a close cousin somewhere. Here is what I have. e-mail me at:djho624@Apex.net
with what you have and we can compare. How sure are you that your John was born in Virginia?
ELIZA JANE BLACKWOOD
The paternal grandmother of Etta Jane Jones was Eliza Jane Blackwood. The known history of this family traces to Charles Blackwood and his wife Agnes Hunter, married in 1732 in Londonderry, Ireland.
Charles was born in Scotland, approximately 1680, probably born somewhere around Glencairn, Dunfine (sp?). That is the birthplace of William Blackwood, known to us as William Blackwood, Sr.
William was born in 1706, probably Aug 8th or so, christened on 11 Aug. 1706, in Glencairn. He lived and moved with his father and mother to Ireland. William married Ms. Elizabeth Craig, daughter of Thomas Craig, in 1732 in Londonerry, Ireland.
Along with the William Craig family, the brother of Elizabeth, William Blackwood and Elizabeth came to America in about 1741. We believe they first went to Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where a large number of Irish-Scotch settlers first began life in America. There are also some suggestions of a New Jersey connection, none of this is yet known (as of 11-5-99).
William moved with his wife and family to Orange County, North Carolina in approximately 1752. Due to colonial records being sketchy we don't know how long or exactly what town or township in Pennsylvania he lived, however, upon arriving in North Carolina he as granted a land patent by Granville, first in 1754 and two others in 1757 and 1759.
After moving to North Carolina William purchased land near Eno, in Orange County. Eno is about 7 miles north of Hillsboro, N.C. It was a distinctive Scotch-Irish settlement in the county. His land was on Buffalo Creek, and entered into county records land grant office in 1752. He lived the rest of his life, and died, in Orange County.
Together they had at least nine children, although we don't know how many for sure. They were:
1. James Blackwood
2. John Blackwood (married 2nd, his own niece Mary McCauley)
3. Martha Blackwood
4. Mary Blackwood
5. Jennett Blackwood
6. Elizabeth Blackwood
7. Ann Blackwood
8. William Blackwood (jr) b. 1747, Pennsylvania (?)
9. Margaret Blackwood
William Blackwood, Jr. was born in Pennsylvania in 1747. He was married to Margaret King in 1772, and they had 16 children.
1. Elizabeth b. 29 Oct. 1777 (m. George Allen)
2. Mary b. 21 Dec 1778 (m. William Craig)
3. Hannah b. 21 Dec 1778 (m. Willoughby Selph)
4. John Blackwood b. 02 Aug 1779 (m. Elinor Craig)
5. Martha b. 10 Aug 1781 (m. Johnston Craig)
6. Jane (Jennette) b. 12 Mar 1783 (m. John McCauley and
2nd John Blackwood, her uncle)
7. Annie b. 02 Feb 1785 (m. Jacob Potts)
8. Margaret (Peggy) b. 27 Feb 1787 (m. William Long)
9. Isabel b. 1789 died unmarried
10. Fannie b. 1789 (m. Anderson Long)
11. Sarah b. 18 Mar 1791 (m. John Gattis)
12. Nancy b. 23 Nov 1792 (m. 1st James Davis;
2nd, Silas Davis)
13. William b. 27 Sep 1794
14. James b. 27 Nov 1796
15. Katurah (Katy) b. 07 Jun 1798 died unmarried
16. Johnston (John) b. 07 Sep 1800
JOHN BLACKWOOD/ELINOR CRAIG
Their fourth child and first son, John Blackwood born 02 Aug 1779 married Elinor Craig on 22 Jul 1800, just two months before his youngest brother (16th child of William/Margaret) was born.
Elinor Craig was born 25 Mar 1781, in Chatham County, and she died 30 Apr 1828, 15 years before William, who died 16 Dec 1843. All their married and adult lives were lived in Orange County, North Carolina, where their children were born. As of October, 1997 we only know her father, Thomas's name. Their children were:
1. Isabella b. 1801, never married
2. Mary D. b. 1802 m. James Strayhorn
3. David b. 1804 m. Tabith Minor
4. William b. 1806 m. Martha Minor
5. Margaret b. 1808 m. John McCauley
6. John J. b. 1810 m. Laura Springs
7. Samuel P. b. 1812 never married
8. Nathaniel Harrison Blackwood b. 1813 m. Mary Eugenia
9. James Johnston b. 1816 m. Rebecca Teel
10. Elenor E. never married
11. Alexander D. b. 1820 m. Helen Horton
12. Robert N. b. 1822 m. Susan Stanley
13. George B. never married
NATHANIEL HARRISON BLACKWOOD/MARY EUGENIA JONES
Nathaniel and Mary lived at Stony Hill, Surry County, North Carolina, operating a store in Rockford, and later in Rowan County in Salisbury. He hauled merchandise from Atlanta in a wagon, and was a Methodist lay minister.
Nathaniel Harrison Blackwood b. 28 Dec 1813 d. 17 Oct 1868 m. 11 Jan 1840 Mary Eugenia Jones, b. 1 Oct 1822 d. 11 Jan 1900, daughter of Hardy Jones and Mary Rogers. They had 10 children. They were:
1. Eliza Jane Blackwood b. 9 Nov 1840 m. Lemuel B. Jones
2. Julius Turner Blackwood b. 1842 m. Molly Sneed
3. William Saunders Blackwood b. 1844 m. Eliza Lavelette York
4. John Blackwood b. ? died age 10.
5. Nathaniel Blackwood b. 1861 m. Ellen foster
6. Mary Amanda "Queen" Blackwood b. 1846 m. Joseph Gray Folger
7. Katherine Blackwood b. 1849 m. Thomas Davenport
8. Helen Elizabeth Blackwood b. 1853 m. John Nichols
9. Cora Louisa Blackwood b. 1854 m. William Jones
10. Alice Eulalia Blackwood b. ? died in infancy.
* These names and dates are abbreviated. More detailed information can be found in the appendix in the History of the Jones Family by Beatrice Knudson, who provides what is known about each of these family members.