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JOHN BLAKENEY, CAPTAIN (son of ROBERT BLAKENEY and SARAH ORMSBY/ORNSBY) was born 1732 in Mount Blakeney, Limerick Co., Ireland, and died August 08, 1832 in Chesterfield Co., SC. He married MARGARET 'PEGGY' ELIZABETH EVANS.

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Note for: John W. Blakeney, 1 OCT 1732 - 18 AUG 1832 Index
Place: Blakeney Family Cemetary, Pageland, South Carolina
`Individual Note:
Name Suffix: Sr.
Name Prefix: Capt.
Emigrated from Mount Blakeney , Limerick, Ireland to ,Granville, North Carolina about 1750
In 1946, Mr. a nd Mrs. StevenHarley Laney of Pageland South Carolina, descendants of Capt. Joh n Blakeney, Sr., donated an acre of land to their daughter, Mrs. Hazel H. Davis on which the Blakeney Cemetary was located. Mrs. Davis, local regent of the J ohn Foster Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution deeded the land to the John Foster Chapter of the DAR. Tha chapter agreed to sponser a program and a ct as custodian and guardian of funds raised by descendants of the Blakeney fam ily, and designated the Blakeney Memorial Fund.
A Revolutionary War marker h as been erected at the Blakeney Cemetary in the Dudley area of South Carolina, near the North Carolina line.
Inscription on the monument placed at the grav e of Capt. John Blakeney, Sr. reads as follows;
Capt. John Blakeney
Pionee r - Patriot - Churchman - Statesman
Colonial and Revolutionary
Soldier born a t Mount Blakeney, Limerick, Ireland
Elected Captain of the Militia in 1775; His company became part of Benton's Regiment, Marions Brigade. John and three of his sons were active patriots in the Revolutionary War.
Commissioned Cap tain 30 Nov 1776, by Provisional Congress and assigned to Col. Benton's regimen t in Gen. Francis Marion's Brigade.
OBJE: E:\My Documents\My Pictures\ImagesFa mily\BAncestors\BLAKENEY\CaptJohnRIN 508\MountBlakeney.jpgHere is a 1997 photo of the Mount Blakeney manor house and the fortified courtyard behind the house. This is about a mile from Kilmallock in County Limerick. Capt. John was born h ere: 1732. The rear courtyard was a continuous stone wall until penetrated
OBJ E: E:\My Documents\My Pictures\ImagesFamily\BAncestors\BLAKENEY\CaptJohnRIN 508 \CaptJohnHeadstone.jpgThe John Blakeney family cemetery is near a little crossr oads called Dudley, west of Pageland, in Chesterfield County, SC. This cemetery is on the original plantation about 1/4 mile off the county road. It is out in the woods. Vandals have shot up his s
OBJE: E:\My Documents\My Pictures\Image sFamily\BAncestors\BLAKENEY\CaptJohnRIN 508\CaptJohnHeadstoneReverse.jpgThe Joh n Blakeney family cemetery is near a little crossroads called Dudley, west of P ageland, in Chesterfield County, SC. This cemetery is on the original plantatio n about 1/4 mile off the county road. It is out in the woods. Vandals have shot up his s


Blakeneys have emigrated over the centuries from England, Scotland, and Ireland to settle in the United States and Canada. One prominent family was Captain John Blakeney. As an immigrant from Ireland, he came to America about 1750. He was a South Carolina Revolutionary War hero and was commissioned as a Captain in the Militia in 1775, serving with Colonel Benton's Regiment and assigned to General Francis Marion's brigade. He is buried in the family cemetery on the old homestead just north of Pageland in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. On June 8, 1960, the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a handsome granite monument near his grave. It reads:


1732 - 1832

Colonial and Revolutionary Soldier
Born at Mt. Blakeney, County Limerick, Ireland

No record of the date of his marriage or his wife's name has been accurately documented and verified. Tradition says that he married in Ireland and his wife was called "Peggy." The headstone in the Blakeney Cemetery near Pageland, SC says, "Margaret, Wife of Capt. John Blakeney."

Captain John Blakeney had eight children: (1) Thomas, (2) John Jr., (3) Robert, (4) William, (5) James, (6) Jane, (7) Mary, and (8) Hugh. See the next page for more information on Captain John's children.

Most of the information on this website comes from talking to my grandfather, Clarence Young Blakeney (1902-2002), and from John Oscar Blakeney's 1928 book: The Blakeneys in America. Extensive help and information also came from James Reed Blakeney of Stone Mountain, Georgia and from Reed's articles in the Blakeney Family Association Newsletter, P.O. Box 2113, Dartmouth East, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2W 3X8, edited by Ray H. Blakeney. Yes, I realize that John Oscar Blakeney's book has mistakes in it, and I've been trying to correct them, but JOB's 1928 book is still an excellent source from a previous generation which did not have modern telephones, computers, email, etc. If you know of mistakes, errors, or omissions, please email me.

(The #'s and pages below are from John Oscar Blakeney's 1928 book)

Captain John Blakeney [#1, pgs. 24-28]; b. 1732, Mount Blakeney, Limerick Co., Ireland. Came to America about 1750. Purchased land, Aug 31, 1785, on Lynch's River in NW corner of Chesterfield Co., S.C., where he lived the remainder of his life. Commissioned as a Captain in the Militia in 1775, serving with Colonel Lemuel Benton's Regiment and assigned to General Francis Marion's Brigade. Died Aug 8, 1832. Buried in the family cemetery on the old homestead just north of Pageland, S.C. Tradition says he married in Ireland and his wife's name was "Peggy." Issue:

(1) Thomas [#2, pg.29] -- b. 1755/6, Granville, NC. He served in the Revolution in Col. Lemuel Benton's regiment. In 1807 he bought 670 acres in Montgomery Co., TN, where he died and was buried in 1822. He married:

(1) Susanna, daut. Robert Lowry. They had a daughter, Jane, b. 1780, SC; d. March 1848, AL.

(2) Mary Atkinson. No issue.

(3) Harriet ? . Five children:

(a) Thomas Blakeney, b. abt. 1794.

(b) John Blakeney, b. abt. 1800.

(c) Tobias Blakeney, b. 1805, NC; d. November 1857, Bonham,

Fannin Co., TX. He and his wife, Polly, had 8 children.

(d) Fredrick Blakeney, b. abt. 1807, SC; d. 1870, Corinth, MS.

(e) Alvin Blakeney, b. abt. 1810, Montgomery Co., TN.

(2) John Jr. [#3, pgs.29,30-31] -- b. Jan 14, 1758, Granville Co., N.C.;

d. Mar 30, 1848, Chesterfield Co., S.C. After the close of the Revolutionary War he married:

(1) Nancy, daut. Robert Lowry. Issue:

{#10} Mary, b. _____.

(2) Nancy, daut. John and Mary May of Anson Co., N.C. Issue:

{#11} Nancy; b. Aug 8, 1786.

{#12} Jane; b. Feb 6, 1788.

{#13} Susannah; b. Sep 12, 1789.

{#14} John (known as "Jack"); b. Aug 9, 1791.

{#15} James; b. Feb 6, 1794; d. young.

{#16} Elizabeth; b. May 22, 1797.

{#17} Frances; May 2, 1800.

{#18} Hugh; b. Jul 8, 1802.

{#19} Michal; b. Apr 1, 1807.

{#20} William; b. Mar 16, 1810.

{#21} Lewis Alexander; b. 1812

(3) Robert [#4, pg.29] -- b. 1760, S.C.; served in Col. Lemuel Benton's regiment in the Revolutionary War; moved away; no data.

(4) William [#5, pgs.29,31-32] -- b. 1763, S.C.; JOB's book mistakenly shows a second marriage to Leah Shehorn His son, William, married her. His only wife was Mary Jackson. JOB's book only lists two children, Thomas (#22) and Mary (#23). James Reed Blakeney lists eight: William Jr., b. 1790; John, b. 1788; Thomas 1800, Hugh 1807, Fannie, Margaret, Nancy, and Mary.

(5) James [#6, pgs.29,32-33] -- b. Nov12, 1765, S.C.; d. Oct 1819; married:

(1) Apr 8, 1788, Susana, daut. Benjamin and Kate (Ferguson) Haile, Lancaster Co., S.C. Issue:

{#26} Mary; b. May 13, 1789.

{#27} William, Feb 22, 1796; d.s.p. _____ in Miss. River.

{#28} Benjamin; b. May 12, 1793.

{#29} John Goodloe; b. Feb 20, 1795.

{#30} Alfred; b. Oct 25, 1796.

{#31} Calvin James; b. Sep 21, 1802.

(2) 1808, Mary White Evans, widow of Thomas Evans. Issue:

{#32} James White; b. Oct 8, 1809.

[General James White Blakeney]

{#33} Louisa; b. _____.

(6) Jane [#7, pg.29] -- b. 1767, S.C.; d. 1845; m. John Welch.

(7) Mary [#8, pg.29] -- b. 1769, S.C.; d. _____; m. John Weaver.

(8) Hugh [#9, pg.29] -- b. 1774, S.C.; d. bef. 1843.

(1) m. Ibby Williams. She was born in Kentucky. No issue.

(2) m. Nancy Ann, dtr. of William Welch. She died about 1817.


(a) Thomas Blakeney, b. Dec 25, 1794, SC; m. Martha Matilda

Page. He d. Dec 25, 1888, Ashley Co., AR.

(b) Nancy Blakeney.

(c) EleanorBlakeney.

(b) Mary Blakeney.

(b) Jane Blakeney.

Chesterfield County, SC Genealogical Services

"The name Blakeney is thought to have originally been suggestive of dark, or black, and may have been applied to one who had a swarthy complexion, black hair, lived in a black cave, or dark forest, or dyed black the skins with which he clothes himself, or led his adherents into battle protected by a black shiel, or carrying a black banner. Whatever may have been the origin of the name there is evidence that it came from the North of Europe and was in existence in Normandy prior to the Norman invasion of England... Among those who received recognition (from William Duke of Normandy after the Battle of Hastings) was a Blakeney, or de Blakeney, who had settled in Norfolk, where the family was in possession of consideration landed property until the Sixteenth century, when the male ancestors of the Castle Blakeney and Mount Blakeney families went over to Ireland, as the greater portion of their property in Norfolk was inherited by a female."--- Edgar L. Rivers

John Blakeney, immigrant from Ireland, arrived in the colony of North Carolina about 1750, in Granville County. There he witnessed the Will of John Lynch on August 31, 1753. It is not known for sure when he relocated to Cheraw District, but on April 12, 1773, he became an overseer of the poor for St. David's Parish; in 1774, he was a member of the SC Congress; in 1775 he was elected Captain of Militia. His company became a part of Benton's Reg., Marion's Brigade. He also served as vestryman for St. David's in 1776. He began obtaining land on Great Lynches Creek (Lynches River) in 1785, when he purchased 100 acres from James McManus. Two months later he received a land grant of 300 acres. He and his sons continued obtaining land grants and owned considerable property in the northwest section of what became Chesterfield County, SC. Captain John was born cir 1732 and died 1832. The known children of Captain John Blakeney are: Jane Blakeney, Mary Blakeney, Thomas Blakeney, John Blakeney Jr., Robert Blakeney, William Blakeney, James Blakeney, and Hugh Blakeney.
"History records the DeBlakeney family in Normandy, France pior to the Norman invasion. In 1066 "William the Conqueror", Duke of Normandy, invaded and conquered England and united Normandy with it. William became King of England, King William I.

DeBlakeney was a mercenary soldier who fought with William the Conqueror. When William established himself as King, he rewarded DeBlakeney with land estates in Norfolk, England of which the family was in possession until the 16th century. The "De" was dropped to Blakeney.

Legend has it that the Blakeneys were proud and ancient family clan who were at Runnymeade, England and were involved in the construction of the Magna Carta, the document consisting of fundamental guarantee of rights and privileges, granted by King John of England in 1215.

The Blakeneys left Norfolk, England, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and went to Ireland in the 16th century and established two separate families, Castle Blakeney in Galway County, Ireland and Mount Blakeney at Kilmallock in Limerick County, Ireland. My ancestor, John Blakeney, was born in 1732 at Mount Blakeney in Limerick County, Ireland.

Sir. William Blakeney, Lord of Mount Blakeney and a military General to King George II, is buried in the floor of Westminster Abby. His dates are 1672 to 1761.

Young John Blakeney with his wife Mary E. "Peggy", and at least two of John's brothers, Chambers and James, left Ireland for the New World, America, in c1750 in search of a new beginning. The third brother, David, came to America and joined the family in South Carolina in 1767."
"Capt. John Blakney
Pioneer - Patriot - Churchman - Statesman
Colonial & Revolutionary War Soldier

John Blakney, his wife Peggy, and John's brothers all came to America, from Ireland, in c. 1750. Most all Irish and Scottish immigrants in those years came to America through the Port of Philadelphia. Those who went from Philadelphia to N. Carolina usually traveled there by way of the Great Wagon Road Trail.

The earliest known record of John Blakney in America is found in Granville County, NC, where he witnessed the Will of John Lynch dated Aug 31, 1753. In 1760 he settled on Lynch's Creek in the Old Cheraws District in what is now Chesterfield District, SC and he established himself as a trader and a farmer. John Blakney with his first wife Mary E., nicknamed "Peggy", and later his second wife Margaret, had a large family of at least eight children.

On April 12, 1773 John Blakney was selected as the Overseer of the poor at St. David's parish, Cheraws District, SC and on Sept. 9, 1774 he received a 150 acre land grant from King George II of England. It was in this same year, 1774, that he became a member of the S.C. Congress and was an active Whig member. Those who were in opposition to the King of England called themselves Whigs, not to be confused with the Whig party of 1834 to 1856. John Blakney became a traitor to England while at lest two of his brothers, David and Chambers, remained loyal to England.

On Nov. 16, 1775 John Blakney was elected Captain of the American Militia, by the Provincial Congress, and he was commissioned to raise a company of men. His commission as Captain is dated Nov. 30, 1775. He and his company of men served in the Revolutionary War with Col. Lamuel Benton's Regiment of Gen. Francis Marion's Brigade. Sergeant John, Jr. Blakney, Private Robert Blakney, and Private Thomas Blakney. In 1776 Capt. John Blakney was also elected Vestryman of St. David's Parish.

Gen. Francis Marion was nicknamed the "Swamp Fox" because of his daring exploits of his small and poorly equipped force of men in harassing the Loyalist and the British and disrupting their communications and supply lines. He was famous for his guerrilla warfare tactics against the Loyalist and British along the Peedee and Santee rivers. He also captured Fort Watson, fort Motte, and Georgetown from the British. Capt. John Blakney plaed a very important role in helping Gen. Francis Marion drive the British and Loyalist out of the Carolinas. John also fought some of the war in Florida.

Two of Capt. John Blakeney's brothers, David and Chambers, were British Loyalists. They fled S. Carolina in 1782, looking for safe haven, and went to Canada as refugees. David settled in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick and Chambers settled in Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia. They chose these areas because it was the closest comparable British Colony to South Carolina before the War. Soon after the war had broke out, David joined the British Army at Charles Town adn served with Col. Hamilton until the end of the War. Descendants of David and Chambers started the Blakeney/Blakley Family Association in Darmouth, Nova Scotia.

Although I have not found any information about Capt. John's other brothers, there are several other Blakeneys in the Revolutionary War records who served for the Americas. These American soldiers are of uncertain relationship by may be related to Capt. John Blakeney. (1) John Blakeney Pvt. 1st PA, Reg. PA, (2) James Blakeney, Lieutenant, 6th Pa. Cont Reg. Killed in action, PA, (3) Gabriel Blakeney, of Col. Watt's Flying Corp. was a prisoner at Elizabethtown, NJ 1780 (4) William Blakeney, Captain, Allegheny County, PA, died July 24, 1821, a war invalid, Another account credits him to the Virginia Militia. 1779 to 1780. No descendants bearing his name have been found. (5) William Blakeney, an officer aboard Princess Carolina, assisting with the overthrow of Spanish power in America. (6) George Blakeney, Pvt. Enlisted Kings County, NY, a farmer, born in Ireland. (7) John Blakeney was discharged at New York, Jan. 5, 1779 (8) Ben Blakeney (or Blakely) was certified by Col. E. Clark, April 3, 1784, as having served as Sgt. in Battalion of Minute Men. (9) John Blakeney (or Blakely), Corporal, State Line, Grant of 100 acres of land for having served three years in continental Line, May 15, 1783.

Capt. John Blakeney began obtaining land on Great Lynches Creek (Lynches River) in 1785, when he purchased 100 acres from James McManus. Soon afterwards he received a land grant of 300 acres. He and his sons continued obtaining land grants and owned a considerable amount of property in the northwest section of what became Chesterfield County, SC. He also owned several black slaves including one young female quadroon named Harriet. Genealogist tell me that a quadroon was a special breed for the best physical qualities in a person. I've been told that it was a common practice in those days to breed for one-fourth black, one-fourth Indian, and half white. A quadroon had special priviledges that were not enjoyed by the other slaves and were usually treated as a family member.

There is evidence that Capt. John was a Methodist. Bishop Asbury, who established the Methodist Church in that area, states in his diary on Christmas, 1793, that he "came to Blakeney's on the waters of Lynche's Creek. Here I preached to forty people". On Oct. 15, 1830 Capt. John executed a deed for a five acre tract of land to the Methodist Epicopal Church. The deed states that this land is lying on the headwaters of Deadpine Creek and is surrounded by Blakeney land. The Methodist Church there is known as Zoar.

Capt. John Blakeney died on August 8, 1832 in Chesterfield County, SC. He was 100 years old. His known children are Thomas, John, Jr., Robert, William, James, Jane, Mary, and Hugh. Thomas and John Jr. were with his first wife "Peggy" and the others were with his second wife Margaret. His wives maiden names are unknown.

Children of Capt. John Blakeny with wife "Peggy"
Thomas Born in 1756 in Granville County (originally Butte County) S.C.
He died in 1823 in Montgomery County, TN. His first wife was Susanna Lowry, who filed papers of divorcement for desertion. His second wife was Mary Atkinson. There are no known children with either wife.

John, Jr. Born January 14, 1758 in Granville County, SC.
He died March 30, 1848. Buried at Beaver Cemetery near Pageland, SC. His first wife was Nancy Lowry. His second wife was Nancy May.

Children of Capt. John Blakeny with wife Margaret:
Robert Born 1760 in SC. Went West (no other information)

William Born Nov. 12, 1765 in SC. Died Oct. 1819. Buried in Evans Cemetery, near Cartarrh, SC his later home on Lynch's Creek.
First wife Susanne Haile. Second wife Mary White Evans, widow of Thomas Evans.

Jane Born 1767 SC. Died 1845. First husband John Welch, from a very prominent local family, who served in the Rev. War with Capt. John Blakeney. Second husband was Alexander Howard.

Mary Born 1769 SC. Married John Weaver. Moved to Georgia and family was murdered by Indians.

Hugh. Born 1774 SC. Married Nancy Ann Welch. Went West.

In January 1791, Thomas was elected County Court Judge for Chesterfield County, SC.

James was elected Representative to the South Carolina Legislature in Oct. 1794, 96 and 98. He was manifestly well versed int he affairs of his day. His penmanship show culture and a smooth disposition.

William Blakeney was the father to General J. W. Blakeney of S. Carolina.

A statement by Rosa Vick, widow of Jack Blakeney, son of John, Jr., is to the effect that "Thomas, Robert, adn Hugh went West. They are three brothers lost the Chesterfield County, SC.". There has been much debate as to why they left S. Carolina and went to Tennessee.

I descneded from Thomas Blakeney, first son born to Capt. John Blakeney."
".....Flipping through my copy of "Our Ainsworth Heritage" by Lucille Dickinson Ainsworth, I came across a photograph I had recognized from many years ago. It showed my great-great grandparents, William Patterson Ainsworth and Terry Blakeney, sitting on their porch at their home in rural Mississippi. I remember my great uncle Lavelle Ainsworth (who provided the photo and much information for the book) my grandmother's younger brother, showing me this same photo during a visit down south when I was about 14 or 15. I hadn't remembered their names, or much else Uncle Lavelle told me about them, other than the fact that they were his grandparents. He had known them both, and he was in his 20's when they died; William, known as Pat, died in 1928, and Terry died in 1930. The name "Blakeney" was new to me - I wasn't even aware it was in the family until seeing Terry Blakeney's name in the book - so I thought it might be a nice little diversion in my reasearch.
It didn't take long to discover, after a few searches on the internet and the help of a distant cousin to finalize the connection, that Terry Blakeney was the great-great granddaughter of Captain John Blakeney, Revolutionary War soldier and a wealthy plantation owner with landholdings totaling thousands of acres in what is now Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He was born in Ireland, and came to the colonies as a young man. A very prominent figure in Chesterfield County in the later part of the 18th and early 19th centuries, he has been the subject of exhaustive research by legions of descendants going back generations. I had struck gold.
John Blakeney's personal history, passed down through generation, does provide a good deal of information concerning his origins. He was born at Mt. Blakeney in County Limerick, Ireland, around the year 1732. It is believed, and has been for generations, that he is probably the nephew of Lord William Blakeney, the hero of Sterling Castle and Minorca (tghough now largely forgotten), and member of a very prominent family in the county. The roots of that family can be traced back to Norfolk, England, and they appear to have settled in County Limerick in the 17th century. Lord William was the oldest of nine children. His father was another William Blakeney. This William, like his son and namesake, was a Member of Parliment for the borough of Kilmallock. Lord William's mother was Elizabeth Bowerman, whose ancesters can be traced back to English Royalty.
Another branch of the Blakeney family, also descended from the Norfolk Blakeneys and close cousins of the Mt. Blakeney branch, resided at Castle Blakeney in County Galway. Family tradition, however, is very specific as to which branch of the family Capt. John belonged. Mt. Blakeney, it is said, was his home.
Capt. John Blakeney and his family figure prominently in the 1867 book "History of the Old Cheraws" by Bishop Alexander Gregg, chronicling the founding of the Cheraws district of South Carolina and its early settlers. He is the centerpiece of John Oscar Blakeney's privately-published 1928 book "The Blakeneys in America and Some Collaterals". His name has appeared in countless family histories published over the years.
A large granite monument at John Blakeney's gravesite, located in a family cemetery that lies on part of his original plantation near Pageland, SC, lists his many accomplishments -- member of the South Carolina Congress, Overseer of the Poor and Vestryman for St. David's Parish; but his greatest claim to fame was his service in the Revolutionary War. In 1775, at about the age of 43, he received a Captain's commission to raise a regiment of volunteers to fight the British. His company served under General Francis Marion, the legendary "Swamp Fox", and he is recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution as a Patriot. By any estimation, he led and extraordinary life.
Still, we have no contemporary records stating the names of his parents or the exact location of his birth. Time, war, and fires have destroyed many records that may have provided easier access to this information on both sides of the Atlantic. This includes the 1922 explosion at the Public Records office in Dublin, which wiped out centuries of Irish history. As much as family tradition tells us, there is no piece of paper, no will, no deed, no church record that we can point to as definitive proof on his origins.
In the absence of any actual documentation linking Capt. John to the family at Mt. Blakeney. I have veen trying to sort out what information passed down through tradition goes back to his time, or shortly thereafter, as opposed to information that was simply guessed by later descendants and researchers and added onto family history. Part of this involves narrowing down who knew who - what information may have come from people who directly knew Capt. John Blakeney and, by default, from John Blakeney himself.
I decided to begin by examining John Oscar Blakeney's 1928 book "The Blakeneys in America and Some Collaterals", not just the information in the book, but where that information may have initially come from. Despite occasional errors and omissions, this book is still considered by many to be one of the cornerstones of Blakeney research and contains much valuable information, including many of the family legends that are accepted as fact by Capt. John's descendants.

Burial: Unknown, Blakeney Cemetery, Pageland, Chesterfield Co., SC.

  1. +THOMAS BLAKENEY, b. 1756, Butte Co., SC, d. December 02, 1822, Montgomery Co., TN.
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