Notes for Paul Blackwelder: Childrens birthdates are actual baptism dates at St John's E. L. Lutheran in Cabarrus co., NC. From this point, information is from Mecklenburg County Marriage records, 1850, 1860 and 1870 Mecklenburg Census. Zoah Methodist church cemetery, Meck. co., NC Centenary Methodist Church, Iredell Co., NC Uncle Monroe Blackwelder interview in the 1960s.
Paul moved to Steele Creek Twp of Mecklenburg Co., NC between 1840 and 1850. He appears in the 1850 census living near the Catawba River in lower Steele Creek. Living next to him was the Wentz family. It appears that paul incurred debts as evident from a recorded debt i Meck. Co. dated 26 Aug 1850, of his Indenture to John N. Kerr. He sells the following items to pay his debt to John Kerr for $1, as follows: One brown horse, one clock, one Bureau and all my interest of crop corn growing on the lands of Wm H. Heel, to have and to hold as security. He owed Wm. H. Neel $40 and Thomas J. Grier, $15. He was listed as a laborer and farm hand. His son, Moses married Sarah Ann Kerr in Jan of that same year so it may be that John Kerr was her father. In the 1860 census, Paul is shown as being a carpenter. Paul Blackwelder 59 Carpenter Christina 62 Simeon 20 Invalid and insane Alfred 23 laborer Harriott 19 (This was Alfred's wife) By 1870, Paul is still living but is a farm hand in the household of John Millen and his worth is $10. John Millen lived near the Youngblood home at the end of Youngblood Rd. Christina is shown living with her grandson, Thomas Thornburg (son of Mary Ann Blackwelder and Samuel Thornburg) Simeon must have died between the 1860 and 1970 census. Neither Paul, Christina or Simeon's graves have been found. It is presumed there was not enough money to errect a monument. The three of them may have been in unmarked graves at Zoar Methodist church where his son, John Paulus was a founding member.
More About Paul Blackwelder and Christina Ritchie: Marriage: September 21, 1824, Cabarrus Co., NC.
Children of Paul Blackwelder and Christina Ritchie are: