Sylvanus Walker Blackburn

Brief Life History of Sylvanus Walker

When Sylvanus Walker Blackburn was born on 15 February 1809, in Hickman, Smith, Tennessee, United States, his father, Josiah Hackney Blackburn, was 21 and his mother, Rachael Bryant, was 27. He married Catherine Kitty Brewer on 15 December 1827, in Maury, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Brush Creek Township, Washington, Arkansas, United States in 1850 and War Eagle Township, Benton, Arkansas, United States in 1860. In 1850, at the age of 41, his occupation is listed as miller in Brush Creek Township, Washington, Arkansas, United States. He died on 18 March 1890, in War Eagle, Benton, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in War Eagle, Benton, Arkansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Sylvanus Walker Blackburn
Catherine Kitty Brewer
Marriage: 15 December 1827
Josiah Hackney Blackburn
Ambrose Alvin Blackburn
Rachel Elizabeth Blackburn
William Jasper Blackburn
Daniel Newton Blackburn
James Alexander Cameron Blackburn
Louisa C Blackburn
Zimri Jackson Blackburn
Margaret Ann Blackburn

Sources (9)

  • Sylvanus W Blackburn, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Silvanus W. Blackburn, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Sylvanus W Blackburn, "BillionGraves Index"

World Events (8)


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.


Historical Boundaries 1828: Washington, Arkansas Territory, United States 1836: Washington, Arkansas, United States

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Blackburn, but especially the one in Lancashire, so named with Old English blæc ‘dark’ + burna ‘stream’. This surname is found mainly in northern England.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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