Sylvanus Walker Blackburn

15 February 1809–18 March 1890 (Age 81)
Hickman, Smith, Tennessee, United States

The Life 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 30 and his mother, Rachel Bryant, was 27. He married Katherine Brewer on 15 December 1827. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Brush Creek Township, Washington, Arkansas, United States in 1850. 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
Katherine Brewer
Marriage: 15 December 1827
Josiah A Hackney Blackburn
Rachel Elizabeth Blackburn
William Jasper Blackburn
Daniel Newton Blackburn
James Alexander Cameron Blackburn
Louisa C Blackburn
Zimri Jackson Blackburn
Margaret Ann Blackburn

Spouse and Children

15 December 1827


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Jerome Blackburn


    William Blackburn



    James Gaines S. Blackburn


+5 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 3

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

Age 3

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 23

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’. The surname is mainly found in northern England.

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

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Sources (3)

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

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