Thomas Greenslade Blackmore and Jane Francis Lemon
Thomas Greenslade BLACKMORE was born on 21 August 1828 in Somerset, England. Since Thomas was in Illinois in 1850, he emigrated before then. And since he had a brother born in New York in 1835, it appears he immigrated sometime between 1828 and 1835.
Thomas married Jane Frances LEMON on 8 December 1853 in Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois. Jane Frances Lemon was born on 8 January 1835 in Virginia to George Lemon and Mary Shane.
Thomas and Jane had had seven children: Mary Frances, Charles B, Benjamin B, Henry W, George Marlin, and twins Callie N and Calvin Lewis Blackmore. Thomas was a farmer and it appears that in 1870 he was quite successful. The 1870 census for Saunemin, Livingston County, Illinois, stated that his real estate value was $13,200 and his personal property value was $2465. Sometime between 1870 and 1880, the family moved to Nebraska.
The family obviously moved to Colorado because in the 1896 Colorado State Business Directory, it states that Thomas owns a restaurant. Thomas Greenslade Blackmore died in Granite, Colorado on 18 August 1898 and was buried in Granite Cemetery, Granite, Chaffee County, Colorado.
From the Family Book written by Clifford F. Blackmore, page 6, "After Thomas' death Jane lived with Calvin at Granite and Buena Vista a few years but the last years of her life, except one year with Charles in California and one year with George at Rifle, Colorado were spent with Mary at Pontiac, Illinois." This may explain why Jane died in Illinois instead of Colorado as Thomas did. Jane died on 1 September 1927 in Livingston County, Illinois and was buried in Five Mile Cemetery located near Saunemin, Illinois.
Children of Thomas and Jane Lemon Blackmore
Mary Frances Blackmore was born on 21 December 1854 in Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois. Mary married William F Cottrell on 15 February 1872 in Livingston County, Illinois. William was born on 21 January 1838 in Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, the son of John Cottrell and Catherine Arnold. Mary and William appeared to have lived in Livingston County their entire lives.
Mary and William had nine children, six boys and three girls. The first two children were two boys, Harry B and Charles O. Then the three girls were born: Ada Jane, May Janette and Lucy Belle. They were followed by four more boys: William Thomas, Henry Clinton, Alvin Marquis and George Andrew. The 1900 census indicated that Mary had nine children and only eight were living at this time. However, I have found all nine children in this year’s census: six with Mary and William and three married and living with their spouses. Then in 1910 the census stated that Mary had ten children and nine were living. I don’t know who the other child might be. William was a farmer for his entire life.
Mary died on 30 Jun 1926 in Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois and she was buried on 3 July 1926 in Five Mile Cemetery, Saunemin, Illinois. William died on 4 July 1926 in Livingston County, Illinois and was buried on 6 July 1926 also in Five Mile Cemetery.
Charles B Blackmore was born on 30 April 1856 in Pontiac, St. Claire County, Illinois. Charles married Susan K Snowberger on 27 March 1889 in Holyoke, Colorado. Susan was born on 6 August 1864 in Monticello, White County, Indiana to John Snyder Snowberger and Susanna Clapper.
Charles and Susan had three children, two boys Homer Eugene and Paul Clarence and one girl, Ruth.
Charles had numerous occupations. In 1880 he was a laborer on a farm next to his parents’ farm. In 1900 he was a baker while in 1910 he was a merchant in a general store. According to the following news article, Charles also had a farm.
In the February 10, 1914 issue of the Riverside Daily Press it stated that Charles Blackmore purchased an automobile. It doesn’t appear that Charles had much time to enjoy his automobile since he purchased the car in February and died on 27 November 1914. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles.
After Charles died, Susan married William James Haslam in 1919. William had been married to Anice Fast, who died about 1917. He was a rancher in Redlands, California. It’s probable that William and Susan either divorced or separated sometime about 1925 because in the 1930 census they were enumerated in two different cities.
William died about 1941. Susan died about 1942 in Redlands, San Bernardino County, California and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, California.
Benjamin B Blackmore was born on 4 April 1859 in Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois. Benjamin married Frances “Fannie” Elizabeth Hunter on 3 May 1881 in Sangamon County, Illinois. Frances was the daughter of Thomas Hunter and Catherine McDaniel and she was born on 24 Jul 1855 in Dawson, Sangamon County Illinois.
Benjamin and Fannie had nine children, five girls (Claretta, Anna Laura, Lillian Loraine, Lula Amanda and Mary Frances) and four boys (Reuben Calvin, John Benjamin, Carl Thomas and Lawrence Mozart).
A newspaper clipping stated that Benjamin took 42 children to the state fair on a hay wagon. He must have really liked children.
The 1900 census shows that Benjamin is a day laborer. It appears that a couple of years later he was working with a coal company. In the 1909 City Directory, Benjamin and Fannie were living at 1025 E Capitol Ave, Springfield, and Benjamin was listed as a teamster for Baker & Baker. In the 1912 City Director, Benjamin was listed as a laborer for I T S. He was injured and the Springfield, Illinois, newspaper Daily Illinois State Journal, had weekly updates as to his recovery progress. Then in 1917 Fannie was injured “when the horse she was driving broke loose” according to the Daily Illinois State Register on July 18, 1917.
Benjamin and Fannie spent their entire lives in Illinois, mostly in the Sangamon County area.
Benjamin died on 22 September 1920 in Mechanicsburg, Sangamon County, Illinois and was buried in Mechanicsburg Cemetery, in Illinois. Frances died on 25 April 1935 in Springfield, Illinois and was buried three days later in Mechanicsburg Cemetery in Mechanicsburg, Illinois.
Henry W Blackmore was born on 22 August 1862 in Pontiac, St. Claire County, Illinois. Henry married Martha “Mattie” Roxanna Patterson on 29 August 1882 in Boise, Ada County, Idaho. Martha was born about 1857 in North Carolina. Henry and Martha had one child, Henrietta, who was born in 1883. Unfortunately Henry died on 28 June 1883 in Idaho a few months before Henrietta was born and Martha died in childbirth.
George Marlin BLACKMORE was born on 27 March 1865 in Odell, Livingston County and he married Mary Elizabeth “Polly” BLINCOW. “Polly” was born on 3 May 1869 in Long Buckby, England. She was the daughter of William A Blincow and Betsy Wikes Howe. More complete information about George and Polly is in an earlier blog posting.
Callie N Blackmore and Calvin Lewis Blackmore were twins born on 13 February 1868 in Pontiac, Illinois.
Callia or Callie married Frances E Davis on 18 July 1890 in Fairmont, Fillmore County, Nebraska. In 1900 they had four children. Two sons Lewis Edmond and Oliver Keenin married and I was able to find out information about them after 1900. The two girls, Ziliah and Irene, are mysteries and I have been unable to discover anything further.
Callia may have married a man whose last name was Geisen or Giesen sometime after 1900 because on the marriage certificate for Lewis Edmond Davis in 1923, his certificate listed his father as Frances E Davis and his mother as Callia Giesen.
Then on 15 May 1930 Callia L Davis or Callia L Blackmore married H B Duane, who I believe was Harry B Duane. This marriage record in Washington listed her name as Callia L Blackmore and notes that she had one previous marriage. No further information is known about Callia or her spouses.
Calvin Lewis Blackmore owned a meat market in 1896 in Granite, Colorado. He married Evangeline “Eva” Lovering Smith on 6 March 1907 in nearby Buena Vista, Chaffee County, Colorado. Eva was born on 3 February 1892 in Buena Vista, Colorado. They had four children, three girls and one boy, Faye, Mae, Calvin Morton and Helen. I believe Calvin and Eva divorced in 1927.
Calvin then married a woman named Emma, last name unknown, sometime about 1927. Calvin died on 6 December 1953 in Los Angeles County, California.
Eva also remarried, before 1930, to Roy Gutierrez. She may have died about 1960 in California, but no proof is offered at this time. No further information is known about her.