Souvenir Edition, The Williamstown Courier, Williamstown, Ky, May 30, 1901, reprinted September 19, 1981 by the Grant County KY Historical Society.
JOHN J. BLACKBURN was born in Grant County, near the home where he now resides, on the 7th day of September, 1865. He is a son of J. J. and Louisa Blackburn, and is the second son in a family of two sons and seven daughters. Both sons and seven of the girls are living. They are: Rankin, John J., Rachel, Nancy Jane, Mary, Lucretia, Martha C., Elizabeth and Atha F. His father was born in Harrison County on the 8th day of February, 1823, and lived until recently. His mother was born in Grant County on the 16th day of October, 1823. John J. Blackburn is a farmer, and a good one at that. He owns 500 acres of fine blue grass land in the highest state of cultivation. He has seventy head of find cattle and 215 head of good sheep, and other stock in proportion. He is up to date in his methods, and if he lives and the past is an index to the future, he will one of these days be one of the richest men in the county.