|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1834, England|
THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF OREGON 1811-1912
ABRAHAM BLACKBURN, for many years actively connected with farming interests in Yamhill county, is now living retired about two miles northeast of Carlton.
He is still the owner of eighty acres, having sold a considerable portion of his original farm in small tracts for the raising of fruit.
His life, which spans a period of seventy-seven years, has been an active, busy and useful one.
He was born in England, January 5, 1834, and his parents, John and Frances (Moore) Blackburn, were also natives of that country, where they resided until 1841, when they crossed the Atlantic to America, first settling in Racine county, Wisconsin, where their remaining days were passed. The death of the father occurred when he was eighty-six years of age and the mother passed away at the age of sixty-five years.
He was superintendent of a large stock farm in England but in Wisconsin purchased land and engaged in general farming on his own account until his death. Prosperity attended his efforts and he added to his original tract until he was the owner of four hundred acres, constituting a finely improved property lacking in none of the equipment and accessories of his model farm of the middle west.
Unto him and his wife were born nine children, of whom five are still living: Hannah, the wife of Dr. Hankinson, a veterinary surgeon of Wisconsin; Abraham; Mrs. Ann Sollet, who is living in Chicago; Mrs. PVances(sic) Healey, of Racine, Wisconsin; and Mrs. Elizabeth Hulbert, also of that city. The others were Matthew, Amos, Jesse and James.
Abraham Blackburn spent the first seven years of his life in the land of his nativity and then came with his parents to the United States, continuity to assist his father in the development and cultivation of the home farm until twenty-four years of age.
He was a fancier of fast horses, to which he devoted his time for several years, and also operated a threshing outfit in Wisconsin. In the year 1860(?) he made the long journey across the plains and over the mountain passes with horse teams, at length reaching Clarion county, Oregon. In the vicinity of Cervais he worked at farm labor for a year and then went to the gold mines in Idaho, where he spent two summers, passing the winter seasons in his father's home.
He next purchased one hundred acres of land in Marion county, near Woodburn, which he cultivated for a short time and then sold.
Later he invested in two hundred and fifty acres in the same county but soon disposed of that property and bought one hundred and sixty acres near by. This he also sold three years later and on coming to Yamhill county he purchased four hundred and thirty-four acres near Carlton, in partnership with Rllanna(sic), and also bought a tract of one hundred and iou(sic) acres independently. He continuously followed farming in Yamhill county up to the time of his retirement and his labors were crowned with a substantial measure of success that brought to him the handsome competence that now enables him to live retired. With the rapid settlement of the county in recent years he has disposed of much of his farm in small tracts to be used for fruit raising, but still retains the ownership of eighty acres.
On the 24th of November, 1862, Mr. Blackburn was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Hall, a native of Missouri and a daughter of David and Lucy (Tolan) Hall, both of whom are now deceased. Their family included the following named: Thomas, now a resident of Marion county, Oregon; Mrs. Rebecca Johnson, of Centralia, Washington; Willard, whose home is in Sheridan, Oregon; Mrs. Blackburn; Mrs. Mary Cox, of Canby, Oregon; Alice, deceased; George, who is living in Woodburn, Oregon; Heniy, whose home is in Falls City, Oregon; Mrs. Fannie Dimick, of Canby; Mrs. Nellie Engle, of Woodburn, Oregon; Bertha, the deceased wife of Robert Caples; and two who died in infancy.
Unto the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn were born eleven children: Frances, the wife of Luis Hutt, of Yamhill county; Caroline, the wife of F.L. Sapington, of Tillamook, Oregon; Verna, Nellie G. and Daisy, all at home; Zella R., the wife of Fred Mauernum, of Centralia, Washington; Grace, (Hennie(sic) and Sherman, all at home; James, who is married and lives in Yamhill county; and Jesse, who completes the family.
Mr. Blackburn votes with the republican party but has never aspired to office. He has lived in Oregon continuously since 1860 and has. therefore, been well acquainted with its history for more than a half-century. He has seen its villages grow to thriving towns and cities, its forests cut down, to be replaced by fields of waving grain or by productive orchards, and has seen its business interests extend not only to all parts of this country but also to the furthermost parts of the world. His own work has been an element in the agricultural progress and development of Yamhill county, and his labors have brought him the rest which he has so truly earned and richly deserves.
David Madison Hall (1812 - 1880)
Lucy L Tolin Hall (1827 - 1897)
Caroline Hall Blackburn (1849 - 1925)
Sherman Blackburn (1870 - 1937)*
Jesse Blackburn (1873 - 1955)*
Daisie M Blackburn (1875 - 1965)*
Verna G Blackburn (1879 - 1965)*
Abraham Blackburn (1834 - 1922)
Thomas J. Hall (1843 - 1916)*
Alice M Hall (1855 - 1875)*
Yamhill Carlton Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Sheri West
Record added: Aug 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41228343
Abraham Blackburn b. England; marriedCaroline Hall abt 1888 Yamhill Co, OR. Children: Frances Amelia, Carrie A., Sherman, James, Jesse, Daisey M., Verna|
Peggy Lovelace Contreras
Added: Nov. 19, 2011