Son of Gilbert Blankenship and Nancy Elizabeth (?Altum?) Blankenship. 1860 census has birth as 1836. Married Elizabeth J. Collins 06/Jun/1861 at Oregon Co., MO. Veteran of the Civil War (Pvt; Co G, Fristoe's MO Cav.); fighting for the Confederate cause. Married Nancy Ann Crews 12/Aug/1883 at Oregon Co., MO.