John Black

John Black

Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Death 13 Nov 1848 (aged 51)
Bridgeport, Lawrence County, Illinois, USA
Burial Bridgeport, Lawrence County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 13159023 · View Source
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John Black was born on March 4, 1797 Near Kings Mountain, Rutherford, North Carolina to William Black and Sarah Stevens. He moved with his family to Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. John Black married Mary Cline Black on April 19, 1821 at Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. John Black and Mary Cline Black's family included;

M William Morley BLACK
Born: 11 Feb 1826 Place: Vermillion, Huron Now Erie, Ohio
Died: 21 Jun 1915 Place: Blanding, San Juan, Utah
Buried: 22 Jun 1915 Place: Blanding City Cem., Blanding, San Juan, Utah

F Catherine Elizabeth BLACK
Born: 12 Feb 1840 Place: Bridgeport, Lwrnce, Il
Died: 27 Mar 1931 Place:
Buried: 27 Mar 1931 Place:

F Sarah Ann BLACK
Born: 15 Feb 1822 Place: Vermillion, Richland, Oh
Died: 9 Oct 1915 Place:

F Rachel BLACK
Born: 19 Feb 1831 Place: Vermillian, Richmond, Il
Died: 12 Jan 1908 Place: Lyman, Uinta, Wy
Buried: Jan 1908 Place: Lyman, , Wy

F Rachel Ann BLACK
Born: 8 Mar 1863 Place: Ephriam, Sanpete, Ut
Died: 5 May 1906 Place: Pacheco, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico
Buried: 6 May 1906 Place: Pacheco, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico

M Benjamin Jackson BLACK
Born: 6 Apr 1828 Place: Vermillion, Richland, Oh
Died: 17 Oct 1865 Place: Ephraim, Canyon, , Ut

M John Lake BLACK
Born: 14 Apr 1837 Place: Vermillion, Richland, Oh
Died: 13 Oct 1848 Place: Vermillion, Richland, Ohio

Born: 21 Nov 1833 Place: Vermillion, Richland, Oh
Died: 8 Sep 1835 Place: Vermillion, Richland, Ohio
"The Black family was well established in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio, until 1837, when the elder son of the family (John) lost his farm and decided to move to Illinois where land was to be had for the taking. Judging from the land deal, the rest of the family followed very soon. The sister, Rhoda, with her husband and family were already in St. Francisville, Lawrence County, by the time John reached there, and soon the whole family had taken farms and were settled close to what is now Bridgeport, Lawrence county, Illinois. They were staunch Baptists, and when a church was erected the names of the Black family were all engraved on a plaque outside the door. So many of the family lived there the settlement was called Blacksburg; the name, however, was later changed to Bridgeport. In Ohio William Black owned and operated on his own land the first grist mill on the Black Fork of the Vermillion River."1
John Black died Oct. 15, 1839 at Bridgeport, Lawrence County, Illinois. He was buried at Bridgeport in Oct. 1839.
1 Courtesy of Chester Black from his book, Our Black Family in America

From all accounts, this John Black is the son of William and Sarah Stevens Black. However, the death date on the gravestone is a mystery because family records and stories indicate that John passed away 15 October 1839 instead of 13 November 1848. Since John had a son named John Lake Black that died 13 October 1848, according to family records, it's possible that a mix-up of dates happened between father and son and that the stone was made sometime after 1848. If so, the stone engraver calculated John's life span based on the incorrect death date supplied to him.

There is another Find-A-Grave memorial at:

Memorial #13159023 shows a photo of the gravestone lying flat. It appears that since that time that the stone was repaired to a standing position.

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  • Created by: Bruce J. Black
  • Added: 28 Jan 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 13159023
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Black (24 Mar 1797–13 Nov 1848), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13159023, citing Spring Hill Cemetery, Bridgeport, Lawrence County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Bruce J. Black (contributor 46816296) .