John Black

Birth
Tennessee, USA
Death 27 Sep 1865 (aged 71–72)
Limestone County, Alabama, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 196884204 · View Source
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John Black was born in Tennessee in 1793.

This John Black had an unknown first wife that is the mother of Thomas Black Sr..

John Black signed the Sims Settlement Petition 05th September 1810. This John Black is the same John Black that was removed from the Elk River for being an invader on Chickasaw lands. Parts of Giles County, Tennessee were included in this area that was part of the Mississippi Territory. According to old land maps of Limestone County, Alabama, there was a place known as Collier Creek on the Elk River. This gives an explanation as to how Mildreth "Millie" H. Collier came to know Thomas Black Sr..

This John Black purchased a land patent on February 23rd 1818 in Limestone County, Alabama.

This John Black appears on the 1820 Limestone County, Alabama Census. You will note that he is living near Alexander Black, and that there is no female living in the household despite having young children.

This John Black appears on the 1830 Limestone County, Alabama Census. There is a younger female in this Census that I suspect is likely an unidentified female relative.

This John Black appears on the 1840 Limestone County, Alabama Census. The same young female relative is still living with him in this Census.

This John Black married a second time to Mary Roberts on 24th March 1844 in Limestone County, Alabama.

This John Black appears on the 1850 District 4, Limestone County, Alabama Census with his wife and their daughter, Susannah. Neither of them know how to read or write, and their estate is valued at just $400.

This John Black appears on the 1860 Limestone County, Alabama Census. Occupied by Union troops, his estate is valued at 30x what his younger neighbors who were also farmers are worth despite these neighbors having less children. John Black is also paying to send all of his girls to school.

I highly suspect that this Black family was involved with smuggling during the War Between The States. I also believe that they were members of the Ku Klux Klan during reconstruction. The Ku Klux Klan was very active in this area of Tennessee and Alabama after the War. The Elk River where the family lived is a tributary to the Tennessee River, which runs through Lauderdale County, Tennessee where Thomas Black Sr. and his son relocated to after the War. The Elk River extends to Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee where the Ku Klux Klan was founded on 24th December of 1865. Thomas Black Jr.'s Confederate Pension Application notes that he went to work for Captain Bruce Saunders' daughter in Tennessee after the War. Captain Bruce Saunders was the Commanding Officer of his Unit during the War. The Klan during this time period was involved with gun running. Thomas Black Jr. was a scout under General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who according to lore was the leader of the Klan. With the family being personally acquainted with several known Klansmen, being sympathetic to their cause and being ideally located to assist in their known activities, this is a subject of further research.

This John Black left a will, Limestone County, Alabama, Book of Wills, Volume 11, Page 20.

This John Black is NOT the same John Black that married Jane Pettey. That John Black married 27th August 1839 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. This is NOT the John Black that is the son of Robert Black and Helen M. Davenport. That John Black was born in 1819 and died in 1855.


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  • Created by: Ancestor Hunter
  • Added: 16 Feb 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 196884204
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Black (1793–27 Sep 1865), Find a Grave Memorial no. 196884204, ; Maintained by Ancestor Hunter (contributor 47957262) Burial Details Unknown.