Civil War: Private, Company C, 6th Vermont Infantry
Charles William Blackburn was the son of William Blackburn (born England) and Tabitha Stinnard (born New York). Charles enlisted as a private at Gaysville, Vermont, September 30, 1861. He was mustered into Company C, 6th Vermont Infantry, October 15, 1861. He was discharged June 26, 1865, at Burlington, Vermont. Charles first wife was Mary A. Leonard (born Maine), and their son, Charles Leonard Blackburn, was born in New Hampshire in October 1870. After Mary died, Charles moved to Arizona. He was a member of Tombstone's Burnside Post, Grand Army of the Republic, when he married Margarita Josefa Escalante y Sacramento at Tombstone April 11, 1888. Margarita was the daughter of Ramón Escalante and María de Jesús Sacramento. Margarita was born in Mexico. Charles was a harness maker by profession, but played a key role in the development of Bisbee's mining industry. By 1899 he was the superintendent of the Copper King of Arizona mining company's office in Tombstone. He listed his occupation as 'undertaker' when he was admitted to the Sawtelle Soldiers' Home at Los Angeles, California, March 22, 1911. He received Civil War veteran's pension No. 624.961. He was released from the Soldiers' Home at his own request February 5, 1917, to return to his home in Cochise County where he died among family and friends.
OLD TIMER DIES
Charles W. Blackburn, one of the pioneers of Cochise county, died yesterday at his home on Chihuahua Hill at the age of 72 years. He was one of the pioneers of Tombstone and was engaged in the harness business there and also in this city and was one of the first undertakers here. He also engaged in the mining business. He is survived by a widow and six children, three sons and three daughters. The children are Mrs. John Scott [Eleanor] of Warren, Mrs. W. T. Tupper [Josephine] of San Diego, Mrs. N. Mejia [Charlotte] of Sinaloa, Mexico, and Will, Albert and Frank Blackburn of this city. The funeral will be held at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Scott at Warren, Rev. J.E. Fry officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen.
(Bisbee Daily Review, Thusday, September 27, 1917)
(Thanks to: Q.E.P.D.)
Child by first wife:
--Charles Leonard Blackburn married Mary A. Kirlew (born June 1864, Idaho), daughter of Josiah Kirlew (born England) and Harriet Christiansen (born Norway) of Tombstone, at the Congregational Church in Bisbee January 4, 1892.
Children by second wife (all born in Tombstone):
--Eleanor Florence (Feb. 19, 1886-Jul. 30, 1953) married John W. Scott
--William A. married Manuela Valdez at Bisbee on December 19, 1918. They had seven children.
--Josephine (May 1889-1957) married Waldo T. Tupper (1882-1951). They had one daughter.
--Albert (born Feb. 1890)
--Joseph (Feb. 1-May 22, 1891)
--Charlotte (Dec. 1892-1984) married Manuel Mejía, jr. They had three children.
--Frank (Oct. 1895-1970) married Rose (maiden name unknown)
Arizona Death Certificate Date of Birth: Oct. 31, 1841
Margaret Josefa Escalante Blackburn
1855–1918 (m. 1892)
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