William Cicero and Nancy Abernathy Blackburn/Blackman
William Cicero Blackburn (Blackman),
husband of Nancy Catherine Abernathy.
Nancy Catherine Abernathy, daughter
of John Thomas Abernathy and Delphanie Ann Tidwell, wife of Benjamin
Hite and William Cicero Blackburn.
It is possible that the family changed their name from
Blackman to Blackburn at some point. There are conflicting records
showing both names.
The death certificate for Mary lists her name as “Mrs. Mary
(Blackman) Lanham.” She died in Fairplay, Cherokee (on the Bartow
County line). The informant on the certificate is W.R. Abernathy.
This is probably the son-in-law of Mary.
Family information lists the wife of W.R. (William Robert) Abernathy
as Annie Blackburn.
The 1900 U.S. Census for Bartow County shows Mary Blackburn with children
William C. and Annie living in the Wolf Pen section of Bartow.
William Cicero Blackburn is buried at Old Macedonia. The Bartow County
marriage records show Cicero Blackburn marrying Nancy Summey. The
death certificate for William states his name is Blackman, but his
obituary and tombstone state Blackburn.
However, the Bartow County marriage records show Annie Blackman marrying
The records also show Mrs. Mary Blackwell marrying Hosea L. Lanham,
but the Cartersville News, September 21, 1905 contained this announcement:
We had another wedding in our vicinity September 7. Mrs. Blackman
and Mr. Hose Lanham were married and left the next day for the groom’s
home near Bethany, carrying the good wishes of many friends.
The tombstone for Mary lists her name as Mary Blackburn. Since this
was most likely place here by family, it appears that they have gone
with the name Blackburn.
Mary’s second husband Hosea Lanham was first married to Hannah
Ponder who died February 1905 and is buried at Bethany Cemetery.
A death certificate for a daughter of Will and Annie Abernathy lists
Annie’s maiden name as Blackman.
William Cicero Blackburn/Blackman
Bartow Tribune (Cartersville, Georgia) January
W.C. Blackburn, aged forty-two, died at his home near
Krebs Mine on Tuesday morning at six o’clock, after a short
illness. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, brought on
by a serve attack of influenza. The funeral was held Wednesday morning
at Macedonia church and the Junior Order, of which he was a devoted
member, had charge of the services at the grave. Rev. G.G. B. Turner
conducted the funeral rites at the Baptist Church, of which Mr. Blackburn
was a member. He was also a valuable member of the Cartersville lodge
of Odd Fellows, and was highly esteemed by everyone who had the pleasure
of knowing him.
Coming here about ten years ago from Augusta, Mr. Blackburn has held
a responsible position at the Krebs mine. He was a good citizen, and
a man whom to know was a real pleasure.
He is survived by his wife, and four small children, all of whom it
is understood, are now suffering from the malady which took the life
of their father and husband. Everything that medical skill and tender
nursing could do was afforded the deceased and this same care is now
being given to the members left behind.
It is possible that the family changed their name from Blackman to
Blackburn at some point. There are conflicting records showing both
names. The death certificate for William states his name is Blackman,
but his obituary and tombstone state Blackburn.
Similar name switches can be found when researching his mother and
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