Blackford, Joseph Nathaniel (1841 1908)

HOUSE, 48th General Assembly, 1893-95; representing Montgomery and Houston Counties; Independent. Born in 22nd civil district of Montgomery County Jan. 5, 1841; son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Wickham) Blackford. Extent of schooling not determined. Married in Montgomery County Mar. 6, 1861, to Rebecca Maria Matthews, daughter of Thomas and Martha (Batson) Matthews; their fifteen children were Martha L., Benjamin, Thomas M., John C., Eliza A., Josephus R., Samuel Wickham, William, Kittie, Bertha M., an infant son who died at birth, Richard Aaron Eliker, Robert Chesterfield, and Nathaniel Baskette. Engaged in farming and practice of law at McAllister's Cross Roads, Montgomery County. Member county court 1876-82. Member Methodist Episcopal Church; charter member McAllister's Cross Roads Lodge, Free and Accepted Mason; member Patrons of Husbandry and overseer of state Grange. Died at Linton, KY June 11, 1908; buried in Batson-Blackford graveyard, south of Clarksville, Montgomery County.

Sources: Information supplied by granddaughter, Mrs. Geraldine Blackford Chester, 7925 N. Spruce, Kansas City, MO; Clarksville The Progress Democrat, Aug. 24, 1892; Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, June 6, 1907; June 19,

Biographies submitted by Jill Hastings-Johnson, Montgomery County Archivist

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