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Posted: 1037147337000
Classification: Biography
From Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin, publ. 1901 - page 541

ENOCH J. BLACKFORD, a retired farmer and business man, as well as the former postmaster of Juda, has been for many years a prominent figure in the business and commercial activities of Green county, and is now one of the time-honored and venerable residents of Juda.

Mr. BLACKFORD is the son of William and Rachel (JOHNS) BLACKFORD, both natives of Fayette county, Penn., who came of Welsh ancestry. They were married in 1822, and to their union were born seven children, of whom Enoch J., the eldest, was born May 12, 1824, in Fayette county, Penn. Thomas died in Nodaway county, Mo. William lives in Monroe, Wis. Samuel is a resident of Louisiana. Rebecca is the wife of Stephen MANN, and has her home in Page county, Iowa. Lavina was the wife of Samuel HUTZEL, of Juda, Wis. Rachel married Peter ROUB, and is a resident of Chickasaw county, Mississippi.

Mr. BLACKFORD was married to Miss Margaret CHRYST in 1848, and to this union were born seven children: John W., of Albany, Wis.; Rebecca R., wife of James STULL, a farmer in Missouri; James E., who died in Hampton, Iowa; Martin, who died in childhood; Franklin, who died in childhood; Thomas J., of Juda; and Clella May, who died in Page county, Iowa. Mr. BLACKFORD's wife died while they were returning from Iowa to his native State, in 1869. In 1870 he married Mrs. Jane CLEMMER, of Green county, Wis., who died in 1891. Mr. BLACKFORD married , Harriet MITCHELL, of Green county, Aug. 3, 1893. She is the daughter of Washington MITCHELL, and was born in the town of Decatur, Green county, where her father was one of the pioneers.

Mr. BLACKFORD came to Wisconsin in 1845, and was rich only in courage and the resources of an honorable and upright manhood. Hiring out to work on the farm of Rev. G. R. PATTON, he gained a standing for himself. Afterward he taught school on the Sugar river, and began farming for himself in Green county while yet a young man. In 1867 he moved to Iowa, and in 1870 located at Juda, where he engaged in carpentering, and where his home has been to the present time. Mr. BLACKFORD has been justice of the peace for ten years, and was made postmaster at Juda under the second administration of President Cleveland. He was the first town clerk in the town of Jefferson, in which he has also served as chairman, and filled all the principal offices, and was several times nominated by his party for the position of county clerk. Mr. BLACKFORD is a member of the Baptist Church, and is a man highly esteemed by the community in which he has lived for so many years. His life has been honorable and upright, and he is a good neighbor and an honorable citizen.


Posted: 1240708996000
Classification: Query
I realize it has been a long time since your message of 12 november 2002, but am hoping you are still active and receive this message.

Where did you locate informationm indicating this family of Blackfords were of Welsh ancestry? Thanks for your answer.

William Blackford


Posted: 1240846321000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Blackford, Roderick, Clemmer, Mitchell
That copy is from the 1901 Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin.

You had to pay to have your family history entered. Enoch was still alive in 1901 so he may have provided it but it could have also been one of his children or grandchildren.


Posted: 1357667017000
Classification: Query
Lavinia is in my lineage, she married Samuel Hutzell who was the twin brother of my great grandmother Eliza Pearl Hutzell
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