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Descendants of

John Craig Black

1st Wife:
2nd Wife:

John Craig Black
son of
Alexander &Isabell(Martin)Black
b: 11 Mar 1805 Lancaster Co, SC
d: 25 Jun 1876 Knox Co, KY
buried: New Bethel Cemetery, Crane Nest, Knox Co, KY
1st Wife:
Clarissa "Cassie" Jones

m: on 10 Feb 1826, in
Manchester, Clay Co, KY
daughter of
Isaac V. &Rhoda(Smith)Jones
b: 11 Oct 1807 Knox Co, KY
d: 07 Dec 1862 Knox Co, KY
buried: New Bethel Cemetery,
Crane Nest, Knox Co, KY
2nd Wife:
Ellen Trosper

m: on 16 Dec 1866,
in Knox Co, KY

John's & Cassie's
List of Descendants
Scroll down the page for John's & Ellen's List of Descendants.
  • (1) Pamela/Permilla/Permelia White Black
    b: 09 Jan 1827 Barbourville, Knox Co, KY
    d: 09 Jun 1894 Laurel Co, KY
    son of Evan &Mary "Polly"(Weaver) Jones
    grandson of Samuel &Mary Ann(Bollinger) Weaver
    b: 10 Aug 1824
    d: 09 Jun 1894

  • (2) Isaac Jones Black
    b: 05 Aug 1829 Knox Co, KY
    d: 22 Oct 1866 Knox Co, KY
    m: MILDRED BALLINGER CHEEK, on 14 Jan 1852, in Knox Co, KY
    daughter of John &Fannie(Ballinger) Cheek
    granddaughter of James &Patty(Estes) Cheek
    b: 11 Apr 1833
    d: 25 Feb 1863

    After Confederate forces, under
    Brigadier General Felix Kirk Zollicoffer,
    came through Cumberland Gap into Kentucky on
    September 9, 1861, one detachment entered
    Barbourville on September 19. Commanded by
    Captain Isaac J. Black,
    the local Home Guard met the invaders in what
    is referred to as the Battle of Barbourville,
    the first battle/skirmish of the Civil War in
    Kentucky. Casualties: one dead on each side.
    Various histories of Barbourville and Knox County.

  • (3) Samuel Black
    b: 04 Feb 1831 Barbourville, Knox Co, KY
    d: 01 Feb 1919 Richmond, Madison Co, KY
    m: MARGARET BAKER, on 28 Dec 1860, in Richmond, Madison Co, KY
    b: 28 Dec 1844 Knox Co, KY
    d: 12 Jan 1905 Richmond, Madison Co, KY

  • (4) Alexander Black
    b: 27 Jan 1833 Barbourville, Knox Co, KY
    d: 23 Mar 1926 Richmond, KY
    m: MARY JANE SMITH, in 1865
    b: Abt 1836 KY

  • (5) Rhoda Black
    b: 1834 Barbourville, Knox Co, KY
    b: Abt 1834 KY

  • (6) David Warren Black
    b: 02 Jan 1836 Barbourville, Knox Co, KY
    d: 29 Feb 1916 Madison Co, KY
    m: BARBARA ALLEN JONES, on 11 Feb 1858, in Laurel Co, KY
    daughter of Evan &Mary "Polly"(Weaver) Jones
    granddaughter of Samuel &Mary Ann(Bollinger) Weaver
    b: 26 Mar 1836 London, Laurel Co, KY

  • (7) Madison Black

  • (8) Isabelle Black
    b: 1838 Barbourville, Knox Co, KY
    b: Abt 1834 KY

  • (9) John A.M. Black
    b: 21 Nov 1842 Barbourville, Knox Co, KY
    d: 25 Mar 1923 Knox Co, KY
    buried: Barbourville City Cemetery, Barbourville, KY
    m: HANNAH POSTELTHWAITE, on 25 Feb 1874, in Knox Co, KY
    b: Abt 1846

    Updates and photo
    for this "John A. Black" branch
    were provided to us by
    Mike Harris
    Mike writes that
    ". . . several years ago I purchased a box at the estate sale of
    Bertha Ogden. In that box were some paper items about Col. John A. Black.
    For several years I have tried to find out when he was made a Colonel and
    to whom he led. . . . Do you have any info on his military service? . . ."
    To email Mike Harris,

    photo caption:
    Father and Three Sons Master Masons in Same Lodge
    We present to you a whole family that belong to the same lodge. It is none
    other than John A. Black and his three sons who are all Past Masters of
    Mountain Lodge No. 187, Barbourville. Reading from left to right they are:
    John A. Black,
    who was made a Mason in February, 1866;
    William Carson Black,
    Past Master, Past Grand High Priest
    and the present Grand Master of Kentucky;
    Read P. Black,
    Past Master and the present Sheriff of Knox County,
    and who has just returned from France, where he was with the Y.M.C.A.
    during the war with Germany;
    Henry C. Black,
    Past Master and who is now residing in Johnson City, Tenn.,
    and is President of the Johnson City National Bank.

    The Lord has blessed Bro. John A. Black with this world's goods and three
    splendid sons, who have made their mark in the world, and we hope that he
    may be spared for many years yet to come to enjoy all the many blessings
    that God has given him.

  • (10) Hiram Black
    b: 15 Dec 1844 Barbourville, Knox Co, KY
    d: 29 Aug 1897
    m: BARBARA RACHEL WYATT-CHESNUT, ON 04 Aug 1870, in Laurel Co, Ky
    b: 17 Aug 1849
    d: 21 Jan 1927
    Barbara was previously married (briefly) to Edmund M. Chesnut, son of
    Ben &Viney(Bunch) Chesnut, and grandson of
    William &Sally(Graham) Chesnut.

  • (11) Alabama Black
    b: 02 Oct 1846 Barbourville, Knox Co, KY
    d: 01 Dec 1914 Laurel Co, KY
    m: WILLIAM M. "BIGE" HOPPER, on 10 Oct 1867, in Knox Co, KY
    son of Blackgrove &Nancy(Gilbert) Hopper
    b: Jun 1843
    d: 1932

    James Dixon Black

  • (12) James Dixon Black
    b: 24 Sep 1849 Barbourville, Knox Co, KY
    d: 05 Aug 1938
    buried: Barbourville Cemetery, Knox Co, KY
    m: MARY JEANETTE PITZER, on 02 Dec 1875, in Knox Co, KY
    daughter of Thomas J. & Mary Elizabeth (Glass) Pitzer
    b: 10 Dec 1859 Knox Co, KY
    d: 19 Nov 1943

    James, a teacher and lawyer, served as Governor of Kentucky
    for seven months, in 1919, after the preceding Governor,
    August D. Stanley, resigned the office after being elected to the
    U.S. Senate. James lost his re-election race to Edwin P. Morrow.

    Historical Plaque
    located outside of
    Union National Bank in Barbourville, KY

    James Dixon Black
    was one of the founders of Union College in 1879 and is said to have
    been the one who proposed the name of the new college.
    He was president of Union College in 1910-1912.

    His son, Pitzer Black, was also a lawyer, practicing for 70 years in
    Barbourville and thus breaking his father's record of 64 years.
    (Source: K. S. Sol Warren, A History of Knox County, Kentucky.)

    His son-in-law, Hiram Owens (a graduate of Harvard University),
    was another one of the most respected attorneys in Barbourville.
    The three-generation law firm: "Black, Black, and Owens."

    Hiram Owens's son-in-law, Sampson B. Knuckles, in turn, was
    another leading attorney in Barbourville. Knuckles was elected as
    County Attorney for Knox County in 1942 and served successive
    terms ending in 1954. He later was Circuit Judge (1958-1964).
    According to Warren's book, Knuckles was serving in the
    U.S. Navy when he was first elected County Attorney.

    John's & Ellen's
    List of Descendants
  • (1) Rebecca T. Black
    b: 09 Aug 1869 KY
    d: 26 Mar 1940
    m: JAMES W. "JIM" CHESNUT, on 10 Jun 1888, in Laurel Co, KY
    son of Stephen &Mary(Walters) Chesnut
    b: 09 Mar 1867 Lidy, Laurel Co, KY
    d: 25 Mar 1941 Laurel Co, KY

  • (2) Florence Eva Black
    b: 1871
    d: 1960

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