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Lenard* Ernest Blackburn

U. S. Army
Ser.# 1,330,243

March 9, 1891 - December 15, 1917
Hawley Cemetery
Blessing, Matagorda County, Texas



Gold Star Mother

Octavia Ellen [Taylor] Blackburn

Private Lenard Ernest Blackburn [March 9, 1891 - December 15, 1917] was born to John Edward Blackburn [May 28, 1857 - April 9, 1934] and Ellen (Taylor) Blackburn [December 15, 1861 - February 18, 1934] at La Grange, Fayette County, Texas .  He died from Pneumonia (lobar) acute, right lower lobe [probable Spanish Flu] at the Base Hospital, Camp Travis, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.  He was attached to Battery C, 344th Field Artillery, 36th (T Patch) Division.  He is buried at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, Matagorda County, Texas.  Besides his parents he was survived by three brothers and three sisters.  As best as can be determined from available records his family was living at Blessing, Matagorda County, Texas when he joined the Army and when he died. Later they moved to Markham, Texas.  He gave his occupation as farmer on his draft registration card.  His parents are buried at Hawley Cemetery near him.


* Various spellings have been found in the assembled records for his first name: Lenard, Leonard and Lennard.

Known List of Matagorda Boys Who Died in Service.

The following names of the soldiers who died while in the service of the U. S. A., are all that has been reported. If any one knows of others, and the cause of their death, if possible, please inform Mrs. Wm. Cash, Bay City, Texas:

Blessing--Leonard Emmett? Blackburn, died in training camp.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 5,1919


Mrs. Ellen Blackburn, wife of J. E. Blackburn of Markham, died yesterday morning at her home at 9:30 a.m., age 72 years, 2 months and 3 days.

Mrs. Blackburn is survived by her husband, six children, Mrs. W. H. Wheeler, Rockport; Mrs. W. G. Alderman, Stover, Mo.; Mrs. V. Murphy, Blessing; Mrs. A. A. Sherrer, Blessing; Mr. E. O. Blackburn, Blessing; Ben Blackburn, Markham.

Funeral services will be held at Hawley Cemetery, tomorrow, Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Rev. Robert Paine of Markham officiating. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Walker-Matchett Funeral Home.

Matagorda County Tribune
February 22, 1934

J. E. Blackburn

Mr. J. E. Blackburn, age 76 years, 10 months and 11 days, died at the home of his son-in-law, Vern Matthews [Murphy], 5 1/2 miles southeast of Blessing Monday morning at 11:15.

Mr. Blackburn had been in ill health for some time and had gradually grown worse since his wife died some six weeks ago. Mr. Blackburn is survived by four daughters, Mrs. W. H. Wheeler, Rockport, Texas; Mrs. W. G. Alderman, Stover, Mo.; Mrs. Vern Murphy, Mrs. A. A. Sherrer, Blessing; and two sons, E. O. of Blessing and Ben, of Markham.

Funeral services were conducted at Hawley Cemetery, Rev. Robt. Paine officiating. Funeral arrangements in charge of Walker-Matchett Funeral Home.

Matagorda County Tribune
April 4, 1934


Blackburn family pictures courtesy of Ben & Sarah Murphy.


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