INFORMATION ON JOHN BLACKSHEAR
John Houston Blackshear was born in Trinity County, Texas on February 25, 1868 and died from heart failure in Trinity County, Texas on October 25, 1933 at the age of 65 years, 8 mos, and 8 days. His father was James Blackshear from the state of Alabama and his mother’s maiden name was Liza Ann Davis from the state of Mississippi. John Blackshear was a farmer and lived his entire life on the Blackshear farm in Trinity County near Glendale, Texas. He married Elizabeth Arnold and they lived on the farm until John’s death in 1933, they did not have any children.
memories from Elizabeth Arnold Blackshear’s nephews, Archie and Russell Arnold
of Glendale, Texas who was 8 and 10 years old at the time as follows:
John Blackshear was a real quiet man, chewed tobacco and did not appear to like children
very much. Apparently John inherited the property and homestead from his family before he
married their aunt Elizabeth because when he died she received a child’s part of the property.
All the Blackshear family was buried in the Blackshear Cemetery located on
the family property about 300 yards southwest of the homestead in a grove
of evenly planted cedar trees, there are 7 graves with sandstone markers
with no names. Elizabeth Arnold Blackshear did not want to be buried
there so she is buried in the Glendale Cemetery.
The day John Blackshear died, his brother-in-law, Ben Arnold, took him to
the doctor in Trinity then took him on home. Later that afternoon Lanham
Shipman, came to Ben Arnold’s home and told him that John fell dead at the
cow pen gate. The funeral was held the next day, family and friends carried
his body in a casket from his home across a pasture to the burial site
mentioned above, it seemed like a long ways to two small boys.
Another memory of uncle John was one dark night he went to separate the
milk cows from the calves and stepped on a hoe, the handle hit him right
between the eyes, he stepped back and said “ you sob, do that again”
thinking it was a person.