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  1. William Blankenship: Birth: ABT 1691 in Henrico Co., VA. Death: APR 1745 in Henrico Co, VA

  2. Richard Blankenship: Birth: ABT 1693 in Henrico Co., VA. Death: AFT 1768 in Goochland Co., VA

  3. Ralph Blankenship: Birth: ABT 1695 in Henrico Co., VA. Death: NOV 1754 in Chesterfield Co., VA

  4. John Blankenship: Birth: 1697 in Henrico Co., VA. Death: 9 APR 1754 in Chesterfield Co., VA

  5. James Blankenship: Birth: ABT 1699 in Henrico Co., VA. Death: 23 MAY 1749 in Chesterfield Co., VA

a. Note:   1. . Ralph Blankinship, Sr. was born 1662 in probably Cambria, England, and died 1714 in Roxdale, Henrico Co., VA. He married MARTHA (last name unknown) about 1690 in Henrico Co., Virginia. Charles and Hannah were neighbors of Ralph Blankenship who lived just north of Conjurer�s Neck and Swift Creek, Virginia. This same Hannah Wilson later married another neighbor Edward Stanley following her first husband's death. After Hannah's death Edward Stanley married Martha Blankenship in 1716 following the death of her first husband Ralph Blankenship who died in 1714.
  2. " Richard Kennon petitioned for 8,000 acres for importing 90 white persons and seventy negroes in 1686 and 1687, Ralph Blenkship, was named as one of those imported. (Gayle King Blankenship's book "Blankenship Ancestors")The first reference to Ralph Blankship appears April 1, 1690, Henrico Order Book 1678-1693, page 326. I have copies of the original, and of the handwritten copy made during the Revolutionary period. The entry reads: Upon the peticon of Rich'd Kennon these may certify that there is due unto him eight thousand acres of land for ye inportacon of ninety servts. into this colony whose names are under written & for seventy persons more being negroes, the same being legally prov'd by his oath in open court. The name Ralph Blankship appears as the 68th name on a list of 90 persons."
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  3. "We know that on June 16, 1714 Ralph BLANKSHIP was named as head right of Capt. Henry Harrison & Philip Ludwell for land they claimed in Surry and Isle of Wight. (Patent. 10:165).
 The Isle of Wright, Virginia is a small village 17.5 miles WSW of Newport News, VA. Surry is another village 17.5 miles NNW of Isle of Wright. It is very close to Jamestown and is about 32 miles from where Ralph BLANKINSHIP first homesteaded in Henrico County, VA. The Isle of Write is about 45 miles southeast of Ralph's original homestead. The legal court document shows that Ralph was being claimed as a person whose sea transportation from Europe (England) was paid for by Capt. Henry Harrison and Philip Ludwell. The Virginia colony law at the time allowed anyone who paid for the
 transportation of another person to Virginia could claim the right (head right) to possession of 50 acres of land as their reward for bringing that person to America. If this claim for land was valid, and not a
 fraudulent claim, it would mean that Capt. Henry Harrison and Philip Ludwell, had, in fact, paid for Ralph's return voyage from England to America. Did Ralph sense that his death was imminent circa 1713 and want to make a trip to his homeland just before he died? Did the debt Ralph incurred near the time of his death result from his having to pay for one leg of his voyage to Europe. No one has ever answered this question which I now leave for you. " Don Blankenship [email protected]
  4. "Apr 1695 Henrico Co. VA Will & Deed Book (1688-1697), p. 577, Ralph Blankinship deposition states about 33 years of age"
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  5. APRIL 15 1714 INVENTORY OF RALPH BLANKINSHIP's POSSESSIONS On the said deceased estate in due form to be administered by Martha Blankinship, Charles Clay, and Richard Blankenship." Don Blankenship db-email(at)
  6. "May 1714 Henrico Co. VA Will & Deed Book (1710-1714), p. 258, Martha Blankinship, widow of Ralph presented estate's inventory"
  7. "1715 Henrico Co. Orphans Court Martha widow of Ralph reports on children Ralph, John, and James"
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