William Buck Blankenship
and Anna Osborne

William Buck Blankenship b abt 1788 Bedford Co VA d abt 1835 Morgan Co VA; s/o William Blankenship and Molly Trent. William Buck Blankenship m. 16 Aug 1810 Floyd Co KY to Anna Osborne b abt 1792 Wilkes Co NC d abt 1835; d/o Solomon Osborne and Hannah Bolling. Children of William Buck Blankenship and Anna Osborne;

1. Barnett Barnabus Blankenship b abt 1811 Floyd Co KY; m. Sept 1835 Pike Co KY to Jemima Jennie Hall b abt 1814 Floyd Co KY d abt 1890; d/o Thomas Bentley and Margaret Crase. Children of Barnett Barnabus Blankenship and Jennie Hall Bentley; i. Henry Blankenship b abt 1833 Letcher Co KY ii. Charity Blankenship b abt 1836 iii. Priscilla Blankenship b abt 1838 KY iv. Mahala Blankenship b abt 1840 KY v. John Blankenship b abt 1842 KY vi. Margaret Blankenship b abt 1844 KY vii. Elizabeth Blankenship b abt 1847 Pike Co KY viii. James Hiram Blankenship b abt 1850 KY ix. Sarah Blankenship b abt 1853 KY x. Thomas Blankenship b abt 1856 KY

Barnett Barnabus Blankenship m. 2 Oct 1867 to Sarah Huff Helton b abt 1841 VA. Children of Barnett Barnabus Blankenship and Sarah Huff Helton; i. Morgan Blankenship b abt 1868 KY ii. Mary L Blankenship b abt 1870 KY iii. Tempa Blankenship b abt 1872 KY iv. William Blankenship b abt 1874 KY v. Harrison O Blankenship b abt 1876 Pike Co KY vi. Alexander Blankenship b abt 1878 Pike Co KY

2. Delia Blankenship b abt 1813 Floyd Co KY

3. Lydia Blankenship b abt 1814 Tazewell Co VA d abt 1860; m. 11 Oct 1834 Pike Co KY to John Wallace Blackburn b abt 1813 VA; s/o William Blackburn and Jane Jennie Maynor. Children of John Wallace Blackburn and Lydia Blankenship; i. Nancy Blackburn b abt 1836 Pike Co KY ii. Jane Jenny Blackburn b abt 1837 KY iii. Henry Blackburn b abt 1838 Pike Co KY iv. Gilbert Blackburn b abt 1842 KY v. Rebecca Blackburn b abt 1845 Pike Co KY vi. Lydia Blackburn b abt 1847 Pike Co KY vii. William Blackburn b abt 1849 Pike Co KY

4. William Henry Blankenship b abt 1814 Floyd Co KY

5. Mary Ann Blankenship b abt 1816 Floyd Co KY

6. John Riley Blankenship b abt 1817 Floyd Co KY

7. Martha Blankenship b abt 1820 Floyd Co KY; m. 23 Feb 1837 Pike Co KY to Moses Bentley b 5 Jul 1820 Floyd Co KY d abt 1865; s/o Thomas Bentley and Margaret Crase. Children of Moses Bentley and Martha Blankenship; i. Dorcus Bentley b abt 1838 Pike Co KY ii. Anna Bentley b abt 1840 Pike Co KY

8. Hiram Blankenship b abt 1823 Floyd Co KY

9. Hannah Blankenship b abt 1824 Floyd Co KY; m. 8 Jul 1847 Floyd Co KY to Valentine John Akers b 20 Oct 1826 KY; s/o David Daniel Akers and Elizabeth Collier.


OBITUARY OF VALENTINE JOHN AKERS
30 November 1826 - 30 January 1906
From the minutes of the Eighty-First Annual Meeting
of the New Salem Association of Old Regular Baptist
September 21 and 22, 1906

"By request of friends I will try, in my weakness, to write a short sketch of the life of old Brother Valentine Akers, better known by the name of John Akers. He was born October 20, 1826, died January 30, 1906, aged 79 years, 3 months and 10 days. He was married to Hannah Blankenship about the year 1848, and unto them was born 7 children, 4 boys and 3 girls. Three boys and one girl are yet living to mourn their loss. He lost his first wife and married Milly Hamilton February 22, 1871. Unto them was born 5 children, and all of them are dead. He joined the Regular Baptist at the Samaria church soon after it was organized in the year of 1888. Him and his wife, Sister Milly Akers, lifted their letters and laid them in Enterprise church, August 3, 1893, where he remained a true member until his death. He was a good scriptorian, he did like to read the Bible and talk of Heavenly things. A few days before his death he called for a pencil and paper and wrote these words: "Bro. Thomas Hopkins, I want you and Bro. John Akers and Bro. Louis Bryant to preach my funeral. I hope the Lord will fill all with the power of the Holy Ghost, that your voices will ring on the mountains like bells and the leaves on the trees may quiver over your heads, and it may be a day long remembered," and signed his name, Valentine Akers. He give the writing to his companion and told her to give it to Bro. Thomas Hopkins. I was blest to be at his funeral and hear the three brethren preach according to his request. We hope the widow and children will remember that day and ever be thinking of meeting father around the throne of God, where they will be made able to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb in that home, sweet home in Heaven, is the sincere desire of the writer." /s/ Hiram Tackitt. Contributed by Rick Akers


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