Rev. Hiram B. Brandon & Eliza Blackwell's Homestead 1830's-1939
Ten Mile Stand
Redmond Rd / Upper Concord Rd 35°37'13.71"N 84°39'0.53"W
This clan of the Blackwells lived in Ten Mile Stand on Upper Concord Rd, just south of the Mt. Zion Church. The head of the clan that first came to this area is unknown. Yet William, his brother Alfred W. Blackwell and sister Manerva settled on Sewee Creek prior to 1830 before "the Removal". William was born abt 1811 in Tennessee. He was a farmer and died in December of 1859 after being sick for only 4 days. He married Eliza Dines on March 29, 1838 and began having 11 children:
Male Blacwell b. 1840 Meigs d. bef. 1850 Infant & infant Blackwell b. ? d. bef 1850 Martha Jane Blackwell b. 1/15/1841 Meigs d. 1/23/1926 in Niota m. 1st Wm Cash 2nd Lindsey Matthews Alfred Veal Blackwell b. 12/25/1946 d. 6/16/1928 Conf. Civil War 26th Inf, Co I TN James Blackwell b. 1/1849 d. bef. 1910 Sparta m. Florence Bell John O. Blackwell b.10/9/1854d. 8/14/1924 Ten Mile Emily Blackwell b. abt. 1845d. bef. 1900 m. Joseph Blackwell, Jefferson Crabtree, Oliver Cordell Hugh Long Blackwell b. 9/10/1852 Meigs d. 8/6/1925 William Edward "Ned" Blackwell b. 11/6/1856 Meigs d. 1/17/1938 Ten Mile, died 6 hours after his sister Sarah "Sally" Blackwell b. 1/23/1859 d. 1/16/1938 Ten Mile died in the above cabin with her brother
Their life was not an easy one. William and his brother cleared the fields and tried many failed crops before they found a few that worked. It is unclear when William arrived in the newly purchased Hiawasee Purchase as he does not show up in census records untill 1830 in Rhea/Meigs Co. What relations they had with the Cherokees is unknown as the Removal and the Long Walk had not yet happened. Before 1838 it is beleived to be a good relationship, as along the line DNA testing, it shows us decedents we have a minute American Blood in us. This can also be said for some of thier in-laws as there is a story of a church in Tranquility that was formed only a mile away from the other; all over a pair of shoes purchased from the Cherokees. Apparently the others wanted to keep to themselves.
What happened to Alfred V Blackwell. can only be speculated. I do NOT think this is our Alfred Blackwell, He last appears in the 1860 Census with his sisters on Little Egypt Holler in Meigs Co, TN. Then possible in White County TN 1870 census with his sisters. What is now known as the Tom & Kim Swanks Homestead. Back then it was known as Blackwell Corner. The next we hear of an Alfred Blackwell was in a Memphis Newspaper dated October 6, 1867..
Alfred Veal Blackwell fought for the confederate side in the 26th Tn Infantry Company I. He was only 15 when he signed up. He was shortly discharged with serious digestive problems steming from drinking inpure water. He recovered at home only to quickly re-enlist. Shortly later he was captured and spent the next 2 years in a Yankee prison = Camp Chase, Ohio.. His pension papers state that when the war ended, he missed the release because he was out foraging for food. Alfred suffered the rest of his life from being in that prison with harsh conditions. He was unable to do a full days of farming and relied on his brothers to help. John, Alfred, Hugh, Ned & Sally all remained single and lived out their lives in the log cabin shown above. When Sally died at midnight on the the night of Jan 16th, her brother Ned expired only 6 hours later both just plain worn out. They were the last members of the Mt. Zion Church and cousin Ethel Wattenbarger closed the doors for the last time.
Front and Center seated in chair, Col. George Washington McKenzie of the Fighting 5th. Somewhere in this picture is your family..
Feel free to submit your own recognition’s of people in this picture.
Sewee Creek on the Blackwell's Old Homestead
Contact a living descendent of the Blackwell family:
1. William N Cash head only behind Hiram Wattenbarger
1st husband of MJ Blackwell
3. COl George W McKenzie McKenzie's fighting 5th