John Blakeney, was born 1732 in Mount Blakeney, Limerick County, Ireland. He came to America about 1750. Purchased land, Aug 31, 1785, on Lynch's River in NW corner of Chesterfield Co., S.C., where he lived the remainder of his life.
We call him Captain John for at least two reasons. First, because he was commissioned as a Captain in the S.C. Militia in 1775, serving with Colonel Lemuel Benton's Regiment and assigned to General Francis Marion's Brigade. On June 8, 1960, the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a handsome granite monument near his grave.
Second, we call him Captain John to distinguish him from his son, John Blakeney, Jr. and his grandson, John Blakeney, III.
Captain John Blakeney died Aug 8, 1832. He is buried in the family cemetery on the old homestead just north of Pageland, S.C. Tradition says he married in Ireland and his wife's name was "Peggy." There is a headstone in the aforementioned cemetery which says, Margaret Blakeney, wife of Captain John Blakeney.
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