Margaret [J?] (Blalock) Copple (b. ca 1810 in Kentucky – d. 1892 in Newton County, Missouri) was one of my 4th-great grandmothers, and is a “dead end” ancestor. I do not know her parents, but I do have some leads. I really need to make finding her parents one of my future research goals – and the “future” is arriving now, in 2020.
What do I know about her right now? And what leads do I have?
The Basics, Documented (in my Ancestry tree)
- Born in Kentucky (per her responses on census records) – where exactly I don’t know.
- Was in Washington County, Indiana by December 1827, when she married Jacob Copple on 6 December
- Not (yet) found in the 1830 census. Presumably in Indiana.
- Was in Vigo County, Indiana at the 1840 census
- Was in Newton County, Missouri at the 1850 census
- Was in Newton County, Missouri at the 1860 census
- Not found in 1870 census for either Newton or Jasper counties
- In Newton County, Missouri in 1871, as administrator of her late husband’s estate
- Reportedly died in 1892 in Newton (or Jasper) County, Missouri
- Is buried in Jasper County, Missouri
- Two men, a Jeremiah Blalock and a Thomas Blalock, both old enough to be Margaret’s father, were in Washington County, Indiana in 1830. They lived next to each other.
- A Jeremiah Blalock married a Louisa Dosier in 1835 in Vigo County, Indiana — the same county Margaret lived in at the 1840 census.
- A “Jer [for Jeremiah?] Blalock” lived in Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky in 1810. A female < 9 years old resided in the household. Could this be Margaret? A “Jer Blalock” lived in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1820. In that household was a female 0-9 years, and a female 10-15. Could the 10-15 year old female be Margaret?
- A David M Blalock married Lucy Carey in Washington County, Indiana in 1831. Lucy Carey and David have at least 4 children before Lucy dies ca. 1840.
- Lucy Carey was the daughter of John Carey and Polly Hungate.
- David M Blalock married Mary “Polly” Norton in 1841. They had a daughter Margaret Jane. All are on the 1850 census. David was of an age to be a possible brother of Margaret (Blalock) Copple.
- David apparently died ca. 1853 because Polly (Norton) (Blalock) marries again ca. 1854.
- Andrew J Blalock, son of David and Lucy and possible nephew of Margaret (Blalock) Copple, lived in a Hungate household in 1860 in Washington County, Indiana.
- The youngest son of David M Blalock, his namesake, born ca. 1850, was married in 1879 in Jasper County, Missouri. What brought him south to Missouri? Could it have been a family connection to a paternal aunt and cousins?
Through DNA clustering tools, I’ve been able to determine that Mom (and I) have segments on chr 9 and chr 13 which are almost certainly inherited from Margaret (Blalock) Copple rather than her husband Jacob. There is also a third Blalock segment which shows up in clustering tools
Numerous DNA matches of Mom have Blalock/Blaylock in their trees (where trees exist), but there is no consistency in the names and locations, as there was for my Copple line.
Some DNA matches of Mom have Hungates in their trees, and some of those have Hungates living in Washington County, Indiana at the same time Margaret’s family lived there.
A fairly large number of Mom’s DNA matches which cluster in the “Blalock” cluster have a shared common ancestral couple: Thomas Hemphill and Mary Mackie. Other matches share a common ancestral couple who are Thomas Hemphill’s parents. If the ages in the trees are to be believed, these couples would be of an age to be Margaret’s grandparents or great-grandparents. The DNA link may not be with the Hemphill line at all, but without further investigation on my part, I cannot rule it out.
Research all of the Blalocks living in Washington County as of 1830, including census, marriage, land deeds, court records, etc., in particular both Jeremiah and Thomas Blalock.
Continue to attempt to sub-cluster Mom’s matches by Blalock common ancestor, if there is one, focusing particularly on Blalock connections in southern Indiana, and Kentucky.