Blacketts have lived in Cumberland and Westmorland for several centuries and the earliest entry we have come across is the marriage of Marion Bleckett (sic) to John Welles in Penrith on 29 August 1556. There is thought to be a connection between these early Blacketts and John Blackett (bapt. 16 Oct 1670) of Appleby-in-Westmorland, who married Julia, or Julia Ann, Bellas in 1702, and whose descendants are recorded in the tree as a separate module. John’s great-grandson, Thomas, b. 1747, lived for some years in Barbados, where his son, Stephen, was born in 1780. Stephen married his first cousin, Mary Blackett, born in Barbados in 1782, the daughter of William Blackett (b.1752 Appleby, Westmorland) and Rebecca Ross. The marriage took place in Appleby, Westmorland, England in 1808. No connection has yet been found between these Blacketts and other Blacketts who are known to have lived in the Island around that time. Another great-grandson of John, John Blackett (1805-1856) moved to Shoreditch, London, where he married in 1837 Sarah Nicholson of Bampton, Westmorland. They had at least six children born in Shoreditch and the neighbouring Hoxton. For a descendancy chart of John Blackett and Julia Bellas, please click here.
A number of prominent Barbadian Blacketts of mixed descent are believed to be descended from the Appleby, Westmorland branch of the Blacketts, including The Honourable and Right Reverend Monsignor Vincent Harcourt Blackett, a member of the Barbados Privy Council. The precise line of descent is, however, still being investigated.
For a possible connection to the Blacketts of south-west England please see Devonian and Cornish Blacketts.
A further line of Westmorland Blacketts descends from Thomas Bleckett (sic) who married Margaret Chappelhow in 1686 in Bolton, a few miles north-west of Appleby. The family of their eldest son Thomas seems to have moved south to Kendal by 1744, where two of his daughters were married that year. For a descendancy chart of Thomas Blackett and Margaret Chappelhow please click here.
Finally at least four children of Stephen Blackett, a descendant of Luke Blackett (please see Whickham and Lamesley Blacketts) settled in Whitehaven, Cumberland where a number of their descendants were born. We have found no connection between these descendants and the other Cumberland and Westmorland Blacketts.