In 1742 Edward Blackett married Jane Bell in Brancepeth, Co. Durham. The couple had at least six children born in Brancepeth between 1743 and 1752 but had moved to nearby Cornsay, Lanchester by the time of their deaths. A baptism for Edward Blackett has not yet been identified. It is possible that Edward, a yeoman at his death, descends from Richard Blackett, who died at Lanchester in 1676. This is supported by the fact that in 1645 lands and tenements called Stobilee, close to Lanchester, were let to Henry Blackett, possibly the Henry Blackett (1606-1676) of Witton Castle, who was Richard’s father. However no proof of a line of descent down to Edward has been found.
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