Jane Blackburn

F, #38131, b. 1790
FatherJohn Blackburn b. 21 Jun 1753, d. b Feb 1836
Relationship3rd cousin 4 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
Last Edited20 Jul 2018
Birth*1790 Jane Blackburn was born in 1790 at SC
 She was the daughter of John Blackburn
Married Name Her married name was Massey. 
Marriage* Jane Blackburn married Thomas Massey

Family

Thomas Massey b. 1786

Jennie Frances Blackburn

F, #36608, b. 1885, d. 2 February 1890
FatherJohn R Blackburn b. May 1857, d. bt 1908 - 1910
MotherSarah Alice Boyd b. 1866, d. b 1892
RelationshipAunt of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Eddings
Last Edited13 Jan 2018
Birth*1885 Jennie Frances Blackburn was born in 1885 at Clay Co, ILG
 She was the daughter of John R Blackburn and Sarah Alice Boyd
Death*2 February 1890 Jennie Frances Blackburn died on 2 February 1890 at Clay Co, ILG

Jesse James Blackburn

M, #23278, b. 4 March 1903, d. 5 September 1972
FatherJames Andrew Blackburn b. 5 Jan 1868, d. 10 May 1940
MotherMaggie E Hefflin b. 12 Jan 1873, d. 30 Jan 1966
Relationship2nd cousin 1 time removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Eddings
Last Edited12 Feb 2011
Birth*4 March 1903 Jesse James Blackburn was born on 4 March 1903 at Indian Territory, OK
 He was the son of James Andrew Blackburn and Maggie E Hefflin
(Witness) Census4 May 1910 Jesse James Blackburn appeared on the census of 4 May 1910 in the household of James Andrew Blackburn and Maggie E Hefflin at Gardena, Los Angeles Co, CAG
Marriage*1924 Jesse James Blackburn married Ada H Hack in 1924. 
Census*2 April 1930 Jesse James Blackburn and Ada H Hack appeared on the census of 2 April 1930 at Lemoore, King Co, CA
Death*5 September 1972 Jesse James Blackburn died on 5 September 1972 at Bakersfield, Kern Co, CAG, at age 69. 

Family

Ada H Hack b. 1904
Child

Jessie H Blackburn

M, #36524, b. 1822, d. 1900
FatherJohn Blackburn b. 1792, d. 1847
Relationship4th cousin 2 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
Last Edited1 Jan 2018
Birth*1822 Jessie H Blackburn was born in 1822. 
 He was the son of John Blackburn
Marriage* Jessie H Blackburn married Rebecca Blackburn
Death*1900 Jessie H Blackburn died in 1900. 

Family

Rebecca Blackburn b. 1820
Child

Joe Allen Blackburn

M, #23262, b. 11 October 1907, d. 25 August 1948
FatherJohn Wesley Blackburn Jr b. 31 Mar 1862, d. 11 Sep 1949
MotherLulu S Payne b. 22 Feb 1871, d. 1944
Relationship2nd cousin 1 time removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Eddings
Last Edited12 Feb 2011
Birth*11 October 1907 Joe Allen Blackburn was born on 11 October 1907 at Catoosa, Rogers Co (Indian Territory), OK
 He was the son of John Wesley Blackburn Jr and Lulu S Payne
Burial*25 August 1948 Joe Allen Blackburn was buried on 25 August 1948 at Timber Ridge Cemetery, Catoosa, Rogers Co (Indian Territory), OK
Death*25 August 1948 He died on 25 August 1948 at Catoosa, Rogers Co (Indian Territory), OK, at age 40. 

John Blackburn

M, #13272, b. August 1755, d. 1850
FatherBenjamin Blackburn Sr b. 1718, d. 1791
MotherMary Waggoner b. 1721, d. 1791
Relationship3rd great-grandfather of Ted Earl Cash
Verified byDNA testing
ChartsPedigree Chart of Howard Cash
Blackburn
Starner, William Eugene (Blackburn/Waggoner)
Last Edited5 Mar 2017
Birth*August 1755 John Blackburn was born in August 1755 at Warren Co, TNG
 He was the son of Benjamin Blackburn Sr and Mary Waggoner
Marriage* John Blackburn married Elsie Roberts
Death*1850 John Blackburn died in 1850 at Marion Co, ILG

Family

Elsie Roberts b. 1757
Children

John Blackburn

M, #6429, b. October 1882
FatherAndrew Thomas Blackburn b. 16 Feb 1859
MotherDora Walters b. 1860
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Eddings
Last Edited11 Nov 2011
Birth*October 1882 John Blackburn was born in October 1882 at Clay Co, ILG
 He was the son of Andrew Thomas Blackburn and Dora Walters
(Witness) Census21 June 1900 John Blackburn appeared on the census of 21 June 1900 in the household of Andrew Thomas Blackburn and Emma A Dunivan at Flora, Clay Co, ILG

John Blackburn

M, #32195, b. 1712, d. March 1755
FatherArchibald Blackburn b. 1681, d. 5 Jun 1749
MotherMargaret Wilson b. 4 Mar 1684, d. 1749
Relationship4th great-granduncle of Ted Earl Cash
Born inUnited Kingdom
Immigration StatusImmigrated
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited11 Jan 2018
Birth*1712 John Blackburn was born in 1712 at County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United KingdomG
 He was the son of Archibald Blackburn and Margaret Wilson
Marriage*1742 John Blackburn married Anne Logan in 1742 at VAG
Death*March 1755 John Blackburn died in March 1755 at Tyrone, York Co, PA

Family

Anne Logan b. 1720, d. 1793
Child

John Blackburn

M, #32952, b. 1768, d. 7 May 1835
FatherMoses Blackburn b. 16 Nov 1746, d. 14 Jul 1828
MotherMary McGrew b. 5 Nov 1745, d. 27 Dec 1811
Relationship3rd cousin 4 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited5 Oct 2018
Birth*1768 John Blackburn was born in 1768 at Menallen Twp, Adams Co, PAG
 He was the son of Moses Blackburn and Mary McGrew
Marriage*23 February 1797 John Blackburn married Sarah Morton on 23 February 1797 at York Co, PA
Marriage*23 February 1797 John Blackburn married Sarah Warren on 23 February 1797 at York, York Co, PA
Death*7 May 1835 John Blackburn died on 7 May 1835 at Wayne Twp, Jefferson Co, OH

Family 1

Sarah Morton b. 1776, d. a 1852
Child

Family 2

Sarah Warren b. 1776, d. a 1852
Child

John Blackburn

M, #32971, b. 21 June 1753, d. before February 1836
FatherJohn Blackburn Jr b. 30 Jun 1720, d. 3 Aug 1767
MotherRebecca Harlan b. 1715, d. 30 Mar 1766
Relationship2nd cousin 5 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited20 Jul 2018
Birth*21 June 1753 John Blackburn was born on 21 June 1753 at Menallen Twp, Adams Co, PAG
 He was the son of John Blackburn Jr and Rebecca Harlan
Memo*9 March 1776  John was disowned by Menallen Monthly Meeting "for enlisting as a soldier". 
Death*before February 1836 John Blackburn died before February 1836 at SC

Family

Children

John Blackburn

M, #33270
Last Edited10 May 2017
Marriage* John Blackburn married Elizabeth (?) 

Family

Elizabeth (?)
Child

John Blackburn

M, #34821, b. 5 November 1834, d. 17 January 1922
FatherWilliam Blackburn b. 10 Feb 1798, d. 14 Apr 1854
MotherMary Blackburn b. 1 Aug 1800, d. 7 Aug 1884
Relationship4th cousin 3 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited21 Jun 2017
Birth*5 November 1834 John Blackburn was born on 5 November 1834 at Tymochtee, Wyandot Co, OH
 He was the son of William Blackburn and Mary Blackburn
Marriage*8 November 1860 John Blackburn married Cenderella (?) on 8 November 1860 at Wyandot Co, OH
Death*17 January 1922 John Blackburn died on 17 January 1922 at Belle Vernon, Wyandot Co, OH, at age 87. 

Family

Cenderella (?) b. 15 Oct 1839, d. 13 Sep 1894
Children

John Blackburn

M, #34843, b. 8 January 1762, d. 17 October 1795
FatherJoseph Blackburn b. 1720 or 1730, d. 26 Mar 1787
MotherDeborah McGrew b. 14 Jul 1739
Relationship2nd cousin 5 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited19 Jun 2018
Birth*8 January 1762 John Blackburn was born on 8 January 1762 at Menallen Twp, York (Adams) Co, PA
 He was the son of Joseph Blackburn and Deborah McGrew
Marriage*1781 John Blackburn married Mary Margaret McGrew, daughter of Simon Samuel McGrew and Martha McKnight, in 1781 at Rockingham Co, NC
Note* John Blackburn and Mary Margaret McGrew were first cousins. 
Death*17 October 1795 John Blackburn died on 17 October 1795 at Huntingdon Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA, at age 33. 

Family

Mary Margaret McGrew b. 7 Mar 1760, d. 1830
Children

John Blackburn

M, #34852, b. circa 1796, d. 12 December 1856
FatherThomas Blackburn b. 1749, d. Jan 1840
MotherCatherine Kennedy b. c 1780, d. a 1850
Relationship3rd cousin 4 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited21 Jun 2017
Birth*circa 1796 John Blackburn was born circa 1796 at Plum, Allegheny Co, PAG
 He was the son of Thomas Blackburn and Catherine Kennedy
Death*12 December 1856 John Blackburn died on 12 December 1856 at Centre Twp, Morgan Co, OH

John Blackburn

M, #35150, b. 6 December 1796, d. 1850
FatherZachariah Blackburn b. 1 Oct 1770, d. 25 May 1843
MotherMary Bracken b. c 1772, d. 1805
Relationship3rd cousin 4 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited2 Sep 2017
Birth*6 December 1796 John Blackburn was born on 6 December 1796 at Pine Twp, Allegheny Co, PAG
 He was the son of Zachariah Blackburn and Mary Bracken
Marriage*20 January 1825 John Blackburn married Catherine Talbert on 20 January 1825 at Shelby Co, KY
Death*1850 John Blackburn died in 1850 at ILG

Family

Catherine Talbert b. 1800, d. 11 Nov 1876
Child

John Blackburn

M, #36027, b. 1782, d. 1845
FatherAmbrose Blackburn b. 1757, d. 1816
Relationship3rd cousin 3 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited21 Sep 2017
Birth*1782 John Blackburn was born in 1782 at Ashe Co, NC
 He was the son of Ambrose Blackburn
Marriage*28 August 1803 John Blackburn married Zelpha Elizabeth Harper on 28 August 1803 at Stokes Co, NC
Death*1845 John Blackburn died in 1845 at Rockingham Co, NC

Family

Zelpha Elizabeth Harper b. 1785
Child

John Blackburn

M, #36523, b. 1792, d. 1847
Relationship3rd cousin 3 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
Last Edited1 Jan 2018
Birth*1792 John Blackburn was born in 1792. 
Death*1847 He died in 1847. 

Family

Child

John Blackburn I

M, #31950, b. 13 August 1643, d. 1723
FatherErnest John Blackburn b. 1620, d. 1681
MotherSharon Granger b. 1622, d. 11 Aug 1678
Relationship6th great-grandfather of Ted Earl Cash
Verified byDNA testing
Born inUnited Kingdom
ChartsPedigree Chart of Howard Cash
Blackburn
Last Edited17 Oct 2018
Birth*13 August 1643 John Blackburn I was born on 13 August 1643 at Ballyhagan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
 He was the son of Ernest John Blackburn and Sharon Granger
Marriage*1669 John Blackburn I married Elizabeth McGrew, daughter of John McGrew and Abigail Winter, in 1669 at Ballyhagan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death*1723 John Blackburn I died in 1723 at Loughgall, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United KingdomG

Family

Elizabeth McGrew b. 1647, d. 11 Jun 1713
Children

John Blackburn Jr

M, #32943, b. 30 June 1720, d. 3 August 1767
FatherJohn Blackburn Sr b. 13 Aug 1676, d. 1 Oct 1752
MotherRachel Morton b. 10 Oct 1694, d. 30 Aug 1766
Relationship1st cousin 6 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
Born inUnited Kingdom
Immigration StatusImmigrated
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited5 May 2017
Birth*30 June 1720 John Blackburn Jr was born on 30 June 1720 at Loughgall, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United KingdomG
 He was the son of John Blackburn Sr and Rachel Morton
Marriage*1739 John Blackburn Jr married Rebecca Harlan in 1739 at Warrington, York Co, PA
Death*3 August 1767 John Blackburn Jr died on 3 August 1767 at Adams Co, PAG, at age 47. 

Family

Rebecca Harlan b. 1715, d. 30 Mar 1766
Children

John M Blackburn

M, #32956, b. 27 August 1827, d. 2 November 1914
FatherHarlan Blackburn b. c 1803, d. b 1833
MotherElizabeth McHenry b. 15 Sep 1815, d. b 1850
Relationship5th cousin 2 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited5 May 2017
Birth*27 August 1827 John M Blackburn was born on 27 August 1827 at Wayne Twp, Jefferson Co, OH
 He was the son of Harlan Blackburn and Elizabeth McHenry
Marriage*27 December 1850 John M Blackburn married Julia Ann Cannon on 27 December 1850 at Lewis Co, MO
Death*2 November 1914 John M Blackburn died on 2 November 1914 at Dover, Lewis Co, MO, at age 87. 

Family

Julia Ann Cannon b. 28 Jul 1832, d. 23 Jul 1877
Child

John M Blackburn

M, #36778, b. 1810, d. after July 1851
FatherJoseph Blackburn b. 10 Oct 1787, d. 10 Jul 1845
MotherNancy Hammond b. 26 Mar 1789, d. 1 Nov 1845
Relationship4th cousin 3 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited7 Feb 2018
Birth*1810 John M Blackburn was born in 1810 at Rostraver Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA
 He was the son of Joseph Blackburn and Nancy Hammond
Death*after July 1851 John M Blackburn died after July 1851 at Riley Twp, Putnam Co, OH

John R Blackburn

M, #431, b. May 1857, d. between 1908 and 1910
FatherEli Jaspar Blackburn b. 28 May 1833, d. 31 Oct 1899
MotherTemperance Shepherd b. 1834, d. 11 Jun 1869
RelationshipGrandfather of Ted Earl Cash
Verified byDNA testing
ChartsPedigree Chart of Howard Cash
Blackburn
Campbell (#1)
Campbell (#2)
Cornelius (#1)
Cornelius (#2)
Eddings
Jennings (#1)
Jennings (#2)
Manning
Mayflower Descendants (#1)
Mayflower Descendants (#2)
Moffett (#1)
Moffett (#2)
Barrington, Marie Elizabeth (Eddins/Firth)
Carver, Marvin LeeRoy (Eddings/Weaver)
Cronk, Scott Warren (Moffett/Hemmings)
Kendall, Donald Franklin (Blackburn/Eddings)
Nichols, Wanda Jean (Eddings/Weaver)
Paradee, Robert Lee (Jennings/Jennings)
Rossell, Helen Margaret (DuBois/Blanchan)
Starner, William Eugene (Blackburn/Waggoner)
Last Edited30 Aug 2018
Birth*May 1857 John R Blackburn was born in May 1857 at Clay Co, ILG
(Witness) Proof-NotesMay 1857 John R Blackburn is the child of Eli Jaspar Blackburn and Temperance Shepherd for the following reason(s): Census records for 1860, 1870 and 1880 for Clay Co, IL shows John living in the household of his father, Eli, and either his mother, Temperance (in 1860), or Eli's 2nd wife Arilla (in 1870 and 1880). Also, John R is specifically listed as a child of Eli in Eli's will dated 15 Feb 1899. 
 John R Blackburn was the son of Eli Jaspar Blackburn and Temperance Shepherd
(Witness) Census19 July 1860 John R Blackburn appeared on the census of 19 July 1860 in the household of Eli Jaspar Blackburn and Temperance Shepherd at Twsp 3 Range 7, Clay Co, IL
(Witness) Census23 July 1870 John R Blackburn appeared on the census of 23 July 1870 in the household of Eli Jaspar Blackburn and Arilla Riley at Valley Twp, Linn Co, KS
(Witness) Census7 June 1880 John R Blackburn appeared on the census of 7 June 1880 in the household of Eli Jaspar Blackburn and Arilla Riley at Flora, Clay Co, ILG
Marriage*1 July 1883 John R Blackburn married Sarah Alice Boyd, daughter of Clayborn Boyd and Manerva Eveline Evans, on 1 July 1883 at Clay Co, ILG. Married by G W Smith, JP. Her name on marriage papers was listed as Sarah E. 
Marriage*18 April 1892 John R Blackburn married Laura E Haynes, daughter of Lorenzo Dowell Haynes and Aramintha (Minnie) Greenwood, on 18 April 1892 at Clay Co, ILG, Married by James M Rusk, JP, Witnesses were: Mary I. Rusk and Wayne Greenwood. 
Divorce*30 March 1898 John R Blackburn and Laura E Haynes were divorced on 30 March 1898 at Louisville, Clay Co, ILG. John filed for divorce on 22 Jan 1898 stating that Laura had Carnal Knowledge with a William Bryant on multiple occassions and that he (William) was the father of their last child, Ruby, born 6 Oct 1896. Laura did not appear in court; John was granted the divorce and full custody of William and Pearl Blackburn. 
Marriage*30 October 1898 John R Blackburn married Mary Frances Jennings, daughter of William Elliott Jennings and Frances Caroline Cornelius, on 30 October 1898 at Clay Co, ILG
Census*22 June 1900 John R Blackburn and Mary Frances Jennings appeared on the census of 22 June 1900 at Hoosier Twp, Clay Co, ILG, with his occupation listed as Saw Miller. 
Photo1908 John R Blackburn and Mary Frances Jennings appeared in a photo taken (based on who is in the photo and what they are wearing) in the summer in 1908 at Bond Co, ILG.
Research-Notes*4 January 1909 John R Blackburn and Frances Jane Manning are the parents of Howard Cash because of the following reason(s):
Howard Cash's father


Howard's birth certificate says that his father is 'Eliga Cash', but I believe that is not correct. Below are the reasons that I have made these changes.

Facts:
1. 30 Oct 1898, Clay Co, IL - Howard's Grandmother Mary Frances Jennings married John R Blackburn. She had previously married Henry Palmer Manning and had two children with him - Howard's mother, Frances Jane Manning and her younger sister Laura. John Blackburn had been married twice before (the first wife died, the second one had divorced him). Frances and her younger sister Laura lived in the household along with 3 children from John's previous marriage.

2. 13 May 1905, Flora, IL - Henry Francis Cash, Howard's older brother, was born. His mother Frances Jane Manning was unmarried at the time.

3. 14 Aug 1905, Flora, IL - Frances Jane Manning (Howard's mother) married Elijah Cash.

4. Fall 1905 - a doctor visits the family because of a problem with Henry Francis - he fills out a birth certificate form, listing Elijah as the father. Illinois did not require birth certificates until 1917.

5. 16 Mar 1906, Flora, IL - A divorce was granted between Frances Manning Cash and Elijah Cash. Elijah filed for divorce on the grounds that Frances had "carnal knowledge" with John R Blackburn. Frances, under oath, signed an admission that she had "illegal sex" with one John R Blackburn, before and after she married Elijah.

6. 04 Jan 1909, Flora, IL - Howard Taft Cash is born.

7. 17 May 1910, Flora, IL - census records show a family consisting of Mary Frances (Jennings) Blackburn, Frances Jane (Manning) Cash, Howard Taft Cash, and his older brother Henry Francis Cash. Mary Frances was listed as a widow. [Apparently John died between 1906 and 1910 - no death record or burial location has ever been found]

8. 13 Apr 1911, Flora, IL - Mary Frances marries her third husband (George Bentley), and Frances Jane marries her second husband, Charles (Creed) Wilder.

9. 1940, Los Angeles, CA - Howard was living in Los Angeles and had applied for a job with Lockheed Aircraft; they required a birth certificate. One was filled out by his mother, Frances, and filed with Clay Co, IL on 28 May 1941 showing his father to be "Eliga Cash". Eliga's occupation was listed as working for the railroad.

10. Elijah never remarried and when he died his estate was divided between his siblings.

11. Jun 1998, Flora, IL - In talking with relatives of Elijah, they were surprised that he had any descendants. They recalled a story when someone approached Elijah one day and said "you are my father". Elijah was taken back and reportedly said "get the hell out of here. I have no children".

12. In speaking with Howard's last living sibling, my Aunt Mae, I asked her if she knew anything about John R Blackburn. She replied "Mama [meaning Frances Jane Manning] always said 'he was an evil man'".


Thoughts and opinions: Howard's father is most likely John R Blackburn, not Elijah Cash.
1. John R Blackburn - From court records we know that John R Blackburn had access and opportunity to father children with Frances Jane Manning. The 1900 census lists him as a "Saw Miller" so I'm guessing that he was a strong man, and not one that would leave his home after the affair with his step-daughter was disclosed. Therefore, he likely still had access and opportunity. The only real question in my mind is "when did he die?” He is in a photo taken probably during the Summer of 1908 and according to the 1910 census he was dead. John's first wife, Sarah Boyd was only 17 (he was 26) when they married. His second wife, Laura Haynes, was only 18 (he was 34) when they married. John's third wife, my great grandmother Mary Frances Jennings, was 42 (he was 41) when they married. Frances Jane Manning was 19 and 23 when Henry and Howard were born. It would appear that John preferred younger women.

2. Elijah Cash - Elijah was apparently displeased enough with the "situation" that he filed for divorce. The 1900 census shows him living in Flora with his mother, and his occupation was listed as "farm laborer", not a railroad employee. Later in life he seemed quite vocal, at least from the story told, that he had no children. I can not imagine that he and Frances would have gotten together almost two years after their divorce to conceive a child. His name on the birth certificate took place 30+ years after the birth and he was likely never aware of the document.

3. Frances Jane Manning - To save embarrassment, she would be more likely to put Elijah's name on the birth certificate than to explain what really happened. She took the truth with her to the grave. Her comment about John Blackburn being 'an evil man' says a lot.

4. Ted Cash - I, the author, was horrified when I first learned through divorce records what had happened. I could not imagine my grandmother doing such a thing. But, I reasoned, or rationalized, that she was much weaker than John, and that it was more likely that John was the aggressor than my grandmother. If I had a choice I would rather go with the character of Elijah as my grandfather than that of John, but my conscience says that would not be correct.

5. DNA Testing - In October 2016 I (and later my brother) submitted our DNA to AncestryDNA.com for testing. So far [as of 10 Feb 2017] I have found 115 cousins that match our DNA on the Blackburn / Eddings / Weaver line and 0 on the Cash line.

6. Conclusion - John R Blackburn is the father of Howard Taft Cash.
 
Proof-Notes*4 January 1909 John R Blackburn and Frances Jane Manning are the parents of Howard Cash because of the following reason(s):
Howard Cash's father


Howard's birth certificate says that his father is 'Eliga Cash', but I believe that is not correct. Below are the reasons that I have made these changes.

Facts:
1. 30 Oct 1898, Clay Co, IL - Howard's Grandmother Mary Frances Jennings married John R Blackburn. She had previously married Henry Palmer Manning and had two children with him - Howard's mother, Frances Jane Manning and her younger sister Laura. John Blackburn had been married twice before (the first wife died, the second one had divorced him). Frances and her younger sister Laura lived in the household along with 3 children from John's previous marriage.

2. 13 May 1905, Flora, IL - Henry Francis Cash, Howard's older brother, was born. His mother Frances Jane Manning was unmarried at the time.

3. 14 Aug 1905, Flora, IL - Frances Jane Manning (Howard's mother) married Elijah Cash.

4. Fall 1905 - a doctor visits the family because of a problem with Henry Francis - he fills out a birth certificate form, listing Elijah as the father. Illinois did not require birth certificates until 1917.

5. 16 Mar 1906, Flora, IL - A divorce was granted between Frances Manning Cash and Elijah Cash. Elijah filed for divorce on the grounds that Frances had "carnal knowledge" with John R Blackburn. Frances, under oath, signed an admission that she had "illegal sex" with one John R Blackburn, before and after she married Elijah.

6. 04 Jan 1909, Flora, IL - Howard Taft Cash is born.

7. 17 May 1910, Flora, IL - census records show a family consisting of Mary Frances (Jennings) Blackburn, Frances Jane (Manning) Cash, Howard Taft Cash, and his older brother Henry Francis Cash. Mary Frances was listed as a widow. [Apparently John died between 1906 and 1910 - no death record or burial location has ever been found]

8. 13 Apr 1911, Flora, IL - Mary Frances marries her third husband (George Bentley), and Frances Jane marries her second husband, Charles (Creed) Wilder.

9. 1940, Los Angeles, CA - Howard was living in Los Angeles and had applied for a job with Lockheed Aircraft; they required a birth certificate. One was filled out by his mother, Frances, and filed with Clay Co, IL on 28 May 1941 showing his father to be "Eliga Cash". Eliga's occupation was listed as working for the railroad.

10. Elijah never remarried and when he died his estate was divided between his siblings.

11. Jun 1998, Flora, IL - In talking with relatives of Elijah, they were surprised that he had any descendants. They recalled a story when someone approached Elijah one day and said "you are my father". Elijah was taken back and reportedly said "get the hell out of here. I have no children".

12. In speaking with Howard's last living sibling, my Aunt Mae, I asked her if she knew anything about John R Blackburn. She replied "Mama [meaning Frances Jane Manning] always said 'he was an evil man'".


Thoughts and opinions: Howard's father is most likely John R Blackburn, not Elijah Cash.
1. John R Blackburn - From court records we know that John R Blackburn had access and opportunity to father children with Frances Jane Manning. The 1900 census lists him as a "Saw Miller" so I'm guessing that he was a strong man, and not one that would leave his home after the affair with his step-daughter was disclosed. Therefore, he likely still had access and opportunity. The only real question in my mind is "when did he die?” He is in a photo taken probably during the Summer of 1908 and according to the 1910 census he was dead. John's first wife, Sarah Boyd was only 17 (he was 26) when they married. His second wife, Laura Haynes, was only 18 (he was 34) when they married. John's third wife, my great grandmother Mary Frances Jennings, was 42 (he was 41) when they married. Frances Jane Manning was 19 and 23 when Henry and Howard were born. It would appear that John preferred younger women.

2. Elijah Cash - Elijah was apparently displeased enough with the "situation" that he filed for divorce. The 1900 census shows him living in Flora with his mother, and his occupation was listed as "farm laborer", not a railroad employee. Later in life he seemed quite vocal, at least from the story told, that he had no children. I can not imagine that he and Frances would have gotten together almost two years after their divorce to conceive a child. His name on the birth certificate took place 30+ years after the birth and he was likely never aware of the document.

3. Frances Jane Manning - To save embarrassment, she would be more likely to put Elijah's name on the birth certificate than to explain what really happened. She took the truth with her to the grave. Her comment about John Blackburn being 'an evil man' says a lot.

4. Ted Cash - I, the author, was horrified when I first learned through divorce records what had happened. I could not imagine my grandmother doing such a thing. But, I reasoned, or rationalized, that she was much weaker than John, and that it was more likely that John was the aggressor than my grandmother. If I had a choice I would rather go with the character of Elijah as my grandfather than that of John, but my conscience says that would not be correct.

5. DNA Testing - In October 2016 I (and later my brother) submitted our DNA to AncestryDNA.com for testing. So far [as of 10 Feb 2017] I have found 115 cousins that match our DNA on the Blackburn / Eddings / Weaver line and 0 on the Cash line.

6. Conclusion - John R Blackburn is the father of Howard Taft Cash.
 
Death*between 1908 and 1910 John R Blackburn died between 1908 and 1910. 

Family 1

Sarah Alice Boyd b. 1866, d. b 1892
Marriage*1 July 1883 He married Sarah Alice Boyd, daughter of Clayborn Boyd and Manerva Eveline Evans, on 1 July 1883 at Clay Co, ILG. Married by G W Smith, JP. Her name on marriage papers was listed as Sarah E. 
Children

Family 2

Laura E Haynes b. Mar 1875
Marriage*18 April 1892 John R Blackburn married Laura E Haynes, daughter of Lorenzo Dowell Haynes and Aramintha (Minnie) Greenwood, on 18 April 1892 at Clay Co, ILG, Married by James M Rusk, JP, Witnesses were: Mary I. Rusk and Wayne Greenwood. 
Divorce*30 March 1898 John R Blackburn and Laura E Haynes were divorced on 30 March 1898 at Louisville, Clay Co, ILG. John filed for divorce on 22 Jan 1898 stating that Laura had Carnal Knowledge with a William Bryant on multiple occassions and that he (William) was the father of their last child, Ruby, born 6 Oct 1896. Laura did not appear in court; John was granted the divorce and full custody of William and Pearl Blackburn. 
Children

Family 3

Mary Frances Jennings b. 23 Feb 1856, d. 11 Mar 1938
Marriage*30 October 1898 John R Blackburn married Mary Frances Jennings, daughter of William Elliott Jennings and Frances Caroline Cornelius, on 30 October 1898 at Clay Co, ILG

Family 4

Frances Jane Manning b. 10 Jul 1885, d. 6 Feb 1970
Child

John Blackburn Sr

M, #32941, b. 13 August 1676, d. 1 October 1752
FatherJohn Blackburn I b. 13 Aug 1643, d. 1723
MotherElizabeth McGrew b. 1647, d. 11 Jun 1713
Relationship5th great-granduncle of Ted Earl Cash
Born inUnited Kingdom
Immigration StatusImmigrated
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited21 Jun 2017
Birth*13 August 1676 John Blackburn Sr was born on 13 August 1676 at Loughgall, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United KingdomG
 He was the son of John Blackburn I and Elizabeth McGrew
Marriage*2 August 1701 John Blackburn Sr married Mary Courtney on 2 August 1701 at County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United KingdomG
Marriage*14 March 1710/11 John Blackburn Sr married Rachel Morton on 14 March 1710/11 at Ballyhagan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death*1 October 1752 John Blackburn Sr died on 1 October 1752 at Menallen, York Co, PA, at age 76. 

Family 1

Mary Courtney b. 1679, d. 31 Mar 1712
Children

Family 2

Rachel Morton b. 10 Oct 1694, d. 30 Aug 1766
Children

John Tyner Blackburn

M, #31342, b. October 1855, d. 1900
FatherFerdinand Boon Blackburn b. 1805, d. 1883
MotherSarah Elizabeth Tyner b. c 1814, d. 22 Nov 1880
Relationship2nd cousin 3 times removed of Ted Earl Cash
ChartsBlackburn
Last Edited10 May 2017
Birth*October 1855 John Tyner Blackburn was born in October 1855 at Marion Co, MS
 He was the son of Ferdinand Boon Blackburn and Sarah Elizabeth Tyner
Marriage*1880 John Tyner Blackburn married Sarah Catherine (Kate) Lott in 1880. 
Death*1900 John Tyner Blackburn died in 1900 at Lamar, Benton Co, MS

Family

Sarah Catherine (Kate) Lott b. Jan 1862, d. 25 Dec 1929
Children

John Wade Blackburn

M, #25070, b. 8 January 1921, d. 18 June 1979
FatherPearl Albert Blackburn b. 16 Sep 1894, d. 15 Oct 1947
MotherNorma C Wade b. 1903
Relationship1st cousin of Ted Earl Cash
MilitaryOther Military
ChartsBlackburn
Eddings
Last Edited4 Aug 2018
Birth*8 January 1921 John Wade Blackburn was born on 8 January 1921 at Flora, Clay Co, ILG
 He was the son of Pearl Albert Blackburn and Norma C Wade
(Witness) Census16 April 1930 John Wade Blackburn appeared on the census of 16 April 1930 in the household of Pearl Albert Blackburn and Norma C Wade at Taylorsville, Christian Co, IL
Military*between 23 September 1956 and 19 August 1958 John Wade Blackburn was in the US Navy between 23 September 1956 and 19 August 1958. 
Death*18 June 1979 He died on 18 June 1979 at Pensacola, Escambia Co, FLG, at age 58. 
Burial*June 1979 He was buried in June 1979 at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia Co, FLG