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Approximately 90% of all Blackledge/Blacklidge surnames in the United States derive from one of four primary progenitor lines dating back to the early 17th and 18th centuries. Chapters provide lines of: John Blackleach, Phillip Blacklidg, William Blackledge, and Zachariah Blackledge.
Also included is a chapter on other Blackledge lines not linked to the above. The book represents the compilers’ impressive research and collaboration with numerous contributors, both genealogists and descendants. The reader will find bibliographical notations throughout to support and authenticate the research. The work includes derivation of the name, English roots, and Blythe Hall – the John Blackleach ancestral home. Numerous family stories of interest have been provided by descendants.
Blackledges in America represents more than sixty combined years of genealogical research by the three compilers, inherited ancestral files from past researchers, and immense quantities of data generously shared by dozens of other zealous compilers pursuing related family lines. It is neither a simple series of “begats” nor a computer-generated list of names, addresses, and phone numbers. Rather, it is a genealogical compilation in which individual accomplishments and family stories are included when provided to the compilers. Sources and conflicting data are identified wherever possible, both to give due credit to other researchers and to aid in further research.
The English Connection
The Blackleach Connection
Phillip Blacklidg and Descendants
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