JOSEPH E. BLANKENSHIP
|Joseph E. Blankenship. There were two young people
born, reared and married in North Carolina, who came to Ste. Genevieve County in 1848, and
who afterward moved to and now reside near Farmington, MO. This couple are Hampton and
Sarah (Taylor) Blankenship, the parents of the subject of this sketch. Joseph E. was born
in Ste. Genevieve County, September 6, 1849, and under the home training of his parents he
grew to his majority and then embarked in agriculture as his own pursuit in life. He has
acquired a farm of 107 acres, six miles east of Bonne Terre, which he purchased in 1878,
and has devoted it especially to stock and grain. The land also shows evidences in the
several fine specimens of ore found that it contains considerable mineral wealth. Miss
Nancy A. Lane, a native of St. Francois County, became the wife of Mr. Blankenship in
1872. This lady spent several years of her youth in Illinois, where her parents, Jones and
Sarah A. Lane, had removed, but later on Mr. Lane became a prominent citizen of St.
Francois County, with whose advancement he was closely identified. To Mr. and Mrs.
Blankenship have been born three children: Mary S., Fanny M. and Nora. They both hold the
tenets of the Baptist faith. Mr. Blankenship finds his political views embodied in the
principles of the Democratic party. His interest in educational affairs has led to his
becoming a member of the school board.
GOODSPEEDS HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI, Goodspeeds Publishing Co., 1888, Page 623.
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