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Thomas Blackburn (1742–1807)


Thomas Blackburn was Bushrod Washington's father-in-law.


Thomas Blackburn, father of Richard Scott Blackburn,  was born on 15 January 1742 in Prince William County, Virginia. While still a teenager, he married Christian Scott (17451815) and inherited Rippon Lodge, the family estate located south of Dumfries on Occoquan Creek. His public career included service as a justice of the peace, member of the House of Burgesses, and lieutenant colonel in the Virginia militia during the Revolutionary War.


"[Diary entry: 19 May 1772]," Founders Online, National Archives,…. [Original source: The Diaries of George Washington, vol. 3, 1 January 1771–5 November 1781, ed. Donald Jackson. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1978, p. 108.]

"To George Washington from John Parke Custis, 17 June 1778," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series, vol. 15, May–June 1778, ed. Edward G. Lengel. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006, pp. 417–419.]

"To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Blackburn, 4 May 1780," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 3, 18 June 1779 – 30 September 1780, ed. Julian P. Boyd. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951, p. 369.]

Kerry Mitchell, "Thomas Blackburn: Forgotten Patriot," Emerging Revolutionary War Era (blog).

"Rippon Lodge, the Home of Colonel Thomas Blackburn," Maryland Center for History and Culture.

Thomas Blackburn at House History.

Thomas Blackburn at Find a Grave.

Thomas Blackburn at FamilySearch.