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Name: Thomas Clyde Blackney Gender: Male Race: White Birth Date: 30 Sep 1878 Birth Place: Mineral Point, Wisconsin[Mineral Poin] Father: Thomas Blackney Mother: Anna Bruce Notes: May 1937: Name listed as THOMAS CLYDE BLACKNEY
[from Social Security Applications & Claims Index]
1880 US Census
Thomas C. Blackney's father (also named Thomas) purchased land in Spink Co, SD on 14 Jun 1884 and also on 7 Apr 1887 from the federal government. Thomas C. homesteaded land in Jackson Co SD, which he received 1 Sep 1910.
Thomas C. Blackney's paternal grandparents were Thomas Blackney (b. ~1810) and Maria (b. ~1816) born in England. Their children were born in England, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. United States Census, 1850; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6PM7-T71?cc=1401638&wc=95RV-3YC%3A1031304401%2C1031733901%2C1031981401
Obituary of Mabel C. Blackney:
[from Rapid City (SD) Journal, 28 Aug 1969]