Blackwell, Rev. Robert

Blackwell, Rev. Robert

Male 1748 - 1831  (82 years)

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  • Name Blackwell, Robert 
    Title Rev. 
    Born 6 May 1748 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Feb 1831 
    Buried Saint Peter's Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I6081  Sackett | Descendants of Thomas Sacket the Elder, Simon Sackett the Colonist
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2017 

    Father Blackwell, Col. Jacob,   b. 20 Nov 1717, Queens, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1780, Elmhurst, Queens, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Sackett, Frances,   b. 4 Dec 1720,   d. 4 Feb 1754  (Age 33 years) 
    Children 3 children 
    Family ID F2499  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Benezet, Miss,   d. Unknown 
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F2503  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Saint Peter's Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Reverend Robert Blackwell (1741-1745)
    Reverend Robert Blackwell (1741-1745)
    Reverend Robert Blackwell (1741-1745) oil portrait painted in 1853 by Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Image from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

  • Notes 
      Harrison Family

      15. Joseph3 Harrison (Samuel2, Samuel1) was born 1 Mar 1725/26; he married Ann Clement, daughter of Samuel Clement and Rebecca Collins, 28 Sep 1749; lic 21 Sep; he died 19 Nov 1761 at age 35.
      He and Ann Clement resided at Gloucester Co., NJ. He left a will on 7 Nov 1761 at Gloucester Co., NJ; proved 21 Dec 1761.
      Ann Clement was born on 12 Oct 1725. She died on 12 Oct 1760 at age 35.
      Known children of Joseph3 Harrison and Ann Clement were as follows:

      * i. Rebecca4 Harrison was born 31 Jul 1752; she died 18 Oct 1752.

      * ii. Mary Harrison was born 26 Nov 1754; she married Israel Morris Jr., son of Anthony Morris and Sarah Powell, 19 May 1774 at Haddonfield, NJ; she died circa 1775.

      * 31 iii. Rebecca Harrison, born 6 Feb 1757; married Dr. Robert Blackwell.
      31. Rebecca4 Harrison (Joseph3, Samuel2, Samuel1) was born 6 Feb 1757; she married Dr. Robert Blackwell, son of Col. Jacob Blackwell and Frances Sackett, 17 Jan 1780 at Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA; 1st wife; she died 25 Feb 1782 at age 25; childbirth.
      Dr. Robert Blackwell was born on 6 May 1748 at near Newtown, Long Island, NY. He married Hannah Bingham, daughter of William Bingham and Mary Stamper, on 26 Nov 1783 at Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA; 2nd wife, 2nd husband. He died on 12 Feb 1831 at Philadelphia, PA, at age 82. He was a an Anglican minister in Gloucester Co., NJ from 1772 to 1777. He was chaplain and surgeon for the First Pennsylvania Brigade under General Anthony Wayne from 1777 to 1780. He was a minister at Christ Church & St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia from 1781 to 1811.
      Known children of Rebecca4 Harrison and Dr. Robert Blackwell were as follows:

      * i. Joseph Harrison5 Blackwell was born 2 Nov 1780; he died 25 Jan 1781.

      * 57 ii. Rebecca Harrison Blackwell, born 25 Feb 1782 at Philadelphia, PA; married George Willing.

  • Sources 
    1. [S543] Find A Grave ( (Reliability: 3), 2 Sep 2017.
      Find A Grave Memorial# 81350592

      Rev Robert Blackwell
      Birth: May 6, 1748
      Death: Feb. 12, 1831

      Reverend Robert Blackwell is buried in the Bingham Family Vault.
      Reverend Blackwell married Rebecca Harrison 17 Jan 1780
      and Hannah Bingham 26 Nov 1783 (both in Philadelphia)

      Family links:
      Jacob Blackwell (1717 - 1780)
      Frances Sackett Blackwell (1719 - 1754)

      Hannah Bingham Blackwell (1754 - 1815)

      Rebecca Harrison Blackwell Willing (1782 - 1852)*

      Robert Blackwell (1748 - 1831)
      Samuel Blackwell (1757 - 1832)**

      *Calculated relationship

      Sacred to the Memory of
      Ordained to the Ministry in England
      June 11th 1772, by the Bishop of London.
      Missionary A.D. 1773, in Gloucester County, NJ.
      During the War for Independence Chaplain
      to the First Pennsylvania Brigade.
      And in the Winter of 1777-1778, Surgeon to one of the Regiments at Valley Forge.
      From 1781 till 1811 Senior Assistant Minister
      of the United Churches Of Christ Church
      and St. Peter's. Philadelphia;
      And during the closing years of the War,
      One of the only two clergymen
      of the Church of England
      Whom the desolation of those time left
      In the extensive State of Pennsylvania;
      His friend and ministerial associate of 30 years,
      Afterwards Bishop of this Diocese,
      Being the other;
      Born May 6th, 1748-Died February 12th, 1831

      In the councils of the Church,
      which he assisted to perpetuated
      in these United States,
      And in the earliest and most important
      of those Conventions,
      Both General and Diocesan,
      He was a constant participator,
      He acquired general respect.
      By his adherence to principle,
      his temperateness of conduct
      And the practical wisdom of all his suggestions.

      In the sphere of parochial charge,
      He was distinguished by propriety of life.
      And by the sincerity of feeling,
      the clearness of argument,
      and the soundness of scholarship,
      With which, in the spirit of charity,
      He inculcated the duties and doctrines
      declared by Religion and the Church.

      Blessed, in his private station With fortune above what is common to his Profession.
      He gave a convincing proof of the effect on his own heart of those precepts which he urged upon others.
      In an unostentatious but constant and liberal
      charity towards the poor,
      From whom his face was never turned away,
      Nor any petition for relief addressed in vain.

      He was not more respectable in his public and sacred office, than engaging and amiable in social and domestic life.
      A true person and benignant countenance.
      With natural sweetness of temper and delicacy of feeling, United to manners refined by early associations, and made liberal by foreign travel, and intercourse with military life and character, Rendered him eminently agreeable to all.

      Having for thirty years, without intermission,
      Discharged with fidelity the duties of his official station, in the two extensive parishes,
      He yielded, in his sixty-second year, on their
      union with a third, To the necessities of health, now no longer constant,
      And resigned his ancient, formal connection with the pastorate of these congregations;
      But attending devoutly on the service of this Temple, and aiding frequently in its holy ministrations; He received and dispensed the comforts they impart until he had entered his 83d year; When, in possession of all his faculties, and in resignation to the author and giver of them, He was called from the duties of a long and well-spent life, to the expectation of their reward in the felicities of an eternal world.

      He was the son of Jacob and Frances Blackwell, of Long Island, New York, and descended of an ancient family, originally of England.
      But afterwards settled in this country; one member of which, his great-grandfather, Robert Blackwell, Became, in 1878, and extensive proprietor of land in the East River, and on Long Island, New York, including possessions, which still bear his name.
      He married, January 17th, 1780, Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Ann Harrison, of New Jersey.

      In Remembrance of his Virtues,
      And in grateful record of Kindness in her Youth,
      One of his Descendants
      Hath caused this Monument to be established to his Memory

      Note: Note: Inscriptions taken from the 1879 publication (printed by Chew of Camden, NJ) of "The Inscriptions in St. Peter's Churchyard" copied and arranged by the Rev. William White Bronson & edited by Charles R. Hildeburn (Library of Congress)

      Saint Peter's Episcopal Churchyard
      Philadelphia County
      Pennsylvania, USA

      Created by: Dawn-Marie Williams
      Record added: Dec 01, 2011
      Find A Grave Memorial# 81350592

      Researched by Ted Smith

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