Free-Issue Death Certificates: BLANKS.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

Margreat Corbit. Died 26 October 1919, Carver Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Married. Age 59. Born NC to James Bowen and Easter Blanks. Buried Graham Chapel. Informant, Nead Bowen.

Cathrin Blanks. Died 25 February 1918, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Widowed. Born Bladen County to James Bowen and Easter Blanks. Buried Graham Chapel. Informant, Jonah Dickson, East Arcadia.

In the 1860 census of West Brook, Bladen County: Jas. Boon, 34, carpenter, wife Esther, 24, and children James, 10, Mary M. 8, G.F., 7, Catharine, 5, W.G., 4, Eddy, 2, and Sarah, 2 months.

Cathron Blanks. Died 8 November 1924, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Widow. About 88 years old. Born Bladen County to Mike Lacewell and Betcy Blanks. Buried Graham Chapel. Informant, G.H. Graham, Acme NC.

Jacob Luther Lacewell. Died 15 December 1938, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Negro. Widower of Harriet Ann Lacewell. Farmer. Born 20 May 1848, East Arcadia, to Mike Lacewell and Betsey Blanks, both of East Arcadia. Buried at Grahams Chapel. Informant, Clifford Graham.

In the 1860 census of West Brook, Bladen County: Mike Lacewell, 54, cooper, wife Betsy, 35, and children Catharine, 19, Stephen, 16, Hannah, 14, John, 11, James, 5, and Jacob Lacewell, 2.

Silvester Blanks. Died 30 January 1922, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Negro. Married. Farmer. Born 14 February 1834, Carvers Creek, to Mike Blanks and [blank] Freeman, both of Bladen County. Buried Grahams Chapel, Informant, Salter Blanks.

Saulter Blanks. Died 17 February 1925, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Farmer. Married to Catherine Blanks. Born 29 January 1837 in Bladen County to Mike Blanks and Edieth Freeman, both of Bladen. Buried Graham Chapel. Informant, J.W. Brown.

Angeline Butts. Died 3 December 1929, C. Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Married to James Butts. Age 77. Born Bladen County to Mike Blanks and unnamed mother. Buried Graham Chapel. Informant, Sarah Carter.

Edith Simpson. Died 4 August 1921, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Negro. Single. Wife of Scott Simpson. Age 88. Born Bladen County to Mike Blanks of Bladen County and unknown mother of New Hanover County. Buried Grahams Chapel. Informant, Charlie Miller, Acme.

In the 1860 census of West Brook, Bladen County: Emichal Blanks, 60, farmer, with Eady, 35, Caroline, 21, Amlen, 19, Salter, 17, Silvester, 15, Prosper, 13, Angeline, 7, and Eady Blanks, 3. Amlen, Salter, and Silvester worked in turpentine.

Curley Blanks. Died 28 May 1919, Carver Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Married. Born 1845 in NC to James Graham and Winnie Blanks. Buried Graham Chapel. Informant, Joe Graham, East Arcadia.

James T. Graham. Died 18 June 1919, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Married. Farmer. Born in 1850 in NC to James Graham and Winnie Blanks. Buried Graham Chapel. Informant, Richard Graham, East Arcadia.

Joe Graham. Died 24 March 1931, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Negro. Married to Martha Graham. Farmer. Age 75. Born Bladen County to Jim Graham and Winnie Blanks, both of Bladen County. Buried Grahams Chapel. Informant, Albert Graham, Acme.

John Fennell Graham. Died 24 October 1931, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Widower of Amanda Graham. Age 74. Farmer. Born Bladen County to James Graham and Winnie Blanks. Buried Grahams Chapel. Informant, Clifford, Graham, Council NC.

Margaret Lacewell. Died 23 February 1916, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Widow. Born February 1840, Bladen County, to James Graham and Winnie Blanks. Buried Graham Chapel. Informant, J.W. Brown, East Arcadia.

In the 1860 census of West Brook, Bladen County: James Graham, 45, cooper, wife Winney, 33, and children Margaret, 17, Sarah J., 15, Priscilla, 14, Culie, 12, Thomas, 10, George, 9, Rich’d, 6, Joseph, 4, John, 1, and Philip Graham, 2 months.

Samuel Blanks. Died 16 January 1928, Whites Creek, Bladen County. Indian.  Farmer. Married to Emeline Blanks. Born 3 April 1833 in NC to Elija Blanks and Emeline Spaulding. Buried Blanks cemetery. Informant, W.J. Blanks, Rosindale NC.

In the 1860 census of West Brook, Bladen County: Elijah Blanks, 52, farmer, wife Elender, 40, and children Samuel, 21, turpentine worker, Abram, 20, farmer, Henry J., 17, farmer, Alfred, 15, farmer, Dennis, 13, Morganer, 9, Gustus, 8, and Elijah Blanks, 5.

May Blanks. Died 28 March 1927, Carvers Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Widow of Armon Blanks. Age 80. Born NC to Henry Bowen and Elizabeth Graham. Buried Grahams Chapel. Informant, A.D. Blanks, Acme.

Mary C. Young. Died 14 August 1918, Carves Creek, Bladen County. Colored. Married. Born 8 February 1859 in Bladen County to Henry Graham and Lucy Blanks. Buried Graham Chapel. Informant, Owen Young, Council.

In the 1860 census of West Brook, Bladen County: Henry Graham, 30, farmer, wife Lucy, 28, and children Wm. J., 5, and M.C. Graham, 1, plus Wm. J. Graham, 21, day laborer.

Please see www.graham-reunion.com for more about the Graham and interrelated free families of color, including Jacobs, Bowen, Freeman, and Blanks; the history of Graham Chapel; and photographs of family members.