JOHN R. BLACKLIDGE, deceased, late of Louisville, was born in Dayton, Tippecanoe County, Ind., October 31, 1823, and was a son of Harvey Blacklidge. He was brought up on the farm, and received a common school education; also attended school in La Fayette, Ind. He enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Fiftieth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and made an efficient soldier for his country, and was honorably discharged. He was granted a pension, but did not live to receive it. He was married, December 9, 1855, to Miss Sarah Demint, by whom he had six children - Mary (now Mrs. William J. Vick), Elizabeth (now Mrs. Addison Darnell), Harvey (deceased), Hattie, Charley (deceased) and John. Mr. Blacklidge died November 24, 1882, and the children both followed in a few weeks after. He had been affected with rheumatism ever since the war, a disease contracted while in the service of his country. Mr. Blacklidge was a member of the United Brethren Church, a consistent Christian, and a member of the Sons of Temperance while in Indiana. He was an esteemed citizen, and in his death the people lost an honest, upright man, one who was ever ready to cheer and assist the poor, and the family lost an affectionate husband and considerate father. He was one of the few men whom everybody seemed to love.
Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, pages 145-146.