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From: "Dorothy" <>
Subject: [BLANKENSHIP] Native American Blankenship Marriages
Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 20:32:35 -0500
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From: "Don Blankenship" Sent: Monday, April 23, 2001 1:33 PM
Subject: [BLANKENSHIP] African American Blankenships

> What has been said about the assimilation of blacks into the once "all
> white" English population of Blankenships holds true to a smaller extent
> the American Indian population who acquired this surname. I assume that
> these intermarriages with blacks and American Indians occurred several
> generations after the first Blankenships set foot on American soil. I say
> this because of my experience in living and working with blue blood
> in Africa and South Asia and how they tend to separate themselves from the
> rest of the world in terms of cultural differences. This tends to
> over several generations of residence abroad but when the English are
> transplanted they remain essentially aloof in their foreign host
> environment. (Sorry for the put down to the pure bred Englishmen out
> but it's based solely upon my personal experiences in living abroad for
> years.) I also do not subscribe to the theory that the early Englishmen,
> including our male Blankinship ancestors, dashed about in the wilderness
> looking to find themselves a pretty little Indian squaw. All of my early
> Blankenship records show that the first and second generations of
> Blankenships in America married English women with English maiden names.
> Only those who have experienced life among the native Americans will know
> and understand that the cultural divide was quite extreme for these first
> English settlers in America. This does not even address the hygienic
> standards or lack thereof which might have differentiated the Englishmen
> from the American Indian population during the period 1686-1862. The
> religious differences of that particular era also would have mitigated
> against consummating marriages between our Blankenship ancestors and the
> Native American population. These marriage or unions happened, I'm sure,
> not in large numbers. I assume that the forefathers of most early
> Blankenships were baptized in the Church of England as we see in the
> accounts of Blenkinship and Blenkinsopp marriages in the parish registers
> Cumberland and Northumberland. Some of these early Blankenships were
> up in the fervent Quaker religious movement of that era as well. So when
> bring these very religious people to America and settle them near American
> Indians who threatened their every day existence, you find it somewhat
> incompatible or even incomprehensible that they would quickly assimilate
> with the same Indians who were their nemesis. I think the historical
> show that the English forced these Indians to become their slaves as soon
> it was practical. In fact, the first slaves in America were taken from the
> American Indian population. When the Indians rapidly died off because of
> diseases or hardships inflicted upon them, their English masters simply
> turned to Africa for a re-supply of slave labor. It was the highly
> profitable sugar cane industry which drove the early slave trade. Sugar
> in demand in Europe and so was tobacco. So those who got into the sugar
> trade early on made enormous profits and did so because of slave labor
> required to produce the sugar products.
> The Indians of the Caribbean were decimated by the Spanish who were
> the most cruel of all slave masters of that era. So it was a combination
> the pernicious and pandemic European diseases they spread in America
> with the devilish working conditions they were forced to endure that
> the ranks of American Indians following the arrival of Europeans to the
> world. Columbus and his crew on his second voyage to America are
> for the deaths of millions of Indians in Central American due to swine
> It is believed that the crew of Christopher Columbus was infected with
> flu in the Canary Islands prior to their second westward trip to the
> Caribbean. Even Christopher Columbus almost died of it and suffered with
> illness for several months on Hispanola before he finally recovered.
> would die with two or three days once they were infected with this
> flu. It was estimated that the total American Indian population on the
> and South American continents was about 90 million in 1492. within a short
> period of time the population was reduced to perhaps 10 percent of that
> number, largely through unwitting biological warfare inflicted on them by
> the European conquistadors.
> In closing I would hope that I have properly addressed this topic with the
> dignity it deserves. I'm sure that throughout history the black and
> Indian population have honored the surname Blankenship with the same
> as the white Blankenship population. Blankenships of all racial
> have served with honor and distinction in every American war since the
> Indian Wars in Virginia.
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