BLANKENSHIP-L Archives

Archiver > BLANKENSHIP > 2001-05 > 0990149184


From: "Dorothy" <>
Subject: [BLANKENSHIP] Native American Blankenship Marriages
Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 20:32:35 -0500
References: <004601c0cc23$df830040$bac672d1@hppav>



----- Original Message -----
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
for
> 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
English
> 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
disappear
> over several generations of residence abroad but when the English are
first
> transplanted they remain essentially aloof in their foreign host
> environment. (Sorry for the put down to the pure bred Englishmen out
there,
> but it's based solely upon my personal experiences in living abroad for
20+
> 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,
but
> 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
of
> Cumberland and Northumberland. Some of these early Blankenships were
caught
> up in the fervent Quaker religious movement of that era as well. So when
you
> 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
records
> show that the English forced these Indians to become their slaves as soon
as
> 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
was
> 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
perhaps
> the most cruel of all slave masters of that era. So it was a combination
of
> the pernicious and pandemic European diseases they spread in America
coupled
> with the devilish working conditions they were forced to endure that
thinned
> the ranks of American Indians following the arrival of Europeans to the
new
> world. Columbus and his crew on his second voyage to America are
responsible
> for the deaths of millions of Indians in Central American due to swine
flu.
> It is believed that the crew of Christopher Columbus was infected with
swine
> flu in the Canary Islands prior to their second westward trip to the
> Caribbean. Even Christopher Columbus almost died of it and suffered with
the
> illness for several months on Hispanola before he finally recovered.
Indians
> would die with two or three days once they were infected with this
pandemic
> flu. It was estimated that the total American Indian population on the
North
> 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
American
> Indian population have honored the surname Blankenship with the same
respect
> as the white Blankenship population. Blankenships of all racial
backgrounds
> have served with honor and distinction in every American war since the
1760
> Indian Wars in Virginia.
>
> -------------- End ---------------
>
>
>
>
> ==== BLANKENSHIP Mailing List ====
> Please remember to post your family information putting the SURNAME in all
caps and using dates and places. The more information you provide, the
easier it is for someone to make a connection.
>


This thread: