Blackett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Blackett family

The surname Blackett was first found in Northumberland at Wylam, a township, in the parish of Ovingham, union of Hexham, E. division of Tindale ward. "The manor was an appurtenance to the monastery of Tynemouth, and was granted by the crown to a branch of the Fenwick family, of Fenwick Tower, from whom it passed to the Blacketts, in the reign of Charles II. It is now the property of Christopher Blackett, Esq., of Wylam House." [1]

Again in Northumberland, but this time in West Matfen, we found Matfen Hall, "the beautiful seat of Sir Edward Blackett, Bart., a fine eminence sheltered by extensive woods." [1]

Important Dates for the Blackett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackett research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1621, 1680, 1673, 1680, 1649, 1718, 1657, 1705, 1685, 1688, 1689, 1690 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Blackett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blackett Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Blackett occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Blackett, Blackitt, Blackhead, Blacket, Blackit and others.

Early Notables of the Blackett family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir William Blackett, 1st Baronet (1621-1680), English businessman in Newcastle and a politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1673 to 1680; Sir Edward Blackett, 2nd Baronet (1649-1718), an English...
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Blackett migration to the United States

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Blackett, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Blackett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tym Blackett, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Tym Blackett, aged 40, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
Blackett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joshua Blackett, who settled in Maryland in 1739
  • Joshua Blackett, who landed in Maryland in 1740 [2]
  • Tobiah Blackett, aged 25, who arrived in Carolina in 1774 [2]
  • Tobiah Blackett, who settled in Carolina in 1774
Blackett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John W Blackett, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1896 [2]

Blackett migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Blackett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ebenezer Blackett, aged 28, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Macedon" [3]
  • Ebenezer Blackett, aged 28, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [3]

Blackett migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Blackett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Blackett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [4]
  • Mrs. Sarah Blackett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [4]
  • Mr. John Blackett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [4]
  • Miss Helen Blackett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [4]
  • Miss Blackett, British settler travelling from London with a female family member aboard the ship "Norfolk" arriving in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand on 18th June 1880 [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackett (post 1700)

  • Hill Blackett (1892-1967), American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Illinois, 1939; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1940, 1952 (alternate) [6]
  • Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett OM, CH, FRS (1897-1974), English experimental physicist awarded Nobel Prize for Physics in 1948
  • Sir Edward William Blackett, 7th Baronet Blackett, English army Colonel and Aide de Camp to HM Queen Victoria in 1878, High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1889
  • Sir Edward Blackett (1719-1804), 4th Baronet Blackett, High Sheriff of Northumberland (1757–1758)
  • Lee Blackett (b. 1982), English rugby player
  • Sir Basil Blackett KCB, KCSI (1882-1935), British Civil Servant and expert on international finance

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MACEDON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Macedon.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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