Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 447] a very successful and able attorney-at-law of New Castle, Lawrence County, is a son of Samuel Blackstone, grandson of James Blackstone, and great- grandson of Samuel Blackstone, Sr., who lived just north of New Wilmington in Mercer Co., Pa. James Blackstone, one of four sons born to Samuel Blackstone, Sr., was born in Mercer County, and early in life moved to Greenfield, where he lived, engaged in agricultural pursuits, the remainder of his life, dying at the age of eighty. His life-companion, Nancy Waugh, lived to be over eighty years old and bore him the following children: Thomas H.; Samuel, our subject's father; John; and Hannah (Zahnizer).

Our subject's father was born near Greenfield, Mercer Co., Pa., in 1826. He located on a farm near the Blackstone homestead, and lived there all his life, dying Sept. 16, 1881. He married Susanna Keiffer, who was a native of Northampton Co., Pa.; she was taken to her long home in 1893 at the age of sixty-six years. Their religious principles and rules of life were those advocated by the Presbyterian Church. Three children were born to them, as follows: Frank A.; Nannie L.; and J. Norman.

Frank A. Blackstone was born in Mercer County, Sept. 15, 1853. His common school education was obtained in the district schools, and he was advanced at the State Normal and at Westminster College, graduating from the latter institution in the class of 1881. The expenses of his college education was partly borne by the salary he received from teaching eight terms of school in the vicinity of his home. He studied law under Col. O. L. Jackson, and was admitted to the bar of Lawrence County in 1883. He remained in the Colonel's office about five years, while that gentleman was in Congress, and in 1888 he opened an office for himself in the Clendennin Block, later moved to the Woods Block in 1890, and in 1891 came to his present location at No. 72 Pittsburg Street. Politically he is a Democrat. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the Western District in 1885; he was admitted to the bar of Mercer County in 1888; to the bar of Allegheny County, in 1893; and to the bar of the Courts of the Interior in 1890.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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