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Blackmar Family Collection (MC 91)

Biographical Note

The Blackmar family is one of the oldest families in Columbus, Georgia.  John Blackmar was one of the sons of Alfred Owen Blackmar and his wife Mary.  John was born in Georgia on January 2, 1853.  In the 1880 census he was listed as a fire insurance agent and lived on Forsyth St.  He married Susie Wellborn in 1884.  By 1910 they were living at 1404 4th Ave and he was a real estate agent.  1920 saw them on 1230 3rd Ave with two of their children Ray W. and Francis B.  By 1930 they lived at 1336 3rd Ave and had been married 31 years.  John died March 25, 1931 and is buried at Linwood Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia.  His children included Alfred Owen Blackmar (1884-1944), Ray Wellborn Blackmar (1887-1917), John Braisard Blackmar (1890-1917), Susie Ellis Blackmar (1895-1981) and Dr. Francis B. Blackmar (1898- 1977).  All birth and death dates are taken from

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 4 books, a scrapbook made by John Blackmar (1872-1973), and a second scrapbook, a genealogy chart and newspaper clippings.

1848-1908                                                     2 boxes (2 l.f.)


Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Blackmar Family Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Blackmar Family Collection (MC 91)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


Found in a barn in the country near Columbus and donated anonymously in 1997.


Note to Researchers

See also:

Blackmar family photographs in the Historic Photos Collection

Box and Item List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Scrapbook made by John D. Blackmar 1872-1873

The scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings of the time, especially the death of Robert E. Lee, and poetry.  They seem to be pasted in an old account book of McGrew & Robinson in St. Louis, Missouri.  Blackmar is the agent for selling tickets to a lottery of the Public Library in Kentucky.

Folder 2 – Little Masterpieces: Speeches by Abraham Lincoln. 1907

Folder 3 – Memory and Intellectual Improvement by O.S. Fowler, 1848

Folder 4 – Test Spelling Book; for Use of Advanced Classes, by W. D. Hinkle, 1872

Folder 5 – The Cheerful Smugglers by Ellis Parker Butler, 1908. The name Susie Blackmar is written on the frontispiece.

Folder 6 - Application for membership in the Georgia Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Box 2

Folder 1 – Scrapbook (red) of photographs and newspaper clippings circa 1895- early 1900s
     Blackmar family members mentioned include:  Susie Blackmar 1899, AOB asleep 1899, Francis Barton Blackmar 1899, Myra-Louise & Dana Bullard by Alfred 1899, and Myra Bullard 1897. An invitation for the 75th anniversary (1851-1926) of Mr. & Mrs. A. O. Blackmar Sr. at 1336 3rd Ave is present, as are a newspaper clipping of the Ladies Memorial Association Apr 27, 1898 and the text of Mrs. William's letter.
The inside front cover is inscribed with the names of Mr. R.T. Shaw and A. O. Wood, both of Denver, Colorado .

Folder 2 – Loose clippings from the Blackmar scrapbook, Blackmar family

Folder 3 – Loose clippings from the Blackmar scrapbook, Bullard-Hart Families

Folder 4 – Loose clippings from the Blackmar scrapbook, Columbus, Georgia events