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THE SAPPINGTON FAMILY Dr. William Sappington purchased Blenheim from Paca Smith’s nephew and heir, Gustav Smith, in 1831 for $2000.
WILLIAM SAPPINGTON William Sappington was the son of Dr. Richard and Cassandra Sappington, and he resided at Blenheim with his wife, Amelia Jane, mother, Cassandra, and children, including a son, Dr. John K. Sappington of Darlington. An influential citizen, Dr. William Sappington owned various properties throughout Havre de Grace and held many prominent positions.
WILLIAM SAPPINGTON Dr. William Sappington was a postmaster of Havre de Grace from 1827 -1839, which, in 1833, earned an annual compensation of $79. 30. He was elected president of the Havre de Grace Bank on November 5 th, 1846. He died of apoplexy in 1849 and is buried in the Blenheim cemetery alongside his wife, Amelia. It is believed that his son, Dr. John Sappington, inherited the estate.
DR. RICHARD SAPPINGTON Also buried in the Blenheim cemetery are Dr. William Sappington's parents, Dr. Richard K. Sappington and Cassandra Sappington. Born to Thomas Francis Sappington and Frances Sappington in Anne Arundel county, Dr. Richard Kentucky Sappington was a surgeon and served in the Revolutionary War. He served under Col. Nathaniel Ramsay at Monmouth in 1778, and in 1781, he served in North and South Carolina under Col. Otho Holland Williams. He died in 1824 in Harrison County, Kentucky.
CASSANDRA SAPPINGTON Cassandra Francis Durbin was the daughter of Daniel Durbin and Mary Molly (Nee Johns) Durbin. Cassandra and Richard married on October 2, 1785 in Harford County. She lived at Blenheim with her children until her death in 1852. She received $300 semi-annually for Richard’s Revolutionary War pension. Her nephew, William Sappington Durbin moved to Indiana. He and wife Eliza had 11 children, 8 sons and 3 daughters. Winfield Durbin became the 25 th Governor of Indiana.
BLENHEIM IN 1850 CENSUS HOUSE ID 387, 2 nd District John K. Sappington (age 59) William’s Brother Rebecca N Sappington A. H. Sappington (age 17) Abigail Helen Cassandra Sappington (age 84) Rachel Tuchton (age 25)
BLENHEIM IN 1860 CENSUS HOUSE ID 1593, 2 nd District John K Sappington (physician) Rachael Touchston (32) A H Sappington (19) Jesse White (Laborer) (22)
A servant of John Kentucky Sappington, Nathan Ramsey, is buried in the cemetery as well. The Smith / Sappington house burned down in the 19 th century and the ruins no longer remain.