Blacklidge, John a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was born and reared in South Carolina. In early manhood he joined the Church, served a short time as class-leader and exhorter, and twenty-five years as local preacher. In 1867 he entered the Mississippi Conference, and labored diligently for two years, when failing health obliged him to retire from active life. He died in the latter part of 1870. Mr. Blacklidge was characterized by consistent piety, fervent zeal, and fidelity. See Minutes of Annual Conferences of the M. E. Church South, 1871, p. 573.