Van Jeffrey Blankenship was born on 1 May 1945 in Welch, West Virginia, to Miles Henry and Mary Inez (Muir) Blankenship. Welch is the county seat of McDowell County and to this day is a one-industry place. That industry is coal. So it is likely Miles Blankenship worked as a miner or for a company that supplied the mines.
On 20 December 1965 Van Jeffrey and Sandra Rae Tubbs applied for a marriage license at the Probate Court in Summit County, Ohio. He was required to provide his mother's custody papers before the license could be finalized. My assumption about this was he was not yet 21 years old. At the time he and Sandra lived at 148 Willard Street in Akron, Ohio, and he was a draftsman. Sandra Rae Tubbs had been married twice previously and had a minor child.
They did not marry, however, until 8 July 1971 at the courthouse in Winchester, Virginia. At the time of their marriage, they both lived at 1342 Getz Street in Akron, Ohio. They divorced two and a half years later on 11 January 1974 in Summit County, Ohio. Van Jeffrey was granted the divorce decree after proving his wife was grossly neglectful in her duties. According to the divorce decree, they had three children together, but I do not know anything about them.
Van Jeffrey married Jo Ann Elizabeth (Norman) Wesie, daughter of Hugh D. and Lydia (Thomas) Norman, on 2 March 1974 in Winchester, Virginia. At the time of their marriage Van lived at 887 East Crosier Street in Akron and Jo Ann lived at 8490 Highmill Avenue in Canal Fulton, Ohio. Both had been married before. After their marriage they moved to Findlay, Ohio, and lived at 724 Liberty Street in 1979 and 1020 Washington Avenue in 1993. They divorced on 3 August 2001 in Hancock County, Ohio. They had no children during their marriage.
In 2002 he still lived in Findlay at the Washington Avenue address.
US, Ohio Divorce Index, 1962-1963, 1967-1971, 1973-2007, 1974 Blankenship, Van - Blankenship Sandra
US, Ohio Divorce Index, 1962-1963, 1967-1971, 1973-2007, 2001 Blankenship, Van - Blankenship, Jo Ann
US, Ohio (Summit County) Marriage Records, 1840-1980, 1965 Blankenship, Van - Tubbs, Sandra Rae
US, Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002, 1993-2002 Findlay, OH (Van Jeffrey Blankenship)
US, Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002, 1998 Findlay, OH (Van Jeffrey Blankenship)
US, Public Records Index, Volume 1, 1979 Findlay, OH (Van Jeffrey Blankenship)
US, Virginia Marriage Records, 1936-2014, 1971 Blankenship, Van - Tubbs, Sandra
US, Virginia Marriage Records, 1936-2014, 1974 Blankenship, Van - Wesie, Jo Ann