Born: 1798-12-17 Kentucky
Died: 1856-10-07 Chatham, Illinois
A native of Kentucky, David Black arrived in what became Sangamon County, Illinois, in April 1819. In June 1821, Black received appointment as constable. On January 2, 1823, he married Sarah Moffitt, with whom he had six children. During the Black Hawk War, Black was a first lieutenant in Thomas Moffett's Company. In 1839, Black, John Ball, Japhet Ball, and Smith Ball retained John T. Stuart and Abraham Lincoln in a suit against Joseph Lockridge, Elijah Lockridge, and William Lockridge.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 34, 123; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago, IL: Inter-State, 1881), 164; Ball et al. v. Lockridge et al, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=138142.