Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How Did My Parents Meet?

Photo of my parents in my mother's mother front room in the 1960's.
Tuesday's Treasures:

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The info below was taken from my notebook entry: October 19, 1980. I added and reworded of this entry. There were some things from my notes I didn't share. I choose to omit some.
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One day, I was talking to my mother about how she met my father. "My mother told me the story of a guy that liked her. He liked her so much he asked my father to date my mother and put in some good words for him. This guy was serious.

This guy paid my father to go out with my mother. Yes! My father took the money and dated my mother...And the rest is history.

My parent went together for 2 years....My father made arrangements to get married....And they eloped in Kansas in 1937. My  father's step father, Chilton F. Lyle was a witness to the marriage. Rev Bell married my parents in his home in Kansas.
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I recall that my mother said that she met my father in her father's house. The same house that's in the picture above. My parents' parents knew each other. They didn't live to far from each other.

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I'm thankful for the parents that the Lord blessed me with.

Thanks for reading,
S.A.Blakley

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Andrew And Julia WHITE Family Connections: Spencer WHITE (1852 - 1929)

This is a repost with corrections from October 1, 2012
The Andrew And Julia White Connections: Spencer White ( about 1856- ?)
What is known about Spencer White?

What I've discovered came from census records,
a slave advertisement, letters from relatives, a family history booklets and obituaries.
 
According to the 1880 census 
Spencer was born about 1852 in Missouri.
On the 1900 census he was born about 1855.
The slave ad, he was born about 1852.
His death record
His tombstone states 1857

Spencer White married Miss Malinda Banks on July 15, 1887 in Glasgow, Howard, Missouri.
They were married at City Hall. Malinda had at least one child, Ceola WHITE by Spencer. 

Spencer had three daughters

Ceola WHITE REED (1885 - 1983)
Ceola was the wife of Victor "Vic" Reed. They had a son and a daughter.

Sallie WHITE KIRBY HUDSON (1887-  1920 ) I first came across a Sallie Kirby who visited her father Spencer White in Moberly, MO. This led me to more on Sallie. She married Orlando Kirby in Moberly, MO. on January 10, 1910.

Sallie wasn't listed on Spencer's obituary in May of 1929. I assumed that she passed.  Also Sallie was divorced. Orlando was married to  Lottie Ganaway in October 21, 1921 in Jackson County MO.

Obenatta CRAIG PEARL (1886 - 1973)
Obenatta was the wife of Vernon Pearl.  "Benetta's" mother was Dora (CASON) WHITE CRIAG

According to the 1900 census record Spencer was married to a Lou / Lu WASHINGTON who was born about 1865.  According to a census record they were married on October 10, 1895. Lou had no children,

The year of Spencer's death was on May 15, 1929 in Mobley, Missouri. Spencer was born a slave to Frances White Blakey. Spencer was a day laborer. He spoke English.

Spencer didn't live too far from one of his former slaveholder's son, Yelverster C. Blakey. Also Kelly and Jannie Reed lived on College St with the Whites. Perhaps Spencer's daughter, Ceola married one of the Reed's sons.

I came across a Missouri Death record on a Spencer White, a laborer was born July 15, 1856 in Missouri. This Spencer's parents were Ander White and Julia Finney, both from born in MO. Spencer's wife was Fannie. Spencer was buried in Mobley, Missouri in Oakland Cemetery.

I searched the 1910 census record in Randolph County Missouri. This Spencer's parents were born on Virginia. I don't know if Spencer remarried. This Spencer only married once. He was listed with  two daughters.

One was Emely  (Emily) WHITE  born about 1880. I discovered that Emily Hannah married Louis DADE in July of 1907.  Emily was born in 1875.  Lucier (Lucile) White born 1901. Lucile ? perhaps a granddaughter.  Emily was a widow with one child.

When I blog my first post of Spencer, here was want I said on October 1, 2012.  On December I had confirmation that this Spencer WHITE has family connections. It could be that the Missouri death record of Spencer (WHITE) could  have been the son of Andrew White and Julia White. I don't know if Spencer was married to a Fannie. I hope that this is helpful to the descendants of Spencer White. "

I later had confirmation that Spencer was married Mrs. Fannie Brown. They married on November 17, 1906 in Randolph County Missouri. I'm not for sure if Spencer did have other off springs. Emily was listed as Spencer's daughter. Perhaps a descendant of Spencer WHITE may come across this blog.
 

Here is the tombstone of Spencer White in Oakland Cemetery. 
The birth year reads 1857.
Emily DADE was Spencer's wife Fannie's daughter.
Photo used with permission to share family history.

  
Thanks for reading.
S.A.Blakley

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tracing My Parents' Ancestors

 Photo of the front cover of my Family History notebook,
There are some notes I took on what my parents shared with me about their ancestors.
Tuesday's Treasures: 

 My first entry: My father's father Blakey / White family connections came from Africa in 1843 and my mother's mother family connections were in St. Joseph, MO in the 1860's and maybe before this.

My Great Grandmother was Anna Laura Washington (Allen) Walters. She was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on June 13, 1867.  She was the daughter of William / John Washington and Susan (Leach) Washington.

I have come a long ways from this first entry...

As look back over this entry, I can say that I can trace my ancestors on my father's side back to Mrs. Hannah Hooper who was born about 1767 and on my mother's side back to Mrs. Delilah "Lillie" Lewis was born about 1785.

I thank God that I've come as far as I have. So thankful for family connections. And for those who past down what they know about their ancestors. Thank You, Jesus!

Thanks for reading,
S.A. Blakley

Friday, July 10, 2015

Reflections On Researching Info On The Lankford / Lankfard Family Connections

7 of 11 Children of Robert and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard

I can't recall when I began my search on my Lankford / Lankfard Family Connections. I know that in my early searching, I had a hard time finding things. My journey started out with what my parents told me. I worked from there.

My mother had some photos of her parents and relatives. I had some written info. It was enough to start searching. But, I didn't know where to start.

As the years came to past, I explored more. I would ask my parents questions. I went to the library. I searched city directions. I went page by page through birth and death records. Some of the material were't indexed.

There were times during my journey, I though that I couldn't find any more than what I had at that time. I couldn't go any further. So, I had to stop searching.

While I was on break, I began to receive information. I received some photos from my cousin, Gary Lankford.  He showed up at the door one day and handed my some photos. I was so thankful that Gary share them with me.

However, I still was at a stand still. I continue to ask relatives questions on the Lankford / Lankfard family connections. I did have some leads to follow. I kept searching.

It wasn't until the past five to eight years, I began to search more on my family history. In the last five years, I have come across more on my Lankford / Lankfard side than I thought I could. I'm amazed.

In  2014, I began to see some answers to some questions. I sought to find out things. I searched for all of Robert and Charlotta's children one by one.

Their children. James, Lula,  Frederick, Louis, Leo Anna, Charles,  Still born, Nym,   Isabella and discovered that there was another Lankford child. In the long run, I did make some progress. I'm happy that I stumbled across what I found. 

I searched all what I could. I found some online newspapers. I re read some of what I have discovered over the years for clues. I found some obituaries. This gave me more leads.

I have posted many blogs on my Lankford / Lankfard Family Connections.  I have more to post. There are some updates that I need to add. I still wonder. What will I find out next?

 I'm hoping that I will discover more on the Lankford / Lankfard Family Connections. It's interesting what I have so far. I believe that there is more. Someone has the pieces to our family mystery. May whosoever come forth. Hoping they can add to the family history and that others would add some too.


Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Descendants Of Leo And Mary (Allen) LANKFORD / LANKFARD

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The Descendants Of
Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD / LANKFARD
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Leo Lankford / LANKFARD


Mr. Leo Lankford Sr. / Lankfard
1884 - 1954
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Leo was born on May 30, 1884 in Canton, Missouri.
He was the son of Robert and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.
Leo Sr. died on September 14, 1954 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Leo married Mary Allen on April 16, 1909 in Savannah, Andrew County MO.
 
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Miss Mary F. ALLEN
 

Mrs. Mary Frances LANKFORD / LANKFARD
1889 - 1975
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Mary was born on Dec 21, 1889 to Anna Laura (Washington) and William Robert Allen.
Mary died on November 7, 1975 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
When Mary married Leo Lankford in 1909,
her name on the marriage license was Mary Walters.
Leo's surname was spelled LAUKFORD.
Mary's mother remarried to Thornton Walters.
 
Perhaps Mary took the Walters surname.
Mary had a half sister, Mary (Bonita) WALTERS and
a brother half, Joseph WALTERS.
 
Leo and Mary had 11 children.
Anna , Robert, Leola, Mary , Lula, Sarah Belle, Leo Jr.,
Addison , Betty, Frederick and Josephine Lankford.
All their children were born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
 
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Anna "Annie" C. LANKFORD
 
Mrs. Anna C. Blakley
1909 -  1974
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Anna was born on Sept 27, 1909.
Anna married Isaac "Ike" Blakley.
They move to South Dakota and than later to St. Paul, Minnesota.

Isaac and Anna had two sons.
Richard "Dicky" Blakley and Robert "Bobby" Blakley Sr.

Anna passed away on Feb 4, 1974 in Minnesota.
Isaac and Anna were buried in Minnesota.
 
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Robert L. LANKFARD
 

Mr. Robert Louis / Lewis Lankfard Sr.
1911 - 2000
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Robert was born on July 13, 1911.
Robert married Grace Lee Smith.
In 1941, Grace died leaving a daughter
Roberta Lankford.
Robert remarried to Irene Amanda Blakey.
Robert and Irene had two children:
Robert L. Lankfard Jr and Patricia Lankfard.
Robert Sr. had a son, Donald.
Robert Sr. was married to a Jerline ?
Jerline Lankford
1922 - 1972

Robert Sr. resided in Minneapolis Minnesota.
He died on 3 July 2000.
Robert Sr. served in the military.
Robert Sr. was buried in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
 
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Leola LANKFORD


Mrs. Leola Farmer
1915 - 1994
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Leola was born on June 25, 1915.
She lived in St. Joseph, Missouri most of her life.
Leola married William "Willie" Farmer Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska.
They returned to St. Joseph, Missouri.
Leola had two sons.
Melvin Washington
He was born in 1932 and died as an infant.
 Robert Leon Farmer Sr.

Leola died on Sept 12, 1994.
"Willie" and Leola were buried in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, MO.
 
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Mary  Virginia "Jennie" LANKFORD
 
Mrs. Milton Vernon Thomas
1918 - 1990
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Mary was born on Feb 11, 1918.
Mary married Milton Vernon Thomas.

Mary was the mother of two children.
Richard Thomas and Mary E. Thomas

Mary "Jennie" died on March 21, 1990.
Milton and Mary were buried in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, MO.
 
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Lula "Lu" Marguerite LANKFORD


Mrs. David W. Blakley Sr.
1920 - 2000
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Lula was born on April 21, 1920.
Lula married David W. Blakley on March 28, 1937 in Troy, Kansas.
David and Lula had 19 children.
David Jr., Donnie, Paul, L.J, Johnnie, Danny, Lula,
Eddie, Charlie, Richey, Freda, George, Bobby,
Iky, MaryRuth, Ronnie, Roger, Mike, and Susie.
Lula passed away in her sleep on April 1, 2000.
David Sr. and Lula were buried in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri.
 
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Sarah Belle LANKFORD
Mrs. Alie J. Johnson
1922 - 1995
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Sarah was born on March 14, 1922.
Sarah married Rev Alie J. Johnson on Jan 14, 1953 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Sarah was the mother of 9 children.
She raised most of her children on Locust Street.
Daniel "Pete", Sharon, Virginia, Marilee, Eddie Lou,
Wilbur, Betty, Christina, and Josephine.
Sarah passed away on May 9, 1995.
Rev. Alie and Sarah were buried in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri.
 
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Leo LANKFORD Jr.



Leo "Sam" Lankford Jr.
1924- 1964
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Leo was born on March 6, 1924 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Leo Jr. married Lois Stewart and lived on Locust Street.
He served in the military. He was awarded the Purple Heart on June 2, 1945.

Leo Jr. and Lois had the father of 5 sons.
Gary, Leo III, Clarence, Louis and Samuel "Scott" Lankford.

Leo Jr. passed away on May 19, 1964.
Leo Jr. and Lois were buried in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri
 
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Addison LANKFORD
 

Addison "Ad" Lankford
1926- 1979
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Addison "Ad" was born on Jan 27, 1926 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He was known as the Sheriff of Locust.
Ad married Alice ? from MN.
Later they divorced.
"Ad" had no children.

"Ad" passed away on June 16, 1979.
"Ad" Addison was buried in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri.
 
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Betty  Marie LANKFORD



Mrs. James WESTON Jr. 
1928 - 2012
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Betty was born on Feb 7, 1928.
Betty married James "Jim" Weston.
In 1949, James died at an early age leaving Betty a widow.
Betty had no children.

Betty passed on in July 22, 2012.
She was buried in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri.
 
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  Frederick William LANKFORD


Private  Frederick "Fred" William Lankford
1930 - 1952
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Frederick "Fred" was born on Feb 17, 1930.
Fred never married and had no children.
He served during the Korean War.

Fred passed away on July 19, 1952 while in the service.
Frederick's body was returned to St. Joseph, Missouri .
Fred was buried in Ashland Cemetery.
 
 
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The youngest of Leo's and Mary's children
Josephine  "Josie" Louise   LANKFORD
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Mrs. James WILSON

Josephine was born on Aug, 30.
Josephine married Comezelle  Z / Walker Sr. who died on May 19,1964.
Josephine later married James Wilson.
 
James and Josephine live in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Josephine is the mother of 6 children
. Comezelle  Z. Walker Jr., Clinton Walker and Earl Walker.
Calista Wilson, Carla Wilson and Helen Wilson.
 
 
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 Photo of Leo Sr. and Mary (Allen) Lankford

In their home at 2616 Locust in St. Joseph, MO.
The Lankford Home

Mary F. Lankford with Six of  her 7 Lankford Daughters

Back row left to right
Mary, Betty , Mary (Allen) Lankford, Lula
Front row left to right
Josephine, Leola and Sarah
Daughter, Anna not in the photo.
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Leo Lankford Sr. with three of his four Lankford Sons

From left to right
Father, Leo Lankford Sr., Robert Lankfard, Leo Lankford Jr. and
Addison "Ad" Lankford
 
 
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Mary (Allen) Lankford, center with daughter, Anna
 
Anna is on right.
Mary Richardson is on the left
Anna was married to Isaac Blakley
"Ike", Mary Richardson and "Dave" Blakley were siblings.
Anna "Annie" and Lula "Lu" were sisters.

So that made Anna and Lula, sisters and sisters in law.
And Isaac and David, brothers and brothers in law.
 
 
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Three Lanford Brothers
Left to right
Leo "Sam" Lankford Jr., Addison "Ad" Lankford and Frederick "Fred" Lankford
 
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Precious Memories

As clear as a loving word or touch

of a hand so warm and clear

Are the memories of our loved ones that

we treasure and hold near.

A favorite song or picture often causes

us to recall, the many special times

that were the dearest ones of all.

And although time will heal the loss

we will never be far apart

Because God's gift of memory will always
 
be a treasure in our hearts.

May the special memories of all the deceased members
of the Lankford / Lankfard Family always live in our hearts.
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The First Generation
Robert Louis and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard
Photo on the left Robert Louis LANKFORD / LANKFARD
Photo on the right Charlotta DADE LANKFORD / LANKFARD
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(1852- 1919)
(1854- 1924)
 
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Robert and Charlotta were the  parents of the Second Generation of Lankfords.
 
James Andrew LANKFORD,
Jennie LANKFORD,
Lula Mae MADISON,
Frederick "Fred" A. LANKFORD,
Louis "Add" Adward LANKFORD,
Leo LANKFORD,
Anna Alice SMITH,
 
Charles Edward LANKFORD,
Still born Female LANKFORD,  
Nymadula "Nym" LANKFARD,
Isabelle V. NICKERSON
and an un named LANKFORD child.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Lankford / Lankfard Family: A Repost With Updates

A Brief History: The LANKFORD / LANKFARD Family Connections
The LANKFARD Family outside their home.
They resided at 2411 Messanie Street in St. Joseph, Missouri.
The year of this photo was 1892.

According to the names written on the back of this photo: From left to right:

The mother, Charlotta, Frederick, Lula,
Next to Lula, Louis, J
ames behind Louis' left side
and the father, Robert next to James
The little girl on the left is Alice who's in front of Frederick
Leo is next to Alice
Charles about age 2 is next to Leo
The family dog  is next to Charles.


Missing in the photo: Those  who were not born yet.
The stillborn, Nymadula, Isabella and the unnamed Lankford child.

Precious Memories

As clear as a loving word or touch

of a hand so warm and clear

 Are the memories of our loved ones that
 
we treasure and hold near.

A favorite song or picture often causes

us to recall, the many special times

that were the dearest ones of all.

And although time will heal the loss

we will never be far apart

Because God's gift of memory will always

be a treasure in our hearts.


May the special memories of all the deceased members

in the Lankford / Lankfard Family always live in our hearts.

Amen!
 
Mr. Robert Louis LANKFORD / LANKFARD

Mr. Robert Louis / Lewis LANKFORD / LANKFARD
1852 - 1919
 
Robert Louis / Lewis was born on February 22, 1852 in Kentucky.
There is not much known about Robert Louis' family.
His parents were born in Kentucky.

I heard a story that Robert met up with his mother after slavery.
Robert's mother was said to have passed on in Canton, Missouri.

Robert have had a half sister named, Mamie MORTON.
I don't know if Mamie was married. Or if she carried the Lankford surname.
Mamie and Robert had the same mother.

The Lankfords worked for the Morton families.
The Morton surname could have been the Lankford Family's former slave owners.

Robert may had another relative named, Mrs. Sarah Anna (Lankford) JOHNSON.
Sarah was born in October of 1851 in Kentucky.
She lived and was married in Lewis County, Missouri.
She was the wife of  Mr. Wesley Z. JOHNSON.
They had about 12 children.

  Mr. Lewis Lankford married Miss Charlotta Dade on January 25, 1873 in Canton, Missouri.
Charlotta's parents Mr. Isaac and Mrs. Frances Dade were witnesses to the marriage.

Robert worked as a Boatsman, Laborer, Stone Mason, Grader, Contractor and Builder.
He was the proprietor of the Lankfard Café in 1911 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He was self employed.

R. Louis LANKFERD was listed in the St. Joseph, Missouri Directory in 1890.
Throughout the city directors Robert's surname was spelled LANKFORD
... and LANKFARD at times.
Robert and Charlotta moved to Denver, Colorado for a brief time.
They returned to St. Joseph, Missouri.
Robert Louis Lankford passed on November 14, 1919 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Robert's passing was announced in the newspaper.


Mrs. Robert Louis LANKFORD / LANKFARD
 Mrs. Charlotta / Charlottie  "Lottie" (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard
1854 - 1924
 
Charlotta  "Lottie" was born in January of 1854 in Missouri.
She was one of 14 children.
The known siblings Mrs. Louisa Jane "Janie" (Dade) Washington, Mrs. Mary Ann (Dade) Madison,
 and Mr. Louis Newton" Lew" Dade. There could have been one named Mr. Isaac Dayde.
Also there could have been siblings named Frances DADE , Benj DADE and George DADE.

Father was Isaac DADE who was born circa 1808 in Virginia.
Mother was Frances OVINGTON who was born circa 1812 in Kentucky.
Frances was listed on the 1900 MO Census.

Charlotta was a Housewife and Laundress: Stream stress.
She lived in Denver Colorado for a short time with her husband in 1918.
They returned to St. Joseph, Missouri.
It appears that Charlotta moved back to Denver from 1921 - 1923.
Then she moved to New York for eight months.
She passed on April 3, 1924 in New York, New York.

Charlotta's  passing was announced in the newspaper.
Her body was brought back to St. Joseph, Missouri.
Charlotta was buried next to her husband, Robert in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri on April 6, 1924.


Robert  Louis and Charlotta had about 10 or 11 children.
Here's the list of their children and some grandchildren.


Mr. James A. LANKFORD
Mr. James "Jim" Andrew LANKFORD
1874- 1957
James was born on October 26, 1874 in Monticello, Missouri.
His year or birth was either 1873 or 1874.
WW I record states 1873
Death record states 1874

 James worked as a Laborer, Grader and Concrete Mason.
He was self employed.
James married Miss Sarah "Sallie" J.  ?
There is no record of them having children.

James passed on July 31, 1957 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He was living in a nursing home at the time of his passing.
James and Sarah were buried in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Their passing was announced in the city newspaper
             
 Miss Jennie LANKFORD

No Photo

Born about 1873 in Missouri.
Died before 1900 in Missouri.
It could be that the census taker wrote down Jennie instead of Jimmie.
James Lankford wasn't listed on the 1880 census with family.


Mrs. William Emmanuel MADISON Sr.

Lula Mae Russell (Lankford) MADISON
1875 1961
Photo taken in Leo and Mary Allen Lankford / Lankfard's home.
Lula was born on October 11, 1875 in Canton, Missouri.
Miss Lula Lankfard married William Emmanuel MADISON on May 27, 1896 in St. Joseph, Mo.
Lula was a housewife.

Lula and William had about 8 children
Unknown Child, Louis, Joshua, Cleo, Charlottie and Robert who were twins,
William Jr. and Lula MADISON.

 Lula Mae passed on September 30, 1961 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Lula and William were buried in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Their passing was announced in the city newspaper

Mr. Frederick  A. LANKFORD
 Mr. Frederick "Fred" A. LANKFORD
Fred was born on January 28, 1878 in Canton, Missouri.
Fred married Mollie B. WHITNEY on June 22, 1942 in Jackson County in Missouri.
There was no record of them having children.

Fred worked as a Laborer, did odd Jobs, Cook, Porter, An Attendant at R.R.
Fred was professional musician.
He was a "Tango Banjoist" in Denver, Colorado and New Mexico.
Where and when Fred passed is unknown.
Perhaps in New York after September, 1961.

Mr. Louis A. LANKFORD
 Mr. Louis Adward "Adward" LANKFORD
1882 - 1967
Louis was born on January 20, 1882 in Canton, Missouri.
Louis married Miss Virginia / "Virgie" HILL in 1918
Louis had no children by Virgie.

Louis had a daughter by Leola PETERSON.
Thelma Rowena Lankford JACKSON.
Louis had a daughter and a son by Sarah Elizabeth WRIGHT.
Adlene H. Lankford and Charles "Puffy" Addison Lankford.

Louis worked as a Laborer, an Attendant at a R.R. Station in New York and a Porter.
"Ad" was a professional baseball player in the Negro League.

He played with the Kansas City Monarchs (1900's ? )
He played on the Occidentals in Salt Lake City, Utah 1910 -1912.

Louis "Add" pitched for the following teams.
The New York Lincolns Stars in 1916 and 1918
The Brooklyn Royal Giants in 1917
The Penn Station Red Caps in 1917 - 1920

Louis "Add" had one professional fight as a boxer.
Louis passed in June of 1967 in New York.

Mr. Leo LANKFORD Sr.
 Mr. Leo LANKFORD Sr.
1884 - 1954
Leo was born May 30, 1884 in Canton, Missouri.
Leo worked as a Teamster, Trucking and Hauling.
He was self employed.

 On the U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,
Leo was paralyzed in his left hand and leg since 4 years old.

Leo married Mary ALLEN on April 16, 1909
 in Savannah, Andrew County in Missouri.
Leo's surname on index was spelled LAUNFORD
Mary's maiden name spelled WALTERS

Leo and Mary had 11 children
4 sons and 7 daughter
Anna, Robert, Leola, Mary, Lula, Sarah, Addison, Leo Jr., Betty, Frederick, and Josephine Lankford

Leo Sr. passed on September 14, 1954 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Leo and Mary were buried in Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Their passing was announced in the city newspaper.
 

Mrs. Christopher Columbus SMITH
Mrs. Anna Alice (Lankford) SMITH
1885 - 196x

Photo taken in New York City at William E. Madison Jr's home.
Anna Alice was born about May of 1885 in Canton, Missouri.
Miss Alice Lankfard married Christopher Columbus SMITH
on April 12, 1911 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
 
 Anna and Christopher had no children
Anna Alice was a housewife.
Anna Alice passed on some time in the late 1960's in St. Joseph, Missouri.
She was living in a nursing home at the time of her passing.

The following children born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
 
Mr. Charles E. LANKFORD
Mr. Charles Edward LANKFORD  
Charles was born on January 4, 1890
Charles married  Meta M. (Hughes) Lankford
Meta was born on Dec 2, 1896 in Hiawatha Kansas.
She passed on April 24, 1931 in Kansas City Missouri.

Meta was listed as divorced. Her name was Meta BEARD.
She was the daughter of John and Laura (Bools) Hughes.
Found the marriage record of Meta Lankford to a Hanceford Beard.
This explains her death record.
Charles and Meta had a daughter.
Lelia Laura LANKFORD
a.k.a. Lelia Thompson Hill
(1914 - 1960)

Charles worked as a Laborer, did odd Jobs, House Cleaning, and a Teamster.
When or where Charles passed is unknown.
It was before 1954.
Perhaps in Kansas City.

Unnamed Female LANKFORD
Stillborn
May 23, 1893
St. Joseph, Missouri

Mr. Nymadula LANKFORD
 Mr. Nymadula "Nym" LANKFORD
Nym was born February 29, 1896
( Leap Day 1896)

Nym married Miss Hattie McDaniel about 1918.
Nym was listed on 1920 with wife Nannie "Hattie" from Kansas.
Hattie was a singer / entertainer.
Nym and Hattie had no children together.

Nym was listed on 1930 census with wife, Irene ?
Nym married Irene about 1927.
Nym and Irene had a daughter.
Marjorie LANKFORD born about 1927
Marjorie passed on young in life.

Nym was married to a Gertrude "Gertie".
 She was a German.

Nym worked as a laborer.
Nym was listed as having weak eyes on his U.S., WW I Draft Registration Cards,
1917-1918
R.R. Penn Station in New York; 1930
Story has it, Nym was a gambler.
When or where Nym passed is unknown.
I came across some info that Nym died after being in a shoot out.
Can't verify that.

Nym perhaps about 1960's in New York.
According to obituaries of Nym's siblings, Nym was living in 1961,

 Mrs. Ezekiel Watson Nickerson
 Mrs. Isabella V. (Lankford) Nickerson
1898 - 1938
Isabella was born about September of 1898
Isabel married Ezekiel Watson NICKERSON on Aug 16, 1920.
Isabel was a housewife.

Isabel and Ezekiel lived in Denver, Colorado.
They had about 9 children.
Nathaniel / Nathan Welcom NICKERSON, Vivian V. (NICKERSON)  JAMES,
Lankford J. NICKERSON , 
Betina / Bettie (NICKERSON) MARONEY ,
 Robert Eugene NICKERSON, Doris Laverne (NICKERSON)  McCARTY DAVIS ,
Freddie NICKERSON, Un named twin of Freddie and Lydia / Leona NICKERSON.

Isabelle / Isabella passed on September 15, 1938
Due to complications of giving birth to twins.
One of the twins was buried with Isabella.
Funeral note on record: baby in same casket.

The younger Nickerson children moved to Fort Worth, Texas.
Their Aunt Ruth White cared for them.
Isabella's passing was announced in the Denver newspaper.


Un Named Lankfard child born after June 15, 1900 
This child passed before April 29, 1910.
This child was born after the 1900 census was taken.
 Charlotta was about 46 years old in 1900.

The Mystery of Isaac Lankfard Jr.

The informant, Isaac Lankfard Jr was the name on Charlottie Lankfard's death record,
Isaac Jr. was recorded as Charlottie's son. Who was Isaac Lankford Jr.?

I believe that this was the error on the undertakers behalf.
I think, that this Isaac was Louis Lankford. Louis' father went by Louis Lankford in his early days.
Louis was the middle name of  his father Robert LOUIS Lankford. Some how the name  Isaac was mentioned. Charlotta's father was Isaac.   Charlottie's  address on her death record was 160 W. 142nd St. Apt 5 Louis "Add" Lankford lived at 160 West 142nd from about 1920 - 1925.
 
The LANKFORD Surname

On the Lankford brothers' World War 1 and 2 Draft Reg Cards
Most of the spelling of the LANKFORD name was spelled or signed as LANKFARD.

On LANKFORD Marriage Records for Frederick, Lula and Alice...
Their surname was spelled LANKFARD.

The descendants of Robert Lewis LANKFARD Sr., son of Leo and Mary
(ALLEN) LANKFORD / LANKFARD spell their surname LANKFARD.
 

Tombstones at Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri


Robert Louis' and Charlotta's surname on grave marker spelled LANKFARD. 
 This is just a thought. It could have been the person who made the arrangement for the tombstone for the spelling of the surname. The brothers in New York, spelled their surname LANKFARD.
 
Leo's and Mary's surname on grave markers spelled LANKFARD

 ~ Which was it Lankford? Or Lankfard?  ~
We don't know the story behind the surname spelling.
But, I think that there was something to do with it.
 
Some of my thoughts.
It could have been that the family wanted to spell the surname the same on the tombstones.
I don't think it was a mistake in doing.


 Here's how the surname was recorded in the Iowa State Bystander on May 19, 1911.
 
Three of The LANKFORD Brothers lived in New York
beginning around the late teens, 1920's - 1930s and until their death

 
Louis "Add" Lankfard, Frederick "Fred" Lankfard and Nymadula "Nym" Lankfard.
Brother, Charles Lankford came to New York don't know the year.
The brothers followed each other as they were on the R.R.
Note that Charles returned to Kansas City Missouri.

This is the only known photo of the brothers.
The years when this photo was taken is unknown.





The Lankfard Brothers
From left to right
Leo, Nymadula and Charles.
Behind Leo, Frederick, Behind Nymadula, James, Behind Charles, Louis "Add".


The year of photo is  a question.
This could be the photo when their father and or mother, passed 1919 and 1924.
My mother said that there was a picture taken of the brothers
about the time of their mother's passing.

The Other LANKFORD Siblings
in St. Joseph, Missouri and Denver, Colorado


Brothers, Leo Lankford and "Jim" James Lankford stayed in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Along with sister, Lula Mae Madison.
Sister, Anna Alice Smith lived in Denver and Kansas City, Missouri.
She moved back to St. Joseph, after her husband passed in January of 1948.

Isabella V. Nickerson and her family were the only ones who stayed
in Denver, Colorado.
It wasn't until late 2014 when I made some connections with a descendant of Isabella. They were searching for Isabella's family connections also. They couldn't make the connections.
I'm so thankful that I came across some of Isabella's descendants.

 The Lankford Sisters
The daughters of Robert and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD
The place where this photo was taken is unknown.
It could have been in St. Joseph, Missouri.The year was before Sept 1938.
From left to right

 Mrs. Anna Alice SMITH
Mrs. Christopher Columbus SMITH

Mrs. Lula Mae Russell MADISON
Mrs. William Emmanuel MADISON Sr.

Mrs. Isabella V. NICKERSON
Mrs. Ezekiel W. NICKERSON

I'm continuing on the search to find other family connections
on the Robert and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard branch.

Thanks for reading,
S.A. Blakley

   There has been so much new discoveries since...
I posted this original blog The Lankford / Lankfard Family on July 10, 2010.