May we remember to give thanks everyday. Thanksgiving is every day. Not just one day on the calendar. May we count our blessings by giving thanks for God for all that He has done and will be for us. May we enter into the Holidays with thanksgiving on our lips. Amen.
With Honor: Giving Thanks I am thankful for the service men and women who put their lives on the line to fight for our country. May God protect all the service members of the military branches near and aboard. May God bless their families and comfort them.
Those who are living.
Steven ---Air Force Vietnam--
Laura -- Air Force---
I have many cousins who have served and are serving in the military.
It's been a journey Tracing the Lankford / Lankfard Surname Through the children of Robert and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard. With all the documents and what each child left behind as a paper trail, it still leaves a mystery.
On the back of this photo, the surname was spelled LANKFARD
I wasn't out to prove which surname was the family surname. I don't which one is the correct spelling. As I searched the records, the surname could have been Lankfard. It's in records.
What stands out the most isn't what was recorded in records, it was how the surname was recorded. The most important thing was how the siblings wrote on the postcards and how they signed their surname. That's evidence in itself.
As for the tombstones, that's another story. I would think, when a person orders a tombstone, the person who orders it, spells the name out. I don't think it was by accident that the LANKFARD surname was on Robert, Charlotta, Leo and Mary's tombstones.
Here's the list of the links to the blogs on each child of
Robert and Charlotta (Dade)Lankford / Lankfard
My journey quest continues. I'm finding more as new info is being release to the public. I have come across more names, obituaries, and vital info. I'm hoping that more info will be released. I'm making some updates and corrections.
On facebook group pages there are
127 Blakey / Blakley / White Family Connections Members
83 Bartlett Family Connections Members
23 DADE Family Connections Members
I hope that others will connect.
Have a Wonderful November.
We have a lot to be thankful for
Thanks for reading.
In Family History: November
Here's some of what I was searching and some discovering on my Family Connections Calendar in November of 2014. I have another part of my findings in my Family Connections Note Book. I will post later this month.
At the top of calendar working to November 1, 2014
Faris Kashif LYLE ~ Shirley LYLE
Jessica Selestins m. Aug 31, 2014
Found online Newspaper for St. Joseph, Missouri
Lived in California
Eddie 17 1935
Archie 24 1919
Flora 30 1924
Lillie BLAKEY HAYES d. between 1930= 1943
Mary WHITE / BLAKEY GREEN d. 1949
Note on Edna BLAKEY's son
Edward JACKSON d. 1959 heat attack
wife Fleda L. SLADE (1926- 2013)
Anthony Mitchell b. 1951
Barry Eugene (1952-2003)
Joseph Lammi b. 1955
Robert STOCKS b. Nov 1, 1965
daughter Olivia STOCK
Hamid O. LYLE 53
Added Amer LYLE Faith M. b. Sept. 1 1962
Marion D. MINOR
Etta Louise MOORE MINOR (1932-2014)
Debora MINOR b. 1957
Lindaa Louise THOMASTON
Lisa PERRY b. 1964
Clarence Ollie BLAKEY
Vicotria, daughter... Michelle GONZALES
m. Charles K. BOWMAN on April 26, 1997
Riccho Ollie BLAKEY m. Stephanie R. GROSS
Riccho Dashawn BLAKEY b. Nov 2 1972
Ashad BLAKEY b. Nov 30, 1979
Nelson Clarence BLAKEY
Vivian NICKERSON JAMES HAWKINS
Nancy (Henry) CANNADY b. 1943
Cheryl L. STEGER (1947-2012)
Notes: on days on calendar.
Amer N. LYLE b 1956
John C. NELSON d 1975
Isaac BLAKEY joined Civil War 1863
Newspaper article on Jordan Blakey
He turned 57 in 1938
Searching Newspapers: St Joseph, Missouri
Add to list: Etta MOORE MINOR (1938- 2014)
Searching for Moses WHITE info
Toni GETHERS FORD
Kiera GETHERS KING
James W. HENDRED d 1910
? Isaac DADE / DAYD
Missouri Union Civil War vet
DADEs in Illinois
Mildred CORNNER / COTTON b 1929 ~ LA
Durwood D. HENDRICKS
Beverly POINTER BOOTS
DAYD, Isaac Dec 1845
Len Mar 1868
1900 Census Isaac Russell DAYD
Find A Grave:
Added Alfred Ray DADE b 1961 d 1996
Alfred son of Charles E. DADE and Mary TATE
CARDER, Megan M. BLAKEY d. 1999
Elizabeth (WHITE) GETHERS d. 1992
Estrall E. MORRISION
Searched for Etta Louise MOORE MINOR
Added child Sheryl MARTIN to Find A Grave
Mary ALLEN LANKFORD / LANKFARD d. Nov 7, 1975
Pamela STOCK ADAM d. 1997
William Leslie TERRILL b. 1928
Benjamin WASHINGTON b. 1882
Added more on MOORE/ MINOR Family Connections
Tony WHITE b. 1889
Searching for Clarence Ollie BLAKEY's Lineage
Pamela Denise BLAKEY CLARKE b. 1971
Meag BLAKEY CARDER
Found obituary of
Mike Lee BLAKEY d. 1954
Archie BLAKEY d. 1943 in California in 1919.
Flora E. BLAKEY d. 1954 age 30
Edna Mae BENTLEY
Corrine O. HAYES
Note: Verna M. BLAKEY
m. Lester Martin WILLIAMS
Olive / Ollie BLAKEY and Margaret BLAKEY
Honoring Relatives serving in the military
Eugene WHITE sr. b. 1901
Info on NICKERSON
Nathan W. NICKERSON
Doris Jean Married Eric Larry BURNETT
1968 div 1969
Note mailed DNA got results on Oct 24 , 2014
Ollie BLAKEY d 1972
LANKFORD / NICERSON Family Connections
Cousin Levern called
spoke of Vivian JAMES had a daughter named Sheryl
DWB b. in 1913
Vivian JAMES' daughter, Nancy listed with Henry CANNADAY 1993
R.L. LANKFORD d. 1919 on Nov 14th
Catherine ? BLAKEY wife of Paul
Issac R. BLAKLEY b. 1934
Added Uldene Frances YOUNGER ERIN
born Dec 14, 1905 died on Jul 14, 1991
Nancy CHAMBERNIN BLAKLEY d. 1987
Mary Ann DADE MADISON b. 1835
Anniversary of Family Connections on facebook
November 16, 2011
Judith Ann BLAKEY b. 1940
Searched for BLAKEYs
Mailed some info to a cousin in OR
Arlene MITCHELL BLAKEY d. 1981
Edward / Eddie Clem JACKSON
Anne , Lynne
Flora LAWERENCE BLAKEY d. 1954 on 21st
Jesse C. GUYTON b. 1963
Rena WHITE HOUSTON d, 1945
Made note: Archie had no children ?
Cousin called from OR.
Searched for Census and City Directories in CA
Archie with wives: Flora, Genève, and Velma
Ollie with wife Margaret
Lawhorn with wives Mettie , Roberta and Inez
More CA City Directories 1950's - 1970's
Searching for California BLAKEYs Info / Bio /Jobs /Residences
Juanita WASHINGTON TATE d. 1950 (DADE Family Connections)
Thomas J. BLAKEY m. Etta Mae GRIFFIN div. 1974
Archie T. BLAKEY d. 1943
Liested on the city directory with Velma
Lawhorn BLAKEY construction worker don't go to school?
Richard .T. BENTLEY; Army WWI
Oct 26, 1916 to March 25, 1919 served 3 years
Find A Grave:
Catherine Virginia ARMSTRONG ELLIS
(BARTLETT Family Connections)
Marshall HENDRED b. 1907
John WASHINGTON 1916
Ollie WHITE 1916 LATMER California
Thema J. TRUDELL BLAKEY
Eugene T. RICHARDSON d. 1991
Catherine ARMSTRONG EILLIS d. 2012
Geo T. ARMSTRONG b. 1882
Georgia ARMSTONG m) Sherdrick BONNETT 1947,
On Saturday, October 31, 1981, I met some other relatives in Yankton. Some of Mary's grandchildren, Mary Jane and her husband James LIGHTNER and Mary Jane's sister Doris and some of their children.
It was a long journey getting there. I was glad, I made it. It was on this day that discovered who my Great Grandpa was. I thought his name was John Blakey. But his name was Isaac Blakey. Mary Jane had a photo of our Great Grandpa Isaac with his wife Rachel. I was amazed to see that photo. I wished I took a picture of it. Below is a photo of my Great Grandpa Isaac.
Private Isaac Blakey
I was fascinated by all the things Great Aunt Mary and cousin, Mary Jane had been sharing with me through our corresponds over the years. As I look back, I'm thankful that I kept the letters that Mary Jane wrote me. I've been re reading them. There are some things I forgot about.
I've been searching more of the clues that Mary Jane spoke of in her letters. At that time, I didn't know what cousin Mary was speaking about. But, as I'm coming across more information, there are some things that are making some sense.
I thank God for all that I've encountered on my journey quest to know more about my family connections. I have come across a lot of relatives in the process. I hope to connect with more. If not in person, by internet. That's how I have been finding family connections.
I sent off for my DNA kit from ancestry.com in 2014. I received me results on October 24, 2014. I was waiting to see what region my ancestors came from. I was very surprised.
It's been a year since I took the test. I finally got in a DNA circle. Our common ancestors are Andrew / Andre WHITE and Julia FINNEY. So, far only 3 of us are in this circle.
I started out with about 63 possible matches. I'm up to 109 as of October24, 2015. In the beginning, there were a few I saw right off the bat. There were some common ancestors on our family tree. However none of these DNA matches are in my circle.
It's sad to see that most of the people who took the DNA test don't have family tree charts. And there are many searchers who have their family tree private. How can people make family connections when things are hidden?
I don't know why people who search for family history, but don't what to share what they know. What's the point? I guess we all have our reason.
My reason is to find more about my ancestors. And to share what I have and what I have discovered along the way. I don't get it when people hide with they know. It couldn't be that bad.
The living people on family trees are hidden. Only those who have passed on are available to see. That would make sense.
Here are my results: DNA Results took 23 days. I don't know how things work. I was a bit surprise on the America section.
73 % African 20% Ivory Coast / Ghana 18% Cameroon / Congo 13% Nigeria 13% Senegal 04% Benin/Togo 03% Mali 02% Africa South-Central Hunter- Gatherers 01% Africa Southeastern Bantu 0% American 0% Native American
12% Great Britain
07% Europe West
03% Europe East
01% Italy / Greece
03% Other Pacific Islander (Less than) 01% Polynesia
West Asia (Less than)
I was surprised that there was no Native American in my family linage. That was want was passed down through the generations. It's makes me wonder.