Friday, December 19, 2014

1981 Letter From Mary Jane Lightner: On John (Blakey) Blakley And Cousins

Here's letter from one of my cousins. She passed away in 2003.
 Mary Jane was a great help to me in my early family history journey.
My Grandpa John was buried in SD.  

Thankful for memories of letters.
Cousin Mary was preaching the Gospel.
I continue to search for family history.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Making More Discoveries

Welcome to December!
Happy Holidays!

I have been making some progress on family connections.
I hope to compile some stories on what I have discovered..

Remembering Birth dates and Death dates of loved one who have gone on.
Family Connections In Family History: December

Thanks for reading.
Have A Wonderful Month of December.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Family Connections! Count your blessings one by one. Enjoy this day and always give thanks to God for what He has blessed you with. Enjoy the Holidays!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

With Honors: Giving Thanks

Happy Veterans Day!
I want to honor those who are veterans and those served in U.S.military.
Thank you!
Have A Blessed Day!

I have listed some of some of my relatives that served in United States' military.

Isaac Blakey

(1845 -1917)
Civil War
Private Isaac Blaker
Isaac serviced in the Civil War Nov 1, 1863 to May 13, 1866.
He was  Private Isaac Blaker on Mississippi Union side.
He jointed when he was about 14 or 15 years old.
Isaac was my Great Grandpa. He was said to have ran away to join the army.
Isaac was born into slavery in Howard / Chariton County in Missouri. 
There is a plaque in honor of my Great Grandpa service during the Civil War.
The name on the plaque reads Isaac Blaker.

Ezekiel Watson Nickerson
(1895 - 1942)
--- WW I ---
Private at Branch with Tank Co. Denver Colorado.
Ezekiel was married to my Great Aunt Isabella.

Robert Lewis Lankfard 
(1911 - 2000)

 ----U.S. World War II 
 Robert was my mother's brother
Children of Leo and Mary
Leo Lankford Jr.
(1924 - 1964)

U.S. World War II (Private)

He was wounded in the war later died.
Leo was my mother's brother.
 Children of Leo and Mary 

James J. Weston Jr.(1926 - 1949)

 ---U.S. Army World War II

James was the husband of my Aunt Betty.
Betty, my mother's sister.
Children of Leo and Mary

Eugene T. Richardson

(1917 - 1991)

---U.S. Army World War II
Eugene was married to my Aunt Mary.

Faris C. Lyle
(1923  - 2008)

U.S. Army World War II
Faris was my father's brother

Frederick Lankford
(1930 - 1952)

Korean War
Drowned in 1952 near Komipo, North Korea
Frederick was my mother's brother

Those who are living.
--U.S. Vietnam--
My brother
---Air Force Vietnam--
My brother in law
-- Air Force---
My sister in law

I have many cousins who have served and are serving in the military.

Here are some relatives who have served  in the military and have passed on.
Their memorials that I have found or set up on Find A Grave;

Click on LIST.|

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.
O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in peasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
NKJV Psalm 16:5-6
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who wins souls is wise.
NKJV Proverbs 11:30

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Month!

Greeting to you!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Remember thanksgiving is everyday.
I hope all will enjoy the season of being thankful.

I'm thankful for the gift of life.
I'm thankful for my family and family lineage.
I'm thankful for the many discoveries that I have come across.

I came across more relatives on the LANKFORD -NICKERSON Family Connections.
I spoke with some relatives on the phone from Oregon and Ohio.
I have been learning where my ancestors came from.
I hope to continue to explore and discover on Family Connections.

Here's In Loving Memory In Family History: November
I have been updating this sections as I'm finding new info.

Thanks for reading,
Grace and Peace of God be with you.

Friday, October 24, 2014

At Arrowhead In K.C. MO

3 nephews and one niece.
The one facing the photo is nephew, Double D.
One nephew in the jersey,
On nephew in red shirt,
A niece with half red  hat.
I took this photo in Oct of 2004. 
My nephew, Double D. was on the Atlanta Falcons that season. Kansas City Chiefs beat the Falcons this game. However the Falcons last game for the 2003 - 2004 season ended just one game away from the Super Bowl

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

News And Updates: Journey Continues

Greetings! Welcome to October!
Have a Great Month!!

I've been exploring and making more discoveries.
I have found some helpful information from old newspapers.

I have up dated In Family History: October
Thanks for reading, Family Connections

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mystery Photo Of Four Children: Who could They Have Been?

Who are the children in this photo? It's a  mystery.

This photo is of  Isabella V. (LANKFORD) NICKERSON.
Daughter of Robert and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD

I was looking at the children in the above photo. And I thought about Isabella (LANKFORD) NICKERSON's children. Are these children of Ezekiel's and Isabella's?

On the 1930 census Ezekiel and Isabella were listed with 5 children.
All born in Colorado.

Nathan NICKERSON born about 1922
Katherine was listed as Nathian. Error on census.

Vivian NICKERSON born about 1923
Lankford NICKERSON born about 1924
Betina NICKERSON born about 1927
Robert NICKERSON born about 1928

I believe that Ezekiel and Isabella had other children after 1930. As I was searching, I came across a Bettie NICKERSON in TX with her Aunt Ruth WHITE. Ruth was listed on Ezekiel's funeral home info as next of Kin.

After farther searching, I discovered that Ruth's maiden name was what I thought. It was Nickerson. She was Ezekiel's sister.

I was searching for Betina Nickerson  on a census record. I came across Bettie NICKERSON. She was one of four NICKERSON children listed with the WHITE household in TX. All were born in Colorado. Bettie could have been Betina.


Isabella Nickerson passed on Sept 15, 1938. On the funeral home info it stated that the baby was in the casket with Isabella. One can assume that Isabella give birth and died afterward.

I had always thought that when I read, "child was in the casket" with Isabella, and that Isabella died after giving birth.  On December 5, 2013, I came across a death record of Freddie NICKARSON. He passed on April 9, 1941. Ruth White was the informat on the death record.

I checked to see who his parents were. E. W. Nickerson from Denver, Colorado and Elizabeth Langford from St. Joseph, Missouri.  I thought to myself and wondered. That's Ezekiel's and Isabella's son. He was born in Sept 15, 1938. So, it appears that Isabella had more than one baby before she passed on. Twins perhaps.

It appears that Ruth White cared for the four NICKERSON children after Ezekiel couldn't. Perhaps that was why the children were with Ruth and her husband in 1940. I can't locate where E.W. Nickerson was in 1940. That still leaves a question.  Why was Isabella's name listed as Elizabeth who was from St. Joseph, MO?

As for the above photo, the children could have been the NICKERSONs. The young boy does look like Isabella. The girls look like sisters. 

I came across  a photo  of Freddie NICKERSON as a child. The year of Freddie birth on the 1930 census was about 1935. But on his birth record the year was 1938. I don't think that there were two Freddies.

Also, Leona the youngest child, she was listed for her year of birth as about 1939. She could have been born in 1938. I don't think  Isabella had triplets.  It could have been. Leona, Freddie were the same age on the 1940  census.

 Isabella (LANKFORD) NICKERSON was the sister of Leo LANKFORD. The photo of the children were found in the home of Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD./ LANKFARD.

Family Mysteries are fun. I'm not for sure who the children were in the photo. But the description matches the NICKERSONs. How knows? It could be someone else children. They all look like siblings. But who's? Could they have been Ruth (NICKERSON) WHITE's children?

What about the connections between the 1930 and 1940 census? It give clues to who some of the NICKERSONs where about. I discovered that Nathan NICKERSON passed on in 2007 in Oregon . According to his obituary, he had a sister name Doris. And brother named Robert NICKERSON. Nathan Nickerson was born in Colorado.

I don't know any additional info on the E.W. and Isabella NICKERSON's Children. I'm hoping that some of the NICKERSON descendants will come across this blog. I have come across photos of Nathan NICKERSON and one I believe was of Vivian NICKERSON.  Nathan looked like his father.

Thanks for reading: Family Connections
S.A. Blakley