Saturday, April 12, 2014

Encounters With My Race

This is a re post from my Zanga site 31 March 2008

While I was growing up, I imagine myself special. I grew up in a large family. By the time I was going to school, schools were desegregated. It was an experience to get to learn more about people.

Most of my classmates in my grade school had a different color than me. I was the only person of my skin color in my class from my first grade to the 6th. I can say that there were not many minorities in our whole grade school during my stay there.

As far back as I can remember, I recall getting a doll for Christmas. It was not my skin color. I liked the doll anyway. The sad thing about it, I had to give the doll back to the person that gave it to me. I never understood way.

Then some of my siblings where telling me some things that I did not understand. They had been through some of the issues like I had experienced. They clued me in on some things. What I learned in my up bringing influenced how I saw things.
Reflections: On Encounters With My Race.
In My Early School Years:

It was not until I got to the 2nd Grade at Mark Twain Elementary School when I made a discovery what others said about my skin color. I knew that I was different. But how different was I?

Some of us girls were in line waiting to go into our classroom. One of the girls said that they had a crush on Elvis Presley. Then that girl turn to me and said that I could not have a crush on Elvis because was not his color.

It was also in the 2nd Grade that we had to draw a picture of our mothers for Mother's Day. I was so excited. We get to COLOR. I loved to draw.

One day our teacher Mrs. May wanted our attention. She said to the others students (not including me) to take out a pink crayon. Mrs. May told me to take out the brown crayon. I did not know why. All I wanted to do was to COLOR.

In Our Neighborhood:

Then there was an issue that came up while some of us siblings were playing ball with some of our neighbor's kids. One day one of the neighbor's kid was going to go into his house. He told me that I was not allowed in.

This kid was explaining to me why. Their parents told them not to let blacks in to their homes especially black females. I could not go into their homes. So I did not.

In My Middle School Years:

Then as I made my way to Truman Middle School, I had some encounters. One day I was walking down the hallway. I saw someone who I knew from another class. He was with some one who said "there is a N ahead of us."

Yeah, I heard what that person said. I slow down a bit before I was about to open the door where I was going. The person who I knew told the other person-- he said "She is OK!"

I recall before going to High School, a guy called me asking me what color I was? I did not answer his question. What different should it have made if I would have answered the question?

In My High School Years:

I made my way to Central High School. Yes, the issue was there too. One day I was walking into the Freshman building. There were three or four guys sitting on the bench.

I was the only girl there as I made my way to the door. One of the guys said the N word. It was loud enough so I could hear.

As I heard the voice say the word, I tried around. All the guys were laughing with there heads down. All I did was shook my head and with about my way.

Then in my Senior Year, I was in the Senior building studying in the hallway. For some reason some one from above split to where it landed on my paper. I looked up and the person way gone.

In Life:

Yeah, through out my life even still this every day, my skin color is an issue with some. There are many of us who are taught by our parents about other races. Should a person's skin color matter? I don't think so.
On My Journey Of Transformation:
My Higher Calling
Through the years, I have grown through the issues of being called names. Since I am discovering who I am in Christ, that is what matter the most. I was created in the image of God.

I came across the scriptures that ----Men looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. That is the most important beauty of a person. It is the heart of the person that matters.

About Church:

What I learned in life it comes out of us. What I heard that there are black churches, whites churches and so on. I did know why we were taught this. But it happened.

I remember when I started going to church. I heard some tell me that I was going to a "white" church. Then when I joined the choir for a season, I was in a "white" choir. What is the labeling business about churches?

There are times in my life when I do label things. Perhaps it is human nature. But at times I question myself. Why do I do that? I have been growing from labeling.

About Racism:

I do experience racism. Some cases are more noticeable than others. While some are well hidden. Racism or whatever the name is displayed nowadays, is there.

There is a local store in two. If I go there with one of my brothers, there would be a person watching us to see what we will do. There are many times that I have grown not worry about people watching me. I don't understand why certain groups of people are watch more than others in stores.

I recall a friend that told me that her mother was a racist. This mother overcame that. Whenever I would see my friend's mother in church, I would go out of my way to give this lady a hug. When I did they I looked her in the face and saw a beautiful smile.

How could a person not like another race? What blind spots are there? Whatever it was to this lady had, God removed the issue. She was set free.

About People:

I try to speak to all who are willing to speak to me. There have been some hard cases. All of us are different. Through time, I get to learn more about people and understand some things about them.

I remember that my parents taught me to speak to every body. I grew up in a neighborhood of many races. Mostly blacks and whites lived on our long block. Our next door neighbors were Mexicans.

Some Of My Thoughts:

It was not to long after I became a Christian, I heard a preacher preached on racism. What he spoke on made some sense. Some one ask this preach can any one marry out of their race. The person was speaking of a black marrying a white person.

The preacher said that there is only one race. That is the human race. A human marries a human. We are all humans with different tent covering.

At one point in my life, I ask God for forgiveness of those who held slaves in bondage in America. I ask God to bring healing to the descendants from slavery. We should not hold what our forefathers did to one another forefathers.
I pray that people can unite as one: one as the human race. One thing I like about going to the church were I worship the true and living God is that I see a rainbow of colors there. Many people of different descents.

God is so good to bring many people of different origins together. There is only one God one Faith. That is of Jesus.

If we can see the God likeness in our fellow human in what ever race there is, we should not be comparing who is who. That who's skin tone is better or which hair text is not to have.

We are all created for a purpose. We can learn from one another as we share this earth together. We can be what God, our Creator wants us to be: a family of God God is our Heavenly Father.
In The Spirit of Thankfulness:
Encounters With My Race
I am thankful that God doesn't see color. I am thankful that God designed each and every person differently. I am thankful that God choose every thing that I am from my skin tone to what language that I would speak.

I am so thankful that Jesus came to bring us a new way to be human. I am thankful that I am human. I am thankful that God give my the nature to relate some people. I am thankful for a church of many nationalities.
Also I would like to add that I have relatives of many races. Blacks, Whites, Mulattos, American Indians, Mexican American, I don't know all what else. I can say that I have a rainbow of relatives. I am not ashamed of that.

We lack knowledge of what we don't know about other races. We are either taught about it or learn about it from other influences.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My First And Middle Birth Names

Re post from my Xanga site on Thursday, 07 May 2009

Are you happy with the name your parents gave you? Why or why not?

Do I like the name that my parents choose for me? Yes, I am happy with the name that my parents gave me. I was born the last in my family. Actually, my parents didn't have a name for me when I was born.

How did my parents come up with my name? It was one day my father came into my mother's hospital room with my name. He said let's name her Susan Ann. I was named after one of my parents' friend Susan.

My middle name came from my Aunt Anna. She was my mother sister and sister in law. Aunt Annie was married to my father's brother.

I grew up going by the nickname Susie. In my school years I remember been called Susan the most in my early years. Susan is my official name. I am not tried of my name.

I want to honor my parents by keeping my name they choose for me. I wouldn't want to change it. It's mine. That's the name on my official birth recorded that was record on May 8th a month after I was born.

I have been looking up what my name, Susan means. It's interesting to know what a name means. Susan means Lily. Susan is an English name with an Hebrew origin.

On My Journey Of Transformation
My First & Middle Birth Names
I am thankful for my names. If I combine my 1st and if I had my Aunt's Anna's name as my middle name, my name would be Susanna. Susanna is in the Bible

Luke 8:3
Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's business manager; Susanna and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.

Doing Life In The Kingdom Of God

Psalm 127:3
Behold children are a heritage from the LORD The fruit of the womb is a reward.

The first two questions were from Xanga's featured question submitted by tonyasworld

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In Family History: April

Welcome to The Month Of April ~ In Family History

In The 2nd Quarter: On April 1,2014 ~

In Family History: April

~ April 1, - 19, 2014 ~ The Lenten / Easter Season begins on April 20, 2014!

~ On April 1, 1885 ~
Luttia / Luella (HENDRED) MANLEY was born in Monticello, Missouri. She was the daughter of George and Ellen (LOVE /WASHINGTON) HENDRED. Luttia was the wife of William / Arthur MANLEY.

~ On April 1, 1895 ~
Flora Elizabeth (LAWRENCE) BLAKEY born in Kansas. She was the daughter of Henry and Bettie / Betty (LEWIS) LAWRENCE. Flora was married to Jordan BLAKEY.

~ On April 1, 1977 ~
Isaac BLAKEY passed away in Yankton, South Dakota. He was the son on Isaac and Rachel (LEPHRIDGE) BLAKEY. Isaac was the husband of Maggie (WILLIAMS) BLAKEY.

~ On April 1, 2000 ~
L. M. (LANKFORD) BLAKLEY passed away in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was the daughter of Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD.

~ On April 2, 2012 ~
1940 Census release to the public

~ On April 5, 1931 ~
Phillip MANLEY was passed away in Marion County, Missouri. He was the son of George and Luttia / Luelle (HENDRED) MANLEY.

~ On April 8, 1915 ~
Charles Addison "Puffy" LANKFORD was born in Pocatello, Idaho. He was the son of Louis and Sarah Elizabeth (WRIGHT) LANKFORD. Charles was the husband of Lydia ? LANKFORD and 2nd wife Gladys (PEASON) LANKFORD.

~ On April 9, 1909 ~
Floyd B. HENDRED was born in Missouri. He was the son of L. Isaac and Elise Lee (MARSHALL) HENDRED. Floyd was married Lena Mae (WASHINGTON) HENDRED.

~ On April 9, 1916 ~
Isaac Ransom BLAKEY was born in South Dakota. He was the son of Isaac and Maggie (WILLIAMS) BLAKEY. Rev. Isaac Ransom BLAKEY was the husband of Arlee Lorraine (BULLARD) BLAKEY.

~ On April 11, 1917 ~
Eugene T. RICHARDSON was born in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was the husband of Mary Jane (BLAKLEY) RICHARDSON.

~ On April 11, 2009 ~
Lucille "Lucy" (BLAKEY) BROWN passes away in Yankton, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Spencer BLAKEY Sr. and Leona (JOHNSON) BLAKEY.

~ On April 14, 1902 ~
William "Willie" (WASHINGTON) passed away in Lewis County, Missouri. He was the son of David and Louisa (DADE) WASHINGTON.

~ On April 16, 1922 ~
Ellen (LOVE / WASHINGTON) HENDRED passed away in La Belle, Missouri. She was the daughter of Louisa Jane (DADE) WASHINGTON. Ellen's father's last name was LOVE. Ellen was the wife of George HENDRED.

~ On April 16, 1926 ~
Edgar LYLE passed away in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was the son of Chilton and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.

~ On April 16, 1963 ~
Elsie (MARSHALL) HENDRED passed away. She was the wife of Lon / Isaac HENDRED.

~ On April 17, 1923 ~
Lucile Lee WHITE was born in Chariton County Missouri. She was the daughter of Rev and Mrs. T.A. White.

~ On April 17, 1928 ~
Lucile Lee WHITE passed away in Chariton County, Missouri. She was the daughter of Rev T.A. WHITE and Mary Lee (TOOLEY) WHITE.

~ On April 17, 2008 ~
Harriett (ARMSTRONG) HICKS passed away in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was the daughter of George and Juanita (BARTLETT) ARMSTRONG. Harriett was the wife of Frank HICKS Sr.

~ On April 20, 1953 ~
Mary Kay (RICHARDSON) CUMMINGS was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was the daughter of Eugene and Mary J. (BLAKLEY) RICHARDSON.

~ On April 21, 1910 ~
Louisa Jane "Janie" (DADE) WASHINTON passed away in Lewis County Missouri. She was the daughter of Isaac and Frances (OVINGTON) DADE. Louisa was the wife of David WASHINGTON.

~ On April 21, 1920 ~
Lula M. LANKFORD MADISON was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was the daughter of Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD.

~ On April 21, 1992 ~
Serena E. FARMER passed away in Denver Colorado. Serena was the daughter of Robert Leon FARMER Sr

~ On April 24, 1931 ~
Meta (HUGHES) LANKFORD BEARD passed away in Kansas City, Missouri.
She was the daughter of John and Laura (Boots) Hughes. Meta was the wife of 1st to Charles E. LANKFORD and 2nd Hanceford BEARD.

~ On April 26, 2006 ~
Lois (STEWARD) LANKFORD HILL passed away in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was the daughter of Clara. D. STEWARD and Joe McGrady. Lois was the wife of 1st to Leo LANKFORD Jr. and 2nd Robert Hill.

~ On April 27, 1924 ~
Dorothy LYLE was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was the daughter of Chilton and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.

~ On April 27, 2011 ~
Mary E. (THOMAS) TILLMAN passed away in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was the daughter of Milton Vernon and Mary Virginia (LANKFORD) THOMAS. Mary was the wife of Ronald TILLMAN

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Lanfard Tombstone Site At Ashland Cemetery

Robert L. and Charlotta Lankfard's Tombstone on lower left of this photo.

The Lankfard Tombstone
The Lankfard tombstone is located on the left  of this photo.
It's near the edge.  

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Mystery Of My Grandparents Blakey

Friday, 14 March 2008

The Mystery Of My Grandparents Blakey

I received a comment from someone who said "it would be really fascinating to hear more about your gr-grandparents" Well, here is more... It is a bit long. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

One of my fascinations in mysteries has been researching my family history.

In the beginning of my search, I had no idea who my Great Grand Father was. I assumed that his name was John Blakey. But through the years of searching and contacting a cousin in Yankton, South Dakota, I found out that Isaac Blakey was my Great Grand Father. So I thought who was John BLAKEY? Possible Isaac's brother.

It was not to long after my mother's mother passing in Nov 1975, when I came across an article about a family reunion: Slavery Descendants to Have First Reunion.


Some of the follow was from another blog post: I thought to share it again.


As I have been re reading some of my old letters from my cousins and others who have came across my path, I am discovering more and more. My mind is wondering...why did not I see that before.

Here is an example... I told you that I thought that our Great Grandpa was John BLAKEY. We found out that his first name was Isaac. Two days ago a revelation hit me. My Great Grandpa had a "full" brother named John. [I believe that they had the same mother and father.]

I knew that my Great Grandpa had a brother named John but I didn't realized something. I thought that John's last name was not BLAKEY. His last name was WHITE.

That's the other name that is in our family. Our Great Grandpa Isaac was the only known person in his family with the Blakey surname. [His family= parents and siblings]

Here is a bit of our oral history from our family reunion booklets. " The White-Blakey Family traces their generations back to the year 1843. After arriving in New Orleans, from Africa on a slave ship, a mother and her three sons and a daughter were sold at a slave auction and given a bill of sale.

Nothing was ever mentioned of the father, but this happened in many slavery cases. The two oldest Isaac 12 and John 10 were sold to a man by the name Blakey and he took them to Forest Green, Mo.

John remained there but Isaac at the age of 16 ran away and joined the Union Army. He fought for three years and nine months until the Civil War ended and the emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln and Slavery was abolished.

Isaac then returned to New Orleans to find the rest of his family who had not been sold with him. He was told that his mother and brothers, Spencer and Dick and his sister, Matt had been sold to a slave holder named White and shipped to Natchez, MS.

He went there and located them easily. He convinced them that Forest Green, MO was a better place to live, so they moved there were where John [Blakey] was still living there...."

I came across more discoveries on this leading. That article that I mention...."Slavery Descendants To Have First Reunion" took place in the early 1970's in Sioux City Iowa. That article confused me some.


The Mystery of...

My Great Grandpa Isaac and His Wives:


Isaac was believed to have been the only one in his family with the surname Blakey. Story goes the family was divided by slavery. There was a husband and wife; John Blakey and Frances White who were the slave holders.

There was an assumption that Frances received some slaves as a wedding gift from her father, John White. The Whites were wealthy people from Virginia. Frances, husband, John Blakey died August 25, 1844.

The Blakey estate was in probate court. Isaac was born about 1845 to 1847. There were others born as well. The slaves had to have been sold and the money divided to the heirs of John Blakey.

I had a researcher send my a newspaper clipping. On that clipping listed the slaves who were advertised to be sold in Feb 1858. There should be records of this selling. I have not search the probate records in Howard and Chariton Counties yet.

In my Great Grandpa's pension records, "Isaac and his mother were sold at the breaking out of the war around 1857- 1861. They were south." This was according to Y.C. Blakey who was one of Frances Blakey son, Y.C. was 10 years older than Isaac.

I always wondered how Isaac ran away to join the Union Army in MS. He was between 12- 16 when he was sold. There he and his mother went south. It was believe to have been in Natchez, MS.

It was in Natchez, MS where Isaac enlisted in the army as Private Isaac Blaker. He was a farmer. This is how Isaac became a free man. I had other researchers who were helping me out at some points during my research.

This researcher believed that Isaac and his mother were sold to relatives of Blakey slaveholders. Hew Davis was related to the Blakeys. There was some connection there in MS.

Also the thought of a slave boy running away from MO to join the army in MS was highly impossible. This researcher believed that Isaac was already in MS. That was how he got there.


Some interesting things: What I have learned about Great Grandpa Isaac Blakey.


He fought on the Union Side in MS: November 1, 1863 - May 13,1866. At 5' 3" Private Isaac Blaker. He was stationed in Natchez, MS and Vidila LA. He moved his family back to MO in March of 1880. By 1890 Isaac was 5'10" and 180 pounds

Isaac's father's name was Andrew White from VA. There was not much mentioned about him.

Isaac's mother's name was Julia White born 1820 in VA. No record found of her death. She was buried in Forest Green, MO. She was listed in the 1880 census as a widow. The number of Julia children....I don't know. I came across at least 15-16 children through searing on this family history. Some could have been nicknames of the children.

You can read more on the discovery of the Family Mystery

The mystery of Isaac brother, John Blakey; He was John WHITE who died September 10, 1918. He was buried in Forest Green. According to what was written on his death record, his parents were Andrew White and Julia White both from VA.

Isaac was listed on his death record as an African. He died Dec 23, 1917 and was buried on Christmas Day 1917.

Isaac's married his first wife Martha Scott from Mississippi. Not much is know about about Great Grandma Martha. She was said to have been part American Indian. Isaac knew her about 2 years before they were married.

She later died giving birth two twin sons, John and Andrew on Hew Davis Plantation in Woodlong, MS on 21 June 1871.Andrew later died. John was my Grandpa.

After Isaac's first wife passed away about two years later , he married his second wife, Rachel Lefew / Lafayette / Leftridge. I am not for sure which one was her maiden name. She was half Spanish.

Rachel gave birth to 18 children. I did come across more than that. Some of their children died very young. She did give births to twins.


I still wonder some things about... my Great Grandpa Isaac.


Who helped take care of his son, John for two years after his mother died? Perhaps Martha's parents or siblings? I have not found Isaac on the 1870 MS census.

I thought about how Isaac started looking for his parents and siblings after the war. It appears that Isaac know where to locate his family in MO.

I wonder why Isaac choose to keep the BLAKEY surname? I think that there was much more to it. I do see some friendship in the relationship between Y.C. Blakey and the former slave owner who sold Isaac. Y.C. testify that Isaac was a Blakey. That was the family name.

Isaac had contacts with his former slave owners. They could have helped him in the search.

When Isaac moved back to MO, he lived not to far from his former slave owners.

I always wondered why Isaac was stated as an African on his death record. He was born in MO. Here is a blog to that mystery. I thought that that was an Unusual Thing

Isaac had to prove who he was to receive military pension benefits around 1899. He was injured in the war.....a wound to his left leg.Isaac searched for people who knew him before the war and during the war.

There was a minister who came to testify for my Great Grandpa Isaac. There was a surname difference in Isaac's record. His name was Private BLAKER. The minister said he knew Isaac as Isaac BLAKEY.

The minister proved who Isaac was. They recalled some of the events that they went through during the Civil War. They wrestled and played marbles together. I thought that that was some things to take notes on.

Great Grandpa was a deacon in the church where this minister preach at. Great Grandpa was a deacon. I believe that he did called upon Jesus as Lord of his life.


I made the journey to Yankton SD in 1981, I was on a search for more information.


I posted a series of blogs on this site. While my stay in Yankton, I got to see a rare photo of my Great Grandpa Isaac with his second wife Rachel.

As I reflect back on that trip in 1981, I thank God that I made the journey. I had a glimpse of some of my ancestors in photographs. The thought of being an offspring of a person who fought in the Civil War. What an honor.

When the time comes, I believe that I will get to see my ancestors who called upon the Lord in heaven. I have a much deeper relationship with God through the discoveries of some things. Life has a lot of mysteries.

I would have never thought of the many different name changes in my family tree. I thank God that He gave me the desire to go deeper into the mystery of my family history. I even found out that I am on God's Family Tree in the process of seeking my bloodline.


From my book of thanks and blessings:


I am so thankful that God has given my leads to find out more on my family history. I am thankful that God give me the desire to wonder. I am so thankful for the people God has placed in my life.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

In Family History: March


In Family History: March Outline

I didn't add links to this blog.
If you want to see last year's blog.
Here are some of the links.

Have A GREAT Month of March!

In Family History: February 24 - March 2
In Family History March 3 - 9
In Family History: March 10 - 16
In Family History: March 17 - 23
In Family History March 24 - 30

In Family History: March
On March 1, 1892
Rosa Blakey was born in Missouri.
She was the daughter of Isaac BLAKEY and Rachel (LEPHRIDGE) BLAKEY

On March 1, 1878
Jordan BLAKEY and twin Julia BLAKEY were born in MS.
Their parents were Isaac BLAKEY and Rachel (LEPHRIDGE) BLAKEY.

~ On March 4 ~
Charles "Puffy" LANKFORD passed away in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He was the son of Louis "Add" LANKFORD and Elizabeth Sarah (WRIGHT) LANKFORD

~ On March 6, 1889 ~
William ALLEN married Miss Laura WASHINGTON in St. Joseph, Missouri.
They had a daughter named, Mary ALLEN, who was wife of Leo LANKFORD Sr.
William and Laura applied for their marriage license on Dec 24, 1888.

~ On March 6, 1906 ~
Isaac BLAKLEY was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He was the son of John BLAKEY/ BLAKLEY
He was the husband of Anna C. (LANKFORD) BLAKLEY

~ On March 6, 2006 ~
Janet (WHITE) SMITH passed away in Missouri.
She was he daughter of Moses WHITE and Etta Mae (WILLIAMS) WHITE.

~ On March 6, 1924 ~
Leo LANKFORD Jr. was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He was the son of Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD.
He was the husband of Lois (STEWART) LANKFORD.

~ On March 7, 1929 ~
Juanita / Waunita (BARTLETT) ARMSTRONG passed away in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was the daughter of Elias BARTLETT Sr. and Harriette (HOOPER) BARTLETT.

~ On March 8, 1898 ~
John Cecil CARTER was born in Oklahoma.
He was the son of Joseph and Irene CARTER.
John was the husband of Rachel (BLAKEY) CARTER.

~ On March, 9, 1918 ~
"Baby Boy" BLAKLEY passed away in St. Joseph, Missouri. (He was born on March 12, 1917.) He was the son of John BLAKEY / BLAKLEY and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.

~ On March 9, 1920 ~
Louetta (ROBINSON) DADE was born in La Grande, Missouri.
She was the daughter of Phil ROBINSON and Sarah (MASON) ROBIINSON.
Louetta was the wife of Noar Den / Dennie DADE.

~ On March 9, 2010 ~
Lola (PITTS) HENDRED passed away in Ottumwa, Iowa.
She was the daughter of James Albert PITTS
and Camillia (GIBSON) BUNDY PITTS.
Lola married Mashall HENDRED.

~ On March 10, 1885 ~ Ceola (WHITE) REED was born in Missouri.
She was the daughter of Spencer and Malinda (BANKS) WHITE.
Ceola was the wife of Vic REED.

~ On March 12, 1918 ~
Lula N. MADISON passed away in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Lula N. Madison was the daughter of William MADISON Sr. and Lula May (LANKFORD) MADISON. .

~ On March 13, 2002 ~
Pvt Amer Nazif LYLE passed away.
He was the son of Faris C. LYLE and Catherine (STRANGE) LYLE.

~ On March 13, 1908 ~
Rachel Darlene (BLAKEY) CARTER was born in Yankton, South Dakota.
She was the daughter was the daughter of Isaac and Maggie (WILLIAMS) BLAKEY.
Rachel was the wife of John Cecil CARTER.

~ On March 14, 1922 ~
Sara Belle (LANKFORD) JOHNSON was born in St. Joseph, MO
She was the daughter of Leo LANKFORD and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD.
Sarah was the wife of Rev Aile J. JOHNSON

~On March 15 ~
Katherine "Katie" (ESTELL / ESTIL) WHITE passed away in MO.
She was the daughter of Tom and Lizzie ESTELLL ESTIL.
Katherine was the wife John WHITE.

~ On March 16, 1958 ~
Teresa Maxine CRADDOCK was born in Atchison, Kansas.
She was the daughter of Harry and Raylotha Banks Craddock.
Her birth father, David Thomas
Her birth mother, Betty Garcia.

~ On March 16, 1904 ~
Oressia HEFEFORD was born in Missouri.
She was the daughter of Mattie WHITE and Robert "Bob" HEREFORD.
Oressia never married.

On March 17 ~ > Happy St. Patrick's Day!

~ On March 17, 1916 ~
Rachel LEPHRIDGE BLAKEY passed way in Chariton County Missouri.
She was the daughter of Andrew and Charity LEPHRIDGE.
Rachel was the 2nd wife of Isaac BLAKEY

~ On March 17, 1895 ~
Margaret "Mike" CASON BLAKEY was born in Missouri.
She was the daughter of Hebert CASON and Grace H. (CASON) CASON.
Margaret was the wife of Ollie BLAKEY.

~ On March 18, 1905 ~
Kathrny "Kittie" BLAKEY CHURCH was born in Missouri.
She was the daugther of Isaac and Maggie (WILLIAMS) BLAKEY.
Karthrny was the wife of Henry CHURCH.

~ On March 19, 1911 ~
Robert Lewis MADISON and
Charlotta M. (MADISON) WILLIAMS were born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
They were the twins of William and Lula (LANKFORD) MADISON.
Robert was the husband of Gertrude (MOORE) MADISON.
Charlotta was the wife of Ernest WILLIAMS.

~On March 19, 1897 ~
David WASHINGTON passed away in Missouri.
He was the husband on Louisa Jane "Janie" (DADE) WASHINGTON.

On March 20, 2001
James Pittsburgh BLAKEY passed away MN.
He was the son of Isaac and Maggie (WILLIAMS) BLAKEY.
James was the husband of Arline / Arlene C. (MITCHELL) BLAKEY.

~ On March 21, Happy Spring!

~ On March 22, 2012 ~
James Zell LIGHTNER Jr away in Yankton, South Dakota.
He was the son of James Z. LIGHTNER Sr. and Mary Jane (BLAKEY) LIGHTNER.

~ On March 23, 1950 ~
Gary Lee LANKFORD was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He was the son of Leo LANKFORD Jr. and Lois (STEWARD) LANKFORD - HILL.
Gary changed his name to Ghalee Askia MUHAMMAD.

~ On March 24, 1926 ~
Robert Lewis "Lank" MADISON passed away.
He was the son of William and Lula (LANKFORD) MADISON.

~ On March 25, 1891 ~
Alie JOHNSON was born in Mississippi.
He was the husband of Sarah Belle (LANKFORD) JOHNSON.

~ On March 26, 1927 ~
Betty Lou (HENDERED) EWING was born in Knox County Missouri.
She was the daughter of Isaac and Elsie (MARSHALL) HENDRED.

~ On March 27, 2011 ~
Robert Leon "Big Bobby" FARMER passed away in St. Joseph, Missouri
He was the son of William FARMER JR. and Leola (LANKFORD) FARMER.

~ On March 28, 1872 ~
William WASHINGTON was born in Missouri.
He was the son of David and Louisa Jane "Janie" (DADE) WASHINGTON.

~ On March 28, 1891 ~
John Wesley DADE was born in Lewis County Missouri.
He was the son of Louis and Mary Ann (VENOY) DADE.
John was the husband of Helen N. HOLDER DADE.

~ On March 28, 1937 ~
David and Lula were married in Troy, Kansas

~ On March 30, 1908 ~
Joshua Randolph MADISON was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He was the son of William and Lula (LANKFORD) MADISON

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Hope Baptist Choir: St. Joseph, Missouri

3rd from left Sarah Bell Lankford
5th from left Mary Jane Blakley
Behind Mary Jane, Cora (Williams) Hinch Blakley
Behind Cora her husband, Paul Blakley
Photo taken in the 1940's or so.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Common In My Family Lineage

Note From Monday, 16 February 2009

Common In My Family Lineage
I have been going over some of my family history material. It is a job to go through. But, I thank God that I am seeing some common things in my family lineage.

I saw some things similar in some of my family lineage. I see it both on my father's and mother's sides. Here are 9 things that I see in the uniqueness in my family tree.

1. Ancestors were from large families.
My father of about 17 or 19
Father's father of about 20 or 21
Father's mother of about 14 or 15
Father's father's father of about 14 or 16
My mother of 12
Mother's mother of 1 + two siblings
Mother's mother's mother of 7

2. American Indian, African and Mulatto background
My father's side:
Black foot, / African and Mulatto

My mother's side:
Cherokee / Mulatto / African

3. Families lived with three generations in one household.
My father's father's father's mother Julia
My father's mother's Grandma Hannah
My mother's mother's mother's mother's Grandma Lillie

I recall my mother's mother living with us for a while.
Two of my nephews lived with us. (There were 3 generations.)

4. Some remarried about 2 years after spouse's death.
My father's father's father, Isaac
My father's mother, Jennie
My father's mother's father, Elais
My mother's mother's mother, Laura
My mother's mother's mother's father, William / John

5. Some born in slavery lived well after slavery.
Father's side:

Julia White ca 1820 to 1880 ca
Isaac Blakey 1845-1917
Rachel Leftridge 1847 - 1916
Elais W .Bartlett Sr. ca 1822 - 1890 ca
Harriet Hooper 1840- 1909
Hannah Hooper ca 1765 -1880 ca

On Mother's side:
Louis Robert Lankfard 1852 - 1919
Charlotte Dade 1854 - 1924
Isaac Dade ca 1808 / 1812 - 1880 ca
Francis Ovington ca? 1799 / 1812 - 1900 ca
Francis had 14 children
William / John Washington 1846 - ? 1920
Susan Leach / Lewis 1845 - 1888 ca
Deliah (Lillie) Lewis ca 1787 - 1888 ca
Emilee Levels ca 1820 - 1898

6. Families lived near relatives
Brothers and sisters living near parents, cousins, in laws

7. Similar names were past down to generations
John, Isaac, James, Mary, William, Robert, Richard, Paul , Charles

8. Early ancestors lived near river cities.
Forest Green, Salisbury, Keysville, St. Joseph, Canton, Carrollton, MO, Yankton, SD, St Paul MN

9. Some ancestors owned their own homes and business
Some were farmers, Trucking and Disposal Services, Builders.

I am thankful for my family tree. I am thankful that I have come across so much information. I am thankful that I am on God's Family Tree.

I hope that you can record your family lineage.
It's never to late to search. Have A GREAT Day!

On My Journey Of Transformation:
Common In My Family Lineage

Blessings to all,

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth, Psalm 47:1-2

The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. Proverbs 16:23

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mr. Robert Louis Lankfard (1852 - 1919)

The photo above is of Mr. Robert Louis Lankfard a.k.a Lewis Langford / Lankford.
The photo was taken in 1892 outside the home the Lankford/ Lankfard Family in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Robert was about 40 years old.
His wife and children were standing on his left.
The family dog is in this chopped photo.
Mr. Robert Louis Lankford

I'm not for sure what his first name was. On the 1870 and 1880, he was in Lewis County Missouri. His name was recorded as LEWIS LANGFORD on those census. On the 1870 census he was living next door to his future sister in law Mary Ann (Dade)Madison.


His name was written Lewis LANKFORD on January 25, 1873. He married Miss Charlotta Dade. As for his surname, the surname was spelled either LANFORD or LANKFARD. As to other census records and city directories his first name was recorded as R. L and or Robert Louis. The first middle name was not spelled Lewis. However it could have been spelled that way.

We can assume or establish that Lewis was the name he went by in his early adult life. Lewis was more likely his middle name. As for the spell, it could have been how the person who recorded his name spelled it.He was living in LEWIS County Missouri.
His name appeared as Robert L. LANKFORD in 1887 Kansas City Directory. In other city directories his name was R. Louis in 1890, R.L or Robert L in the St. Joseph, directories. His surname was spelled LANKFORD and LANKFARD from time to time. The first time LANKFARD was spelled in 1898 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Robert's surname was spelled LANKFARD from 1898 to 1902. 1911, 1914 - 1919 in the St. Joseph, City Directories.

As I look through records of the children of Robert and Charlotta, their surname was spelled LANKFORD and LANKFARD. We can assume that the family spelled their surname as LANKFARD. Most of the descendants spell the family surname LANKFORD.

As for Robert's family, little is know about them. He did have a half sister name Mamie MORTON who was perhaps born in Kentucky. I have heard a story the Robert's mother passed away in Canton, Missouri. It could have been that Robert was separted from his family durning slavery.
Mr. Robert Louis Lankfard (1852 - 1919)
According to the census / city directories: Robert was listed as a boatsman, stone mason, Contractor, Builder, Chimmey sweeper, Grader, Laborer , one even stated he worked in a Restaurant. As for his surname, the spelling varied.

We can assume that Robert made his way to Missouri from Kentucky. I couldn't find w records where he was before 1870. He could have moved to Missouri with the Mortons from KY. The Morton family were connected to the Lankfords. Both families came from Kentucky. Also they moved to Lewis County and some to St. Joseph, Missouri.

Records state that Robert was in Lewis County Missouri during his early adult life. He married and had children. Later moved to Kansas City, Missouri and St. Joseph, Missouri about 1889/ 1890.
He lived in Denver Colorado about 1818 / 1919.


We can assume that Robert was born into slavery. He was about 13 years old when slavery abolished.

According to his death record Robert was born on February 22, 1852 in KY. He was 67 years old at the time of his passing on November 14, 1919 in St. Joseph, Missouri. His remains were laid to rest on November 18, 1919 in St. Joseph, Missouri at Ashland Cemetery.

Robert's cause of death: He had a fractured leg do to a accental fall.

Tombstone at Ashland Cemetery.

This photo of Robert Louis LANKFARD.
Perhaps in his late 50's 60's.
He appeared to be a dignify man.
He was handsome and was dressed well.
He was well groomed and had fine clothen.
He wore glasses.

As I searched for information on Robert, I found some remarkable things about him. He owned his own business.
He was a landowner.
According to the census, it stated that Robert couldn't read or write.
For someone who was a builder and constraction worker, that was amazing.
He must have learned the trade from someone.
He was a fine stone mason.
He was a stone mason in Kansas City, Missouri, St. Joseph, Missouri and Denver Colorado.