Thursday, July 28, 2016

John And Jennie (Bartlett) Blakley: The Two Became One: But, What Were Their Surnames When They married?

My father's parents, John and Jennie Blakley were married on July 28, 1902 in Excelsior Springs, Clay County in Missouri. However, it wasn't until the latter part of May of 2009 when I solved this family mystery. But, once I stumbled across this info, it led me to more questions.

I always thought that my Grandpa John's surname was BLAKLEY.  But, through the years, I found out it was BLAKEY. However, on the marriage record it was spelled BLAKYE. As for my Grandma Jennie, her surname was BARTLETT, but it was spelled BARTEL on the record.  I could assume that the E and the Y were turned around for BLAKEY. But for Bartel, it makes me wonder.

According to this record, John was from Carrolton, Carroll County Missouri. Jennie was listed from St. Joseph, Buchanan County Missouri. I can assume that John married with the Blakey surname. But, the mystery remains. Why did John change his name to BLAKLEY?

I searched the birth records of the BLAKLEY or BLAKEY children born in St. Joseph MO. Out of all the children listed there were two with the BLAKEY surname and the others were BLAKLEY. The surname was changed after John and Jennie married July of 1902. I can't pin point the year.

As for the BLAKLEY surname: The story goes that there were a lot of John BLAKEYs relatives. Perhaps there was confusion and was one of the reason why my Grandfather John changed his last name. John's descendants carried the surname of BLAKLEY.

Whatever the case may have been, the surname was changed from Blakey to Blakley. My father and his siblings were taught to spell our surname the way I spell mine. My name has been established. I have no reason to change the spelling now.

But, still I wonder about my Grandma Jennie's surname on the marriage license. Could the family surname had been Bartle? Or was it changed to Bartlett?  This marriage record was the only record with that spelling. This remains a mystery.

My Grandfather full name was John BLAKEY / BLAKLEY Sr.  When he passed in 1918, his siblings recorded John's surname as BLAKEY. My Grandmother's full name was Jennie BARTLETT  BLAKEY / BLAKLEY LYLE. She passed with the surname LYLE.

Thanks for reading.
God Bless you.
Susan

Friday, July 1, 2016

July In Remembrance: The Bartlett Family Connections

 In Remembrance Birth Days and Deaths: In Family History
 
Click here for The Blakey Blakley WHITE Family Connections In Remembrance


On July 3 ~
Dorothy LYLE  passed  in 1920. She was the daughter of Chilton LYLE and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE


On July 5~
Doris LYLE passed in 1920. She was the daughter of Chilton LYLE and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE. She was the twin of Dorothy.


On July 6 ~
Bonnie  Jean RICHARDSON passed in 1965. She was the daughter of Eugene and Mary (BLAKLEY) RICHARDSON.

 
On July 10 ~
John BLAKEY / BLAKEY Sr. passed in 1918. He was the son of Isaac and Martha (SCOTT) BLAKEY.


On July 14 ~
Wauneta / Juanita BLAKEY / BLAKLEY passed in 1910. She was the daughter of John and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKEY / BLAKLEY
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On July 23 ~
John BLAKLEY Jr. passed in 1975. He was the son of John and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.

On July 25 ~
Juanita (BARTLETT) ARMSTRONG was born in 1891.  She was the daughter of Elias and Harriett (BUFFINGTON/ HOOPER) BARTLETT
 
On July 31 ~ Mary Jane (BLAKLEY) RICHARDSON was born in 1911. She was the daughter of John BLAKEY / BLAKLEY and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.

July In Remembrance: The DADE Family Connections


Welcome to July!  Happy 2nd Half of the Year!

In Remembrance Birth Days and Deaths: In Family History


In July of 1967 Sarah (WRIGHT) LANKFORD passed. She was the wife of Louis "Add" LANKFORD.

 
On July 1 ~
Louette "Etta (ROBINSON) DADE was passed in 1920. She was the wife of Nora Den DADE.


On July 3 ~
Robert Lewis LANKFARD passed in 2000. He was the son of Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD/ LANKFARD

On July 6 ~
Mary Bell DADE was born in 1872. She was the daughter of Louis Newton DADE and Mary Ann (VENOY) DADE.


On July 7 ~
Sarah "Sallie" LANKFORD passed in 1942. She was the wife of James Andrew LANKFORD / LAKFARD


On July 8 ~
Daniel "Pete" LANKFORD passed on in 2014. He was the son of Sarah Belle LANKFORD JOHNSON and The Rev Aile J. JOHNSON.


On July 10 ~
Mary Ann (BROWN) WASHINGTON passed in 1939. She was the wife of Isaac C. WASHINGTON.
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On July 13 ~
Robert L. LANKFARD was born in 1911. He was the son of Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.


On July 14 ~
Lelia Laura (LANKFORD) THOMPSON HILL was born in 1914. She was the daughter of Charles Edward LANKFORD and Meta M. (HUGHES) LANKFORD BEARD.

 
On July 17 ~
Rosa / Rose WASHINGTON was born in 1879. She was the daughter of Isaac WASHINGTON and Mary Ann (BROWN) WASHINGTON.
 
On July 17 ~
Ed "Eddie" Lewis  HILL passed in 1948. He was the husband of Lelia Laura (LANKFORD) THOMPSON HILL

On July 17 ~
Horace W. HENDRED passed in 1954. He was the son of Isaac HENDRED and Elise (MARSHALL) HENDRED.

On July 18 ~
Raymond DADE passed in 1916. He was the son of Nora Den DADE and Louetta (ROBINSON) DADE

 On July 19 ~
Private Frederick William LANKFORD passed in 1952. He was the son of Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.

On July 22 ~
Frederick Eugene LANKFORD was born in 1965. He was the son of Daniel William LANKFORD Sr. and Patricia (BARNETT) LANKFORD.

On July 22 ~
Betty (LANKFORD) WESTON passed in 2012. She was the daughter Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.
 
On July 26 ~
James Andrew LANKFORD/LANKFARD passed n 1957. He was the son of Robert and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.

 On July 28 ~
Elsie Lee (MARSHALL) HENDRED was born in 1890. She was the wife of Isaac HENDRED.

On July 28 ~
Ezekiel W. NICKERSON was born in 1895. He was the husband of Isabella V. (LANKFORD) NICKERSON

 On July 29 ~
Clarence N. DADE passed  in 2003. He was the son of Mary Belle DADE.

On July 30 ~
Raymond DADE was born in 1915. He was the son of Nora Den DADE and Louetta (ROBINSON) DADE

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Family Connections' 7th Anniversary: Journey Continues

What was the first title of my first blog on Family Connections? It was In the beginning . I've come a long way since my first post.  Indeed, I have.

I think, I've discovered more than I thought I would over the 7 years. This month alone, I came across some interesting things. I can't share them all. But, I plan to blog on some of things I've stumbled upon.

I've made some changes over the years. I had to divided how I posted my family connections. I've found so many people to add to my family tree. I thought, if others in my family are searching, they wouldn't know which family was which.

If you think about it. we have some much in our family history. We can only share what we think is interesting. Everything that we discover has some value in itself. We have to realize that.

Each one of us have stories to tell and stories to share. Yes we can omit what we don't what others to know about. Or we can share what we know, in a way that it can bring more beauty to our family history. 

I've come across information. I'm wondering, how I should share.  All families have their pain and struggles. Everything that our ancestors and relatives went through is important. They were humans too. We can only imagine how they have lived.

I know that there are things that shouldn't be told. It's a matter of personal taste, timing to release confidential info. Especially for those who are still living. We should respect others' privacy.

I've found some relatives through this blog and many on the world wide web.  I hope others will search for their long lost relatives too. I believe that there are many who are searching. I hope you make your family connections.

For those who are searching for your roots and family.
May you continue to keep searching.
May you believe that there is more out there.
May you learn to share what you have discovered with good judgment.
Amen!

The more you want to know, the more you will want to search.
I've been searching for over 40 years.
I'm making more discoveries as I keep searching.
I believe that there's more out there to be discovered.
Happy Searching!

Thanks for reading.
S.A.Blakley

Monday, June 20, 2016

Family Connections: Wishing All A Great Summer!

Greetings! Welcome to Summer!
It's official! Enjoy the season.
Hope all will have a wonderful Summer.
Blessings to you on your journey.
May you create good memories.

Amen!
Thanks for reading.
S. A. Blakley 

Making More Discoveries On The World Wide Web: My Family Connections

Ever since I made the connection with the internet, I started searching for the things I like. I grow in understanding some things. I was drawn to know more about my family history.

In the beginning as I keep finding things on my family history, I was led to a website. At first, I didn't want to try it. But, I decided take a step to further my research.

I became a member of  Ancestry.com on June 20, 2007. They offered a 14 day trail run. I went for it. And I got hooked.

I was on this site every day. I  began to find more on my family tree. Through the years, I built my family connections. I continue to search and find new clues.

I know it costs to be on ancestry.com. If you're wanting to find your family connections, you have to pay for it. Also it's good to share what you know with others.

There are a lot of private family tree on ancestry.com. I'm thankful for the ones that are made public. There should be anything to hide when family members have gone on. That's public info.

I know that there are free website to search for family connections. I use them too. We need a variety of sources to make our family history complete.  We need people to share what they know.

May we not be afraid to share what we know about our family connections.
May we build our family history.
May we persevere what we know about our ancestors for future generations.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Monday, June 13, 2016

Thinking About My Great Grandmother Anna Walters

My Great Grandmother Anna Laura (Washington) Allen Walters was born on June 13, 1867 in St. Joseph, Missouri.  She was the daughter of  former slaves, William / John Washington and Susan (Leach) Washington. Anna was the widow of William / Robert Allen and Thornton Walters. She was the mother of Mary (Allen) Lankford / Lankfard, Mary / Bonita (Walters) Nelson and Joseph Walters.

It’s been a challenge to discover info on Anna’s parents, siblings and relatives. According to Anna’s obituary she had cousins. I continue to search for leads.  I haven’t gotten far.

I’m assuming Anna’s cousins were on her father’s side. I came across many Washingtons in the city where they lived during the 1870’s to 1920’s. It’s hard to figure out who was related.

It’s strange how things come about in life. If we don’t keep in touch, we can lose track of relatives.  If we don’t tell others that we are related, we will never know. It’s good to keep know and keep in contact with relatives.

It’s good to pass on info on who’s who in the family. Things can get lost through the generations. I’m finding out that the DNA testing is a good source to use. I’m finding relatives that way too. I pray that others will make some connections.

I’ve notice that while searching for my ancestors, it has opening me up. It makes me what to know more. I can think about them.  I wonder what happened to them. Where they did ended up?  Did they have off springs.

May we continue to have some wonder about our ancestors.
May we see the good in life as we grow in wisdom.
Amen!

Thanks for reading.
Susan

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June In Remembrance: DADE Family Connections

In  Remembrance Of Birthdays and Deaths: Family Connections

Here are June In Remembrance: Blakey / Blakley / WHITE Family Connections
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In June of 1967 ~ Louis Adward "Add" Lankford passed.
He was the son of Robert and Charlotta (Dade) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.

In June of 1976 ~ William Henry "Bud" COBY passed.
He was the husband of  Florence (HENDRED) COBY AMBER.

 On June 2
Mindolyn (TATE) CLAY passed in 1949.
She was the daughter of Edgar TATE and Juanita (WASHINGTON) TATE

Russell T. HENDRED passed in 1995.
He was the son of Isaac HENDRED and Elsie (MARSHALL) HENDERED.

 
Terry TOLLIVER passed in 1996.
Terry was the son of Roberta (LANKFORD) TOLLIVER HILL KEELING.
Terry changed his name to Ziyyad Ali

On June 4
William NICKERSON was born in 1891.
He was the husband of Elizabeth J. DADE NICKERSON.

Lankford NICKERSON passed in 1976.
He was the son of Ezekiel W. NICKERSON and Isabella V. (LANKFORD) NICKERSON.


On June 6
Baby Lula B. passed in 1947.
She was the daughter of D.W and L M. LANKFORD BLAKLEY

Anthony E. HENDRED passed in 2005.
He was the son of Durwood D. HENDRED. Anthony was the husband of Betty Ann Wilkinson


On June 7
Ellen (LOVE  / WASHINGTON) HENDRED was born in 1852.
She was the daughter of Louisa Jane "Janie" (DADE) WASHINGTON

On Jun 7
Gary Lee LANKFORD ( Ghalee Askia Muhammad) passed in 1997. He was the son of Leo "Sam" LANKFORD Jr. and Lois (STEWART) LANKFORD HILL.

On June 8
Frances WASHINGTON passed in 1884.
She was the daughter of David WASHINGTON Sr. and  Louisa Jane "Janie" (DADE) WASHINGTON

On June 9
Anthony  Eugene HENDRED Sr. was born in 1918.
He was the son of Durwood D. HEMDRED. Anthony was the husband of Betty Ann Wilkinson

John Wesley DADE passed 1918.
He was the son of Louis Newton DADE and Mary Ann (VENOY) DADE

Maxine Louise (HENDRED) CRAYTON passed in 2002.
She was the daughter of Isaac  HENDRED and Elsie (MARSHALL) HENDERD.

On June 10
Hattie Mc DANIEL was born in 1895.
She was the wife of Nym LANKFORD / LANKFARD.

Carolyn (HENDRED) AKERS was born in 1915.
She was the daughter of Isaac HENDRED and Elsie (MARSHALL) HENDRED

June 11
Margaret (FLOYD) BLAKLEY was born in 1947.
She was the wife of R. C. BLAKLEY.

On June 12
Ralph Cecil CLAY passed in 2001.
He was the husband of Doris  Ivy (MANLEY) CLAY.

On June 13
Durwood D.  HENDRICKS Sr was born in 1945.
He was the son of Mildred CORNER COTTON and Durwood D. HENDREDS

On June 14
Nettie Ellen COBY was born in 1914.
She was the daughter of William "Bud" COBY and Florence (HENDRED) COBY AMBERS.

Lewis Edgar TATE was born in 1939.
He was the son of Edgar TATE and Juanita (WASHINGTON) TATE.

On June 15
Juanita (WASHINGTON) TATE was born in 1908. 
She was the daughter of Rosa "Rosie" WASHINTON and George HAZELWOOD.

Roberta Louise (LANKFORD) HILL - KEELING born in 1941.
She was the daughter of  Robert L. LANKFARD Sr and Grace Lee (SMITH) LANKFARD.

On June 16
 Addison "Ad" LANKFORD passed in 1979. He was the son of Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD / LANKFARD

On June 17
James Adam BAILEY was born in 1922.
He was the husband of Zella B. (HENDREDS) BAILEY.

Daniel "Pete" LANKFORD was born in 1941.
He was the son of Sarah Bell LANKFORD JOHNSON and Alie J. JOHNSON.


On June 19
Lawrence "Larry" CANFIELD was born in 1961.
He was the husband of T.J. BLAKLEY CANFIELD.

 
On June 20
 Grace Lee (SMITH) LANKFORD passed in 1941.
She was the wife of Robert L. LANKFARD Sr. son of Leo and  Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.

Louis Edward MADISON passed away in 1963.
He was the son of William E. MADISON and Lula M.( LANKFORD) MADISON.
 

On June 24
William W. FARMER Jr. was born in 1906.
He was the husband of Leola (LANKFORD) FARMER.


On June 25
Leola (LANKFORD) FARMER was born in 1915.
She was the daughter of Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.

Ardell Jack WILLIAMS passed away in 1983.
He was the husband of Haddie Lu (MANLEY) WILLAMS.

On June 26
Noah "Dennie" Den DADE was born in 1880.
He was the son of Louis Newton DADE and Mary Ann (VENOY) DADE

Adlene H. LANKFORD passed away in 1931.
She was the daughter of Louis Adward LANKFORD and Sarah E. (WRIGHT) LANKFORD.
 

June ~ In Remembrance: Bartlett Family Connections

In  Remembrance Of Birthdays and Deaths: Family Connections


On June 6
Baby Lula B. passed away in 1947. She was the daughter of David and Lula.

June 11
Margaret (FLOYD) BLAKLEY was born in 1947. She was the wife of Richard

 
On June 16
William YOUNGER passed away in 1941. He was the husband of M PEYTON YOUNGER MILLER.
 
On June 17
Dr Wade Hampton PEYTON Jr. was born in 1885. He was the son of Wade H. PEYTON and Sallie (BARTLETT) PEYTON.

On June 19
Lawrence "Larry" CANFIELD was born in 1961. He was the husband of Tayna J. (BLAKLEY) CANFIELD. Great Granddaughter of  Jennie BARTLETT BLALEY LYLE.

 
On June 21
John BLAKEY and his twin Andrew BLAKEY were born in 1871. John BLAKEY BLAKLEY was the husband of Jennie (BARTLETT) BLALEY LYLE.

On June 24
Paul BLAKLEY was born in 1907. He was the son of John BLAKEY  BLAKLEY and Jennie Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.